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.

Google Stadia gets its very own WiFi-connected controller

Google Stadia gets its very own WiFi-connected controller

Now that Google Stadia is out in the open, the question of control comes to mind. When you're playing on a PC, controlling games through Stadia should be pretty straightforward, as you'll simply use your computer's mouse and keyboard. What about when you want to play on a tablet, phone, or TV? For that, Google has created a controller specifically for Stadia.

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Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

GDC 2019 kicks off today, and one of the big announcements from the first day involves Angry Birds, which will soon be making the jump to augmented reality. Today, Rovio and Resolution Games announced Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, which is something of a follow up to the virtual reality game of the same name. While Angry Birds is a franchise that's seen a ton of releases over the years, augmented reality could give us a fresh spin on its age-old gameplay.

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Nintendo gaming phone rumor seems far-fetched – but then so did Switch

Nintendo gaming phone rumor seems far-fetched – but then so did Switch

By now, Nintendo's mobile ambitions are pretty clear. For the past few years, Nintendo has been bringing a number of its franchises to mobile devices, and it's been experimenting with monetization strategies along the way. Those mobile releases don't seem to be slowing down either, with new mobile games based on Mario Kart and Dr. Mario currently in the works.

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Apple updates iMac for 2019 with new CPU, Radeon Pro Vega graphics

Apple updates iMac for 2019 with new CPU, Radeon Pro Vega graphics

It's been a busy couple of days for Apple. Yesterday, the company introduced a new iPad Air and a new iPad mini, opting to forgo the reveal event it typically hosts for product announcements and revealing them instead through a press release. Today, it's doing the same thing once again, but this time around, it's the iMac that's getting a refresh.

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Apex Legends season 1 Wild Frontier Battle Pass detailed

Apex Legends season 1 Wild Frontier Battle Pass detailed

The first season of Apex Legends kicks off tomorrow, and with it, the first Battle Pass for the game will go live. The Battle Pass for Apex Legends seem to work similarly to the ones in Fortnite - it costs 950 Apex Coins ($9.50), and allows players to unlock cosmetics and other items by playing the game. Electronic Arts and Respawn gave us an in-depth explanation of how the Battle Pass will work, so let's dive in.

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Another Nindies Showcase for Switch is happening this week

Another Nindies Showcase for Switch is happening this week

Nintendo has already done a fair bit to highlight the indie games heading to Switch this year, but it isn't quite finished yet. Today, the company announced another Nindies Showcase for the Switch, during which it will spend around 30 minutes talking about indie titles destined for the console in 2019. At 30 minutes long, it sounds like this presentation is going to cover a lot of ground.

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Apex Legends season 1 start date announced, Octane release confirmed

Apex Legends season 1 start date announced, Octane release confirmed

Ask any Apex Legends fan and they'll tell you that the wait for season 1 has been a frustrating one. From the very first day of the month, players have been speculating about a potential season 1 kick-off date, and all the while, Respawn has kept its lips mostly sealed. That all changed today, as Respawn and EA officially unveiled the start date for the first season of Apex Legends.

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Oculus Quest nabs Beat Saber as a launch title

Oculus Quest nabs Beat Saber as a launch title

Last year, Facebook revealed the Oculus Quest, a new standalone VR headset that falls somewhere between the Oculus Go and Oculus Rift. Essentially, the Quest is Oculus's attempt to take standalone VR to the next level after introducing an entry-level standalone headset in the Go. Today, Oculus is celebrating a pretty major win, as it announced at GDC that Beat Saber has been secured as a launch title for the Oculus Quest.

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Spotify takes another shot at “monopolist” Apple

Spotify takes another shot at “monopolist” Apple

Last week, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Apple. While the complaint is a multifaceted one, the long and short of it is that Spotify claims Apple has an unfair advantage when it comes to competing on the App Store. Since Apple gets the final say when it comes to what's published on the App Store, it can use that power to disadvantage competitors while giving its own apps (Apple Music in this instance) a leg up.

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10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini 2019 official: Apple Pencil and bold pricing

10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini 2019 official: Apple Pencil and bold pricing

Apple made a surprising move this morning, announcing two new iPads by way of a press release instead of the reveal events we're used to seeing. We doubt many Apple fans will care about the form these announcements took, though, as the company is reviving both the iPad Air and iPad mini lines with these new devices. In the case of the iPad mini, that revival has been a particularly long time coming, as we haven't seen a new one of those in nearly four years.

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Battlefield 5 Firestorm battle royale release date revealed – but is it too late?

Battlefield 5 Firestorm battle royale release date revealed – but is it too late?

After months of waiting, Battlefield 5's battle royale mode, Firestorm, is nearly ready for prime time. DICE and EA have revealed when the new mode will launch, and it's right around the corner. It was a bit surprising to hear that Firestorm wouldn't be launching alongside Battlefield 5, so here's hoping the wait pays off.

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Game of Thrones season 8 episode lengths are quite hefty

Game of Thrones season 8 episode lengths are quite hefty

The final season of Game of Thrones might be the shortest one to date with only 6 episodes, but don't let that get you down. We're learning today that most of the episodes in season 8 will run longer than the typical hour we're used to setting aside, so even though this is the shortest season in terms of episode count, there's still going to be plenty of content to watch.

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