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

Respawn pulls Titanfall from sale with vague promises for the future

Respawn pulls Titanfall from sale with vague promises for the future

Respawn Entertainment today announced that it has delisted Titanfall, effectively removing it from sale. Titanfall was the first game Respawn Entertainment made as a new studio back in 2014, and now it seems the title is being retired. It isn't all bad news, though, as those who own the game will still be able to play it even after it disappears from storefronts.

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Godfall leads the final batch of PlayStation Plus games for 2021

Godfall leads the final batch of PlayStation Plus games for 2021

With the beginning of December comes a new batch of PlayStation Plus games. 2021 has seen some solid months for PlayStation Plus and others that may have fallen short of expectations, but it seems that the service will end the year on a high note. As usual, there will be three games up for grabs in December, but they're joining some bonus PlayStation VR games that are carrying over from the previous month.

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Facebook Mobile Mixed Reality updates may change the way you see VR forever

Facebook Mobile Mixed Reality updates may change the way you see VR forever

Meta has announced the final software update of 2021 for the Meta Quest - formerly known as the Oculus Quest - and it seems like it's a big one. Playing into the "metaverse" angle behind Facebook's name change to Meta, there actually isn't a ton that has to do with VR gaming in this update. Instead, much of it is focused on mixed reality and usability, with some big features coming down the pipeline.

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Xbox Game Pass December 2021 adds Halo Infinite, Stardew Valley, Among Us

Xbox Game Pass December 2021 adds Halo Infinite, Stardew Valley, Among Us

Today we kick off the final month of 2021, and with the arrival of December comes news of more additions to Xbox Game Pass. December is shaping up to be a big month for Microsoft's subscription service, thanks in no small part to the arrival of Halo Infinite. The latest game in Microsoft's flagship franchise will be joined by some beloved indie classics as well.

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Bethesda teases Starfield’s two big ‘step-out moments’

Bethesda teases Starfield’s two big ‘step-out moments’

Bethesda's Starfield is still a year away, but ever since E3 2021, the company has been slowly teasing new details about the game. Today, the company published what is presumably the first in a series of developer diaries called "Into the Starfield." While the first episode doesn't really get into specifics about the game, Bethesda boss Todd Howard does drop a particularly tantalizing tease at the end.

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Halo Infinite campaign launch trailer prepares us for all-out war

Halo Infinite campaign launch trailer prepares us for all-out war

Even though Halo Infinite's multiplayer has been out for a couple of weeks, we're still awaiting the arrival of the game's campaign. We're about a week away from the launch of Halo Infinite's campaign, but that isn't stopping 343 Industries and Microsoft from whetting appetites with a launch trailer today. If you're a fan of the Halo campaigns of the past, then you'll definitely want to give this trailer a look.

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NASA delays planned ISS spacewalk due to risk of space junk

NASA delays planned ISS spacewalk due to risk of space junk

Sad news for those who were planning to watch NASA's scheduled spacewalk at the International Space Station today, as it's been delayed. The spacewalk, which was expected to begin today at 7:10 AM EST, was postponed at the last minute, thanks to the detection of nearby space debris. Unfortunately for us, NASA doesn't yet know when it will be able to perform the spacewalk and won't until it has more details about the debris and just what kind of threat it poses.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer progression changes confirmed with bonus XP for all

Halo Infinite multiplayer progression changes confirmed with bonus XP for all

Over the holiday weekend, 343 Industries indicated that more progression changes were on the way to Halo Infinite. 343 has wasted little time in coming up with a solution to fan complaints, as overnight, it revealed XP changes that will be heading to the game. Players will now get an XP bonus for their first several matches played each day, regardless of whether they win or lose.

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Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument is back in action

Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument is back in action

It's been something of a rough month for the Hubble Space Telescope. Toward the end of October, NASA detected that Hubble's science instruments had lost synchronization and automatically entered safe mode - a problem it reported on November 1st. Throughout the rest of the month, NASA has been exploring the issue and bringing those instruments out of safe mode one by one. Today, the organization announced that one more tool has been taken out of safe mode, meaning Hubble is one step closer to being fully functional again.

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Sensible ASUS made an absolutely unexpected kitchen gadget

Sensible ASUS made an absolutely unexpected kitchen gadget

There's no shortage of IoT devices with niche uses out there, but today ASUS of all companies is launching one of the most intriguing ones we've seen yet. The ASUS PureGo PD100 is a new smart device that can help you determine when your fruits and vegetables are well-cleaned and ready to eat. Not only that, but ASUS says it can also help you develop better fruit and vegetable washing habits over time.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer progression changes now ‘top priority’

Halo Infinite multiplayer progression changes now ‘top priority’

So far, it seems that the reception to Halo Infinite's multiplayer has been good when it comes to the actual gameplay and mixed when it comes to everything else. One hot-button topic for players seems to be battle pass progression, with a number of players complaining that it takes too long to level up Halo Infinite's battle pass and unlock new cosmetics. While 343 Industries has already tweaked the progression system once, it sounds like work is about to begin on more dramatic overhauls.

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Walmart PS5 restock ready for Cyber Monday, but there’s a catch

Walmart PS5 restock ready for Cyber Monday, but there’s a catch

It's Cyber Monday, and even though there aren't going to be any discounts on the PS5, there are some stores that will be restocking the hard-to-find console. Walmart is the main retailer we'll be looking at for this PlayStation 5 stock on Cyber Monday, but as with many restocks these days, there are some strings attached. If you miss your chance with Walmart today, you might be able to snag a PS5 later this week from another major retailer.

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