Author Archives: Eric Abent

Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets Project xCloud streaming next month

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets Project xCloud streaming next month

Project xCloud has been in testing for many months at this point, and last month, Microsoft finally started talking about the streaming service's eventual release. Later this year, Microsoft said, Project xCloud would launch as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, giving subscribers game streaming without raising the monthly cost of Ultimate. That all sounded great, but Microsoft didn't tell us when we could expect xCloud support to go live.

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Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

It looks like there's a big redesign for the Microsoft Store on the way to Xbox One users. Microsoft will begin testing this new store this week, and it's making some hefty promises about its improvements over the original store. As is usually the case with these Microsoft tests, only a few will be able to take it for a spin right away - the rest of us will have to wait until Microsoft rolls it out to more users.

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PlayStation versions of Marvel’s Avengers are getting a huge exclusive character

PlayStation versions of Marvel’s Avengers are getting a huge exclusive character

If you're looking forward to Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Avengers game and you're not planning to buy the game on PlayStation 4, it looks like you'll be missing out on a big piece of content. Crystal Dynamics and Sony announced today that none other than Spider-Man will be coming to the game next year, and when he does, he'll be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions.

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Google’s official Pixel 4a case protects more than just the new phone

Google’s official Pixel 4a case protects more than just the new phone

After a long wait, Google announced the Pixel 4a today, and as it usually does, it has a case to go along with it. On the surface, the Pixel 4a case doesn't seem like anything particularly special - it looks like most other knit cases out there, in fact - but according to Google, the big deal about this case is the material it's made with.

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Analogue Pocket pre-order today – the good news and the bad news

Analogue Pocket pre-order today – the good news and the bad news

Last week, Analogue made a couple of big announcements regarding its upcoming handheld, the Pocket. First was the announcement that Pocket had been delayed into May 2021, at least in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic complicating production and shipping. The second big announcement was regarding when pre-orders would open, with Analogue setting a pre-order date of August 3rd.

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Next PlayStation State of Play announced: What to expect

Next PlayStation State of Play announced: What to expect

Throughout the year, Sony has been hosting a number of PlayStation State of Play presentations, and we're about to see the next one. Today, Sony confirmed that the next PlayStation State of Play will be happening later this week. Before you get too excited though, you should know that Sony has confirmed there won't be any "big PlayStation 5 announcements" during the show.

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Here are the PS4 accessories that will work with PS5

Here are the PS4 accessories that will work with PS5

As Sony has been revealing more information about the PlayStation 5, it's repeatedly suggested that a number of existing PlayStation 4 peripherals would be compatible with the new consoles. Today, Sony shared more specifics, revealing which accessories will be compatible and which will not. Generally, it seems that most first-party accessories will work with the PlayStation 5 to some degree, but there are some exceptions to keep in mind.

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Microsoft pulls plug on consumer Cortana: Invoke and app shutdown roadmap

Microsoft pulls plug on consumer Cortana: Invoke and app shutdown roadmap

As Microsoft continues to narrow Cortana's scope and turn it into an AI assistant that's primarily used in Microsoft 365, the company has made the decision to drop pretty much all of Cortana's consumer integrations. Today, Microsoft outlined a roadmap for Cortana's end of support, and it begins in September with the company pulling the plug on all third-party Cortana skills. Not long after, we'll see the Cortana app vanish and its integration with the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker end as well.

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Halo Infinite devs respond to campaign demo graphics complaints

Halo Infinite devs respond to campaign demo graphics complaints

Last week, 343 Industries gave us our first real look at Halo Infinite's campaign during Microsoft's big Xbox Series X game showcase. In the week since then, there's been a lot of discussion about Halo Infinite's graphics and a decent amount of that discussion has been negative. In short, many players were less than impressed by what they saw in that demo, and a number of them have voiced their concerns about the game through social media.

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Epic Games Store follows up achievements with early mod support

Epic Games Store follows up achievements with early mod support

It's been a busy couple of days for the Epic Games Store. Yesterday, Epic started sending achievements live for some titles on the Epic Games Store, and now, the store has begun implementing mod support. Mod support, of course, is a big feature, so it shouldn't be surprising to learn that it's very limited in scope here at the start.

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Halo Infinite leak hints at a big free-to-play multiplayer shift

Halo Infinite leak hints at a big free-to-play multiplayer shift

Halo Infinite has been in the news a lot lately, as it was the headliner during last week's Xbox Series X game showcase. Since that showcase, there's been plenty of discussion about the game's campaign, its graphics, and even some mention of microtransactions, but there hasn't been a whole lot of talk about Halo Infinite's multiplayer. A new leak today is changing that, and it's supposedly revealing a lot of juicy details about how multiplayer will work in Halo Infinite.

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Beware bogus Cyberpunk 2077 beta invites, CD Projekt Red warns

Beware bogus Cyberpunk 2077 beta invites, CD Projekt Red warns

Cyberpunk 2077 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of the year, and with that anticipation apparently comes some unsavory people who are looking to take advantage of the hype. Apparently, those unscrupulous people are sending out fake emails telling people they're invited to participate in a Cyberpunk 2077 beta. If you've received one of those emails, you can safely trash it, because Cyberpunk's developer says it isn't legit.

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