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Oculus’ Connect event brings a new headset, price drops and hints at the future

Tags: gaming, tech

Presenting at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, Facebook’s Oculus introduced the Go, a new headset capable of operating without a connected phone, Mac, or Windows PC.

The Oculus Go is a a direct replacement for the partnered Samsung Gear VR headset. Interestingly enough we spoke about what might happen to Samsung & Oculus’ relationship on this week’s podcast after it was announced Samsung would be making Microsoft MR headsets soon.

The new Go has an inbuilt 2560 x 1440 display and audio however a headphone jack allows other headphones to be easily connected. It will be available for US$199.

In addition to the new Go Oculus announced the temporary price drop to the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle* would become permanent. The new RRP a very low US$399.

Finally Oculus showed off new six-axis controller for the upcoming “Santa Cruz” untethered headset being worked on by Oculus. Don’t get too excited, we’re likely not to see it come to fruition for another year at least.

*Please note the link to the price dropped bundle is an Amazon affiliate link that benefits Reckoner.

Source: Oculus reveals $199 standalone ‘Go’ VR headset, drops Rift price to $399

Raj guests on 5by5 network’s DLC podcast

Tags: gaming

Jeff and Christian welcome Raj Deut from Reckoner in Australia to the show this week to discuss Wolfenstein doubling down on Nazi killing, Star Wars Battlefront 2 embracing loot boxes, Microsoft’s Mixed Reality, and more!

Oh hey, that’s me!

Jeff & Christian were kind enough to invite me on DLC this week. Lots of great discussion around everything that’s happening in gaming this week.

Source: 5by5 | DLC #201: I’m Helping!

PAX Aus 2017 schedule & exhibitor list released

 

PAX Aus has released it’s full panel schedule and exhibitor list ahead of it’s 2017 show taking place this Oct 27th – 29th. Highlights include “Storytime with Bernie Burns” (Rooster Teeth founder) and the first appearance of Acquisitions Inc in Australia.

If you’re making the trek to Melbourne and looking for a few helpful tips be sure to check out our PAX Mini Guide from last year filled with help & ideas to get the most out of your PAX experience!!

Source: Schedule | PAX AUS – Melbourne, VIC – Oct 27 – 29, 2017

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Sony announce an updated PlayStation VR headset

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A hardware update to PlayStation VR is being prepared. The new version, model number CUH-ZVR2, features an updated design that enables the stereo headphone cables to be integrated with the VR headset and a slimmer, streamlined connection cable. There’s also an updated Processor Unit that supports HDR pass through, enabling users to enjoy HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV without having to disconnect the Processor Unit in between the TV and the PS4 system. This function can be used only when the VR headset is turned off.

It’s kind of a strange announcement. Ultimately the hardware itself isn’t changing, it’s even going to stay the same price but Sony wont tell us when the new version will be on sale.

It looks like the main goal of the update is to support HDR pass through for those of you lucky enough to own an HDR compatible TV. The earbud integration is a nice move too, those things were a tangled nightmare in the original.

Those of you with an existing headset the new processing unit can NOT be used with your hardware. If HDR pass through means that much to you and you absolutely love PSVR then your only upgrade path is buying an entirely new bundle I’m afraid.

Source: PlayStation VR: The Ultimate FAQ – PlayStation.Blog

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Nintendo announcements coming this Thursday

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Nintendo Direct is coming soon! Join us for a global presentation on what’s heading to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS family systems over the next few months, as well as an in-depth look at Super Mario Odyssey.

Apple aren’t the only kids on the block with a conference this week. Nintendo will hold a live streamed “Nintendo Direct” this Thursday morning at 8am AEST. Nice to be on a reasonable time for us Aussies for a change!

If Nintendo floats your boat you can tune in here to watch.

Source: Nintendo Direct

Devs call for action against PewDiePie after most recent brain-fart

Tags: gaming, politics

PewDiePie, arguably one of the biggest YouTube stars ever, has found himself in hot water after dropping the N-word during a live stream of Players Unknown Battlegrounds.

Never too far from controversy Pew-Dick-Pie is at it again. His most recent “gaff”, dropping the N-word during a live stream, was said with such flippancy observers now believe the word must be one used often as a part of the streamer’s English vocabulary.

Denounced by many, some are taking it even further. Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman submitting a DCMA takedown request to have the streaming celebrity’s play-through of their indie darling “Firewatch” removed from Youtube.

The video, which currently has 5.7M views, is acknowledged by Vanaman as something they likely benefitted from by reaching PewDiePie’s large audience. He goes on to “urge other developers” to do the same and “cut him off from the content that has made him a millionaire”.

Sadly PewDiePie’s largest audience is a young one. The domino effect of his unfiltered “commentary” is large and it’s clear the YouTubers has little regard for his responsibilities in creating content for a youthful audience.

This all comes off the back of his recent comments to further distance himself from being a Nazi after the Charlottesville protests. In his video statement he promised to stop joking about such issues due to recent events. It would seem all he’s done is shift his focus and continues to be an alleged bigot.

Source: PewDiePie drops N-word weeks after distancing himself from Nazism | Metro News

Interview with Wolfenstein 2 narrative designer Tommy Björk

Tags: gaming

I had the unique opportunity to interview MachineGame’s Narrative Designer Tommy Björk whilst at Gamescom this past week for Jeff Cannata’s Newest Latest Best podcast, hosted on Anchor.fm.

Tommy is the co-lead designer on the soon to be release Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. In the interview we discuss his writing process, the complications of writing for video games and his passion for the industry.

It’s a fascinating insight into the whole process and full of little tid-bits that fans of the series will no doubt want to hear.

I hope you all enjoy it.

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Review Roundup: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

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This is the story of an unexpected encounter between Mario and the irreverent Rabbids. To bring order back to a splintered Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi team up with Rabbids heroes in a journey through four different worlds.

Out today, Mario + Rabbids will satiate your Switch woes as you hold out for Mario Odyssey. Don’t be fooled by it’s “Mario” exterior though, this game is tough and will prove a real challenge to the most seasoned gamer.

The Verge:

It’s easy to go into Mario + Rabbids with low expectations. It’s a mashup that doesn’t seem to make much sense, in a genre that feels counter to Super Mario’s playful spirit. But you should definitely look past the crazed, Rabbid-infused exterior. Mario + Rabbids isn’t just a great strategy game brimming with charm and clever ideas. It also joins the likes of Breath of the Wild, Arms, and Splatoon 2 in showcasing the best the Switch has to offer.

IGN:

…you’re in for a surprise: even for XCOM vets some of its battles are challenging puzzles. Some of its tougher levels do devolve into a trial-and-error slog, but a good mix of enemies, objectives, and character abilities keep things interesting.

Kotaku:

Because this is a Switch game, you can play it at home or on the go. I’ve used my Switch almost exclusively as a home console and find it too big to comfortably use as a portable, but there was something about this game that made me enjoy taking it on the go. The format helps. Turn-based battles lend themselves wonderfully to abrupt pausing as I’d catch a few more rounds between subway stops.

 

Source: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on Nintendo Switch | Ubisoft (US)

Xbox One X pre-orders are live now

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Xbox One X: The most powerful console ever.

As expected Microsoft officially began accepting pre-orders for the Xbox One X today. Announced at their briefing ahead of Gamescom this week the new and “most powerful console” on the market will set you back A$649 of your hard earned dollars.

What does that get you? Not a lot really. A new console yes, but one with a tiny proportion of titles that take advantage of its new power, now made even tinier with the delay of Crackdown 3 until 2018.

And just so you know I’m not lying… lifted from the pre-order page itself the pre-order “Project Scorpio” version includes:

  • The world’s most powerful console
  • Limited Launch Edition with custom design
  • Includes exclusive Xbox One X vertical stand
  • Project Scorpio inscribed on both console and controller
  • 4K Blu-ray player for immersive gaming and entertainment
  • Works with all your Xbox One games and accessories

So it begs the question, will you be getting an Xbox One X?! I’m struggling to press that order button myself and that’s a really hard thing to say for the first time in generations.

Source: Xbox One X | The World’s Most Powerful Console

Build your own Jurassic Park sim announced at Gamescom

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Michael McWhertor at Polygon:

Universal and Frontier Developments (Elite DangerousPlanet Coaster) revealed Jurassic World Evolution, a dinosaur theme park simulation for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, at Gamescom today. Jurassic World Evolution is expected to arrive sometime during summer 2018.

A brilliant idea for a game. Even better, it’s being developed by the talented developers behind Planet Coaster — which is the Cities: Skylines of theme park builders.

Source: Jurassic World park sim coming from Planet Coaster developer – Polygon