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

PlayStation 5 just broke multi-year Nintendo Switch hot streak

PlayStation 5 just broke multi-year Nintendo Switch hot streak

For nearly three years, the Nintendo Switch has reigned supreme when it comes to hardware sales in the United States. As the previous generation wound down and the new generation began ramping up, the Nintendo Switch found itself on top of NPD's sale charts month after month. But, in September, that all changed when the Switch was finally unseated by a new top-seller: The PlayStation 5.

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Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

Ikea Vappeby Bluetooth speaker doubles as a lamp, but there’s a bigger surprise

It looks like Ikea is working on a new Bluetooth speaker, but this new product looks quite a bit different from the Bluetooth speakers we're used to. Dubbed the Ikea Vappeby, this new speaker will also double as an outdoor lamp. While the design of the Vappeby is probably attention-getting enough, it seems this speaker also has a Spotify Tap button on it, which would make it the first of its kind.

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Nintendo Switch N64, Genesis controllers up for pre-order: Here’s how much they cost

Nintendo Switch N64, Genesis controllers up for pre-order: Here’s how much they cost

Going along with today's announcement of the pricing for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, Nintendo has opened up pre-orders for the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis gamepads. The Expansion Pack, of course, allows players to play classic N64 and Sega Genesis games, so like it did when it introduced NES and SNES games, Nintendo is releasing Switch-compatible controllers so players can get more of an authentic experience playing those titles.

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Dragon Age 4 may leave Xbox One, PlayStation 4 behind

Dragon Age 4 may leave Xbox One, PlayStation 4 behind

We've known for a while now that Dragon Age 4 is in the works over at BioWare, but both the developer and its owner, Electronic Arts, have been mostly quiet about it over the past couple of years. We may not know when Dragon Age 4 is going to release, but today we're learning that when it finally gets here, it may genuinely be a current-generation game, launching for Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC while leaving the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 behind.

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Twitch data breach update brings users good news

Twitch data breach update brings users good news

Earlier this month, Twitch suffered a major security breach in which many details about the website and its streamers were leaked to the internet. While it seems the extent of the breach is still being investigated, Twitch has provided an update about its findings so far, and it's made a big confirmation for users who were worried that their personal information or login credentials were leaked.

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Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack price is a big hike over standard subscription

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack price is a big hike over standard subscription

After making us wait a few weeks for details, Nintendo today announced pricing for Nintendo Switch Online and its Expansion Pack, which adds playable Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to the service. The new pricing might elicit sticker shock in those used to Nintendo Switch Online's standard pricing of $20 a year because gaining access to the Expansion Pack content means suffering a rather dramatic price increase.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons free and paid DLC add a ton of new content next month

Animal Crossing: New Horizons free and paid DLC add a ton of new content next month

As promised, today Nintendo debuted a new Direct centered entirely around Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In it, Nintendo revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting a boatload of new content through both an upcoming free update and paid DLC. It seems like a lot is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons next month, but unfortunately, today's Direct had some rather disappointing news as well in that this upcoming content update - Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 - will be the last major free one for the game.

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Metroid Dread bug prevents game progression, but Nintendo has a workaround

Metroid Dread bug prevents game progression, but Nintendo has a workaround

Some Metroid Dread players are currently contending with a game-breaking bug that blocks progression. Even worse is the fact that this bug seems to surface in the later stages of the game when many players are likely approaching the end and want to see the Metroid Dread's finale. Nintendo is aware of the bug, and while a fix is coming up in the next couple of weeks, the company has shared a workaround that can be used until then.

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Path of Exile Scourge League revealed alongside big changes to core game

Path of Exile Scourge League revealed alongside big changes to core game

During a livestream today, Grinding Gear Games revealed the next seasonal challenge league for Path of Exile: Scourge. Of course, Scourge League will introduce a new mechanic to the game, but beyond that, it also seems this new league is making some significant changes to the core gameplay loop. With the introduction of new unique items and the streamlining of certain aspects of Path of Exile, the changes introduced in Scourge League should make progressing through content feel a little less grindy while giving top players more endgame content to play.

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First Halo Infinite ranked and competitive multiplayer details revealed

First Halo Infinite ranked and competitive multiplayer details revealed

It's a big day for FPS fans. Not only did we get our first details about Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone mode earlier today, but now the folks at 343 Industries have shared the first details about ranked and competitive multiplayer in Halo Infinite. So far, players have mostly been exposed to the more casual side of Halo Infinite's multiplayer, but today we're learning of some key decisions 343 has made for Halo Infinite's more competitive game modes.

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Battlefield 2042’s squad-based Hazard Zone mode finally revealed

Battlefield 2042’s squad-based Hazard Zone mode finally revealed

As we inch closer to Battlefield 2042's release date, EA and DICE have been revealing new details about the game in a piecemeal fashion. Today, we're learning about Battlefield 2042's Hazard Zone game mode. Anyone who has played a battle royale game before will notice some similarities between those and Hazard Zone, though it seems that DICE is attempting to put a deeper spin on the wildly popular genre.

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Joe & Mac is being remade 30 years after it originally launched

Joe & Mac is being remade 30 years after it originally launched

It's been a long time since we last heard from the Joe & Mac series, but it's about to make a comeback. Today, Microids announced that it will be acting as the publisher on a remake of Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja, known in some regions as simply Caveman Ninja or just Joe & Mac. The remake will be launching next year, though at this point, details are relatively slim.

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