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ITy Bytes 16 April

Amazon adds Alexa Companion devices – Echo Link and Echo Amp

You can now add Amazon music streaming to existing audio systems.

Echo Link $299 includes analog, optical, coax, 3.5mm amplified headphone, and subwoofer line-outs; and analog, optical, and coax line-ins to connect and play music directly from another audio component like an amplified turntable or MP3 player. It has a volume knob for granular control, an Ethernet port for reliable connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi dual-band, and can be added to a Multi-Room Music Group for whole-home audio streaming through Alexa.

Echo Link Amp $459 adds a 2.0, 60W per channel amplifier along with left and right speaker binding posts to support wiring directly to passive/non-powered speakers.

Both units support 2.1 decoding by adding a powered sub-woofer. The amp’s claimed volume is 94dB at .008% THD.

ITy Bytes 16 April

Xbox Game Pass: Monster Hunter: World, Prey, Life is Strange 2: Episode 2, and more

Prey(April 11)

As Morgan Yu, you’ll have to use your wits, weapons, and strange powers to fight the alien threat that has overtaken the Talos I space station. Explore the station, upgrade your skills and abilities, and uncover the secrets of Talos I and the dangers within.

The Golf Club 2(April 11)

Take a swing on new, lush golf courses or create your very own! Intuitive and realistic swing mechanics, infinite hours of gameplay, the opportunity to become a pro, and prestigious Club Societies are in store for you in this definitive golfing experience!

Monster Hunter: World(April 18)

You are a hunter of the Fifth Fleet, tasked with investigating the mysterious behaviours of the Elder Dragons out in the new world. Venture solo on quests or partner with up to three other hunters online for cooperative play.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier(April 18)

Play as Javier Garcia, disgraced former baseball star now fighting to protect those he loves in a world plagued by the undead. Make choices that shape the fate of those around you, engage in thrilling action scenes, and explore beautiful comic book styled environments from “The Walking Dead.”  

Life is Strange 2: Episode 2(April 24)

“Run. From. Danger.” Brothers Sean and Daniel face another dangerous road during the heart of winter. Will this be the solace that finally keeps them safe? Sean’s key rule: “Hide your power” has worked for them up until now, but what happens if they’re turned over to the police?

Resident Evil5 (April 25)

Somewhere in Africa, innocent villagers are transforming into aggressive and disturbing creatures. Featuring online co-op, players can experience this Resident Evil classic as either Chris Redfield or his new partner Sheva Alomar, as the duo must work together to investigate and stop whatever is causing the disturbing turn of events.

ITy Bytes 16 April

Xbox fans can again access ‘Insider X-Box’ podcast

An all-new episode of Inside Xbox on Wednesday 17th 7 a.m. AEST includes the latest news on E3, including Xbox FanFest and more.

The hour-long April episode will explore some exciting Xbox Game Pass news, new details on the much-anticipated Anniversary Update for Sea of Thieves, special guest Rod Fergusson from The Coalition, first details and footage of the Warhammer Chaosbane beta, an exclusive look at Rage 2, a handful of exciting Back Compat announcements, and several surprises we’re saving for the show itself.

Plus, if you watch live on Mixer while logged into your Microsoft account, you’ll receive an avatar item from Rage 2. Finally, due to popular demand, we’re bringing back the Ebon Flintlock in-game accessory from Sea of Thieves to celebrate a year of fortune and stories set on the high seas.