Console Difficulty Settings, Blue Posts, New Wallpaper: "The Crusader"

Console Difficulty Settings
Some players are still confused on how difficulties work on console. Grimiku gave a reminder of the mechanic and bonuses tied to it.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

I know there is some confusion on the forums about how Easy, Normal, and Hard modes affect adventure stats, so I'm going to try and help clear that up. Those modes (Easy, Normal, and Hard) do not alter Magic Find, Gold Find, or XP Bonus in any way, and are just there so players can adjust the difficulty to their liking.

Once you're ready to handle something more challenging than Hard difficulty, however, those bonuses quickly ramp up. Here's what you can expect from Master I - Master V difficulties.

Master I: +60% Magic Find, +60% Gold Find, +120% XP Bonus
Master II: +70% Magic Find, +70% Gold Find, +140% XP Bonus
Master III: +80% Magic Find, +80% Gold Find, +160% XP Bonus
Master IV: +90% Magic Find, +90% Gold Find, +180% XP Bonus
Master V: +100% Magic Find, +100% Gold Find, +200% XP Bonus

Blue Posts

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Legendary Drops
Most of the Diablo III console players I've been talking to have reported finding their first Legendary item in the middle of Act I, but seem to find two or three by the time they start Act II. Of course, it's still random so everyone's experience with this will vary. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Console vs PC Skills
This is a great question, and I'm curious what other players have to say about skill changes they've made when swapping from PC to console. The camera on the console is pulled in a little bit more, and I've found that a lot of the area of effect spells, like Grasp of the Dead, are a little more interesting and valuable as a result. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Transitioning From PC
I haven't seen a lot of players reporting that it was a difficult transition from PC to console, but getting used to the new menu system can take a little time. I think Diablo III plays best as a multiplayer game, but that is a personal preference. It's easy to join public games or create your own, so it shouldn't be a problem to play coop if you decide that's what you prefer. As far as loot goes, most players are saying they're finding upgrades at a reasonable rate, and some would argue they find upgrades to quickly, so I wouldn't worry about that. I hope some of this helps you decide if you want to play Diablo III on console, but I think the bottom line is you should go with whatever platform you're comfortable with. Good luck! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Wallpaper: "The Crusader"
The official Crusader wallpaper is here! Click the picture below to check out all the available sizes. Don't forget there is a Malthael wallpaper as well!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

"Ah...There is a certain beauty in the stillness. Let's kill it."

Resourceful and resilient, Crusaders are a different breed of holy warrior, trained to wield powers unlike any before. Their purpose is simple: hunt down the enemies of Zakarum and rid Sanctuary of their corruption…through any means necessary.

Prepare your PC for the upcoming battle against Malthael, the Angel of Death, with an all-new wallpaper featuring artwork by Josh Tallman! Visit our Diablo III Media section to download this wallpaper in multiple resolutions, and be sure to stay tuned for even more righteous designs to decorate your desktops.

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