Xbox E3 2019 press conference set for June 9

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Xbox E3 2019 press conference set for June 9

Microsoft is promising its “biggest E3 presence ever” at E3 2019, and will kick off this year’s expo with the company’s annual Xbox E3 briefing on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT.

The Xbox E3 2019 briefing will stream live on the official Xbox Mixer channel, as well as other unannounced platforms — expect Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to all carry the stream. The Xbox team promises updates on unannounced titles coming in 2019 and in-depth looks at previously announced games during the press conference.

Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play arcade stick with 16 games

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Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play arcade stick with 16 games

Capcom is getting in on the “classic” game, announcing the Capcom Home Arcade, a €229.99 plug-and-play arcade system featuring support for two players, and including 16 classic titles. If that price seems high to you, relative to emulator-based offerings from Nintendo, or even the FPGA-based solutions from Analogue, then ... you’d be right. In exchange for your roughly $260 US dollars, you do get genuine Sanwa joystick parts, and emulation courtesy of the well-respected, open source FB Alpha emulator.

The Home Arcade measures roughly 29” wide, 8.5” deep, by 4.25” tall. It also includes built-in WiFi, to connect to a “worldwide High Score Leaderboard” so you can relive some of your arcade glory days, except on a stage larger than your local strip mall. Like other recent classic edition consoles, power is provided via micro USB, and the video is delivered via HDMI. Unlike other consoles, this is meant to be played in your lap, which means that USB cable and that HDMI cable just sort of run across your entire living room floor?

Sega gives Judgment character a new face after actor’s arrest

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Sega gives Judgment character a new face after actor’s arrest

Sega has wiped actor Pierre Taki from its video game Judgment, replacing his voice and likeness with that of a new performer, based on video released of the game on Tuesday. Taki was previously the basis for character Kyohei Hamura, but in an update from game developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Twitter account, that yakuza has a different look.

Taki’s removal from Judgment — which is slated for release in North America this June — comes after the actor and musician was arrested for suspicion of drug use in March. According to police, Taki tested positive for cocaine based on a urine test. Possession or use of cocaine carries a prison sentence of up to seven years in Japan, but such arrests can also effectively end an artist’s career overseas. Sega and Square Enix removed Taki’s voice work from Judgment and Kingdom Hearts 3, respectively, and Sony Music dropped his band, Denki Groove, after his arrest.

PlayStation 5: Sony outlines next-gen console plans

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PlayStation 5: Sony outlines next-gen console plans

Sony is finally ready to talk about the next-generation PlayStation it’s been working on for the past four years. The PlayStation 5 — though Sony hasn’t officially committed to that name — is in the hands of game makers right now in the form of developer kits, according to a new interview with system architect Mark Cerny in Wired.

Cerny gave Wired first official details on the PlayStation 4 successor’s hardware: It will be powered by a CPU based on the third-generation AMD Ryzen and a GPU based on AMD’s Radeon Navi, which will support ray tracing. Cerny also teases new 3D audio technology as part of the CPU, hinting at a “dramatically different” audio experience.

Forza goes free-to-play on PC and mobile with Forza Street

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Forza goes free-to-play on PC and mobile with Forza Street

Turn 10 Studios’ Forza racing game franchise is getting a new spinoff starting Monday: Forza Street, a free-to-play game “designed to be played anytime, anywhere” is now available on Windows PC. The game is also coming to Android and iOS devices later this year.

Forza Street — previously released on the Microsoft Store under the name Miami Street — uses simplified controls for racing. Gameplay focuses on properly timing the gas, brake, and boost as players compete in everything from pick-up-and-play one-minute races to a lengthier story campaign. While the racing is whittled down to simple inputs (there’s no steering required), Forza Street promises a long list of cars to collect and upgrade.

Octopath Traveler is coming to PC in June

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Octopath Traveler is coming to PC in June

Square Enix is bringing its “HD-2D” role-playing game, Octopath Traveler, to Windows PC on June 7, the company announced on Monday. The game will be released digitally through Steam.

It’s not clear yet what will differentiate the PC version of Octopath Traveler from the Nintendo Switch version released in 2018. Square Enix hasn’t specified what features or improvements players should expect on PC.

Ian McDiarmid says the Emperor is definitely ‘dead’ before Episode IX

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Ian McDiarmid says the Emperor is definitely ‘dead’ before Episode IX

Ian McDiarmid, the man who played Emperor Palpatine, wants you to know that the powerful Sith master is absolutely, positively “dead” heading into Episode IX. Whether or not you believe the man who played one of the most devious traitors in movie history is up to you.

McDiarmid made an amazing cameo last week when he dropped into Star Wars Celebration in Chicago as the lights came up on the first screening of the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Sekiro costume mod lets you be a lizard shinobi

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Sekiro costume mod lets you be a lizard shinobi

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice does away with a number of FromSoftware staples from the Dark Souls games. There’s no multiplayer, there is far less character customization, and combat is effectively limited to just one weapon. Along with no character customization, there are no armor sets or outfits to equip, just Sekiro’s default outfit — in other words, no “Fashion Souls.”

Modder Zullie the Witch — the modder who has also uncovered their share of content cut from Bloodborne and Dark Souls games — is here to address Sekiro’s costume variety with a mod that swaps Sekiro’s model with those of other characters. That includes human characters like Emma the physician and the Nightjar Ninja, as well as non-human characters, like the sword-wielding monkey and the poisonous lizard. (Since publishing the mod, Zullie has also experimented with putting some Dark Souls 3 characters into Sekiro.)

Fans cheer as Ninja tells Fortnite player to ‘suck a dick’

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Fans cheer as Ninja tells Fortnite player to ‘suck a dick’

The Fortnite World Cup is underway, with the first week of qualifiers wrapping up this weekend. Fortnite hopefuls wishing to compete in the $30 million finals threw their hats into the ring, and earned points to participate in the tournament. Twitch superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins streamed his qualifier matches, and while he did not place high enough to make it into the finals, he had an outburst that is making fans chatter.

The match, which begins with Blevins dropping onto the Fortnite pirate ship, appears to be a normal skirmish. At first he encounters an aggressive enemy, but he gets into a Baller vehicle and is whisked away. He gets hurt, but patches himself up near a campfire. Eventually the match unfolds onto Retail Row, where he encounters a rival. As Blevins dispatches the enemy, he tells him, “Suck a dick, dude. Literally, the fattest one you can find.” Blevins then mimics fellatio on a huge imaginary penis. “I want you to literally just ... shove the whole thing in your mouth,” he says.

The Mandalorian fills a gap in the modern Star Wars canon, and also embraces its fandom

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The Mandalorian fills a gap in the modern Star Wars canon, and also embraces its fandom

Ever since Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy was tossed out the airlock, there’s been a bit of a gap in the Star Wars timeline. Disney’s first live-action streaming television show, The Mandalorian, aims to fix that. Thanks to a panel at this year’s Star Wars Celebration fan convention, we finally know how the series fits into the revised canon of a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place some 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi. Writer and producer Jon Favreau has set his series directly into that gap, placing it just five short years after the destruction of the second Death Star.