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PC gaming remains on the front lines of innovation
What is the Darksaber in The Mandalorian?The Darksaber is unique among all the lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. It has a flat, katana-like blade rather than the traditional saber shape. It emits a peculiar, low hum. Even its color is unlike any other - deep black with a bright white halo. The Darksaber is one of the most important artifacts in Mandalorian culture. It was created by an ancient warrior named Tarre Vizsla, the first (and as far as we currently know, only) Mandalorian to be inducted into the Jedi Order.
James Cameron tossed his cast into the deep end of performance capture
If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2020, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.
As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.
Just because E3 2020 is canceled doesn’t mean everything developers were going to show there has suddenly disappeared. While no digital version of E3 is in the works, other companies and organizations have stepped up with their own virtual events to deliver news on their latest plans and upcoming games.
From the ambitious Black Mirror: Bandersnatch to the new Boss Baby special
With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
Check out the full digital event schedule for 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added.
The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET
What It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch
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Summer is always a busy time for deals, and while huge sales from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation have already ended, one of the season's biggest gaming sales just launched. Every June, Steam users look forward to an absolute truckload of PC games going on sale as part of the platform's annual Summer Sale, and the time has finally come: Steam Summer Sale 2020 is live now, as predicted by a developer at SteamDB back in May. The sale includes major discounts on a ton of great games, from Rainbow Six Siege and Disco Elysium to Skyrim, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grand Theft Auto V, and Terraria.
Steam Summer Sale 2020 dates and times
Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off today, June 25, and will run until July 9, ending at 10 PM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.
Steam Summer Sale 2020's best deals
As usual, literally thousands of games are seeing major markdowns across nearly every genre, from first-person shooters and action-adventure games to city-building games, horror games, and more. See our full roundup of Steam Summer Sale 2020's best game deals for our recommendations on what to grab.Continue Reading at GameSpot
UPDATE 16/6/20: After a couple of delays, Star Wars Episode I: Racer is finally due for launch on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 next week, on Tuesday 23rd June.
"ATTN Star Wars Episode l: Racer Fans!!! We are slated to release on both Nintendo Switch and PS4 on 23rd June," developer Aspyr told Nintendo Life today. "Thank you for your continued support, .gifs, and kind comments as we've worked on this release. We'll see you on the racetracks."
ORIGINAL STORY 11/5/20: Aspyr Media's PlayStation 4 and Switch remaster of Star Wars Episode I: Racer has been delayed again, this time with no new launch date given.
This episode of New Releases is taking an overall look at June, and the new month is bookended by free-to-play games. Riot Games' Valorant is leaving beta for its full release as the month begins, and the cartoony Ninjala arrives as the month wraps up. June also brings us two major remasters: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated and the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection. Last but certainly not least, the long-anticipated Last of Us Part 2 is finally launching soon.
Valorant -- June 2
Available on: PC
The beta is over by the time you're reading this, but Valorant will be free-to-play for everyone soon. The team shooter pits attackers and defenders each other in a series of rounds, and each characters' unique abilities can totally turn the tide of battle. It's also important to note that ranks will reset for the full launch, so any beta progress you might have won't carry over.Continue Reading at GameSpot
Games are getting bigger and bigger these days, from Final Fantasy VII Remake with its two Blu-ray discs of data to Call of Duty Modern Warfare's whopping 175GB file size. Naughty Dog's highly anticipated The Last of Us Part 2 will soon join the ranks of these massive games, as its file size is well over 100GB; in fact, it's the largest PlayStation exclusive released to date, according to GamesRadar, surpassing the file sizes of God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and more. With The Last of Us Part 2 and other big games like Cyberpunk 2077 releasing this year, it's a good idea to invest in an external hard drive that can instantly expand your PS4's storage capacity, and luckily, there's a great deal on one of our favorite game drives right now.
The WD 5TB Easystore portable external hard drive is on sale for $80 off at Best Buy right now, selling for $100 instead of its usual $180. This gets you WD's biggest hard drive with 5TB of extra game storage for just five bucks more than the 4TB version is selling for right now.
Dtoid sister site, The Escapist, is proud to announce that they’ve partnered with GOG.com to host their very first Indie Showcase event from June 11-14, 2020.
This completely digital event will begin on June 11 with a "direct"-style showcase on YouTube, where they'll be showing off over 70 different indie games from developers all around the world. The showcase will include new reveals and lots of gameplay, and even had developers create short little developer diaries so you could meet the passionate people behind the games you'll be playing.
Sony is gearing up to release its next-gen console during the holiday season of 2020. The PS5 will feature tons of improvements over its predecessor such as a brand-new controller, faster loading speeds, upgraded graphics, and more. But what about the games? Here are all of the confirmed PS5 games that we know about so far.
Every Confirmed PS5 Game So Far
Deep Silver and Torn Banner Studios have recently announced that the first-person multiplayer medieval action game, Chivalry 2, will be coming to next-gen consoles.
Epic Games recently announced that it will be bringing the uber-popular free-to-play battle royale game to PS5 and Xbox Series X as a launch title.
Warframe, the popular free-to-play third-person shooter from Digital Extremes, is confirmed to be headed into the next-generation, which of course includes the PS5. You can expect to see it on the new consoles at or shortly after launch.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla marks the latest entry in Ubisoft’s, now, action-RPG franchise. There’s Vikings, longships, and lots of blood, which you should expect from an AC game. This one will be coming out holiday 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, and PC.
The Epic Games Store's Mega Sale has been going on since May 14, but not much time is left to take advantage of its deals, as the sale ends tomorrow, June 11. The annual Epic Mega Sale has offered four weeks of game deals and a free mystery game every Thursday.
Epic kicked off the Mega Sale in a big way last month by offering Grand Theft Auto 5 for free, followed by Civilization VI and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The current freebie is Overcooked, and one more free game will be revealed tomorrow morning as the sale ends. Normally, we know what next week's freebie will be, but during the sale, Epic has kept each week's free game a mystery. We're keeping track of every Epic free game (past and current), so check out our guide for more info.
Of course, the Mega Sale is bringing a slew of discounts on Epic's biggest games, including Control for $30, Borderlands 3 for $30, and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $48. You can also snag Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $39--buying from Epic also gets you a free Stormtrooper outfit in Fortnite--and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Game of the Year Edition for $15.
Building your own PC requires patience, confidence, and time not everyone can afford. Picking out parts that are compatible with each other is a much easier task than it used to be, but if anything goes wrong it's up to you to figure out what the problem is. However, there's a great option out there for those that want to join the PC gaming world but aren't necessarily ready to build their own gaming PC. Pre-built gaming PCs skip the build step entirely, but even with these already-built rigs, you need to know what you're looking for. We've made it easy by selecting a variety of the best pre-built gaming PCs that are in stock and worth your money.
Pre-built gaming PCs have come a long way over the last couple of years, and while some are still more expensive than the sum of their parts, they're a convenient and great option for PC gaming. There are also a wide range of prices, much like PC parts themselves. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, then there are plenty with more modest specs to choose from. There are also pre-built gaming PCs that can rock high settings--and yes, your bank account, too.
PlayStation's Days of Play sale, an annual event that normally runs during E3, has returned this month with deals on PS4 exclusives and more. Unlike recent years, however, Days of Play doesn't feature PS4 consoles or PSVR hardware, which feels a tad strange considering the PS5 arrives later this year. That said, Days of Play is still offering great discounts on exclusive games, including MLB The Show 20, Nioh 2, Dreams, and more. Days of Play is live now until June 17, and major retailers are joining in on the fun as usual.
Below, we've rounded up the available PS4 deals in this year's Days of Play Sale and where you can buy them. You can also get 20% off full-priced merchandise from the PlayStation Gear Store during the sale by using promo code DAYSOFPLAY2020.
As they do every year, multiple major retailers are offering PS4 deals as part of the Days of Play sale in addition to PSN and the PlayStation Gear Store. You can check out the sale page for your preferred retailer below. For the most part, deals are identical from store to store, although some deals are sold out or unavailable at certain retailers.Continue Reading at GameSpot
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are set to release this year, kicking off the next generation of consoles, and our first look at what the PS5 will be capable of came from a demonstration of Unreal Engine 5. But producing such highly detailed graphics will not come cheap, and could lead to an increase in the development cost of AAA games.
Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has talked to gamesindustry.biz about the cost of creating a game that will look like the Unreal Engine 5 reveal video, "Lumen in the Land of Nanite" (see our breakdown below), will cost a lot.
"I think, to the extent that the technology enables the graphics side of it to become more interesting and life-like, [the games] will become slightly more human intensive and capital intensive to produce," Ryan told the site, noting that there will "probably will be an increase in development budgets." However, he doesn't expect these changes to be too extreme. "We don't see it as being a massive increase," he says.Continue Reading at GameSpot
The Last of Us Part 2 is easily one of our most anticipated games of 2020, and we finally have a set release date for it following the game's most recent delay. Once planned to release May 29, The Last of Us Part 2 will now release on June 19 for PS4. That means less than two weeks remain until fans can finally experience the rest of Ellie and Joel's story.
Logistical issues and the ability to ensure a simultaneous global launch were reasons for the latest delay, said developer Naughty Dog in a tweet on April 2. The new June date is possible due to "an ease in the global distribution environment," according to a PlayStation blog post. If you had digitally pre-ordered The Last of Us Part 2 before April 2, you should have received an automatic refund--people were notified via email. That means you'll need to pre-order your copy again to ensure you get the pre-order bonuses and have the game ready to go on June 19.
With June in full swing, you can of course claim another round of Games with Gold freebies. Four more games are free in June for Xbox Live Gold subscribers--the lineup includes two Xbox One titles, one Xbox 360 game, and an original Xbox game that has a looming remake. As always, the freebies for Xbox 360 and original Xbox are backward compatible, and the first free games are available to claim now.
For starters, you can grab Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Xbox One. The Metroidvania from WayForward originally released in 2014 and stars a half-genie who wards off the invasion of her homeland by running, jumping, and whacking enemies with both her hair and items acquired along the way.
Original Xbox game Destroy All Humans is free now until June 15, which is interesting considering the Destroy All Humans remake is set to launch in July. The open-world action game has become a cult classic in recent years, so you can play the original before diving into the updated version this summer.Continue Reading at GameSpot
The PC is the most powerful gaming platform out there. A strong gaming computer has the potential for higher resolutions, faster frame rates, and better visuals than current consoles can even come close to achieving. It can be very tempting to build your own gaming PC, but if you don't know where to start, it can also be quite intimidating and turn you off entirely. Thankfully, it doesn't have to be that way. PCs are much easier to build than they were in the past, and while it's not as easy as putting together a Lego spaceship, you don't have to be scared of it.
That's why we've put together this straightforward guide on how to build a gaming PC. It's intended for those who are a little wary of building their first PC or just need a little refresher of the steps to doing so. We’ll cover everything from the prep phase and picking parts to the actual parts like the CPU, GPU, motherboard, CPU cooler, hard drive (and yes, of course, which SSD you should throw in there) build and beyond. Of course, due to the current pandemic, many online stores are experiencing product shortages and shipping delays that could interfere with your PC build, so be sure to check the estimated delivery date when ordering from stores like Newegg or Amazon.
Actually picking your parts can be daunting, especially when you factor in compatibility and power consumption. There are a lot of things to consider, partially because many of your components may rely on your CPU being either from Intel or AMD. Thankfully, PC Part Picker is an invaluable resource that you should absolutely refer to when building a PC. We used the website to build our rig and highly recommend using it for yours. It makes it easy to stay within your budget and lets you know if your components are compatible with each other--it'll even make suggestions if there are issues with your chosen parts.