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.

Snapchat’s big gaming push might be right around the corner

Snapchat’s big gaming push might be right around the corner

For a while now, it's been rumored that Snapchat is looking to implement gaming in some form. While it might be a little strange to think of Snapchat branching out into gaming, it isn't that odd. After all, Snapchat's biggest competitor, Facebook, has been focusing on games with Messenger, so Snapchat may be looking to implement games of its own to even the field. Today, we're learning that the launch of Snapchat games might be right around the corner.

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Apple hits back at Spotify after antitrust complaint

Apple hits back at Spotify after antitrust complaint

The ongoing disagreement between Apple and Spotify seemed to come to a head earlier this week, when Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. In that complaint, Spotify argued that Apple Music has an unfair competitive advantage against it since Apple controls the iOS App Store. There are a few reasons why Spotify thinks that, but chief among them is the fact that Apple keeps 30% of the revenue from all app fees, including monthly subscriptions fulfilled through the App Store's in-app purchase system - a revenue split Apple's own apps obviously aren't subjected to.

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No Man’s Sky update: Why “Beyond” will be major game-changer

No Man’s Sky update: Why “Beyond” will be major game-changer

Last year, Hello Games launched NEXT for No Man's Sky, a major update that vastly improved the game in a number of ways. While some of us might have thought that Hello Games would pull back on No Man's Sky development after NEXT shipped, the company apparently didn't. Today, the next update for No Man's Sky was revealed, and it sounds like it's going to be another big one.

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Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. Today, Valve announced Steam Link Anywhere, which allows users to play their Steam games from anywhere with a decent connection using the Steam Link app or physical Steam Link hardware. Essentially, it takes the Steam Link concept and expands the scale significantly.

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Viveport Infinity release date set for April 2 as pricing is revealed

Viveport Infinity release date set for April 2 as pricing is revealed

Back at CES 2019, HTC announced a new initiative that turns Viveport into what is essentially the Netflix for VR games. Dubbed Viveport Infinity, this new subscription service will allow unlimited access to all of the VR games hosted on Viveport. By comparison, a standard Viveport subscription only allows access to five games per month.

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Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android games

Today, Microsoft announced that it's bundling together all of its game development platforms into one initiative called Game Stack. The idea behind Microsoft Game Stack is to give developers the tools they need to make their games all in one place, whether it's Azure for cloud services, PlayFab for matchmaking and parties, or Xbox Live for community and identity. Game Stack is a significant move in itself, and it has big implications for Xbox Live in particular, which is heading to iOS and Android as part of this initiative.

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NVIDIA GTX 1660 brings Turing to Battle Royale fans on a budget

NVIDIA GTX 1660 brings Turing to Battle Royale fans on a budget

After unleashing the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti at the end of last month, NVIDIA is back today with an even more affordable card in the GTX 1660. Like the 1660 Ti, the standard 1660 is built on NVIDIA's Turing GPU architecture, so it shares something with the company's top-of-the-line RTX cards. There isn't any support for real-time ray tracing in the GTX 1660, but that's okay because it more than makes up for that missing feature in its price.

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New Avengers: Endgame trailer features Captain Marvel at last

New Avengers: Endgame trailer features Captain Marvel at last

The latest trailer for Avengers: Endgame is here, and now that we officially live in a world where Captain Marvel has released, Marvel can start giving us a look at her impending team up with the Avengers. As you might imagine, her appearance in the trailer is brief, but she's in there, and she's presumably ready to help the Avengers solve their Thanos problem.

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Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia update begins rolling out today

Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia update begins rolling out today

Bethesda has officially kicked off the string of content updates it has lined up for Fallout 76 in 2019 with the release of Wild Appalachia. As far as Bethesda's 2019 road map is concerned, the content coming in Wild Appalachia will comprise Fallout 76's spring update, and it'll trickle out slowly over the next couple of months. It all begins with the addition of the Wasteland's favorite pastime: Brewing and distilling.

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Borderlands 3 is almost certainly getting PAX East good news

Borderlands 3 is almost certainly getting PAX East good news

A couple of weeks back, the organizers of PAX East published a very interesting listing for Gearbox Software's main theater keynote at the show. Gearbox isn't a stranger to PAX, but this listing in particular seemed to be setting the stage for big things. "We will have never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises, so don’t miss out," the teaser reads, leading many to believe that Gearbox is planning to reveal Borderlands 3 during that panel.

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PUBG’s Battle Royale genius just started a mysterious new project

PUBG’s Battle Royale genius just started a mysterious new project

It's the end of an era for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The man who started it all, Brendan Greene - "PlayerUnknown" himself - is leaving his post as director of the game and moving on to new projects. Though he'll still be with PUBG Corp and serve as a consulting creative director on the game, it's clear from today's announcement that he won't have as much influence over PUBG as he did during development and while the game made its way through Steam early access.

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Microsoft flips the switch on Xbox One PC streaming

Microsoft flips the switch on Xbox One PC streaming

Yesterday, Microsoft took its first step toward bringing Android apps to Windows 10 PCs through phone mirroring, and today, it's bringing PCs to Xbox One. Microsoft has updated its Wireless Display app, which has been around a few years, to support PC streaming to Xbox One consoles. There are a lot of ways this functionality could be useful, but one of the biggest advantages is that it'll let you play PC games on your TV using your Xbox One controller as an input.

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