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Xbox cloud upgrade is live: Series X power on your browser for over 260 games

Enlarge / Xbox Game Streaming works on a wide variety of devices—and they all now benefit from Microsoft's upgraded servers. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images | Microsoft) Microsoft's bullishness about Xbox as a cloud-gaming platform got a lot bolder on Tuesday with the surprise launch of a previously teased change: an upgrade to the server farm...

The “loser, B-grade supervillains” are back in new The Suicide Squad trailer

It's Jia Courtney's smiling Aussie face, introducing the latest trailer for The Suicide Squad, in which he reprises his role as Captain Boomerang. [credit: YouTube/Warner Bros. ] Australian actor Jai Courtney introduces a new "early access"...

Marvel’s Avengers update flashes IP addresses on screen, dev promises fix

Enlarge / Artist's interpretation of today's unfortunate update to the Marvel's Avengers video game. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Square Enix) On Tuesday, the latest patch for the Marvel's Avengers video game, developed by Crystal Dynamics, rolled out with a mix of feature updates, bug fixes, and gameplay and balance tweaks. But while today's patch notes...

Sony relists Cyberpunk 2077, includes new warning: Base PS4 “not recommended”

Enlarge / You can finally buy CP77 on Sony's digital storefront. But depending on the console, Sony suggests you still might not want to. (credit: CD Projekt Red / Sam Machkovech) After facing arguably the biggest retail delisting yet on PlayStation consoles, Cyberpunk 2077 has returned to the PlayStation Network online store today—though even after...

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the raunchy action/comedy we need right now

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, and Salma Hayek reunite for more madcap hijinks in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. It took a little while for Ryan Reynolds to find his true cinematic niche—one that makes good use of his rare combination of leading-man looks, self-deprecating amiability, and smartly sardonic sense of humor. He was sheer perfection in...

Sweet Tooth review: Evidently The Walking Dead just needed a deerboy

The trailer for Sweet Tooth. Netflix's new fantasy series, Sweet Tooth, first looks like a crudely fictionalized version of 2020. A disease colloquially referred to as The Sick spreads rapidly among humans while overwhelming infrastructure, grinding daily life to a halt, and racking up a body count. When this story begins, society tries to put itself...

Test out next-gen space tech in Kerbal Space Program

Enlarge (credit: Take-Two Interactive) Most games lose relevance after a few years, but the indie rocket-building game Kerbal Space Program is a bit different. It’s a glitchy, 10-year-old underdog of a game with a cult following of programmers, engineers, astronaut candidates, and your typical lay explosion enthusiasts, and it has a unique and active...

Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting

Enlarge / Spanish archaeologists recreated three common types of Paleolithic lighting systems. (credit: Medina-Alcaide et al, 2021, PLOS ONE) In 1993, a media studies professor at Fordham University named Edward Wachtel visited several famous caves in southern France, including Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume, Les Combarelles, and La Mouthe. His purpose:...

Arcade1Up pinball cabinet review: Fine for families, interesting for modders

Enlarge / Say hello to the Arcade1Up Attack From Mars physical pinball cabinet. The chassis is physical; its games are all virtual. Read below to understand what the heck that means. (credit: Sam Machkovech) If you're of a certain generation, chances are you have imagined (or, at this point in your adulthood, built) your own home arcade that resembles...

Game Boy Advance game gets split-screen multiplayer through new FPGA core

Developer Robert Peip shows off some split-screen Game Boy Advance multiplayer gaming through his new FPGA core. Here at Ars, we're big fans of situations where emulation creates a classic gaming experience that's actually better than what you could get with original hardware in some way or another. In the past, that has meant upsampling rotated...

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