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EA Play Live returns for an all-digital event next month

EA revealed its summer gaming event, EA Play, will return in 2020, but this time it will be presented entirely online. EA Play Live, as it’s called this year, will kick off on June 11 at 7 p.m. ET, where it will be streamed on EA’s website, Twitch, and YouTube.

EA says fans can expect “world premieres, news, and more,” though it didn’t add any more specifics. Still, it’s safe to assume at least a few annual sports simulators will make appearances on the virtual stage, such as Madden NFL, NHL, and FIFA. Other projects in the works under EA’s massive umbrella include a Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel, a second Star Wars game rumored to be code-named Project Maverick, and more sequels to two of its biggest franchises, Battlefield at DICE and Dragon Age at BioWare.

EA Play has been held annually since 2016, following the publisher’s move away from the E3 show floor in favor of hosting its own event the same week at the Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles. This will be the first EA Play show to not feature a live audience to help fans, creators, and journalists stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

EA is just the latest E3 attendee to shift to a digital event following the Entertainment Software Association’s cancellation of E3 2020. Sony backed out of E3 even before the pandemic, though the company promised it will remain active this summer as it approaches the launch of the PlayStation 5 this fall. Microsoft announced an Inside Xbox stream, which takes place on May 7, with a look at next-gen third-party games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg hinted that there’s more to come this summer, as well. Bethesda, meanwhile, stated it will not hold a digital showcase in place of its typical E3 conference. It remains to be seen what companies such as Nintendo, Ubisoft, and Square Enix do, though the options seem limited to a digital show or nothing.

Many of the scheduled summer gaming events filling the E3 void will fall under the Summer Games Fest banner, a new initiative led by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley to keep the hype machine moving in a year without major gaming expos.

All XDefiant guns and how to unlock them
Xdefiant gun

XDefiant is a fast-paced first-person shooter with a wide variety of gun types to choose from, giving you a ton of choices on how to build your loadouts. Whether you're a run-and-gun kind of person or prefer to sit back and pop foes from afar, you'll find that there's something here that fits your playstyle. However, you'll need to first unlock most of the guns by completing challenges, and some of them can require playing a specific way for a bit. When you're ready to do that, here's how to unlock every gun in XDefiant.
Assault Rifles
There are currently five assault rifles available in XDefiant. These excel in medium- to long-range gunfights, but can also perform relatively well up close.

AK-47 - Deal 4,000 damage with assault rifles
ACR 6.8 - Get 10 Longshot kills with assault rifles
M16A4 - Get 20 headshot kills with assault rifles
M4A1 - Unlocked automatically
MDR - Reach tier 10 in the Preseason Battle Pass (free)

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All XDefiant characters and how to unlock them

XDefiant is a free-to-play shooter from Ubisoft, which brings together multiple factions from the publisher's long list of franchises. Each of these factions have their own abilities and passives that make them suited for certain playstyles, so knowing which one works best for you should be an important part of your strategy. While individual characters within these factions share the same abilities, unlocking them all gives you access to more customization options via unique skins.

If you'd like to unlock every character in the game, you'll need to complete challenges that typically ask you to use one of their faction's two abilities on your foes or allies. These can take quite a while to finish, so an alternative method is to purchase a skin for that character in the shop, which will automatically unlock them for you to use. However, this costs real money, so we only recommend doing it if you already know you want the skin, too.

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Every rumored video game console: Nintendo Switch 2, PS5 Pro and more
A PS5 sits on a table.

History would tell you that 2024 isn't a year where you should expect a lot of new game consoles. We're smack dab in the middle of a console generation and we've already seen the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S get upgrades during it. A wave of brand new consoles is likely four years away if the precedent set by previous generations holds up.

And yet, we're swimming in hardware rumors these days. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all have rumored systems in the works. On top of that, we're on the verge of an early second generation for portable PCs like the Steam Deck. Companies like Lenovo and Asus are also plotting follow-ups to their own devices. It's a lot to keep track of, with scattered reports sharing rumors about the status of each. To help you stay on top of the news, we've rounded up every major gaming device that's currently in the works. You can expect to see some -- if not all -- of these in the next year.
Nintendo Switch 2

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