Usually, an organization releasing information late on a Friday evening is a foul signal, however Microsoft went the opposite manner. After beginning off Friday by awkwardly saying revised pricing for Xbox Live Gold that may’ve doubled the price for brand new Xbox accounts to entry multiplayer, it backtracked. Admitting that “We messed up today and you were right to let us know,” the corporate introduced that not solely will pricing not change, but it surely’s additionally engaged on enabling free multiplayer for free-to-play video games like Fortnite and Apex Legends and its upcoming title Halo Infinite.

Xbox Series X

There’s no phrase on how lengthy it would take for the free a part of the announcement to activate, however since that’s already free on PlayStation Network, it might’t come quickly sufficient. Even with the existence of Game Pass, asking $120 yearly for brand new gamers would’ve made Xbox by far a second-class multiplayer expertise for brand new prospects and current ones. 

It’s good that Microsoft reconsidered the transfer (after transport $60 6-month Xbox Live playing cards that now really feel like collector’s gadgets), but when it actually wished to show the tide within the console wars then free multiplayer for all could be a more sensible choice. Hey, they appear to be open to recommendations, so why not ask?

— Richard Lawler

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Facebook logged out iPhones for some motive

Ok, however why?

Facebook logout

If you employ iOS and nonetheless have a Facebook account, you in all probability acquired logged out on Friday evening. In a press release to Engadget the corporate stated “We believe this was due to a configuration change” and that they’re trying into it, however didn’t present any extra info.

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The greatest offers we discovered this week: $40 off Google’s Pixel 4a 5G and extra

The newest MacBook Pro with the brand new M1 chipset is $80 off at Amazon.

Pixel 4a 5G

This week introduced a return of some vacation sale costs, plus a number of offers which might be even higher than these we noticed late final yr. Google’s Pixel 4a 5G fell to a brand new record-low worth, whereas the Eighth-generation iPad stays on sale for $299. If you wish to up your smart-home sport, August’s WiFi good lock is greater than $65 off and a few Beats headphones are 50 % off, too.

Here are all the very best offers from the week you could nonetheless snag immediately, and bear in mind to comply with @EngadgetOffers on Twitter for extra updates. 

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The Engadget Podcast

 Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra assessment

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Cherlynn dishes her ideas on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra, and whether or not they’re worthy upgrades over final yr’s telephones. Do all these cameras make a distinction? And is there some extent to releasing a Galaxy Note this yr? Also, Devindra discusses the digital inauguration for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in addition to the rumors round Apple’s upcoming and probably dear VR headset. Is this the very best technique to get to an AR headset?

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.

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The first huge ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ patch has arrived

There are additionally fixes for various quests and bugged achievements.

Cyberpunk 2077

As promised, the primary of two early-2021 patches for CD Projekt Red’s troubled Cyberpunk 2077 has arrived. This updates the sport to model 1.1 on PC, consoles and Stadia, and in response to the notes it lays the groundwork for future updates, whereas additionally addressing reminiscence utilization and crash issues. These patches are alleged to make the sport extra playable on PS4 and Xbox One consoles, and the one deliberate for February is outwardly going to be extra vital.

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