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Crytek unveils Robinson: The Journey, their first VR game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 5:15 am

E3 2015 - We've been hearing rumbles about Crytek's VR game, where we got some eyes-on time with Back to Dinosaur Island thanks to NVIDIA at Computex earlier this month.

 

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Well, Crytek has officially unveiled Robinson: The Journey, their first venture into the world of virtual reality gaming. Robinson: The Journey will drop the player into the role of a young boy who has crash landed onto a mysterious planet, where dinosaurs roam. Crytek is filling the virtual world with 360 degrees of content, where gamers can play with the detailed ecosystem around them.

 

Crytek's Director of Production, David Bowman, has said: "Ever since Crytek was founded, we have been striving to build the most realistic, believable worlds we possibly can for players. Today's VR technologies are enabling us to bring together CRYENGINE's capabilities and our legacy in creating immersive gaming experiences like never before. The time we're spending in Robinson: The Journey as we develop it is transforming the way we think about games, and we can't wait until everyone has the chance to set foot in this universe for themselves".

Ubisoft teases Terrorist Hunt co-op mode for Rainbow Six Siege

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 4:27 am

E3 2015 - Ubisoft teased The Division at E3 2015 earlier today, but Rainbow Six Siege was also on show. The developer unveiled a live demo of one of Rainbow Six Siege's four Terrorist Hunt ("TerroHunt") modes.

 

 

This particular mode has five gamers fighting against AI terrorists in an infiltration of an embassy. The entire demo can be viewed above, giving a great look at Ubisoft's upcoming first-person tactical shooter.

 

Rainbow Six: Siege is due out on October 13 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC with a beta to soon open up on all three platforms.

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Memo: Concern US cannot counter Islamic State's social media efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:40 am

The US State Department recently issued an internal memo that shows growing frustration in the effort to combat the Islamic State on social media. The US has tried launching "countermessaging" campaigns that have only been "trumped" by recent IS efforts, according to officials.

 

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"The memo is an assessment not of the larger counter-ISIL messaging effort, but how the small group of coalition members communicates internally and externally, said John Kirby, State Department spokesman, while speaking to the New York Times.

 

There is concern that the Obama Administration is leading a failed effort to combat IS in Iraq, with the extremist group trying to solidify its so-called caliphate.

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Shenmue 3 hits Kickstarter, needs $2 million and will quickly get it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:59 am

E3 2015 - During the Sony E3 press conference, Shenmue 3 made announced. Shenmue 3 has its own hashtag on Twitter as #SaveShenmue, which has hit Kickstarter where it will be securing $2 million.

 

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At the time of writing, it was at $762,862 but even after a few minutes I refreshed the page to see it at $782,325 - which means it's raising around $20,000 every 2-3 minutes at this point in time. There are over 9000 backers so far, with Shenmue 3 being a "true sequel to the classic open world action RPG games, Shenmue and Shenmue 2. Created for modern platforms (PC and PlayStation 4) and built in Unreal 4, Shenmue 3 will continue the legacy of Shenmue".

 

20 minutes after writing this story, the pledges have reached $942,369 - so close to $200,000 has been raised in 20 minutes... Wow.

 

There are three $10,000 pledges with one of them gone already, with $10,000 buying you a dinner with Yu Suzuki himself, as well as the original scripts from Shenmue 1 and 2.

Survey: Apple Watch still has a lot to do to win over consumers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:45 am

The Apple Watch has given the smartwatch sector and wearables industry a boost, but there is still plenty of work left to be done, according to a survey from UserTesting. In its survey, 38 percent of users said they would recommend it, while 35 percent were passive and 27 percent had negative experiences.

 

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Watch owners seemed most frustrated by third-party apps that have proven to be rather clunky - and despite the Apple Watch showing great potential - there are significant performance problems that must be addressed.

 

"These survey results are not overwhelming," said Michael Mace, VP of mobile at UserTesting, in a statement published by Forbes. "If Apple wants people to get excited and recommend heavily, it needs to get additional hooks. Third-party apps will be the best way."

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HTC denies any interest in being acquired by ASUS, or anyone else

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:35 am

If ASUS wants to purchase HTC, then it's going to have to dig in for a fight - because HTC doesn't have any interest in being acquired.

 

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Here is what HTC said in a public statement: "We strongly deny the news. We didn't contact ASUS and will not consider the acquisition. As an international brand, HTC will continue to design world-class innovative smart devices through its pursuit of brilliance brand promise."

 

As Samsung, Google, Huawei, Lenovo and other manufacturers find success in releasing Android-based smartphones, HTC - which once enjoyed comfort in the evolving smartphone market - has struggled in recent quarters. To make matters worse, the Apple iPhone is seeing strong demand in China, a market that HTC once was able to fall back on.

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Microsoft's teases new modular, customizable Xbox One Elite Controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 1:18 am

E3 2015 - Microsoft has just announced the new Elite Controller for the Xbox One, a new modular, remapable, customizable controller that Microsoft has slapped a $150 price on. At the end of the day, it's a normal Xbox One controller, but with some serious tweaks.

 

 

The Elite Controller features a 3.5mm jack in place of the proprietary input, with beautiful curves, tweaks and more. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that the new Elite Controller is "an elite controller for the elite gamer". Gamers can tweak and customize the controller as they want, sporting a hairless trigger that locks, providing gamers with more precise control in shooters on the Xbox One. Not only that, but there's a textured rolling pad in place of the D-pad, and bumpers.

 

But, if you didn't like the fact that the textured rolling pad replaced the D-pad, you can remove it and install the D-pad thanks to the customizability of the Elite Controller. The stainless steel paddle buttons are completely removable, with gamers having full control of the thumbstick sensitivity, where they can tweak the minimum and maximum levels of the top triggers to their liking.

 

The Elite Controller for the Xbox One will launch in October for both the Xbox One and Windows 10.

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The Division to be released on March 8, 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 12:59 am

E3 2015 - Ubisoft has had quite the day at E3 today, teasing many of its large franchises, but one of which feels bigger than the others, and that's The Division.

 

 

The studio showed off the E3 2015 trailer for The Division which we've embedded above, but they also talked about the DLC pass that will be coming soon. There will also be two premium versions of The Division, with the Gold Edition including an "exclusive" National Guard Gear Set and the Season Pass, while the Collector's Edition will include everything from the Gold Edition, as well as "an array of exclusive memorabilia including the Agent Watch Replica".

 

Ubisoft also said that every pre-order of The Division will include guaranteed access to the beta of The Division, which will kick off on the Xbox One in December. The full release date has also been announced: March 8, 2016.

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EA shows off Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay during E3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 11:43 pm

E3 2015 - Electronic Arts is preparing to launch Star Wars: Battlefront later this year, and hopes it will become an instant best seller. Based on the Frostbite game engine, EA wants to blend a great gaming experience using the same engine that DICE uses for Battlefield. EA COO Peter Moore said the game has been in development for about two-and-a-half years, and the following trailer was made from PlayStation 4 gameplay:

 

 

Even though this is technically Battlefront 3, EA chose not to use the name since it's promoting the game as a franchise reboot. Gamers will be able to play as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, main characters of the Galactic Empire, or the Rebellion.

 

If all goes according to plan, EA wants to sell at least 10 million copies of Star Wars: Battlefront.

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EA SPORTS NHL 16 video game will be available starting on Sept. 15

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 9:45 pm

E3 2015 - Electronic Arts will release EA SPORTS NHL 16 on September 15 in North America, with a European launch taking place on September 17.

 

 

Hockey fans can expect additional levels of depth in single player and team modes, with better gameplay balance and innovation. EA SPORTS is including 6v6 Online Team Play, Online Couch CO-Op, or EA SPORTS Hockey League for online play. Oh, and you'll even be able to enjoy playoff beards in the new game - as EA wanted to be sure to include one of the "oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey," according to the game studio.

 

If you pre-order NHL 16 now, you'll receive $15 credit towards the Hockey Ultimate Team content.

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