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

Valheim Hearth & Home update now available: This is what’s new

Valheim Hearth & Home update now available: This is what’s new

After something of an extended wait, the Hearth & Home update for Valheim is arriving today. While we've seen various teasers for the Hearth & Home - which is Valheim's first major content update post-launch - today's patch notes reveal most of what's new. Even then, though, it looks like the developers at Iron Gate want us to discover most of the additions on our own, as the patch notes are fairly broad.

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Firefox Suggest rolls out to all – Here’s how to turn it off

Firefox Suggest rolls out to all – Here’s how to turn it off

Mozilla announced today that it's adding recommendations to the URL bar in Firefox through a new feature called "Firefox Suggest." Now, in addition to the autocomplete suggestions that show whenever you begin typing something, you'll see suggestions from Mozilla itself. It also looks like Mozilla will use Firefox Suggest to serve ads, though users will have some degree of control over the recommendations they see.

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Deathloop has a stuttering problem on PC, but a fix is on the way

Deathloop has a stuttering problem on PC, but a fix is on the way

If you head to the Steam page for Deathloop at the moment, you'll find a user rating that seems to be at odds with the critical reception the game received. Even though the PC version currently has a rating of 88 on Metacritic - nearly as good a rating as any publisher or developer can hope for - the Steam user reviews fall into the "Mixed" category. Apparently, a number of the negative reviews can be blamed on a stuttering problem many PC players are experiencing at the moment.

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How to join the Age of Empires IV stress test this weekend

How to join the Age of Empires IV stress test this weekend

We're quickly closing in on the release date for Age of Empires IV. The game is currently slated to launch on October 28th, but as we inch closer to release, Microsoft is also hosting a number of tests to put the game through its paces. Last month, we saw a limited closed beta for Age of Empires IV, but this weekend, Microsoft will be hosting a technical stress test, and everyone is invited to join up.

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Microsoft accounts are ditching passwords: Here’s how to go passwordless

Microsoft accounts are ditching passwords: Here’s how to go passwordless

Humans are bad at picking good passwords. When creating new sets of login credentials, many of us often take the lazy route and pick a password that is easy to remember and therefore easy to guess, making those logins prime targets for malicious actors. Microsoft's solution to this issue is a novel one, as the company announced today that it's giving users the option of ditching passwords altogether on their Microsoft accounts.

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There’s bad news for a Nintendo Switch US price drop

There’s bad news for a Nintendo Switch US price drop

Earlier this week, Nintendo revealed that it's cutting the price on the standard Nintendo Switch in Europe. The company decided to drop the Switch's price by around £20/€30, bringing it down to £259.99/€299.99 in Europe ahead of the Switch OLED's October launch. If you were hoping for a similar price cut here in the US, then we've unfortunately got some sour news for you.

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Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.31 now live: Here’s what it changes

Cyberpunk 2077 update 1.31 now live: Here’s what it changes

Last month, CD Projekt Red shipped update 1.3 for Cyberpunk 2077. The update delivered a ton of changes with a set of patch notes that felt neverending, but it seems there were some bugs and other issues that evaded CD Projekt Red. Some of those lingering issues are being quashed in update 1.31, which is arriving today for console and PC.

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iPhone 13 Cinematic mode puts pro video tools in your pocket

iPhone 13 Cinematic mode puts pro video tools in your pocket

In the midst of its iPhone 13 reveal event today, Apple announced an interesting new feature for all of the upcoming iPhones. That feature is called Cinematic mode, and it allows iPhone 13 users to shoot videos that have a professional-looking rack focus effect to them. Apple even made a pretty convincing case for Cinematic mode by showing off a short film shot entirely on an iPhone 13 during the presentation.

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iPhone 13 Pro adds 120Hz ProMotion, new cameras and 1TB option

iPhone 13 Pro adds 120Hz ProMotion, new cameras and 1TB option

Following the reveal of the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini today, Apple has also confirmed details about the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. There are a lot of similarities between the standard iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro, but of course, the iPhone 13 Pro generally takes things one step further. Apple kicked off its presentation on the iPhone 13 Pro by talking about the phone's design and its new display.

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iPad mini 2021 ditches home button, picks up 5G and USB-C

iPad mini 2021 ditches home button, picks up 5G and USB-C

While the main draw of today's Apple event is the new lineup of iPhones, Apple actually got the show rolling by announcing some iPad updates. One iPad being updated is the iPad mini, and it sounds like Apple's smallest iPad is getting quite the redesign. For starters, it looks like the iPad mini is ditching the home button in exchange for a full-screen display that stretches nearly edge-to-edge.

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Xbox Game Pass closes out September with a flood of day-one releases

Xbox Game Pass closes out September with a flood of day-one releases

We find ourselves right in the middle of the month, which means that a new batch of Xbox Game Pass games has been announced. There's a grand total of 13 games hitting the service in the final weeks of September, so Microsoft has lined up a packed couple of weeks. 8 of these new games are coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one as well, so Xbox Game Pass definitely seems to be closing out September with a bang.

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Incoming PS5 system update unlocks M.2 expansion slot for all

Incoming PS5 system update unlocks M.2 expansion slot for all

The PlayStation 5 is getting a new system software update this week, and it's a big one. Following a round of beta testing centered on the M.2 expansion slot on the PlayStation 5, this system software update will make the expansion slot functional for everyone. That means you can add an M.2 SSD to your console and expand the amount of available storage you have on hand.

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