Video games can be a great way to spend time with your kids—overcoming challenges and completing objectives (even digital ones) together is satisfying and, more importantly, fun. And, the Switch is great for local co-op—not only does the console come with two (admittedly limited) controllers out of the box, but Nintendo has just always been the go-to option for couch multiplayer.
Tabletop games are a great way to have fun with your friends (or end up furious at them—looking at you, Monopoly). And with these fun resources, you can play tabletop games together without even being in the same room.
Stadio continues to work on beefing up its game catalog. And while the latest two games aren’t new, they’re new to the gaming streaming service. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Kona are coming to Stadia, along with Marvel’s Avengers, The Elder Scrolls Online, and SUPERHOT.
Got an extra $1,800 lying around? Razer just announced its 2020 Blade Stealth 13, which features a 13.3-inch 120Hz display—the fastest display found in any ultrabook. The new Blade Stealth 13 starts at $1,800 and is available for order today.
Facebook wants to take on Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer in the game streaming market. And while the social network already has a browser site you can watch and create streams from, the company is ready to branch out. Today it released an Android app, dubbed Facebook Gaming, that lets you view and interact with game streamers. And you can stream your Android gameplay as well.
Stadia works best with a Chromecast, but the platform’s 1.45 update helps expand usability for web and mobile gamers. Now, browser users have access to 5.1 surround sound audio and an on-screen keyboard for typing with a gamepad. Mobile users now receive connection-quality notifications while gaming in the Stadia app.
If there’s one thing that Nintendo fans like, it’s arguing over which character Smash Bros should add next. But if there are two things they like, then the next one is making new Nintendo systems look like old Nintendo systems. An upcoming dock does that (sort of) for the Switch, while also adding new capabilities.
So, you found a fantastic looking co-op game on Steam. You’re about to message your friend to buy it as well so you can play together, but then you see it: no online play, just local co-op. It’s a bummer to be sure, getting together just to play a video game isn’t an option a lot of the time (especially right now). But fortunately, Steam does actually have a way to solve this problem.
Gaming is an expensive hobby—consoles and gaming PCs cost hundreds of dollars and the newest releases can be upwards of $60. Over time though, there have been efforts made to make gaming more affordable. We wanted to talk about one of those today: the Xbox Game Pass, a monthly subscription run by Microsoft which gives you access to around 200 quality titles for the low starting price of $5 a month.
One of the best deals for game subscriptions is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It combines Xbox Gold and Xbox Game Pass, allowing you to play online on Xbox, and giving you access to over 100 games on Xbox and PC, along with other perks. Right now, you can grab six months of Xbox Game Pass from Newegg for $40, just use code EMCDHDE22 during checkout. That’s $50 off the normal price.