Phantasy Star Online 2 Landing on PC Next Week with Hatsune Miku

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The good news: popular Sega MMO Phantasy Star Online 2 is headed for PC in North America next week, on May 27. The bad news: it’s arriving on the oft-maligned Windows 10 Microsoft Store. But hey, at least we’re getting a Hatsune Miku event.

Phantasy Star Online 2 launched back in 2012 in Japan on PC and later on consoles, and finally began arriving in North America beginning in April of this year on Xbox One. The North American version of Phantasy Star Online 2 features years worth of balancing, updates, and patches.

In the free-to-play action-MMO, players can choose from four races and nine classes to go on missions, enjoy Casino mini-games, and socialize in the Alliance Quarters. The PC version will be fully compatible with the Xbox version, allowing players from both platforms to play together.

Digital pop star Hatsune Miku will arrive in the world of Phantasy Star Online 2 in the form of special items. Players can use Arks Cash Scratch Tickets to get themed clothing and accessories from Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka and Kagamine Rin & Len. The event is available now on Xbox One.

“We’re thrilled to announce the long-awaited arrival on PC,” said Fred White, PSO2 Head of Marketing. “There’s a loud and passionate PC fanbase who has been patiently waiting for the North American version – we can’t wait to welcome them in. There will be login bonuses waiting for them with more surprises planned in the coming months.”

Phantasy Star Online 2 is available on Xbox One, and coming to PC (Microsoft Store) May 27. It’s rated T for Teen.

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You Can Now Gift All PC and Xbox One Games on the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft has finally caught up to Steam when it comes to digital gift-giving. Larry “MajorNelson” Hyrb, Xbox Live Director announced the new update that affects all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One games purchased through the Microsoft Store.

To purchase digital games as gifts, simply add the email address of the recipient on PC, or their Xbox Live Gamertag on Xbox. The recipient must be on your Xbox Live friends list.

There are a few limitations when it comes to buying digital games as gifts:

  • Gift purchasers can only buy two discounted products, and a total of 10 discounted products, every 14 days. There are no limits for gift purchases made at full price.
  • Gifting of Xbox 360 and Xbox original games, pre-orders, free products, and consumable downloadable game content such as virtual currency is not allowed.
  • Gift recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased.

It’s also important to note that you can’t gift games you’ve already purchased. This is not a game-sharing feature. Instead you simply have the ability to purchase a game as a gift instead of (or in addition to) buying it for yourself.

Microsoft had previously rolled out a test version of gift-giving for select Xbox One titles last fall. Gift-purchasing is now available for all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One digital games.

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Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Demo Arriving Next Week

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If you’re itching to get your hands on Final Fantasy XV’s fancy PC version ahead of its March 6 release, Square Enix has you covered. Today they announced that a free demo of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is coming February 26 to Steam, Origin, and the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.

The demo will include the tutorial and all of chapter one. Any save data from the Windows 10 version will be cross-compatible with the Xbox One version of Final Fantasy XV. A later update will enable Windows 10 and Xbox One players to play together with the Comrades multiplayer expansion.

Square Enix also announced pre-order details for the Final Fantasy Windows Edition, organized by which digital store you purchase from.

Steam

Purchasing the game before May 1 grants the Half-Life Pack. The Half-Life Pack provides a costume for Noctics that turns him into Gordon Freeman, the silent, bespectacled protagonist of the Half-Life series. The costume will also be available for multiplayer avatars when playing the Comrades expansion.

The last Half-Life game released in 2007. Valve, rather infamously, has no plans to make any more despite leaving the story unfinished.

Steam players will also receive the FFXV Fashion Collection, which includes some more outfits for Noctics in the forms of T-Shirts showing off the various DLC packs. These shirts actually have in-game benefits, from increasing strength to improving health recovery.

Origin

Pre-ordering from Origin grants the FFXV Decal Selection, letting players decorate the Regalia car with colorful details. Other pre-order bonuses will be announced later.

Microsoft Store

You will receive the FFXV Powerup Pack if you purchase via the Microsoft Store. The pack includes 10 phoenix downs, 10 elixirs, and a legendary sword called Dodanuki.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will support up to 8k resolution with HDR10 and Dobly Atmos, as well as mod support and all released DLC and updates. Console owners interested in this version can upgrade to the Royal Edition. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will be available March 6, with the demo coming February 26. It’s rated T for Teen.