Author Archives: Eric Abent

Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Review: A fun, but short, addition

Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Review: A fun, but short, addition

If anything, it should be clear by now that Pokemon Sword and Shield represent some big departures for the series in general. For starters, they’re the first main-series games on a home console. Then we had the whole Pokedex controversy and the fact that a significant number of Pokemon were culled - the first time in the series that has happened. Now, for the first time ever, we have DLC, which seems to be taking the place of the “enhanced edition” we’d typically see release after paired games (à la Pokemon Yellow after Pokemon Red and Blue or Pokemon Platinum after Diamond and Pearl).

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Epic Games just got a surprising investment from another gaming giant

Epic Games just got a surprising investment from another gaming giant

Epic Games announced today that it has a new investor: Sony Corporation. Yes, the very same Sony that makes the PlayStation 4 and will soon be launching the PlayStation 5 has decided to make a $250 million investment in Epic Games. Specifically, Sony will be making this investment through a subsidiary company, but the name of that subsidiary wasn't revealed today.

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Xbox Game Pass just added a very controversial title

Xbox Game Pass just added a very controversial title

There are a lot of noteworthy titles on Xbox Game Pass, but today, one of the most visible games in recent memory is landing on the service. That game is Fallout 76, which lately has been branching out from Bethesda's in-house launcher, as its Game Pass arrival follows closely on the heels of a launch on Steam.

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Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini announced with a surprise in the box

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini announced with a surprise in the box

The DeathAdder is one of Razer's most popular gaming mice, and today, we're seeing the company shrink it down. Following on the heels of the Viper Mini is the DeathAdder V2 Mini, which is meant for gamers who either have small hands or want a more portable gaming mouse. Beyond that, though, it seems to keep many of the features that made the original DeathAdder a success.

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Quibi off to rough start as free trials come to an end

Quibi off to rough start as free trials come to an end

Attempting to launch a streaming service is a risky endeavor at the moment. Not only is the space a crowded one, but it's dominated by some big names. Quibi is a service that has tried to stand out from the others by offering short-form video content tailored for smartphones, but it seems that the service is having trouble attracting large numbers of new users and keeping them beyond the free trial phase.

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WhatsApp promises an end to customer service hell

WhatsApp promises an end to customer service hell

WhatsApp has been making some changes here at the beginning of July, first to the way users interact with each other at the beginning of the month and today to the way users interact with businesses on the platform. WhatsApp today announced new features that will make it easier for you to contact a business using the app, while at the same time making it easier for businesses to share products from their catalogs.

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Ninja fires up his first-ever YouTube stream, but is this a permanent move?

Ninja fires up his first-ever YouTube stream, but is this a permanent move?

When Microsoft announced that it would be shutting down Mixer and offering streamers the chance to join Facebook Gaming, there was a lot of question over what would happen to Ninja and Shroud - two of Mixer's biggest streamers. Ninja and Shroud had both built very successful streams on Twitch, and when Microsoft was pushing to make Mixer a competitor, it signed both streamers to exclusive contracts, causing them to leave their Twitch audiences behind and begin streaming only on Mixer for an certain amount of time.

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Peacock lines up free Premier League content for launch

Peacock lines up free Premier League content for launch

With Peacock's launch date quickly approaching, NBCUniversal continues to trickle release information about the streaming service. Today, NBC announced that Peacock will be home to a lot of NBC Sports Premier League coverage when it launches on July 15th. This seems to be a one-day-only promo meant to give those exploring the service a taste of NBC Sports' soccer coverage.

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Tinder Face to Face video chat helps you get loved-up in lockdown

Tinder Face to Face video chat helps you get loved-up in lockdown

Like pretty much everything that requires meeting in person, dating has been forced to change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tinder today is rolling out a new feature that will allow matches to talk face to face without having to meet in person. Unsurprisingly dubbed "Face to Face" this is essentially Tinder's take on video calling with a little extra focus on security so everyone involved can be a little more comfortable video chatting with their matches for the first time.

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Microsoft cranks pressure on game devs with Xbox Series X success at stake

Microsoft cranks pressure on game devs with Xbox Series X success at stake

Microsoft has already spoken a fair amount about Xbox Smart Delivery, which is a new feature that will essentially offer free upgrades for cross-generation games. Halo Infinite, for instance, will be a Smart Delivery title, which means that when players purchase it on Xbox One, they'll also get the Xbox Series X version for free if they one day upgrade consoles. Microsoft has already said that all first-party games launching on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X will be Smart Delivery titles, leaving third-party developers the option to use Smart Delivery as well.

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Garmin’s new solar-powered watches definitely aren’t for the budget shopper

Garmin’s new solar-powered watches definitely aren’t for the budget shopper

Just about a year ago, Garmin rolled out a solar-powered fenix 6X smartwatch - the first solar-powered watch it's ever released. The fenix 6X Pro Solar, as it's officially called, featured a special lens called "Power Glass" that would charge the watch when exposed to sunlight. Today, we're seeing Garmin bring its Power Glass to a range of new smartwatches, with wearables in the Instict, fenix 6, and tactix series all being outfitted with these solar charging capabilities.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning release date and new expansion confirmed

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning release date and new expansion confirmed

Back at the beginning of June, THQ Nordic confirmed that it's remastering Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a game from the Xbox 360 and PS3 era that was the sole title made by 38 Studios. When it made that announcement, THQ Nordic gave us next to nothing in terms of details aside from confirming the title of the remaster - Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning - and confirming that it would include all of Amalur's DLC.

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