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Below are the news stories that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Just like the Games of Our Lives…
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►Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
►Dying Light: The Following
►Rise of the Tomb Raider
►Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
/// Assassin’s Creed Chronicles ~ Costume References!
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/// Palmer Luckey: “We don’t make money on the Rift”; Explains “$350 ballpark” Quote!
I handled the messaging poorly. Earlier last year, we started officially messaging that the Rift+Recommended spec PC would cost roughly $1500. That was around the time we committed to the path of prioritizing quality over cost, trying to make the best VR headset possible with current technology. Many outlets picked the story up as “Rift will cost $1500!”, which was honestly a good thing – the vast majority of consumers (and even gamers!) don’t have a PC anywhere close to the rec. spec, and many people were confused enough to think the Rift was a standalone device. For that vast majority of people, $1500 is the all-in cost of owning Rift. The biggest portion of their cost is the PC, not the Rift itself.
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To be perfectly clear, we don’t make money on the Rift. The Xbox controller costs us almost nothing to bundle, and people can easily resell it for profit. A lot of people wish we would sell a bundle without “useless extras” like high-end audio, a carrying case, the bundled games, etc, but those just don’t significantly impact the cost. The core technology in the Rift is the main driver – two built-for-VR OLED displays with very high refresh rate and pixel density, a very precise tracking system, mechanical adjustment systems that must be lightweight, durable, and precise, and cutting-edge optics that are more complex to manufacture than many high end DSLR lenses. It is expensive, but for the $599 you spend, you get a lot more than spending $599 on pretty much any other consumer electronics devices – phones that cost $599 cost a fraction of that to make, same with mid-range TVs that cost $599. There are a lot of mainstream devices in that price-range, so as you have said, our failing was in communication, not just price. | Source
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/// Dying Light: The Following Story Trailer!
/// Sony: There are Over 100 Titles in the Works for PlayStation VR!
Speaking with the BBC at CES 2016 this week, Sony boss Kaz Hirai said there are currently 200 developers signed up for the PlayStation VR program.
“We are working on over 100 titles that will play on PlayStation VR,” he said. “This is a testament to the kind of support we are getting from the content creation community. So we have a lot of support and I think it will be great product when it comes out later this year.”
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/// Rise of the Tomb Raider Free with Purchase of Select Nvidia Cards!
Those who purchase a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 980 or 970 graphics card or system, or a participating GeForce GTX 980, 980M or 970M notebook – you’ll get the game free. | Source
/// Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Console Open beta Begins January 14!
PvZGW2 launches its open multiplayer beta beginning January 14 and ending January 18. This is open to all PS4 and Xbox One players – here are just some of the highlights of the Garden Warfare 2 multiplayer beta:
► Enjoy the Backyard Battleground (we’re saving tons of great content and plenty of surprises for launch!), and play our King of the Hill-inspired mode, Flag of Power, where you can jump into the action right away and experience an immersive and escalating battle.
► You’ll also get to try out six new PvZ character classes, as well as a returning roster of your favorite characters from the original Garden Warfare.
► Jump into our 24 person multiplayer modes – the new Herbal Assault and Gardens & Graveyards
► You’ll be able to play across four distinct maps – Moon Base Z, Frosty Creek, Z-Tech Factory, and Seeds of Time.
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/// Outlast 2 Won’t Take Place in Another Insane Asylum!
@JrDamond No asylum this time around; we’re going for a new setting.
— Red Barrels Games (@TheRedBarrels) January 6, 2016
/// Naughty Dog Maps Out Plans for Bi-Monthly Twitch Streams!
Hosted by members of the Naughty Dog team, the community event bears semblance to a director’s commentary, and the studio has teased plans to welcome different guests stars onto the series as the weeks wear on.
We’ve had a lot of fun doing Twitch broadcasts last month for the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta. So much fun that we’re going to start having regular Twitch broadcasts throughout the year in 2016! We’re looking to run a broadcast at least twice monthly with all sorts of guests and content. As we start getting things scheduled, we’ll be sure to give you a heads up with plenty of time to join us during the broadcasts. Of course, we’ll have most, if not all, our broadcasts archived for later viewing as well.
/// Play Destiny before January 10, Get a New Year’s Emblem!
Guardians: Complete any activity in Destiny between now and Jan. 10th to earn an exclusive new Emblem. pic.twitter.com/zkwxOQpryT
— Destiny The Game (@DestinyTheGame) January 7, 2016
/// Hellblade Confirmed For 2016 Launch; PC & PS4 Releases To Be Simultaneous!
— NinjaTheory (@NinjaTheory) January 7, 2016
— NinjaTheory (@NinjaTheory) January 6, 2016