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HTC Vive will be free of charge for developers

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Valve and HTC have introduced the HTC Vive virtual reality headset at the MWC 2015 and GDC 2015 shows in March 2015, and the early previews of the device have already managed to gather millions of fans. The new VR headset is looking even more advanced than Oculus Rift and even Project Morpheus, but it won’t be released until 2016. According to the keynote of the HTC event at the MWC 2015, by the time we hit the new year, the HTC Vive will be out for consumers, so there’s not too long a wait ahead of us. While that sounds interesting, the more interesting development of this story is that developers will be able to get a free HTC Vive from Valve, as long as they are qualified.

The Developer Edition of the HTC Vive will be available for free for developers as soon as HTC and Valve launch the new sign-up site through which you will be able to request the headset. According to statements from Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi and Ars Technica, the new sign-up site will be up and running next week and it will be accepting developer registrations. Devs will be able to sign up for complete HTC Vive developer kits, although early versions.

The new HTC Vive development kits will start shipping this Spring, which means that by the time June comes around, developers across the world will most likely have a few games and apps ready for testing. That timeline sits very well with Valve and HTC, as it more or less means the official consumer release of the VR headset will definitely be on time for the announced launch. It seems that these free development kits will be limited, so if you’re interested in getting your hands on one, you should keep an eye out for that site that Valve and HTC will be launching next week and apply as soon as you can.

If you’re curious as to what the development kit actually contains, Ars Technica has us fans covered: the kit will include the HTC Vive headset, two controllers and two base stations. We’re very curious to see what games and apps the Vive will get once it is launched and how much the headset itself will cost, as rumors are that it won’t be too cheap. Regardless, it seems the virtual reality industry is getting more and more attention and developers will certainly be happy to receive free HTC Vive development kits, for sure.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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