How to tame a fox in ‘Minecraft’ and get the game’s cutest NPC to follow you

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Taming a fox in ‘Minecraft’ isn’t as easy as you might think.

  • You can tame a fox in “Minecraft” by breeding two wild foxes.
  • The baby fox they spawn will automatically be tamed, but will follow its parents until you lead it away.
  • To breed wild foxes in “Minecraft,” you’ll need to enclose them in a pen and then feed them sweet berries.
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Foxes have been part of Minecraft since 2018, and it’s one of the game’s cutest “mobs” – the game’s term for its NPCs.

Like most animal mobs, foxes can be tamed so they’ll follow and obey you. However, unlike those other animals, you can’t simply convince any random fox to like you. Instead, you’ll need to breed a new fox into existence.

Here’s how to tame foxes in “Minecraft,” whether playing in Survival mode or Creative mode.

How to tame a fox in ‘Minecraft’

To tame a fox, you’ll need to make two wild foxes have a child. Here’s how to do it.

Find and capture two foxes

First you’ll need to find your wild foxes.

Foxes can be found in the taiga biome and taiga biome only, with the small caveat that they might wander to adjacent biomes. The taiga biome is characterized by its tall, green spruce trees. There’s a few variations of the taiga biome, including snowy taigas that feature white foxes.

An untamed fox is a fickle, skittish creature. You’ll want to search for them during the day, when most of them will be asleep.

The moment you see a curled up, conked-out fox, make sure you start crouching right away. You’ll use the shift key to crouch on a computer, or your controller-specific crouch button if playing on a console.

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Foxes sleep during the day, and hunt at night.

Now, still crouching, build a pen around the fox to trap it. You can use any block to make your pen, but you’ll want to make the walls tall – at least three blocks. This will make sure it can’t escape. You can’t stop crouching until the fox is cordoned in its pen. The moment you uncrouch, a fight-or-flight switch flips in the foxes and they’ll run away.

If you see two foxes near each other, that’s even better – trap them both in the same pen.

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Trap both foxes with fences or blocks.

This is rare, though, so you’ll probably need to find and trap the foxes separately. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to connect the two traps with a wall of blocks.

However, if the foxes you find are pretty far apart, and you don’t want to take on a large construction gig, you can use a boat. Place a boat in front of a fox, and when it walks into it, it’ll be trapped inside. You can then row the boat (even across land) to the other fox, and pen them both in.

Regardless which option you choose, you ultimately want to end up with a fairly tight enclosure to hold the two foxes.

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Get the foxes near each other.

Feed the foxes sweet berries

Whether you’ve spent the last hour wrangling foxes, or simply threw down a few Fox Spawn Eggs, you should now have two adult foxes penned in. If you caught a baby fox, wait for it to age up.

Get close to the two adult foxes, and equip a sweet berry. These come from the green-and-red bushes you occasionally see which slow and hurt you when you walk through them. They’re fairly commonplace in the taiga, if you haven’t gathered any already.

Feed berries to both foxes by using it on them. If you’re struggling to get near enough to feed the foxes, make sure you’re crouching.

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Feed berries to both of your foxes.

Equip the sweet berries in your hotbar, and then approach the fox and use the berries on it to feed it a berry. If you’re struggling to get near enough to feed the foxes, make sure you’re crouching.

Upon feeding sweet berries to both foxes, they’ll immediately breed a baby fox.

This baby fox is your golden egg: They’ll be sweet and docile, unlike their parents, who will still go berserk when you release the crouch key. This is your tamed fox.

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Your baby fox will appear and stay near its parents.

However, you’re not done yet. Although the fox is docile, it’s still not under your control.

Get the baby fox to stop following its parents

While the new baby fox might fall far from the tree in terms of attitude, if you leave it be, it’ll always stay with its parents. This means that if they run from you, it’ll run too.

You can fix this by attaching a lead to the baby fox, and walking it away from its parents. You can craft a lead by combining string and a slime ball, or randomly find one in a chest throughout the world.

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The slime ball is what gives the lead its stickiness.

Attach the lead by equipping it and using it on the baby fox. From there, you can gently lead him away to begin a new life with you. Once you’re a few chunks away, it’ll forget about its parents and stop following them.

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Lead your fox away, and it’ll forget about its parents.

Congratulations on earning your first tamed fox. And once you’re there, rinse and repeat: By continuing the same breeding process, you’ll soon have a whole brood of obedient fox friends.

To keep track of your new tame foxes, it’s also a good idea to give the tame ones Name Tags. Learn the ins and outs of Minecraft’s Name Tags in our handy guide.

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The 8 best mechanical keyboards of 2021 for gaming and fast typing

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  • Mechanical keyboards offer tactile and auditory feedback that can reduce typos for fast typists.
  • Many gamers also appreciate the speed of mechanical keyboards.
  • The best mechanical keyboards come from brands like Das, Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries, and more.

Mechanical keyboards create both tactile and auditory feedback, delivering more accuracy for typing and more speed for gaming. The best mechanical keyboards deliver a mix of speed and accuracy in a comfortable set-up that doesn’t feel too loud.

Mechanical keyboards use a physical switch under each key rather than a membrane or rubber dome. Besides offering a satisfying “clicky” feel, mechanical keyboards are more accurate for fast typists. Tom Gilmore is the technology education coordinator at Free Geek, an electronic recycling and refurbishing nonprofit. People who type fewer than 150 words per minute won’t see much of an improvement by ditching the membrane keyboard, he said, but fast typists will gain more accuracy. “The robust construction of each switch also lends itself to being much more durable in terms of the number of times that a key can be pressed before it wears out,” he said.

The feel of the switch is a matter of personal preference. That’s why mechanical switches come in different variations. Besides the amount of pressure required to push each switch, the different types of keys will also have a different feel and noise to them.

As a writer, I regularly type for several hours a day. To find the best mechanical keyboard, I consulted experts, fellow Insider writers, and dozens of professional reviews on the top-ranked options. We’re currently testing many mechanical keyboards to narrow down our list.

Here are the best mechanical keyboards you can buy:

The best mechanical keyboard overall

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With designs for Mac and Windows, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is a comfortable, all-around performer.

With a classic layout, a sturdy build, and a click that isn’t overly loud, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is an excellent yet versatile mechanical keyboard. The Das Keyboard 4 comes in a PC or a Mac version, so keys like command and Windows will be properly labeled for your system. It’s a full-size, 104-key layout with a numeric pad, with the addition of a nice-sized volume dial and a few media keys.

The version with Cherry MX Brown keys offers that mechanical feedback without annoying anyone that happens to be nearby. 

The full-size keyboard is constructed from plastic, but it’s a thicker, sturdier build than some aluminum models we’ve tested. It doesn’t have colorful backlighting, but the sleek black design will easily fit into any office. The keyboard also connects with a chunky USB cord. But for the mix of comfortable typing, system-specific layouts, and build quality, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional stands out.

Insider reviewer Antonio Villas-Boas calls the keyboard the perfect alternative for those who don’t like Apple’s thin keyboards. It’s a comfortable typing experience, and the Das earns the slot for the best mechanical keyboard in Insider’s guide to the best keyboards.

The best wireless mechanical keyboard

Best mechanical keyboard Razer Pro Type Wireless

The Razer Pro Type Wireless is designed for office users — not gamers — who want cordless freedom.

Razer’s gaming keyboards are highly ranked, but the company’s new mechanical keyboard geared toward the office is getting high praise, too. The Razer Pro Type Wireless loses the colorful backlighting and black keys for a clean, white keyboard with white backlighting.

Using Razer Orange keys, the keyboard uses a quieter key that doesn’t require much force. That makes the keyboard much more office friendly than one designed for gaming, though it’s not as quiet as a membrane, non-mechanical keyboard. The keys are also fully reprogrammable, so you can customize them with shortcuts that best fit your workflow.

Most mechanical keyboards are still corded, but the Razer Pro Type Wireless uses a dongle-free Bluetooth or a wireless connection that requires a USB dongle. That keeps your desk space less cluttered. The Bluetooth connection works with up to four devices, including smartphones and tablets. 

But this mechanical keyboard is power hungry, according to Forbes. If you use the lights and the Bluetooth, the battery is rated to 12 hours, so this is a keyboard you’ll want to plug in at the end of every day. Alternately, you can get up to 84 hours with the lighting off or 78 hours with no lights connecting via Wi-Fi. You can use the keyboard while charging, if necessary. Some users also didn’t like the automatic sleep mode made for saving battery, which can create a delay after pausing.

The best budget mechanical keyboard

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The Drop ENTR is ideal for users new to mechanical keyboards and those on a budget.

Mechanical keyboards usually cost over $100. The Drop ENTR, from a company known for its customizable keyboards, sells for $90 without sacrificing the must-haves. Drop says that the keyboard is designed for newbies, so you don’t have to be a mechanical keyboard expert to get started with a tactile typing experience.

The keyboard is available with a tactile switch called Halo Trues or a linear switch without that bumpy feedback. N-key rollover helps the keyboard keep up with any typing speed. The ENTR is a tenkeyless keyboard, which means it has everything except for that secondary number pad that usually sits on the right. If you don’t need the extra numbers, the smaller keyboard can be more comfortable for centering in the right position on your desk. It also allows you to comfortably reach your mouse. It uses a USB-C wired connection, so there’s no need to charge or worry about batteries.

While it’s a budget-friendly keyboard, PC Magazine notes that the build is good for the price. The keyboard is made from both metal and plastic.

The Drop ENTR lacks the customization of some of the pricier models. It doesn’t have any extra buttons, like media controls, and it’s labeled for use with a PC. It can be used with a Mac, but the layout of some of the extra keys are different.

The best quiet mechanical keyboard

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The Logitech G513 is ideal for those looking for a mechanical keyboard to use in a shared office space and for gamers who don’t want to annoy their roommates.

The Logitech G513 is a slightly older model, but it delivers some flagship-like features without the price. Insider writer Matthew Smith says that the keyboard has a good, chunky tactile feel for the price point. It’s a full-sized keyboard with a number pad, though it lacks extras like play and volume buttons.

Using Logitech’s own Romer-G Tactile or Romer-G Linear switches, the keys have a bit of a different feel than the Cherry MX options. Membrane-based keyboards will still be the quietest option, but PCMag notes that these keys are quieter than a lot of other mechanical keyboards while still retaining the feel. The keys are also quick enough for gamers to consider this keyboard.

Customization options include both the function keys and adjusting the colorful RGB lighting down to individual keys. The keyboard includes a USB pass-through port, but you don’t gain an extra spot to plug in peripherals because the keyboard needs two USB ports to power that “extra” port.

The best mechanical keyboard for typing

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The Varmilo VA87M is great for frequent typists who want both comfort and style.

You don’t need to choose between standard black or white to get a comfortable keyboard. The Varmilo VA87M is a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard. That means there’s no extra number pad on the right. It’s easily customizable by switch type, color, and even layout, making it easy to find one that suits your needs, including options that are tailored to Mac.

With its custom switches, the Varmilo VA87M allows you to choose whether you want a lightweight, quiet push; a firm, clicky feel; or something in between. The keyboard’s caps use dye-sub printing to get a variety of colors and styles. That makes it easy to color-code frequently used keys or to get a keyboard that doesn’t look like every other one out there.

The VA87M has a few customizable controls, though it lacks the every-key customizing of some of the pricier models. For roughly $130, it has a mid-range price, but it does lack macros and lighting. Business Insider writer Simon Hill said the keyboard is “easy and effortless to type on.” He also noted that the construction will last for years, though some gaming features are missing.

The best mechanical keyboard for gaming

Best Keyboard Razer Huntsman Elite

The Razer Huntsman Elite is made for serious gamers who need the most speed.

Razer added an optical sensor to each switch on the Huntsman series. Similar to the light sensor on a mouse, it registers when you press that mechanical switch. You get the feel of a mechanical keyboard but at a much faster speed with the Razer Huntsman Elite

Available in linear or clicky switches, the keyboard uses switches designed by Razer rather than a third-party key, like Cherry MX. Razer says the switch has a shorter actuation distance than other similar switches. That means you don’t need to press the keys hard or far. Though it’s a gaming keyboard, it’s also great for general typing, according to TechRadar.

Besides the speed and comfortable typing, the Huntsman Elite offers a full set of keys, including extra controls for media and a custom dial. It has custom macros and custom lighting and can save five user profiles, more if you plug in more memory. The keyboard is constructed with an aluminum top plate. It’s pricey, but you can get those fast switches in models with a smaller design and fewer features, such as the Huntsman Mini.

The best adjustable mechanical keyboard for gaming

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The SteelSeries Apex Pro allows you to customize the sensitivity of individual keys, so you can make it fit your preferences.

Mechanical keyboards make it possible to find a key that works best with the way that you type, but the SteelSeries Apex Pro takes that one step further. The keyboard uses linear switches that have adjustable actuation points. That means you can change how hard you need to push each key before it registers, between 0.4mm and 3.6mm. If you tend to always accidentally bump a key, for example, you can turn the actuation way up. The keys you need to press the fastest, on the other hand, can be reduced to just a slight press.

After trying out the Apex Pro late last year, Insider’s Simon Hill said it “might just be the best gaming keyboard there is.” Besides the ability to customize the sensitivity of each key, the keyboard also integrates a small LCD screen and a clickable roller, along with the usual keys that you find on a full-size keyboard.

The Apex Pro is made from aluminum alloy. The USB connection has two ports. You’ll need both if you want to use the USB pass-through port that’s on the keyboard itself. It also includes a magnetic wrist rest, but we’ve tried models with more cushioning. Hill notes that the keycaps can develop grease build-up, while the keyboard surface tends to attract dust. But for gamers who want both a light, easy press and a firmer, harder key, the SteelSeries Apex Pro is hard to beat. 

The best 60% compact mechanical keyboard

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Gamers on the go will appreciate the small size but great experience with the HyperX Alloy Origins 60.

A full-sized keyboard doesn’t easily tuck into a laptop bag. The HyperX Alloy Origins 60 is a compact, 60% keyboard that still delivers the feel and durability of a high-end mechanical keyboard. Despite the smaller size, it still builds in RGB lighting, which the white swirls on the space key tend to pick up, too.

A 60% keyboard does away with the numpad like a tenkeyless but goes one step further and removes the arrow, function, and command keys to the right of the Enter key on a typical keyboard. These keyboards make up for those missing keys via shortcuts, so you’ll need to press two keys to hit an arrow key, for example.

We liked the feel of the HyperX Alloy Origins 60 while conducting tests for the best keyboards overall. While the 60% design isn’t for everyone, the smaller profile may be worth considering for gaming away from home or finding that perfect perched keyboard position

How to choose a mechanical keyboard

Key type plays a big role in the overall feel of the keyboard in your hands. Mechanical keys come in three main types, Free Geek’s Tom Gilmore explains:

  • Linear switches are a simple switch type. When you press a key, a circuit is completed, which is what gets that signal to the computer.
  • Tactile switches add a bump to a linear switch. This creates tactile feedback so you can physically feel that the key has been fully pressed.
  • Clicky switches are tactile switches but with auditory feedback as well. As the name suggests, you get a louder click with this switch type.

There’s more than just the basic switch type. Different types of switches will also vary depending on the amount of pressure that you need to use them. This creates variety even among, say, two tactile switches. Pressure sensitivity is measured in grams (g) or centinewtons (cN). “A lighter key (say 45 cN) will be easier to press than a heavier key (60 cN), which can be beneficial for writers or others who type a lot,” Gilmore said. “The lower pressure allows for a faster keypress and less finger fatigue —yes, that is a real thing — for a more efficient workday. A heavier key, however, gives a lot more feedback to the typist and can make people feel more connected to their computer and the work that they are doing.”

Many companies use Cherry switches. Cherry MX has several colors with different feels. The MX Red is quiet without feeling any physical feedback, MX Brown is quiet but tactile, and MX Blue has both physical and auditory feedback. Some companies design their own switches. Some people will prefer one type of switch over another. If you have no idea what type of switch you want, a switch sample costs around $20 and lets you test the sound and feel of different types. 

Outside of the keys, consider features like size and connectivity, and extras like a built-in wrist pad. “A built-in wrist pad keeps your wrist in a neutral position, not flexed or extended,” said Kevin Weaver, a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy at New York University.

What we are currently testing

  • Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT: With smooth typing and some gaming-focused macros, the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT receives some good praise from the gaming community. It lacks the custom pressure keys and optical-mechanical design of the other $200 gaming keyboards on this list, however.
  • Razer Huntsman Mini: This keyboard is the Huntsman Elite but in a 60% size. Our first impressions of this option are good, though the build quality doesn’t quite seem to match up with the list price. Read our full Razer Huntsman Mini review.
  • SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL: The SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL is similar to the Apex Pro, but it uses standard mechanical switches and not customizable switches. It comes in the smaller tenkeyless design. If you don’t want the customization or numpad, you can save $70 and still get a great gaming keyboard.
  • Leopold FC900R: Recommended by Wirecutter, the Leopold FC900R has a lot of customization options for a full-sized keyboard. Reviewers also note the keyboard’s sturdy build.
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How to update ‘Minecraft: Bedrock’ or ‘Java’ on a computer, console, or phone

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It’s easy to update “Minecraft,” no matter how you play.

  • “Minecraft” should update automatically, but you can check for updates manually in a few different ways.
  • “Minecraft: Bedrock Edition” can be updated through your device’s app store, while “Java” players should use the Launcher app.
  • Although updates are important, “Java” players should note that they can break some mods.
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The mega-popular sandbox game “Minecraft” has been captivating gamers for over a decade. So naturally, the game has seen its share of updates and patches – its most recent as of this writing being version 1.16.5, released in January 2021.

Minor updates keep “Minecraft” safe and bug-free, while major updates that add new content are even more exciting for players. Like most apps and devices, you should try to keep “Minecraft” updated whenever you can.

Here’s what you need to know about Minecraft updates, including how to install them, and the minor risks that updates can pose to mods.

How to update ‘Minecraft: Bedrock Edition’

How exactly you update “Bedrock Edition” will depend on what system you use to play the game.

On a PC

If you play Bedrock on a computer, which is available for PC players who run Windows 10, Minecraft should be updating automatically.

However, if you need to do a manual update, here’s how:

1. Open the Microsoft Store app, then select the three dots in the top-right corner. Select “Downloads and updates.”

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Open the Microsoft Store’s updates page.

2. Select “Get updates.” All your installed applications, including “Minecraft,” should update.

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Update all your apps at once.

On consoles

Players who have “Minecraft” on a console – whether that be the Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, or DS – should receive any updates automatically. Your console just needs to be connected to the internet.

If an update has dropped that you don’t think you have, you can check for updates manually. The exact steps for this will differ based on console, but will usually involve selecting “Minecraft” and opening its settings page.

On phones and tablets

If you’re playing “Minecraft” on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, it’ll update just like any other app. In other words, it’ll probably update automatically as well.

You can check for updates yourself by heading to the App Store on an iPhone and iPad, or through the Google Play Store on an Android device.

How to update ‘Minecraft: Java Edition’

You can easily keep your copy of “Minecraft: Java Edition” up to date via the Minecraft Launcher app. This is the app you open and press “Play” in to start the game.

Just like the other versions of the game, the Launcher app should keep “Minecraft” updated automatically. Whenever you open the launcher while connected to the internet, it’ll check for updates, and install them before you play the game.

However, you can always check which version of “Minecraft” you have. Here’s how:

1. Open the Minecraft Launcher.

2. In the drop-down menu next to “Play,” click the “Latest release” option.

3. Compare the number underneath it to whatever the latest version of “Minecraft” is. You can find this with a quick Google search.

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The “latest release” is the most recent version of “Minecraft.”

If updates aren’t installing, make sure you have enough space on your computer.

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5 ways to fix a PS4 controller that won’t charge

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Sometimes PS4 controllers don’t quite charge the way they’re supposed to, but you can try a few troubleshooting tricks.

  • If your PS4 controller won’t charge, you can try swapping out the charging cable or checking the charging port.
  • You can also try resetting and re-pairing your controller, or performing a power cycling on the PS4.
  • The issue may also be with the charging port or the charging cable.
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There are many reasons why your PS4 controller may not be charging. And those reasons can range from the minor, like cable issues or dust, to more major problems, which might mean you need to buy a brand new controller.

Before you go out and replace a finicky PS4 controller, it’s always a good idea to first do some troubleshooting to see if you can get your device to charge again – which could be easier than you think.

Here are five troubleshooting tips to get you back to gaming sooner.

Plug your PS4 into your laptop or another device to charge it

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Make sure that the charging cable is inserted correctly into the outlet at the top of the controller and your computer.

Sometimes controllers have difficulty charging directly from the PS4, but testing out the controller by plugging it into another device — like your Mac, PC, or Android — can help you narrow down the reasons why it’s not charging.

If it’s not charging from another source, then you know that it’s not the PS4 itself that’s causing the problem. 

Swap out the charging cable

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You might need to switch out the charging cord if your PS4 controller isn’t charging properly.

The issue may not be with the controller itself but with the charging cable. Try a different cable or try using that cable to charge another controller.

You can also check the cable for physical signs of damage such as fraying on the cord or built-up grime in the plug. 

 

Check out the charging port

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Make sure that the charging cable is inserted correctly into the outlet at the top of the controller and your computer.

Built-up dust or grit may be interrupting the power flow and keeping your controller from charging. A quick pass with a wooden toothpick or compressed air may help.

Reset and re-pair your controller

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Use a toothpick or bobby pin to press into the small hole on the back of your PS4 controller to reset it.

Go to the Settings menu on your PS4 and under “Devices,” remove all devices from the list. Then, on your controller, press something into the small hole on the underside of the controller and hold it for five seconds. A toothpick or bobby pin, for example, may do the trick.

Finally, re-sync the controller to the PS4 using the PS button. If you have issues re-pairing your PS4 controller, see our article on how to connect your controller to your PS4.

Conduct a power cycling on your PS4

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Turning off your console and controller, unplugging them, and restarting them may do the trick.

Turn off your PS4 console and controller, and unplug the PS4’s power cord from the outlet. Wait 5 to 10 minutes, and with the PS4 still unplugged, hold down the power button for 30 seconds to drain all its leftover energy. Then, plug the PS4 back in, turn it on, and see if the issue has been fixed. 

If your controller still isn’t charging after troubleshooting, check if it’s still under warranty with Sony or the retailer you purchased it from. 

If so, you may be able to get a replacement, or swap out some of the hardware, without having to shell out money for a brand new controller.

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The PlayStation 5 is getting its first major system update this week, but one much-requested feature is still missing

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Sony’s PlayStation 5.

  • Just about six months after launch, the PlayStation 5 is getting its first major update.
  • The software update adds a variety of quality of life features.
  • Unfortunately, a highly-requested feature – adding additional storage space – is still in the works.
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Just over six months after the launch of the PlayStation 5, Sony is giving the console its first major software update – but it still doesn’t address the core issue PS5 users have been complaining about.

On Wednesday, April 14, the first major update is scheduled to roll out with a slew of additions and changes to the wildly popular game console.

Prime among those changes is support for USB game storage – a solution intended for users running into the PS5’s limited storage space. The PlayStation 5, like Microsoft’s Xbox Series S and X consoles, uses a new type of solid-state storage which enables much faster game loads. But games like the latest “Call of Duty” can gobble up huge portions of precious storage space, and PS5 users have been forced to decide which games to keep on their consoles.

Since PlayStation 5 games cannot be played from external storage, the addition of USB storage is intended as a temporary solution to a longer term problem. Rather than having to delete games to make space for new ones, PS5 users will be able to move a game temporarily to a USB storage device.

Sony has said that support for additional solid-state storage is in the works for the PlayStation 5, but no date has been given.

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Another such addition in the update is the ability to share a gameplay stream with a friend on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

“It is faster to reinstall PS5 games from USB extended storage than to re-download or copy them from a disc,” Sony platform planning and management senior VP Hideaki Nishino said on the PlayStation blog. “It’s a great way to extend the storage capabilities of your PS5 console, and you can seamlessly copy your PS5 games back to the console’s internal storage when you’re ready to play.”

Beyond the storage changes, a variety of smaller “quality of life” features are being added in the update: The ability to share your screen with friends over the internet, pre-downloads of game updates while the console is resting, and the ability to change which games show up in your game library are just a few.

Check out the full list of changes right here.

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How to fly in ‘Minecraft’ in either Creative or Survival mode

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There are two simple ways to fly in “Minecraft.”

  • There are two distinct ways to fly in “Minecraft,” in either Creative or Survival mode.
  • In “Minecraft’s” Creative or Spectator modes, you can fly by double-tapping the jump button.
  • In Survival mode, you’ll need to craft the Elytra item, which gives your character a pair of angel wings.
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“Minecraft” maps can be massive, so it’s no wonder that many players prefer flying to walking. Flying in “Minecraft” means faster and more efficient travel uninterrupted by mountains, trees and bodies of water.

There are a few different ways to fly when playing “Minecraft.” In Creative mode, flying is as simple as the tap of a key or button on console. In Survival mode, however, you’ll have to earn the ability to fly by finding an equippable item called Elytra.

Here’s everything you need to know about achieving liftoff in “Minecraft,” whatever your style of play.

How to fly in ‘Minecraft’ using Creative or Spectator mode

As you probably know, “Minecraft” has various different game modes and playstyles. In Creative and Spectator mode, you’re less like a player and more like an in-game god.

One part of this is your ability to freely fly anywhere at any time. Just quickly double-tap the jump button – on a computer, for instance, this will be the spacebar.

Once flying, you can press and hold the jump button to rise, and hold the crouch button to fall. You can also hold the sprint button in mid-air to fly faster.

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You can fly anywhere in Creative mode, even faster than you can run.

Double-tap the jump button again to stop flying. Because you’re in Creative or Spectator mode, you won’t take any damage if you fall from a great height.

Just don’t fall into nothingness – say for instance, the voids between islands in The End – or you’ll die and have to respawn.

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Even in Creative mode, you can’t exist outside of the game world.

How to fly in ‘Minecraft’ using Elytra in Survival mode

For the brave and patient souls who dare not use Creative mode, flying is still possible in Survival mode. But it’s harder, and you can’t fly as freely.

To fly in Survival mode, you’ll need to find the rare Elytra item, located somewhere in an End Ship.

Finding the Elytra

End Ships are located in the far reaches of The End, the dimension where the Ender Dragon lives. Every time you defeat the Ender Dragon, two portals are created – one that will take you to the credits and then back home, and another that will take you to the outer End islands.

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You’ll need to throw an Ender Pearl into the portal to fit.

If you don’t want to face one of the game’s biggest baddies yet though, and are a patient builder, you can also build a bridge from the Ender Dragon’s lair to an End city. Just note that this can take a very long time, and will require a lot of resources – the nearest island is over 1000 blocks away.

If you take this route, place a bed near your portal to the End world to create a spawn point, since falling out of the world to your death will be a potential hazard.

However you get there, once you find an End City in the distant islands, your best bet to find the Elytra is to board an End Ship. A little more than half of End Cities feature one of these ships.

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Look for a floating End Ship.

Within the ship, find a level inlaid with black Obsidian blocks. There, you’ll see the Elytra in an item frame, flanked by two chests – which you should definitely loot as well – and defended by a Shulker. Break the item frame to claim the Elytra.

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You don’t need to kill the Shulker, but it’ll make looting easier.

Flying with the Elytra

Elytra works very differently from the sort of flying you do in Creative and Spectator mode. It’s more like gliding, and you can’t fly forever. However, you can hack that by equipping fireworks while you glide.

To use the Elytra, you’ll need to equip your wings to your character’s chestplate slot. From there, climb to a great height, fall, and press the jump key once to start flying.

While flying with Elytra, be mindful of real world physics. Flying at too sharp an angle can cause you to stall and fall from the sky. And colliding with the ground or a wall too fast might kill you.

When your legs begin to wobble when gliding with an Elytra, it’s an indication you’re losing altitude. If you’re not ready to go down just yet, equip a firework rocket in your hotbar and use the item. This will give you a big speed boost, shooting you back into the sky. You can, in theory, fly for as long as you have firework rockets to spend.

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As your player’s legs begin to flail or wobble, either plan to lose altitude, or set off firework rockets.

Just note that the Elytra also has its own durability, which will go down the more you fly. You can repair an Elytra by combining it with two phantom membranes at an anvil, or by combining two damaged Elytras.

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I’m a 17-year-old Fortnite gamer who’s won over $646,000 in two years since going pro. I average about 10 hours of gaming daily.

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Palma became eligible to play professionally at age 14 and says he practices playing Fortnite for 10 hours a day.

I was 4 years old when my papá first introduced me to my two loves, soccer and gaming.

When I wasn’t running around on the soccer field, I’d sit on his lap for hours at a time, playing World of Warcraft and completing quests together.

By the time I turned five, at bedtime, he’d read me horror fiction stories by H.P. Lovecraft that took place in a fictional Massachusetts town known as Arkham, which became the inspiration behind my screen name.

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Baby Diego Palma on his dad’s computer.

As I grew up, I kept playing soccer, eventually reaching the varsity level. During my sophomore year of high school in 2017, I tore my meniscus while playing and had to have surgery. The doctors said I couldn’t play for at least a year.

While recovering from my injury, I started getting into gaming.

I wanted a PC like the gamers so I wound up taking a part-time job as a soccer referee at little kids’ matches on weekends. When I saved up enough money, I bought computer parts and built my own PC with the help of my stepfather, Chris.

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Palma heading into knee surgery after his injury.

That summer, Fortnite was released and I started playing it a lot. My goal initially was to just play better than all of my friends – until I heard about the 2018 Fortnite Royale tournament at the Oakland Esports Arena.

I told my parents I didn’t only want to compete, but I planned to win.

At first, my papá was hesitant, but eventually he agreed to take me. According to him, he figured he’d shell out the $10 entry fee and I’d get eliminated quickly and we could leave.

Instead, I ended up coming in second place for North America in the open competition. But since I was only 13 and at the time, you needed to be 14 years old to qualify, I couldn’t progress any further. I ended up taking home $500 worth of prizes – but more importantly, one of the organizers told my father I was playing at such a high level I could probably go pro.

That year I started playing in a league where thousands of other players all competed through playing scrims, where it took months trying my best to work my way up the ranks to eventually make it into the pro discord.

In 2019, at the age of 14 when I became eligible to play professionally, I signed with 100 Thieves, a California-based pro-gaming organization which is still kind of surreal to me. Being part of the 100 Thieves team means representing the organization in any branding events they have, like a photoshoot or promotional video. I also have to stream a certain number of hours every month.

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Palma meeting popular video game streamer Dr. Disrespect.

Shortly after going pro, I had my first big career win when I took home fifth place in the Fortnite World Cup, July 17, 2019. It was an amazing experience because we played inside a huge stadium with a massive crowd. My partner at the time, Brendan Falconer, and I won a combined $900,000.

Since going pro two years ago, I’ve won over $646,000 competing.

I’ve also earned additional money through my corporate sponsorships. People often ask what I do with all my winnings but besides upgrading my PC from time to time, I don’t really spend any of it. I’m not flashy and I don’t need much. I want to ensure I plan for my future. My papá created a custodial brokerage account to invest my money in the market and I also have a financial planner for a retirement plan.

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Fellow gamer Brendan Falconer and Palma traveling to a competition in 2019.

Before winning the World Cup my identity was largely hidden since school was already out for the summer when I signed with 100 Thieves. Things were different when I started a new school in the fall. Suddenly because of my World Cup win, everyone knew who I was and the attention was overwhelming. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without a bunch of kids following me in to ask me questions. I was stressed and miserable.

I told my parents I wanted to transition to an online school, I even said I’d pay for it with my earnings. My papá and my stepmom along with my three siblings understood how badly I wanted to go remote because they saw firsthand how unhappy I was.

At first, my mamita resisted the idea because she was concerned about how it might affect my future chances in college and higher education. It was a difficult time for my family because I had to take a stand and advocate for myself. Finally, after many discussions, it all worked out, and together we decided online school would be the best alternative for me and it has been. I’m glad because my family is the most important thing in the world to me.

Attending online school has given me a lot more flexibility in terms of my assignments and my schedule so I can continue to pursue gaming and still graduate high school this year.

Being an esports gamer is like playing any other sport in that a lot of discipline is required.

I take practice very seriously and average about 10 hours playing Fortnite daily.

The game saves everything, so it’s similar to when pro athletes watch the tape to see their performance and review their mistakes. A lot of what we do doesn’t come naturally. We have to prepare, train, analyze, and develop strategies and when you play on a team like I do, you have to collaborate.

I play in a trio for 100 Thieves along with fellow players Rehx and Epik Whale. I’m the captain of the team. No one ever officially made me the captain, it just sort of happened because I’m a very strategic thinker and a planner so I often guide the team into the best spot. I’m pretty calm, which is important when you are directing people and strategizing together.

The pandemic has stopped all live events, which I do miss. I got to fly to places like New York City and Sweden to compete and that was a lot of fun.

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A younger Palma pictured with his father, stepmom, and siblings.

When I’m not doing homework or practicing for a competition, I relax by watching horror movies, kicking around the soccer ball, and playing other video games like Escape from Tarkoff, because at the end of the day, I’m still a teenager.

My advice to anyone looking to get into pro-gaming is to start with the basics.

Practice aiming and perfecting mechanics. Also, take the time to watch videos of pros playing for strategies. My brother Pablo is 16 and wants to go pro like me. The biggest tip I give him is to always make sure to review his old games so he can learn from his mistakes. That’s the most important thing you can do if you want to improve.

As for future plans, my parents want me to continue my education at some point after I graduate high school but for right now, my focus is on being the best player I can be and winning more tournaments.

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How to redeem a Roblox gift card in 2 different ways, so you can buy in-game accessories and upgrades

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There are two ways you can redeem a Roblox gift card.

  • You can redeem a Roblox gift card in a browser but not in the app.
  • You can redeem your gift card by applying the balance to your account, or by using it during the checkout process.
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Roblox contains a wide world of user-generated games, and while playing is free, in-game upgrades and avatar accessories (as well as a premium membership) will cost you.

But if you have a Roblox gift card, you can use that to pay for the platform’s virtual currency, Robux, and take advantage of those extra options.

There are two ways to redeem a Roblox gift card: Applying the balance to your account or using it while checking out. Either way, you’ll need to go through a web browser, because these processes are not available on the app.

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Gamers say they’re boycotting popular role-playing title ‘Genshin Impact’ amid allegations of colorism

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Xinyan from Genshin Impact that is described in-game as “scary.”

  • ‘Genshin Impact’ players have been discussing what they say are the game’s problematic aspects.
  • Racism allegations flooded Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottGenshin.
  • Though some players are upset over these claims, others said they don’t see an issue.
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“Genshin Impact,” an adventure video game, is among the breakout hits of gaming during the pandemic. Released in September 2020 by Chinese developer miHoYo for mobile, PC, and PlayStation 4, the game, similar in style to “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” quickly found a devoted fan base. In its first month, the free-to-play title which earns money through in-game purchases, made over $245 million. It has since brought in over $1 billion in revenue.

But the massively popular game is facing backlash over what many Twitter users have referred to as problematic features, including its adult characters engaging in romantic relationships with characters that appear to be minors and language that many said was racially insensitive.

On Monday evening, #BoycottGenshin trended on Twitter due to the criticism. Over 65,000 tweets used the hashtag in under 24 hours.

miHoYo, the game developer, did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Players are questioning the inspiration for ‘humanoid monster’ characters

Within the world of “Genshin Impact,” Hilichurls are some of the first enemies players face, with variants found all throughout the title. The game describes them as “primitive humanoid monsters,” and “that they are monsters simply incapable of communication.”

Critics are claiming, based on footage released by the studio, that the beastial characters could be based on indigenous peoples.

An October 2020 studio tour video released by miHoYo shows an animator creating the Hilichurls’ dance by watching footage of what appears to be an indigenous community dancing. The source of the footage was not immediately clear in the blurry video.

The clip went viral, reaching more than 600,000 views on Twitter in less than one day. One Twitter user whose tweet went viral said that as an “indigenous person,” the villainous characters appearing to take inspiration from a native culture “is absolutely not okay.”

The game’s depiction of characters with darker skin is facing backlash

“Genshin Impact” features 30 playable characters, most of whom are pale-skinned animé tropes. Xinyan and Kaeya are the only two currently available characters with darker skin tones.

Kaeya, an ice-wielding cavalry captain, is described as “exotic” in the game, while Xinyan, a musician with a penchant for flames, is considered “scary” in the lore of the game world, according to the game’s wikia page.

Many Twitter users using the “#BoycottGenshin” hashtag referenced these characters and their descriptions, accusing the game of colorism.

Other players, however, disagreed with the distinctions and said Xinyan, for example, is known for “fierce eyes and fashion.”

Some players criticized what they viewed as a relationship between an adult and a child

There are also claims that “Genshin Impact” included a relationship between an adult and a child. In the game, Ulfr, an adult character, says they want to build a “dandelion boat” for the childlike Flora character. The game does not specify Flora’s age, but she appears to be a minor.

“Genshin Impact” is also criticized for the money it rakes in as a gacha game, which allows it to raise capital by having users spend real-world money for a chance at unlocking a powerful character within the world of the game. This system, referred to as “gambling” by some players on Twitter, leads to people paying hundreds of dollars without unlocking the characters that they are looking for.

Though the hashtag has plenty of people upset at the title, there are also a fair amount of users who believe that this criticism is unfounded or unnecessary, and urged players to instead focus on the game’s other issues, like the game’s lack of two-factor authentication, which would help protect accounts.

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find months after its launch – here are the latest details on where to buy the next-gen console

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  • Sony’s PlayStation 5 launched with two models- the $500 standard PS5 and a $400 digital edition.
  • The PS5 has been consistently sold out since release, but retailers have been restocking weekly.
  • We’ll continue to update this post with purchase options and new details about PS5 availability.

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 launched worldwide in November 2020, but it’s still one of the hardest items to buy in stores, whether you’re looking for the $500 standard edition or the $400 all-digital edition. Retailers have primarily been selling PS5s online, but the high demand makes them a target for resellers, many of whom use automated tools to purchase the consoles as soon as they’re available.

We’ve seen weekly restocks of the PS5 at retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PlayStation 5 available in bundles.

Amazon and Newegg have also made PS5 consoles available, though on a less consistent basis. Newegg uses a raffle system to give shoppers a chance to buy rare items like the PlayStation 5.

In February, PlayStation President Jim Ryan told the Financial Times that PlayStation 5 consoles will likely be in low supply until the second half of the year.

We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing to secure the console. For detailed thoughts on the PS5’s performance, you can read our full PlayStation 5 review here.

Where to buy a PS5: stores and price

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The digital edition of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a disc drive.

Several stores including Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg have regularly restocked PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, but they typically sell out as soon as they’re available online. Some GameStops have had consoles for sale in-store, but availability depends on when they’re shipped.

The PlayStation 5 comes in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400.

At popular sites for resellers, like eBay and StockX, you can expect to pay between $700 or $800 for the PlayStation 5.

You can check the links below to see if the PS5 is currently available at each retailer; we’ll update this post if a specific store announces a restock.

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Tips for buying the PS5

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A gamer sets up the new Sony Playstation PS5 at his home in Seoul after Sony launched the new console.

Buying the PlayStation 5 has been a struggle since release, but retailers have been making a steady stream of consoles available. If you have a preferred store, you should look into setting stock alerts with their online tools.

Third-party stock-tracking websites like HotStock.io can tell you when a store last had the PlayStation 5 in stock and let you set alerts for multiple retailers. A reseller who made more than $40,000 reselling PS5 consoles last year shared more specific tips on how to find the console online.

If you encounter issues while trying to check out with an online retailer, keep trying to refresh the product page to add the console and make sure the PS5 is available and in your cart. If possible, create an account with your preferred retailer and enter your payment and shipping information in advance to help the checkout process move quickly.

PlayStation 5 specifications

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The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review here.

PlayStation 5 accessories

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The new PlayStation 5 family of peripherals haven’t been nearly as hard to find as the console itself, though they’re not of much use without the main course. That said, they do complement the features of the PlayStation 5, so we’ve taken to the time to explain what they all do.

Sony’s $70 DualSense controller is a worthy successor to the PS4’s popular DualShock, implementing a built-in microphone, haptic feedback for adjustable trigger tension, and advanced rumble features while also improving the battery life and adopting a USB-C charging cable.

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The $100 Pulse 3D headset is a direct successor to the gold and platinum wireless headsets Sony released for the PlayStation 4. The headset has an adjustable band, built-in microphone, and hardware buttons for mute, voice monitoring, and volume. While the Pulse 3D headset is worth the investment, PS5’s 3D audio features will also work with any third-party headset that’s been licensed for use on PS4.

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The $30 PlayStation media remote might look appealing, but for $30 you can find a better or cheaper universal remote to control the console. Several smart TV brands also let you control the PS5 with your standard TV remote too, so it’s worth giving that a try before making this investment.

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The $30 DualSense charging stand can charge two controllers and makes for a nice stand alongside the PS5, but it doesn’t actually charge your controllers any faster than using a regular cable.

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The $60 HD camera can be used for streaming in full 1080p and even has a background removal tool, but it cannot be used as a microphone like the PlayStation 4 camera. Luckily, you can just use the DualSense’s built-in mic to communicate while playing.

PlayStation 5 HD Camera (small)

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