Author Archives: Eric Abent

With a track record of covering the gaming industry that spans more than a decade, Eric Abent has been part of the SlashGear team since 2012 and, most recently, is gaming editor for the site. Beyond the latest in AAA games and consoles, Eric's role encompasses independent studios, virtual reality, and mobile gaming as the industry undertakes a seismic shift in home entertainment and beyond. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

The biggest (and strangest) moments of E3 2021

The biggest (and strangest) moments of E3 2021

E3 2021 has wrapped, and it's safe to say that it was a fairly up and down show. The event was home to some major announcements presented side-by-side with segments that felt like they didn't really fit the typical E3 schedule. Despite the awkwardness that comes with transitioning a show that normally takes place in-person to an entirely online one, we still got some of the big announcements that E3 is known for.

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The Epic Games Store might be getting two huge games

The Epic Games Store might be getting two huge games

It looks like the Epic Games Store may soon be getting two big-name games. Users have discovered references to both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Alan Wake Remastered lurking in listings published to an Epic Games Store data tracker. The listings suggest that both games are on the way to the Epic Games Store (and PC in general) before either port has been officially revealed.

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Metro Exodus arrives on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Metro Exodus arrives on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Another game from the previous generation is getting an Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 upgrade today, and that game is Metro Exodus from 4A Games and Deep Silver. The companies say that the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions of Metro Exodus will offer 4K visuals at 60 frames per second along with ray-traced lighting. It's offered as a free upgrade to those who own the game on last-gen consoles, but if this is your first foray into Metro Exodus, 4A and Deep Silver are also launching a new Complete Edition on current-gen consoles.

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Now there’s a Destiny toaster to go with your Xbox Series X mini-fridge

Now there’s a Destiny toaster to go with your Xbox Series X mini-fridge

It seems that Microsoft isn't the only company getting into the appliance game. Bungie is joining Microsoft in rolling out an appliance of its own, today opening up pre-orders for the official Destiny toaster. Destiny fans were promised that Bungie would look into offering a Destiny toaster last year after a fundraising live stream hit a certain donation goal, and now what was once a meme has become a reality.

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Xbox Game Pass is losing these big console and PC games next month

Xbox Game Pass is losing these big console and PC games next month

Xbox Game Pass has a lot of games worth playing on it, but today we're learning that some of them will soon be disappearing from the service. Microsoft has listed the games that will be leaving the service on July 1st, and there are some big titles on the list. The good news is that we're learning of these departures with a couple of weeks of lead time, so if you're in the middle of any of them, you still have some time to finish them up.

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Xbox Design Lab returns with Xbox Series X|S controllers, new customization options

Xbox Design Lab returns with Xbox Series X|S controllers, new customization options

Today is a pretty big day for Xbox Design Lab. The website, which allows customers to design and buy custom Xbox controllers, is coming back online after going dark around 9 months ago. It's making a pretty big comeback, too, as it now offers the redesigned Xbox Wireless Controller that launched alongside Xbox Series X|S along with several new customization options.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update V overhauls the Nordics today

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update V overhauls the Nordics today

Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting another major World Update today, and this time, the Nordic countries are the area of focus. World Update V: Nordics is going live today, improving the flying experience in five different countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Like the other World Updates that came before this one, Asobo Studio has made significant improvements to those five countries, giving players more sights to see and landscapes to fly over.

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Metroid Dread amiibo grant permanent in-game boosts

Metroid Dread amiibo grant permanent in-game boosts

Metroid Dread was one of the surprise announcements of Nintendo's E3 Direct, and the new game was revealed alongside a pair of amiibo. One of the amiibo depicts Samus in her new armor with the second depicting EMMI, the robot featured in Metroid Dread's reveal trailer. These amiibo will be offered together, and today, we're learning what happens when you scan one of them while playing Metroid Dread.

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PS5 system software beta signups now live: How to register

PS5 system software beta signups now live: How to register

Today, Sony announced that it's working on a major system software update for the PlayStation 5 and put out a call for testers. If you're one of the lucky few who own a PlayStation 5 at the moment - the console is still notoriously difficult to find around the world - you can sign up to beta test this new system software update and all future updates as well. Even better is the fact that the process of signing up is pretty straightforward.

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Pokemon Unite summer release confirmed as new details revealed

Pokemon Unite summer release confirmed as new details revealed

As promised, today The Pokemon Company announced new details on Pokemon Unite, a MOBA-type game that's coming to Switch and mobile. Today we learned more about how matches will play out, how players will acquire more Pokemon to use in Unite battles, and what the microtransaction system will look like. In addition, we also got a better idea of when Pokemon Unite will be launching, but sadly, we didn't get precise release dates for any platform.

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Cyberpunk 2077 gets a hefty update as it preps PlayStation Store return

Cyberpunk 2077 gets a hefty update as it preps PlayStation Store return

CD Projekt Red's quest to fix Cyberpunk 2077 continues today, with the studio publishing a new patch for the game. This patch brings Cyberpunk 2077 to version 1.23, and while it may not be as big as the version 1.1 and 1.2 patches that came earlier in the year, it's still arriving with quite a few changes.

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The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled is as impressive as its name

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled is as impressive as its name

Graphics cards are still very difficult to find thanks to a global parts shortage combined with big demand, but that isn't stopping AMD from rolling out a new version of its top-of-the-line Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU. This new version, called the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled, gives away its main new feature in the name, as the GPU is outfitted with a liquid cooler that should help it boost performance over its air-cooled counterpart.

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