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Oculus founder defends himself on Reddit after getting torn to pieces

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hasn't been shy on Reddit - well, ever - with the flip flop wearing VR startup founder taking to Twitter and Reddit to defend himself from the pitchfork-toting internet public.




Luckey took to Twitter recently, writing: "I prefer production that can keep up with demand, but much prefer shortages to the opposite problem! No burying Rifts in desert landfills". He followed up with: "Which is a very real concern for any hardware company, especially one trying to predict volumes on a totally new market".


Reddit was the next port to call for Luckey, where he had a huge post with a swift quote here of: "Does shit change sometimes? Of course it does. Does that mean I am going to stop speaking my mind because people throw out of context words in my face years later? No, not really. The same people who complain about "lack of transparency" and "sterile, corporate communication" are so very often the same people who berate and hate companies and individuals for anything they ever say that changes at some point".

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New Call of Duty called 'Infinite Warfare', release date leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

Infinity Ward's new Call of Duty game is called "Infinite Warfare", and will release on November 4, 2016 according to a leaked promo.




Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was first spotted as a slip-up on Sony's PlayStation Store, and now a new leaked pre-order token has revealed the game's first image and release date of November 4--which coincides with the franchise's annual releases. The leak is marked as "confirmed" on the Call of Duty Reddit, so it could be accurate, and it certainly aligns neatly with the PS Store listing.


The promo shows the "Legacy Edition" version of the game, which presumably comes with a remastered port of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The next CoD game was previously rumored as Ghosts 2, and was believed to take place in the distant future with heavy emphasis on technology. Other reports said Infinite Warfare would feature space combat, and based on the helmet in the NPC's hand on the front cover, I'd say this is right on the money.

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HTC invests $100 million into its 'Vive X' accelerator platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

HTC is well into the VR world with its Vive headset, with the company holding a conference to talk about the planned ecosystem for its Vive headset.




The company revealed a slew of new VR experiences that are on their way to the Vive, with HTC announcing a new Accelerator Program known as Vive X. HTC will invest $100 million into Vive X, so that it will "cultivate the VR industry and the development of the ecological business".


HTC CEO Cher Wang said that the Accelerator Program will launch in three cities: Beijing, Taipei and San Francisco. The company didn't provide anything specific in the way of locations, timelines or development studios. The company did say the program will be base-level administration, something that will include accounting, finance, HR and legal advice, and more for VR developers.

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Zelda Wii U launches simultaneously on Wii U and NX in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

Zelda fans knew it was coming--Nintendo has officially delayed Zelda Wii U to 2017.




Instead of releasing in 2016, the new Legend of Zelda game (Zelda Wii U) will see a simultaneous release on the Wii U and NX console in 2017. This marks the second Zelda Wii U delay, and we pretty much knew that the open-world adventure would be a major launch title on the NX.


Although the Japanese console-maker just announced the NX console will release in March 2017, Nintendo will focus on the new Zelda game at E3 2016 instead of the NX. We'll probably finally get an official game name, too.

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Nintendo NX won't replace Wii U and 3DS, says Nintendo CEO

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Now that Nintendo has officially announced the NX will launch in March 2017, the company affirms that the NX won't replace the Wii U and 3DS.




"NX won't simply replace 3DS and Wii U" Nintendo President and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima said during the company's most recent earnings call. Kimishima reiterated that the NX is a "brand new concept", and suggests that the console will co-exist with current Nintendo hardware like the Wii U and 3DS. Consumers won't need to worry about their systems being phased out.


Sadly, Nintendo has confirmed that the NX won't be the focus for their E3 2016 showcase. Instead the company will focus on the new Zelda game, which has been pushed back to 2017 to see a simultaneous launch on Wii U and NX in 2017.

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Nintendo NX launches March 2017 globally

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Nintendo's new NX console will launch globally on March 2017, the Japanese console-maker announced at their latest earnings call.




"For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed "NX" with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally," the company said during the call.


Nintendo will undoubtedly formally announce the Nintendo NX console at E3 2016 in June. The earnings calle is still ongoing, so we'll be sure to update this post when new information releases.

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BigScreen lets you host a LAN party in VR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Any gamers who grew up in the 90s (or played Halo on original Xboxes) know about LAN parties. These communal events can be tons of fun, but are also quite chaotic and messy. With the advent of BigScreen, gamers can now hook up with their friends remotely across the globe to do LAN parties in VR environments--or even play games on massive desktop screens.




If you own (or plan to own) an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, then you should definitely check out BigScreen. The free app, which launches on Steam later this week, is a flexible tool that simulates your desktop in VR environments and gives you the freedom to control said environment. With BigScreen you can play games on a curved 65-inch TV or a huge, wall-sized 20-foot display or even an infinite array of monitors that mirror your single physical monitor. You'll also be able to stream your screen to friends in full 1080p, and even talk to them in the virtual space--kind of like VR Skype mixed with a VR movie theater.


"With BigScreen, you can have a Virtual Reality LAN party," reads the app's official Steam page. "Use your Windows desktop on massive screens in a virtual space where you can hangout with friends, watch movies, and even play video games together."

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Fallout 4 console mods coming in May, here's how they'll work

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Bethesda reveals an official timeline for Fallout 4 console mods, and reveals how exactly the system will work.



Fallout 4 console mods are coming first to Xbox One in May, following with the PlayStation 4 in June. PS4 and Xbox One players will browse player-created mods via a special in-game menu, and install mods at the touch of a button. All Fallout 4 console mod listings show screenshot previews and descriptions, and users can bookmark specific mods for later. The mods are separated into a number of different categories for easy browsing, including newly released, community favorites, player favorites, weapons, armors, NPCs and more.


Console players won't be able to make Fallout 4 mods, only play them--the Creation Kit is only available on PC, so PS4 and Xbox One gamers can only play mods created by PC modders.

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Uncharted 4's frame rate drops on PS4 'aren't noticeable'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

UPDATE: Sony has confirmed that a shipment of Uncharted 4 games were stolen, and that all early copies in circulation are a result of the theft. "We can confirm that unfortunately some contents from a lorry transporting a variety of video game and DVD titles, including a quantity of the much anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, was stolen in the UK, during a violent assault," Sony told MCV.


"To be clear, we have yet to ship any stock of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to retail and so any suggestion that UK retailers have broken the official street date is not correct."


Original story as follows.


Multiple UK retailers are selling Uncharted 4 copies ahead of the game's May 10 release date, leading to spoilers and performance evaluations.




Uncharted 4 was originally due to release yesterday, but Naughty Dog delayed the game to May 10 to allow "extra manufacturing time" for a simultaneous global release. Unfortunately, some retailers like UK's CeX and Amazon didn't get the memo and have broken the game's street date by selling early copies to buyers and pre-orderers.


Now that Uncharted 4 copies are out in the wild, the inevitable flood of spoilers and scalped eBay listings have appeared. Despite the spoilers, the early copies allow users to share how Uncharted 4 performs on the PS4. "Singleplayer is so far running fine", an early buyer told Videogamer, adding that Uncharted 4's frame rate is pretty steady. "Uncharted 4 may have a few frame drops but not so noticeable." Even during intense graphical load, the FPS drops aren't game-breaking: "during heavy firefight it wasn't too bad with framerates."

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Falcon Northwest joins the Oculus Ready PC Program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

Falcon Northwest is the latest company to join Oculus with its Oculus Ready PC Program, with Oculus featuring eight PCs from various manufacturers like ASUS and Dell ready for VR gaming. Falcon Northwest is the latest member of this club.




Oculus took to a blog to announce two new desktop gaming PCs that have joined the program, with the Falcon Tiki and Falcon Talon. Starting with the Tiki, starting at $2699 and featuring an Intel Core i7-6700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with 4GB of GDDR5, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD.


The other PC is the Talon, which bumps the price up to $3099 and while it includes the same Core i7-6700K processor, it bumps the GPU power to the GTX 980 Ti with 6GB of GDDR5, 32GB of DDR4 (up from 16GB in the Tiki) and a 512GB PCIe-based SSD joined with a 4TB drive for storage.


You can buy both Falcon Northwest PCs from their website, with Oculus bundles available through Amazon, Best Buy and the Microsoft Store.