Try the new GameSpot News Beta and let us know what you think!

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#1  Edited By angerawr  Staff
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Hey All,

We need your help to test out an exciting new feature that we have been working on.

What is it?

News Beta is a faster way of reading your games news.

Why did we work on this?

We want readers to get to the content that they are looking for faster. To do this, we've simplified the way that you can browse headlines and made everything lighter and faster.

How can I try this?

We are inviting our community to help us test this feature! Couple of things to note ~

  • Must be logged in to see
  • Mobile Only (try this on your phone!)
  • Go to GameSpot.com and you'll see how to try news beta above popular articles

How can I help?

We'd love any feedback! Let us know what you think in this forum. We'll be keeping an eye here.

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#3 Willy105
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Why is it mobile only?

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#4 angerawr  Staff
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@Willy105: We focused on mobile first since it's a smaller screen but we plan to eventually expend to desktop as well!

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#5  Edited By JusstaDrop
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Love the streamlined look of the site on mobile. Would also like it if videos didn’t auto play on mobile as it mutes my music or other audio when a video auto plays even the video is muted.

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#6 itsHumanity
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Maybe it’s a current bug but I’m seeing light grey text on a white background, which is very hard to read.

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#7 JusstaDrop
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Why aren’t ALL the stories showing up on the beta page? There are about 4 or 5 missing since the Death Stranding safety room article

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#8 angerawr  Staff
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@itsHumanity: Can you please take a screenshot and show it to me? It might be the read state for articles that you already viewed

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#9 BarcaAzul
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Looks like an improvement to me and a way to just get games related stuff

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#10  Edited By dovenwolf
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Can't help but notice that with this change, the comment section on your Konosuba review which was full of valid criticisms by members of the LGBT community and by others is no longer showing up. That may be unintentional but seems more like you are silencing the community even when their concerns are valid. Hopefully the section is there still and I am just blind and missing it.

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#11 angerawr  Staff
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@dovenwolf: Hi, I believe the issue you are seeing is not part of this change as the news beta currently only has articles and not reviews. It looks like comments are still available on that particular review.

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#12 bobasweat
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TURN OFF AUTOPLAY ON VIDEOS

If open a page whilst listening to music (like when I’m commuting) it shuts the music off.

Your main site does this as well, even with autoplay off it still stops music.

It’s most frustrating

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#13 batmandan6
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It’s great. I hope a dark mode will be included at some point.

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#14 sastoner84
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I like the articles being greyed out upon reading.

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#15 wesvalezi
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Don't liked. Too small icons

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#16  Edited By Ace94583
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Regarding the changes on the PC site...

Terrible/awful/historically bad. Did anyone in your company look at these changes on a PC?? Tiny, I mean Tiny images. Everything looks exactly the same. Actually hard to read on a 1440P screen.

This is the worst redesign I have ever seen. So bad, I will be going to IGN for game news now, a site I have not even visited in years.

Designers should be replaced. Management who approved this should be replaced.

And oh yeah, I'm an app producer / UI designer with 20 years experience so I have some Idea what I'm talking about having worked for such minor companies as Microsoft.....

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#17 Revarts
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Don't like it at all. How do I get the old one back... just want to see list of all articles in reverse chronological order taking minimum space.

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#18 Hoogovens
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@Revarts: Yes, yes, yes, this x1000. I can't stand the new format on PC. I want to see the latest news, not scan through hundreds of articles (some of which are up to a full year old) to pick out the handful from the past 24 hours. It's atrocious. If this is really what you want, at least include a filter option or some way to truly the latest news. Not a never-ending list of recycled articles. Btw, I'm on a Windows 7 PC and Chrome browser in case that is relevant.

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#19 Spoochy
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A night mode or dark theme would be great

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#20 Ace94583
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@Ace94583: So after a month I gave this another look which reconfirms my original comments and it's seems to have gotten worse. Now not only do we have a 1995 design with tiny useless imagery, even the sort tab is broken. It used to stay on what was selected (Top, Recent, Update), but now on any given day will automatically go to either Top or Update on any refresh, but never Recent which is what I suspect most people want, especially if you are a daily or frequent viewer.

But hey, they managed to clear out 2/3 of the screen for ads in 1440p so give the web designers a raise and keep giving your viewers the finger.

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#21  Edited By sourOG
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Hey this “news-lite” thing is great! It’s exactly what I’m looking for.

The I’m not a robot stuff is annoying but I guess that’s a needed thing. Would be cooler without though. For comments etc.