Xbox One X, S Vudu App Now Supports 4K HDR10

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The Vudu app now supports 4K HDR10 streaming on Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

According to Vudu’s official blog, those with compatible devices, which also include Nvidia Shield, Roku Ultra, and select smart TVs, can begin streaming HDR content immediately. At launch, the service will offer “over 36 movies” with HDR10 support.

With the addition of HDR10, Vudu looks to bring HDR content to “millions more devices.” The video streaming app previously implemented support for Dolby Vision HDR, though that’s widely considered to be the less popular of the two HDR formats.

For more on Xbox One X’s HDR capabilities, check out IGN’s review of Microsoft’s latest console.

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Pokemon Snapchat Lens Celebrates Ultra Sun/Moon Launch

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For a limited time, a custom Pokemon Snapchat Lens, as well as special Pokemon filters for Facebook and Line, are available in celebration of the launch of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon.

The new Pokemon Lens on Snapchat will let you decorate your selfies with Pichu’s nose, ears, and cheeks, and opening your mouth will activate Pichu’s voice. After activating the Lens seven times, Pikachu will appear on the screen, and after an additional seven uses, Alolan Raichu will be unlocked.

Meanwhile, the Facebook Camera’s new Pikachu filter will display the Pokemon in the corner of the screen, and opening your mouth with activate its Gigavolt Havoc Z-Move.

The camera function on Line features two Pokemon filters. One includes Pikachu and Alolan Raichu, while the other features Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten.

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Biomutant Developer Acquired by THQ Nordic

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THQ Nordic has acquired Biomutant developer Experiment 101, as well as the Biomutant IP.

According to THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors, the publisher saw “significant potential” in the Swedish studio during the early stages of Biomutant’s development, and was especially excited about the IP following “the strong reception Biomutant received at its announcement at Gamescom 2017.” Wingefors said THQ Nordic hopes to build Biomutant into one of its “major franchises.”

Experiment 101 was founded by former Avalanche Studios developers who worked on Just Cause and Mad Max. Prior to the acquisition, THQ Nordic partnered with the studio to publish Biomutant. The action-RPG is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

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iPhone X Review

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Finally, Apple has broken itself out of a four-year design rut with the iPhone X. On top of carrying over all the best features the iPhone 8 has to offer, this high-priced flagship phone removes the Home button that has defined the iPhone for a decade, in favor of an elegant screen that goes all the way up, and swaps the fingerprint reader for a high-tech facial scanner. It all comes together well in an excellent phone, though sometimes it feels like it’s different just for the sake of being different.

The base-model iPhone X starts at $999 for 64GB, and jumps up to $1149 for the 256GB version, with no other option for expanding storage. That’s… not cheap. It’s a full $200 more than the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus and $300 more than the standard iPhone 8. You can easily spend less on a decent laptop.

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NVC: New Pokémon Release, A Mario Animated Movie, And So Many Switch Ports

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Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat, Episode 382!

Today Filip MiucinBrian AltanoPeer Schneider, and Jonathan Dornbush react to the recently announced Super Mario Bros. movie and discuss the biggest new releases of the week. Later in the episode, Casey DeFreitas and Miranda Sanchez join NVC to give their impressions on the newly released Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

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