Watch the new Google Stadia Connect livestream here

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Watch the new Google Stadia Connect livestream here

Google will reveal more details about Google Stadia, the company’s ambitious streaming platform that will launch later this year, during a livestream on Monday, Aug. 19. The latest episode of Google Stadia Connect is “all about the games,” Google says.

Today’s Google Stadia Connect, which will stream in advance of this week’s Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany, will begin at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m PDT. Google promises “brand-new trailers” and behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming Stadia games.

Halo characters are coming to Gears 5

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Halo characters are coming to Gears 5

Gears 5 will get a Halo: Reach character pack when it launches Sept. 10, Microsoft announced today, giving players two Spartans to fight alongside new heroes like Kait Diaz and veterans like Marcus Fenix.

The Halo: Reach character pack, announced at Gamescom 2019 today, will deliver Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 as playable fighters. Each character will have their own Ultimate abilities for Gears 5’s Horde mode, and they’ll be playable in other modes, like Escape. They will also get a spread of Reach-themed cosmetics, including a Noble Team weapon set, banner, blood spray and mark, plus a Noble Team skin for Jack.

Gears 5’s Horde mode revealed at Gamescom

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Gears 5’s Horde mode revealed at Gamescom

Gears 5 will bring back Horde mode, the wave-based cooperative survival mode that’s been a hallmark of the third-person shooter series since Gears of War 2. This time, developer The Coalition is mixing things up with new gameplay features like Ultimate abilities and per-game player progression.

Ultimates will give each playable-character their own special powers, and include abilities like the option to call in an airstrike, to see through walls, or to cloak yourself to hide from Locust enemies. Players will also have the option of playing as Jack, the Jack-of-All-Trades Robot that can hover around the map, heal allies, and repair. A new gameplay trailer for Gears 5’s Horde mode, above, shows off those Ultimate abilities and more.

Bungie shows off Destiny 2’s final blows at Inside Xbox

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Bungie shows off Destiny 2’s final blows at Inside Xbox

At the Inside Xbox show for GamesCom 2019, Bungie showed off Finishing Moves in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep — new executions players can perform on low health enemies.

These Finishing Moves are fashion first, with players showing off their class’ unique playstyle. Each player will get their class specific Finishing Move for free. But Bungie previously announced that players can purchase additional Finishing Moves at the Eververse store.

Perfect game lets you raise dogs and date cuties

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Perfect game lets you raise dogs and date cuties

Sometimes, the stars align and produce something that is Extremely My Shit. Best Friend Forever is a dating and dog raising sim where you raise a furry friend while pursuing love interests, “though not necessarily at the same time,” the official game page warns. (Note that it’s hosted on a .dog URL — amazing.)

As someone who used to be obsessed with Nintendogs and also likes cuties, it’s definitely up my alley. It helps that Best Friend Forever has a very good trailer that highlights the game’s sense of humor.

NBA 2K20’s star-studded story mode features Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson

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NBA 2K20’s star-studded story mode features Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson

The NBA 2K franchise has been so huge for this entire decade that it’s earned the cachet for publisher 2K Sports to bring in top-tier talent from the worlds of film (Spike Lee, Michael B. Jordan) and television (the NBA on TNT studio hosts). This year, the publisher is once again putting that prestige to work in the MyCareer mode in NBA 2K20, with an array of Hollywood stars appearing in the story.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, is an incredible flex from 2K Sports. Dubbed “When the Lights Are Brightest,” the trailer features a bevy of well-known actors, media personalities, and athletes. The list includes Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw) as a basketball coach, Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin) as the player character’s adviser, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) as an agent, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Lamorne Morris (New Girl), Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White (Family Matters).

Watch Gamescom 2019’s big opening live event here

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Watch Gamescom 2019’s big opening live event here

Gamescom 2019 kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in Cologne, Germany, but before that massive gaming event begins, a pre-show livestream called Gamescom Opening Night Live will deliver big reveals.

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Gamescom Opening Night Live will feature new previews of AAA games like Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Cross play is coming to PUBG on consoles

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Cross play is coming to PUBG on consoles

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting cross-platform play on consoles, the game’s developer, PUBG Corp., announced during the Inside Xbox Gamescom presentation on Monday.

There weren’t many details given during the presentation about the new feature, but the developers mentioned at the feature would would pit Xbox One players against PlayStation 4 players. It’s unclear right now if that means that players on the two platforms can create squads together and play in the same group or if the cross play will be limited to competition only.

Xbox One controllers get two new looks this fall

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Xbox One controllers get two new looks this fall

Two new controller styles are coming to Xbox One: Sport Blue and Night Ops Camo. They’ll cost $69.99 each and launch Sept. 17 and Oct. 8, respectively.

Sport Blue joins the Sport Red and Sport White controllers already out, completing the sporty tri-color trifecta. It also features a rubberized grip for better feel and control. The remainder of the chassis features a metallic D-pad and metallic accents.

Xbox Game Pass for August: Age of Empires, Devil May Cry 5, Blair Witch

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Xbox Game Pass for August: Age of Empires, Devil May Cry 5, Blair Witch

Devil May Cry 5 and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition join the Xbox Game Pass library today, with Ape Out and Bard’s Tale 4 on the way later, Microsoft announced from Gamescom.

They’re among the seven titles that will be added to the service over the next 10 days. Stellaris, whose console edition launched back in February, is also available beginning today. Microsoft said the spacefaring grand strategy game will come soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC, the company added.