Sega Genesis Mini hands-on: The controller is faithfully clunky

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Sega Genesis Mini hands-on: The controller is faithfully clunky

Sega had cocooned its incoming mini console in see-thru boxes at E3 2019. I'm not sure why, because the Genesis Mini (or Mega Drive Mini if you're nasty) seemed like the finished article, and was very much playable. There were rows of the device setup in a faux '90s living room, with faux TV frames and faux wood paneling to really complete the vibe. After a handful of delays, the $80 console is finally approaching its September launch date, and if you haven't preordered one already, should you?

Dynamaxing a corgi in ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’

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Dynamaxing a corgi in ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’

Pokémon Sword and Shield, the series' first proper outing on the Switch, is shaking up a tried-and-tested formula. There's the dynamic weather system, which affects which Pokémon can spawn; the free camera, which will completely change the feel of exploration; the new "verticality" to Pokémon hunting; the co-operative Raid battles; the fresh setting, inspired by Great Britain; and a Rotom smartphone that replaces the Pokédex. There's a lot, but very little of it is on show at this year's E3.

How Panic Button became masters of the Switch port

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How Panic Button became masters of the Switch port

The Switch is a remarkable little machine. Part handheld and part home console, the device is home to some wonderful Nintendo-made exclusives such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. It's also home to some rock-solid ports, including Rocket League and the Nazi-slaying Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. These versions are visibly inferior to their PS4, Xbox One and PC counterparts, with murky textures and adaptive resolutions that frequently hover below 720p. Still, they are undeniably impressive, offering the same ferocious gunplay and bombastic humor whether you're playing at home or the back of a bus.

Xbox on a phone: Microsoft Project xCloud hands-on

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Xbox on a phone: Microsoft Project xCloud hands-on

Microsoft's Project xCloud is almost ready for public consumption. In fact, it's launching in some capacity this October, with the ability to stream games from your at-home Xbox One to any device you own. The company's big E3 showcase mentioned this, but not much else. Sure, we had news of the next-gen Project Scarlett console to keep the faithful hyped for what's coming up, but concrete details and specifications are still scant. This means that getting to test the service out, with real, triple-A games was all the more important -- and that's what I just did. I played Resident Evil 7, Hellblade, Halo 5 and more through a Galaxy S10, with an Xbox controller, and it was rather wonderful.

Watch Bethesda’s E3 2019 highlights in 15 minutes

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Watch Bethesda’s E3 2019 highlights in 15 minutes

Bethesda kicked off its E3 event yesterday, and if your head is still spinning from all of the gaming updates announced this weekend, here's your chance to catch up on Bethesda's biggest news. The company debuted Orion, a software collection meant to optimize game engines for streaming on platforms like Google's Stadia or Microsoft's xCloud. The goal is to improve the game-streaming experience for folks with slower internet speeds or those who live far from data centers. Bethesda gave us a glimpse of Doom Eternal, Fallout 76 and the new Wolfenstein: Youngblood. There's also the new supernatural action adventure Ghostwire Tokyo and a new dragon quest line in Elder Scrolls: Blades. Today we learned that Doom will stream on iOS later this year. In case you missed Bethesda's E3 presentation or need a second viewing to catch all the details, we've compiled this supercut to bring you up to speed.

Watch the Xbox E3 2019 press conference in under 15 minutes

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Watch the Xbox E3 2019 press conference in under 15 minutes

Sony skipped E3 this year, and my gosh Microsoft made the most of it. The company used its Xbox briefing to tease Project Scarlett, a powerful new console due "holiday 2020," and the introduction of Project xCloud, a long-awaited game streaming service that launches in October. We also got some glorious trailers for Halo Infinite, Gears 5, an all-new Flight Simulator (it's back!), a Lego-centric update for Forza Horizon 4, and the much-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, complete with Keanu Reeves cameo appearance. Oh, and Microsoft bought Double Fine, the formerly independent studio behind Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. If you missed the presentation, fear not -- our supercut will bring you up to speed.