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Playdate handheld nears release with price hike, new games, and a video update

Playdate handheld nears release with price hike, new games, and a video update

Back in 2019, Panic unveiled a rather interesting handheld gaming device called the Playdate. The unique handheld was supposed to launch at some point in 2020 but was unfortunately delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it looks like we're finally closing in on the Playdate's release, but when it launches later this year, it'll arrive with a price tag that's higher than originally anticipated.

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Nintendo Switch Pro price and release date tipped

Nintendo Switch Pro price and release date tipped

This week the Nintendo Switch Pro was leaked by a French retailer with data on release dates and pricing. This information is to be taken with a grain of salt, as one whole heck of a lot of data on this next-generation console has leaked over the past several weeks. The information attained courtesy of this leak suggests this new device will be released very, very soon, for a price that's ever-so-slightly higher than the original console at launch.

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Atari VCS console is finally coming to retail stores this month

Atari VCS console is finally coming to retail stores this month

Crowdfunded projects have come and gone and many that have lasted years never delivered. Given those factors, it's almost a surprise that the Atari VCS hybrid PC console even launched at all. Yet here we are, almost four years after it first debuted as the AtariBox, the Atari VCS is finally launching in stores. Its commercial success, however, still hangs in the balance and in the hands of those who can figure out what the device is really for.

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Microsoft has more Xbox Series X stock, but only for Xbox Insiders

Microsoft has more Xbox Series X stock, but only for Xbox Insiders

Back at the beginning of May, Microsoft revealed its Console Purchase Pilot program as a way to combat the frenzy associated with restocks and allow people the chance to actually buy an in-demand Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. The Console Purchase Pilot program is only available to Xbox Insiders and is something like a lottery where those Insiders are randomly selected to buy a console. After closing the program for a period of time, Microsoft announced today that it has been re-opened.

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Nintendo Switch Pro reveal date tipped pre-release

Nintendo Switch Pro reveal date tipped pre-release

The latest leaked plan for Nintendo's next-generation console suggests a streamed event this week. The next Nintendo Switch is rumored to come with an advanced touchscreen display, significantly improved graphics abilities, and a new NVIDIA processor inside. A leak this week suggests that Nintendo could be ready to release this (as yet unannounced) console as early as July of 2021.

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Six months with Xbox Series X

Six months with Xbox Series X

Just like the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X turned six months old in May. Separated by just couple of weeks (here in the US at least), you’d think that maybe the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X would be following similar trajectories only six months out from launch. While that may be true in some respects, in others it already feels like the two consoles are walking divergent paths.

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Nintendo Switch 2 might finally arrive in September

Nintendo Switch 2 might finally arrive in September

It is a little over four years old now but the Nintendo Switch continues to be a strong contender in the gaming market. That might not last long, though, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S make even Switch fans yearn for an upgrade. Nintendo is always big on console upgrades but might be finally be giving in to the cries for a Nintendo Switch 2 whose production might start in July and head towards a September launch.

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Minecraft Dungeons Hidden Depths goes underwater today

Minecraft Dungeons Hidden Depths goes underwater today

Minecraft Dungeons is approximately one year old, and to celebrate its birthday, the game will go under the water. There'll be a Minecraft Dungeons DLC called Hidden Depths - you might already have access to the DLC by the time you read this article. Hidden Depths is a water-centric update with both paid and free content, with new weapons, gear, artifacts, locations, and a new enemy.

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WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive made for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but there’s a catch

WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive made for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but there’s a catch

This week the folks at Western Digital revealed their latest external WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD. This new storage solution was made specifically to work with gaming consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, right out the gate. UPDATE: There are two WD_BLACK D30 devices, one just called D30 Game Drive SSD, the other specifically branded with the word "Xbox".

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PUBG respawn mechanic may make the game more like CoD

PUBG respawn mechanic may make the game more like CoD

In the month of June, PUBG is set to get a whole bunch of new content in the way of motorcycles, racing, and a whole new season of upgrades. With Season 12.1, users will get a remastered Miramar, a new Quad vehicle, Lobby Ball (soccer ball for players to play with before a match begins), Lynx AMR weapon, and a new weapon skin upgrade system. KRAFTON also revealed a new map Codename: Tiger with a new game mechanic and another map called Codename: Kiki!

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PlayStation AI bots being made to simulate human gamers

PlayStation AI bots being made to simulate human gamers

A behind-the-scenes look at a meeting held at Sony showed a new project in the works. Sony AI is working with PlayStation to create "Game AI Agents." This is the next level beyond in-game enemies and pre-made opponents. This is more like Sony creating artificial gamers that can play with you or against you like they're real people playing at home on their real PlayStation 5 consoles.

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Six months with PlayStation 5

Six months with PlayStation 5

It’s been just a little over six months since the PlayStation 5 arrived here in the US. While global stock shortages persist and don’t seem to be getting better, Sony is clearly selling consoles to some people judging by the fact that it has managed to sell 7.8 million PS5s thus far. The beginning of a new console generation is always exciting, but what does the PlayStation landscape look like six months after release?

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