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Oculus Quest 2 and Portal devices now respond to 'Hey Facebook'

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 2:55am
You can now issue voice commands for the Quest 2 and the Portal video chat devices by prefacing them with "Hey Facebook." Oculus launched voice commands for the Quest last year, but you'd still have to press the "Voice Commands&quo...

'Final Fantasy VII Remake' soundtrack comes to streaming services today

Engadget - Fri, 02/26/2021 - 2:09am
Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII Remake is getting a new-gen PS5 upgrade and an additional episode, as well as two mobile spinoffs. Now fans of the game will be able to easily take the music with them, as the Final Fantasy VII Remake soundtrack pr...

'Animal Crossing: New Leaf' Sanrio collab brings Hello Kitty items to your town

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 10:42pm
Those Animal Crossing: New Leaf-Sanrio collaboration amiibo cards, which were only previously available in Japan and the EU, are finally arriving in the US on March 26th. Nintendo first announced their stateside release back in January, but now the c...

Two FFVII mobile games are on the way, including a battle royale title

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 9:56pm
PS5 upgrades and an extra mission for the Remake aren't the only Final Fantasy VII reveals today, as Square Enix also announced two mobile games that take place in the same setting. Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis should feel familiar to fans with...

Pixar-like PS4, PS5 and PC game 'Kena: Bridge of Spirits' lands in August

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 7:02pm
A comment from YouTube user Midoriya on the recent trailer for Kena: Bridge of Spirits sums the whole thing up perfectly: "Bruh this game looks like a whole Pixar movie." Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a narrative-driven action-adventure game f...

See 'Solar Ash' in action for the first time in a PS5 gameplay video

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:58pm
Solar Ash is poised to be a fast-paced, smooth-as-silk action platformer from Hyper Light Drifter studio Heart Machine, and now there's a trailer to prove it. Heart Machine first showed off Solar Ash in June during Sony's big PlayStation 5 g...

Sony is shutting down Knack and 'The Last Guardian' developer Japan Studio

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:48pm
Sony is reportedly shutting down its oldest in-house developer. According to VGC, the company hasn't been renewing the contracts of many of the employees at Japan Studio. The developer is best known for its work on franchises like Gravity Rush, A...

'Sifu' brings stylish kung fu action to PlayStation and PC later this year

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 5:04pm
Sloclap, the studio behind the beautiful but flawed Absolver, is taking another crack at making the perfect kung fu game. We got to see a minute-long preview of its latest project, Sifu, during Sony's recent State of Play presentation. In a scene...

'Oddworld: Soulstorm' will really, finally hit PS4, PS5 and PC on April 6th

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 4:53pm
Oddworld: Soulstorm is set to come to PlayStation 4, PS5 and the Epic Games Store on April 6th. Yes, really. At least, that's what Lorne Lanning, the creator of the series, said during today's State of Play livestream. Oddworld: Soulstorm is...

'Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade' arrives on PS5 June 10th

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 4:48pm
Final Fantasy VII Remake was already one of the prettiest games you could play on any current or previous generation console, and now it's about to look even better. Square Enix is working on an enhanced PlayStation 5 port of the game it plans to...

Xbox Live outage cut off players for over six hours

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 4:04pm
Just as the folks at Sony preview the future with their latest State of Play event, Xbox players are unable to login at all, as the online service is suffering a major outage. The latest update from 5 PM ET indicates Microsoft is working on the issue...

Mr. Potato Head brand drops 'mister' for brand name makeover - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 4:01pm
The iconic Hasbro toy will get some new packaging this year, but Mr. Potato Head won't be retiring.

Get the Neabot self-emptying robot vacuum for $370, an all-time low - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:58pm
This robot vacuum doesn't just take out its own trash, it also has lidar for mapping its route and lets you create no-go zones and named rooms.

Bill Gates is binge-watching Netflix, playing pickleball - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:58pm
In an interview, the billionaire also reveals he has secondary social media accounts for the "messing around," less official version of himself.

Xbox Live suffers major outage - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:58pm
It's not just you -- Xbox Live players worldwide are reporting troubles logging in.

Watch the PS4 and PS5 State of Play stream right here at 5PM ET

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:34pm
PlayStation's State of Play livestream returns today at 5PM ET with a 30-minute broadcast — "give or take," according to Sony — featuring details on 10 upcoming PS4 and PS5 games. This includes new game announcements, and updates on thi...

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Rumored features, cameras and more compared - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:34pm
We take a look at the early rumored iPhone 13 specs and see how they stack up against the iPhone 12.

Twitch won't air any more of Amazon's anti-union ads

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:27pm
Ahead of March 29th, Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama have an important decision to make. They need to decide whether to unionize. And as you can imagine, the company they work for is doing everything in its power to convince them to vot...

Facebook agrees to some policy changes in response to Oversight Board recommendations

Engadget - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 3:08pm
Facebook has agreed to tweak some of its policies in response to recommendations from the Oversight Board. The board issued its first round of decisions of content moderation decisions last month, in a series of rulings that overturned some of Facebo...

PlayStation State of Play: How to watch, what to expect, start times - CNET

CNet Tech News - Thu, 02/25/2021 - 2:51pm
State of Play is airing live right now.