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Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 1/19/2021 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 1/12/2021 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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Our community member brettpenzer123 has created a plugin for the Chrome Browser which automatically embeds a small grey price information box under the price on the Microsoft website. It always shows the cheapest region with its original price and the price in your currency (which is configurable in the plugin). Means you don't have to always visit Xbox-Now before. You can also use it to request new DLCs that way and to jump to the Xbox-Now price table for all countries.

The plugin is very new and might not be perfect yet. The developer is very happy about feedback, bug reports etc. You can either directly contact him via the plugin/store or through our Discord where he's also named brettprenzer123.

Download

Get the plugin from the Chrome Web Store

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If you'd like to help with translations by adding or fixing them, you can supply new suggestions via the particular GitHub Projekt and create a Merge Request / Pull Request for him.

Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 1/5/2021 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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reviewRazer Kaira Pro - Wireless Headset for all Xbox generations

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Wireless headsets for the Xbox are not available in very large numbers. So I was very interested in the release of the Razer Kaira Pro. A wireless headset for all Xbox generations since Xbox One from Razer, the gaming accessories specialist. Razer provided us with a copy that I could test extensively for two weeks.

Packaging and first optical impression

This Razer product also comes in an appealing packaging. Yes, I simply like the black-green packaging and the three-headed snake logo. Full of expectation, I opened the packaging, which then contains a high-quality piece of hardware already at first glance. This impression remains and is even more positive when I put my hands on, even in the form-fitting cardboard box. I immediately noticed that it is so "round" and edgeless. Now I have to put the headset on right away. The flowknit earpads with memory foam go over-ear, of course, and feel extremely comfortable. I like these flowknit or mesh structures with memory foam much better than (synthetic) leather or similar. While I rather like the open and not dense, so I hear my surroundings better and myself less from "inside". So there are just as many who like it the other way around. I would rank the Kaira Pro somewhere in the middle, so good sealed, but just not completely. The headband is also equipped with foam, so that the 330g light headset does not put pressure on the head. The green foam tries to adapt to all head shapes through the memory function to distribute the weight optimally. With my, how do I say it, rather larger head it succeeds very well.

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Connecting and first sound check

Now it's time to connect the headphones to my Xbox Series X. Although on the bracket is a paper notice that you should check the firmware of the headset and update if necessary, all I want is to try it out immediately. Power button on the left side pressed and turned on. As known from Xbox controllers, you also connect the headset by pressing the connect button on the Xbox and on the headset afterwards. On the right side on the headset is the button that looks just like it does on a controller. Yes, that's exactly how it should be! Just seconds later, the Xbox welcomes the headset. It doesn't need a dongle, transmitter/receiver or anything like that. The microphone plugs into the jack socket on the headset. So it's detachable and comes with a wind shield. Of course, it's bendable and positionable to one's personal preferences.

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Without any changes in options, I started a few games. From Forza to Call of Duty to Tetris Effect, I tried out how these sound with the Razer Kaira Pro. What can I say, I'm thrilled right away. The sound is expressive, powerful, clear, unambiguous, and knows how to please. This is certainly due to the 50mm drivers. While the 40mm drivers have proven to be the standard, Razer installs their so-called TRIFORCE TITANIUM 50mm drivers here, for an individual reproduction of high, medium and low frequencies. This allows for even clearer highs and rich basses. Compared to regular 40mm drivers, these are 56% larger diaphragms, which provide more volume.

Of course, the microphone is also important for gaming. Almost everyone had this any time - people in the party chat are often very quiet, noisy or simply have a poor quality. The polar pattern of the detachable 9.9 mm supercardioid microphone allows even less noise from the sides than a cardioid microphone and picks up the voice even more lifelike thanks to a low frequency response and an open housing. My fellow gamers confirmed this several times and kept asking which headset it was.

The headset can do even more

While the headset works flawlessly with the Xbox, you can connect it to a mobile device or BT compatible devices in parallel via Bluetooth 5.0. I had underestimated this feature until now. Not only that you can also ideally use cloud gaming on the mobile with the Razer Kaira Pro, optimized for GamePass. You can also take phone calls while playing on the Xbox, for example, or swipe between matches through TikTok, for example, without having to switch or not noticing anything. I wouldn't buy another headset that doesn't have this feature. It's so convenient and practical. How could I even live without it, I wonder? For on the go, the headset is great not only because of cloud gaming, but also because it has a second microphone built in that works without the clipped one. Great! The second mic only works with Bluetooth.

Besides the excellent sound, my highlight is the RGB-lit Razer logos on the left and right of the headset. That's the way it has to be, and that's what we love Razer for. The Chroma illumination can be turned off, which also increases the runtime of the headset from 15 to up to 20 hours.

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You can adjust the Razer Kaira Pro in more detail in the Xbox app. There are customization options for personal EQ, microphone monitors, Chroma lighting and so on. There are four presets available for the EQ. You can also cycle through the EQ settings without the app by double pressing the connect button.

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Technical data

Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth 5.0
Detachable Razer™ HyperClear super-cardioid microphone.
Dedicated mobile microphone
Razer™ TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers
FlowKnit ear cushions with memory foam
Windows Sonic
Controls on the ear cup
Battery life up to 15 hours (with Chroma lighting) / 20 hours (without Chroma lighting)
Approx. 330 g
Frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Impedance 32 Ω at 1 kHz
Sensitivity 108 dB
Driver size (diameter) 50 mm

Conclusion

At MSRP €169, the Razer Kaira Pro is the best wireless headset I've ever used and I've had a few. In addition to the sound, microphone and wearing comfort are important in a headset. The Razer is completely convincing in all disciplines.

There are only two things I had to get used to. The buttons and wheels, which are a bit too small for my fingers, were quicker ones while the plug-in microphone took me a bit longer to get used to. I would have liked it to be retractable, for example. It sometimes happened that I had to search for the microphone because I unplugged it in single-player games.


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purevpn-bfX-Mas UPDATE: PureVPN again drops the price for a 5 years subscription to only $52 and the account is still able to be shared with up to 10 persons, which is really great. The offer only lasts for christmas. Be sure to get it while you still can.

PureVPN 5 Year Subscription - $52


Currently you can get the 1 year subscription for only 12$ / 10€. Especially if you don't want to have a five year plan or if you missed the last deal, you must not miss this mega deal. To purchase Xbox games anywhere or redeem codes in other countries, you need a VPN anyway. And PureVPN is very attractive with it's 6500+ servers in almost every country!

All you have to do is to collect your rewards after following PureVPN on Instagram and retweet the hashtag from the following link and you'll receive a 50% voucher code to reduce the yearly cost from 24$ to 12$ / 10€.

 ► PureVPN 50% voucher - 1 Year Subscription for only $12 / 10€


Xbox-Now welcomes our new partners from PureVPN!

Also I want to point out a crazy Black Friday deal on PureVPN. You'll get a 5 year membership for only 71€ ($84). That's 88% discount at the current price. Additionally there is the possibility that up to ten people can share the account! This I have asked explicitly.

PureVPN has also provided us with a 20% voucher to reduce the price even more.
The voucher code is: xboxnow20

► 5 Years PureVPN Plan - 57€ ($68) (with 10% voucher)
(There are various payment options for different languages. If you set the website to english, you also have the option to pay in Bitcoin or AliPay - besides Credit Card and PayPal.
 

PureVPN offers you a 31 day money back guarantee if something is not as you expect it to be. You take no risk.

The advantages of PureVPN are among other things the enormous and diverse server list with over 6500 servers worldwide - even in exotic countries like Sri Lanka or the Philippines - 10 simultaneous connections over all devices, apps and guides for pretty much every device and a quite good reputation in big media.

Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12/29/2020 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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Xbox Countdown Sale 2020As you can expect when the year is coming to an end, also this year's getting a huge Xbox Countdown Sale 2020. More than 800 deals (700+ games, 100+ DLCs) are waiting for you. As usual you get up to 85% off and the sale will run until January 3rd, 2021. Have fun!

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Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12/22/2020 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12/15/2020 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12/8/2020 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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UPDATE: All offers were extended due to Cyber Monday!


All big VPN providers currently do offer huge Black Friday discounts on their products. If you not already have an own subscription anywhere, you should vpndefinitely consider getting one, because you probably won't get it cheaper during the year than on Black Friday. You cannot just purchase Xbox games in other countries with it but also hide your private data, to unblock streaming services around the world etc. or to anonymize your surf history / downloads.

PureVPN

Just a few days as a new partner and as a replacement for ibVPN added, PureVPN offers currently a crazy Black Friday deal. You get a license for 5 years, can use the service with 10 people and have a huge serverlist with over 6500 servers in 140 countries. Among them are of course the countries we are interested in like Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico etc. 24/7 customer support and depending on the country relatively good internet speeds. For example, I have measured ~200Mbit over a random NL server. Quite decent. There is a 31 day money-back guarantee if you are not so satisfied and you can invite 24 more friends with one free month each, or just create yourself 24 accounts if one month free each :) PureVPN is based in Hong Kong.

► PureVPN 5 Year Plan for 57€ / $68 (with 20% voucher xboxnow20)


IvacyVPN

Ivacy counters current offers with its own good Black Friday deal. There you can get a license for 5 years also for around 50€ (60$). However, despite many servers there are much less countries to choose from. Unfortunately even without Argentina. But Brazil and Turkey are included. If you don't depend on Argentina, you'll surely find the cheapest offer here. The speed of the servers is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. I was able to measure between 40 and 70 Mbit from servers around my from Germany, Netherlands and Austria. Probably negligible depending on the purpose of use. Also with 10 simultaneous connections. But they offer you a cool feature called "Split Traffic", which allows you to route traffic from different applications over the VPN, but not all or nothing like others. IvacyVPN has its headquarters in Singapore.

► IvacyVPN 5 Years for 50€ / $60

 

NordVPN

NordVPN is our longest VPN partner and probably one of the most well-known providers in the VPN business. Although the service has only been available since 2012, many corporate customers also trust the service. Here you get a license for 2 years + 3 months for 76€ / $90, which is much more expensive than PureVPN. But NordVPN is the one with the fastest servers. If you are primarily interested in downloads, then you should try this one. 6 simultaneous connections are allowed, so you can share the service with other people. There are over 5100 servers available worldwide, also with the well known countries like Argentina, Brazil, Turkey etc. and explicitly a "No Log" guarantee. Whereby this is actually standard. In case you don't like it after all, NordVPN offers a 30 day money back guarantee. NordVPN has its headquarters in Panama

NordVPN 2 Years (+3 Months) for 76€ / $9

Deals With Gold GamesHere are this weeks games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12/1/2020 12 PM CET (actual end date varies by sale).

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Deals With Gold GamesAs in previous years, the Xbox Store has launched a huge sale on the occasion of the upcoming Black Friday. For the first time Microsoft even throws the term Cyber Monday (invented by Amazon) into the race. Anyway, we are interested in the offers. Below you'll find a list of all games currently on offer. But there is no guarantee that the list is complete. Errors excepted.

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previewwolverine v2

As the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers, Razer, with its three-headed snake logo, is one of the most well-known trademarks within the gaming and esports scene. Several new products have been released in the past few weeks. And so on November 19, 2020, the Razer Wolverine V2, a new controller for Xbox and PC, was presented. It's the next generation of the popular Razer Wolverine.

I was able to test the controller for 4 days because Razer provided us with a free copy in advance. Thanks a lot for this.

In the following I describe the first impressions and gaming experiences. More experiences will follow in the next week or two.

Unboxing

The packaging of the Wolverine V2 comes in a high-quality packaging typical of Razer. The colors of Razer in black and green are also very suitable for the Xbox, so that you feel at home as an Xbox gamer. Personally, I love the fabric loop on Razer's packaging. In addition to the image of the controller and the Razer logo, the “DESIGNED FOR XBOX” logo, the familiar green circle, is printed in the lower right corner. Yes, let's go, I want to open the box ...

Embedded in PU foam, the controller literally shines towards you and wants to be used. Design elements on the left and right, which separate the control panel from the handles, I like to say horns, by a green arch, make an extraordinary contribution. I like this design very much.

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Processing and first impression in the hands

Finally, out of the packaging and in hand you can feel a valuable controller weighing 274 grams. The handles are roughened so they have a grip. The somewhat more pronounced "belly" of the handles compared to the standard Xbox controllers was noticeable and immediately felt. It is of course also noticeable that it is a wired controller. The cable is 3 m long and has a trip safety device at the end of the USB connector. A bit of nostalgic feelings arose when I pressed the ABXY buttons and the D-pad. A well-known clicking sound, yes, here I knew that with the built-in so-called microswitches, which Razer calls Mecha-Tactile Action Buttons, absolutely precise and responsive input is possible.

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Let us play

The first mission is approaching. Now it has to be played at last. So, I plugged the Razer Wolverine V2 USB plug into my Xbox Series X and started the Call of Duty campaign. For the triggers LT and RT, the Wolverine Hair Trigger Mode offers a stop switch, i.e. the path of the trigger is shorter, for e.g. Shooter or longer, e.g. for racing games. Of course, I put the switches on short. As expected, the action buttons are absolutely precise. The clear pressure point is really awesome. But also the sticks, arranged asymmetrically, offer good grip and allow the character to be controlled reliably and precisely. Personally, I like the indentation in the sticks and the elements that are reminiscent of a target cross to increase the slip resistance of the thumbs.

The Razer Wolverine offers even more. On the front, between the triggers and shoulder buttons, there are two additional buttons, slightly offset to the center. These can be freely assigned. This requires the Razer Controller app on the Xbox, which can be downloaded from the store. Here you can put almost any button on it and create your own type of game. Several profiles can be created and saved in the app.

A previously unknown feature with these extra buttons is the possibility to use them as sensitivity controls for the sticks. It works in such a way that e.g. if you hold down the button, the stick reacts less, in terms of the distance covered, and you can control it more precisely. PC gamers know this feature from the so-called sniper button on gaming mice. This can be set separately on the Wolverine V2 for each stick and in 10 stages. Certainly a useful feature for story-based games.

I consequently find that the screenshot / record button is there.

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More Specifications

Compatible with: Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC (Windows 10)
Length: 161.5mm
Width: 105.8mm
Height: 65mm
Weight: 274g
Cable length: 3m with trip protection
Analog audio port: 3.5mm

Conclusion so far...

I really liked the Razer Wolverine V2 controller. It lies really well in the hand and the initial "bulky" feeling of the handles turns out to be extremely pleasant after prolonged play. I found the position of my hands and fingers to be very comfortable. Ergonomics is great for my hands. The precision of the sticks and especially the action buttons is the highlight of the controller. I think it's a shame that the controller is wired. I would also have liked mapable buttons on the bottom and not just on the front. When I wrote this lines, I didn't know the price of the Razer Wolverine V2. And one more personal remark, when will an RGB version of the controller be available? I would celebrate if the green design element could shine too.

What is good

  • Attractive design with a green design element
  • Designed for Xbox, works on the PC
  • Razer Mecha Tactile Action Buttons and D-Pad
  • 2 hair trigger modes
  • Sensitivity regulation of the sticks on demand
  • ergonomics
  • Separate screenshot / recording button
  • Trip protection

What could do better

  • It could be a native wireless controller
  • More than two additional buttons on the front
  • Not so bright LED to indicate operational readiness

This text has been translated from german to english by DeepL.com in most cases. Thanks!


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