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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy new trailer breakdown

Now you know what you’ll be up against

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Back in E3 2021, Square Enix announced the arrival of their new game based on the Marvel universe. This time around, they turned their attention towards a ragtag group of heroes sent to defend the galaxy from any and all threats. Now, they’ve released a new cinematic of the new threat you’ll face in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

A church of truth exists

Right off the bat, the trailer begins with a shining light beckoning the Guardians inside a space craft. Of course, our main man Star-Lord puts on his mask and points his blasters towards the light as a sign of an imminent threat. True enough, a mysterious figure appears out of the light, flanked by two large-sized floating entities. From here, it seems that our mysterious figure was expecting their arrival from the get-go.

Star-Lord identifies him as Grand Unifier Raker, and honestly from that alone, you could tell that he’s a rather familiar figure to the Guardians. I mean, the leader of the Guardians even goes on to feel a little amused that Raker has heard of them and even spared their lives. Raker then indulges the group’s inquiry for “the truth” and invites them to meet another mystery figure in “The Matriarch.”

Based on this two-minute cinematic, it’s clear who you will be up against as you progress farther into the game. However, the cinematic doesn’t really touch on their intentions for the galaxy just yet.

Shiny new toys

While we’re here, let’s talk about the gear that our heroes are rocking, especially the weapons. For starters, each Guardian comes with their own unique weapon set, like blasters, blades, and quills. If you’ve ever watched any of the movies, some of these weapons will be familiar to you.

Early in the cinematic, it showed us a glimpse of Star-Lord’s double blasters as he welcomes our beloved Grand Unifier Raker. Along the way, Rocket shows off his massive cannon blaster, along with a look at Drax’s dual blades (the comics portrayed them as knives). While you only get to play the game as Star-Lord, it’s good to know what your team is bringing to the table.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on October 26, 2021 for PC and both current and next generation consoles.

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Sony, Xbox, Nintendo are skipping E3 2023

Might hold their own events

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E3 used to be one of the most anticipated showcases for the gaming community. However, since the pandemic, the event’s impact gradually shrank especially because of in-person cancellations. Now, despite the return of in-person events, E3 still has a massive uphill climb to bounce back from the past. This year, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have officially pulled out from the event.

For the first time in four years, E3 is holding an in-person event at the Los Angeles Convention Center this June. Unfortunately, according to IGN, three of the biggest companies to grace the show floor will not make an appearance for the event this year.

In an interview with the source, Microsoft says that Xbox will still hold a showcase around the same time. However, the company will likely skip the floor itself and hold its event concurrently in another location.

IGN also reports that Sony and Nintendo will follow in Microsoft’s footsteps and skip E3 this year. Nintendo usually holds its own Direct events online. Holding its own outside of an in-person event is just what you’d expect for the Switch’s growing library of games.

Sony, on the other hand, has not shared any official plans during June’s showcase yet. If anything, the PlayStation 5 is in for an optimistic year, given the console’s upcoming games. An exclusive event sounds possible, too.

SEE ALSO: E3 is finally returning to in-person events next year

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It’s easier to get a PlayStation 5 now, Sony says

More supplies worldwide

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Still struggling to get a new PlayStation 5? If dwindling console stocks are keeping you down, Sony has announced a reprieve for queue waiters. The company promised that supply for the console will greatly increase ahead of the PlayStation VR2’s launch in February.

Since the console’s launch back in 2020, scalpers and bots have persistently plagued the industry, taking supplies away from most gamers. Over the years, the impact of supply problems gradually dissipated. Today, it’s easier to buy a PlayStation 5, but supply can still be an issue in some parts of the world.

During CES 2023, Sony initially hinted that PlayStation 5 stocks should increase even more this year. Now, Sony is making it even more official. Today, the company officially posted that it’s easier to find one in retailers globally.

For users hunting for the console in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe, Sony recommends going to the official PlayStation store to buy one.

To promote the increased supply, Sony has also released a new promotional video for the PlayStation 5’s exclusives set to imitate a news show.

Only a month into the year, 2023 is already looking to be a great year for the platform. Later in February, Sony is set to launch the new PlayStation VR2. The console will also host a flurry of notable exclusives including Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and Street Fighter 6.

SEE ALSO: PlayStation launches ‘The Year of Play’ campaign

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Concept Nyx: Dell working on intelligent game controller

The future of gaming

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Dell Concept Nyx

Dell Technologies is working on an all-in-one intelligent game controller that shall interconnect devices and screens while providing a whole different level of gaming experience.

Called the Concept Nyx game controller, Dell’s project aims to provide easy access to gaming libraries across multiple devices and screens for effortless sessions at home.

Here’s what we know so far about Concept Nyx:

To kick things off, the design-making process took lots of turns. Developers explored adding tons of buttons, attachments, sensors, and more.

This has led to the potential final design that gives users personalized settings at their fingertips. It’s composed of the following parts:

  • Dual thumb control wheels
  • Light ring
  • Adaptive thumbstick
  • Omnipad
  • Left and right scroll bumpers
  • Fingerprint sensor in the middle
  • Left and right adaptive triggers (underneath)
  • Shift buttons (underneath)

The fingerprint reader detects who is using the controller specifically, to be able to load their games right where they left off instantly.

Dell also prioritized the device’s haptics. They come with self-adjusting variable resistance thumbsticks that can be tailored to user preferences and specific game play.

PC gaming musts have also been included in the concept. Shift buttons underneath the controller allow for more front button options, mimicking the shift combos from PC keyboards.

The innovative scroll wheels give users an easier time to navigate and select weapons, while the intelligent touchpad allows for instant access to customizable controls in-game, without having to toggle a menu screen which disrupts your real-time gaming view.

Concept Nyx dashboard

The era of tug-of-wars at home may soon be over as well. The Concept Nyx controller is being designed to accommodate simultaneous gaming.

For instance, while connected on two different headsets, two separate Concept Nyx controllers may be used to play two different games on a split screen.

Streaming to other devices and screens and wi-fi connectivity are also some of the capabilities of the controller by simply pulling the thumbstick.

All these factors have been the foundation for the development of the Concept Nyx’s intelligent edge ecosystem beyond gaming.

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