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PS5 Getting New Controller, Console Cover Designed By LeBron James

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 03:05

PlayStation has announced a partnership with basketball star LeBron James for new PlayStation 5 accessories designed by the NBA superstar himself. The partnership includes a new PS5 console cover and a DualSense controller designed by LeBron in partnership with PlayStation.

The limited-edition pieces contain accents and wording like "Nothing Is Given. Everything Is Earned." The design also includes imagery of a crown, which has been associated with LeBron and how he's known as "King James." The PS5 cover and controller also contain nods to LeBron's "I Promise" charity, including the words "Chosen Ones" and "Build. Uplift. Empower."

Behold, the LeBron PS5 controller

"It's still crazy to think a kid from Akron who grew up playing games is getting to create something like this," LeBron said in a PlayStation Blog post. "Designing a console cover and controller with PlayStation that gives a nod to my I Promise students and where we come from is a pretty cool thing. I hope it's something that continues to inspire everyone who touches it, and that they have a little fun finding meaning in every detail."

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Check Out This New Mandalorian Headset From Logitech

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 02:44

The Logitech G A30 Wireless Gaming Headset is already a great gaming headset that's worth considering, but fans of The Mandalorian will be even more intrigued by the A30 now. Logitech has revealed The Mandalorian Edition--which offers all the same features of the base headset, but it's wrapped up in a sleek new Star Wars theme.

Logitech G A30 Wireless Headset (The Mandalorian Edition) $250

Its unique new design is the main attraction of The Mandalorian Edition headset, which depicts Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) on the left earcup and the Clan Mudhorn signet on the right earcup. Logitech also mentioned that several easter eggs can be found throughout the headset--giving you something to search for while your game is loading.

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Aside from Mandalorian branding, the G A30 Wireless is extremely well-equipped. It includes a detachable or built-in boom mic, the ability to connect via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio jack, booming 40mm drivers, and a battery that runs for more than 27 hours before needing a recharge. It also benefits from a minimalist color scheme that gives it a professional look (instead of going for an over-the-top gamer aesthetic).

The Logitech G A30 Wireless Headset is compatible with Xbox Series X, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, making it a versatile headset that should cover all your gaming needs. It won’t start shipping until April 2023, but you can head over to the Logitech store to preorder Logitech

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AMC's CEO Is Very Excited About New Popcorn

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 02:43

Movie-goers will soon have the chance to eat their favorite theater snack at home, as AMC is preparing to launch its own microwavable popcorn brand. The initial launch will have three flavors: lightly salted, movie theater butter, and extra butter. The popcorn will be on Walmart endcaps starting March 11 and on Walmart shelves at 2,600 locations and on Walmart's website next month.

"Real movie theatre popcorn popped and ready to enjoy for any party, tailgate, or snack occasion," AMC Theatres' website claims. "Follow our Heat & Eat instructions for that authentic deliciously warm movie popcorn experience!" It should be noted that the extra butter version also comes with a pourable butter topping, allowing people to add more butter flavor to the popcorn.

AMC CEO Adam Aron wants people to know he's really excited about the launch. In fact, he went on about it and focused a large chunk of time during the theater chain's earnings call Tuesday to hype it up.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall - How To Deal With Tormentors

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 02:39

A new enemy is lurking about the streets of Neomuna in Destiny 2: Lightfall, and if you're unprepared for them, you're in for a world of hurt. Tormentors are shaping up to be the deadliest soldier in the Shadow Legion, as these hulking brutes hit hard, fast, and are effective from any distance. While they aren't invincible, they can easily halt your momentum and are absolute nightmares to deal with on Legendary difficulty.

If you're having trouble with these scythe-wielding enemies, here's how you can deal with them effectively whenever you encounter them.

How to kill Tormentors

Like some of the more challenging bosses and enemies in Destiny 2, Tormentors are multi-phase fights. When you first run into one of them, you'll want to focus your attacks on the weak points located on their upper body. Don't bust out your abilities, explosive weapons, or Supers just yet, as for now, you'll want to focus your attacks on the Tormentor's exposed weak points with your precision weapons. Linear fusion rifles, scout rifles, and bows work well here, as you'll be able to do serious damage and stay mobile.

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Dune HBO Max Prequel Series Loses Director And Star, Production Paused

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 02:14

The upcoming Dune prequel TV show has run into some issues. Deadline reports that the show, Dune: The Sisterhood (working title), is recasting roles and changing directors.

Johan Renck (Chernobyl) was lined up to direct the first two episodes but has reportedly now dropped out. Production is now said to be on hold as a replacement is found. Additionally, one of the show's leads, Shirley Henderson, is leaving the series. Henderson was tapped to play Tula Harkonnen, and the role is now being recast, according to the report.

Before all of this happened, series creator, showrunner, and writer Diane Ademu-John quit the series. Alison Schapker joined the production as its new showrunner.

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Final Fantasy XVI Producer Doesn't Like The Term "JRPG"

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:59

Final Fantasy XVI's producer Naoki Yoshida recently shared that he doesn't like the term "JRPG" when referring to the role-playing games Square Enix creates.

Ahead of the release of the next mainline Final Fantasy game, the producer has sat down with multiple media publications to discuss the upcoming entry. During a particular interview with Skill-Up, Yoshida talked about creating Final Fantasy XVI for both longtime fans of the series and new players, as well as how this specific entry broadens the potential audience of players.

At one point, Skill-Up asked Yoshida about a previous comment he made about how the action game genre has advanced and was now the norm, and if he was implying the JRPGs hadn't advanced in the same way.

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Verizon Subscribers: Get An Xbox Series S For Only $150

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:57

If you've been thinking about buying an Xbox Series S, now's the time to do it. Verizon is selling the Xbox Series S for only $150, which sounds too good to be true. The caveat here is that you have to be a Verizon subscriber to take advantage of this deal. We expect Verizon to run out of stock soon, so head on over to the Verizon Up offers page to claim your coupon code.

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It's not uncommon for the Xbox Series S to go on sale. In fact, these days you're getting a bad deal if you buy the console at its full $300 price. From time to time, we still see Black Friday-level discounts on the Series S ($240), but those promotions tend to sell out quickly, too.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall - Defiant Battlegrounds Guide

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:51

Like previous seasons in Destiny 2, Season of Defiance has a new activity for players to take part in. Defiant Battlegrounds are a mix of ideas that have been present in Destiny 2 for several seasons, combining the thrill of taking on a Cabal army with the intrigue of traversing the Ascendant Realm and encountering the Taken that inhabit it. Narratively, Defiant Battlegrounds is a three-player matchmade activity in which fireteams take the fight directly to Calus and his Shadow Legion, rescue prisoners of war, and weaken the forces of the Witness in the process.

The difference here is that this Battleground has a few extra steps to its design, as you won't just be shooting your way through corridors of Cabal troops. Extra challenges lie ahead, but once you know the rhythm for this activity, you'll be able to quickly grind through it so that you can earn the coveted rewards at the end.

Defiant Battlegrounds can be launched from two sources currently. You can start the activity by selecting it on the EDZ map, and if you're up for a more difficult fight, you can jump into the more challenging version from the playlist found in the HELM map screen. You can also check in at the HELM war table for bounties, some of which can only be completed in Defiant Battlegrounds.

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Destiny 2 Defiant Keys Guide: How To Get Defiant Keys To Open Defiant Chests

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:43

Destiny 2 Season of Defiance is here, alongside the launch of Lightfall. At the heart of the new activity, called Defiant Battlegrounds, lie the Defiant Keys, which will be an invaluable resource to have throughout the season.

Defiant Keys in Destiny 2 are used to open Defiant Chests, which are optional chests found at the end of the Defiant Battlegrounds activity. Even if they're not mandatory, you can find some great loot inside, so it's worth taking the plunge. This guide explains where you can find Defiant Keys in Destiny 2 and what to expect from these chests.

Where to Find Destiny 2 Defiant Keys

It's important to keep in mind how Defiant Keys work in Destiny 2. According to developer Bungie, as the seasonal key of Season of Defiance, you'll receive them "periodically" for completing activities across the system.

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Preorder Final Fantasy 16 And Get A $10 Gift Card

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:43

Final Fantasy XVI preorders are now available from numerous retailers, but you can snag a $10 Target gift card when you pre-purchase the PS5 game through Target’s online store. This deal applies to both the $70 standard edition and the $100 Deluxe edition.

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Target isn’t the only retailer offering exclusive preorder deals. Best Buy preorders come with a unique Final Fantasy XVI steelbook case, while buying the game from GameStop gets you six cloth patches featuring the flags for each of the game’s fictional nations. Along with the physical versions, there are also digital versions of Final Fantasy XVI available from other online stores.

All Final Fantasy preorders also come with a selection of pre-purchase bonuses regardless of which version of Final Fantasy XVI you buy, or from which retailer. These include special in-game items and other goodies. You can read about all the various preorder options and exclusive deals in our Final Fantasy XVI preorder guide.

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Jason Momoa's Fast X Villain Is "Pure Chaos," Director Says

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:32

Dom Toretto and his family's past will meet up with them in Fast X in the form of Jason Momoa's Dante Reyes, and the new villain is "pure chaos," according to director Louis Leterrier.

The filmmaker spoke with Total Film Magazine about Dante's unpredictability and motivation in targeting Dom (portrayed by Vin Diesel). "He's analyzed him," Leterrier said. "There's nowhere to hide, because he knows Dom better than he knows himself. Dom truly meets his match with Dante."

Fast Five will basically be required viewing to fully grasp what's at stake with Dante, Leterrier said. That's because Dante is the son of the Brazilian drug kingpin from that film. Dom and his crew ruined the crime boss with the Rio De Janeiro heist, and Dante has been planning his revenge ever since.

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Xbox Is Focused On June Showcase But Fans Can Expect Other Announcements Sooner

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:27

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has provided an update on the Xbox summer showcase this June in Los Angeles, saying his company is primarily focused on preparations for that event right now. That being said, fans can expect other announcements before then.

Speaking to XboxOn, Spencer said, "We're mostly focused on June. We start so early. Like in December. What are we going to show? A lot of our focus right now is on the showcase in June. But there is some news that is coming out [before then]."

He said Xbox fans can expect some "GoldenEye-type [announcements]" ahead of the June showcase, adding that "there are some things that will come up."

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Stranger Things Stage Show Coming To London This Year

Thu, 03/02/2023 - 01:26

Stranger Things: The First Shadow is a brand-new stage show based on the Netflix original series that is coming to London this year.

The stage show doesn't have a specific release date just yet, but will be held at the Phoenix Theatre, London, and will follow some familiar faces from the Netflix series, including a young Jim Hopper as the protagonist in 1959. Other characters like Joyce and Henry Creel will also be featured throughout the play.

Welcome to Hawkins, 1959. Before the world turned upside down…
Stranger Things: The First Shadow. A new story live on stage.
London | Late 2023 |

— Stranger Things On Stage (@STOnStage) March 1, 2023

The official website offers further details on the upcoming stage performance, including the premise of the story and the option to sign up for priority access to tickets when they go live. "Hawkins, 1959: a regular town with regular worries," the description reads.

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The Last Of Us' Pedro Pascal Recalls How Excited His Nephews Were About Him Getting The Job

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 07:48

Before actor Pedro Pascal signed on to play Joel in HBO's The Last of Us, he called his sister to ask for advice. Unbeknownst to him, her children were in the car, and their input seemingly helped Pascal be convinced he should take the part.

In a roundtable video interview with co-star Bella Ramsey, writers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, and PlayStation Productions boss Asad Qizilbash, Pascal recalled the events surrounding his casting. He said he called his sister, who was taking her children to school, and was on speakerphone when his nephews chimed in to express their excitement about it.

"I didn't even know they were in the car. I was like, 'I've been having a conversation about this amazing job, it's based on a video game, actually, and it's called The La...'"

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Phil Spencer Talks Activision Deal And Xbox's Policy On Exclusive Games

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 07:46

In a new interview, Xbox boss Phil Spencer discussed the reasons behind the Activision Blizzard acquisition and the company's policy on console exclusivity.

Speaking to XboxOn, Phil Spencer claimed that Xbox is focused on June's showcase, but other news will be on the way. Spencer also mentioned that Everwild, from developer Rare, is still in development. When asked about the response to the Activision Blizzard acquisition, Spencer said, "For the Xbox community, there's a lot of anticipation... for the industry, and I think this is right, there's questions about, well, what does this mean... how is this going to affect competition?"

He re-affirmed that the Activision Blizzard acquisition was never primarily about Call of Duty, but was about building the company's mobile portfolio. "[Mobile] is the largest gaming platform on the planet...for us, the logic really started from how do we gain more capability on mobile?" He commented on Call of Duty itself. He said, "we want to increase the places where people can play Call of Duty. Kind of like Minecraft." He also affirmed that certain modes or cosmetics in Call of Duty will not be exclusive to Xbox.

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Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Start Date, Battle Pass, And More

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 07:18

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 is just days away now, with all the in-game signage telling us that Season 1 will end on March 8. And as is usually the case, Epic is keeping its cards close to the vest for now, having not made any kind of reveals about Season 2 just yet. That said, we've got some clues, both big and small, about what the future has in store for us.

When does Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 start?

Phrasing in the game says this season will end on March 8, which means the actual last day will be March 9--the stated end date for a season is usually the last full day for every region, with any potential season-ending live event and server downtime occurring the next day, and the start to the new season a day after that.

So if Epic follows normal procedure, Fortnite will go offline for the Season 2 update on March 9, and then Chapter 4 Season 2 will start the morning of March 10.

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Diablo 4 Open Beta Minimum PC Requirements Revealed

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 06:51

Diablo IV's open beta minimum and recommended PC specifications have been revealed by Blizzard as part of a beta-focused livestream. Note that these are the beta system requirements and not for the finished game, so some of these specifications could change when the full version of game launches.

Blizzard notes that Diablo IV will "attempt to run on hardware below minimum specifications, including HDDs, dual-core CPUS, and integrated GPUs. However, the game experience may be significantly diminished."

Diablo IV Open Beta PC Minimum System Requirements
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500L or AMD FX-8100
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: SSD with 45 GB available space
  • Internet: Broadband connection
Diablo IV Open Beta PC Recommended System Requirements
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 370
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K or AMD R3-1300X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: SSD With 45 GB available space
  • Internet: Broadband connection

The open beta will kick off on March 17 with an early access period available to those who have preordered the upcoming ARPG either on console or PC. A fully public open beta will go live on March 24 and run through March 26. The beta will consist of the game's prologue and the entirety of Act 1, allowing players to explore the Fractured Peaks zone up to a max character level of 25. There will be exclusive rewards that will carry over to the full game for players who reach certain milestones in the open beta, including titles and a backpack that houses an adorable snoozing puppy.

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Destiny 2 And Among Us Crossover Now Live

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 06:46

The previously teased Destiny 2 and Among Us collaboration is now out, to coincide with the launch of Lightfall. The collab brings a number of Destiny 2 themed cosmetics to the game, if you are willing to play a few matches to earn them.

You can claim Destiny-2-themed cosmetics by purchasing the Guardian Cosmicube for 3,500 Beans. The bundle includes Guardian outfits, a Starhorse hat, and various creatures from the game, like the Hive Worm. Beans don't cost money, so the Cosmicube is free if you can earn some Beans from playing the game. The Guardian Cosmicube will disappear by May 30, so you'll need to gather your beans to claim it before then.

An image showing many of the Destiny 2 cosmetics coming to Among Us.

The update also brings UI improvements, as well as various changes and fixes. The announcements screen has been completely revamped, with the ability to see past announcements right in the game. Player reports and pet petting icons have also been revamped. More UI updates will be coming. This update also introduces various bug fixes.

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Phil Spencer Says AI Will Be An Additive, Positive Force For Video Games

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 06:32

One of the most-discussed elements of technology in recent times has been artificial intelligence, thanks in part to OpenAI's ChatGPT. Some are wondering how advancements to AI may impact the future of video games, and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer believes AI can help games grow to another level.

"The intersection of AI and gaming has always been there. And now the AI capability on the planet is just getting bigger and bigger," Spencer said in an interview with XboxOn.

Microsoft recently partnered with ChatGPT creator OpenAI in a deal reportedly worth $10 billion, so Spencer is obviously not an impartial observer but instead someone with a business interest in seeing AI grow and succeed. He went on to say that AI has always been involved in video games, dating back to Pong, and it'll be a part of game development going forward, too.

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Sons Of The Forest - All Endings Guide

Wed, 03/01/2023 - 06:10

Sons of the Forest takes you on a mysterious journey and, like all journeys, it must come to an end. Assuming you've entered the Gold Arm Door, you'll have to go through multiple lava-filled chambers and dark tunnels, all while being chased by mutants. Eventually, upon reaching another gold door, a cutscene will play. Here's our guide to help you with all endings in Sons of the Forest.

Please be aware that this article contains spoilers, and that the outcomes here are for the Early Access stage of the game.

Sons of the Forest endings

The Sons of the Forest ending starts of with a trippy sequence where you'll see multiple clones arguing and disappearing. Then, a vast futuristic city is shown in front of you. Lightning strikes from the sky and, beyond, you see a ruined husk of a planet and its moon. Could this be Earth?

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