PlayStation VR Demos Coming to Retailers Nationwide Starting Tomorrow

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Earlier this week at E3 Sony announced that PlayStation VR will officially launch in North America on October 13. But many of you have been asking – ‘When can I try PlayStation VR out and see some of the great games to come?’ Well, tomorrow and Saturday (June 17 and 18), Sony is going to offer PS VR demos at more than 30 Best Buy and GameStop locations. Starting on June 24, that number will expand to about 300 locations across the US and Canada.

Click here to see where you’ll be able to quickly and easily find locations where PS VR demos are available now and in the future. In addition to retail locations, you’ll also be able to see Road to Greatness tour locations where PS VR will be playable. Here are the cities where demos will be available tomorrow and Saturday:

Baltimore MD
Boston MA
Chicago IL
Cincinnati OH
Cleveland OH
Columbia SC
Columbus OH
Dallas TX
Denver CO
Detroit MI
Fayetteville AR
Ft. Lauderdale FL
Grand Rapids MI
Hartford CT
Houston TX
Los Angeles CA
Milwaukee WI
Minneapolis MN
New York NY
San Francisco CA
Tampa FL
Toledo OH
Washington D.C.
West Palm Beach FL

 

via PlayStation Blog

 

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Facebook Bought Oculus Rift VR!

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Image courtesy of Tested.com

So in a move that is making the whole Internet go up in flames, Oculus VR announced yesterday that they are being bought by Facebook. In a Deal worth $2 billion, Facebook will be acquiring all of Oculus VR, the deal, while not finalized yet, is expected to be complete in 2Q 2014.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had this to say of the deal “Mobile is the platform of today, and now we’re also getting ready for the platforms of tomorrow, Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”

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Oculus also seemed quite happy about the deal saying “We are excited to work with Mark and the Facebook team to deliver the very best virtual reality platform in the world,” Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR says in a PR release. “We believe virtual reality will be heavily defined by social experiences that connect people in magical, new ways. It is a transformative and disruptive technology, that enables the world to experience the impossible, and it’s only just the beginning.

The Deal will be a mix of around $400 Million in cash, and the remainder being Facebook shares once the deal is finalized.

Sooo…. It is looking like VR is ramping up in the coming months and I will be very curious how this changes things going forward, not only for Oculus but for the Sony VR platform as well.

Via Press Release

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Titanfall Limited Edition Xbox One Wireless Controller

XboxOne_WirelessController_Titanfall_AOC_EN_XC_XX_ANL_RGBOne of the best things about big game releases is the great Limited Edition gear that comes along with them. The Xbox One “Titanfall” Limited Edition Wireless Controller is the perfect way to mark the debut of “Titanfall” on the Xbox One. “In a collaborative effort with the Xbox design team and the Respawn art department, our goal was to create a controller that feels as if it is a piece of military spec hardware transported from the universe of Titanfall and into players hands,” stated Joel Emslie, Lead Artist at Respawn Entertainment. Designed by Respawn Entertainment, the sleek controller was inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC Titan pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in color and graphics, it looks and feels like an artifact from the world of “Titanfall” and is a must-have for every “Titanfall” fan.

The Xbox One “Titanfall” Limited Edition Wireless Controller will be available worldwide in time for the launch of “Titanfall” on March 11, 2014 in North America and beginning March 13, 2014 in Europe.

Available now to pre-order on the Microsoft Store click here to learn more.

via Fight In Style With The Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Razer Announces Project Christine Concept, Looks To Make The PC Modular

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Have you ever wished that you could just go to the store and buy a new CPU, RAM, or GPU and then just go home and plug it in like a USB or something and not have to worry about opening up your PC, and getting all down and dirty inside it? Or maybe wish you could just do that and not have to call that techie friend to come help you put it all together? Well Razer has thought these same things, and has come up with this very interesting modular design concept.

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The Idea here is that you buy the “spine” and then you buy the components you want to add to your PC; such as CPU, RAM, GPU, and hard drives as modules. Then you take these modules home, plug them into the “Spine” and voilà you just built your PC. Later on when you realize that maybe you want some more RAM or a better GPU (or maybe a Second one), you go to the store, purchase the GPU module you want, take it home and plug it in, simple as that.

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Each module is sealed and completely self contained and features noise canceling, as well as active liquid cooling. They claim that by using this design it will be safe to overclock and not void any warranties.

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The thought here, is that by buying into the “spine” you can simply upgrade your system as needed, very easily, so easily in fact, anyone can do it by just plugging in a new module of their choosing. Thus negating the need to replace entire systems and not having to have to get down into the nitty gritty of the system, which for some people also means that they can do it themselves instead of calling that friend to come do it for them.

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For now, Razer’s Project Christine is a concept, but if Razer has shown us anything these last few years, it is that when they see an idea take off, they can make it happen.

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I think this is a very interesting idea and assuming the cost isn’t insane, I think this is a great idea, especially for friends/family that would love to game on a PC but are to concerned about upgrading and tinkering. For them this would be a great solution to that problem, as when they are no longer able to play new games, they can go in and swap whatever components they need to in order to be current again. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this concept in the future, and here is hoping we see them actually make it happen.

Via- Razer

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Limited Edition Zelda Themed 3DS XL is Coming To North America

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Earlier this month Nintendo of Europe announced that they would be releasing a limited edition Zelda themed 3DS XL to celebrate the release of the upcoming 3DS Zelda game. Unfortunately, there was no word on whether this system would be released here and North American gamers were once again left out. Thankfully this morning Nintendo has officially announced plans to release this Zelda Themed 3DS XL bundle in North America. This limited edition bundle will be avalaible Nov. 22 for $219.99, which includes the system and a download code for a copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game. I checked local retailers as soon as I heard this news and pre-orders weren’t open yet but I’m guessing you’ll probably be able to pre-order soon.

Check out images of this great looking system below and read the press release from Nintendo for more information.

via Pres Release

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD FOR ZELDA FANS

New Gold-and-Black Nintendo 3DS XL Comes with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 29, 2013 – The Legend of Zelda series has always been associated with the color gold. From the original gold-colored cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on NES to the box art of the recently released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for Wii U, when fans think of “Zelda,” they think of gold. With the launch of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on Nov. 22, the tradition of gold continues. On the same day, a new Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will launch that includes Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with gorgeous gold-and-black coloring and the iconic Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. The legendary system is gold on one side and black on the other, beautifully representing the two parallel worlds Link travels between in the game. The special bundle was announced in a video starring The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, and will be available at a suggested retail price of $219.99.

“This beautifully designed Nintendo 3DS XL system continues a tradition that has delighted our fans for decades,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “It’s a special bundle for a very special video game.”

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set in the same world as fan-favorite The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Super NES and takes place in the same Hyrule after many years have passed. In this new game, Link must journey between two worlds, Hyrule and Lorule, using a mysterious power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Link’s ability to merge with walls allows players to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way. Players are also able to buy or rent various items throughout the game, allowing them to explore dungeons in any order they want, adding a new level of freedom to the game play.

For more information about The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, visit http://zelda.com/link-between-worlds.

Nokia Announces The Lumia 2520, Their First Windows 8.1 RT Tablet

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It would seem the Surface 2 is getting some company, from Nokia. Today Nokia Announced their first Windows 8.1 RT Tablet, the Lumia 2520. Powered by a Snapdragon 800 Processor (2.2Ghz Quad Core) and sporting a 10.1″ Full HD 1080p, Gorilla Glass 2 screen, and a 8000 mAh battery, it would seem Nokia means business with this guy.  Full specs and more photo’s below.

Specs:
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • 10.1” full 1080p HD AH-IPS, High Brightness with Low Reflectance, Gorilla Glass 2
  • 6.7MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics, Secondary: 2MP HD wide-angle
  • Video 1080p@60fps
  • 4G LTE
  • Nokia Music for unlimited streaming of ad-free music
  • Free global HERE Maps
  • Microsoft Office built-in
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz Quad Core)
  • 8000 mAh (integrated)
  • Red, White (glossy), Cyan, Black (matte)

The Nokia Power Keyboard accessory (shown above in first picture) will be sold seperatly for 149$ but will improve battery life by up to 5 hours and also includes 2 extra USB ports. You can see it in action in the video below.


The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available for 499$ when it is released later this year.

Via-Nokia

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Nokia Announces Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 “phablets”

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At Nokia World This morning in Dubai, Nokia announced 2 new phones; the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 1320. They both have 6″ Screens, and run Windows Phone 8. More Info Below.

Nokia Lumia 1520

This is the new “phablet” flagship phone (I really dislike that word, can’t we come up with a better one?). Set to rival devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, This is Nokia’s first foray into the bigger phone arena, and judging by the specs, they are going for it and using what they know best. Featuring a new 20MP camera and bigger 3400 mAh battery, along with a 6″ 1080p screen optimized for outdoor viewing, they have built quite the beast here. The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be an AT&T exclusive when it comes out later this year in North America.

Specs:
  • Windows Phone 8
  • 6” full HD 1080p LCD, ClearBlack, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch, Gorilla Glass 2
  • PureView 20 MP, ZEISS optics,OIS, 2x lossless zoom, oversampling, dual LED flash
  • Video 1080p @ 30 fps full HD video with optical image stabilization
  • 4G LTE
  • Nokia Music for unlimited streaming of ad-free music
  • Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+, HERE Transit available in the Store
  • Microsoft Office built-in
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz Quad Core)
  • 3400 mAh (integrated) with built-in wireless charging
  • Yellow, white, black, glossy red

Nokia Lumia 1320

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is Nokia’s idea of creating a more “affordable” “phablet”. At 6″ it shares a very similar footprint to its big brother, the 1520, but there are some caveats. The Lumia 1320 has a 6″Screen but is 768×1020 instead of 1080p. It also includes a dual core CPU and 1GB of RAM, and the camera has been cut to a 5MP snapper, but they managed to get all of this in a package for 349$.

Specs:
  • 6-inch display, 768×1020 resolution
  • Dual-core processor
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP camera
  • microSD support
  • Three rows of normal sized Live tiles
  • Comes in matte yellow, matte black, glossy white, and glossy red
  • $349

So there we have it, Nokia’s new Lumia Phones. They are big and colourful, and if you are a Windows Phone user, or would like to be one but wanted a bigger screen, well now you are in luck.

Via Press Release.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

SteelSeries 9H Headset Is Available for Pre-Order Now

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So our friends over at SteelSeries are just about to release their newest headset, the 9H.

The 9H features three different Dolby® technologies, a double enclosure design, SteelSeries signature retractable microphone, and a swappable cable system to allow for cross platform usage on PC, Mac, handheld consoles or tablets and smartphones. The 9H also features thick leather ear cups for extended use comfort, during those long gaming sessions. Like all of SteelSeries Products, the 9H was designed alongside professional gamers to create the most balanced and linear tournament-grade soundscape. To get a better idea of how they did this take a look at this video below


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I had a chance to get some hands on time with this headset at PAX, and I have got to say, what a sweet, sweet headset. They are very comfortable, and fit very nice on the head, I could easily see gaming in them for long periods of time. The sound quality from them was honesty jaw dropping. I never expected a pair of gaming headphones to sound so good. I didn’t get an opportunity to test the Dolby® Technologies in them, but here is hoping I can get my hands on a pair and see how they sound for you guys. I really liked the style, it is a lot more low key then a lot of gaming headsets and with the retractable Mic I could definitely see myself using them outside of the house. The swappable cable system has in line controls, but also can be  disconnected on the go for a more streamlined “on the go” headset. Honestly I will be following this closely and I would highly recommend if you are in the market for a new pair of headphones to give the 9H a look.

SteelSeries 9H Sound Dongle

Equipped with an advanced USB soundcard, the SteelSeries 9H provides users with Dolby® Technology that works together to create incredible sound:

·      Dolby Digital – reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience

·      Dolby Headphone – allows up to 7.1 channels of realistic multi-channel surround sound

·      Dolby Prologic IIx – provides the smoothest surround sound experience allowing for multiple listening modes and a more realistic sound

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The 9H is up for preorder from SteelSeries as well as other fine electronics retailers for 159$. For more information you can head over to SteelSeries.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Windows 8.1 Is Now Available

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The long awaited return of the start menu (well long awaited by some people)  is finally upon us….kind of.  Windows 8.1 is finally out today, as a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, and with it they have brought back the Start Menu Button. This time though, it just launches into the Start Screen that we have all come to either love or hate (personally I am a big fan, really like the forward movement here, but I digress) But at least for those people that found Windows 8 confusing and didn’t know how to get back to the start menu, the lovely button is there now. They also have included the option to boot straight into desktop mode, instead of going into the start menu first, which for some people is a big deal (not like it was hard to click one button…) Windows 8.1 also includes a plethora of small changes throughout the OS that really do make it feel much more streamlined. So if you haven’t made the upgrade to 8.1 yet, I highly recommend it. You can access the upgrade from within your Windows Store on Windows 8, if you don’t have Windows 8 yet, you can head over to Microsoft and grab it there, or if you would prefer, you can also get it at your nearest retailer who sells Microsoft software.

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I upgraded earlier this morning, and I must say it was a VERY painless experience, I went to the Windows store, saw there was an update and clicked yes to download, once that was complete I just restarted like it asked, waited a little while, filled a few things out and Viola! I was on 8.1. All of my programs and settings are all the same, it was a wonderfully easy and painless experience. So again, what are you waiting for? Go get your upgrade on!

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By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Valve Announces the Steam Controller

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So today Valve finished off their Trilogy of announcements with the Steam Controller, a new Input device they have spent the last year working on.

They have designed it to be used with all current and future steam games, and in place of thumb stick they have added two, high resolution haptic trackpads, which are also click-able. This is definitely an interesting way of designing a controller, one in which Valve believes every game can be played on, even games like RTS games. They have essentially “tricked” the games into thinking you are playing with a mouse and keyboard and thus allows you to play any game on steam with this controller. They added a Diagram showing how this should work in Portal 2.

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As you can see from the Diagram above, the middle area of the controller is also a touchscreen, which is also click-able, not unlike the PS4 controller.

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Valve is also claiming that they have designed the controller to be “hackable” and are interested in how the community will utilize this controller. They plan to release tools out to the public to allow this to happen at an unspecified later date.  This controller will be part of the same Beta as the Steam Machine, in allowing the public to voice opinions and help mold where it goes, from software, all the way to design.

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No word on when these will ship out to beta testers. For more information on the Steam Controller, and to see about getting into the beta, you can go here; Steam.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody