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

New World may have a fix for its tedious queue times

New World may have a fix for its tedious queue times

Amazon's New World launched yesterday, and like so many MMOs that came before it, New World had its share of server problems on day one. With players facing lengthy queues that could sometimes stretch into hours, Amazon added new servers to multiple regions throughout the day yesterday, but it turns out that isn't the only tool it has to combat long queue times.

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Valve might be plotting a standalone Index VR successor

Valve might be plotting a standalone Index VR successor

It appears that Valve may be working on a competitor to the Oculus Quest. Eagle-eyed data-miners have discovered what appear to be references to a new Valve-made VR headset codenamed Deckard, and those references suggest that the new headset will be a standalone device. There's no telling if this device will ever see the light of day, but these clues are enough to suggest that Valve has at least explored the idea of making its own standalone VR headset.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming beta begins arriving on Xbox consoles: Who can play

Xbox Cloud Gaming beta begins arriving on Xbox consoles: Who can play

Slowly but surely, Microsoft has been building out its Xbox Cloud Gaming service. First, cloud gaming was exclusively available in beta on Android phones. Eventually, Xbox Cloud Gaming made its way to iOS and Windows desktops via a browser-based solution, and now the service is testing on the Xbox desktop app. Today we're adding more platforms to the pile, as Microsoft has launched a beta for Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox consoles.

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New World review in-progress

New World review in-progress

Today is a big day for MMO fans, as Amazon's long-awaited game New World is finally out. After a number of delays, some of us were justifiably wondering if New World would ever see the light of day. Now that the game is finally here, many MMO players are ready to dive in and see if New World has legs or if it's just going to be a flash in the pan. I'm one of those players, and I plan to review New World for SlashGear, but I wanted to take some time to talk about what such a review would entail.

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Marvel’s Avengers is getting a surprise Xbox Game Pass release

Marvel’s Avengers is getting a surprise Xbox Game Pass release

In the next few days, we should hear about the new Xbox Game Pass titles for the first part of October, but before that announcement comes around the bend, Microsoft has made a surprise reveal to close September. Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics announced that Marvel's Avengers will be joining Xbox Game Pass, and even better is the news that the game will be here in just a couple of days.

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Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

It's not an Amazon Devices and Services reveal event without new Ring devices, and Amazon announced an interesting one today. Amazon led its Ring announcements with the reveal of the Ring Alarm Pro, which combines an eero WiFi router with a Ring Alarm base station. In addition to the Ring Alarm Pro, Amazon also announced several new services that will be associated with it, including something that will allow construction professionals to secure their jobsites when they're away.

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Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to replace your kitchen TV

Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to replace your kitchen TV

Amazon started its Devices and Services event today by announcing the Echo Show 15. Compared to the other Echo Shows on the market, the Echo Show 15 is a rather dramatic departure, as it features a 15.6-inch display and can be mounted on a wall (though it can also be placed on a stand). That 15.6-inch display allows you to surface a lot of information at once, and it'll do that through the use of various Alexa widgets.

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1Password and Fastmail team to launch spam-fighting Masked Email feature

1Password and Fastmail team to launch spam-fighting Masked Email feature

1Password today announced that it's teaming up with Fastmail to offer a new feature called Masked Email through its browser, desktop, and smartphone apps. You'll be able to create new email accounts on the fly with Fastmail's Masked Email, allowing you to have individual emails for each website that requires you to create an account. Not only does that offer better protection against data breaches, but it can also make it easier to determine who may be selling your information for some extra cash on the side.

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Dolby Vision support arrives on Xbox Series X/S: How to set it up

Dolby Vision support arrives on Xbox Series X/S: How to set it up

Earlier this year, Microsoft started testing Dolby Vision support for Xbox Series X/S with Xbox Insiders. Microsoft tested the feature throughout the summer, and now it seems that Dolby Vision is ready for prime time. Dolby Vision is rolling out to all Xbox Series X/S users, though of course, only those who have a TV that supports Dolby Vision will be able to tap into it.

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Horizon Forbidden West promises a PS4 version with no compromises

Horizon Forbidden West promises a PS4 version with no compromises

For PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners alike, Horizon Forbidden West is definitely one of the most anticipated games on the way. Today, the team at Guerilla Games gave us a rather extensive update on the game, explaining now only how Aloy will evolve as a character in Horizon Forbidden West, but going into some detail about how the game will leverage the PS5's upgraded hardware and what we can expect from the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

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Here’s when New World servers go live

Here’s when New World servers go live

It's almost hard to believe, but barring some kind of last-minute catastrophe, Amazon's MMO New World is finally launching this week. It's been a long road to get to this point, as New World has seen numerous betas and a handful of delays. Now, after an extended wait, MMO fans are finally going to get a chance to dive into the full game.

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HBO’s The Last of Us shares first image of Joel and Ellie

HBO’s The Last of Us shares first image of Joel and Ellie

Slowly but surely, it seems HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us is coming together. Earlier this year, HBO announced that it found its Joel and Ellie - Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, two actors who rose to prominence in a certain HBO show called Game of Thrones - and now it looks like production has started on the show. Not only that, but we're getting our first look at Joel and Ellie, though this is only a partial reveal.

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