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Xbox One game bundles for October and beyond

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Update: Major Nelson announced two more bundles that will become available soon. For more information on the Xbox One Special Edition Gears of War bundle and the Xbox One with Kinect bundle check out Nelson’s announcement right here.

October is just around the corner and Microsoft plans to make the best of it by offering a number of interesting Xbox One bundles at fairly reasonable prices. The selection is already pretty good and it’s about to get even better very soon as the company promises to unveil even more bundles in the days to come. Since we don’t know anything for certain about the company’s future offers, we’re just going to stick to what we know right now and update this article as soon as we learn something new.

As it happens, Major Nelson announced a new Xbox One bundle just moments ago on his blog. The new bundle includes a 500 GB Xbox One console, a wireless controller, and the LEGO movie videogame, all priced at $349. Given that this is the regular price of the console, what you’re looking at is basically a free copy of the LEGO movie videogame, which is usually priced at about $20 or so on the Xbox Store. Not exactly the best bundle for hardcore gamers, but suitable for parents who were looking to buy a new Xbox One console for their kids next month.

Gamers can also look forward to a few more bundles this October, including the Xbox One Elite Bundle retailing at $499. This is a good bang for the buck bundle as it includes a console with 1 TB  Solid State Hybrid Drive, an Xbox Elite wireless controller, a carrying case, HDMI cable, power supply, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial. If you’re interested in a bundle that’s cheaper and also includes some games you may want to look into Microsoft’s Holiday Bundle. This $400 bundle features a 1 TB Xbox One console and wireless controller, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, a full-game download for Ori and the Blind Forrest, and Rare Replay, which is a collection of 30 of the best games developed by Rare.

Old school games not your thing? Don’t worry because Microsoft is also offering bundles that contain highly anticipated titles like Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider. At $500, the Halo 5 bundle is certainly a bit pricey, however, you’d be getting your money’s worth because the bundle includes a limited edition Xbox One console complete with custom skin and sound effects, Spartan themed SteelBook, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, as well as the upcoming game itself and a number of goodies (some in-game) designed to offer you the complete the Halo 5: Guardians experience.

For even more Xbox One bundles make sure you check out the Xbox Store at this link right here.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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