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PlayStation VR was delayed to wait for more games, increased demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 5:15 am

With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets already out with PC gamers enjoying them, Sony is behind the game after it delayed its PlayStation VR headset to October 13, 2016.




Well, it might play in their favor as Sony delayed PSVR to allow developers to make more software and games before it released its VR headset. During an interview with GameReactor, Sony's Jim Ryan explained: "It's a completely correct observation. It's one of the reasons we're launching in October, rather than the initially stated window of the first half of calendar 2016. You know, rather than meet our promise previously made, for us just to wait those few extra months and ensure that the software is there is really important".


He continued: "We stated that we'll have fifteen games between the launch and Christmas. There's a whole range of genres, a whole range of big games, little games, digital games...The statements that were made at the E3 2016 conference, with these big franchises coming to PS VR (Star Wars, Batman, Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7), these are heavyweight franchises and to have them coming to the PlayStation VR really quite quickly, I think it makes a big statement".

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Pokemon GO is a huge opportunity for small businesses right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 4:05 am

Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm, with people exploring the physical world around them - inside of their house, outside of their house, at the park, local businesses, and so much more.




The game uses the real-world as the game map, with specific locations tagged as locations in the game that you need to visit. This might be your local KFC, gym, police station, or Target. Pokemon GO actively encourages you to explore the real-world while playing the game, as you can catch Pokemon anywhere. Many small businesses are finding that Pokemon GO players are coming into their store, and some are taking advantage of it.




There are some small businesses that have caught on quick, embracing Pokemon GO, with UploadVR reporting that a Dairy Queen fast food restaurant saw an increase in customers after the release of Pokemon GO. They posted a sign outside of their door, saying: "Pokestop Inside! Come get your Pokeballs and previously rocked threads. Gotta catch 'em all in style". Other businesses aren't so friendly, saying: "Pokemon are for paying customers only".

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Xiaomi prepares to take on GoPro with its Xiaomi Yi 4K action camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 3:22 am

GoPro might have the action camera market right now, but we all know how quickly things can change with a capable competitor with a product that's cheaper, and possibly just as capable.




Chinese giant Xiaomi has announced that it's upcoming Yi 4K action camera will cost just $249.99 while its competitor in the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition costs $499.99 - double the asking price from Xiaomi and its Yi 4K action camera. Xiaomi provides an LCD screen on its Yi 4K action camera, something the HERO4 Black Edition lacks, but is included on the Silver Edition.


Xiaomi's new Yi 4K action camera has a 1300mAh battery that's good for 2 hours of 4K 30FPS recording, which is pretty damn good considering the HERO4 Black Edition isn't capable of recording more than an hour at the same 4K30 standard. Xiaomi is offering a bundle package with a selfie stick and Bluetooth remote, which will cost $30 more at $279 total.

Unreal Engine 4 is now used by over 2 million developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 2:09 am

There are countless games powered by Unreal Engine 4, but just how many developers are using Epic Games' latest UE4 engine?




According to the official Unreal Engine website, over 2 million developers are using Unreal Engine 4 - up from the 1.5 million developers that were using UE4 in March, announced at the Game Developers Conference. Last month, Unreal Engine 4 was being shown in force at E3, with over 80 games powered by UE4 being displayed at the show.


Microsoft and Sony held their E3 press conferences, with plenty of UE4-powered games like Gears of War 4, Batman: Arkham VR, TEKKEN 7, Sea of Thieves, Day's Gone, We Happy Few, Scalebound, EVE: Valkyrie, and many more. On the floor itself, Unreal Engine 4 was powering games like Absolver, ABZU, Injustice 2, LawBreakers, Ghostbusters, ARK: Primal Survival, Killing Floor 2 and Vampyr.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2016 9:30 am

Don't worry about the Zika virus everyone, Samsung has released its official Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition, which is surely to be a cash-in.




Samsung is pricing the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition at $970 or so, with Samsung to sell the new Olympic Games themed Galaxy S7 edge in Brazil, China, Germany, Korea and the United States. It will feature a customized UI, and a theme that will match the dark chassis, which looks pretty damn good I must say.


The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition comes in two variants; one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the other with Samsung's own Exynos 8890 processor. Both smartphones feature a microSD card slot, with up to 200GB of storage mixing the on-board and microSD card storage together.

Pokemon Go player searching for Pokemon, finds a dead body instead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2016 7:53 am

Pokemon Go has taken over the world in the last 72 hours or so, with gamers walking around in the real-world on the hunt for Pokemon. Well, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins from Riverton, Wyoming was exploring around when she found the dead body of an unidentified man.




Wiggins said she found the body in the Big Wind River, adding that she was "trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource". The Fremont County Sherriff's Office said that the man appears to have died in an accident, where he could have possibly of drowned. There's no evidence at this time that points to foul play, says Fremont County undersherriff Ryan D. Lee.

Battlefield 1 will feature FOV slider on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 9, 2016 6:20 am

Many gamers are enjoying the closed alpha of Battlefield 1, where many new details are being discovered on EA DICE's next-gen first-person shooter.



One of the big surprises is that Battlefield 1 has an FOV slider on the PS4 and Xbox One, which comes as a surprise. Why? Because increasing the field of view means the game is rendering more graphics than the lower FOV, which can reduce performance - especially on underpowered consoles. But with DICE implementing the FOV slider in the closed alpha, it means the performance is there to keep it.


Yesterday we reported on another video which saw Battlefield 1 being compared on the PC with Ultra graphics settings, and on the PS4 and Xbox One where the Xbox One version of the game was a blurry mess.

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Miyazaki wants to top Dark Souls, will take more risks with new games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 8, 2016 10:15 pm

Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the beloved grim fantasy Dark Souls series and now president of From Software, plans on one-upping the Souls franchise. In fact, From Software is working on a "few new projects" and promises to continue taking risks with all of them.




The Souls series might technically be "dead", but From Software isn't about to lose steam any time soon. In a recent interview with Kotaku, Hidetaka Miyazaki provided some rather interesting answers that assure hardcore fans they shouldn't give up faith. The cult of Miyazaki's Sun Bros. will live on even as the studio focuses towards a new direction--a direction that the creator hopes will ultimately surpass Dark Souls by taking brave new risks.


Kotaku's Patrick Klepek asked Miyazaki if the studio plans to "play it safe" to earn more money, the kind of route we see with stale AAA games as late. Miyazaki isn't about to sell out and play it safe, though: "No. It's actually the opposite. If we avoided risks, we wouldn't have positioned this game to be a turning point in the series and an end to the current storyline. I believe the new projects we will be announcing will show our stance and direction we're headed to," Miyazaki replied.

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Facebook rolls out 'Secret Conversations' feature

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jul 8, 2016 9:33 pm

Privacy is a perpetual concern with Facebook and Facebook Messenger, but it gets a little less so today as the company rolls out its 'Secret Conversations' feature.




Built on Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol, Secret Conversations means you can create a conversation with someone that can only be seen by you and on the device of the person you're talking to, as opposed to Facebook or any potential hackers. As well, you can set your messages to disappear within a set amount of time.


As for downsides, you have to take extra action to start such a conversation, you can't view the conversation on multiple devices like you can currently, and fancy features like GIFs, videos, payments aren't supported.

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Pokemon GO's massive popularity triggers Nintendo stock surge

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 8, 2016 8:09 pm

Nintendo's new smartphone game Pokemon GO is so popular that it's caused Nintendo's stock to rise by 10%.




Pokemon GO, Nintendo's new mobile game that lets players capture Pokemon in the real-world, is a smash hit. Although the game only launched last Wednesday in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia, it's had a tremendously positive affect on Nintendo's shares, which rose by 10.5% to a new two-month high of 20.77 JPY. Nintendo's stock has been climbing since Pokemon GO's release, and will likely skyrocket once Pokemon GO is released in Japan.


The free smartphone game is now the No. 1 top free iTunes app in the U.S. storefront. Although the game is free, Nintendo monetizes in-game items like Pokeballs, special powerups to lure Pokemon, eggs to hatch Pokemon, etc. Like other "freemium" mobile games, Pokemon GO has its own in-game currency that players can buy with real money and spend on powerups and items.

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