Minecraft Snapshot 13w47a – Twitch.tv broadcasting!

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At Minecon we announced our new partnership with Twitch to bring one-click broadcasting to Minecraft. After a little wait, we’re now ready to make this publicly testable! This is the very first snapshot to include this functionality and it may be a little buggy, and we’re not finished with all the features yet, but hopefully it’ll be enough for you to play with and give feedback on!

Before you can start streaming, you will need to visit your Mojang account settings and link a Twitch account to your Mojang account. Then in the game you may check the quality settings in Options -> Broadcast Options, or just go ahead and start broadcasting at any time by hitting F6. This key can be configured in the Controls options.

Currently this is only supported on Windows (XP and higher) and Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and higher. If you cannot start broadcasting ingame, go to the options screen and it will tell you why.

Along with the new twitch.tv broadcasting integration there is also a whole bunch of bug fixes. If you find any bugs that need fixing then as always please report them to the bug tracker!

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher.

Server cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w47a/minecraft_server.13w47a.jar

Report bugs here:

// The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams


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This is Battlefield 4 Second Assault


A second helping of Battlefield 4 is upon us! Battlefield 4 Second Assault contains four classic Battlefield 3 maps, redesigned and Levolutionizedavailable first for Xbox One Premium users. Read on for full intel on the expansion, and enjoy the release trailer.

Second Assault contains four immortal, fan-favorite maps from Battlefield 3; Operation Firestorm, Caspian Border, Gulf of Oman and of course Operation Metro. Each map has been redesigned thanks to the power of Frostbite 3 and is now more stunning than ever. Battlefield 4 veterans will recognize the surroundings, but also notice various changes – big and small – in map layout.

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Remember to bring your best fighting galosches to the redesigned Operation Metro – after a few years of neglect, the underground has been flooded.

For instance, in Operation Metro the ceilings now can be destroyed by the players. It’s also possible to bring down the communications tower of the new Caspian Border and create flammable hazards on Operation Firestorm. And Gulf of Oman’s sand storm will make your battles even more challenging. With new weapsons and all-new game mode Capture the Flag, Second Assault pushes the fan-favorites to their limits.

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The speedy DPV (Desert Patrol Vehicle) is making a return in Battlefield 4 Second Assault. Last time we saw it was in the Battlefield 3 expansion Back to Karkand.

In a Nutshell:
- 4 fan-favorite BF3 maps reimagined through Frostbite 3
- Redesigned levels with player-triggered Levolution moments
- 5 weapons re-mastered for Battlefield 4
- Dune Buggy (DPV) vehicle makes its return to the Battlefield
- Capture the Flag game mode
- 10 new assignments with their own unlocks
- Available to Battlefield 4 Premium members 2 weeks early

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Autumn leaves and fortified walls await you in the vast fan-favorite Caspian Border.

Second Assault will be released as a timed exclusive for Xbox One at the console’s release on November 22.

Watch the newly aired Second Assault live stream

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Watch the Battlefield 4 Launch Trailer in its full ultra quality glory


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Sometimes, normal streaming doesn’t do Battlefield 4 justice.

Battlefield 4 features 64 players waging all-out war in 60 frames per second. We wanted to give you the possibility to watch our official Multiplayer Launch Trailer in its full glory.

Below, you can download the Battlefield 4 Official Multiplayer Trailer in unmatched fidelity and witness every explosive detail in the highest rated next generation shooter — delivered in 60 fps.

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Battlefield 4 Second Assault Live Stream


We’re excited to announce the Battlefield 4 Second Assault Live Stream, presented by AMD. Get a first look at the Battlefield 4 Second Assault expansion, featuring four fan-favorite maps from Battlefield 3, pushed to their limits with the power of Frostbite 3 and redesigned to enhance gameplay.

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 12PM PST as we live stream three matches on Battlefield 4 Second Assault maps, available first on Xbox One starting November 22nd.

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DICE LA, the creators of Battlefield 4 Second Assault, will show off a new game mode, Capture the Flag, and three of the four new maps. Throughout the stream we’ll answer your questions about the expansion pack and Battlefield 4 Premium. At the end you’ll catch the worldwide premiere of the Battlefield 4 Second Assault launch trailer.

Stay tuned for more information – the live stream is next week!

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Second Assault is one of five expansion packs coming to Battlefield 4 Premium members. Learn more about Battlefield 4 Premium.


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Battlefield 4: Game with Devs


This weekend Battlefield 4 multiplayer is open to everyone (Xbox Live Gold & Silver members) on Xbox 360. Test your skills on November 16th beginning at 3PM PST by playing against DICE LA, creators of Battlefield 4 Second Assault, available first on Xbox One.

Ready to get started?  Here’s how to play:

1. Send a friend request or invite to the listed gamertags.

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- DiceDev03
- DiceDev04
- DiceDev05
- DiceDev06
- DiceDev07
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2. Be ready to play at least 30 minutes before the event starts. Don’t forget your headset so you can ask questions about BF4.

3. If you receive a game invite, get ready to Game with Developers.

 


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64 Reasons to Play Battlefield 4


We here at DICE cannot wait until the launch of the next-generation of console gaming. The power of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 allows us to deliver the best Battlefield experience on a console ever.

As we prepare for battle on next-gen, over the coming week we will be sharing with you 64 reasons why Battlefield 4 will be the premiere shooter on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this holiday and beyond. Let’s kick off with the first 10 reasons. We look forward to seeing you on the next-gen Battlefield!

Part 1

64-Player Action

For the first time on consoles, Battlefield 4 lets you jump into 64-player multiplayer mayhem on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Prepare for non-stop action as you’ll have to watch your six at all times.

The Best Next-Gen Shooter Out There

The critics and fans have spoken: there’s a new king of shooters for the next generation of gaming. Battlefield 4 is the highest-rated first-person shooter available now. Read the reviews of Battlefield 4.

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Golmud Railway

Big, bombastic, and beautiful: Golmud Railway is an ideal map for fans of vehicle warfare. This vast area features a mobile control point atop a train, that moves towards the controlling team’s base. You will also find many improvised explosive devices on the map that create huge craters when detonated.

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China Rising

This December, the all-out war continues in Battlefield 4 China Rising, where you fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Four massive new maps, all-new vehicles, and high-tech military equipment await you.

You Can Point at Many Things

There is a lot to point at in Battlefield 4. Actually, this is called spotting and is a vital teamplay tactic, but JackFrags, one of many Battlefield YouTubers, got inspired to write a song about all the things he’s pointed at in-game. You should listen to it.

Test Range

Practice makes perfect. Newcomers to Battlefield, or pros who want to perfect their skills, can visit the non-hostile Test Range. Here, you can to test your wings in an attack helicopter or snipe wooden targets or barrels thrown in the air.

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Obliteration

I’ve got the bomb! Quick, get to da choppa! DO IT, DO IT NOW! In the frantic Obliteration, you are likely to both shout and hear things like these often. This explosive game mode sees two teams fighting for control over a bomb that must be detonated in the opposing team’s targets.

Social Sharing

You’ve just had an amazing match of Battlefield 4, saving the day and taking your team to victory. Time to let people know! Through Social Sharing, your Battlefield 4 experiences can be shared on Facebook, letting your friends see what you’re up to – and to join you in-game.

Frostbite 3

The advanced technology of DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine offer you a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment. Delivering visual and audio fidelity that is unmatched, superior character animations and dynamic destruction.

A Ton of Vehicles

Whether you’re roaring through the skies in a jet, or stampeding into battle with a tank, the thrill of piloting the Battlefield 4 vehicles is unmatched, and with the new naval units you will dominate the sea aswell. Remember to pimp your ride through Battlefield 4’s vast customization possibilities.


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Inside Battlefield 4: Controlling the Battle


With returning veterans as well as newcomers flooding in to the series, we wanted to do a detailed run-down on the console controller options in Battlefield 4. Here are all your available settings — and how you can tweak the controls to fit your play style.

Want your Battlefield 3 Controls Back?

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Want to play like it’s 2011? Just change your control settings to LEGACY and VETERAN to get a close resemblance to the Battlefield 3 controls.

We’ve heard the feedback from returning Battlefield fans that you miss the control scheme from Battlefield 3. Fear not! If you’re just looking for the quickest way to set the controls to closely resemble those in Battlefield 3, here’s all you need to do (we’re assuming a right-handed player in this example): Hit OPTIONS from the main menu and set all fields (where applicable) to either VETERAN (for buttons) or LEGACY (for sticks). That’s it! With theses settings made, there will still be a few changes compared to the Battlefield 3 controls. The design thoughts behind these are all explained in greater detail below.

For reference, here are the settings you want for Battlefield 3-like controls:
SOLDIER BUTTONS: VETERAN
SOLDIER STICKS: LEGACY
VEHICLE BUTTONS: VETERAN
VEHICLE STICKS: VETERAN
VEHICLE AIM RELATIVE CONTROL: OFF
HELI BUTTONS: VETERAN
HELI STICKS: LEGACY
JET BUTTONS: VETERAN
JET STICKS: LEGACY
VERTICAL FLIGHT: INVERTED

Tweaked BF4 Controls for Maximum Team Play

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The new default control scheme on console adheres to common shooter standards while at the same time maximizing the potential for efficient team play unique to Battlefield 4. Image taken from the BF4 PDF manual.

The default Battlefield 4 controls on console are designed from the ground up to facilitate team play. In concrete terms, this means we wanted to make sure that both Spotting and the Commorose are used heavily in multiplayer, while the Engage order and Tactical Visor should be equally easy to reach and use in Single Player. All the while, the core gameplay mechanics of shooting, aiming, moving, and executing melee attacks need to be as strong and reliable as ever.

We also had to take into consideration that a lot of Battlefield fans eventually will want to move from their current console to the next generation. This means we needed to stay consistent across PS3 to PS4, and X360 to Xbox One. When we designed the default controls for Battlefield 4, we took the next generation of controllers into the equation as well.

To achieve the above design goals, we moved team play functions like Spot and Commorose to Right Bumper/R1. This in turn meant we needed to redesign other parts of the controls as well. We believe the result is a control layout that allows players to utilize the unique team play mechanics of Battleifeld 4 — while still staying true to tried and tested shooter controls and making the transition to next-gen controllers as seamless as possible.

In Battlefield 3, Spotting and Commorose was mapped to SELECT/BACK. However, we wanted to make these functions more easily reachable and more widely used. The equivalent buttons on next-gen controllers are also functioning in a different manner and can’t be used to map game functions like in Battlefield 3.

Other changes in our default control scheme are:
-Knife attack was on RB/R1, has now moved to R3 (click right stick)
-Crouch/prone was on R3, has now moved to B/Circle
-B/Circle was ENTER/EXIT VEHICLE, has moved to HOLD X/Square (as opposed to TAP, which is still RELOAD)
-HOLD X/Square was PICKUP KIT, so that was moved to HOLD Y/Triangle
-On PS3, we use that console’s standard for shooter layouts, where the shoulder buttons are used instead of the pull-triggers. So on PS3, all the trigger functionality is flipped, and Spot/Commorose is R2 (pull trigger) instead of R1

New Intuitive Vehicle Controls

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The default vehicle stick controls in Battlefield 4 are tweaked for maximum intuitiveness Image grabbed from the Official BF4 Multiplayer Launch Trailer.

We wanted a more intuitive vehicle control scheme as the default for Battlefield 4. Since you are moving your character with the analog stick it made sense to have similar controls for vehicles. This means that the current default for vehicle controls is that the left stick now controls both throttle and steering. This allowed us to have movement controls on the stick, and FIRE, ZOOM, Countermeasures and Spot/Commorose up on the shoulder buttons, making all vehicle layouts closely match the soldier layout.

This should make it easier for players to pick up and play in vehicles compared to the unconventional placement of these buttons in previous Battlefield games. Also, we noticed that in Battlefield 3 players sometimes mistakenly entered a vehicle when they actually just wanted to reload their gun, and vice versa. We solved this issue by changing the ENTER VEHICLE command to require you to press and hold, rather than just quickly press. We also moved the button for picking up weapons and kits to ease the overload on the Interact button in Battlefield 4.

VETERAN TIP! If you want to drive vehicles like in Battlefield 3, with the left stick controlling the throttle and the right stick controlling steering, just set your VEHICLE STICKS option to LEGACY.

VETERAN TIP! If you prefer to use the analogue triggers for acceleration and braking you can change to that layout in the options menu by setting the VEHICLE BUTTONS option to VETERAN.

New Aim-relative Control for Turreted Vehicles

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It’s never been easier to drive turreted vehicles like tanks and air-to-air vehicles. Image grabbed from the Official Battlefield 4 Multiplayer Launch Trailer.

There’s a new control system for driving vehicles with turrets meant to reduce complexity for players, as aiming in one direction and moving in another can be tricky. The new default control setup in Battlefield 4 helps move the vehicle in the direction you push the control stick, regardless of in what direction you are aiming the turret. This control method is only active in tanks (MBTs, IFVs, and Mobile AA vehicles) and Attack Boats, as they are the only vehicles where you operate a turret while driving.

VETERAN TIP! Players who prefer a more traditional Battlefield control method for tanks can head to the CONTROLS option menu and change the VEHICLE AIM RELATIVE CONTROL setting to OFF.

Configure the Sticks to Do What You Want

For the thumbstick layout options for both soldiers and vehicles, we offer the same options as we have in Battlefield 3. SOUTHPAW completely swaps the functions of the left stick and right sticks (for example, if a player is left-handed and prefers that) and LEGACY swaps only the X-axes on the thumbsticks, resulting in a soldier control scheme similar to N64-era shooters where moving forward and turning were on the same thumbstick. LEGACY SOUTHPAW swaps the functions of the LEGACY layout between the two thumbsticks. Between the default layout and these three alternatives, any possible combination of thumbstick controls is available for soldiers, land vehicles, helicopters, and jets, separately.

Miscellaneous Control Tips

Inverting the Y axis
Some players prefer to invert the Y axis on the sticks on foot or when in vehicles. You can select this in the controls options as well. For some players, inverting the Y axis in vehicles specifically makes sense, since that means flight controls will more closely resemble real life (where pulling the stick towards you will make the nose of the plane to go up.)

Visit Battlelog on the Fly
One change in Battlefield 4 is how seamlessly we have integrated the core social fetaures of Battlelog into the game, not only on PC, but on consoles as well. Hitting BACK/SELECT will let you quickly open up the Battlelog dashboard to see which friends are online, what they are playing, and also the status of any ongoing MISSIONS that you have accepted or created for your friends.

So if Battlelog is on BACK/SELECT, where has the scoreboard gone that was previously mapped there? The score board is still available quickly, this time by holding the START button.

Set the Sensitivity Just Right
Don’t forget to set the aim sensitivity on your controls. Try it out and see what you prefer – higher means more sensitive for quicker turning speeds, but usually at the sacrifice of finer control when you just want minor course corrections or aim adjustments (usually at longer ranges.)

Why No Full Customization?

We have heard your feedback on the controls for Battlefield 4 and your questions on why they are not fully customizable. While the matter of configurable button mappings on consoles is quite complex, we are investigating whether this is something we could support in the future.

Take the Vehicles For a Spin on the Test Range

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Take the vehicles for a spin and evaluate all of the available controller settings in peace and quiet on the non-hostile Test Range.

We know getting to grips with all of the available vehicles in Battlefield 4 can take some practice. That’s why we’ve included a Test Range in the game where you can practice weapons and vehicles in a non-hostile environment. If you want to brush up on your flying skills or try out all of the available controller options to see which ones fit your play style, the Test Range is the place to go.

We hope this blog post answers your questions on the Battlefield 4 controls. Let us know in the comments below if you have any more questions you would like us to answer. Stay tuned for more in-depth blog posts on all aspects of the game. Thanks for reading!


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MINECON live stream!

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For those of you who are missing MINECON, we have a live stream of some of the most amazing content from it. The opening and closing ceremonies, the biggest panels, footage from the con and interviews plus some world premiere videos from some of your favorite Minecraft talent.

You can see the stream on our YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/teammojang

This is a schedule of SOME of the content we’ll be showing, US Eastern timezone:

Saturday, November 2nd
10:00AM EDT – Opening Ceremony
12:00PM EDT – Developing Mods
01:00PM EDT – Running A Server
02:00PM EDT – SparkleSlamaroo Extravaganza: Animators of Minecraft
03:00PM EDT – The Future of Minecraft
04:00PM EDT – The Creatures
05:00PM EDT – Costume Contest

Sunday, November 3rd
10:40AM EST – Redstone
11:40AM EST – Growing a Server Community
12:40PM EST – Life on YouTube with SkyDoesMinecraft, Captainsparklez, ihasCupquake, and AntVenom
01:40PM EST – Mindcrack
02:40PM EST – Interview with Notch
03:40PM EST – Bringing Modding to the Masses
05:00PM EST – Closing Ceremony

Don’t forget to change your clock on Saturday night!


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Your chance to own a BF4 hoodie: Share your passion for Battlefield 4


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Share your passion for Battlefield 4 for a chance to receive one of fifty Battlefield 4 hoodies!

With the new Social Sharing feature, your Facebook friends will be able to see your progression in Battlefield 4 multiplayer. Ranking up, earning new medals, or winning a game of explosive Obliteration, are some examples of occurrences that can be made visible in these Facebook posts. Your Facebook friends can also see when you join a server, so they in turn can join you on the Battlefield.

Not only does Social Sharing let your friends find you in the game, it also enables Facebook friends who doesn’t own Battlefield 4 to discover what the game is all about. These people can navigate to Battlefield 4 Boot Camp through your Facebook post, to learn the ropes of Battlefield 4.

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Brag about your wins, make people find you in the game, or just let your Facebook friends learn the basics of Battlefield 4 – all thanks to the Social Sharing feature.

If you activate Social Sharing before December 1, 2013 you may be selected to receive 1 of 50 available Battlefield 4 hoodies over at the new DICE Store, courtesy of Jinx. All you need to do for a chance to own a Battlefield 4 hoodie is to activate Social Sharing on Battlelog and have it active on December 1, 2013.

Head to Battlelog for full instructions on how to activate Social Sharing in Battlefield 4.

 


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BF4 Double XP Weekend – times for eligible consumers


We would like to remind eligble players that they can look forward to a weekend of double XP in Battlefield 4. Players who participated in the Double XP Pre-Order Campaign will get double XP playing Battlefield 4 on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, during the time periods listed below.

Double XP Weekend Times:

Starts at: 2AM GMT on November 2 / 7PM PDT on November 1

Ends at: 8AM GMT / 1AM PDT on November 4

Those who used the campaign to pre-order next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 will be able to participate in a Double XP Weekend on December 25-26  - stay tuned for the exact times for that.

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