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When does the Halo Infinite tech preview end? Next flight start date

Players have enjoyed Halo Infinite’s first tech preview flight for a few days now, but when can players expect it to end and the next one to start?

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Halo Infinite released their first tech preview flight for players to get a taste of what 343 Industries has been working on for the franchise’s latest installment, but when does it end, and when does the next one start?

Halo Infinite has finally given those lucky enough to participate in the tech preview a taste for what’s to come when the game releases.

The feedback has ultimately been good. Apart from some not being satisfied with playing against bots, people seem to be enjoying the experience. Especially now, since PVP has become available for players to try out.

The Halo Infinite tech preview is essentially an early beta for a limited number of people to help the development team optimize the experience before releasing it to the masses later this year.

Although some had issues with black screening, the majority of players invited were able to get on and experience the game.

Just recently, the developers dropped Arena Slayer, the first taste of real PVP, which is great for those dissatisfied with the bots in the Halo Infinite tech preview flight. Although the AI for the bots is pretty impressive, it’s tough to recreate online players, so it’s great to see some of this in the tech preview as well.

For those wondering whether they too will be able to experience the PVP, first, you obviously have to be one of those who signed up and were invited to the beta, and secondly, you must get in before it ends.

When does the Halo Infinite tech preview flight end?

The tech preview has been running since July 30 and will end on August 2 at 10 AM PST. This means the tech preview will indeed end soon, so make sure you make the most of it!

When is the next Halo Infinite tech preview flight?

For those wondering when the next Halo Infinite tech preview flight is, we are still waiting on an official announcement for a date, so make sure you check back on this page as we will be updating it when new information emerges.

For those who want more on Halo Infinite, check out our article on reports for a possible battle royale for the game.

Image Credits: 343 Industries

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Best controller settings for Apex Legends Season 14

Movement is king in Apex Legends and this controller layout will give you a leg up on the enemy during Season 14.

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Apex Legends Season 14 is well underway, and if you’re looking to gain an advantage over your opponents or keep up with players using mouse and keyboard, then this controller layout may give you a leg up on the enemy.

Apex Legends Season 14 has brought a variety of changes and new content to the battle royale. With Ranked Leagues getting some changes, and the new Recon Legend Vantage keeping things interesting in the Legend meta, having the best possible controller layout on the game is more important than ever.

While mastering your Legend, perfecting your aim, and learning spots are all supremely important in the hunt for victories, movement is king in Apex Legends. It can be the difference between winning a gunfight or heading back to the lobby disappointed.

Whether you’re using a controller or keyboard, making sure you have the right button layout is extremely important if you hope to become a movement master.

For those using customized controllers like Scuf, button layout may not be as much of an issue, as these controllers have much more freedom than the regular stock controllers.

Apex Legends best controller settings

Layout

  • Button Layout: Evolved
  • Stick Layout: Default
  • Interact/ReloadButton: Tap to Use and Reload
  • Crouch Button: Toggle
  • Aim Button: Hold
  • Survival Slot Button: On
  • Trigger Button Deadzones: None
  • Menu Cursor Speed: Around halfway or more

For those using standard controllers to play, the best layout to master movement is the Evolved setting. This layout changes your crouch to the right stick and your jump to the left bumper.

Having your crouch on the right stick will allow you to crouch spam, a very important move when it comes to winning fights in Apex Legends. Although this will take some getting used to, as keeping your aim on point while crouch spamming is fairly difficult, once you are comfortable with it you will see an instant improvement in your mobility.

Evolved will also change your jump button to the left bumper, which again will take some getting used to, however, the freedom to jump, climb, and stay mobile while keeping your thumb on the right stick is vital to improving your game in Apex Legends.

Movement / Aiming

  • Look Sensitivity: 5
  • Look Sensitivity (ADS): 4
  • Per Optic Settings: On
  • Response Curve: Classic
  • Look Deadzone: None / Small
  • Movement Deadzone: Small
  • Inverted Look: Off
  • Vibration: On
  • Advanced Look Controls: Off

As for the Movement / Aiming section in the settings, we’ve found that the Classic Response Curve is the best all-around and feels most comfortable in-game. It’s also important to have your Look Deadzone at a minimum so either None or Small depending on your stick drift.

We’ve opted for Vibration On, but a lot of players may find it easier to have it Off if they feel it is affecting their ability to control recoil. Advanced Look Controls gives the player much more advanced customization options that a player will need to spend a lot of time with in order to perfect, which can be beneficial. However, we find the default options enough to get the most out of your aim and movement.

Of course, these settings are a great template for players, but you will most likely want to play around with the Look Sensitivity and ADS Sensitivity until you find what works for you.

Gameplay

  • Button Hints: On
  • Crosshair Damage Feedback: Off
  • Weapon Auto-Cycle on Empty: On
  • Auto-Sprint: Off
  • Double-Tap Sprint: Off
  • Jetpack Control: Hold

There are a lot of Gameplay settings in Apex Legends, but these are the most relevant for optimizing performance on Controller. First off, we think it’s beneficial for Button Hints to be On, as new players may want to be reminded of how to perform certain actions.

Having said that, more experienced players may want to switch this setting and Crosshair Damage Feedback Off to reduce HUD clutter. For Weapon Auto-Cycle on Empty, we feel having this setting On means players don’t have to worry about swapping weapons manually when they run out of ammo mid-fight. This will automatically switch your weapon so you can focus on getting the kill.

Some players like Auto Sprint, especially if their analog sticks are stiff. However, we feel this setting is better switched Off, as it is much easier to walk slowly and make more discreet plays.

For those Valkyrie mains, having your Jetpack Control on Hold makes it much easier to make quick escapes and movements with your Jetpack than Toggle.

Does FOV affect controller aim?

Field of View or FOV can definitely affect a player’s aim on controller. It’s beneficial to have this setting higher than the default value of 70, as it can increase the amount you see around you. However having it too high can affect a player’s aim negatively, as it reduces the size of objects and enemies that are far away.

With that being said, there’s definitely a sweet spot for controller players, but ultimately this setting is a preference and players will need to figure out what works best for them.

If you’d like to know what the sweet spot for FOV in Apex Legends is, check out our guide on the best FOV for Apex Legends.


For those enjoying Apex Legends on PC, check out our piece on the best settings for the battle royale on PC.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 14 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 14 is here, but which Legends are dominating Season 14 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 14 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 14 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 22 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 now here, the new Legend Vantage has already knocked some fan-favorite characters out of the running.

Let’s see how the current roster’s pick rates are looking to give us an idea of the most popular Legends in Apex Legends Season 14.

Apex Legends Season 14 pick rate ranked list

This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 14 ranked, as of August 19, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Vantage – 12%
  2. Octane – 9.8%
  3. Wraith – 8.9%
  4. Pathfinder – 7.9%
  5. Bloodhound – 7.8%
  6. Valkyrie – 6%
  7. Horizon – 5.8%
  8. Seer – 4.4%
  9. Bangalore – 4.3%
  10. Lifeline – 4.1%
  11. Loba – 3.6%
  12. Fuse – 3.1%
  13. Ash – 3%
  14. Mad Maggie – 2.8%
  15. Newcastle – 2.8%
  16. Mirage – 2.5%
  17. Caustic – 2.4%
  18. Revenant – 2.1%
  19. Wattson – 1.9%
  20. Gibraltar – 1.7%
  21. Rampart – 1.6%
  22. Crypto – 1.3%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 14

5. Bloodhound – 7.8%

Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 14.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark the seasons go on, and they have dropped slightly to 7.8%. Don’t let that put you off though, as they are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

4. Pathfinder – 7.9%

Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 7.9%, and counting, for quite some time now.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

3. Wraith – 8.9%

Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number three with an 8.9% pick rate in Season 14.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan favorite in Apex Legends Season 14.

2. Octane – 9.8%

With a 9.8% pick rate, the speed demon has been dropped to the number two spot but continues his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 14, fluctuating between the top two places.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.

1. Vantage – 12% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 14

Of course, it’s the brand-new Legend Vantage that takes the top spot in Apex Legends Season 14. With a 12% pick rate, Vantage has stolen the show from other top Legends such as Octane and Valkyrie.

Vantage’s incredible popularity is probably due to her being new, but she’s not to be trifled with either. Her Sniper Rifle is an incredibly strong weapon, she’s able to wall run, and has a direct counter to Mirage.

How her pick rate will change throughout Season 14 remains to be seen, but she’s well-worth using on the overhauled Kings Canyon.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 14. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out how to get the Twitch Prime skin for the month of August.

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Fortnite Lord of the Rings easter egg teases Tolkien crossover coming soon

Fortnite players have discovered a major Lord of the Rings easter egg on the map, teasing a crossover is coming soon.

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Fortnite players have discovered a familiar Lord of the Rings landmark in the Season 3 island, teasing the leaked crossover is coming soon.

It’s been a big week for The Lord of the Rings in the gaming space. Not only is Weta Workshop teaming up with Take-Two to develop a new game set in Tolkien’s Middle-earth, but Swedish company Embracer Group are acquiring the rights to everything Lord of the Rings.

Just as it’s been reported that the leaked Lord of the Rings content has been cut from MultiVersus, an easter egg discovered in-game teases that Middle-earth characters will be coming to Fortnite.

Fortnite content creator ‘Koooooomar’ discovered that the rock-child is building a replica of Helm’s Deep from the Lord of the Rings. This was the ancient fortress the people of Rohan retreated to in The Two Towers for the movie’s major battle. You can find the sculpture southeast of Condo Canyon on the shore.

There’s almost no denying this sculpture is based on Helm’s Deep, with the ramp leading up to the keep on the right-hand side and the Deeping Wall stretching across the makeshift valley. It even has a gap in the wall and scorch marks where the Uruk-Hai blew through it in the movie and trash makes up the advancing forces.

Leakers are convinced a Doomslayer skin will be coming soon thanks to it being free on the Epic Game store, but the same leak claims a Lord of the Rings crossover is also in the works.

With Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show releasing in September, this could be the perfect time to tie the bundles in with The Rings of Power. We could even see Sauron, Gandalf, or Galadriel in the Season 4 Battle Pass which goes live in late September, but that’s just hopeful speculation.

Image Credit: Epic Games / Warner Bros.

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