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Google working on a headset that 'blurs the line' between VR and AR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 1:39 am

Google has reportedly been working on a secret VR project that would compete against the likes of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but according to the latest reports the company isn't doing that - and that VR project has been scrapped.




In its place, Recode reports that Google has a small team working on a dedicated headset that "blurs the line between virtual reality and augmented reality", reports Engadget. Recode reports that around 50 people were working inside of Google X lab on a standalone VR headset with a unique operating system, but this project has been scrapped.


Instead, Google has been assigning individual employees to work on a high-end headset, with some people inside of Google being told that Daydream, Google's mobile VR platform, isn't part of the Mountain View-based giants long-term plans for VR and AR. Daydream is a smaller step towards AR and VR dominance for Google, with sources saying the new headset won't require a PC or a smartphone to power it.

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Plex UWP app launches on Windows Store

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 8:08 pm

The Plex media organization app has been overhauled for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), its latest version now available on the Windows Store with a snazzy new interface and more.




The developer says it was built from the ground up for UWP, and with that comes Cortana support, Hubs and discovery, and Continuum (on mobile).


For now, the new app is only available on desktop; a mobile release will come "later." When it hits, expect a very similar design.

Overwatch PC patch goes live, introduces Ana, overhauls balance, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 6:35 pm

The first major patch for Overwatch since its launch has gone live, and it's a doozy. Apart from adding support-sniper Ana Amari (our impressions here), it includes a ton of balance and feature changes that are sure to shake things up.




First up: Overtime stalling is now going to be pretty much non-existent. If a given Overtime exceeds 20 seconds, the fuse will burn more quickly, preventing those sometimes several minute long late games.


Second: one hero limit is enforced for Competitive Play (you'll still be able to do double Pharah or whatever in Quick Play as much as you want), which will drastically affect the meta. Among the popular strategies that will no longer be available: double Reaper to deal with tanks, double Lucio to take advantage of constant AOE speed and AOE healing, and double Winston, double Tracer, and double Lucio in overtime to cheese objectives.

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Dead Rising coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, sequel to Xbox One, PS4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 4:50 pm

Capcom's humor-laden zombie series Dead Rising is expanding to more platforms: the company has confirmed the first game (released 10 years ago) will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and that Dead Rising 2 and its follow-up Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will be making their way to Xbox One and PS4 (both already boast excellent PC releases).




There's no launch date for any of the titles yet; Capcom only said it "will have more news to share soon." But given Dead Rising 4 is due to launch in December, it's plausible at least one of them will hit before then. Presumably, all of the new releases will feature enhanced graphics, and possibly other features.

Travel to new worlds with a truly customizable VR headset

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 3:30 pm



After decades of trial and error, VR is finally getting the attention it deserves. And now is the best time to invest in a headset that will let you enjoy it free of fatigue and discomfort. For a limited time, TweakTown readers can get the Virtual Reality Box Headset for only $18.99.


Designed for VR on smartphones, the Virtual Reality Box Headset lets you adjust pupil and sight distance with its Optical Axis Sliding Control, giving you clear, distortion free images that make for a truly enjoyable experience. The headset also has a fully-adjustable T-strap, allowing it to fit any head comfortably and securely.


Usually priced at $29.99, the Virtual Reality Box Headset is on sale for only $18.99, more than 30% off its original price!

Uber has over 2 billion rides, with 1 billion in the last 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 7:32 am

Uber has hit a new milestone, with over 2 billion rides through its app - which is pretty crazy considering the ride-sharing giant had 1 billion rides just 6 months ago now.




The company added $4.7 billion to its war chest a few weeks ago, reports Reuters, with the 2 billionth ride milestone reached on June 18. It took Uber around 6 years to hit the first 1 billion rides, but only 6 months to rack up another 1 billion rides.


Uber has been spending money on recruiting drivers and passengers, thanks to the huge $13 billion in funding it received from investors. Uber boss Travis Kalanick said that there were 147 simultaneous Uber rides at the exact same second in 16 countries on June 18, all tying for the 2 billionth trip. Uber is bleeding $1 billion per year in order to compete against its rivals, but the company operates in 450 cities across the world right now.


Right now, Uber is valued at $62.5 billion - after it received a $1.15 billion leveraged loan that allows the company to enjoy the low interest rate, while keeping its venture capital backers happy that it's not diluting their equity.

World of Warcraft's new patch has better graphics, and big changes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 6:05 am

Blizzard has its new expansion for World of Warcraft due soon, which will see the introduction of new gameplay mechanics, and many changes to the MMO.



Legion will introduce a new transmogrification system that "unlocks the look of an item account-wide once it's bound to you", reports GameSpot. There's also a bunch of class-specific changes, with changes to specializations - where Blizzard adds that it will be making it easier to change between specs, as well as not needing to worry about swapping gear so much.


World of Warcraft's graphics will be receiving a new dab of paint, with the maximum draw distance "extended greatly for all world content". Not only that, but the new Legion patch for WoW will also include three higher settings past the Ultra preset in the game. Fog will look much better, with Blizzard using "modern techniques for rendering colors and other post-effects".

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's latest screenshots look great

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 4:35 am

Square Enix have unveiled five new screenshots of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is only a few weeks away now. Check out the new screenshots, below.





Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have support for both NVIDIA and AMD technologies, with AMD's PureHair technology included, as well as NVIDIA's PhysX and APEX technologies. The game will support Asynchronous Compute for the DX12 side of things, so we should expect AMD to have a good advantage in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game will also feature a built-in benchmark, so expect us to roll Mankind Divided into our GPU benchmarks as soon as it's released.

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Fourth 'Star Trek' film greenlit to boldly continue franchise

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 4:09 am

With the eagerly anticipated 'Star Trek' Beyond opening worldwide this week smack-bang during the series 50th anniversary, attention has turned to if and when the series will return for another adventure. Paramount have indulged fans by announcing that the studio has already greenlit a fourth adventure and in a twist, a long dead character is set to return.




Despite dying in the opening moments of the first J.J. Abrams rebooted 'Star Trek' film back in 2009, George Kirk (aka Captain James T. Kirk's father) will return for the next Trek adventure, played once again by Chris Hemsworth. According to Paramount's press release, Chris Pine's Captain Kirk "will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father". While it's not exactly clear how that event will coalesce, but I'm sure J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay's script will be full of surprises.

CD Projekt RED boss: Rockstar & Blizzard among favorite developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2016 2:32 am

CD Projekt RED has enjoyed massive success with The Witcher 3, with nearly 10 million copies sold, but what studios does CDPR look to with respect?




During an interview with CD Projekt RED boss Marcin Iwinski, he said that the world's top three game developers are Blizzard, Rockstar and Bethesda. Iwinski said: "Yeah, I actually think I said the best. The goal for the last five years was to be among the best three roleplaying game developers and I think we got there, The Witcher 3 is the proof".


He continued: "For the top three, this is our perception, I'd definitely put there Blizzard, I'd definitely put there Rockstar and I think I would put them at number 1 and probably Bethesda as well. We want to get there, so one will have to go".