Microsoft released a new update for the Xbox One OS yesterday (version 10.0.17763.4085, rs5_release_xbox_dev_ 1902.190131-1620). According to the official changelog, Xbox One users will get ‘improved 4K visual performance in games’, improved performance on the Home dashboard and the Guide, as well as an improved video pipeline for apps that should allow Netflix (for instance) to properly display 4K content.

Release date

2/12/2019

Audio

  • Added reliability fixes to Cortana.
  • Unplugging a headset during video playback no longer results in audio loss before video playback freezes.
  • Made audio system upgrades when switching from Home to a game or app.

Cortana

  • Improved Cortana responsiveness to commands.

Console

  • Fixed an issue that caused some consoles to crash unexpectedly.

Home

  • Improved performance on the Home Dashboard.

Mouse

  • Improved mouse responsiveness to reduce lag.

My games and apps

  • Improved the installation experience for various FastStart titles.
  • Fixed a problem in some games (e.g. Resident Evil 0) in which cutscenes would fail and the game would lock.
  • Fixes an issue to ensure certain apps like the Avatar Editor and Microsoft Rewards work on first launch.

System

  • Fixed an issue in which some people received the E203 error when taking a system update.
  • Improved performance on the network port.
  • Improved performance and reliability on the save game feature when games are suspended.
  • Improved speed and performance of My games & apps.
  • Improved idle screen performance.
  • Improved 4K visual performance in games.
  • Improved the performance of the guide on Home.

Video

  • Made improvements to the 4K video pipeline so that apps like Netflix display 4K content correctly.

Yesterday at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, the developers of Fortnite – Epic Games announced some further details about the upcoming first world tournament of the game – being called as ‘Fortnite World Cup’. Fortnite is a co-op third-person shooting game where players can explore maps, craft weapons, build forts and do more in order to survive.

However, the title is renowned for one of its game modes ‘Battle Royale’, in which 100 players fight against each other individually or in a form of teams in a shrinking arena. Though the mode is inspired from other games, Fortnite has made so good use of it that it hasn’t been a year since the game’s release and the company is already boasting 125 million players worldwide.

Coming to the point, Fortnite World Cup will be the first official competition of the game and will commence in late 2019 with qualifications starting early in the fall of this year. As previously disclosed that there would be a $100 million prize money but it has now been revealed that the amount would be split between different organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world.

Moreover, the team has mentioned that the world cup would be open to everyone. The qualification would be based entirely on the merit and there will be not selling of teams or franchises by third-party leagues or Epic Games itself.

The official blog post states:

“We’ll be supporting community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win. Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers begin in Fall 2018, and culminate in the first Fortnite World Cup in late 2019. Whether you’re in the competition or watching at home, we want this to be fun for everyone.

What about the specifics? The $100,000,000 will be split between many events at different levels of competition around the globe. Fortnite World Cup play will focus on Solos and Duos, but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too.

This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either.

Rules, Player Code of Conduct, specifics about platforms and Fall 2018 schedule are on the way. If you’re interested in learning more about Fortnite competitive play sign up here. Stay tuned for more!”

Fortnite is available on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and iOS. It has also been announced for the Android and iOS and just recently been released for Nintendo Switch.

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