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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.

These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

These Sonos devices lose software support in 2020

Sonos announced today that it will be ending support for some legacy hardware later on this year. The phase out won't happen for a few months yet, and Sonos says that it will only impact its "oldest products." Those products can still be used once support ends too, but they'll no longer receive software updates and new features from Sonos.

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Qualcomm’s three new phone chips skip 5G for a good reason

Qualcomm’s three new phone chips skip 5G for a good reason

There may be a lot of hype trailing the roll out of 5G here in the US, but we're going to be waiting a long time before it becomes the new global standard for mobile internet. With that in mind, today Qualcomm introduced three new mobile processors centered around 4G: the Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460. While we expect to see these new mobile processors to feature in phones all over the world, it seems that a major area of focus will be India, where Qualcomm says it'll be supporting 4G well into the future.

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Fortnite can now run at 120fps on 2018 iPad Pro

Fortnite can now run at 120fps on 2018 iPad Pro

Typically, high framerates in video games are the domain of PCs, as consoles and mobile devices tend to max out at 60 frames per seconds but are often limited to a mere 30. That changes today, at least in regards to Fortnite. Epic has shipped a new update for the iOS version of Fortnite that bumps the supported framerate to a max of 120, assuming that you have the right hardware for the job, of course.

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UK’s NHS levels harsh criticism at video game loot boxes, calls for bans

UK’s NHS levels harsh criticism at video game loot boxes, calls for bans

Here's another story for the "everybody hates loot boxes" file: Claire Murdoch, the mental health director of the UK's National Health Service, has issued a statement in which she warns that loot boxes in video games are potentially "setting kids up for addiction." Murdoch's statement, in which she also calls for video game companies to ban loot boxes from games that are sold to children, echoes that of some other governments around the world, some of which are taking an increasingly skeptical position on loot boxes in video games.

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Huawei EMUI 10 Android update begins this month with six devices

Huawei EMUI 10 Android update begins this month with six devices

After several months teasing the release of EMUI 10 for its phones, Huawei today finally told us when certain handsets can expect to get the update. There are a handful of devices slated to get the update first, including the Huawei P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 X (4G), and nova 5T. Far longer is the list of devices that will get the update later on, so if your device isn't one we just listed, you might be waiting a while.

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Halo: Combat Evolved PC testing begins next month

Halo: Combat Evolved PC testing begins next month

At this point, it seems safe to say that the reaction to Halo: Reach on PC has been pretty solid overall. However, Halo: Reach is just one piece of the puzzle, as 343 Industries plans to bring the entire Master Chief Collection to PC as well. Since the Master Chief Collection encompases the first four mainline Halo games along with Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, 343 certainly has its work cut out for it.

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Oculus Go gets a permanent price cut

Oculus Go gets a permanent price cut

If you're interested in checking out the Oculus Go but you've held off on buying one thus far, it looks like your patience has paid off. Facebook and Oculus have cut the price of the Go, bringing it down to a starting price of $149. This is a permanent price cut too, and it applies to both of the Oculus Go models Facebook offers.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses ‘Cindered Shadows’ DLC dated and detailed

Fire Emblem: Three Houses ‘Cindered Shadows’ DLC dated and detailed

It's been a pretty exciting week for fans of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Not only did Nintendo and Sora Ltd. announced that Byleth, the main protagonist from Three Houses, will be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the fifth Fighters Pass DLC character, but Nintendo also announced what will be included in wave four of the DLC for Three Houses itself.

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Iron Man VR pushed back to spring, capping off a week of big game delays

Iron Man VR pushed back to spring, capping off a week of big game delays

Another day, another delay: Iron Man VR, an upcoming title exclusive to the PlayStation VR (and by extension, the PlayStation 4), has been hit with a delay. Developer Camouflaj Games announced the delay today on Twitter, saying that the decision was made in order to "deliver on our vision and meet the high expectations of our amazing community." Thankfully, the delay isn't too severe, but those who were looking forward to Iron Man VR will nevertheless have to wait a few more months to play it.

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Chrome OS may finally get official Steam support

Chrome OS may finally get official Steam support

At the moment, if you're looking to play games on Chrome OS, you're more or less limited to finding those games on the Google Play Store. That may all be changing at some point in the near future, as Google has suggested that it's working with Valve to build official Steam support for Chrome OS. This, of course, would greatly expand the gaming capabilities of Chromebooks by allowing them to tap into Steam's vast library of PC titles.

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Official Pokemon ASMR video starts 2020 off right

Official Pokemon ASMR video starts 2020 off right

Love it or hate it, ASMR seems to be everywhere these days. ASMR videos have a way of popping in YouTube search results seemingly regardless of the topic, and with some of the biggest ASMR content creators getting millions of views on their videos, it's no wonder that we're now seeing big companies try to capitalize on the craze. The latest company to do so is The Pokemon Company, which today released an official Pokemon ASMR video.

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Horizon Zero Dawn may come to PC in a huge move for Sony

Horizon Zero Dawn may come to PC in a huge move for Sony

If there's been a theme to this console generation for Sony, it's definitely been "exclusives." The PlayStation 4 has been the best-selling console of the generation for a number of reasons, but a major contributor has certainly been Sony's laser focus on exclusives for the machine. It may not be long, however, until we see Sony put at least one of its exclusives on PC.

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