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For many people, summer arriving is mostly about warm weather and the potential for beach days. But for gamers, it’s the season of new, new, new.

With Summer Game Fest events underway, two next-gen consoles set to debut this year, and a general tsunami of video game news hitting the web, we are here to help. Each morning, we’ll provide a roundup of gaming news highlights from the past 24 hours, so you can keep on top of the latest announcements.

PS5 REAL-TIME GAMEPLAY

Yesterday, Summer Game Fest founder Geoff Keighley sat down with Epic Games CEO  Tim Sweeney and other members of the Epic team for a 50-minute livestream that was packed with PlayStation 5 information — including the very first gameplay footage for the new system. The reveal also gave fans a look at Epic’s Unreal Engine 5, its Nanite system, and its Lumen lighting system. For those who are less tech-inclined — These systems allow game developers to make nearly photo-realistic graphics in their games. Check out the footage in the video above, and you’ll get an idea of just how awesome it looks.


FORTNITE GOES NEXT-GEN

Don’t worry, Fortnite fans. The battle royale game will officially be available on next-gen consoles at launch! It will not be a new version of the game, but rather an optimized version for the new systems.


EPIC ONLINE SERVICES

To round out the “epic” announcements from yesterday, Epic Games’ Epic Online Services is officially live. The nitty-gritty details of this service are more important to game developers than to players, but the tool’s purpose gives players something to look forward to. Basically, developers can use this to make their games cross-platform compatible, like Fortnite is, providing a unified gameplay experience across platforms including the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, PC, and Xbox.


A NEW PAPER MARIO HEADS TO THE SWITCH

The fun will in-crease (thank you, Nintendo, for that lovely pun) on July 17, when Paper Mario: The Origami King lands exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. This is the sixth Paper Mario game, and the first for the Switch System. Check out the game’s launch trailer above — It looks adorable! Fans can preorder the game now.