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No Man’s Sky coming to Xbox One later this year

The screenshot title “Trading Post” gives some clue as to what’s going on here. “Capital Freighter” shows what appears to be a freighter for the capital. “Truck Laser” delivers what it says on the tin. Hello Games’ massive procedural space exploration sim No Man’s Sky will come to the Xbox One later this year, following […]

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Swap the PS4 stock headset for one of these top-tier alternatives

Communication is key. That’s especially true in multiplayer gaming, but if you’re stuck with the default PS4 headset, you may be disgruntled. Take even a cursory glance at customer reviews and you’ll see a laundry list of creative expletives addressing its shoddy mic and poor audio quality. Luckily, a wave of alternative headsets are available […]

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No Man’s Sky unveils its ‘Next’ big update

No Man’s Sky didn’t live up to expectations for its free-roaming science fiction universe when the game launched in 2016. But now Hello Games promises a big update that it calls “No Man’s Sky Next” for this summer. The game uses a clever technology to mathematically generate new worlds for players to explore, but fans expected too much […]

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ASRock’s four add-in graphics cards are based on AMD’s Radeon RX 500 Series

[embedded content] ASRock is officially joining the graphics card market with the introduction of its Phantom Gaming series. They are based on AMD’s previous-generation Radeon RX 500 Series “Polaris” cards, and not the more recent Radeon RX Vega models based on AMD’s latest “Vega” GPU design. Overall, there are currently four models in the entire Phantom […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with 3 bug fixes ahead of Spring Creators Update

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with just three bug fixes. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is expected to ship in April, reportedly called the Spring Creators Update). There is no new build from the […]

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CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request

Last year, the CIA used a South By Southwest festival event to reveal one of its weirdest training exercises: a series of globe-trotting, espionage-filled board games. If you’re wondering why we’re circling back to this news almost exactly one year later, we have four letters for you: FOIA. A series of Freedom of Information Act […]

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Microsoft updates Code of Conduct to crack down on offensive content

Microsoft recently distributed an email stating that its Code of Conduct terms will be updated to prohibit offensive language and fraudulent activity starting May 1, 2018. The clarification applies to all Microsoft services, and any violation will result in the suspension or ban from said services. That includes eliminating any remaining time you have on […]

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The Secret to VR Development? Cardboard Box Forts

SAN FRANCISCO—Developing virtual reality games requires a different perspective from screen-based video games, because everything in VR is seen through the eyes of the player; there’s no buffer between those eyes and the screen. From that point of view, the whole world becomes the game, because you can’t look away. Add realistic head tracking and, […]

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Rare cancels planned Sea of Thieves “death cost” after player complaints

Enlarge/ Falling from this height won’t lead to a gold penalty, thanks to pushback from fans. Rare As we noted in our initial impressions of Sea of Thieves last weekend, the game is probably going to need some serious changes to be a truly enduring multiplayer lark. Developer Rare is now killing off one of […]

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‘MLB The Show 18’: How to master pitching and keep runners off the basepaths

[embedded content] MLB The Show 18is available now, and it’s a remarkably realistic take on America’s pastime, with challenging batting and base-running features, as well as strategic pitching. If you take the mound without a game plan or a basic understanding of how pitching works in real-world baseball, you’ll find yourself with a soaring earned […]

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GDC Indie Soapbox: Design questions, call-to-actions, and sausages

In a packed auditorium at the Game Developers Conference last week in San Francisco, 10 indie developers gave a series of microtalks about topics like accessibility, design challenges, diversity, and … sausages. Each speaker during the “Indie Soapbox” brought a unique perspective, and the lineup included the likes of composer and designer Danny Baranowsky (Crypt […]

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Newzoo: Fortnite wins the global battle royale, but PUBG maintains Chinese dominance

Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale might not have chicken dinners, but players are finding it tasty. It’s been duking it out with PUBG Corp.’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for the No. 1 spot for the last couple of months, and market analyst Newzoo has some new numbers about the standings. Fortnite has claimed the top honors as […]

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Video: Ars asks folks to explain their online handles

[embedded content] Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript. Identity online is a funny thing—it can be both mutable and permanent. The way you present yourself to different sites changes depending on those sites’ contexts and goals. You might be one person on a gaming discussion board, a second person on […]

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One Strange Rock is a Cosmos for the Earth-bound that’s worth watching

[embedded content] One Strange Rock trailer, National Geographic. If you work or live in a city, it’s easy to forget how powerful and delicate nature is. Even if you do get quality outdoor time on a regular basis, it’s hard to hold in your mind how this dichotomy of strength and vulnerability expands across the […]

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Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Five review — The Joker gets the last laugh

Since the first episode of Telltale Games’ Batman: The Enemy Within, Bruce Wayne and John Doe’s friendship has been hurtling toward a deadly standoff like a rickety roller coaster ride at a defunct funhouse. And in the finale, Same Stitch, we finally get to see John’s true colors in all their psychedelic, bloody glory. Notably, […]