Jordan's latest sneaker drop is in 'Fortnite'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2019, 5:31 am

Fortnite has played host to a dazzling number of themed events, featuring collaborations with some of entertainment's biggest franchises including Avengers: Endgame and John Wick. However, for its latest crossover, Epic Games is teaming up with one of the world's biggest sportswear brands, Jordan, ahead of the NBA Finals on May 30th.

Source: Epic Games

Now there's a dedicated Steam Chat app for Android and iOS
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 10:39 pm

Last year Valve released Steam Chat for the desktop, and now its messaging service is fully mobile with a dedicated app for Android and iOS. Naturally, it cribs the desktop version's features, including:

Friends List - See who's in game or online at a glance. Never miss an opportunity to play.

Rich Chat - Your chats get even better with higher fidelity links, videos, tweets, GIFs, Giphy, Steam emoticons, and more.

Invite Links - Add new friends on Steam with a link. Generate an invite link you can text or email.

Customizable Notifications - Mobile notifications mean you'll never miss a message or game invite. You can customize your notifications per friend, group chat, and chat channel.

Group Chats - Get everyone on the same page. Groups make it easier to do things like stay in touch with your communities and organize game night with your best friends.

You'll have to try it out to see if that's enough to pull people away from other options like Discord, but at least now there's proper competition and voice chat should be the next feature added. According to Valve, now that Steam Chat has its own app, and Steam Link is available on both mobile platforms, the main Steam Mobile app will see upgrades that focus on security. Expect to see a better Steam Guard soon, with one-touch login, QR codes and the like.

Source: Steam, iTunes, Android

HQ Trivia's fourth season starts at 9 PM ET
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 8:33 pm

About a year and a half after it first popped up on our mobile screens, HQ Trivia is launching "season four" tonight at 9 PM ET with several gameplay tweaks and a refreshed cast of hosts. The trivia game streams live to player's phones and offers real cash prizes, however now you don't have to get all the way to the end to cash in. Instead players can choose to bank a smaller amount like $50 -- or keep playing for the big prize.

Tfue's lawsuit against FaZe has been a long time coming
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 4:14 pm

Turner Tenney is the most popular Fortnite player in the world. He plays as Tfue on YouTube and Twitch, where there's a small red logo for FaZe Clan, the esports organization he signed with in April 2018, built into the border of his selfie box. At 21, Tfue has earned millions playing Fortnite. He has more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.65 million followers on Twitter, where his bio says simply, "Professional athlete."

Nintendo pulls two mobile games in Belgium due to loot box laws
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 5:09 pm

Nintendo is pulling two of its popular mobile games in Belgium due to the nation's anti-gambling laws aimed at loot boxes. Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be removed from app stores on August 27th, according to an announcement on the company's website. Upon that date, neither game will be available to download or play. Players who have Orbs or Leaf Tickets can still use them until the game's removal. Due to the law, Nintendo also will not release any future games with similar earnings models in Belgium.

Source: Nintendo

Supermassive's 'Man of Medan' hits PS4, Xbox One and PC August 30th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 11:38 am

Man of Medan, the first installment in Supermassive's Dark Pictures Anthology interactive horror series, will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC August 30th. It centers on a young group on a diving vacation that doesn't quite go as planned -- the quartet are kidnapped and trapped on a ghost ship. Much like Supermassive's previous game, Until Dawn, characters will live or die depending on the choices you make throughout.

Source: Supermassive Games

Sony just laid out everything there is to know about the PS5
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 8:01 am

Sony's next-generation console isn't due to launch anytime this year, but the tech giant has been surprisingly generous with details. During a corporate strategy presentation, the company has listed all the information it has revealed so far, confirming yet again that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility. Since it has a similar architecture to the PS4, it will be able to play games designed for the current-gen console and will also be compatible with the current version of PlayStation VR.

Source: Sony (PDF)

The Morning After: Huawei's bad news and 'Game of Thrones'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 May 2019, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

More bad news for Huawei, but the company seems prepared to face the repercussions of stalled US-China trade discussions. Elsewhere, Sony improved its great noise-cancelling cans in the best way possible: announcing a new, cheaper model.

What's on TV: 'What/If,' 'Doom Patrol' and 'Killing Eve'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 11:17 pm

Even though Game of Thrones has finished, HBO will try to keep viewers engaged with a post-series show on Sunday night. For others, there are finales of Killing Eve and Doom Patrol to watch this week, while Netflix premieres include the social media thriller anthology What/If, She's Gotta Have It and a new comedy special from Wanda Sykes. For gamers, Team Sonic Racing is launching across platforms, and the Switch has a few Resident Evil games to play through again. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Sony says the PlayStation 5 will be 'immersive' and 'seamless'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 11:33 pm

Sony has revealed that the next-generation PS5 will have "immersive" gameplay and "seamless" PlayStation Now online performance thanks to "dramatically" improved graphics performance and a revamped cloud system. During a corporate strategy presentation, it also demonstrated the speed of the new console compared to the PS4, showing much snappier (ten times) loading and faster speeds with complex scenes.

Via: Engadget Japan

Source: Sony

Double Fine's post-apocalyptic adventure 'Rad' arrives August 20th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 9:17 pm

Rad, the latest game to come from the minds of indie game darlings Tim Schafer and Lee Petty at Double Fine Productions, officially has a release date. With the help of publisher Bandai Namco, the roleplaying adventure game will arrive on August 20th and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Via: VentureBeat

Source: Double Fine

Pro 'Fortnite' player sues FaZe Clan over 'oppressive' team contract
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 5:59 pm

A lawsuit might just redefine how esports teams treat their players. Turner Tenney, better known as the pro Fortnite player Tfue, has sued FaZe Clan for allegedly hurting his opportunities with an "oppressive, onerous, and one-sided" contract that violates California law and the Talent Agency Act. It can take up to 80 percent of his team earnings through a "finder's fee," according to the suit. Tenney also said his contract limits him to sponsorship deals obtained through the team (a possible problem when he produces Twitch and YouTube content), and that FaZe doesn't have the talent agency license it needs to secure work on his behalf.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, FaZe Clan (Twitter)

Xbox chief outlines plans to curb toxic behavior
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 2:32 pm

Xbox head Phil Spencer has laid out some measures to combat some of the more negative aspects that pervade gaming communities such as toxicity and abuse. He wrote in a blog post that "gaming is for everyone" and people everywhere, from all backgrounds and walks of life, "are welcome to play and welcome to all the fun and skill-building that comes with gaming."

Source: Microsoft (1), (2)

Space exploration indie ‘Outer Wilds’ hits Xbox One and PC May 30th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 12:00 pm

Open-world space exploration indie Outer Wilds will arrive on Xbox One and the Epic Games Store May 30th. It emerged last week the crowdfunded Mobius Digital title would be a timed exclusive for the Epic Store. Outer Wilds will arrive on other platforms later.

Play 'Doctor Who: The Edge of Time' in VR this September
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 10:08 am

While you can't warp time to see the twelfth season of Doctor Who any sooner, this September, you'll be able to dive into the show in a new way. BBC Studios is bringing the series to life as a VR video game, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. This is the second recent VR interpretation of the classic -- earlier this month BBC released The Runaway, a short animated VR film. And it could be yet another consolation for fans who are eagerly awaiting the next season, set to air in early 2020.

Sony studio will turn PlayStation games into movies and shows
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 10:47 am

Sony is no longer content to wait for media giants to produce shows based on its games. The company has formed a PlayStation Productions studio that will produce movies and TV shows based on games. Sony Studios will help distribute the material, but it's otherwise in-house -- it won't license brands like other gaming giants have in the past. The company's Shawn Layden told Hollywood Reporter that this wasn't just an opportunity to extend the experience of a game (and thus make more money), but also a chance to address Hollywood's notorious inability to translate games to the big screen.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

The Morning After: Impossible Foods' next project is sausage meat
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2019, 7:34 am

Welcome back! We kick off the week with bad news for Huawei as Google complies with US government requirements regarding the phone maker, suspending the transfer of proprietary hardware and software. In better news for the planet, we go behind the scenes at Impossible Foods and the development of its non-meat meat. Burgers, it seems, were just the beginning.

'Overwatch' third anniversary event kicks off May 21st
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 May 2019, 4:04 pm

Blizzard is holding its third Overwatch anniversary event on May 21st, and this year the focus appears to be on welcoming in as many as people as possible. The occasion will revive many seasonal cosmetics, Arcade brawls, emotes and skins, but it'll also include a week-long free trial (until May 28th) to give you a better feel for the team shooter -- it's not just a weekend this time. You can also expect genuinely new legendary and epic skins as well as fresh dances for more recent characters like Ashe, Baptiste and Wrecking Ball.

Via: PC Gamer

Source: Overwatch (Twitter)

'Call of Duty' shake-up may see 'Black Ops 5' arrive in 2020
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2019, 4:39 pm

Activision's Call of Duty release schedule has been predictable for years -- the company has rotated between three studios, with Treyarch pumping out a Black Ops game every three years like clockwork. However, you might be in for a surprise in 2020. Kotaku sources claim Activision has changed from its original plan, where Raven and Sledgehammer would produce a single-player oriented game, in favor of Treyarch taking the lead with Black Ops 5. It would still be set in the Cold War as intended, but Raven and Sledgehammer would be relegated to support studios adding a story to Treyarch's (presumably multiplayer-heavy) title.

Source: Kotaku

Ask Engadget is going back to school
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2019, 12:30 pm

Can I get by in class with a tablet, or do I really need a laptop?

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Next 'Apex Legends' update addresses audio issues
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2019, 6:39 am

Since the explosive launch of Apex Legends and its deliberately quieter evolution over the last few months, the game is still dealing with some annoying issues. According to the team at Respawn, an update coming to all platforms next week will target some audio problems that caused sound to drop out, or repeat when it shouldn't, and also increases the volume of close enemy footsteps so that maybe you can avoid getting third partied for once.

Other audio tweaks include a reduction of Wraith's kunai knife sound that was annoying for some people, while sounds from character select through dropping in have seen their volume drop, and the music that plays for winners is getting louder to let all your neighbors know they're in the presence of a champion.

Respawn is also still tweaking some hitbox issues, and dealt with a very specific crash bug that could occur on Intel-powered PCs. You can check out their post for the full changelog, however any word on exactly when it will arrive is still TBA, and news about what players can expect in season two will have to wait for the EA Play event in June.

Source: r/ApexLegends

The Morning After: 'Minecraft Earth' remakes our world into a blocky AR sandbox
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 May 2019, 8:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! Microsoft is hoping that its augmented reality Minecraft game will top Pokémon Go this summer, and did Lenovo really steal a fan-made video to promote a foldable RAZR? Check out some of this week's highlights below, plus a look at how we got all this foldable screen technology in the first place.

Epic Mega Sale loses two pre-order titles on day one
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 May 2019, 11:21 am

Yesterday, Epic launched a "mega sale," offering games at up to 75 percent off and additional $10 credits for purchases over $14.99. It looked like Epic was preparing to go head-to-head with the Steam Sale, which is scheduled to arrive at the end of June. But by the end of the day, fans noticed two titles mysteriously vanished from the Epic Store, and the price of another seemed to increase.

Source: Kotaku, wccftech

'Minecraft Earth' makes the world your augmented reality playground
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 May 2019, 9:01 am

Microsoft wants you to see Minecraft everywhere you look: a virtual tree on your lawn, a life-sized castle sticking through your house and an elaborate cave system hidden beneath your local park. This is Minecraft Earth, a free-to-play version of one of the most popular games ever made, rebuilt around augmented reality for the iPhone and Android. Similar to Pokemon Go, which popularized AR gaming in a massive way, it relies on your smartphone as a window into a virtual world. But unlike that game, Minecraft Earth is completely committed to the notion of augmented reality. You're not just running into a random Pikachu on the sidewalk, you're building elaborate Minecraft creations that everyone else can see. The title says it all: It's a planet-wide Minecraft takeover.

'Minecraft' has sold 176 million copies worldwide
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 May 2019, 9:01 am

Microsoft announced that it has sold 176 million copies of Minecraft, quite a big hop over the 156 million figure they revealed just seven months ago. Despite more buzz around games like Fortnite, Microsoft has kept the game fresh with things like the Dungeons online co-op, a free browser version, a forthcoming movie and now, an augmented reality version called Minecraft Earth. Microsoft added that it has passed 200 million registered users of the Microsoft China edition and completed 130 million Minecraft "Hour of Code" sessions.

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