Big Yeetus, a giant, constantly spinning hammer, has arrived in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout with Tuesday’s patch. Big Yeetus will randomly appear during matches, and developer Mediatonic has described it as “chaotic neutral.”
Players can use Big Yeetus for massive advantages — or they can waste time trying to line up the right angle next to the hammer. So far, Big Yeetus is already helping players win crowns (and occasionally breaking the game).
Players have been eagerly documenting their experiences with Big Yeetus, who they often thank and refer to with personal pronouns, as if Big Yeetus were a friend. This makes sense, as Big Yeetus is hugely effective, and in the cutthroat world of Fall Guys, it’s yeet or be yeeten.
However, it’s not all good times and big yeets — some players are reporting that Big Yeetus is capable of glitching out the game by knocking the player into broken areas of the map.
A representative for Mediatonic told Sports Grind Entertainment that the developers are aware of the issue, and working on a fix. Updates on the Big Yeetus hotfix will be posted to the game’s official Twitter account.
“My friends and I all take big risks when we see Big Yeetus,” said Ken, one player who spoke to Sports Grind Entertainment over Discord about his thoughts on the patch. “People start screaming, ‘I love you Yeetus’ or ‘take me Great Yeetus’, but half the time they can’t line themselves up with the hammer, or the timing is off and they’re worse off for spending so many seconds jumping around Big Yeetus.”
“I won my first crown tonight because of Big Yeetus,” another member of the community, Chell, told Sports Grind Entertainment over Discord. “My hands are shaking, I never thought I would win. Thank you, Big Yeetus.”
One immediate effect of Big Yeetus is that he seems to cut down on runaway leader syndrome, where an early lead snowballs into a seemingly unstoppable advantage, especially on maps like Fall Mountain. Getting hit with an early ball or hammer can be devastating, and immediately eliminate someone from getting the crown. If a player can use Big Yeetus to their advantage, they can launch over paths and overtake skilled (or luckier) platformers. This makes many matches far more dangerous, as the chaotic neutral Big Yeetus can even the scores at any time.
We’ll likely see more changes to Fall Guys once the first season concludes and the second begins in October. For now, it’s great to see this game adapt and grow, adding more incentive to play an already great game.
Jabra will add ANC to its Elite 75t earbuds in October
Jabra’s Elite 75t may be the best true wireless earbuds you can buy right now, but they don’t have active noise cancellation (ANC). The buds do offer a host of attractive features — from a comfy fit to ambient sound and customizable audio and controls — but they’re lacking what has become standard on many new models. Today, the company is addressing the omission alongside its announcement of the new Elite 85t that comes with Advanced ANC. In October, Jabra will release an update for the Elite 75t and Elite Active 75t that adds ANC to those earbuds. The company says it’s the first to add ANC to an existing true wireless product line.
First, Jabra explains the ANC coming to the Elite 75t is nowhere near as good as what will be available on the Elite 85t. The company is calling this version “standard ANC” as opposed to the Advanced ANC on the Elite 85t. While the 75t is equipped for noise cancellation thanks to its microphones for HearThrough or its ambient sound mode, the older model doesn’t have a dedicated ANC chip. Because of this, Jabra must rely on the processing power available from the existing Qualcomm audio components. The Elite 75t will apply noise cancellation to music and media playback, but you won’t be able to adjust it. It’s either on or off — there’s nothing in between.
Bose announces Sleepbuds II with improved design and (hopefully) no more battery issues
When Bose announced almost a year ago that it was discontinuing the Sleepbuds due to battery problems, I got several emails from disappointed readers who came to appreciate how well the earbuds had helped them get peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Unlike regular earbuds, the Sleepbuds didn’t play your own music; they were designed to sit comfortably in your ears overnight and progress through a library of specially composed tracks that masked the kind of noises that can disrupt bedtime.
Now, Bose is ready to try again — and the company seems confident that it got things right this time. The Sleepbuds II are coming on October 6th for $249.95. Preorders begin today. They’ve got an ultra-lightweight design, new proprietary ear tips for a snug all-night fit, and an expanded list of 35 tracks meant to “cover and replace” noise from neighbors, street traffic, dogs, and other late-night nuisances you might be dealing with.
Like the first time around, $250 feels rather expensive for a product this niche, but Bose says it has put a painstaking amount of research and engineering into the Sleepbuds II.
“Bose Sleepbuds II use advancements in our proprietary noise masking technology because covering sound — not canceling it — is better for sleeping,” Steve Romine, head of Bose’s health division, said in today’s press release. Bose says it has conducted a study to help back up claims that the Sleepbuds II genuinely lead to better sleep for most people who try them.
The updated Bose Sleep app has 14 tracks meant for noise-masking that mirror the frequencies of evening disruptions like footsteps, snoring partners, and idling engines outside your bedroom window. But there are also 15 “Naturescapes” that have been composed to help calm your mind and lower stress levels before bed.
Each Sleepbuds II earbud is a quarter-inch deep so that side-sleepers can comfortably wear them with their head against a pillow. There’s now an “anti-friction” coating that Bose says will prevent squeaking if the enclosure happens to rub against fabric. And the Sleepbuds II use a new antenna for an improved, more stable connection with your phone.
The battery was the downfall for the first-generation Sleepbuds, and Bose says it’s using a new NiMH battery that’s good for 10 hours of playback. (The aluminum charging case is good for an additional 30 hours.) You can store up to 10 tracks from the Sleep App directly on the earbuds, and they’re rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance.
It’s been a busy September for Bose: the company has already announced the QuietComfort Earbuds, Sport Earbuds, and three new pairs of Frames audio sunglasses.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S: pricing, release date, and pre-orders
The next generation of Xbox is arriving in time for the 2020 holiday season. Microsoft is releasing two models: the flagship, more powerful Xbox Series X and a smaller, cheaper Xbox Series S.
Microsoft has revealed plenty of details about its new consoles, including the design, specs, and pricing. According to the company, the Xbox Series X is more than twice as powerful as the Xbox One X, with up to 8K resolution, 120 fps frame rates, and real-time ray tracing. The Xbox Series S is a less powerful model without a disc drive, which Microsoft says is the smallest Xbox ever.
Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be available starting at 8 a.m. PDT on Sept. 22. Below, we break down everything we know about how, when, and where to buy a new Xbox, and we’ll update this story if and when we get more information.
When will Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S be released?
At The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X and gave a “holiday 2020” timeframe. On Sept. 9, the company confirmed that its new consoles will be released on Nov. 10, with pre-orders starting Sept. 22.
Where can I pre-order Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S?
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be available at most major retailers, listed below. We’ll update this post periodically as consoles are restocked throughout the pre-order window.
How much does Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S cost?
Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox Series X will cost $499.99 and the Xbox Series S will cost $299.99. Payment plans are available through Microsoft’s Xbox All Access program.
What’s Xbox All Access?
Microsoft offers a two-year, interest-free payment plan called Xbox All Access. Xbox All Access plans include the console of your choice and two years of Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s combined games subscription and online service. Under an Xbox All Access payment plan, Xbox Series X costs $34.99 per month for 24 months and the Xbox Series S costs $24.99 per month for 24 months.
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