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'Metal Gear Solid' and other Konami classics come to

For the longest time, it was weirdly difficult to play Solid Snake’s early outings on PC. The original Metal Gear was released for the MSX2 computer and then, a few years later, MS-DOS and Commodore 64. The first two Metal Gear Solid titles, meanwhile, were released on PC but never available through digital storefronts like Steam. → Read More

E1 is like Formula E, but with boats

Today, Formula E and Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag unveiled E1, a competition that will revolve around battery-powered boats. E1 competitors will use RaceBirds, a single-person vessel developed by SeaBird Technologies, that uses electric propulsion and a hydrofoil to reach speeds up 60 knots, or 111KMH/69MPH. E1 will be run “in direct association” with Extreme E, according to the… → Read More

Apple's Irish tax deal will be scrutinized by Europe's highest court

The European Commission refuses to back down in its long-running legal battle against Apple and the Irish government’s tax arrangements. Today, the executive branch of the European Union announced that it would appeal a decision granted by the General Court in July that sided with the juggernaut technology company. The Commission believes that the Court “made a number of errors of law” and wants… → Read More

'Nier' remaster heads to the West on April 23rd, 2021

A remaster of the original Nier video game will be released in the West on April 23rd, 2021. The cult classic, directed by Yoko Taro, was first released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010. It was a spin-off from the Drakengard series and followed the skilled fighter Nier as he searched for a cure that could save his sickly daughter. → Read More

Microsoft makes a last-minute Xbox Series S price cut in Japan

Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft has decided to change the price of the Xbox Series S in Japan. Microsoft didn’t give a reason for the last-minute change. As our colleagues at Engadget Japan noted, though, the standard Nintendo Switch also costs 29,980 yen. → Read More

Epic Games offers $10 vouchers for redeeming 'Rocket League'

Rocket League has officially gone free-to-play on all platforms including PS4, Xbox One and Switch. Epic Games is keen that you play the rocket-powered-car-football-chaos on PC and Mac, though — and preferably by downloading the game through its own digital store. The best part is that you don’t have to download or play Rocket League. → Read More

Triumph’s first e-bike is a welcome blend of technology and nostalgia

For many, the Triumph name is synonymous with classic British motorcycles. The company’s motorcycles came a little later and the bike business was ultimately sold off and shuffled between a few different owners including Raleigh. It’s felt like an eternity since I’ve seen a new bicycle with the Triumph name. → Read More

'No Man's Sky' update adds new planets, volcanoes and sandworms

No Man’s Sky underwhelmed at launch back in 2016, in part because Hello Games and its marketing materials had set expectations extraordinarily high. → Read More

TikTok removed more than 104 million videos in the first half of 2020

TikTok’s surging popularity has resulted in more video takedowns. The company’s latest transparency report states that it removed 104 million clips during the first six months of 2020. For comparison, the last report — which was published a couple of months ago, but covered July to December 2019 — revealed that roughly 49 million videos were deleted during the latter half of 2019. → Read More

Tour de France winner Greg LeMond is making cute carbon e-bikes

Greg LeMond, a former professional cyclist that won the Tour de France three times, is jumping on the e-bike bandwagon. Today, his personal company — simply called LeMond — has launched two pedal-assist bicycles built almost entirely from carbon fiber. Both have carbon fiber frames, seat posts and, unusually, barstems. → Read More

The OnePlus 8T will be revealed on October 14th

Since 2016, OnePlus has supported all of its flagship phones with a T-branded model several months later. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro were unveiled last April, so right on schedule, the company is preparing to launch a new device called the OnePlus 8T. The OnePlus 8T will follow the OnePlus Nord, a phone that many have called a ‘return to the midrange.’ → Read More

You’ll need more than $299 to truly enjoy next-gen gaming

SSDs are expensive, though, so neither Microsoft nor Sony have pushed the envelope on capacity. The Xbox Series S has 512GB of onboard storage, while both PS5 models offer 825GB and the Xbox Series X boasts 1TB. The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro came with slower hard-disk drives (HDD), but they were also 1TB. → Read More

PlayStation Plus Collection gives PS5 owners the best PS4 games

Today, Sony announced that PS5 owners with an active PS Plus membership will have immediate access to the PlayStation Plus Collection. → Read More

Kano’s first Windows PC is a step toward classroom supremacy

Kano's first Windows 10 machine is a $300 Surface-style tablet. The hardware is good enough, but the bundled learn-to-code software is excellent. → Read More

Spotify will now list virtual events on artist pages

Spotify has clearly noticed this and decided to spruce up the mostly-empty ‘On Tour’ area that lives on artist pages. Starting today, any kind of virtual event can show up there too. According to Spotify, a “select number of [presumably virtual] Ticketmaster events” will also appear automatically in the On Tour section. → Read More

Facebook Gaming's partnered streamers can now play licensed music

Facebook Gaming has secured partnerships with multiple music labels including Universal, Warner, Sony, BMG, Kobalt and Merlin. For now, the feature is limited to streamers with partner status, though Facebook says it’s working on similar access for Level Up creators. “Playing DJ without gaming is a no-no,” Facebook explained in a blog post. → Read More

Switch exclusive 'No More Heroes 3' has been delayed to 2021

Today, developer Grasshopper Manufacture announced that No More Heroes 3, the latest adventure featuring Travis Touchdown, won’t be out this year. No More Heroes isn’t a juggernaut franchise on the scale of Metroid or Animal Crossing, but the Wii originals have a cult following and the third numbered entry was a much-needed exclusive in the Switch’s 2020 lineup. There’s still Bravely Default II,… → Read More

Xbox Game Pass for PC will soon double in price

Microsoft has confirmed that the PC version of Game Pass will soon cost $9.99 per month, rather than $4.99 per month. The new pricing makes sense, given that the console version of Game Pass — which is functionally identical, but offers a tweaked library — also costs $9.99 per month at the moment. Unlike the console version, though, Game Pass for PC will soon come with a basic EA Play… → Read More

Microsoft is adding EA Play to Xbox Game Pass

Today, Microsoft announced that multiple versions of Xbox Game Pass will soon come with EA Play, another subscription service run by a completely different publisher, at no extra cost. Starting "this holiday," anyone with the PC version of Game Pass, which currently costs $4.99 per month, or Game Pass Ultimate, which is $14.99 per month, will also be able to log into the service that was… → Read More

Twitch's Prime Video watch parties are now available to everyone

It’s unsurprising, therefore, that the company wants to make it easier for streamers to host ‘Watch Parties’ with their most passionate fans. Both the streamer and viewer need an active Prime Video subscription to participate, for instance. The Prime Video catalog also varies between regions, so if you live in the US and tune into something that’s UK-only, you won’t get in. → Read More