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Silicon Power's newest SSD, XPower XD80, is a desirable single-sided design with integrated heat sink and capacities up to 2TB.

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Facebook removed the ability to cast your Quest directly to Facebook

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, Jun 22 2021 11:14 PM CDT

In a bizarre move, Facebook has removed the ability for Oculus Quest users to cast their gameplay experience directly to-checks notes-Facebook from the headset. You now require a computer to stream your Quest.

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Facebook started rolling out the v30 update for Oculus Quest and Quest 2 users last week. The new update brings a handful of new features, including multitasking in Infinite Office and tools for people who have trouble seeing specific colours. But, strangely, the update also removed the button to cast your gameplay directly to your Facebook feed.

A Facebook representative provided a statement to UploadVR that confirms the change but doesn't adequately explain the reason. Facebook said that its users prefer to use local casting tools, so it is increasing its focus on local casting tools.

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The Myst remake is coming to SteamVR in Q3

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, Jun 22 2021 10:31 PM CDT

Cyan Worlds today announced the PC VR release window for the total overhaul of its classic puzzle mystery game, Myst. Unfortunately, we don't have an exact date, but we know it's coming in the next three months.

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Cyan released the remake of Myst on the Oculus Questlate last year, and since then, the company has been quiet about when we might expect a PC VR version. Of course, we knew it would eventually be available, but until now, we had no idea when. Now we know the game will be available in Q3 2021.

The PC version is currently listed on Steam, and you can put it on your wishlist today to make sure you don't miss the launch. The Steam version of the game will be playable in both 2D and VR modes. There will also be a Mac version that doesn't support VR because Apple doesn't currently support VR headsets on its computers.

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Facebook's plan to advertise in VR fell on its face before it started

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, Jun 22 2021 9:48 PM CDT

Last week, Facebook announced a plan to introduce advertisements in VR content. The idea was presented as a way for small developers to increase revenues to help reach profitability. As you might expect, the announcement drew immediate ire from VR fans which prompted the only developer involved in the plan to back out.

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Facebook said it would implement a small-scale pilot with a select few developers to test its in-game advertising system. Multiple studios are said to be involved in the pilot, but Facebook named only one game, Blaston, in the announcement, and that didn't go well for the developer. Within a day of the announcement, Blaston's user rating got blasted with a review bomb. As a result, Resolution Games did an about-face and backed out of the plan to advertise in Blaston.

After listening to player feedback, we realize that Blaston isn't the best fit for this type of advertising test. Therefore, we no longer plan to implement the test. We look forward to seeing you in the arena and hope you try the Crackdown Update that went live today!

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Iran seizes 7000 bitcoin mining machines, largest crypto farm bust yet

Anthony Garreffa | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Tue, Jun 22 2021 9:11 PM CDT

Iranian police have just performed their largest cryptocurrency mining farm bust ever, with 7000 computer miners seized in the raid.

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State media reports that crypto mining farms have been behind the recent power outages across Iran, with Tehran police chief General Hossein Rahimi explaining that they seized the 7000 computer miners in the west of the capital, inside of an abandoned factory.

General Rahimi said: "The computer miners were found at an abandoned factory in Iran's capital. It was used to carry out illegal cryptocurrency mining activities".

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The HP Reverb G2 is $400 at Walmart right now

Kevin Carbotte | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, Jun 22 2021 8:47 PM CDT

HP's Reverb G2 is one of the highest resolution VR headsets on the market today. The headset usually sells for $599, but Walmart is currently offering a hefty $200 discount on the headset, so it's a great time to buy one if you were thinking about it.

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HP's Reverb G2 VR headset boasts dual 2160 x 2160 RGB LCD panels, translating to one of the best visual experiences in a VR headset. The Reverb G2 also includes a pair of off-ear headphones, like those that come equipped on the Valve Index headset.

When HP released the Reverb G2 late last year, the headset received mixed reviews. While the visual experience was just about as good as it gets, the tracking quality didn't get such glorious praise. The Reverb G2 is a Windows Mixed Reality device, which means it gets its tracking from cameras on the headset instead of base stations like SteamVR-based headsets do. HP's inside-out tracking leaves blind spots where it loses the controller tracking at times.

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NVIDIA's game-changing DLSS tech now available in Unreal Engine 5

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Tue, Jun 22 2021 8:22 PM CDT

NVIDIA has had some major shifts with DLSS over the last few days, with Deep Learning Super Sampling technology now supported in DOOM Eternal with new GeForce Game Ready 471.11 WHQL drivers.

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The upgraded DLSS 2.2 was recently deployed in Rainbow Six Siege, and will soon be introduced into Red Dead Redemption 2 as well.

NVIDIA works with the biggest game developers in the world, and has been working closely with Epic Games on their next-gen Unreal Engine 5 technology. Unreal Engine 5 developers can now download the NVIDIA DLSS plugin, which will let them tweak DLSS for their games in-development and have huge performance increases thanks to DLSS.

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AMD's new FSR tech is here, supported with latest Radeon 21.6.1 driver

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Tue, Jun 22 2021 7:45 PM CDT

AMD has released their new Radeon Adrenalin 21.6.1 driver, which adds support for their DLSS competitor in FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and the first mobile RDNA 2 GPU.

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The new Radeon Adrenalin 21.6.1 driver adds support for FSR in certain games, including Godfall (with ray tracing support), Terminator Resistance, The Riftbreaker, Evil Genius 2, Anno 1800, 22 Racing Series, and KingShunt.

There are many more FSR games coming in the future, including Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village -- as well as support for the Radeon RX 6800M. There are some issues fixed with the new drivers, where Radeon FreeSync would lock on the desktop when switching tasks between extended and primary displays.

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NVIDIA GeForce 471.11 drivers add ray tracing + DLSS for DOOM Eternal

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Tue, Jun 22 2021 7:06 PM CDT

DOOM Eternal receiving ray tracing and more so the DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology is some of the biggest news for NVIDIA of the year, and now there's some new GeForce Game Ready drivers that add support for ray-traced reflections and DLSS in DOOM Eternal.

Even before the ray-traced reflections, DOOM Eternal was one of the best-looking games on the market... but now it looks even better. On top of that, we have DLSS that boosts the performance in all settings and resolution combos -- pushing 4K 120FPS+ on GeForce RTX graphics cards.

NVIDIA's new GeForce Game Ready 471.11 WHQL drivers not only add support for the new ray-traced reflections and DLSS upgrades in DOOM Eternal, but they add support for NVIDIA Reflex tech inside of Escape from Tarkov, Rust and its DLSS upgrades, and the ray tracing and DLSS upgrades in LEGO Builder's Journey.

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343i looking into adding 40 or 60 players in Halo MCC Big Team Battle

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Tue, Jun 22 2021 5:43 PM CDT

343 Industries is doing early preliminary investigations on boosting Halo MCC's big team battle player counts past 16 players.

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Since MCC launched in 2014, 343i has been reinventing classic Halo games in a multitude of ways like cross-play, unlockables, and mod support, and it's not finished just yet. The developer is currently looking into boosting Halo's ultra-nostalgic big team battle game mode and increasing the max player count beyond 8v8. How big could it go? Maybe 20v20 or 30v30.

"How epic is big team battle? You know, another thing...We're doing some investigations on increasing player counts above 16," 343i producer Sean Swidersky said in a recent Xbox Plays stream.

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Streamers beware: New Marvel's Avengers game update shows IP on screen

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Tue, Jun 22 2021 1:50 PM CDT

The latest update for Marvel's Avengers displays your IP on your screen while connected to online servers. Yes, really.

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Don't stream Marvel's Avengers on Twitch or YouTube any time soon. The new Patch 1.8.0 update adds a bunch of features to the game: a Cosmic Cube event and sector, a bunch of fixes, and potentially doxxing players by showing sensitive personal internet network data on their screen. For some astronomically bewildering reason, the game can show your IP address on the screen as you play. This is a big deal because in the right hands, IP addresses can be manipulated to seriously ruin your day with DDoS spam or even find your location.

Mention of the glitch was first spotted on Twitter and then confirmed by Forbes' Paul Tassi. Crystal Dynamics has acknowledged the issue and calls it "floating text strings." If you see them, don't stream, the devs say.

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