A gorgeous, translucent PS4 Pro celebrates a PlayStation milestone

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A gorgeous, translucent PS4 Pro celebrates a PlayStation milestone

Sony is celebrating 500 million units sold across the PlayStation’s lifespan — PlayStation 2, 3, 4, Portable, Vita and PlayStation VR — with a special edition PlayStation 4 Pro. It’s gorgeous. Only 50,000 will be produced.

The case is a translucent dark blue that houses a PlayStation 4 Pro with a 2 TB hard drive. Sony says that when the console’s power light is on, its innards are visible through the case. Each unit has a limited edition number engraved on a commemorative copper plate fixed to the front.

Discord is going to start selling games

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Discord is going to start selling games

Discord, the popular voice and text chat app for the gaming community, is going to start selling games, Discord Inc. announced Thursday. The first official publishers to partner with the company for the program are THQ and Deep Silver.

The game distribution system will combine a number of different types of games that will all be accessible in different ways. The platform’s subscription service, Discord Nitro, will give subscribers access to a library of games at no additional charge. This feature will include games like, Saints Row: The Third, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Super Meat Boy and Metro: Last Light Redux. Discord Nitro costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 a year.

Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay stream: Watch it here

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Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay stream: Watch it here

Red Dead Redemption 2 was first announced back in 2016, with Rockstar expecting to launch the game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Fall 2017. That didn’t happen — the game is coming out this October instead — although the developer has released a few story trailers to whet our appetites. We’ll hopefully learn much more about the game, however, when we get a look at Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay during Rockstar’s official livestream.

The stream will take place on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at 8 a.m. PT/ 11 a.m. ET. You can watch the video at the top of this post.

What’s up with the purple and yellow chairs in the Super Smash Bros. Direct?

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What’s up with the purple and yellow chairs in the Super Smash Bros. Direct?

Nintendo appears to be toying with us, placing purple and yellow chairs in the background of today’s Super Smash Bros. Direct presentation. Purple and yellow, of course, are the colors of Wauigi, the long-maligned Nintendo anti-hero and the subject of a campaign to add him to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.

The decision to feature those colors reads, to fans, as an opaque response from the company. Does Nintendo support Waluigi? Hate him? Is this a clue? A joke?

Don’t worry: Luigi’s not dead after the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

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Don’t worry: Luigi’s not dead after the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

Today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate direct held a multitude of revelations about new features that will be released when the game hits Nintendo Switch this December. The biggest, however, was during new hero Simon Belmont’s teaser. Luigi (a.k.a. Nintendo’s resident screw-up) seemingly suffered a horrible death as his soul was literally sucked out of his body by a scythe-wielding death monster.

But don’t worry, everyone — Luigi’s is fine. Probably.

The Greg Miller story

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The Greg Miller story

Over lunch at a quiet, fancy Hawaiian joint in downtown San Francisco, I find myself struggling to interview Greg Miller. The trouble with Miller is not that he’s rude or evasive, like some midtier celebrities. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. He’s garrulous, friendly, funny and open with me. The problem is, he’s this way with just about everyone.

Miller is the central figure for Kinda Funny, a cluster of YouTube videos, podcasts, live events and communities loosely centered around games and geek culture. He shares the Kinda Funny desk with a handful of other personalities ― including Nick Scarpino and Tim Gettys ― but there’s never any doubt that he’s the main attraction.

Dead Cells dev promises better Switch performance

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Dead Cells dev promises better Switch performance

Dead Cells is an amazing game, but the Switch version struggles to maintain a smooth frame rate. Motion Twin, the game’s developer, didn’t think it was that big of a deal during its own internal testing, and the idea of delaying the Switch release to optimize performance seemed worse than launching it in the current state, it said on Reddit.

The fans have made enough of a fuss about it, however, that priorities have changed.

Rathalos and Shovel Knight are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Assist Trophies

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Rathalos and Shovel Knight are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Assist Trophies

Part of the excitement in every new Super Smash Bros. game is the massive number of characters that can show up through the assist trophies. These could be side characters related to fighters on the main roster, or from different games entirely.

Each new Smash game has added plenty of new characters to help out during battles and Ultimate is no exception. During today’s Smash Bros. themed Nintendo Direct, the company announced over 20 new characters that will be joining the game as assist trophies

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features some new gameplay modes

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features some new gameplay modes

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, and though the character roster is more impressive than ever, that’s not the only new feature coming to the franchise. Ultimate will feature a host of new modes to make gameplay more versatile and exciting.

The Squad Strike battle mode is a 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 elimination-style battle, where each player uses five (or three!) consecutive fighters in a battle to decided the winner. But multiple players can also take turns.