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Oculus has no problems with VR porn on the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 26, 2015 4:33 am

It looks like porn is about to go next-gen, with the Oculus Rift to be released next year, we're finding out about VR porn. According to Oculus' VP of Product, Nate Mitchell, porn will be something Oculus won't have on their own store and apps, but it won't be banned from the platform itself.




Mitchell told Polygon: "We're actively barring, prohibiting adult entertainment content from being in the store, period. If you're on the Oculus platform, there's none of that content. We have a zero tolerance policy for that". So while Oculus won't be accepting VR porn on their Rift headset, the Facebook-owned company won't stop other people and developers from creating and selling porn-focused VR content on their own sites or storefronts.


"The Rift's hardware SDK is open," Mitchell continued. "But as for content that we're offering to people, and anything that's on what we would consider to be on the Oculus platform, we don't offer, we prohibit it".

Star Citizen developer reorganizes its studios, no layoffs happening

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2015 2:29 am

With rumors that Cloud Imperium Games, the parent company of Roberts Space Industries and the creators of Star Citizen, were laying off staff, the company has come out squashing those reports.




CIG has said that everything is fine and that everything is going well. A statement from CIG reads: "Cloud Imperium Games continues to grow its development team across CIG's multiple studios. Each of our four offices is being streamlined to focus on specific parts of Star Citizen which will allow for a more efficient and accelerated completion of the game".


With the delays surrounding the first-person shooter module of the game, Star Marine, these rumors felt like they had some weight to them. The statement continued: "As we announced in June with the appointment of Erin Roberts as Global Production Head we have been reviewing how to optimize our development process. As a result we are moving some jobs and eliminating some redundant positions between some of our offices, as well as increasing them in others. The net result over the next few months will actually be an increase in our global internal employee base".

Halo 5 takes up a whopping 13% of Xbox One's total HDD

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 10:09 pm

The install size for Halo 5: Guardians has been spotted, and if you're an avid Xbox one gamer you might want to shell out for an external HDD or delete some games to make space.




Halo 5 will take up 46.19 GB of the Xbox One's memory, making it the console's eighth largest game to date. This means that Halo 5 will take approximately 12.7% of the Xbox One's 500GB hard-drive, which actually only has 362GB available. The lack of storage space is one of the major frustrations in this current generation of gaming, and as time goes by, it'll only get worse and worse.


If that wasn't enough, 343 Industries will likely roll out a day one patch to soak up even more gigabytes, so we might be looking at a 50GB+ install size just like the ill-fated Master Chief Collection. Gamers are already having to swap and re-install and download games in order to maintain space, and both Sony and Microsoft have attempted to put a band aid on the storage limitations with their respective 1TB PlayStation 4's and limited edition 1TB Halo 5 Xbox One, but they're just delaying the inevitable.


Finder has accumulated a list of the top storage-hungry games of our generation, and it still surprises me how publishers and console-makers didn't prepare for this scenario.


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Retro console Indiegogo campaign is asking for $1.95m of funding

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 9:02 pm

Yes, you read that right. RETRO VGS is a retro console vying for your Kickstarter backing and it's asking for a hefty $1,950,000 from users in total, made up mostly of $299 - $499 donation packages which earn you different levels of console goodness.



The main selling point of this console seems to be the cartridges themselves. Pandering to a retro and collectible audience, the Kickstarter bio talks about how cartridges are great for buying and trading, centering also around the constantly-felt issue of release-day patches and other issues felt by many gamers who are playing on newer consoles or computers. Striving to do away with patches all together, RETRO VGS tells games that all compatible titles "are tested thoroughly before release, just like they used to be."


While also promising to never release a DLC, it just doesn't seem quite right that a never-before-seen retro console is going to be able to drum up almost $2 million in funding over a 45 day period. In saying this, almost $66,000 has already been raised in five days, so maybe this will gain some more traction in coming weeks. However, at a rate of $66,000 every five days, a successful outcome is looking bleak.

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Halo devs already working on Halo 6, has roadmap for next 10 years

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 8:10 pm

With about a month away from Halo 5's release, 343 Industries has already begun plotting out the next Halo game while fleshing out key details for the next ten years of the franchise's future.



"We do kind of know what's going to happen in the next game pretty well at this point," ex-Bungie alum and 343 exec Frank O'Connor said in an upcoming GoldenJoysticks presentation. "We're doing serious real planning and even some writing on the next game already, and that's a luxury - we've never been in that position before. So we both know at a very high level what's going to happen in, say, ten years from now. But at that very granular level knowing what's going to happen in the next game and that's just been a great feeling for me".


It's worth mentioning that proper development hasn't been initiated, and this is the early planning phase to continue the long-running Reclaimer Saga following Halo 5: Guardians. Even still it would behoove 343i to take caution and not jump the gun too quickly: we've seen what happens when too much is attempted too fast with the catastrophic Master Chief Collection, which is still missing key pieces even today. We can only guess what MCC would be like if 343i hadn't been focusing a huge portion of its assets on Halo 5.

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Successful Kickstarter births this great Android smartwatch, TrueSmart

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 7:31 pm

Being released in TrueSmart-i and TrueSmart+ models, Omate's successful Kickstarter campaign now means that users have the ability to get their hands on a completely open Android 4.4 or 5.1 smartwatch, featuring the ability to side-load any Android compatible apps or install them by browsing the Omate store supplied.




With pre-orders set to finish on October 31st, the TrueSmart-i will set users back $149 and provides an Android 4.4 operating system and a 240x240 display, whereas the TrueSmart+ comes with Android 5.1, a 320x320 display and is priced at $169.


With shipments set to kick off in November, further features on these models include a low-power always-on sensor hub thanks to Bosch, rubber straps which incorporate Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G and GPS antennas, a magnetic charging cradle and a built in camera on the TSi model.

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Here's a subscriber-only look at the new EK Water Blocks all-in-one

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 6:02 pm

Released as an unlisted YouTube video to email subscribers only, EK Water Blocks has shown off the functionality and form of its new EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 all-in-one watercooling units.



Complete with the ability to add and remove extra components as you wish, this Intel-CPU compatible system features industry standard G1/4 fittings, a PWM controlled pump, vibration dampening, Vardar low-noise fans, a copper radiator design and a quick connect setup to allow for the addition or removal of extra water blocks as you please.


The Predator comes in both 360mm and 240mm models, with these products measuring 415 x 133 x 68mm (LxWxH) and 295 x 133 x 68mm respectively. More information can be found on the official landing page for the Predator series, expect to spend $239 for the 360mm or $199 for the 240mm models.

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Philips announces its sleek and stylish 25-inch WQHD monitor for $350

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 4:33 pm

The new Philips Brilliance 258B6QJEB monitor comes with a 25-inch panel and runs at a WQHD 2560x1440 resolution.




Complete with 178/178 degree viewing angles, a 5ms response time, 350 cd/m2 maximum brightness and dynamic mega-contrast ratio support, this monitor takes input from dual-link DVI, HDMI, D-Sub and DisplayPort connections.


Reports claim that this monitor will debut at $350, but we're not exactly sure just yet. Further featuring no micro-flickering, this 25-inch display comes on a metal stand which lets you adjust the height, tilt, swivel and pivot. As for extra features, expect to spot two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Black Ops 3 has no campaign on PS3, Xbox 360

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 25, 2015 3:53 pm

Activison has confirmed that last-gen versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be missing half of the game upon release, and will only ship with multiplayer. That's right, PS3 and Xbox 360 flavors won't have a campaign.




"The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign," reads the official statement. "The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware."


But why would Activision cut out such a huge portion of the game? Hasn't Treyarch been responsible for a number of Call of Duty games on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3? Interestingly enough Treyarch is only developing the current-gen versions of Black Ops 3. Instead of having the industry vets handle these ports, Activision hired a Beenox and Mercenary Technology to port to X360/PS3. So now things are making sense, and once again Activision has let an inexperienced dev team handle something important, and they dropped the ball (kind of like Sledgehammer did with Advanced Warfare's singleplayer).

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