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

Android gets a slew of updates spanning Photos, Assistant, and Gboard

Android gets a slew of updates spanning Photos, Assistant, and Gboard

Today, Google announced a wide array of updates for Android that covers several different apps and services. From accessibility and Assistant to Photos and even something for Google TV, these new updates not only add new features but, in some cases, they're bringing functionality that was at one point exclusive to Pixel over to other Android smartphones.

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EU proposes USB-C charging standard and Apple isn’t happy

EU proposes USB-C charging standard and Apple isn’t happy

The European Commission today took a big step toward making USB-C the charging standard for many devices sold in Europe. The Commission states that this proposed legislation would make USB-C the standard charging port on "all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles." The Commission is also looking to unbundle the sale of chargers from devices once USB-C becomes standard to cut down on waste.

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Death Stranding: Director’s Cut impresses on PS5, but it still isn’t for everyone

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut impresses on PS5, but it still isn’t for everyone

Death Stranding was one of the strangest games of 2019. It was also one of those games that could not please everyone, not that it ever really wanted to anyway. It certainly elicited a range of reactions from players; "divisive" almost feels like the right descriptor, but it doesn't really fit because I can't remember any toxicity in the discourse surrounding this game.

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New Nintendo Switch controller reveal: Mystery clues matching up

New Nintendo Switch controller reveal: Mystery clues matching up

Last week, we told you about a mysterious Nintendo filing with the FCC. The filing was almost entirely devoid of details thanks to a confidentiality request Nintendo filed along with it, but the listing did reveal that the device in question is a new game controller. Now, we know when the confidentiality request will be lifted on that controller, which tells us when it's likely to be revealed.

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Latest Pokemon Unite balance patch serves up a ton of changes

Latest Pokemon Unite balance patch serves up a ton of changes

Pokemon Unite launched on mobile devices today, and it brought a lot with it. In addition to pre-registration freebies that are available to all players, Tencent has also shipped a relatively large balance patch for the game. The balance patch changes nearly all of the Pokemon in the game, with some getting significant changes and others getting small ones.

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Fortnite is not coming back to iOS anytime soon

Fortnite is not coming back to iOS anytime soon

Earlier this month, the heated lawsuit between Apple and Epic reached a ruling. The case didn't go the way Epic was hoping because even though the ruling does require Apple to allow alternative payment systems on iOS for in-app purchases, most other counts were found in favor of Apple. If you thought maybe Fortnite would be headed back to the iOS App Store after Apple's sizable win in court, it looks like you were unfortunately mistaken.

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Pokemon Unite now on iOS and Android: How to claim freebies and unlock Zeraora

Pokemon Unite now on iOS and Android: How to claim freebies and unlock Zeraora

As promised, today Pokemon Unite finally made its way to iOS and Android devices. While Tencent's Pokemon-themed MOBA game launched on Switch over the summer, the mobile version of the game lagged behind by a few months. Today that all changed, and Pokemon Unite is bringing some freebies along with it for this mobile launch - freebies that anyone can claim, whether they're new or they've been playing on Switch since day one.

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New Nintendo Direct dropping this week: Here’s when to tune in

New Nintendo Direct dropping this week: Here’s when to tune in

Many Nintendo fans were hoping for a new Nintendo Direct during September, and it looks like that's exactly what they're going to get. Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct presentation for later this week, and we're going to get a look at some Switch games that will be launching before the end of the year. Even better is the fact that this Direct is right around the corner.

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How to watch today’s Surface and Windows 11 live event

How to watch today’s Surface and Windows 11 live event

Today is a big day for Microsoft and its fans. With Windows 11 just a few weeks away, Microsoft is hosting a new reveal event this morning. That event will cover Windows 11, but perhaps more importantly, we'll also get the reveal of some new devices out of Microsoft. While Microsoft isn't going to tell us what those unknown devices are ahead of time, there's been plenty of speculation about several Surface devices that could be revealed.

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Here’s when Diablo 2 Resurrected unlocks around the world

Here’s when Diablo 2 Resurrected unlocks around the world

We're quickly closing in on the release date for Diablo 2 Resurrected. The remake of what is quite possibly the most famous action RPG in gaming history is launching later this week, and now Blizzard has told us when we can expect the game to unlock around the world. If you're looking to dive in right when the Diablo 2 Resurrected unlocks, then we've got the time you need to make a note of right here.

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Deathloop patch addresses PC stuttering, but this isn’t the end

Deathloop patch addresses PC stuttering, but this isn’t the end

Last week, Arkane's new game Deathloop launched on PlayStation 5 and PC to considerable acclaim from critics, but it didn't take long after release for PC players to start complaining about optimization problems. A number of PC players took to outlets like Reddit to express their frustration with Deathloop's performance issues, and so many of them flocked to Steam to leave reviews that Deathloop at one point had a "Mixed" user rating there despite the game's critical success.

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Halo Infinite crossovers get even weirder with Solitaire and Mahjong

Halo Infinite crossovers get even weirder with Solitaire and Mahjong

Halo is turning 20 this year and the crossovers are running deep. Microsoft has already launched a few different Halo crossovers for the big anniversary - the weirdest of which being one with Waze in which Halo characters and vehicles take over your daily commute - but now, we're seeing an entirely new one that's bringing the world of Halo to Solitaire and Mahjong.

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