Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have committed to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) that they will soon require publishers who publish games on their platforms to disclose the odds of earning items in loot boxes for new games and updates that add loot boxes to their games.
The news comes from the Entertainment Software Association chief counsel of tech policy Michael Warnecke, who is currently talking at Federal Trade Commission’s Inside the Game workshop.
“That said, we are doing more,” Warnecke said. “I’m pleased to announce this morning that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platform. Specifically, this would apply to new games and game updates that add loot box features. And it would require the disclosure of the relative rarity or probabilities of obtaining randomized virtual items in games that are available on their platforms.“
The ESA also noted as part of their statement at the Workshop that many leading publishers have agreed to also disclose the odds themselves to allow more information to be shared with the consumers.
“As well, many of the leading video game publishers of the Entertainment Software Association have decided that they are going to implement a similar approach at the publisher level to provide consumers this information and give them enhanced information to make purchase decisions.”
The ESA has maintained their stance that loot boxes should not be considered gambling. The association has said for months that they disagree with the Senators notion that loot boxes should be banned or considered gambling as players earn items regardless of purchasing it or not.
The ESA, alongside the ESRB, has updated their ratings system in the US to note which games have in-game DLC with a new “In-Game Purchases” tag on the back of the box for each of the products.
Senators in the US have been calling for hearings and investigations to understand the effect that loot boxes have on children. Thus far, no major action has been taken in the US on this issue.
Twitch bot checks PS5 and Xbox Series X stocks live
A twitch bot will check to see if you can find a console nearby.
Ever since they launched, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X have been a hot commodity that not everyone is able to get. Luckily a Twitch bot is checking if you can purchase a console before Christmas time.
This year has been hectic enough as it is, but the arrival of the latest next-gen consoles have created a huge rush. Many who had hoped to get the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X during the first few weeks of their respective launches, ended up going home empty handed.
Many retailers have been running out of stock almost immediately and with the imminent Christmas season on people’s minds, the demand for units is extremely high. If you want the consoles then you have to keep checking their availability.
Thanks to one Twitch bot, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. It will browse through many different sites to keep check when either of the two consoles is in stock so that you don’t have to.
This channel is run by Cam Ritz. Simply head over there and watch the bot work live. You can check when the latest hit was and enter the !local command to see if you can find the consoles from any store within your vicinity.
Ritz has stated that the the bot has helped viewers secure consoles through a few different retailers such as GameStop and Sam’s Club. Don’t get your hopes up too much though, as the stream will mainly show you “OUT OF STOCK” in glaring red.
Due to the rather unpredictable nature of the way retailers are stocking up on the consoles, there is no sure way to get yourself a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X before Christmas time. However, checking in with this stream daily will greatly increase your chances of finding one soon.
Black Ops Cold War dev responds to Xbox Series X bricking issues
Black Ops Cold War is crashing the Xbox Series X, which could lead to the console being permanently broken. A Treyarch dev has responded.
Xbox Series X users reported that the game-breaking bugs in Black Ops Cold War have completely broken their console.
Black Ops Cold War has had a rocky start with the new generation of consoles. The Dualshock controller would disconnect and freeze up the system and the PS5 could accidentally run Cold War’s PS4 edition as default.
Now, Xbox Series X users are reporting game-breaking bugs and crashes. These crashes are reported to have eventually ‘bricked’ the console.
Reddit user ‘Junesfoshiz‘ posted a “word of caution” to Xbox Series X Users, saying that they had experienced several crashes on their Series X over the weekend. It wasn’t much of a problem at first, but “when it happened this morning it was for good. Xbox will not boot back up.”
‘Junesfoshiz’ said that if you’re experiencing these crashes on the Series X, it might be worth leaving Cold War alone until the issue is resolved.
In the meantime, a Treyarch dev has responded to these issues.
Community Manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS‘ Torres responded to the Reddit post. “Generally speaking, we’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” he said.
The Xbox Series X crashing issue is high up on Treyarch’s agenda, with it being at the top of the official Trello Board of known bugs and issues. Developers are currently working on a fix.
“My immediate recommendations are to make sure that you’re using the correct version for your platform,” FoxhoundFPS continued, confirming that next-gen consoles accidentally running the previous generation edition is not exclusive to PlayStation.
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On top of losing out on faster load times, more detailed textures, and Ray Tracing, playing the previous generation’s edition could cause the game to repeatedly crash and break your console.
Speaking of Ray Tracing, he said that “players have also shared that disabling Ray Tracing on XSX has helped.” Temporarily losing out on this next-gen feature is worth it if it could save your console. You can follow all of Black Ops: Cold War’s known issues by keeping an eye on Charlie Intel’s known issues board.
Steam adds support for PS5 DualSense controller
Steam users can now use the new PS5 DualSense controller while playing their favorite games on the platform.
The PS5’s DualSense controller is the most talked about feature of the next-gen console. Steam has taken note of this and has announced its plans to support it.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 has arrived, and it’s in such high demand that you’ll be lucky to get one. This next-gen console comes with many impressive features such as 4K video, 60 FPS, Ray tracing, and exclusive titles that have won over players.
The most popular feature is the DualSense controller, which gives haptic feedback while you’re playing. This lets you experience every impact, recoil, and rumble like never before. Now, Valve has officially stated that Steam will offer support to this controller.
Steam’s Latest Update
Steam’s latest client beta update has made the platform compatible with the new controller. You can connect it through Bluetooth or with a USB-C cable. The following changes have been made to the Steam Input API:
- Implemented rumble over Bluetooth for the PS5 controller
- Reduced rumble intensity for the PS5 controller
- Allow external audio based haptics while rumble is enabled on the PS5 DualSense controller
Steam will recognize the controller and show the correct button prompts while also gaining access to the LED, trackpad, rumble, and gyro features. Players will now get to use the PS5 controller with games that require the Steam Input API.
So far, Valve’s hasn’t announced any plans for the DualSense’s adaptive triggers, but they will release the support after beta testing is done.
How To Access The Steam Beta Client
You can test out this new feature by heading over to the Steam client beta. Here is how you use it:
- Open the Steam Menu
- Enter “Settings” and then open up “Account”
- Click “Change” under Beta Participation
- Select the PS4 controller (it’s actually the DualSense controller for PS5)
The option will be renamed to “PS5 controller” once Valve makes a profile for it.
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