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Oculus Makes a deal with Microsoft for Windows 10 & Xbox One support

At its press conference today Oculus announced that Oculus Rift will ship with an Xbox One controller & stream Xbox One games

Interest in VR gaming technology has been quickly heating up, with analysts predicting it will be the next big wave in gaming. Now rumors are spreading that Sony will dedicate half of its E3 booth to its VR headset project Morpheus. At the same time Valve and HTC are joining forces to created their own headset called Vive. None of the VR headset coming out on the market are gaining the attention the Oculus Rift is raking in however.

Of course Oculus has been fighting an uphill battle after being bought by Facebook, that made gamers question if the headset would keep its focus on gaming. Since then they’ve been doing all they can to convince gamers that Oculus Rift wouldn’t lose its way. At a pre-E3 press conference today the company made a move in the right direction by announcing a partnership with Microsoft. That also helps to explain why Microsoft has yet to announce their own version of a VR headset to compete with Sony and Valve.

Oculus Makes a deal with Microsoft for Windows 10 & Xbox One support

Representatives from both companies took the stage to explain what the deal will mean for Microsoft and Oculus Rift. Explaining that when the VR headset ships in Q1 2016 it will be bundled with an Xbox One controller and adapter. That isn’t the end of the deal between the two companies however, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer added that:

“The Rift will natively work with Windows 10. And we all know that VR experiences require the highest performance, and with Direct X 12, we believe we’ll be able to create state of the art virtual reality experiences on top of Windows”

A deal with Oculus is a big win for Microsoft’s PC gaming department, that gamers have said for years is sorely lacking support. Microsoft looks like its trying to show PC gamers that they haven’t forgotten them and that Windows 10 will be the gaming platform they’ve been asking for.

PC gamers are not the only ones benefiting from the Oculus/Microsoft deal, Xbox One owners should also be excited. During the conference Phil Spencer said “people will be able to stream their Xbox One games to Oculus Rift” meaning that upcoming games like Halo 5 and current titles like Forza could be getting Oculus Rift treatment.

There was no word on when Xbox One gamers could expect to see Oculus Rift compatibility but the wait probably won’t be long.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Feeling a bit buzzed The Last of Us Pedro Pascal from HBO wins SAG Award

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Pedro Pascal may have indulged in a few too many Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s before the 2024 SAG Awards, where he clinched the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Joel Miller in the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us. Appearing slightly intoxicated, the actor portraying Joel confidently stepped onto the stage and stated, “This is incorrect for several reasons. I’ve had a few drinks. I believed I could become intoxicated. Thanks, HBO! Oh boy, I feel a bit embarrassed, but I really appreciate this.”

Pascal faced tough competition from Succession actors Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew MacFadyen, along with The Morning Show’s Billy Crudup. He emerged victorious for the award and, seemingly oblivious to his defeated competitors, remarked:

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“I’ve been in the union since 1999, so this is a tremendous honor. “We’re on Netflix,” Pascal noted, mentioning the streaming platform’s position on censorship. “I might experience a surge of anxiety and decide to depart.” Pascal expressed gratitude to showrunner Craig Mazin, Naughty Dog head Neill Druckmann, colleagues, and production staff for their valuable contributions.

 

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REYNATIS appears as a rugged yet strangely attractive action RPG for PS5 and PS4

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It’s unfair to criticize the time it takes to develop PS5 and PS4 games, only to then judge REYNATIS for appearing a bit messy. Developers are investing significant sums in creating high-budget games nowadays, so maybe it’s about time we adjust our expectations and embrace slightly less polished releases instead.

This introduction sets the stage for FuRyu’s latest game, which could easily fit in as a late-gen launch on the PS3, but that doesn’t take away from its potential for enjoyment. A team of former Square Enix employees created this game, which explores a power struggle among magicians in Shibuya. Some aim to flaunt their abilities, while others prefer to keep them hidden.

The setting is truly remarkable; having visited Shibuya, it captures the essence of the iconic location perfectly. The combat appears solid, but there are performance issues to address, especially with the Japanese release scheduled for July 25th. Although there has been no official announcement regarding a Western release, we anticipate that a publisher will likely pick it up later this year.

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Leaked footage of LittleBigPlanet Hub on PS3 brings a nostalgic wave

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Once upon a time, Sony revealed Little Big Planet HUB, a free-to-play exclusive for the PS3 available on the PS Store. It seems that the game will merge all the content from LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2, giving fans the opportunity to play, create, and share without any cost. The concept was ambitious, which likely made the platform holder hesitant.

It is common knowledge that the planned release in August 2013 never materialized, with many speculating that it evolved into Little Big Planet 3. More than a decade later, footage from a beta version of LittleBigPlanet Hub has surfaced after an old NDA expired.

There is not much that is unexpected here: the gameplay resembles LittleBigPlanet, featuring floaty physics, prize bubbles, and narration by Stephen Fry. It’s intriguing to come across cancelled titles such as this one. A free-to-play version of LittleBigPlanet could potentially thrive in today’s landscape of creative live services similar to Roblox and Minecraft.

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