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

Ratchet & Clank’s dimension hopping has landed them in Fall Guys

Ratchet & Clank’s dimension hopping has landed them in Fall Guys

Fall Guys has had no lack of guest characters appear as costumes in the game. We've seen famous characters like Sonic the Hedgehog, Godzilla, Cuphead, and the DOOM Slayer (and many, many more) all appear as limited-edition costumes, but soon, Fall Guys will get new costumes based on two widely-loved PlayStation characters: Ratchet & Clank. The costumes are arriving later this month, but you'll need more than just crowns to unlock them.

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Apple TV+ is giving PS5 owners six free months: Here’s how to claim it

Apple TV+ is giving PS5 owners six free months: Here’s how to claim it

The PlayStation 5 is still a pretty difficult console to find, but if you've managed to get your hands on one, there's a new promotion you can claim beginning today. Sony and Apple have teamed up to offer PlayStation 5 owners a six-month trial to Apple TV+, which is a pretty good deal for those who may be on the fence about signing up for Apple's subscription TV service.

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LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask is back and it’s a lot more practical

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask is back and it’s a lot more practical

Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, LG revealed and launched an interesting face mask called PuriCare. The mask shares that name with LG's lineup of air purifiers, and for a good reason, as it's essentially an air purifier you strap to your face. The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier - its full, official name - is back today, as LG has made some updates to the mask.

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Amazon responds to RTX 3090 New World nightmare: How to avoid a bricked GPU [Update]

Amazon responds to RTX 3090 New World nightmare: How to avoid a bricked GPU [Update]

It's been a rough day for some unfortunate PC gamers. Amazon's upcoming MMO, New World, entered closed beta yesterday, and it didn't take long before some participants reported that the game bricked their GPUs. These weren't aging GPUs trying to run a game beyond their capability, but rather top-of-the-line RTX 3090 GPUs.

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Steam Next Fest 2021 dates confirmed and Steam Deck casts a big shadow

Steam Next Fest 2021 dates confirmed and Steam Deck casts a big shadow

Even though it feels like the last Steam Next Fest just wrapped up, Valve has already confirmed the details for the autumn Next Fest. Valve today announced that the Steam Next Fest will be returning in October, serving up another collection of game demos that anyone can download and play. As with previous Next Fest events, this one in October will last for a full week.

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Samsung gives in and serves up built-in Alexa in new Family Hub fridges

Samsung gives in and serves up built-in Alexa in new Family Hub fridges

Samsung today announced the sixth-generation Family Hub smart fridge, and with it, we're getting a big addition. While Family Hub refrigerators have primarily supported Samsung's Bixby and SmartThings platforms in the past, this is the first generation that will come with Amazon's Alexa built-in. That, obviously, gives users more flexibility in how they integrate a Family Hub fridge with their smart home setup.

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If you have an RTX 3090, Amazon’s New World MMO could kill it [Update]

If you have an RTX 3090, Amazon’s New World MMO could kill it [Update]

Amazon's New World MMO is currently in closed beta, and that has led to a surge of interest in the game. New World launches at the end of August, so this closed beta is a chance for prospective buyers to see the mostly-finished product, and a lot of folks are taking Amazon up on its offer of beta access in exchange for pre-orders. However, if you have an RTX 3090 graphics card in your rig, you might want to sit out the New World beta for now, as there have been reports of the game bricking GPU hardware.

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Fallout Worlds will let you customize private Fallout 76 servers

Fallout Worlds will let you customize private Fallout 76 servers

Fallout 76 has offered private servers through its Fallout 1st subscription for some time, but now it seems that those private servers are about to become much more customizable. Bethesda has announced Fallout Worlds, which can probably best be described as a new collection of settings that allow players to take the reins on their private servers.

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If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

While it might feel like we're coming out of the pandemic here in the US, where vaccines are easily obtainable, COVID-19 is still out there. With a significant unvaccinated population potentially giving rise to more resilient variants, it's hard to blame those who want to take more precautions when venturing out into the world. Google Maps is going to help out on that front, as it's rolling out some new features to help users around the world "navigate new normals."

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Nothing Ear (1) earbuds spill some specs ahead of full reveal

Nothing Ear (1) earbuds spill some specs ahead of full reveal

For about the past month or so, Nothing has been teasing its upcoming Ear (1) wireless earbuds. First, we received a teaser for the reveal date, then came the news that these earbuds would only cost $99. After that, Nothing announced that it would be teaming up with StockX to auction off the first 100 pairs of Ear (1) earbuds as the first product sold through DropX. Now - a week before the earbuds are to be officially revealed - we've learned the specifications of the charging case.

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Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review: Powerful hardware in a sleek package

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review: Powerful hardware in a sleek package

In recent years, we’ve seen a shift in gaming laptop design. While the behemoth machines that are only arguably portable are still around, there’s also been a push to create thin and light gaming laptops that can also be used as a daily driver as well. These thin and sleek gaming laptops offer a lot to love by packing high-end GPUs and powerful CPUs in as small a chassis as possible. Acer’s Predator Triton 300 SE laptop is immediately eye-catching in its design, and it doesn’t slouch on the spec sheet either. But, is it a good choice for gamers looking for the best of both worlds in a laptop?

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RimWorld Ideology expansion and 1.3 update now live: Here are the best bits

RimWorld Ideology expansion and 1.3 update now live: Here are the best bits

RimWorld's latest expansion, Ideology, is now available, alongside a free update that brings the game to version 1.3. Both the expansion and the 1.3 update add a lot of content to the game, so even if you aren't buying Ideology right away (or at all), it sounds like there's plenty of new things awaiting you in RimWorld today.

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