Microsoft Flight Simulator closed beta will launch on July 30

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Microsoft Flight Simulator closed beta will launch on July 30

After nine months in alpha, Microsoft Flight Simulator will graduate to a closed beta on July 30. Access to the beta follows the same rules as the alpha: you'll need to sign up to the Xbox Insider Program in order to have a chance to receive an invite, though thankfully it's free. Everyone with current access to the alpha will automatically gain access to the forthcoming beta.

Sony invests $250 million into Epic Games

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Sony invests $250 million into Epic Games

Sony has made a $250 million investment into Epic Games, granting it a minority share of the company and opening the door to a deeper collaboration between them. Specific plans for the future weren't revealed, but Epic said in a statement that the investment will blend "Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem to create unique experiences for consumers and creators."

At least 5 Half-Life projects were cancelled before Alyx, including Half-Life 3

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At least 5 Half-Life projects were cancelled before Alyx, including Half-Life 3

Half-Life: Alyx – Final Hours, Geoff Keighley's "multimedia experience" on the making of Valve's big VR shooter, is now live on Steam. The documentary promises "an unprecedented and unvarnished look at the past decade inside Valve," including a look at multiple cancelled projects—one of them actually named Half-Life 3—plus concept art from Alyx and interactive features including a "Valve Time" timeline and a headcrab SFX mixer.