Category: Gaming

The Oculus Rift Costs $599 And Is Already Sold Out

the-oculus-rift-2016Tor the years of hype and development, from issues to fragile developer units, delays and even an acquisition by Facebook, the final Oculus Rift package has gone live. On sale for $599 — a price that is high, yes, but enthusiasts and those keeping track have already bombarded the pre-order chance, rendering the Rift sold-out. Shipping starts in March; the next batch in May.

For those six Benjamins, Oculus will give you a “sick carrying case”, with a Rift headset, sensor, Xbox One wireless controller (that works with Windows), required cables and the games Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie. What about the Oculus Touch controllers you ask? Well, those are delayed until mid-2016, but honestly that’s quite fine right now.

Virtual reality will finally have the opportunity to see mainstream usage with the PC gaming market, and as an experience in general. It’s worth noting that the Rift requires a beefy computer capable of gaming to make good use of it, so you’re on your own there.

So, the VR wizards at Oculus have thought of that as well: a $1,499 package will include the entire Rift package, along with a desktop PC that includes an NVIDIA GTX 970/AMD R9 290 graphics card, Intel i5-4590 CPU, 8GB RAM, HDMI 1.3 compatible output, 3 USB 3.0 ports and Windows 7 SP1 64 or newer (?).

Oculus: it’s time to rock.

Via: Oculus

‘League of Legends’ Dev Is Now Owned By Chinese Firm Tencent

legends-1940x1095Indeed, Riot Games was just bought out by the new majority shareholder, Tencent. The Chinese-based game firm now holds the world’s most popular online multiplayer game in its figurative hands. For those of you unawares, Tencent also owns major shares in Blizzard (of World of Warcraft), FPS franchise Call of Duty, and the Gears of War devs, Epic Games.

Riot Games is often praised as being one of the best firms to work for in the United States, and to top all that off, it’s based in California. Now, changes to the game are of course, in Riot’s hands, but Tencent is changing how employees make money: by switching the incentive packages from equity to cash, thus gauging the overall company’s success on pay.

Interesting, indeed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get a pentakill.

Via: Riot 

HP’s Crown Jewel In Gaming: The Star Wars Special Edition Notebook

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It comes as a surprise that HP has been working with Disney for the past 12 months on building a mid-range gaming machine themed around Star Wars, and better yet, with 1,100 never-before-seen files pertaining to current and past Star Wars media.

It’s a plethora of happiness for the Star Wars diehard or newcomer, and even comes with sound packs that derive directly from the sounds certain characters make, like R2-D2.

Regarding the chassis, HP is siding with the dark side, because “honestly it sells better” (words taken from an HP representative). Thus, a “battle-worn” look is achieved through a scratched aesthetic. Even the packaging is centered around the theme; the foam inserts that keep the laptop protected inside the box are actually modeled after TIE fighters — the dedication by HP here is real.

Star Wars happiness aside, this is a tech blog, and this is a gaming machine we’re talking about here, s specs are important. A full HD display (touch optional version) at 15.6 inches is your window into the digital world, Skylake (sixth-gen) Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, up to 2TB of HDD and 12GB of RAM, optional HD Graphics 520 and NVIDIA GeForce 940M GPUs, an optical drive, and dual speakers and audio mastered by none other than the Denmark-based Bang & Olufsen.

The starting price is $699, and it launches later this Fall.

Finally Taking PC Gaming Seriously, Lenovo Launches The New Y Series

20150901_140454Lenovo has taken gaming seriously this year, introducing a new Y series line of gaming computers and accessories at a press briefing in New York City. The feature presentation of the new series are the Ideacentre Y900 and Y700, full ATX tower desktops priced at $1599 and $999 respectively, launching in November. Both systems feature the latest 6th generation Intel processors, 625W power supply, up to a GTX 980 graphics card, air filters within the chassis design to improve air flow and an exuberant red lighting scheme.

Here Are The (Prototype) Wireless Controllers For The HTC Vive VR Headset

20150715_142612Wading it through storms and showers in New York City (to the Dream Hotel, no less) this week was thoroughly worth it — because, a demonstration of HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset was in order. The experience is fluid despite needing more work in the user interface (which is designed as a gallery that you “walk” in), as well as the two mounted sensors that will be simplified for consumer use — they fill the room with lasers and in layman’s terms, assist in the calibration and recognition of the user’s real-world space.

And surprisingly, HTC is close to Valve, evening going as far as developing a Portal VR demo.

Sony’s ‘Ultimate Player Edition’ PS4 Is Really Just 1TB Of Storage

ps4Don’t get too excited, as it’s not a major update to the next-generation games console that’s currently winning in terms of sales. Much like their competition in Redmond, Sony is getting ready to release a 1 terabyte storage (1,000GB) version of their console, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price, but with a debut across Europe on July 15th.

As for the earlier 500GB version? The glossy section has been replaced with a matte finish and has been tweaked to be 10% lighter and 8% more energy efficient. So, there’s that.

Via: PS Europe

Xbox Elite Controller: It Does Look Pretty Legit

xbox-elite-2Ah, yes indeed: “an elite controller for the elite gamer”. Microsoft is hurling new developments at the world at this year’s E3 (and at Sony). In doing so, one new addition to the Xbox war chest is the Elite controller: swappable components, stainless steel, four new rear paddle buttons, custom game settings, trigger sensitivity, button mapping, and customizable thumbstick sensitivity — the whole package, really.

Asking price? A elite $149, with support for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Via: Xbox

Oculus Touch: “Natural Input VR Controller” Is A Thing Now

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.32.59 PMAbove is the Oculus Touch being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift. 

The primary function of the Touch is to provide a more natural input for playing VR games with the just-finalized VR headset. While it won’t debut in Q1 2016 alongside the Oculus Rift’s consumer launch, the Touch will accompany the company’s catalog later on in 2016.

Some notes on what the two controllers actually are: they have capacitive touch input, gesture recognition, haptic feedback and a set of traditional buttons as well.

In short, you’ll be able to “feel” certain things in the VR space thanks to the Oculus Touch — which will complete the experience. Why can’t this come any sooner?

Via: Oculus