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The Top Stories That Shaped Video Games in 2020

There's a lot—good, bad, and everything in between—to look back on this year. I don't know about you, but I'm mostly feeling tired.

Researchers May Have Found a Way Around Oculus Quest 2's Facebook Requirement

The method hasn't been made public yet for fear of legal action from Facebook.

Starting Screen | Facebook Just Can't Resist Meddling With Oculus

If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.

Facebook Is the Latest Tech Company to Join the Cloud Gaming Fray

Its focus is a little different compared to most, though.

Oculus Quest 2 Review: Not Quite the Perfect VR On-Ramp

The Oculus Quest beef up and slims down, but not every cut is a worthwhile one. Nor is every addition.

Facebook Expects "Some Games and Apps May No Longer Work" After it Sunsets Oculus Accounts

The Quest 2 now requires a Facebook account, but holding out without one on older gear might be doable.

The Original FarmVille Is Being Put Out to Pasture at the End of the Year

Flash is going, and taking FarmVille with it.

Facebook Confirms a $299 Oculus Quest 2 While Ditching the Rift

The Quest 2 is out next month, and the Rift S will be discontinued next year.

Oculus Quest 2 Leaked By Facebook, Packs "Nearly 2K" Per Eye

Looks like a sequel to the Oculus Quest is on the way.

Facebook Is Rebranding Oculus, But the Name Won't Be Going Away

Oculus VR products and the studio publishing branch will keep the name.

Oculus VR Devices Will Soon Require a Facebook Account

You can imagine how well this is going over.

Xbox's Mixer Integration Won't Just Switch Over to Facebook Gaming, Microsoft Says

Microsoft's getting out ahead of privacy concerns and the matter of streamer choice.

Oculus Bids Farewell to Oculus Go

The Quest and Rift are Oculus's focus these days.

Facebook Buys Order: 1886 and Lone Echo Developer Ready At Dawn

The studio will continue its work with virtual reality as part of Oculus Studios.

Microsoft Is Shuttering Mixer and Partnering With Facebook Gaming

Xbox head says Mixer started "pretty far behind" compared to the big players.

Report: New Oculus Quest in Development, May Be Pushed to 2021

A lighter-weight Quest with a faster refresh rate could be a big win for the VR market.

USG Notebook: Some of Gaming’s Biggest Shows Have Been Upended by the Coronavirus

Two major conferences are seeing their major players stay home.

Sony and Facebook Withdraw From GDC 2020 Over Coronavirus Concerns

That's PlayStation's second event cancellation in two days.

Insomniac, Respawn, Stadia Games, and More Talk Frankly About The Reality of Crunch at DICE 2020

During the first ever DICE 2020 Town Hall, industry leaders talk about their own experiences with crunch, and if it can be done away with.

Facebook Expands Its VR Ambitions With Acquisition of the Studio Behind Beat Saber

Beat Saber will keep being updated on other platforms.

PlayStation 4 Will No Longer Let You Find Friends Through Facebook Starting Today

So much for catching up with those old high school pals.

Facebook Referred to Kids as Young as Five as "Whales" for Its Monetized Games

Facebook wouldn't refund large purchases made by underage gamers.

PSA: Massive Facebook Breach Stole Login Info of 50 Million Accounts

Third-party apps like video games could also be at risk.

Steam Spy to End After Valve Changes Steam's Privacy Policies

Steam Spy was a service that helped many get a handle on steam game purchases.

Oculus Santa Cruz is a Standalone VR Headset That Delivers PC-Levels of Quality

The VR dream inches closer to reality.

Oculus Could Release a Wireless VR Headset Next Year

It would be cheaper than the Rift, but more powerful than the Gear.

See a Live, Mo-Cap Q&A With the Heroine of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Ninja Theory is putting its advanced mo-cap tech to the test.

Oculus Losing 40 Percent of VR Demos Stations At Best Buys Nationwide

Facebook is scaling back on the demo program in certain regions.

Facebook Aims at Casual PC Players With Gameroom

Steam, Origin, and GOG are joined by Gameroom, but not really.

Oculus Working On Wireless Headset For VR's "Sweet Spot"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveal the project at Oculus Connect.

Overwatch and Hearthstone Getting Built-In Facebook Live Streaming

Blizzard and Facebook team up to bring Facebook integration to Blizzard titles.

Oculus Rift: Cool Tech. But Where's The Killer App?

Jaz spent this morning at the Oculus Rift event. He came away impressed, but not fully convinced. Here's why.

Facebook and Oculus VR, One Year Later: The State of VR

Has Facebook's acquisition helped or harmed Oculus VR?

Xbox One vs. PS4: How Useful Are They As Entertainment Systems?

How have the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 fared as shiny new additions to USgamer's entertainment centers? Jaz, Jeremy, and Mike talk about their trials and tribulations with these cutting edge, all-in-one gaming/media machines.

Does PlayStation 4 Live Up to Its Hype? USgamer's In-Depth Hardware Review

We locked ourselves in a hotel room with Sony’s new system for two days, and here’s what we saw.

You Don't Know Jack Goes Fully Free-to-Play

The mobile and social version of the comedy quiz opens up free access to 300 episodes.

Classic Board Game Agricola Hits iOS App Store

Uwe Rosenberg's board game Agricola has finally arrived on the App Store. This ain't no FarmVille.

Freemium Makes Good Games Suffer

PopCap's recent announcement that Plants vs. Zombies 2 will be free-to-play has many players concerned - and with good reason.