The Epic Games Store finally gets achievements! Epic Games’ digital game storefront launched in 2018, and three years later, one of the features that users have been asking for is finally implemented.

Over the last year, some games have been getting achievements, but those were included by the developers on a game-by-game basis, and aren’t calculated or recorded as part of the user’s profile in the Epic Games Store platform. Epic Games is now calling those “developer achievements”, as a separate category from what they’re doing now with this new feature.

Launching next week, these will be platform-wide achievements, integrated as part of the store the same way Steam does it. Named “Epic Achievements”, there will be four different tiers for them. It goes from Bronze, to Silver, to Gold, and finally, to Platinum.

However, not all the games will have Epic Achievements yet, as they will first be introduced to six titles – Rocket League, Hades, Pillars of Eternity, Kena, Zombie Army 4, and Alan Wake Remastered.

We’ve updated our client and the achievements have appeared, but it lacks the addictive chime or prompt when attaining an achievement.

Epic Games reassures players that if developers of games that used the developer achievements implement the Epic Achievements system as well, progress will carry over. And if not, the developer achievements will still be present, they just won’t be part of that larger platform-wide system.

Looks like completionists have another platform to go achievement hunting on very soon.

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Microsoft‘s new and free operating system, Windows 11, is now being released. Devices that are shipped out with Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free.

However, it is worth noting that this new operating system requires at least Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen 2 CPUs, Trusted Platform Module 2.0 support, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage space.

As Microsoft will be pacing themselves when it comes to the rollout of Windows 11, not all compatible existing PCs will be able to upgrade to the new operating system just yet. The full rollout will be complete by mid-2022, when every eligible device will be offered the free upgrade.

To get that free upgrade to Windows 11 now, follow these simple steps:

  1. Use Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to find out if your PC is supported.
  2. Back up important files and data.
  3. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to check for updates.
  4. If Windows 11 is available for your PC, there will be an option to download and install it.

There will be some who won’t see the option to download the operating system even though their PCs are supported. In that case, they can either wait for the option to become available, or manually download Windows 11 with one of the following options:

  • Windows 11 Installation Assistant
  • Windows 11 Installation Media (to make a bootable USB or DVD)
  • Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)

This is the start of an overhaul for Microsoft’s operating system, and many early adopters won’t want to sleep on it.

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