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Trick your PlayStation TV into running all PS Vita games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The PlayStation Vita TV is touted as being a central console that plays PlayStation Vita and original PS One games, but there's one problem: it doesn't support a considerable portion of Vita games. But now with a bit of exploit software you actually have a reason to dust off Sony's micro-console.



The exploit in question was developed by a "Vita pwning" hacker called Mr. Gas, and essentially involves users augmenting the PS Vita's internal e-mail system so that it can write and execute files, making it into a sort of onboard Run command system.


Digital Foundry has a detailed step-by-step guide on how to set up the exploit. Hopefully Sony won't intervene and fix the exploit with a new patch, as people actually have a reason to buy and use their PS Vita TV sets now.

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Oculus Arcade delivers all of your old favorites inside the Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

If the graphically-intensive games to arrive on VR aren't your thing, maybe a touch of nostalgia will sooth your VR woes? Oculus has announced Oculus Arcade for the new Samsung Gear VR, offering games from Sega, Midway and Bandai Namco, all in VR goodness.




The new Gear VR will be capable of playing a slew of older arcade games on the Gear VR, including Land's End, Gunjack, and the new VR Adventure Time. There will be countless more coming out when the new Gear VR arrives in November, but I think that Oculus Arcade is going to be a breath of fresh air into arcade games, thanks to VR.

iPhone 6S teardown reveals slimmer battery and heftier display

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

With today's release of the iPhone 6S, iFixit has just completed their thorough analysis of the phone's innards, completely exposing what makes the handheld tick. Their findings confirm and assess the entirety of the iPhone 6S' touted features and reveal some key changes in the new model, including a smaller capacity battery, a heavier display, and a new, bigger SoC with the A9 chip.



One of the first obvious changes in the iPhone 6S teardown was the smaller battery, which is now 1715 mAh compared to the beefier 1810 mAh that powers last year's iPhone 6. Even with this reduction Apple has affirmed the battery life will remain the same. It appears the battery size was cut down a bit to make room for the phone's Tactic Engine, which is fastened below the battery.


In order to maintain the new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch capability, the iPhone 6S has received a boost in capacitive sensors making the display weigh in at 60 grams total. That's 15 grams over the iPhone 6's display, and the same weight as the iPhone 6 Plus' 5.5" display. Other changes in the new Retina HD display include a slight reduction in cables and LCD plate design, but all in all the 3D Touch display seems "pretty visually similar" to past displays.

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The Windows 10-powered Minecraft is coming to the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Out of all of the announcements out of Oculus Connect 2, the idea of the Windows 10-powered Minecraft working on the Oculus Rift would be the most exciting - at least, for Minecraft fans.




Oculus announced the news, saying that the Oculus Rift-capable version of Minecraft would be released in the spring with more details coming "soon". Other than that, Oculus founder and flip flop enthusiast Palmer Luckey celebrated the news by throwing Minecraft swag into the crowd. He added: "My work here is done".

Fox is bringing Alien, Die Hard and more to the Oculus-powered Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Oculus has just cemented in the fact that VR is going to be huge, with Samsung announcing the new Gear VR, and Oculus announcing partnerships with the likes of Twitch, Netflix, and more.




Well, 20th Century Fox is in on the fun, announcing that they are bringing over 100 movies to the Oculus VR Cinema app. This little app allows Gear VR owners to watch movies in either 2D or 3D on an insanely huge screen, based wherever they want - on the Moon, in a theater, or in the dark. The movies that 20th Century Fox will be delivering are big hits such as Alien, Birdman, Taken, Die Hard, Office Space, and more.


While the movies won't be full VR experiences, you can watch the movies in countless environments - other than your lounge room. It's a big move that will sell some headsets, that's for sure.

Oculus announces Netflix, Twitch, Facebook and many more for Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Samsung unveiled its refreshed Gear VR for $99 at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference, but shortly after Oculus announced that Netflix, Vimeo, Hulu, Twitch and many more are coming to Gear VR.




The company also announced Oculus Video, which will see big companies like 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate, as well as Facebook's just-announced 360-degree videos on the Gear VR. The company is partnering with the likes of Twitch, which will see gaming streams delivered directly to your eyeballs, thanks to the Gear VR.

'Men In Black' reboot going ahead, minus Will Smith

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

With 2012's 'Men In Black III' grossing a respectable $624 million, unsurprisingly Sony Pictures have been wanting to continue the franchise, even toying with a Jump Street/ MIB mashup as revealed in the infamous Sony hack. But now it looks like the studio is going down the route of a straight reboot - without its key star.




Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, producer Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald confirmed that development on the franchise was continuing in a "very active" manner, noting that "we're in the middle of it". Asked if Will Smith would be reprising his role, Parkes replied "Most likely no", before MacDonald added "It will be reinvented as a trilogy".


For long time fans, it looks like the 'Men In Black' franchise which started in 1997 is over. And that's a bit of a shame.

Kanye isn't playing; definitely running for President in 2020

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Sure, Kanye says a lot of stuff and has a few flights of fancy, like when he referred to himself as the new Steve Jobs.So when he announced last month at 2015 Video Music Awards that he was intending to run for the President of the United States in 2020, few took him seriously. But they should, because he insists he is.




Speaking to Vanity Fair, the eccentric artist says he has "I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do". Following an anti-politician pitch that seems to be working for Donald Trump, West goes on to say "I hate politics. I'm not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that's all I can say, and I think we can".


If (and this is still a big if) he goes through with his Presidential bid, and if (and this is also a big if) he wins, and if (and this is an equally big one) he's still married to Kim Kardashian, she'd be the First Lady. Let that sink in for a moment. Meanwhile, West's latest album 'SWISH' is due to hit before the end of the year. I'm sure you can't wait.

The 'Oculus Ready' PC program has VR-ready PCs for under $1000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Oculus is really pushing out the announcements out from the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference, with the Facebook-owned VR giant offering Oculus-branded PCs from Alienware, Dell and ASUS.




It's all part of the 'Oculus Ready' program, where the PCs will be sold completely built and ready for gaming on the Oculus Rift, and they'll all be priced at under $1000. The Oculus Ready PCs have decent specs, offering an Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 video card.


The new Oculus Ready PCs will be made available during Q1 2016 when the Oculus Rift launches.

Epic Games unveils Oculus Touch capable shooter 'Bullet Train'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Now we know what that 'Car Flip' VR demo was teasing last year, with Epic Games unveiling 'Bullet Train' for the Oculus Rift. Bullet Train works perfectly with the Oculus Touch controller, as you can see in the video below.



Bullet Train is an Oculus Touch experience, where gamers can use two motion-sensing controllers to pick up and shoot weapons, as well as interact with the environment. The Unreal Engine 4-powered VR shooter features both bullet time and teleportation, with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney saying that VR is "going to change the world", and we agree.

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