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

THQ Nordic serves up two free games on Steam ahead of 10th anniversary event

THQ Nordic serves up two free games on Steam ahead of 10th anniversary event

THQ Nordic is turning 10 years old in 2021, and we already know what the company is doing to celebrate the milestone. Tomorrow, THQ Nordic will host an event in which it plans to reveal six new games. However, before that event gets underway, THQ Nordic has kicked off a publisher sale on Steam, and it's giving away two games for free as part of that sale.

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A mysterious new Nintendo Switch controller just appeared

A mysterious new Nintendo Switch controller just appeared

Nintendo, it seems, has something brewing behind the scenes. The company has filed an application with the FCC for a mysterious new device, but unfortunately, there are only some tiny details we can glean from the filing because of a Nintendo request for privacy. Still, the details that are obvious from this filing are more than enough to pique our interest.

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Latest Xbox Live Free Play Days promo sets the stage for Sega’s Lost Judgment

Latest Xbox Live Free Play Days promo sets the stage for Sega’s Lost Judgment

Microsoft is making another batch of games free through its Xbox Live Free Play Days promo this weekend. This week's trio doesn't seem to have much of a uniting theme, but it does feature Sega's Judgment in a clear nod to a certain upcoming release. We're also seeing the return of a Free Play Days veteran in this weekend's lineup.

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Razer Huntsman V2 keyboard makes big latency boasts while cutting back on noise

Razer Huntsman V2 keyboard makes big latency boasts while cutting back on noise

Razer today announced a new lineup of Huntsman keyboards. Appropriately named "Huntsman V2," the new lineup is comprised of both a full-sized keyboard and a tenkeyless model. Razer says that the Huntsman V2 is the "world's fastest keyboard," thanks to its optical switches and the inclusion of the company's HyperPolling technology, but the Huntsman V2 also seems to make some improvements to acoustics as well.

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Deltarune: Chapter 2 gets a surprise release date

Deltarune: Chapter 2 gets a surprise release date

It's been a long wait for the second chapter of Deltarune, the in-development game from Undertale creator Toby Fox. Deltarune: Chapter 1 was originally released on October 31st, 2018, and while there was some suggestion that Chapter 2 would launch last year, it very clearly missed that goal. Now we finally know when Deltarune: Chapter 2 will be released, and even better is the fact that release day is coming up quickly.

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Valheim Hearth & Home update now available: This is what’s new

Valheim Hearth & Home update now available: This is what’s new

After something of an extended wait, the Hearth & Home update for Valheim is arriving today. While we've seen various teasers for the Hearth & Home - which is Valheim's first major content update post-launch - today's patch notes reveal most of what's new. Even then, though, it looks like the developers at Iron Gate want us to discover most of the additions on our own, as the patch notes are fairly broad.

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Firefox Suggest rolls out to all – Here’s how to turn it off

Firefox Suggest rolls out to all – Here’s how to turn it off

Mozilla announced today that it's adding recommendations to the URL bar in Firefox through a new feature called "Firefox Suggest." Now, in addition to the autocomplete suggestions that show whenever you begin typing something, you'll see suggestions from Mozilla itself. It also looks like Mozilla will use Firefox Suggest to serve ads, though users will have some degree of control over the recommendations they see.

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Deathloop has a stuttering problem on PC, but a fix is on the way

Deathloop has a stuttering problem on PC, but a fix is on the way

If you head to the Steam page for Deathloop at the moment, you'll find a user rating that seems to be at odds with the critical reception the game received. Even though the PC version currently has a rating of 88 on Metacritic - nearly as good a rating as any publisher or developer can hope for - the Steam user reviews fall into the "Mixed" category. Apparently, a number of the negative reviews can be blamed on a stuttering problem many PC players are experiencing at the moment.

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How to join the Age of Empires IV stress test this weekend

How to join the Age of Empires IV stress test this weekend

We're quickly closing in on the release date for Age of Empires IV. The game is currently slated to launch on October 28th, but as we inch closer to release, Microsoft is also hosting a number of tests to put the game through its paces. Last month, we saw a limited closed beta for Age of Empires IV, but this weekend, Microsoft will be hosting a technical stress test, and everyone is invited to join up.

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Microsoft accounts are ditching passwords: Here’s how to go passwordless

Microsoft accounts are ditching passwords: Here’s how to go passwordless

Humans are bad at picking good passwords. When creating new sets of login credentials, many of us often take the lazy route and pick a password that is easy to remember and therefore easy to guess, making those logins prime targets for malicious actors. Microsoft's solution to this issue is a novel one, as the company announced today that it's giving users the option of ditching passwords altogether on their Microsoft accounts.

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There’s bad news for a Nintendo Switch US price drop

There’s bad news for a Nintendo Switch US price drop

Earlier this week, Nintendo revealed that it's cutting the price on the standard Nintendo Switch in Europe. The company decided to drop the Switch's price by around £20/€30, bringing it down to £259.99/€299.99 in Europe ahead of the Switch OLED's October launch. If you were hoping for a similar price cut here in the US, then we've unfortunately got some sour news for you.

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Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.31 now live: Here’s what it changes

Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.31 now live: Here’s what it changes

Last month, CD Projekt Red shipped update 1.3 for Cyberpunk 2077. The update delivered a ton of changes with a set of patch notes that felt neverending, but it seems there were some bugs and other issues that evaded CD Projekt Red. Some of those lingering issues are being quashed in update 1.31, which is arriving today for console and PC.

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