The new Oculus Link cable will turn your all-in-one Quest headset into a PC-powered HMD that can play all Rift games. There’s just one catch: It’s pretty expensive.
Oculus is now selling the Oculus Link cable and it comes in at a steep $80. That’s pretty rough for a single cord, and is 20% of a Oculus Quest‘s MSRP. Luckily there’s alternatives and you don’t have to use the official Link cable. The Link software will “work with most high-quality USB 3 cables,” the company says.
According to the specs, the Oculus Link cable is USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C with 5Gbps bandwidth, which is pretty standard for USB 3.0. You can simply use a basic USB Type-C cable that meets these specs even if it’s not Type-C to Type-C and ends in a Type-A head.
So before you go and buy an $80 Type-C cord, try out the ones you have laying around to see if they work. Oculus says that Anker cables work pretty well with its Link software. Here’s an Anker cord for just $7.99.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An alleged rebel commander from Central African Republic has been detained and turned over to the International Criminal Court by authorities in the troubled African nation, on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the capital, Bangui, in 2013. The court announced the surrender of Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, of the Seleka rebel group, on Sunday night. He was detained on a warrant issued by the court under seal in January 2019. Fighting raged in Bangui in 2013 between the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power from then-President Francois Bozize, and a mainly Christian militia called the anti-Balaka. The violence left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more. The Hague-based court already has detained two alleged commanders of the anti-Balaka, Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, whose trial is scheduled to start next month. Said is the first suspect detained from the Seleka side of the conflict. A judge at the court who issued the arrest warrant found “reasonable grounds to believe that, from at least March 2013 until at least January 2014, a widespread and systematic attack was conducted by members of the Seleka against the civilian population and those perceived to be collectively responsible for, complicit with or supportive of the former Bozizé government and, later, of the Anti-Balaka,” the court said in a statement. Said is charged with crimes including torture, persecution and enforced disappearances. The court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, welcomed the arrest. “As I have previously stated, my office will relentlessly pursue justice for the victims of atrocity crimes in the Central African Republic. Today is another manifestation of that commitment,” she said. The detention came with Central African Republic again in turmoil. On Friday, the government declared a 15-day nationwide state of emergency as a coalition of armed groups seeks to overthrow the newly reelected President Faustin-Archange Touadera. Mike Corder, The Associated Press
Players Unlock A New Secret Weapon In Assassin's Creed Valhalla After Hitting A Pile Of Rocks – Kotaku
Players have discovered a new hidden and powerful bow in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. All you have to do is find a specific pile of rocks and hit it a few times and reload your save. Though, this isn’t the intended way to get the weapon.
Players have discovered that a small, unremarkable pile of rocks in the northern area of the main Valhalla map holds a strange and powerful secret. If you hit these rocks… nothing happens. Unlike similar rock piles in the game, this pile won’t break. However, if you hit this pile of rocks a few times, save your game, and reload, well nothing happens. But repeat this a few times, for most players, it takes about three reloads, and eventually, you’ll unlock Norden’s Arc.
JorRaptor did a great video showing off the rock method, how players even figured it out and how powerful the bow is. (Spoilers: It’s very deadly.)
This hunter bow is an Isu weapon. The Isu were an ancient civilization of super-powerful beings who enslaved humans and… look, you probably don’t care and I don’t have the time to fully explain it. They were powerful and aren’t around anymore, but their relics and weapons still exist, like this bow. That’s the short version.
I gave this method a try and got lucky. On my very first reload it worked. Though I deleted the save. Because, while this method works reliably, it doesn’t seem like the way Ubisoft would have intended players to unlock this special weapon. It seems like a glitch.
This was confirmed earlier today by Darby McDevitt, the narrative director on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. McDevitt explained on Twitter, in a reply to a JorRaptor tweet, that this method was a “clever brute force hack” that might be useful for speedrunners.
However, he clarified that there is an actual in-game way to unlock this bow, but didn’t say how. Though when someone pointed out that some player must have solved the secret by now, McDevitt vaguely responded “Someone almost has.”
This powerful Assassin's Creed Valhalla weapon is hidden in a pile of magic rocks – Eurogamer.net
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla players have discovered a secret powerful weapon hidden in a pile of rocks. Well. Kind of.
The secret Nodens’ Isu Arc bow unlocks for players who repeatedly hit a small pile of rocks near Brunson Turret in Northumbria. In the lake to the north, there’s a small island, and on there, you’ll find the rock ore pile you need.
YouTuber JorRaptor takes you through the steps right here (thanks, Kotaku) and it’s been verified now by a number of players:
Hit the rocks a few times – you’ll notice it doesn’t break as others do – and then save and reload your game. Rinse and repeat until you load in to find the rock pile is now broken, and Nodens’ Arc Hunter Bow should pop up on the side of the screen.
Whether or not this is intentional remains to be seen (I suspect not), so if you’re keen, head there now and grab it before Ubisoft patch it out.
ICYMI, Ubisoft recently released a big bug-squashing update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game’s 1.1.1 update is light on new features but heavy on fixes, with dozens of common issues crossed off.
Among those that stood out for Tom in a quick scan down its very long patch notes are solutions to the bug experienced by numerous people which saw them permanently stuck in their Halloween-esque Mari Lwyd disguise even after completing that quest arc. Ubisoft Connect achievements have also been fixed, and should correctly unlock the next time you perform any achievement-related action past the unlock condition.
Next up for Valhalla is a new river raiding mode and a levelling system for your Jomsvikings, due to arrive in February.
Cover image credit: JorRaptor
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