Showing posts with label VR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VR. Show all posts

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

According to a series of leaked image, Valve is developing new VR headset for what seems like a Half-Life prequel game.

Before getting into the business of running digital distribution platform for video games via Steam, Valve Corporation used to be the developer studio that Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series of games, none of which got a third installment in nearly a decade.

According to leaked images from online image sharing community site Imgur, Valve is currently working on and soon will unveil their very own VR headset that is completely separate from the HTC Vive gear they are supporting right now.

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Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

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These leaked images found by UploadVR suggest that the Valve device is still in prototype stage but they are trying to make it equivalent to the HTC display of virtual reality technology that will offer a 135 degree field of view when finished.

They appear to have two cameras and integrated headphones included in it with possibility of adding new "Knuckles" motion controllers. The same source also hinted that this gadget could come out bundled with a brand-new Half-Life game from the company.

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VR "Knuckles" Hand Controller

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Apparently, this one is not the long-awaited Half-Life 3 but a prequel game that would feature the return of Dr. Gordon Freeman into fighting aliens once again. The fictional immersive world Valve built around this game was loved by fans but they decided to continue with Portal series instead.

Although they came up with two more episodes for Half-Life 2, a third game is still stuck at planning stage as it seems. So, we suggest you take any mystery news of a prequel or a brand-new sequel with grain of salt.

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Valve VR Headset Lenses

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Back in March, President Gabe Newell of Valve have announced that the studio is returning back to video game development and they simply are not indicating their upcoming digital collectible card game Artifact by that. The company decided to start shipping games again after developing them.

For years, there were also rumors flying on live-actions movies being pitched for Half-Life and Portal franchise too. With their newly developed VR compatible software and hardware, Valve may come back to dominate the video game market once again.

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VR Headset With Valve Logo (Up Left)

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However, this is not the first time enthusiast fans of the acclaimed first-person shooter series are hearing of a potential Half-Life game whether it is on VR or not. In 2016, players found the phrase "HLVR" in Dota 2 by digging deep inside the code and then their Steam VR app also had a mention of it as well.

We even heard about multiple projects on the fan-favorite franchise being pitched or maybe development but never saw a single one coming after Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. Let's just hope that the rumors turn out to be true this time.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Borderlands 2 VR Comes to PlayStation

Return to planet Pandora in VR soon as Gearbox is bringing their acclaimed shooter title Borderlands 2 for PlayStation VR.

Originally released back in 2012 for all major platforms, open world action role-playing first-person shooter game Borderlands 2 from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games is finally getting a VR treatment as it heads to PlayStation VR this year.

From December 14, the sequel to 2009's Borderlands game will enter the world of virtual reality through an update and you can own a copy for only $49.99. This is a moment many fans have been craving for so long and is finally happening.

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Borderlands 2 VR Comes to PlayStation

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Before jumping with joy, we invite you to take a look at the official announcement trailer launched for the conic shooter-looter.




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They have added a new trick as well as BAMF Time (Bad Ass Mega Fun Time), which is much like the bullet-time effects from The Matrix movie and will allow players to slow down the speed of the game and make plans for some carefully executed attacks.

This way, you will not have to be very brave about confrontations and dodging bullets but also let you pull off 360 headshots without any scope. Use your Action Skill to fend of gangs of bandits on Pandora as one of the four playable Vault Hunters.

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Skills Updated to Single-Player

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Multiple skills that previously required a co-op partner o experience are now upgraded for single-player, such as Maya's "Res" ability. You will be driving vehicles in first-person perspective and the game will support Sony’s PlayStation Move motion controllers.

As you are driving through the lawless lands, aim the vehicle’s guns using your headset to feel the thrill of looking another way while driving. To spice up the VR world, they will soon bring on more guns to create more mayhem and make things more exciting.

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Chaotic World of Pandora

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Although the original game had multiplayer options, the re-release will ditch that and will be single-player only experience. Besides that, the developers didn't just cram the whole thing into a headset to be done with and did a lot of research about what they are up to instead.

After bringing the game to PlayStation 4 in 2016 The Handsome Collection, Gearbox Software were immediately convinced of using the advantage of the system and tap into PS VR’s full potential to present the fans something great and here they are now.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for October 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Friday the 13th: The Game and Laser League for the month of October 2018.

More than half the year is over and PlayStation Plus has been treating their fans with some really good games. In September, players had fun with online multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny 2 and action-adventure hack and slash game God of War III Remastered.

By far, these two are the best ones PS Plus subscribers got their hands on throughout the entire year. We are nearly on the verge of October and Sony has released a new free games lineup for upcoming month.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for October 2018

Let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing all the titles for October 2018 before we get into what is ahead of us in PS Plus lineup.




Our first pick of the month is a survival horror title Friday the 13th: The Game from IllFonic and Gun Media. Up to seven players can take part in the game with one of them controlling iconic slasher-genre villain Jason Voorhees while the others try to survive from him.

Banded up in a group of six teenage counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, you either try to escape and run from him or try to fight back the masked killer as a team before he hunts each one of you down. The choice is up to you.

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Friday the 13th on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Next up in our list is a futuristic sports game titled Laser League from developer Roll7 and publisher 505 Games. This one is released only months ago for major available platforms after initially debuting in 2017 via Early Access.

Players will start it as a fun experience to play with your reflexes and will quickly escalate into a struggle where strategic movement as a team is required. Even though it is not like one of those AAA-titles or anything like that, you can still enjoy it to have a decent time.

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Laser League on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Some more free games from PlayStation Plus lineup for the month of October 2018 is still there and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Master Reboot (PlayStation 3)
  • The Bridge (Cross Buy with PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita)
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)
  • 2064 Read Only Memories (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)

You should also know that party game Knowledge is Power and PlayStation VR bonus game Here They Lie, a first-person horror title is still available for you to download if you are a PS Plus member and will be there till October 2. So, hurry up on that.

Plus, if you are into the Battle Royale madness like a greater part of the gaming community, then PlayStation Plus Blueshift Pack for H1Z1 may interest you whether you are new to the game or a seasoned pro. That's all we have for now so, just wait until November.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for September 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Destiny 2 and God of War 3 Remastered for the month of September 2018.

We are more than halfway through 2018 and have been enjoying some fine games this year from PlayStation Plus. In August, we had action-adventure video game Mafia III from developer studio Hangar 13 and action survival horror Dead by Daylight from Behaviour Interactive.

Other titles on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita were just as good. As the moth has come to an end, we are back again with more exciting news of new free games lineup for upcoming month of September.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for September 2018

Before we get into what is ahead of us in PS Plus lineup for September 2018, let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing the titles.




The very first game in our list is a surprising arrival of course and it is the online multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny 2 from Bungie and Activision. In story campaign, you play as a Guardian of Light and a protector of the Last City, defending it from an invading Red Legion and its leader Dominus Ghaul.

However, players are more drawn towards the strikes and raids as well as other public events. A 24 hour free trial awaits you on PVE & PVP mode Gambit from Destiny 2: Forsaken.

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Destiny 2 on PlayStation Plus Free Games

What we have next is an action-adventure hack and slash game God of War III Remastered from Santa Monica Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment, parties responsible for the creation of 2018's blockbuster title God of War.

You play as titular God of War Kratos, who launches an all out attack on Olympian gods, primarily driven by vengeance over Zeus. Along with Gaia and Titans, he attempts to destroy everyone in his path with double-chained Blades of Exile to destroy Olympus for good.

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God of War 3 Remastered on PlayStation Plus Free Games

We have some more from PlayStation Plus free games lineup for the month of September 2018 and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition (PlayStation 3)
  • QUBE Director’s Cut (PlayStation 3)
  • Sparkle 2 (PlayStation Vita)
  • Foul Play (PlayStation Vita)

You also happen to have a PlayStation VR bonus game Here They Lie, a first-person horror title from Santa Monica Studio that takes you to a city of nightmares. With mysterious creatures running around everywhere, you are on the run from it all while trying to figure out the secrets of the woman in yellow.

Then there is a party game as a PlayLink title, Knowledge is Power to entertain you for having a fun time with trivia questions and various challenges to test your wits.




Another thing to note is that your PlayStation VR bonus game Here They Lie will be available till October 2 and Knowledge is Power is accessible on PlayLink before November 6. That's everything we have for this month and hopefully, we will be back with more news of PlayStation Plus free games on Sony consoles for next month like always.

Although, the year 2018 is far from over, it is safe to say that September 2018 free games lineup from PS Plus is hands down the best one announced till date.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for August 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Mafia III and Dead by Daylight for the month of August 2018.

Last month, PlayStation Plus members have enjoyed playing action-adventure focused game Heavy Rain from Quantic Dream and action role-playing game Absolver from Sloclap. Both of these titles offered different flavors to players and they loved it. There were four other titles to experience on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita as well. However, July has eventually come to an end and we are back again with more exciting news of new free games lineup for the month of August.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for August 2018

Before we get into what is ahead of us in PS Plus lineup for August 2018, let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing the titles.




Our first game for the month of August is Mafia III, which is action-adventure video game from developer studio Hangar 13 and publisher 2K Games. You assume the role of a criminal and a Vietnam vet named Lincoln Clay, who seeks out revenge on the Italian mob by systematically taking them out and building his own operation with his new surrogate family. In single-player story, Clay takes part in many heist missions and there is a "heat" system to warn you of law enforcement aggression.

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Mafia III on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Next we have in line is an action survival horror title Dead by Daylight from Behaviour Interactive and Starbreeze Studios. In the game, you can play as one of the 13 survivors and team up with three other with the goal to escape a savage killer, which is also controlled by another player. As survivors, you collectively put effort to repair disabled generators within an enclosed area to make an escape by opening metal doors or a hatch. If captured, death is imminent with pain and torture.

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Dead by Daylight on PlayStation Plus Free Games

We have some more from PlayStation Plus free games lineup for the month of August 2018 and let's take a swift glance at the list below.

  • Bound by Flame (PlayStation 3)
  • Serious Sam 3 BFE (PlayStation 3)
  • Draw Slasher (PlayStation Vita)
  • Space Hulk (PlayStation Vita)

Aside from the above mentioned games, PS Plus subscribers get a bonus PlayStation VR game of horror genre this month. You can download Here They Lie free for your PS VR system from August 7 to October 2. Brought to you by Santa Monica Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment, the game pits player against the nightmares of a terrifying world with no chance to escape and weird creatures wandering around in every other corner, to uncover secrets of the woman in yellow.


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Another free bonus for your PS Plus membership will be party game Knowledge is Power for PS4 consoles. You can access it from August 7 to November 6 and then challenge your opponents with a variety of competitive trivia questions that will leave them wondering for answers. That's all we have for this month and hopefully, we will be back with more news of PlayStation Plus free games on Sony consoles for next month as soon as they are announced.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Coming to VR

Ninja Theory studio brings the dark world of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in virtual reality next week.

After debuting from an independent developer/publisher studio Ninja Theory, dark fantasy action-adventure title Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice received critical acclaim for its very unique story and gameplay. Initially, the game was released for PC and PlayStation 4 last year. Later, it landed on Xbox One on April 2018 and now finally, it is coming to virtual reality pretty soon through a free update next week as a different version titled Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR Edition.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Coming to VR

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Check out this trailer below for Hellblade VR release, where company commercial director Dominic Matthews talks about developing this version.




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This multi-genre game is coming to virtual reality platforms Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on July 31, 2018. Players who already own the game on Steam can get the update for free upon release. However, it won't be able to support PlayStation VR right now because; the VR Edition currently requires a high-end hardware spec on PC. To run it in an anticipated 90 FPS, you will need at least Nvidia GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU just to experience it on a minimum condition.

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The VR update is not just a side story added as an extra bonus feature or a technical demo of some sort. This is very much a near similar version of the original game. After two years of working on the project by running experiments with camera tricks and trying to master head-tracking control, they made it a reality. Matthews explains, this endeavor was just to see their capability to work with virtual reality and to offer fans an extra bonus for free, rather than having a business purpose.

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Also, witness an exclusive first look of 14 minutes of VR gameplay footage from this award-winning action-adventure game.




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Senua’s dramatically complex psychosis is explored in a fascinating way while still retaining a third-person perspective in VR and not making players feel nauseated at the same time controlling the Pict warrior with head-turns. British developer studio Ninja Theory has done an amazing job in creating a visually stunning Triple-A game that is also artistically superior to many of its peers, while making this all possible with a small team and short budget.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bethesda Director Responds to Skyrim Port Jokes

Bethesda director Todd Howard says that, they only make Skyrim ports because fans are still buying it.

It's been seven years that action role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim from Bethesda Softworks has been released and players are still so passionate about the game even today. Keeping that in mind, publisher Bethesda is also releasing the game on various ports every now and then. There are running jokes among fans on them doing ports for Skyrim and game director Todd Howard simply suggested them to stop playing the game if they want all these ports.

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Bethesda Director Responds to Skyrim Port Jokes

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Originally, TESV was released back in November 11, 2011 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Then in 2013, a Legendary Edition containing all DLC and a remastered Special Edition in 2016 was launched. The latest in the line of ports for Skyrim has made available for Amazon Echo after it was ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, VR and Xbox One. When they dropped a commercial starring Keegan-Michael Keys playing it on the device, many have thought of it as a spoof.

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Turns out, this parody trailer released at E3 2018 press conference from Bethesda titled "Very Special Edition" is very real and can be played on Amazon’s Alexa.




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Recently, company director Todd Howard is awarded as "Industry Legend" at the annual Gamelab event in Barcelona for his contribution on Fallout and The Elder Scrolls series. Afterwards in an interview with Geoff Keighley, he states their reason for regularly making ports for Skyrim, which is simply because fans keep buying the game over and over. He made a valid point with that comment because TESV remains to be the most popular among the franchise till date.

"Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later; millions of people every month are playing that game. That's why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it."

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Skyrim offer players to assume the role of Dragonborn, a mortal man with the soul and power of a dragon, who is destined to save humanity from a fabled black dragon named Alduin. A massive open world environment is up for exploring during the quest and may compelling RPG elements increases replay value for the title. Although The Elder Scrolls VI has been teased during E3, it is still in early development phase and ain't coming anytime soon.

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Reportedly, TESV: Skyrim is listed as one of the games on Steam with most concurrent number of players alongside titles like Civilization V, Payday 2 and Rocket League, amassing more than 50,000 players simultaneously. Todd wants the worlds of Bethesda to be sustainable as long as he is here and since the game still sells, releasing newer ports isn't that bad of an idea. Maybe gamers are simply worried thinking that re-releasing an old game probably burns out creative energy of developers.

Minecraft Update Aquatic Phase Two

Developer Mojang has released second Phase of Update Aquatic for all-new underwater Minecraft adventures on PC and consoles.

Entire fanbase of Minecraft seemingly has been away for some time now from this most popular sandbox adventure but they were actually waiting with patience for Phase Two to roll out with the newest Update Aquatic. Whether it is mobile devices like Android and iOS, or even handheld system like Nintendo Switch or PC, VR and Xbox One, you can play it on any modern gaming platform there is and the new update reaches out to players to take a deep dive in for a good time.

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Minecraft Update Aquatic Phase Two

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A brand-new trailer showcasing features of Update Aquatic is right here for you to take a quick look at it and get hooked in. We suggest you take a good look at detailed Patch Notes for more specifics.




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Players are now allowed the ability to breathe underwater and you can see up to 3,000 types of different tropical fauna wandering around there; including sea turtles. Adding sea to gameplay has expanded the open world title bigger than it already is. A new trident weapon will be at your disposal but they are no good to break blocks if you are in Creative mode. You can bump into an old shipwreck probably at some point and are allowed ride Skeleton Horses as well.

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As you are entering a new level of water physics, you are about to experience a few minor change game’s simulation but it won't stop you from making waterlogged blocks. Other things to point are that the menu background is changed for the sake of new theme to match with it. There are coral reefs, nine ocean biomes and treasure chests to be found underwater. Zombie hordes still lurks deep down under going as The Drowned and they are able to walk on bottom pits.

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This one is an update Minecraft fans would love to get their hands on as it brings a complete new environment to explore and since the game is primarily focused on gathering resource and crafting, there is no reason for which players won't like it. Players of Bedrock Edition can play it now whereas people on Java have to wait for that version. However, we cannot help but notice that it never mentioned whether or not this Minecraft console update will be available for PlayStation 4 or not.