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Harmonix turns 'Music VR' into a dance party on PlayStation VR

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 10:35 pm

Harmonix Music VR -- a virtual reality app launching alongside PlayStation VR that teleports you inside a world that reacts to your tunes -- already looked pretty awesome. Now Harmonix has revealed that they're turning Music VR into a dance party.



"The Dance is a brand new world for Harmonix Music VR that lets you to choreograph moves for whacky characters," says Harmonix' Nick Mudry. "Once you've got the party going on the dance floor, you can go to town with a variety of toys at the DJ booth, and even wreak havoc in Giant Mode."

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HTC Vive Business Edition costs $1200, comes with commercial support

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 9:36 pm

By now everyone is beginning to understand that virtual reality is about much more than video games. From medicine to automotive to architecture, a roomscale VR system like the HTC Vive has near-limitless possibilities in the commercial and business space. HTC is poised to capitalize on that with a brand new version of the HTC Vive: A Business Edition that costs $1200, comes with a dedicated customer support line, commercial licensing, and a unique warranty.




"Virtual reality has already proven its appeal among consumers and is now revealing its potential for enterprise," said Olivier Ribet, Vice President High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systemes. "Vive helps us provide our customers from all industries with premium virtual reality experiences that offer unlimited perspectives to inspire product ideation and creation."

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Watch 7 minutes of Watch Dogs 2 gameplay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 9:13 pm

On the heels of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2 reveal we spotted footage of seven minutes of gameplay in the funky-fresh hacktivist adventure, giving us a better idea of what an unscripted playthrough feels like.



The interesting thing about this clip is that it was apparently prematurely posted by Eurogamer, but the publication has since made the footage private, most likely because they accidentally broke an NDA. Given the game was just officially announced and revealed yesterday, it's quite soon to show off gameplay previews and the like. With Watch Dogs 2, it looks like Ubisoft has taught an old dog a bunch of new tricks--the sequel is a dramatic improvement over the original game and genuinely looks fun.


In case you need a refresher, we have tons of pictures, info and clips in our everything you need to know about Watch Dogs 2 post. Watch Dogs 2 takes place in San Francisco, with a new African-American hacker named Marcus in the lead. Marcus is quite athletic and uses parkour to move around Silicon Valley, and is able to utilize a wide variety of homebrew weapons and gadgets, from 3D-printed guns to a brutal billiard ball paracord lanyard combo and even remote-controlled drones. Ubisoft says that the entire world will be hackable: players can hack every person, every card, and every attached device for strategic chaos.

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E3 host on reveals: 'y'all aren't ready,' PS4K and new Xbox incoming?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 8:00 pm

E3 2016 - Renowned games journalist Geoff Keighley (aka Doritos Pope) promises that this year's E3 will be absolutely huge with tons of surprises.




Major E3 conferences are just days away, and the excitement is absolutely electric: we're going to see an entire galaxy of new games and hardware that will push gaming into a new generation. In fact, Geoff Keighley, who will host YouTube Gaming's E3 Live showcase on Monday, June 13 for "12 hours of wall-to-wall gaming," knows the full scope of the reveals and says gamers "aren't ready for what's about to happen."




So what has Keighley seen that's made him so enthusiastic? Probably the new PS4 and Xbox consoles. Sony is expected to show off its new powerful 4K-ready PlayStation Neo console at the event, alongside a retinue of first-party exclusives like The Last Guardian, a new Norse-themed God of War 4, and possibly even The Last of Us 2.

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Black Box VR wants to change the way the world exercises

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 7:43 pm

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that for the majority of people -- those who aren't necessarily all about that fit and healthy life -- one of the major barriers to exercising is that it feels like exercise. A new startup called Black Box VR wants to change how the world perceives working out by whisking you away to imaginary world's and tricking your brain into thinking you're having fun, not merely burning calories for the sake of burning calories. Their mission: create the world's first virtual reality gym.




The company says that only three 40 minute workouts per week can increase your strength, endurance, and overall health. While Black Box VR applauds the "virtual trainer" approach that was popularized in games like Nintendo's Wii Fit, they insist that's not nearly enough. Their gym of the future will integrate resistance training that's integrated into the game experience.

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Tinder about to be 18 and up only

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 7:33 pm

Tinder has been available to 13 year-olds and up since the app launched four years ago, offering minors the opportunity to date and/or hook up with other minors. That's going to change next week though when it goes 18+ only.




"On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences," reads the company's statement. "Consistent with this responsibility, we have decided to discontinue service for under 18 users. We believe this is the best policy moving forward."


Tinder's underage users currently represent three percent of its userbase.

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G.Skill DDR4 RAM overclocked to an insane 5189MHz speeds at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 7:04 pm

Computex 2016 - G.Skill's TridentZ DDR4 RAM was used to break the 5GHz once again, setting a new DDR4 world speed record at the 5th Annual OC World Record Stage.




Just weeks ago MSI's Taiwanese overclocker Topcc set a new world record by breaking the 5GHz DDR4 barrier with a liquid nitrogen build, but ASRock's pro OCer Allen "Splave" Golibersuch soared past the record at this year's OC World Record Stage. Splave hit a new all-time world record of DDR4-5189MHz using G.Skill's 8GB TridentZ DDR4 modules on an ASRock Z170M OC Formula motherboard and an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU.


Splave also used liquid nitrogen cooling to unlock the test bed's full potential, and actually downclocked the Intel Core i7-6700K CPU by 74% to just 1,004MHz in order to hit these high speeds. Take a look at the other new performance records that were set at the OC World Record Stage using G.Skill's Trident Z DDR4 RAM, Intel's Core i7-6700K CPUs, and NVIDIA's top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 video cards.

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Create explorable VR levels with Valve's new 'Destinations VR' tool

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 6:34 pm

Earlier this year I climbed Mt. Everest chickened out of a summit to Mt. Everest thanks to a fantastic combination of real-world photographs, Unreal Engine 4 visual effects, and NVIDIA's VRWorks technologies. Contributing to the realism was a technique called photogrammetry, which essentially is act of using photographs to measure distances and often reconstruct them to create maps or recreations of the world in a 360-degree viewable environment.




Valve actually employed this to great effect in The Lab, particularly a "Postcard" level that puts you and your trusty Fetchbot on top of Vesper Peak in Washington. Now they're bringing the same techniques they used to the masses with Destinations Workshop Tools, free software that lets you create explorable VR environments using photogrammetry, game levels, or just your imagination.

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Bots, custom matches coming to Doom multiplayer, browser possible

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 5:09 pm

Doom's single player has been praised as a fast-paced, action-packed throwback to the 90s titles that started it all, and for good reason. The multiplayer, on the other hand, has been received with an overall lukewarm response. With no Free-for-all Deathmatch or Capture the Flag mode to speak of, no rentable servers, no server browser, and no SnapMap support, among other criticisms, it's no surprise.




Fortunately, improvements are coming. Pre-launch, developer id only had time for single player and left the rest to Certain Affinity, but now that the game is out and the studio has had its standard post-launch rest, it can put its weight behind the multiplayer. According to an interview with Doom's executive producer and game direction Marty Stratton, there's lots in the works.


"There's certainly no lack of commitment to Doom as a multiplayer game on our side," he said. "We are already working on private matches with custom game settings and expect to include that in a free update this summer."

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China's plan for 10,000 feet underwater lab gains acceleration

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 4:06 pm

China's current five-year economic plan came to light in March, and in it saw mention of the country's intent to build a manned deep-sea platform nearly 10,000 feet underwater. Now authorities have examined the particulars and decided to accelerate the project.




The purpose of the lab is multi-fold: to help hunt for treasure, evaluate mineral deposits (particularly oil), and to put it to military use (likely within the field of sensor and communication systems).


"Having this kind of long-term inhabited station has not been attempted this deep, but it is certainly possible," said Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. "Manned submersibles have gone to those depths for almost 50 years. The challenge is operating it for months at a time."

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