Bungie announces plans to remedy Destiny 2’s loot box system

Bungie today released the first substantial Destiny 2 update roadmap for the new year, after pledging in late November to communicate more with the game’s community and fix longstanding issues that have riled fans since the title’s launch in September. Contained in the blog post are a far-reaching series of planned changes, additions, and tweaks. But perhaps none are quite as important as the planned alterations to the game’s loot box system, called Eververse, which lets players pay money for slot machine-style “engrams” that randomly contain coveted cosmetic items.

“We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards,” writes…

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You can now try the Pixel 2’s single-camera portrait mode without a Pixel 2

The Pixel 2 has one of the best portrait modes around, made all the more impressive by the fact that it uses a single camera to achieve the effect rather than the dual-sensor setup of most competitors. Now you don’t even need a Pixel 2 to try it out. Developer Arnova8G2, who had previously ported the Pixel’s HDR+ feature to other Snapdragon-powered Android devices, managed to include portrait mode in the latest version of the app. That’s particularly notable because it means phones without a built-in portrait mode like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, and HTC U11 could use portrait…

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Construction Simulator 2’s latest update adds more vehicles and features we think you’ll dig

astragon Entertainment have released a new update for its marquee construction sim, Construction Simulator 2, which brings with it a glut of new machines and vehicles to get behind. Available now for both iOS and Android users, becoming the biggest real-estate tycoon based in the Westside Plains just got a little more enticing.

Taking its already impressive licensed vehicle line-up to well over 40, Construction Simulator 2’s big update sees machines from Mack Trucks and MEILLER Kipper enter the fold. This means that as well as manning heavy-duty trucks from well-known makers like Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Kenworth Bell Equipment, STILL and ATLAS, players can now put the pedal to the medal with the Mack Titan tractor truck and MEILLER MHKA semi-trailer to better complete jobs on time.

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Now you can talk to Destiny 2’s Ghost with Alexa

Activision and Bungie have released a new Amazon Alexa skill that taps into Destiny 2 and lets you speak to Ghost, your character’s AI companion. You’ll be able to ask Ghost for tips on what to do in the game or explanations of its lore, as well as issuing commands for things like quickly equipping your most powerful loadouts.

This works through any Alexa-enabled device, like the range of Echo speakers, but Amazon is also selling a Ghost-shaped Wi-Fi speaker that you can speak to directly whether you’re playing on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. You do already have to have a separate Alexa device for the Ghost speaker to work, however.

The Ghost costs $ 89.98 and will ship on December 19th — and you’ll have to be quick, since it only appears to…

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The Pixel 2’s dormant Visual Core chip gets activated in the latest Android developer preview

 Sadly, not all of the Pixel 2’s surprises have been the good sort since Google’s latest flagship launched. Visual Core is one of the more pleasant ones, though — a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that’s just been hanging out in the phone not really doing much of anything. Read More
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