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Death is 'too intense' in VR first-person shooters, says devs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 10:42 pm

It looks like the immersive realism of virtual reality can actually be harmful and shocking to a person's psyche, especially in first-person shooter games where wanton bloodthirst and violence are mainstays. As a result, VR devs have toned down the death factor quite a bit in order to save audiences from too-real experiences.




"[Death in VR] is more intense, you can look away from it but you can't escape it. You will feel it, like everything in VR, you will feel everything much more intensely," said Guerilla Games dev Piers Jackson. "We made some core decisions early on that we weren't going to kill people," said Guerilla Games' Piers Jackson. "Not having to confront death -- that was something we deliberately chose."


Guerilla Games is developing a multiplayer FPS game called RIGS for the PlayStation VR headset that involves mech-style shooter combat. The devs made a conscience choice to go with robots because the PSVR platform is so immersive it makes FPS violence and havoc feel "too real". And VR isn't like a movie where you can just look away from the screen to escape the gruesome parts--your eyes are glued to the screen for good and ill.

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PlayStation VR games will be built on 'new and existing' experiences

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 9:38 pm

Since it was announced, Sony's PlayStation VR headset has arisen as part of the "big three" virtual reality triumvirate, joining the ranks of the pioneering Oculus Rift and Valve's Vive VR. Although Sony has announced a number of PSVR games, there's still uncertainty on whether or not the experiences will be specifically dedicated to the platform or just VR-ready additions to existing games.




According to SCE Worldwide Studios VP Michael Denny, PlayStation VR games will embrace both sides of the spectrum. We'll see exclusive PSVR games that aren't playable anywhere else, and we'll also see PSVR iterations of existing PS4 games.


"We've not been prescriptive in the kinds of experiences that we want," Denny said in an interview with Games Industry Biz. "We leave that in the hands of the developers, our creators, always. When they get their hands on this they want to develop something from the ground up that's dedicated to the new system, dedicated to what's different about it [compared] to the normal PS4 games. That said, we've got a prototype working of DriveClub in VR, which adds a new dimension to an existing game. So I think you will get developers, studios and publishers playing with new experiences and translating existing ones."

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Report: Samsung readying foldable smartphone for January release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 8:36 pm

As soon as next year mobile phones are set to fully embrace the new generation of foldable screen technology that will completely change the dimension and scope of the devices. While LG wants to have rollable HDTV's by 2017, it looks like Samsung plans to unleash its foldable smartphone displays as early as January 2016 across two different iterations.




SamMobile reports that Samsung will market its new flexible display model, codenamed "Project Valley", as soon as January of next year.


While no specs are confirmed at this point, Project Valley's SM-G929F model number is closely related to that of the S6 Edge+ model number SM-G928, hinting that the handset might match the Edge+'s hardware. Samsung's Project Valley phone will sport a foldable AMOLED display that can be squeezed into a wallet-like shape. A recent patent filing shows hints on how the foldable tech will work, showing a new "hinge system" that bisects the phone's display.

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PlayStation 4 sales are 'well over 25 million', says Sony exec

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 8:05 pm

Sony's PlayStation 4 has traditionally dominated console sales charts over Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's beleaguered Wii U, and that trend shows no signs of slowing. At Paris Games Week 2015, a Sony exec let slip that the PS4 still reigns supreme in terms of global consumer adoption and has overshot the 25 million sales milestone by a margin.




"I don't think there's a better time to buy into PlayStation - PS4 particularly. Our installed base now is well over 25 million," said Sony exec Michael Denny in an interview with Games Industry Biz. "That gives us a massive community of gamers, supported by a lot of new community features. We've got great games out there, more coming through. We're looking forward to 2016, it's an exciting time."


Interestingly enough, VG Chartz notes the PlayStation 4 has sold 25.45 million units worldwide, but Sony probably has more specifically updated sales data on-hand. In light of the stalwart sales, the Japanese console-maker bumped its fiscal year PS4 projections from 16 million units to 16.5 million units sold.

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Yamaha Motobot is a robot autonomously riding a motorcycle

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 7:37 pm

Yamaha doesn't just build guitars, it also builds robots riding motorcycles, apparently. That's the case with its "Motobot" which it showed off at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.



The long-term goal is to have Motobot ride an unmodified motorcycle autonomously at over 200 km/h. As you can see in the video above, much progress has been made.

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Google Play Games app now lets you record and upload footage

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 6:28 pm

Google has added support for recording and uploading of mobile game footage via its Google Play Games app. To try it out, simply load up a game, hit the new record button, and when done, edit and upload to YouTube.




You can choose between 720p and 480p quality, and whether or not you want to add video of yourself and/or commentary (as recorded through your phone's camera and mic).


The new feature is rolling out to US and UK users over the next few days about, and will drop in other countries later on.

Google partners with ASUS for second OnHub router

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 5:31 pm

Google is following up its recently released TP-LINK OnHub router with a second, this time partnering with ASUS to make it happen.



It's said the second iteration will also feature "faster Wi-Fi, easy set-up, and simple management with the Google On app", but this time something called Wave Control as well. Essentially, you wave your hand over the top of the OnHub to boost Wi-Fi speed for a particular device. Judging by the supplied image, that means bringing the device near the OnHub, so this won't really work for desktops.

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Microsoft documents recent Surface firmware updates

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 4:35 pm

Microsoft has had a pretty (ahem) firm policy against offering changelogs for its Surface firmware updates, but that changed today when it released three, one for each of its "pro" Surface devices.




Not all of the updated drivers come with details -- some simply list the driver updated and leave it at that. But the ones that do include some pretty juicy details.


The first, dated October 23, is for the Surface Book. Specific changes include enabling the Windows Hello feature and improving display stability as well as storage performance. Drivers updated with no specific changes listed include camera drivers and the Imaging Signal Processor 2500 driver, among others. The second, also dated October 23, is for the Surface Pro 4, and does the exact same.


Finally, we have the October 26 update for the Surface Pro 3. This one adds support for the Surface Dock and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, and updates a different set of drivers than those listed for the Book and Pro 4, including the Fingerprint Sensor driver and Keyboard Backlight driver, among others.

Motorola's new Droid Turbo 2 smartphone features shatterproof display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 2:35 pm

Motorola teamed up with Verizon on two new smartphones that were unveiled at a press event in New York City yesterday, where we were introduced to the new Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 smartphones.



Starting with the Droid Turbo 2, which features a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2560x1440 resolution (540 PPI). The display has Motorola's impressive ShatterShield technology (check out the video above), which truly protects the display from shattering if you drop it, on every surface. Inside, it rocks Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor at 2GHz, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage, expandable through a microSD card.


We also have a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detect auto-focus and dual-LED flash that is capable of recording 4K video at 30FPS. Up front, we have a 5-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle lens. There's also dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC technology.

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Sony has over 200 developers working on PlayStation VR titles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 28, 2015 12:33 pm

With the huge Paris Games Show underway right now, we're finding out more and more about Sony's plans for its PlayStation VR headset. The company has teased that there are well over 200 developers working on games for its VR headset.



Better yet, there is a VR version of Battlezone coming, which should surprise fans of the series. Rebellion CEO and co-founder, Jason Kingsley, teased: "We're delighted to be part of PlayStation VR's launch line-up. Developing Battlezone is such a thrill because we're right at the forefront, riding this incredible new wave of VR technology. PlayStation have been an invaluable partner, and our tech teams have worked closely to ensure Battlezone delivers the potential seen in their VR hardware".


He continued: "To launch alongside PlayStation VR at such a pivotal shift in the gaming landscape will be one of the most exciting moments in Rebellion's 23 year history".

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