Xbox Boss Responds To Sony’s New Overall CEO About Cross-Play Statement

Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony’s new overall CEO recently made some controversial comments on cross-play, and now an Xbox executive has responded via Twitter. Xbox engineering expert, Mike Ybarra said on Twitter that Sony is still not paying attention to gamers on the cross-playing issue. The Xbox executive believes that all games should be cross-played and progression with the right input flexibility and gamer options. Cross-play is the feature that allows players from different platforms to come together in unity and total pwnage. For example, a player with an Xbox console with cross-play function can play with gamers from another console who have the same game, like Nintendo Switch. While the number of games that can be cross-played is not big, there is a growing movement, a movement that Sony has decided not to support.

Cross-Play

However, what is causing this controversy is not necessarily the fact that Sony is rejecting Cross-Play, it is that despite their promises of “paying attention to what gamers want,” they are unashamedly ignoring the many requests from gamers to allow Cross-Play on PS4 with other consoles like Xbox One and the Switch. This controversy started off when Fortnite was accidentally cross-played between PS4 and Xbox One, and when Sony realized this, it shut it down. Their primary reason for the shutdown at that time was one of “security” instead of vanity.

However, that changed when Sony’s CEO said that the company believed that the best place to play Fortnite is on PS4. So, this basically went from “we are doing this for your personal security and safety” to “if you want to play games the right way, you will have to do it on our systems.” Needless to say, gamers were not happy with this.

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When a gamer pointed out to Ybarra that Sony’s PS4 has been outselling the Xbox One for a long time, Ybarra pointed out that Microsoft operates in the Windows PC and console space which expands its gaming footprint considerably. He also suggested that what Sony is doing is a disservice to its users by failing to support cross-play.

Ybarra spoke at the IFA conference in Berlin recently, while referring to what Yoshida said, he suggested that Sony does not support cross-play since the Sony as a company believes that “the best place to play” is on PS4. Yoshida confirmed this in an interview with The Independent.

Yoshida stressed that Sony supports cross-play between PC and PS4, and that going forward the company will “decide based on what is good for the users.” He added that he believes the competition between Nintendo and Xbox is “always good.” Yoshida took up the CEO position at Sony earlier this year after its longtime CEO Kazuo Hirai stepped down.

Going back to Xbox and Ybarra, someone asked the exec to explain why Microsoft requires players to pay for Xbox Live Gold membership for some of the free-to-play betas and games while Sony does not. Ybarra never responded.

Games such as Minecraft, Fortnite, and Rocket League support cross-play between Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, but not PlayStation 4. A while back, Sony said that it was confident that it will find a solution to the cross-play issue so that it can satisfy all gamers and also meets its businesses considerations but that is yet to materialize.

Castlevania Characters Are Coming To Super Smash Bros Ultimate

In a live stream of Super Smash Bros Ultimate series, Nintendo has been able to kill Luigi. Smash Bros is all about murdering key figures in the game. Nintendo has expanded on the game by adding about two new characters in the person of Richter Belmont and Simon. These characters are officially going to be added to the Castlevania game.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate series

Richter remains an echo fighter and operates in a similar way like Simon but with certain personalised animations and different skin. When Nintendo Switch unleashes the game on December 7th, these characters will always be added. Richter and Simon have sophisticated weapons, including melee attacks, holy water, cross, axe and Holy Whip.

The Grand Cross remains the final smash of both Simon and Richter. In Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the Dracula’s Castle will remain a new level along with new figures. As an assistant Trophy, Alucard will be joining the party as well. There will be around thirty-four music tracks to be used for the series along with several stages and innovative Castlevania characters. These features will be properly discovered when playing the new Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

This means that the overall number of songs to be used in the new game will exceed eight hundred. Nintendo has decided to introduce certain unique features and as well as highlight the music. As a Smash Bros Ultimate player, you will have the opportunity to listen to your favourite songs and create playlists even when the Switch screen is not functioning.

Some of the amazing characters that will be featuring the Super Smash Bros Ultimate game are Donkey Kong’s crocodile-king foe and King K. Rool. Metroid’s Dark Samus and Fire Emblem’s Chrom remain 2 echo characters that will appear in the game. In case you are saying this is all Super Smash Bros Ultimate has left, then rethink. According to a reliable source, it is confirmed that the publishing franchise will add more characters than you anticipate.

The title track of the game has been changed to Monster Dance/Bloody Tears from Game Informer. If you don’t get the concept yet, then Monster Dance and Bloody Tears represent songs that were used in Castlevania 2: Simon Quest on the NES. For a long time, the title of the game has remained altered. This may be traced back to noticing that Nintendo already has a Castlevania-oriented song to use for the game. This helps to confirm a level or Castlevania characters.

A reliable source has confirmed that a fresh new song will be used as the theme for the game. This is also a clear signal that Castlevania characters will be featuring in the next game. On the 8th of August, around 7 am, Nintendo will be having a special meeting. Probably gamers will be able to get more information about the game. Until the publishing franchise is ready to unleash the game, you can sit back and watch how things play out. Without any scintilla of doubt, gamers should expect more Castlevania characters in the Super Smash Bros Ultimate game.

How To Choose The Best Water Softener System

Hard water in your home is less an issue of health than a possible expense. The homes having hard water can be easily identified as it creates scaly and white deposits in the plumbing fixtures and fixtures of your house over time. To get rid from these deposits and build-up you require chemical products and heavy duty scrubbing. Due to hard water the soap in your house would lather less. So, to treat the hard water in your house installation of Water Softener is necessary, especially at the entry point of the pipeline from where the water enters your house. The Best Water Softener System comes with features to fit well with your lifestyle. You can make use of the water hardness home test kit to evaluate the severity and level of hardness of home water system and make your selection according. You can also check the online Water Softener Reviews which can provide you comprehensive details and tips on choosing the best Water Softener system as per your needs and budget.

The Needs of your Family

Today, most of the Water Softener Systems make use of sodium chloride or salt to remove the magnesium and calcium minerals from water. The system removes the harsh minerals by exchanging the mineral ions with the salt. But there is a problem with salt Water Softener System as people with higher blood pressure and heart diseases are restricted to consume salt and hence they must avoid using the salt generated Water Softener System. However, there is a alternative in the form of potassium chloride system which they can use to avoid the health issues which may arise with the use of salt generated Water Softener System.

The Usages of Water

You are required to evaluate the need of daily water usages and select the water tank size accordingly. You need to calculate the water used daily in your house and the hardness of water which will help you to select the best Water Softener System for your need. Average homes today make use of Water Softener System that comes with the capacity of 80 gallons. Homes with four people and 2 bathrooms would require 320 gallons of water approx per day. But, this can vary depending upon the usage. Moreover, the public water supply has hardness equal to 10 grains and hence for this you would require Water Softener System that can handle 3200 grains per day for average home of four people.

Regeneration System

The Best Water Softener System often regenerate water periodically so as to ensure soft water is delivered. It is always a smart choice to opt for the Water Softener System that regenerates the water automatically on a timer or manually on timer. The automatic Water Softener System comes with digital electronic heads which is fixed on the tank so that you schedule for regeneration timer on it. In Manual system the users need to start the regeneration process manually and stop the process when they are done. This is quite time consuming. So, the auto Water Softener System offers greater flexibility and ensures better use of the media inside the tank.

Ease of Use

No matter which brand or type of Water Softener System you choose for your home, it is necessary that the system regenerate the media by timer and you can easily replenish the salt in the brine tank. You need to have the supply of media handy with you so as to refill the tank periodically. If you are using potassium chloride Water Softener System, then ensure to have the supply of potassium chloride handy so that you can replenish the system whenever required.

AOC AGON AG241QX FreeSync Gaming Monitor Review

Gaming is a huge industry with millions of gamers who spend most of their time by playing on their respective gaming consoles. However, not everyone has the same set of requirements when it comes to choose a new PC system or Monitor for their gaming needs. Different gamers have different choices and that’s the reason why there are hundreds of choices available for you. And today, we will be reviewing the FreeSync Gaming Monitor i.e. AOC AGON AG241QX.

AOC Agon’s AG241QX is the new generation gaming monitor designed for the gamers. The Monitor comes with FreeSync feature with 144Hz image rate at 1440 Pixels of Screen Resolution for crystal clear viewing experience.

As you know, there are a lot of games which requires high-res monitor to handle the graphical interface, theis new AG24QX handles the graphical requirement of the games and offers rich UI at user’s end. If you are looking for some more information, we would be guiding you though every single detail of this new generation and the Best 144hz Monitor of the current period.

Agon AG241QX Hardware

The new AG241QX serves kind of a simple design yet it comes with an aggressive styling. The screen has matte anti-glare finish which looks premium enough. The bezels which come in black color are pretty slim. The bottom bezels on the screen comes with brushed matte finish.

There’s a red color Agon logo at the bottom bezel of the screen just like other Televisions and Monitors, so there is nothing much to look forward on this new generation Monitor at its hardware side.

Well, the bottom bezel has all the on display controls like other Monitors and Televisions, so you can manually control the system as per your requirement by using this on display buttons. The Power light turned white when the Monitor is on, so it looks pretty nice and adorable. The placements of these controls are also good enough to handle up the tasks.

Interestingly, the Monitor comes with a Remote Control which can be connected through a microUSB cable. So you can make use of this remote control as an alternative option instead of using the On Display Controls.

Additionally, this Gaming Monitor comes with the thinnest design measuring at about 19mm. The rear panel of the Monitor comes in two color, Black and White. The stand is placed at the middle of the screen’s back panel with screws. You can even mount the screen to the wall just like a Television.

Apart from this, the rear panel also feature 3W rounded speakers which are the built-in speakers on the Monitor. At the right side, there is a traditional 3.5mm AudioJack available. It also includes 2 USB 3.0 Ports. It also supports fast charging option to recharges the devices using USB Cable. There is a headphone hook also available on the Monitor so when the headphones are not in use, you can simply hook it up there.

At the back side, there is a DC Power Input port along with two more USB 3.0 Ports. So the Monitor comes with total 4 USB Ports which can handle up various tasks and can connect multiple compatible devices. Apart from this, there are some more useful connectivity options available such as Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4 port, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a, VGA, 3.5mm audio out, 3.5mm microphone jack, mini-USB port etc.

Agon AG241QX Specifications

The Quad HDMonitor offers 2560 x 1440 pixels of screen resolution. You can feel the reality in the games on this system. The Monitor supports AMD FreeSync compatible Graphics Processing Unit of the PC. So you can make the most of this Monitor using a compatible PC system.

The Monitor comes with all the useful ports so you can easily connect the compatible gaming consoles to this Monitor and can make the most of it. All the compatible devices with great output are available.

The screen can be rotated as well, so you can simply change the viewing experience by rotating the screen as per your requirements. This looks pretty awesome and innovative on the new generation gaming Monitor.

Apart from this, the display comes with good image quality so you can make the most of gaming experience out of this Monitor using your compatible PC. So yes, it’s a great way to start a whole new gaming world on this system.

If we talk about the gaming side, the Monitor offers the best of gaming experience. It is the best one for the people who like to play first shooter games and different types of car racing games. It offers the best UI and you would certainly notice it on this range.

Its color and contrast are extra sharp with highest image response rates. Exploring different types of games on this Monitor show you how impressive the graphical quality it offers. It’s also a suitable game for the gamers who love to play fast paced games on their consoles.

If we talk about the pricing, the AOC Agon AG241QX is available right now for £327. You can explore various e-commerce websites from where you can order it for your PC.

 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for PS4: Game Review

Created in association with Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the action-adventure video game, where the main protagonists are ex-mercenary Nadine Ross and Sam Drake the brother of Nathan Drake, the latter doesn’t have a presence in the game.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Team And Developers

The development of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy began after the success of Uncharted 4 in May 2016, and for the game and creative directors staff was appropriately selected Kurt Margenau and Shaun Escayg. They both had a great desire and enthusiasm for the further development of a game sequel. The project team was the same as for Uncharted 4.

The trailer of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was released in April 2017, it is noteworthy to mention that users who would order the game could also receive bonus games, for example Jack and Daxter: Precursory Legacy for PlayStation 4. The Uncharted: Lost Legacy was released on August 22 2017 in North America.

Initially Shaun Escayg wanted Nathan Drake as the main protagonist for the game, but later he changed his mind, thinking that it will be additional decision. The candidate characters for protagonsit role, where Charlie Cutter, Cassie (Nathan’s daughter), Sam Drake and Victor Sullivan. Eventually, team selected both Chloe Frazer and Nadine Rose from previous games Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 4. Later, it was predetermined that the length of the game will be the same as Left Behind’s, but during the process of development, the team realized that it will be even larger than they estimated: over 10 hours. Chloe and Nadine were respectively voiced by Claudia Black and Laura Bailey. The faces and performances of actors were used for modeling and animating the characters. The history of entire game evolved around Chloe, because team members found that she had an interesting moral type, according to the fact that she was interested in finding not only the artifacts, but also exploring the history of the Tusk of Ganesh, because it had some references to her family.

Writers had also changed some characteristics of Chloe by making her more impromptu and dominant figure in contrast to the previous games. Plus they found that Chloe should have a partner, who will support her on entire game. The antagonist of the game is Asav, who was portrayed by Usman Ally. The character is based on medical surgeon Jose Manuel Mireles, whom Escayg saw in documentary film called “Cartel Land”. The script was written by Scherr and Escayg, the difference between Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and previous games was concentration on the region, philosophy and culture. While researching the writers focused on Hinduism and other surrounding mythologies. Escayg thought that the small scope of the game will give more opportunities to penetrate into characters personalities and their stories.

The Bad

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is incredibly repetitive.
  • The shooting system and nemesis system is utterly terrible.
  • Stealth Mode is very bad.
  • The characters don’t engage in meaningful ways.
  • The villain is a stereotype.

The Good

  • The landscapes and exploration is interesting enough.
  • Uncharted does well concerns history and locales
  • Environments are well-developed

According to the fact that Uncharted 4 had limited open areas, because of the short schedule, Naughty Dog updated the schedule for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for avoiding the same problem. The team was obsessed with the divinity and geography of India. Fighting mechanisms were also updated, Chloe was fighting more professional rather than Nathan.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy received mainly positive reviews from Metacritic aggregator, by earning score 84 out of 100.

6 Best Free Movie Apps for Android and iPhone

With the fast paced way technology has been churning out new smartphones with bigger and better features, the cellphones of old are definitely ancient history! Everyone is lugging our phones around wherever we go, and we can’t seem to live as simply as before. Our phones have become our lifeline, our bridge to the greater world outside.

Suddenly, we want everything to be instantaneous. That’s why we now have platforms that allow us to talk to someone halfway across the world so quickly, or get the latest news as it happens on the dot. The same goes for our entertainment. We want to bring our movies and music on the go with us, creating a huge demand for great applications that allow us to do so.

App creators aren’t disappointing. There are so many movie streaming applications available both in the Google Play Store and Apple Store that the problem now is how to choose. But don’t fret, here is a list highlighting six of the best free movie streaming applications for Android and Apple.

1. Megabox HD

It might be one of the newest additions to the ever-expanding supply of movie streaming applications, with only a few years to its belt, but Megabox HD has proven itself to be a worthy competitor. Easily on the top of the most downloaded list, Megabox HD boasts of a wide array of movie titles that is sure to entice anyone. As its name suggests, you can also stream your movies in the best possible resolutions. With all these features, having to watch a few commercials seems like a small disadvantage.

2. Crackle

One other popular choice among movie enthusiasts is Crackle. Its greatest come-on is that you don’t need to sign up an account for you to watch your favorite movies. They don’t upload new movies as fast but you can still enjoy tons of great content, from classics to anime when you use this app.

3. ShowBox App

This app has such a high demand and following that it’s indescribable how much people are going crazy over the ShowBox App. When you install this app on your phone, you not only get thousands upon thousands of amazing content, but they’re collection is curated and up-to-date as well. The user-friendly interface is such a breeze to navigate through that you won’t get lost among the many great finds on the ShowBox App. You can watch all your favorite shows in top-of-the-notch high definition resolutions as if you’re in a cinema. But best of all, you can even download your favorite movies and watch them offline, so you don’t need to be connected to the internet all the time. The ShowBox App isn’t available on the Google Play Store and has to be sideloaded from another site. But with all the great features that come with this app, that’s just a small trade-off.

4. Kodi

One great, innovative free movie streaming application is Kodi. Unlike other applications, Kodi is owned by a non-profit organization that constantly changes and updates its application. An amazing feature they have is that the app allows you to connect your phone and watch the movies on bigger screens, like your laptop or television.

5. Mobdro

Another amazing app that isn’t as widely known as the others on this list is Mobdro. This new free movie streaming application has the most updated library of movies and tv shows. Mobdro is also owned by a non-profit organization that allows you to watch a whole lot more content than other sites. One downside is that most movies are yet to become available to high definition resolutions. But their working on it!

6. Viewster

A cult classic for movie streaming buffs all around the world, Viewster was already the best movie streaming website before. With the expansion to mobile streaming, it has now come to play in that arena as well. Tons and tons of first-rate movies and tv shows can be viewed here in high definition resolutions. There are even extra tidbits that show information and facts about the movies you love. But what makes this app extra great is that it also has an extensive collection of anime shows.

 

There you have it! Six of the best free movie streaming applications for both Android and iPhone all in one list just for you. Pick one of this apps that best suits you and your needs, and enjoy a movie streaming experience like no other!

Disputing Errors On Your Credit Report

How to Dispute Credit Report Errors

Credit report errors primarily involve negative items on your credit report that are “inaccurate, incomplete, or cannot be verified”.

When you find items that are inaccurate, incomplete, or cannot be verified you should dispute them. You dispute items on your credit report by writing a letter to the credit reporting agency that asks them to investigate the disputed item. You should send your letter by certified mail, “return receipt requested” to verify that they received the letter and the date that the letter was received.

You should include a copy of your credit report with the disputed item circled. Also include copies of any supporting documentation that would support your argument. Remember to send copies, not originals, of any document.

Your letter can look similar to the following:

The credit reporting agency has 30 days beginning when they receive your letter to investigate the item unless they consider your request frivolous.

If they cannot verify the accuracy of the item they must remove it from your credit report.

The agency must provide you with written notice of the results of their investigation within 5 days after their investigation is complete.

If you are not satisfied with the results of their investigation you can add a brief (100 words or less) note to your file describing your reason for disputing the negative item.

Credit Reports

In general, your credit report has four components:

  • Identifying information, such as your name, Social Security number, current and previous addresses, telephone number, birth date, and employer. This information helps ensure that your credit report is accurate and doesn’t mistakenly include details about another person (perhaps someone with the same name).
  • Public record information, generally gathered from local courthouses, including bankruptcy records, foreclosures, tax liens, court-ordered payments, and late child-support payments. This information is used to determine if you have previous defaults or legal judgments against you. For example, a mortgage lender will want to know if you’ve had a past foreclosure before granting a home loan. Derogatory information can generally remain on your credit report for up to seven years, except for bankruptcy information, which may be reported for 10 years.
  • Other credit history information, such as a list of your credit cards and loans, and whether payments were on time. Here, too, negative information about your credit relationships, such as late payments or defaults, will remain on your report for up to seven years, and bankruptcy information may appear on your report for 10 years.
  • Inquiries,” a section of your report that lists the creditors, insurance companies or other parties that have requested your credit report, usually when considering an application you submitted. Inquiries typically can remain on your credit report for two years

Identity Theft Help for Prevention and Victims

The Federal Trade Commission explains how identity theft is committed: By co-opting your name, Social Security number, credit card number, or some other piece of your personal information for their own use. In short, identity theft occurs when someone appropriates your personal information without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft.

Identity Theft

Once identity theft is committed, then what? Once identity thieves fake your identity, they:

  • Open a new credit card account, using your name, date of birth, and Social Security number. When they use the credit card and don’t pay the bills, the delinquent account is reported on your credit report.
  • Call your credit card issuer and, pretending to be you, change the mailing address on your credit card account. Then, your impostor runs up charges on your account. Because your bills are being sent to the new address, you may not immediately realize there’s a problem.
  • Establish cellular phone service in your name.
  • Open a bank account in your name and write bad checks on that account.

Without regular monitoring of your credit reports, you may learn of identity theft only when you are contacted by creditors to make payments on debts you did not authorize or are rejected for a loan.

Problems You Can Encounter
My wallet was stolen in December 1998. There’s been no end to the problems I’ve faced since then. The thieves used my identity to write checks, use a debit card, open a bank account with a line of credit, open credit accounts with several stores, obtain cell phones and run up huge bills, print fraudulent checks on a personal computer bearing my name, and more. I’ve spent the last two years trying to repair my credit report (a very frustrating process) and have suffered the ill effects of having a marred credit history. I’ve recently been denied a student loan because of inaccurate information on my credit report.
From a consumer complaint to the FTC, February 22, 2001I’m tired of the hours I’ve spent on the phone and all the faxing I’ve had to do. When will it be over?
From a consumer complaint to the FTC, March 13, 2001Tomorrow is Sunday so we won’t get any notices, but I’m not looking forward to Monday’s mail.
From a consumer complaint to the FTC, November 13, 2001