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Sony's new $500 PlayStation VR bundle includes everything you need

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 1:58 pm

The original PlayStation VR announcement was a bit confusing and slightly disappointing if only for the fact that the actual VR headset purchase price didn't quite include all of the accessories you needed to get started and actually play VR games. It was missing something.




The new $499 bundle fixes that earlier confusion by adding in two move controllers, the PS Camera and a copy of PlayStation VR World's into the bundle. VR World's is one of their top PS VR launch games, they're saying in the blog post, and is a showcase of a number of different top-tier VR projects for the PlayStation 4.


Unlike the Core version of the PlayStation VR, you can pre-order this more complete bundle starting on March 22nd. And if you happen to miss the wave of pre-orders initially, they'll have more on the way this summer to satiate the VR hungry. The core version, for those that already own the camera and move controllers, is still not planned to be available for pre-order.

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Total War finally gets a proper mobile game with Battles: Kingdom

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 1:01 pm

Total War Battles: Kingdom finally has a release date. And on March 24th you'll get the chance to play, across Steam and mobile mind you, against your friends in some delightfully light-hearted combat.



The whole massive battle aspect is all there, as well as the hexagon city-building and actually looks very close to just about any Total War game you've played on PC. The idea is to let you pick up where you left off on any device you want. Start a game on your PC, and continue planning your city and raising your army while anywhere else in the world on whatever device is at hand.


This is a definite far cry from Total War Battles: Shogun, which took on a strangely different aspect that, while good in it's own right, wasn't quite a proper Total War game. You'll be able to find this one on sale on the 24th on iOS and Android as well as through Steam.

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Nintendo NX controller leak shows buttonless touchpad

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Remember that strange patent that hinted the Nintendo NX's controllers would have an awkward ovular touchscreen in lieu of buttons? According to a "leaked" photo, that design is actually real, and will be used by Nintendo's upcoming console.




The leaked photo was originally leaked onto Reddit by user Idriss2Dev, and shows a possible proof-of-concept of the infamous Nintendo NX patent. As you can see, there's no actual buttons on the controller's ovular touchpad face, and a set of twin knobbly analog sticks that look rather odd. Notice the trigger button in the upper lefthand corner, and if you look closely, you can see a hint of a trigger on the right-hand side, too.


All in all the controller looks extremely non-ergonomic, leading many to believe it's a fake. Destructoid passed the image through a photo-checker and says it wasn't Photoshopped, so it may be genuine. Or it may be a fake prototype made to look like the patent. Assuming it is real, however, we're not sure if this controller belongs to the console or if it's the mobile on-the-go 3DS-like controller--based on its shape and form, I'd say it's the latter.

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Tweetdeck will be a web-only app soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 2:14 am

Twitter is retiring the Tweetdeck standalone app, supposedly to "better focus on enhancing your TweetDeck experience." As of April 15, it will be a web-only application, although as Twitter reminds, Chrome users can pin it to their desktop by following these instructions:




  • Open in Chrome
  • Click Customize and control > More tools > Add to taskbar
  • You can now launch TweetDeck directly from your taskbar


Things get a little smoother between Twitter and Tweetdeck, too: if you log in to, that will also keep you logged in at, so there's no need going forward to keep switching back and forth. This change will be slowly rolled out over the next few weeks about.

Alphabet has put Boston Dynamics up for sale, sources say

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 1:03 am

Google parent company Alphabet Inc. have decided its robotics outfit Boston Dynamics isn't likely to produce marketable products anytime soon and as such, have put it up for sale, two sources familiar with the matter say.




The rumor is in line with accidentally leaked e-mails which indicate Google's concern with the viability of the company. The public reaction to the Atlas robot revealed last month could be a factor in the decision as well; the e-mails do well to show Google's worry.


"There's excitement from the tech press, but we're also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ready to take humans' jobs," wrote Courtney Hohne, a director of communications at Google and the spokeswoman for advanced research group Google X.

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Rumor: Red Dead Redemption 2 details leaked, coming in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 12:34 am

Sources say that Red Dead Redemption 2 has not only been in development for the past four years, but the highly-anticipated sequel is slated to release as soon as next year. This year's E3 will be rather exciting, eh?




Gaming outlet Fraghero supposedly was given confirmation from an anonymous source via email, who outright said that Red Dead Redemption 2: Legends of the West (yes, that's apparently the sequel's name) is in development. The tipster says that Rockstar Games will reveal the sequel at E3 2016, and the game will feature "more than one playable character" and a "much bigger open world" to explore.


Although the source claims to have received this info from an ex-Rockstar dev, be sure to take this with a big tin of Morton's salt. At the same time, though, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick has said that the Red Dead Redemption is a "permanent franchise" of the publisher, and a four-year dev window fits into his plan not to oversaturate the games market.

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Apple Watch alerts man to heart attack, saves his life

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 18, 2016 12:07 am

62 year-old builder Dennis Anselmo of Alberta, Canada (pictured below) had his life saved by the Apple Watch. He was working on building a fence when he suddenly began to "feel terrible"; at first he thought he must've been coming down with a fever, but a glance at the device told him his heart rate was above 210BPM (55-75 is normal, and Anselmo usually sits at 50). At this point an ambulance was called, and paramedics determined he was having a heart attack before rushing him to the hospital where they cleared artery blockages, preventing a second attack.




"They told me that if I had gone home and gone to bed - as many people do - I would likely have had another, more serious bout in the middle of the night," said Anselmo. "Those second attacks are the ones that kill. That is a common problem."

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Snyder dishes on 'Batman V Superman' Director's cut

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 17, 2016 11:47 pm

Last month, the MPAA revealed the existence of an R-rated cut of the upcoming 'Batman V Superman', and now Director Zack Snyder has addressed the topic and revealed what we'll see.




Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Snyder reacted against accusations that Deadpool is the reason why it will be rated, saying "Online, everyone's like, 'Oh, they're doing an R-rated in reaction to Deadpool,' and you're like We didn't just shoot it last week, and we also didn't edit it last week.". So what might we see in the extended cut? "The why of that is [the DVD version] is a half-hour longer, and some of that additional material is some of the stuff we took out for the rating. I was like, "Cool, I can put it back in for the director's cut." There was nothing by design. This was the material I just put back in, and then when [the MPAA] looked at it again, they were like, "Oh, now the movie's rated R." And, by the way, it's not a hard R. There's no nudity. There's a little bit of violence. It just tips the scale."


For mainstream fans who want to see it as soon as possible, 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' will be released in 3D and 2D cinemas as well as IMAX screens on March 25th 2016 worldwide.

These 30 VR games are launching with the Oculus Rift

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 17, 2016 11:31 pm

While VR headsets add a new dimension to the entire spectrum of entertainment, everyone wants to know about the games. Now Oculus has revealed the fill thirty-title lineup that'll release alongside the Oculus Rift when it starts shipping later this month.



The Rift's launch games are pretty varied in price, so you could spend anywhere from $10 to $60 on each game. Smaller games run about $5 whereas the big-hitters like Elite: Dangerous will cost you the full $59.99, which is to be expected. Bear in mind that the Rift comes with two games--EVE: Valkyrie and the platformer Luckey's Tale--with its $599 price tag.


Check below for a full list of launch games including the rather amazing-looking space sim Adrift.

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Funny iPhone 6s ad features Cookie Monster

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 17, 2016 11:01 pm

The latest in Apple's iPhone 6s ad series is likely the funniest yet. It features none other than Cookie Monster, who is using hands-free Siri functionality -- the timer and music playback, specifically -- for cookie baking purposes. Topping it off is the brilliant song choice of Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. See for yourself below.



The other 11 videos in the series as well as other iPhone videos can be viewed here.

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