The phonograph was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison, the first commercial compact disc was released in 1982 (Billy Joel’s 52nd Street, Interestingly), Spotify was founded in 2006 and Apple Music launched its proprietary Spatial Audio music streaming outlet with Dolby Atmos in June 2021.
These are key consumer audio moments now recorded in time or, to blatantly quote one of my favorite tracks from Coheed and Cambria, cuts marked in the march of man.
And as with the coveted turntables in specialty storefronts around the world, the CDs we buy from the Virgin Megastore, or the streaming platforms that most of my friends and I eagerly subscribe to, early adopters of Apple for Spatial Audio music quickly became wool-dyed converts. And I am one of them.
I was working on ‘s sister publication What Hi-Fi? last year, and I wouldn’t rest until Apple’s Spatial Audio won our 2021 Innovation of the Year award. (Oh, there were some heated discussions).
You see, for the first time, Apple didn’t discriminate against those who couldn’t afford its products – Spatial Audio worked with all headphones from the start, as long as you turned it on in your device’s settings. Then it got even better as Android devices gained support and the launch made its way to my beloved Apple HomePod – although admittedly you still can’t get it on the HomePod mini.
The problem for me was the dynamic head tracking. Yes, it debuted for supported content when Apple’s Spatial Audio was introduced as an iOS 14 feature in 2020, but until September 2021 it was absent from Apple’s Apple Music offering. That changed with iOS 15, and while users will still need AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 or AirPods Max and an Apple source device to take advantage of dynamic head tracking, this is where buying Apple-branded products is worth it. .
Opinion: You have to admit it’s getting better (it’s getting better)
If you haven’t tried it yet, we’ve compiled lists and love letters for the format, including 10 albums you need to hear on Apple Music’s Spatial Audio and 10 albums we wish were available on Spatial Audio, but I recommend listening to Truth by Alexis Ffrench, The Beatles Abbey Road or Elton John’s Greatest Hits.
Want to watch movies and TV in monitored spatial audio? try to watch Stranger Things: Season 4 on Netflix (remember, you need a set of AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods 3 to accompany your iOS device here), the opening scene of Gravitythe shooting in the latest James Bond epic, No Time to Dieor pretty much any scene Poison, ideally from an iPad Pro 12.9 to a set of AirPods Max. I could go on. But instead, I’ll cut to the chase – because it just keeps getting better.
At its June 6 WWDC 2022 event, Apple released an update for Spatial Audio that comes with iOS 16. What’s New? This time, it’s personal.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said that with the release of iOS 16 (scheduled for a September 2022 release), users will be able to use the iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to create a ‘Custom Spatial Audio’ profile. ‘. So adjustable, malleable and changeable spatial audio? This I want to hear.
No one is asking us to go out and get impressions of our ears from an audiologist just yet – your iPhone can do the business. OK, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of approach from headphone manufacturers (the Sony Headphones App has been guiding us through photo shoot-style ear scans using our camera phones for quite some time now, using their own Sony 360 Reality Audio solution on two generations of their best-selling WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5 over-ears), but Apple-tracked Spatial Audio is, in my opinion, a cut above other 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos signals with directional audio filters applied.
The really exciting thing is that I think Apple is capable of more when it comes to Spatial Audio. Ultimately, I want to be able to virtually stroll through Apple Studio on Savile Row in 1960s London, like the Beatles record Returnpausing for Ringo to fully understand what he’s playing – and one day, I think that wish might be granted, you know…
Meta has finally unlocked a number of new native video recording settings for the Quest 2 VR headset, including 4K resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The only problem is that the options are only available to developers.
The new developer hub update – which is only downloadable by those with an Oculus Developer account – has enabled several recording options. There is still the default 1:1 setting, 1024p @ 36fps, but now developers can choose between 1080p, 1440p or 2160p resolutions, each of which can be recorded at 36fps or 60fps.
There are also options to change the video bitrate from the standard 5 MBps to a maximum of 40 Mbps and to make the view monoscopic or stereoscopic – paving the way for more immersive VR game trailers.
Improved native video recording settings for Quest 2 have been something that VR developers and content creators have been asking for. Quest 2’s native 1:1 video recordings are great for Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram, but not so great on other platforms.
By default, the Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) is set to record and display a 1:1 aspect ratio at 1024p resolution (slightly below HD at 1080p). To shape that square into a 16:9 video, you either need to add thick black rectangles on both sides or trim the image – potentially cropping important pixels.
External tools can allow content creators and developers to capture, but setting this up can be tricky. This native solution makes recording high resolution 16:9 images much simpler.
The reason 16:9 is important is that it’s the aspect ratio of pretty much every regular monitor – your TV and your PC monitor – which is what you’re likely to use to watch trailers on YouTube and other platforms for new VR games. While having the same aspect ratio isn’t a necessity, combining it will help make a trailer more visually appealing – potentially getting more players excited about what they see.
The same is also true for YouTube and Twitch content creators looking to release VR gameplay videos. Whether these developer features will be available to regular gamers remains to be seen, but Meta has previously acknowledged that wider video settings are a common demand from Quest headset owners.
One point that could be holding things back is the limited power of the Quest 2. As noted by Aldridge, games can have some issues when running at 4K as the headset simply doesn’t have enough power for higher resolutions. Fortunately, this is a problem that Project Cambria or Quest 3 can solve.
Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield is taking inspiration from the beloved FTL standalone spaceship simulator, and its in-game footage has given us a solid understanding of how exactly that happens.
Inspired by the indie game, Starfield’s space combat will involve redirecting energy to your ship’s various subsystems mid-flight. Game director Todd Howard said IGN (opens in new tab) in early June you will be switching power between various modules on your ship to keep your weapons and systems running.
“Your ship has several power systems,” Howard said.[There’s] a little bit of FTL in terms of putting how much power into three different weapon systems, then into their engines and shields, and the grav drive is what lets you jump in and out of some situations where you need to put power. ”
as seen in reddit (opens in new tab), the recent gameplay preview of Starfield shown during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase of Summer Game Fest seems to demonstrate exactly how this power play works in-game. In the cockpit view, a panel on the left side of the screen displays what appears to be several ship modules, each with a power gauge.
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Motor, shield and grav drive power are displayed, along with three other modules: LAS, BAL and MSL. These can be lasers, ballistics and missiles. It looks like you’ll switch power between them using the D-pad and have room to maximize output to the modules or pump power to them in discrete units.
Power management mechanics have become commonplace in all space simulators. Elite: Dangerous has a similar control system that allows it to prioritize power output to specific ship modules, distributing it around damaged components and power outages. We are yet to see if Starfield will include such a reactive system.
Power management isn’t the only thing Starfield will have in common with FTL. You’ll also be able to board enemy ships, although the process is a little more hands-on than the indie game’s automated combat.
“You can dock with other ships, you can deactivate them, you can board [them],” Howard said. “Actually, there are some missions that involve this. You can steal the ship. There’s dialogue in space, there’s star stations you can visit, there’s smuggling. All the things we would like.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Howard said that Starfield’s space combat was also inspired by the robotic fighting game MechWarrior. He said the development team relied on that game’s slower pace when it came to designing power systems and being able to accurately line up shots, rather than taking inspiration from any “nervous hunter”.
Howard’s mention of a grav drive is also interesting. We already know that Starfield will include faster-than-light travel in some form, but the notion of powering up your ship’s unit suggests that you’ll be able to launch yourself into hyperspace mid-combat. You can be surfing at lightning speed whenever you want.
To everyone’s surprise (except perhaps lead star Tom Cruise), Top Gun: Maverick blew up the global box office to become the biggest movie of the year (so far) and one of the most successful Hollywood sequels in recent memory.
Director Joseph KosinskiThe action-packed story of an aging aviation ace won over critics and audiences alike – we gave the film five stars in our brilliant review – and served as a timely reminder that Netflix and marvel movies are not the only order of the day in 2022.
It’s no wonder, then, that Top Gun fans are eager to know when they can enjoy Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s long-awaited return from the comfort of their own homes. Details on the movie’s release on streaming services are still scarce, but below, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far.
Let’s start with what we know for sure – which, admittedly, isn’t much at this stage.
At the moment, Top Gun: Maverick is not available to stream anywhere in the world, mainly because the movie was only released in theaters on May 27th. Parent studio Paramount will be making a call on its physical and video-on-demand (VOD) release dates.
The post-theater release schedule for Paramount’s stable companion Sonic the Hedgehog 2, however, does provide a useful blueprint for when we can expect to enjoy the thrills of Top Gun: Maverick at home.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 became available for on-demand purchase and rent about three months after its theatrical release – if Top Gun: Maverick follows that pattern, we expect it to hit the virtual storefronts of Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, and a handful of others. lesser-known platforms sometime between August and September. If and when that happens, it’s likely to cost somewhere around $7.99 / £4.49 to rent and $19.99 / £13.99 to buy.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is getting a DVD and Blu-Ray release in early August, about four months after its theatrical release, so again, Top Gun: Maverick could follow that pattern with a physical release sometime between September. and October.
Will Top Gun: Maverick Coming to Paramount Plus?
As for when Top Gun: Maverick hits streaming services, the jury is still out. The movie will almost certainly do Paramount Plus his exclusive home, but it’s still unclear when it will be available to stream on the platform at a young age.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 arrived on Paramount Plus on the same day as its VOD release (i.e. three months after its theatrical debut, according to other recent projects from the studio), but Top Gun: Maverick likely won’t follow that pattern, due to to its stratospheric box office success.
As part of his bespoke movie deal, the film’s star Tom Cruise has the final say on when Top Gun: Maverick jumps to Paramount Plus – and reports suggest Paramount is pushing him to agree to shorten the exclusivity. 120 days of the movie. window in an attempt to capitalize on its popularity (i.e., attract more subscribers to Paramount Plus).
On the other hand, Cruise may lobby to extend Top Gun: Maverick’s theatrical release window in light of the film’s stellar performance. He’s, after all, a big believer in the cinematic experience, and it’s hard to see him signing off on a move that would bring his beloved big-screen project to streaming services sooner than absolutely necessary.
At the moment, then, we simply don’t know when Top Gun: Maverick will come to Paramount Plus. As mentioned, Paramount movies most often hit the streamer 120 days after their theatrical debuts, but Top Gun: Maverick could arrive earlier, on time, later — or potentially not at all. We will share more details when we have them.
Incidentally, Paramount Plus is now available in more regions than ever before. The service was recently launched in the UK, having debuted in the US last year, and costs $9.99 / £6.99 a month (or $4.99 a month for ad-supported viewing if you’re in the US). USA).
For our money though, Paramount Plus not yet able to compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney Plus — and studio execs are hoping that Top Gun: Maverick will change that reality sooner rather than later.
After removing it in an earlier version, Microsoft brought back the redesign of the ‘Open With’ dialog box for Windows 11, allowing you to open files in an app other than the one you set as the default.
This new design finally removes the confusion surrounding the message box since Windows 8, with dialog boxes not making it clear whether the file would open with a new default application in the future or if it was just for that one time.
There is often a time when you need to play a music file in an audio editing application rather than Windows Media Player, for example. This is where the ‘Open With’ feature comes in, allowing a different application to open a file.
was taken in Insider build 22563 (opens in new tab) in April, but reappeared in Build 25151 (opens in new tab). While the Insider program lets you test features that aren’t ready for a final release, it seems Microsoft is happy that this redesigned box is finally making its debut in Sun Valley 2, the first major update to Windows 11, later this year.
Analysis: A dialog that needed more love
Once again, we’re seeing Microsoft tinkering with parts of Windows even more to make it more modern and fresh for new and existing users, mostly thanks to its design features – Fluent Design and WinUI.
We’re already seeing the fruits of those efforts, with Paint and File Explorer getting new looks and useful features that users have wanted for years. However, this is clearly expanding to certain menus and boxes, such as the ‘Open With’ box.
In this new update we will finally see clearer language with two options – ‘Only once’ and ‘Always’. If you’ve used an Android smartphone or tablet, this might sound familiar as Google’s mobile operating system will ask the same questions if you have multiple apps that can open the same file type. It’s a quick and easy way to open files in the app you want and set default apps for certain file types if you want, and we’d like to see something similar in Windows 11.
This will help users who just want to open files in a different app just once without getting confused. We expect this to make it to Sun Valley 2, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see similar redesigns appear in future releases as we get closer to its release.
Windows 11 is still hampered by a weak pace of adoption, looking at the latest figures assessing the market share of Microsoft’s desktop operating system.
The report on Windows versions and their respective market share compiled by AdDuplex (opens in new tab) for June 2022 shows that Windows 11 is now on 23.1% of PCs included in the company’s numbers. (These are Windows machines running Microsoft Store apps that display AdDuplex ads).
As AdDuplex points out, in the last two months only an extra 3.4% of Windows PCs have been upgraded to Windows 11, which represents a rather slow overall rate of migration to the latest operating system.
Windows 10 versions make up the majority of the market, of course, with the most popular version being Windows 10 21H2 at 38.2%, and the 21H1 feature update coming in second behind 23.9%.
Analysis: Painfully slow progress for most of 2022
While a two-month gain of 3.4% isn’t something to shout about, it’s at least better than the previous two-month period, where Windows 11 only had 0.6% in terms of market share.
Windows 11 witnessed a 3.2% increase in February, mind you, which capped off a pretty robust adoption spike where the operating system doubled its share at the end of 2021. But since then, it’s all gone down a lot in AdDuplex stats. .
We should never read too much into just one set of numbers – they provide a snapshot of just a single facet of Windows 11’s popularity – but the statistics seem to broadly indicate that there has been a spike in early adoption from interested and more curious alike. types of computing, but since then, things have really slowed down.
With still a long way to go before Microsoft lowers the curtain on Windows 10 support (in late 2025), we can’t imagine that the pace of Windows 11 adoption is likely to accelerate anytime soon, although new desktops and laptops will ship with the Latest operating system pre-installed will gradually help adoption.
That said, there are a few key technologies that could eventually trigger wider adoption, and one that quickly springs to mind is DirectStorage on the gaming front, which should be a big boost for Windows 11. And not just for load times. SSD, but for smoother open world games (loading assets faster on-the-fly), the caveat is that games need to support it, and none do yet. (Although the first DirectStorage title, Forspoken, is expected to come to PC later this year.)
Smartphone maker Infinix, known for low-end and entry-level Android phones, has announced that its next flagship phone will come with support for 180W fast charging. If that happens, the company’s next phone will surpass the Realme GT Neo 3 and OnePlus 10R as the phones with the fastest charging technology.
Both the Realme GT Neo 3 and OnePlus 10R come with support for 150W fast charging and the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge has 125W fast charging.
In the official announcement, the company revealed that the phone equipped with 180W charging support – called Thunder Charge Technology – will come with a 4,500mAh battery and can be charged from 1% to 50% in just 4 minutes. Although the company declined to reveal the time it takes to fully charge the phone.
Explaining the technology further, Infinix says the phone uses dual batteries rated 8C – the maximum charge rate for rechargeable lithium batteries in the industry today. The charging power of each battery is only 90W while charging. These batteries are custom made to ensure they do not heat up while charging.
The company says it uses three parallel charging pumps to ensure maximum power delivery to the battery. Infinix claims it uses 111 software and hardware safety protection mechanisms that prevent batteries from heating up and limit voltage and electromagnetic interference to help prevent battery and smartphone damage.
Last but not least, the portable charging pad will come with an encryption chip to ensure ultra-fast charging. If a user opts for a non-compatible charging cable, the charging speed will drop to 60W/100W.
That said, this isn’t Infinix’s first attempt at fame. The company had initially introduced 160W charging technology, however, has never been seen on a commercially available phone. However, it is very likely that the new charging technology will eventually reach the public.
How fast is fast enough?
Until recently, almost everyone carried a power bank to charge their phone on the go. While this was an extra investment, it was necessary because phones had smaller batteries and the included charging pads would take ages to charge the phone.
When brands like OnePlus revolutionized fast charging technology, charging the power bank became a thing of the past as it would hardly take half an hour to charge the phone. Even night charging has become obsolete.
However, many users are still troubled by the impacts of fast charging on battery health and overall device. Multiple phones catching fire or exploding only made matters worse.
So the need to create a good balance between fast charging and battery health needs to be maintained. While Xiaomi’s HyperCharge technology can charge the phone in just 17 minutes, Realme’s 150W takes even less time.
In all likelihood, charging the Infinix’s 180W should take around 10 minutes for a full charge – however – do you really need it or would you prefer a slightly larger battery with a moderate charging speed?
Samsung has been one of the only brands so far that has managed to release multiple iterations of its collapsible smartphones. And it looks like the South Korean tech giant is ready to test the waters for more budget models.
according to one report (opens in new tab) by the Korean technology publication Naver, Samsung began work on the development and design affordable folding devices. The report states that the project was initiated by Samsung Electronic’s Mobile Experience (MX) division. There have been previous reports that the company was targeting a 2024 release.
Samsung aims to bring an affordable Z Flip and Z Fold version to the international market. In India, we can see smartphones available for approximately Rs 60,000. Samsung’s folding lineup of the Z Flip 3 is priced at Rs 84,999 while the Z Fold 3 is priced at Rs 1,49,999. And these were just the base model prices.
If Samsung is really working to bring the price down by more than 20%, then there will certainly be some differences in the hardware. It was also previously suggested that Samsung will add these foldables to the A-series smartphones. These would introduce the essential features that complement the foldable device and its software. The most premium features will remain exclusive to premium Z-series products.
Samsung isn’t the first company to try out the affordable foldable smartphone. Rumors suggest that Oppo was also working on launching a low-cost foldable smartphone. These reports arrived shortly after the company launched Find N.
Sacrifice premium features for a still expensive device
Foldable smartphones have not yet become mainstream devices not only in India but internationally as well. Anyone who buys a folding one is sure to turn some heads and draw attention for sure. But, a foldable device that looks like any other device on the market and with a hefty price tag will also raise some eyebrows.
For one, foldable smartphones are still in their early stages. They still have a long way to go in terms of the technology used. Considering budgeting something so soon is a big commitment and a milestone to reach. There is no doubt that Samsung will be able to do this within the timeframe they set. But it seems more practical to wait for the company to tease the device by 2024. They could release it a few years later, after they’ve ironed out any shortcomings.
The second and biggest concern is the hardware and features of the device. Mainly for the price you will pay. Even for Rs 60,000 you can opt for the Galaxy S series. The A series aims to be premium features at affordable prices. Features not accessible at premium prices. If one is really interested in getting a foldable device, then the premium Z-series is the only logical option.
There are plenty of password managers out there to choose from – services that can remember all the passwords you use online – and some browsers, like Google Chrome, have this feature built into them. But most of them have a flaw that 1Password hopes to fix.
When you sign up for something, you can take one of two routes. There is the typically longer process where you provide the site with your email address, a password, and possibly some other data to create an entirely new account. Alternatively, you can choose to sign up using your account details from another service, a generally faster option. Unfortunately, the second option will not be remembered by your password manager.
Sometimes it’s easy to remember which account you signed up with. If you have the option to sign in to a service with your Google or Apple account, you probably signed up using the one linked to the smartphone you use every day (Android or iPhone, respectively).
But other sites might force you to remember if you used Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Steam, or one of several other options. Only one of them will log in to the desired account, while the rest will set up a new account.
If you want to try out 1Password’s new tool, there’s a downside: you’ll have to pay for the service. a basic personal signature (opens in new tab) costs $2.99 per month when billed annually and a Families Plan (opens in new tab) costs $4.99 per month for five people when billed annually. If you want to try it out first, there’s a 14-day free trial. This will give you a sense of how much more useful the updated 1Password is compared to the free options before you spend anything on it.
With the latest Back 4 Blood update comes the first expansion, Tunnels of Terror, bringing a whole new host of horrors to Fort Hope. There are new cleaners, new weapons, new cards, and more, as well as changes to balance and a slew of bug fixes.
Back 4 Blood’s new expansion is a well-needed shot in the arm for the co-op shooter and good news for anyone looking for their four-player fix.
Grab a weapon, kick open the safe room door, and prepare yourself for the newest undead monstrosities. There are three new Ridden mutations, the undead enemies you face, there’s the Urchin, Shredder, and Ripper. They’re all part of a new class called the ‘Warped’.
There is also new PvE content called ‘Ridden Hives’, horrible tunnel systems underneath the Evansburgh streets. The entrances to these tunnels look straight out of a Junji Ito painting, they’re all rotting flesh and twisted sinew. The promise of unique loot and rewards is a good lure, giving you plenty of reason to jump into the creepy underground mazes.
Back 4 Blood update: cut to the chase
What is it? four-player co-op shooter Back 4 Blood’s first expansion
When can I play it? Out now
What can I play it on? Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC
Tunnels of Terror was released on April 12th, unlocking at 10am PT, 1pm ET, and 6pm BST.
It launched at the same time across all platforms and is available on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The base game is available on Xbox Game Pass but you will need to buy the DLC in order to play the new content.
Back 4 Blood update: new characters
Showing up to help the original cast are two new cleaners, each with their own abilities to dismantle the Ridden hordes. They’re welcome additions that bring the total roster of Back 4 Blood characters to 10.
Heng is a former restaurant owner and immigrant who seems to have bottomless pockets full of items that fall out when Mutations hit him.
Sharice is a tough former firefighter who brings armor plates and trauma resistance to the fight, plus her trusty fire axe.
Back 4 Blood update: new weapons and attachments
An entirely new class of Back 4 Blood weapons has arrived. Legendary weapons can only be found in Ridden Hives, and they’re designed to pack a massive punch if you can get your hands on them. Alongside these new weapons are new Legendary attachments, which will enhance the capabilities of your normal weapons.
The Tenderizer – a giant melee hammer that dismembers enemies and deals explosive damage in a large area when it hits.
Damnation – a shotgun with incendiary rounds that light up Ridden
Prototype 378 – a submachine gun with electrical rounds that slow enemies.
Back 4 Blood update: new enemies
Because parasite-zombies and mutated-parasite-zombies weren’t enough, we now have to deal with really-mutated-parasite-zombies in the form of the new Warped Ridden. They’re showing up in the new Ridden Hives, but they are also available in the PvP Swarm mode.
A variant of the Hocker/Stalker/Stinger family which can lay land mines, and really looks like he’d be at home at a punk concert on the weekends.
A variant of the Exploder/Reeker/Retch family, the Shredder seems like he wants to bring both brains and brawn.
A variant of the Bruiser/Crusher/Tallboy family and apparently they skipped left-arm day.
Back 4 Blood update: new cards
There are six new cards introduced with Tunnels of Terror. They bring some seriously interesting stuff to the table such as the Weaponsmith card which allows you to remove weapon attachments outside saferooms for Copper and the Bodyguard card has you take hits for your teammates, allowing you to become a bit of a tank.
Bodyguard (Talent) – When a teammate within 5 meters is attacked, you instead receive 50% of that damage. Can trigger once every 3 seconds.
Weaponsmith (Ability) – Allows the ability to unbolt attachments from weapons outside of Saferooms. Team Effects. Unbolting attachments costs 400 Copper. Additional copies played reduce its cost by 100 Copper.
Pumped Up (Stat) – Your Temporary Health decays 20% slower. 1 additional Pain Meds spawns in each map. +5% Health.
Fit as a Fiddle (Stat) – Team Effects. +25% Bolstered Health. +5 Team Health.
Magician’s Apprentice (Talent) – You have an additional 10% chance to not consume accessories when used.
Bravado (Talent) – When a teammate within 15 meters receives Trauma Damage, gain 10% of that amount as Trauma Health.
Back 4 Blood update: new achievements
Tunnels of Terror is bringing 12 new achievements for the collectors out there. You can read more about how to snag them, and any you missed in the original game, in our Back 4 Blood achievements guide.
Newly-sighted strains of Ridden guard incredible treasures in their underground labyrinthine lairs. Raze Ridden Hives and take these powerful weapons and items for yourself… if you survive!Empty list
2 New Cleaners: Heng and Sharice
Two new Cleaners join the fight! Craft Makeshift Armor as the stalwart Sharice, or pick the ever-resourceful Heng to provide additional supplies along with visibility on obscured items and Prepper Stashes. Accessible in both Campaign and Swarm PvP for DLC owners, and unlockable in Swarm PvP for non-DLC owners.
3 New Warped Ridden in Campaign and Swarm PvP
Skull Totem Supply Lines
Find Skull Totems within Ridden Hives and exchange them for all-new items and cosmetics, available in Skull Totem Supply Lines.
7 Legendary Weapons
13 Legendary Attachments
12 New Achievements and Accomplishments
New Difficulty: No Hope
Relentless Ridden forces will tear you apart in a new, hair-raising difficulty: No Hope. Cleaners who conquer the highest difficulty mode will reap significant rewards and prove their place amongst the best of the best.
12 New Player cards
5 New Director cards, 2 of them Ridden Hive specific
New character skins
New weapon skins
New banners, sprays, and emblems
Unbolting Weapon Attachments
In the Safe Room, Cleaners can unbolt their weapon for 500 copper. Once unbolted, they may freely swap or remove weapon attachments.
With the new Weaponsmith card, the price is lower and unbolting weapon attachments outside of Safe Rooms becomes available.
Quickplay Supply Point Incentives
Joining through Quickplay will grant a flat SP bonus per map.
Recruit: 10 SP
Veteran: 20 SP
Nightmare: 30 SP
Back 4 Blood on Steam Deck, Linux PCs with WINE/Proton
Developer Note: We have made an experimental change that we believe will make the game playable on Proton platforms such as the Steam Deck, SteamOS, and Linux. While this is not yet official support and has had limited testing, if you are a player interested in playing on these platforms, you should no longer be prevented from doing so and should join us on our Discord to discuss bugs specific to this platform.
Improved environment reflections throughout the game.
Added various minor improvements to water visuals.
Added improvements to Flashlight visuals.
Pinged waypoints are now color tinted to represent item’s tier.
Reduced number of Alarm Doors on Campaign Maps.
Players can no longer take damage before saferoom doors open.
Added an additional Life to Nightmare difficulty and Swarm in preparation for Mom’s passive ability adjustment.
Removed timed objectives.
Move Speed buffs/debuffs no longer affect Sprint Speed.
Catch-up weapons now roll with attachments based on Act progression.
Rescaled Attachment spawn rates to better synergize with the new Weaponsmith functionality.
All standard player card purchase costs normalized to 500 copper.
Global Temporary Decay rate reduced to 1.75 from 2.
Tallboys and their variants can no longer cause cars to explode.
General card updates
Vendors now have stat cards that can be purchased.
Now gives team 20 healing instead of 25 temporary health.
Now has 1% damage increase.
Reduced to 5% from 10%.
Now has Stamina Regen of 2.5%.
Fixed an issue that caused players to gain 20 instead of 10 stamina.
Card increased to 50 from 25.
Now gives 5% Sprint Speed.
Bomb Squad refactored
25% team explosion damage.
20% team explosion resistance.
1 Frag grenade spawn per map.
Card can only be triggered 25 times in a given map.
Developer Note: This is in response to adding the Cost of Avarice card.
Numb to 10% damage resistance from 20%.
On Your Mark
Now gives 10% of max ammo from 15%.
Reduced Reload Speed to 15% from 25%.
Run Like Hell
Now gives 15% Sprint Speed.
Spikey Bits to 20% damage resistance from 10%.
Life Insurance fixed to properly stack trauma reduction.
Corruption card updates
Reduced chance to apply to 33% from 50%.
Reduced pool duration to 6 seconds from 8.
Ridden deal 25% extra damage.
3 temporary Health per kill.
100% Bolstered Health.
200% Increased Temporary Health Decay.
Silence is Golden
Cleaners can no longer roll both the silence is golden objective and Gloom/Lockdown Director cards.
Doc Stat Updates
Doc’s Team Trauma Resist reduced to 20% from 25%.
Bonus healing efficiency reduced to 15% from 20%.
Mom Ability Refactor
Mom’s team passive is now +100% team revive speed.
20% slower team temp health decay.
+1 Team lives removed.
Quick Revive ability removed.
Added a new ability, Mom grants her team 25 temporary health when a teammate is incapped.
Stat purchase changed to +10 from 15%.
Now has 5% stamina regen.
Cost reduced to 1,000 from 1,500.
Reduced to 1,000 from 1,500.
Reduced to 1,000 from 1,500.
Damage decreased to 650/800/1000/1250 from 650/1000/1250/1550.
Price increased to 175 from 150.
Barbed Wire Accessory
Reuse increased to 5/7.5/12.5/15 from 0/10/15/20.
Price increased to 250 from 200.
Flash Bang Accessory
Flash duration rescaled to 6/7/8/9 from 6/8/10/12.
Flash bonus damage increased to 15%/20%/25%/30% from 10%/15%/20%/25%.
Temporary Health rescaled to 35/45/55/65 from 40/50/60/70.
Price increased to 150 from 125.
Added improvements to the Flash Bang screen effects.
Cleaners can now throw gas can and propane tanks 25% farther.
Added Cleaner Self-Flash for Flash Bang Accessory
Increased Roaming Special Spawn cooldown by 45 seconds.
Roaming Specials now have a 45 to 75 second cooldown after a horde is triggered.
Wandering Specials now have a 12 to 18 second cooldown after a horde is triggered.
Roaming Specials are now limited to 2 of any type.
Wandering Specials are now limited to 2 of any type.
Improved lockpicking ping behavior for bots.
Ridden AI Updates
Various Ridden pathing and collision improvements made to multiple Campaign maps.
Charred Ridden now have fire sound effects.
Reduced the Charred Ridden’s fire effect to 1.75 meters from 2.65 meters.
Reeker stumble resistance decreased by 25%.
Reeker Base health reduced to 400 from 500.
Monstrous Stinger Predator attack reduced speed buff to 30% from 50%.
Volatile Ridden No longer trigger death effect when killed by bots.
Swarm PvP updates
There may now only be one of each Special Ridden variant at a time in Swarm Mode.
Developer Note: We received feedback from the Swarm PvP community regarding stacked Ridden selection strategies becoming too strong. This is to encourage diverse Ridden selections when playing.
Playable Stinger and variants are no longer able to shoot projectiles while in the air in Swarm PvP.
Retch’s Vomit effect outline now remains centered on reticle.
Multiple cards added to Swarm PvP decks.
Several cards removed from Swarm PvP decks.
Increased 2D (XY) min spawn distance for Special Ridden from 7.5 meters to 10 meters.
Common “Ferocious” Mutation health buff decreased to 25% from 40%, damage buff decreased to 30% from 40%.
Common “Monstrous” Mutation health buff decreased to 50% from 80%, damage buff decreased to 60% from 80%.
Common “Evolution” Mutation order to: Armored, Charred, Blighted, Festering.
Reduced range of the Charred Common DOT/fire effect from 2.65 meters to 1.75 meters.
Updated per-variant health regeneration rates for Special Ridden.
Burst Bonus Mutation effects updated for Tallboys.- Outgoing damage buff reduced to 25% from 50%. Incoming damage buff reduced to 25% from 30%.
Stinger’s Kill Frenzy Mutation effect reduced to 5 seconds from 10 seconds.
Bruiser frenzy damage increased to 12.5 per hit.
Bruiser damage increased to 17.5 from 15.
Bruiser Frenzy now deals 12.5 base damage per hit regardless of range.
Tallboy Burst Bonus Mutation outgoing damage buff reduced from 50% to 25%, incoming damage buff reduced to 25% from 30%.
Crusher Initial Damage increased to 8 from 12.
Crusher Crush Dot Frequency decreased to .5 from 1.
Crusher Crush Min Damage decreased to 2 from 3.
Crusher Crush Max Damage decreased to 5 from 7.
Crusher Crush Trauma damage increased to 50% from 40%.
Smelling salts Card to 200 from 150%.
Text to Speech added for tooltips in the Options Menus.
Text to Speech added for Muxy Game Link options.
Copper and Mutation Point text color now change based on colorblind settings.
Cleaner retching sound effects now have their own option in the Options menu, and can be turned off at any time.
Performance Improvement: Changed Text to Speech voice to the male option temporarily, as we are investigating issues with the female voice.
Added a visual pulse to the Card Draw menu’s “Ready” button.
Increased speed of Card Draw and Pre-Round menu animations.
Various new perk icons added.
Revive Healing icon updated.
Burn Card selection button now pulses on the Active Card menu when Burn Cards selection is available.
The Party Leader will now see a UI notification indicating they are the host after Cleaners use the Stay Together feature.
Fixed an issue causing Quickplay players to not have access to vendor purchased item upgrades upon joining.
Fix for rare issue causing an extra idle Cleaner to appear in the match after player reconnection.
Fort Hope Shooting Range
Fixed an issue where the Tallboy’s Smash outline stayed on the map after changing to a cleaner during its Smash attack.
Fixed an issue where Cleaners remained pinned after the Stalker pinning them was killed in the Fort Hope Shooting Range.
Ammo For All – Fixed an issue where this card did not grant a damage buff. It now grants 1% team damage.
Antibiotic Ointment – Fixed an issue where healing accessories did not grant temporary health after their first use with this card equipped. Fixed an issue where Antibiotic Ointment was locked in Swarm.
Basic Stamina – Fixed a bug to now give 10 Stamina instead of 20.
Bomb Squad – Fixed an issue where no Team Effects box was present on the card.
Bounty Hunter – Fixed an issue where the Bounty Hunter card does not have its effect applied after a team wipe if the Cleaner killed 30 mutations during a previous run.
Buckshot Bruiser – Fixed an issue where the temp health decay timer reset each time temp health was added to the player.
Down In Front – Cleaners will no longer say their friendly fire lines when the Down in Front card has been played.
Dusty’s Customs Burn Cards – Fixed issue where Dusty’s Customs Burn Cards will trigger every time the player is rescued from a rescue pod.
Fortune – Fixed an issue where this card did not grant enough copper.
Hired Gun – Fixed an issue where this Burn Card did not grant copper after taking over a bot.
Life Insurance – Now properly stacks trauma reduction.
On Your Mark – Fixed an issue causing On Your Mark to grant more ammo than intended.
Power Reload – Fixed an issue where this card did not work with some shotguns.
Shooting Gloves – Removed the duplicate Shooting Gloves card in the Swarm Deck Manager.
Silver Bullets – This card now correctly gives 10% bullet damage.
Slippery When Wet – Fixed an issue with this Burn Card getting removed after a Player is rescued from a Rescue Pod.
Well Fed – Fixed an issue where Health gets reduced after a team wipe when boths have the Well Fed talent card active.
Fix for Cleaners becoming invisible after being revived very quickly with a defibrillator.
Fixed an issue with most chainlink fences allowing players to stand on top of them.
Fixed an issue where the player could buy Team Upgrades multiple times from the Vendor in Saferooms.
Fixed an issue where Evangelo’s team effect was not affecting sprint speed.
Fixed an issue with Cleaners hanging in the air before being knocked into a ledge hang from an Ogre’s tumor toss.
Fixed an issue where Molotovs bounced too much.
Fixed an issue where Ammo Packs dropped the same amount of ammo on all tiers.
Fixed an issue where melee weapon attacks could bypass the Breaker’s armor.
Fixed an issue where bots stopped reliably pinging Special Ridden after being grabbed or pinned.
Fixed an issue where bots could stand idle after equipping their healing item instead of pathing to the player to heal them.
Fixed an issue with bots not losing health while incapacitated.
Fixed an issue where bots reverted back to Tier 1 weapons after transitioning into the next Chapter when late-joining.
Fixed an issue where bots can get stuck on ladders during combat.
Fixed an issue where the bot version of Jim frequently did not engage with Ridden.
Fixed an issue where bots did not use first aid cabinets.
Fixed an issue where Bot Jim is continuously dropping barbed wire.
Fixed an issue where Bot Mom does not revive her teammates even though her revive dialogue is played.
Fixed an issue in Offline mode where the weapon gained from Dusty’s Customs Burn Cards is kept after a team wipe.
Fix for Ridden sometimes becoming immune to stumbles.
Fixed an issue where Ridden would occasionally glitch with certain animations.
Fix for Hag screen effects persisting on screen after breaking free.
Fixed issue with Sleeper alert music playing more frequently than intended.
Fix for Breaker standing still or pivoting in place after using his melee attack.
Hag runs at a faster speed while in her flee state.
Fixed issues with various sleeper pod spawning locations so they are less likely to show up layered on top of each other or in unusual locations.
The Devil’s Return: The Crossing
Addressed issues with ledge hang in various locations.
Fixed an issue where NPCs in the jeep were highlighted throughout the Mission.
Plan B: Hinterland
Fixed an issue where Special Ridden and the Hag could get stuck in the garage interior.
Plan B: The Clog
Fix for teammates’ health bars being permanently hidden when The Fog is played.
Dr. Rogers’ Neighborhood: Cabins by the Lake
Fixed an issue where Cleaners standing in front or on top of the moving ferry take damage.
Remnants: A Friend in Need
Fixed an issue where a group of birds were always alerted when Cleaners approached the Crematorium.
Remnants: The Body Dump
Fixed issue where the mission objective “Kill Ogres” is not completed when the second Ogre is killed after a team wipe.
Fix for issue resulting in Bot not shooting the Abomination’s mouth weakspots.
Fixed an issue with Cleaners getting stuck on the spectator screen while in the second round of a Swarm match.
Fixed an issue where a team swap in Swarm would result in the Cleaners having zero ammo.
Fixed issue causing accessory count to be reduced to 1 when there is a Map transition.
Job 10:22: Heralds of the Worm, Part 2
Fixed issue with continuous Ridden spawning in Swarm Match.
Fixed an issue where Ridden Common upgrades were missing in the Mutation Screen Upgrades tab.
Fixed an issue where the Stinger Ability Damage was incorrectly listed as 15% instead of 20%.
Fixed an issue where multiple of the same Burn Card showed up in Roving Merchant Supply Lines.
Fixed an issue where players need to back out of Supply Lines to continue buying cards if they reach a Burn Card in the track.
Fixed an issue where players could re-purchase Burn Cards from the same Roving Merchant line before it was marked completed.
Fixed an issue with the Supply Line ‘Complete’ screen not appearing, or appearing in the wrong Supply Line after purchasing all products in the line.
Fixed an issue where the ‘Supply Line Available’ notification showed up repeatedly if a player bought a duplicate item in both a regular Supply Line and a Roving Merchant Supply Line.
Fixed issue where purchased products in the Supply Lines UI did not update properly.
Fixed an issue where the Supply Line tiles flicker every 5 seconds in the UI.
Fixed an issue where Copper and Mutation Points did not properly update after changing Color Blind Modes.
Fixed an issue where text-to-speech skips text when opening the Deck Menu for the first time
Fixed an issue where the speaking player’s Online ID during cutscenes, matchmaking menus, and loading is too close to the edge of the screen.
Fixed issue with Audio tab options being misaligned.
Fixed an issue where the kill feed did not mention when a teammate or bot was revived with the defibrillator.
Fixed issue with improper color grading when running in HDR on Windows.
Fixed an issue where the Burn Card select button did not work after selecting a Burn Card on the card loadout screen.
Fixed an issue where players late-joining a party during the post-round screen could break stats.
Fixed an issue with campaign activity invites not working while the players were in a voice chat party.
Fix for flashing lights on the edges of the screen while in Fort Hope.
Fixed issue where users could select a completed Supply Line in Fort Hope.