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Sony’s PS Vita is officially dead

Lasted as long as it could

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After eight long years, the PS Vita has finally been discontinued.

This didn’t come as a surprise; Sony made it clear last year that 2019 would be the handheld console’s final year of production.

Unfortunately, Sony hasn’t announced any successor, instead relying on the strong sales of the PS4 to stay relevant in the gaming space.

Its downfall ultimately came down to competition. It’s no secret that Nintendo has been dominating the handheld market, with the Switch breaking records and seeing no end to its stellar game library.

The PS Vita was regarded as a solid option back when it first came out in 2011, but competition against Nintendo’s 3DS line and the rise of mobile gaming on smartphones ultimately set up its demise.

Sony’s possibly final handheld console succeeded the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and sold over an estimated 15 million units in total.

Via: Polygon

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Left 4 Dead 2 gets its last ever update

Out now!

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Do you remember taking long high school breaks and playing Left 4 Dead 2 with classmates until the next class? Though the zombie shooter is already going up in years, the game aged gracefully, making up one of Valve’s essential titles for the modern gamer. In a huge surprise, Left 4 Dead 2 gets its last ever update.

Right now, Left 4 Dead 2 is a month shy away from its eleventh birthday. Before this one, the last update to the original Left 4 Dead’s sequel came in 2012. Now, to cap off the game’s lifespan, Valve is launching the game’s final update.

However, the update won’t come out from Valve’s own developers. Instead, the still-thriving Left 4 Dead 2 modding community created the update and Valve officially endorsed it.

Through the game’s official website, Valve announced the update’s premise. “It has been many years since the infection first hit. Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but lingering hopes… CEDA is not going to save us. But there is hope! A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.”

The Last Stand update introduces new content including its own map, story, and weapons. The update is now live. To promote the update, Steam is offering the game for free until September 28. If you want to own the game after the free period, Steam is also offering a discounted price (US$ 1.99, down from US$ 9.99).

SEE ALSO: Amnesia is back with its first sequel in seven years

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Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service

Introducing the Luna

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Most gamers today are looking forward to the fast-approaching release dates for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. However, a dedicated niche of the industry hopes to come in from behind and take some of the spotlight — cloud gaming. Since the Google Stadia, cloud gaming has developed into its own comfortable niche for device-agnostic gamers. Now, Amazon is launching its own cloud gaming service, Luna.

During an expansive hardware event today, Amazon officially announced the cloud gaming platform coming sometime in the future. On launch, the Luna will offer gaming service for PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, and iPad. Further, an Android version will also launch after the initial offering.

Right off the bat, the Luna will launch with over a hundred titles including Abzu, Control, and Resident Evil 7. Of course, the service will expand beyond the initial list over time. For example, Ubisoft is separately developing its own Luna-compatible channel dedicated for its own titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.

Since Amazon owns the streaming platform, Luna will stream seamlessly with Twitch. Users can watch Twitch directly from Luna. Likewise, Twitch viewers can link directly to play from Luna while watching a game’s stream.

While on early access at the moment, Luna users can purchase a Luna controller separately for US$ 49.99. Alternatively, players can still use a mouse-and-keyboard or their own controllers.

Amazon has not announced official launch dates for the Luna just yet. At the moment, Luna will launch first in the United States for US$ 5.99 per month. Users can play on two screens simultaneously and at 4K resolution for some titles.

SEE ALSO: Google Stadia now works on most Android phones

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BLACKPINK on PUBG in-game event will let you cheer for the members!

It’s happening from Sept 24 to Oct 8

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So both the official social media accounts of BLACKPINK and PUBG Mobile shared this:

A report on Sports.V.Daum details that starting September 24, “How You Like That” by BLACKPINK will play on PUBG’s lobby music. It will then be replaced by the title track that will be released in October as the popular K-Pop girl group releases their first full album.

PUBG and BLACKPINK will also release a video and an in-game event to mark the collaboration. In addition, starting September 24 at 3PM (KST) to October 8, players will be able to watch BLACKPINK videos on the in-game event page. Whether your bias is Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, or Rosé, you’ll be able to cheer for and send My Room gifts to them.

Missions during the in-game event will earn you cheer points. There are six level rewards on cheering missions. Rewards include Bi-ping-bong — BLACKPINK’s official lightstick. Many more items and gifts will be able during the duration of the event.

Dowload PUBG now and don’t forget to stream “Ice Cream” for clear skin.


Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on September 17, 2020 but has been updated since to reflect new information.

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