Microsoft made a series of announcements regarding upcoming hardware and software - some of which have significant gaming implications - at its Windows 10 and Surface event today.
Much of the New York event was spent talking about augmented, virtual, and mixed reality, with HoloLens making an appearance and new VR headsets being announced.
In association with manufacturers HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer, the new headsets will start at US$299 - much cheaper than competing PC-based virtual reality offerings from Oculus and HTC.
Like Oculus' Santa Cruz prototype, the headsets will sport "inside-out" directional and positional tracking, thus requiring no external sensors and less setup time, while producing greater and more precise freedom of movement.
Augmented reality also made an appearance, with Microsoft's HoloLens demonstrated with 3D version of Microsoft Paint, as well as in a shopping application, showing how furniture could look in-home if purchased.
Media Design School is the first tertiary provider in New Zealand to offer a qualification that includes virtual and augmented reality components.
That means students of Media Design School’s Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies (GDCT) are able to select from streams such as 3D Animation and VFX, Graphic Design, Web Development, and AR/VR.
Media Design School chief executive officer Darryn Melrose said the institution has always championed emerging technologies.
PlayStation is about to join Xbox in having official "Pro" controllers - but in this case, they're officially-licensed third-party products.
The Raiju and Revolution controllers, manufactured by Razer and Nacon, respectively, are intended for competitive or professional console players, featuring design elements above and beyond those of the stock DualShock 4.
Razer's contribution (pictured above) features two extra bumpers and triggers, with custom trigger stops and a hair trigger mode; a built-in control panel for audio controls; and grippy rubber caps for the analogue sticks.
Developer Turtle Rock is ceasing development and support for its online monster-hunting game Evolve, effective today.
The asymmetrical multiplayer shooter's servers will remain online, according to publisher and rights-holder 2K Games, but per a blog post from Turtle Rock co-founder Chris Ashton, the studio has been released from its contract on the game.
"This is the life of AAA game developers who aren't self-funded and don't own their own IP," wrote Ashton. "We don't get to make the call."
Rockstar Games has begun a sweeping series of actions targeting Grand Theft Auto Online cheaters.
Numerous players who used mods or glitches for extra in-game cash have seen their in-game bank accounts reset to $0 (plus any in-game money purchased legitimately via Shark Cards).
Affected players are also receiving messages from Rockstar stating "we have determined that your account illegitimately gained in-game money via mods, cheats, or other actions. We've adjusted your account and updated your balance."
Bethesda Software will no longer provide advance copies of its games to press for review purposes, the company announced today.
In a statement on its website, the publisher stated that though it "[values] media reviews," it will "continue [its] policy of sending media review copies one day before release."
The last game released by Bethesda, Doom, was issued to reviewers one day before launch as well.
Battlefield 1 appears to have reversed the fortunes of the Battlefield franchise, debuting to strong reviews and stronger sales.
In its first week of release, the World War One shooter outsold Battlefield 4 and Hardline's launch week sales combined, according to UK physical sales numbers from Chart-Track.
Those sales come despite the game being the first of the series' recent instalments not to support legacy consoles.
The Last Guardian has gone gold after nearly a decade of development, according to staff at Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Producer Jun Yoshino tweeted on the weekend that the team had "gone gold. Whaddup," indicating the release build of the game was complete.
Though Yoshino quickly deleted the tweet, SIE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the news via his own Twitter account:
“Legion is definitely an impressive expansion. WoW is as good as it's ever been right now”
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