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Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox Series X release day today: Why you need to play

Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox Series X release day today: Why you need to play

Today we're taking a peek at Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X on its initial debut for consoles. This is the first time the game is available on a platform other than desktop - it was first released (in its current modern form) for Windows 10 in the year 2020. At that time it was instantly regarded as a monstrous demonstration of the potential for the platform. Flight Simulator is the game that scales up to the point where the most powerful processors available for consumer desktops are put to the test!

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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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Pro Evolution Soccer becomes eFootball and adopts a free-to-play model

Pro Evolution Soccer becomes eFootball and adopts a free-to-play model

There is no shortage of football, a.k.a. soccer in some countries, video games, but very few actually manage to stand out and stay on top of the others. Of these games, EA's FIFA and Konami's PES are probably the most renowned and purchased titles. That said, Pro Evolution Soccer or PES will be no more, at least not in the way we know it. Not only is Konami renaming it into a more generic "eFootball" brand, but it is also switching to a somewhat controversial free-to-play or freemium business model.

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Fortnite Rainbow Royale gets LGBTQIA+ colorful with free items

Fortnite Rainbow Royale gets LGBTQIA+ colorful with free items

The Fortnite Rainbow Royale event just appeared in the in-game shop for all platforms. This event is a celebration of Fortnite's LGBTQIA+ community with assurances that "everyone is welcome on the Battle Bus." It should be made clear, here, that this event is taking place outside of the trendy confines of Pride Month, where brands of all sorts make it a point to turn their social media rainbow-colored.

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Fortnite 17.2 update adds new default setting, hints at event

Fortnite 17.2 update adds new default setting, hints at event

This week the folks at Epic updated Fornite to version 17.20, complete with Preferred Item Slots. If you're looking to use Preferred Item Slots, open settings, tap the Game tab, and bang! There it is. It is recommended that you take a peek at this feature before you drop in to your next game as it is ON BY DEFAULT.

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Warframe is coming to mobile, complete with cross-platform play

Warframe is coming to mobile, complete with cross-platform play

Online games, especially ones that involve squads or PVP, live and die by how many people are actually playing the game at the same time. While each platform may have many players within their own walled gardens, there's still something to be said when you can play on any platform and play with anyone on any platform. Warframe, one of the unexpected hits of the MMO genre, is promising exactly that as it expands its reach from PCs and consoles into mobile.

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Five ways Valve’s Steam Deck seems too good to be true

Five ways Valve’s Steam Deck seems too good to be true

Today we're looking at the Valve Steam Deck, a gaming machine with built-in game controls that runs SteamOS. This device's industrial design owes to several machines that've found some measure of success in the past - the Sega Game Gear, Razer Project Fiona, and the most obviously similar recent powerhouse of a device like this: Nintendo Switch. But might this be a device that's too idyllic to make it to gamer hands in the real world?

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Xbox Family Settings app can now manage kids’ spending

Xbox Family Settings app can now manage kids’ spending

Gaming consoles like the Xbox are often considered to be a solitary machine for a solitary gamer, but that hasn't been the case for the past years. Consoles have even become a means by which families spend time together at home or for kids to develop skills often associated with safe gaming. The latter is an important consideration for parents who want to give their kids access to consoles and the games available for them. The Xbox Family Settings app tries to make that task less of a chore, and its newest features promise to save parents money or prevent them from accidentally losing some.

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Switch OLED should be the new standard

Switch OLED should be the new standard

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced the Switch OLED, and it's safe to say that it's not what people were expecting. After years of rumors, most people were expecting Nintendo to announce the Switch Pro, a souped-up Switch with a more powerful CPU that could play games better than the standard Switch. Even though some of its upgrades might sound good, the Switch OLED is decidedly not that Switch.

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PlayStation 5 system update arrives with a mystery

PlayStation 5 system update arrives with a mystery

PlayStation 5 is receiving a new system update today, about a month after it received the last one. This update doesn't do a whole lot, but judging by Sony's brief patch notes, it'll be one to install right away regardless. The new update brings the PS5 system version to 21.01-03.21.00 and weighs in at just under 1GB in size.

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Nintendo Switch (OLED model) revealed: All the upgrades

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) revealed: All the upgrades

Ever since the Switch launched, it feels like we've been hearing rumors about an incoming Switch Pro model. Early on, those rumors were often paired with reports of a less-expensive, handheld-only Switch model, which eventually materialized with the reveal of the Switch Lite, leading some to believe that a Switch Pro announcement was just a matter of time. Today, Nintendo officially revealed the Nintendo Switch (OLED model), and while it may not have everything that was rumored for the Switch Pro, it does have several sizable upgrades in tow.

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PS5 system software beta signups now live: How to register

PS5 system software beta signups now live: How to register

Today, Sony announced that it's working on a major system software update for the PlayStation 5 and put out a call for testers. If you're one of the lucky few who own a PlayStation 5 at the moment - the console is still notoriously difficult to find around the world - you can sign up to beta test this new system software update and all future updates as well. Even better is the fact that the process of signing up is pretty straightforward.

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