There’s a new version of SteelSeries’ Arctis 9 wireless gaming headset available starting today for $199.99. The design and feature set is almost an exact match to the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. But while the Arctis 9X supports the Xbox One (and is forward compatible to Xbox Series S / X), the new Arctis 9 is compatible with the PC and PlayStation 4, with compatibility for the PS5 ensured at launch. And while the Arctis 9X doesn’t require a dongle to connect to the Xbox, the Arctis 9 needs the included USB receiver that you can toggle from PC to PlayStation, depending on the platform you’ve plugged it into.
Otherwise, the new headset has the same claim of 20-hour battery life and the ability to be connected via 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth simultaneously — a feature that I love dearly. It’s great if you want to listen to podcasts or take calls on your phone while you listen to your game audio.
The controls on this new headset are also unchanged, with a chat and game audio mix dial that’s easily accessible on the back side of the left ear cup. Unfortunately, this feature is currently usable only on PCs due to the way Sony currently handles routing game audio and chat audio via USB on its PlayStation consoles. The left ear cup also contains a retractable boom microphone.
Everything else is housed over on the right ear cup. That’s where you’ll find a 3.5mm jack that gives the option for wired listening, a Micro USB port for charging, buttons for turning on the headset and pairing it via Bluetooth, a mic mute button, and, finally, a master volume dial.
We’ve been seeing an uptick in gaming headsets from companies that claim to be ready for next-generation consoles. While brands like SteelSeries and Turtle Beach seem to be staying the course of releasing headsets made specifically for each platform, other options like the Audeze Penrose and the Astro A20 Gen 2 can work with both consoles — that is, if you have wireless receivers for both the Xbox Series S / X and PS5.
I expect to see even more headsets coming this fall as the consoles near their launch, so there won’t be a shortage of options to choose between if you’re in the market.
Left 4 Dead 2 gets one final, massive update
Left 4 Dead 2, Valve’s iconic zombie shooter, turns 11 next month. Today, the game gets a final, massive update — The Last Stand, created by the Left 4 Dead community update team and endorsed by Valve itself. It’s also the first new content added to the game since 2012, according to Polygon. (That was the community-made DLC Cold Stream.)
The update adds tons of new content to the game: new weapons, new maps, new enemy types, unused dialogue, and even a new campaign. The update is free to download, and Left 4 Dead 2 itself is also free to play until September 28th — so there’s no reason not to grab it right now.
And this isn’t the first — or highest-profile — time that Valve has endorsed a fan-made update to one of its games. That honor goes to Black Mesa, a remake of the original Half Life that took 15 years to make and publish. (It just left early access this year, though work on the project began in 2005.)
As Polygon noted, the announcement for this new update was made on the old official Left 4 Dead site.
“It has been many years since the infection first hit. Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but lingering hopes… CEDA is not going to save us,” the post reads. “But there is hope! A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.” That day has come. It’s time to go kill some more zombies.
Deep Rock Galactic gets its first post-launch update
Deep Rock Galactic mixes the panicked survival gameplay of a game like Left 4 Dead with clever gizmos and gadgets crafted by a crew of science fiction dwarves. The game recently left early access, and its first post-launch release is slated for Oct. 8.
In the fiction of Deep Rock Galactic, players take on the role of spacefaring dwarves. They pick from four classes, which each have their own unique ways to get around the game with gadgets like hookshots and flares. Then it’s down deep they go, into asteroids to mine for ore. The maps are procedurally generated, so the tunnels change from round to round. Invariably there’s some alien menace that they must contend with, before retracing their steps back to the landing craft.
Update 32, Roughnecks at Work, will include new content: two new game types called Escort Duty and On-Site Refining, a new mission select screen, and a series of technical changes and balance fixes that should improve the rest of the game.
Escort Duty asks dwarves to get a Heartstone, which requires a specially-built Drilldozer to make its way through the walls of the Heartstone and claim that good, good ore. This is meant to be a very combat heavy mission, with dwarves protecting the Drilldozer at all costs. The second new mission, On-Site Refining, tasks miners with finding wells. They’ll have to use a new oil pumping system to get the valuable liquid back to base.
Deep Rock Galactic is available on Steam, Xbox One, and the Windows Store.
Facebook takes down more fake accounts linked to Russian intelligence
“While we have not seen the networks we removed today engage in these efforts, or directly target the US 2020 election, they are linked to actors associated with election interference in the US in the past, including those involved in ‘DC leaks’ in 2016,” Gleicher wrote.
“These fake personas posed as editors and researchers to solicit articles for these websites. This network posted primarily in Russian and English about news and current events, including protests and elections in Belarus, Russian and Ukrainian politics, geopolitical conspiracies, Russia-NATO relations, Russia’s relations with neighboring countries, and criticism of US foreign policy, socio-economic issues in the US, and US political candidates on both sides of the political spectrum.”
This isn’t the first time Facebook says it found fake accounts linked to Russian state actors. Earlier this month the company took down a handful of accounts tied to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that successfully tricked US journalists into writing articles for a website called PeaceData.
Facebook’s latest takedowns also caught networks of Russia-linked accounts that had targeted Turkey, Syria, Ukraine and other European countries.
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