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Oculus launches online Concepts store for early access to games

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Oculus and Samsung partnered up last year to launch the Gear VR, and today they started shipping the newest edition of the virtual reality headset and launched a new platform within the Oculus Store. With a few Gear VR games and apps already available in the same store, launching Concepts is a bonus for those who really want to experience virtual reality from the ground up. Oculus Concepts is essentially a platform where VR game developers can upload their Gear VR games before completion, so that users can test them and give feedback.

That being said, paying $100 to get the new Gear VR from the Oculus store seems much more interesting. With early access to new games and apps and the chance to experience how VR content is made from the ground up is an interesting opportunity, even for casual users. There’s a lot of investment involved in the Gear VR, because it only works with newer Samsung Galaxy handsets, which are rather expensive exceeding $500 unlocked.

However, the Oculus Concepts store offers an additional reason why early adopters and VR fans would consider buying into the ecosystem. To truly experience games to the max with Gear VR, besides the phone, VR headset and Oculus store prices you pay, you should also consider getting a Bluetooth controller or gamepad. But the games and the experience might be worth it to you with the early access Oculus Concepts offers.

Testing VR games and monitoring their progress and development by being part of the feedback process can be fun and rewarding at the same time. Developers and gamers can work together to create games that fascinate and offer immersive experiences that can be unique to Gear VR. Starting today, developers and Samsung Gear VR owners can access Oculus Concepts and start collaborating within virtual reality.

Developers can begin submitting Gear VR games to the Concepts store, while U.S. customers should be receiving the first shipments of the virtual reality headset. International preorders are also going to be opened, so early adopters from around the world can join in the fun. Provided their wallets are up for the task. The Concepts store is pretty neat, but I’m still not sure anyone except Galaxy S6 owners would feel rewarded with the Gear VR headset.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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