Watch Sony's PlayStation stream here at 5PM ET/2PM PT
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 4:20 pm

The first episode of Sony's live streaming State of Play event will take place today at 5PM ET/2PM PT. The Nintendo Direct/Inside Xbox-style event will feature game reveals, trailers and gameplay footage of upcoming titles for the PS4 and PS VR. You can watch the live stream on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube via the video embedded below.

Source: Sony

All the important stuff from Apple's services event (+)
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 4:38 pm

Apple just wrapped up its services event, giving us nearly two hours of news -- well, more like an hour-plus of news and 45 minutes of details on its forthcoming original programming. Still, there's a ton to unpack, even though the vast majority of Apple's announcements won't be useful for you, dear reader, until later this year. We'll run all the major details down here, as well as when you can give these new subscription services and apps a shot.

'No Man's Sky VR' puts the universe on your headset for free
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 5:18 pm

No Man's Sky studio Hello Games has rolled out a steady stream of updates to take its stargazing simulator from "cautionary indie tale" to "Best Ongoing Game award nominee" in just two years. No Man's Sky is a sprawling exploration of the universe and a near-infinite number of its planets, filled with crafting, digging, flying, building and hodgepodge creatures of all kinds. And, soon, it'll all be in VR.

Apple Arcade is a game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 1:48 pm

As part of its big push into subscription services today, Apple announced Apple Arcade. From the sound of things, it's going to be a "Netflix for games" that lets users pay a monthly rate to play as many different participating games as they want. And from the sound of things, it'll work on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. For starters, more than 100 new and exclusive games will be included. It'll live inside the App Store as its own dedicated tab, rather than launching as its own app.

Source: Apple

'Beneath a Steel Sky' finally has a sequel and it's coming to Apple Arcade
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 2:28 pm

One of the most iconic cyberpunk games of the '90s and early-2000s, a point-and-click adventure called Beneath a Steel Sky, is finally getting a follow-up. Beyond a Steel Sky will hit Apple Arcade later this year, coming directly from original creators Charles Cecil and Dave Gibbons. Gibbons is a legendary graphic-novel artist best known for collaborating with Alan Moore on Watchmen, while Cecil is a co-founder of Broken Sword and Beneath a Steel Sky studio, Revolution Software.

Philadelphia Fusion will open the first esports arena in the US
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 12:14 pm

The Overwatch League's Philadelphia Fusion will build a $50 million esports arena to host its matches and is expected to be playing in the new building by early 2021. The 3,500 seat arena will be notable as it's the first dedicated stadium for esports in the Western Hemisphere. Comcast, which owns the Philadelphia Fusion, plans to break ground on the 47-acre site this summer. The Fusion Arena will be located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is already home to the city's NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA teams.

Via: Dot Esports

Source: Comcast Spectacor

The Morning After: Tesla's Autopilot might be generous letting cars into your lane
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 7:03 am

Hey, good morning!

Yes, Apple's new video-streaming service is set to be unveiled later today -- we'll be reporting from the frontlines in San Francisco at 10am PT/1pm ET. Meanwhile, you might have missed Honda's plans for EV cycles, Overwatch changes are actually having an effect on toxic players and we put NVIDIA's RTX ray tracing to the test.

Nintendo could launch two new Switch consoles this year
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2019, 4:50 am

Nintendo might launch two new Switches as early as this summer, reports the WSJ. As previously rumored, one would likely be a smaller and cheaper model with a focus on portability. However, Nintendo might also release a higher-end model Switch aimed at more serious gamers, in competition with Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. It wouldn't have quite as much power as those consoles, however, according to the report.

Source: WSJ

After Math: To all the games we loved before
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 March 2019, 11:30 am

Now that GDC 2019 has wrapped, it's time to take a quick look back at all the week's gaming news you might have missed.

'Overwatch' endorsements reduced toxic behavior by 40 percent
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 11:27 pm

Blizzard has been waging a war against toxic players for a while, but how is it faring, exactly? Quite well, it seems. The company's Natasha Miller has revealed that the number of matches with "negative behavior" has dropped 40 percent since the addition of endorsements, the "looking for group" feature and penalties for prematurely quitting matches. Players were not only encouraged to play as a team and stick through the entirety of matches, but could find teammates who were more likely to complement their skills and gameplay styles.

Via: Kotaku

Source: Variety

Updated 'Battlefield V' roadmap teases Pacific theater combat
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 8:38 pm

Now that Battlefield V's long-promised battle royale mode is nearly here, how else are DICE and EA going to keep you interested? By moving the action halfway around the world, apparently. The developers have posted an updated roadmap teasing a fifth chapter in fall 2019 that might be set in the Pacific. While the team isn't directly sharing details beyond the hints of "all-out invasion" in a brand new theater, the title ("Awakening the Giant") says a lot. PC Gamer points out that Japan's Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was concerned the Pearl Harbor attack "awaken[ed] a sleeping giant" by dragging the US directly into the conflict. Don't be surprised if BFV has you island-hopping as the US first reels from the Japanese assault and eventually turns the tables.

Via: PC Gamer

Source: Battlefield

Canada's film board to release a documentary about Twitch streamers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 4:03 pm

An upcoming documentary might be able to answer some of the things you've been wanting to know about Twitch video game streamers, such as how they build their communities or earn money from the platform. The National Film Board of Canada and European channel Arte France is releasing a four-part documentary webseries entitled Streamers on March 27th. It focuses on 14 professional Twitch streamers, including GoldGlove, CohhCarnage and MANvsGAME, who boast 1.38 million, 1.06 million and 503,000 followers, respectively.

Source: National Film Board of Canada

The latest 'Star Wars Battlefront II' mode mixes human and AI players
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 5:29 pm

DICE and EA are determined to keep Star Wars Battlefront II fresh a year after the loot box fiasco effectively came to an end. They're releasing an update on March 26th that introduces Capital Supremacy, a Clone Wars-era mode that includes AI characters for the first time in competitive Battlefront II matches. Two teams of 20 human players, each augmented by 12 computer-guided troopers, will race to invade each other's spaceships. It's a complex, multi-stage mode that could lead to prolonged fights if there are any big upsets.

Source: EA

Apple's rumored game service wouldn't include 'freemium' titles
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 12:58 pm

It's now a little clearer how Apple's rumored game subscription service might work -- including what you wouldn't get. Bloomberg sources claim the service will bundle paid games (most likely the more popular ones) for a flat monthly rate, and would likely exclude "freemium" games where you need to make an in-app purchase to unlock everything. Don't expect to get a Fortnite Battle Pass or Super Mario Run, then.

Source: Bloomberg

Upscaled: NVIDIA’s RTX ray tracing put to the test
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 11:30 am

Welcome to the first episode of our new explainer series, Upscaled. We're going to be examining the components and gadgets that are helping move technology forward, and in this first episode, we're looking at graphics cards.

Five months after Nvidia announced its RTX graphics cards, we finally have a game that really shows off this new technology. Metro: Exodus is the first game to use the RTX cards to enable ray-traced global illumination. This is a lighting system that promises to get us closer to photorealistic light and shadows in the game. But how exactly does ray tracing work in Metro, and is it worth all the fuss? We take a close look at how RTX is implemented, but you'll have to decide for yourself whether it's worth a new graphics card.

If you want more deep dives into the bits of tech that make our world run, be sure to subscribe on YouTube, we'll have new episodes out regularly.

The Morning After: Preparing for Apple's 'show time' event
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2019, 8:37 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! While we prepare for Apple's "show time" event -- check in with us live at 1 PM ET on March 25th -- it's time to look back at some of this week's highlight stories.

Apple kept the news rolling all week with updated Macs, AirPods and more, while Microsoft brought its Defender antimalware setup to Chrome, Firefox and macOS. Then on Friday Netflix set a date for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Clippy stepped back into the spotlight.

Remedy's creepy 'Control' arrives August 27th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2019, 11:41 am

Alan Wake and Max Payne studio Remedy Entertainment has revealed when its latest game, the mysterious, atmospheric Control, will arrive. It'll land on PS4, Xbox One and PC (through the Epic Games Store) August 27th.

Via: Eurogamer

Sony will stream a PlayStation news event on March 25th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2019, 9:46 am

After declining to run PlayStation Experience last year and pulling out of this year's E3, Sony is turning to a different strategy for game announcements and updates. On March 25th, its State of Play streams will debut on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and Facebook at 5PM ET.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Scream your head off to survive in 'Supermarket Shriek'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2019, 9:16 am

Getting through the grocery store with your sanity intact can be tough -- what with the legions of shelf stockers, geriatric Rascal riders and bawling basket babies blocking you at seemingly every aisle. But that's a walk in the park compared to the challenges you'll face in Supermarket Shriek by UK-based studio, BillyGoat Entertainment.

The premise of the game is simple. You're a man, stuck in a shopping cart, with a goat. Firmly wedged into the lorry, your only means of mobility is your shrieks of terror propelling you through maze-like markets riddled with boobie traps. With 30 levels available at launch later this summer, that adds up to a lot of hollering.

The controls are delightfully straightforward. In single-player mode, you can control the man and the goat independently using the left and right triggers -- having one yell turns you left, having the other yell turns you right, have them scream simultaneously to move forward. There is no reverse.

But, like most games, Supermarket Shriek even better with a friend. Plug a microphone into each of your XBox or Playstation controllers and have each person start yelling. The louder you are, the harder you turn and the faster you go. The effect is similar to the classic NES game, Marble Madness, but each person has control of just half the avatar's movement. It's a challenge, and be sure to keep plenty of lozenges on hand.

It becomes even more challenging when you begin to encounter the various obstacles littered around each level. From giant guillotine blades to water hazards, flame pits, and springboards, there are more than enough ways for you to fail at every turn. However if you can complete the level quickly enough, you'll earn 3 Stars (like Angry Birds) and unlock the ghost racer of whoever is currently sitting atop to global leaderboards, allowing you to rerace levels against the best screamers on the planet.

Supermarket Shriek is slated for release on the Xbox, Playstation and Switch later this summer. It's expected to retail for around $10-15.

The Morning After: Trying out Nintendo's Labo VR goggles
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2019, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

After a week full of reveals and announcements, we're taking a closer look at Google's Stadia promises and everything Apple's updated iPads have to offer. Also, Nintendo is getting (back) into VR, and Comcast has an internet TV box.

'Battlefield V' gameplay trailer shows its take on battle royale
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2019, 11:58 pm

In the wake of seemingly endless teases and leaks, DICE and EA are ready to show gameplay from Battlefield V's imminent Firestorm battle royale mode. True to the scoops, it's not quite a cookie-cutter BR experience. While you'll have familiar mechanics like dropping into the arena, an ever shrinking circle and varying gear quality, you can also complete objectives (such as contestable resupply points) and unlock safes to score better equipment. Get knocked down and you'll still have a pistol to defend yourself, so enemies take a risk if they come to finish you off.

Via: PC Gamer

Source: Battlefield, (YouTube)

Nintendo's Labo turns the Switch into a perfect VR gateway
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2019, 9:00 pm

Nintendo proved that its cardboard Labo kits could actually be decent gaming accessories -- especially for kids. But the idea of using Labo to bring VR to the Switch sounds even more far-fetched. Could an under-powered system with a low-resolution screen actually produce believable virtual reality? It turns out, it can.

The Oculus Rift S is impressive but unnecessary
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2019, 6:15 pm

VR technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years with optics and capabilities steadily improving even as hardware prices continue to decrease. Leading this revolution is the newly revealed Rift S from Oculus, the company's first headset released in nearly three years.

GameStop's new CEO is expected to lead a major overhaul
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2019, 6:46 pm

GameStop announced today that it is naming George Sherman as its new chief executive officer. The former head of Verizon retailer Victra has served as an executive at Advance Auto Parts, Best Buy Services, Home Depot and Target. He'll be charged with overseeing a changing business model for the brick and mortar game retailer that has been in financial trouble in recent years.

Source: GameStop

Steam's redesigned library will show what's happening with your games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 March 2019, 7:16 pm

Steam's ages-old game library screen is getting a much-needed overhaul. Valve has previewed a redesign that keeps the familiar column of games on the left, but shakes up seemingly everything else. You'll see rows for your recently played games and, crucially, game updates -- if there's a new character or an important upgrade, you'll know it right away. Your friends list will also appear directly in the library to help you leap into their multiplayer matches.

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