Japanese company Sony has big plans for the Sony PlayStation VR, its entry into VR gaming technology. Although the headset is not set for release until later this year, the company is already exploring how to expand support for the headset that will likely include support for PCs.
According a report in The Independent, a senior executive of Sony shared this piece of news about their plans in an interview with the Japanese paper Nikkei. In the interview, Sony executive vice president Masayasu Ito said that the possibility of making the PSVR compatible with PCs is quite high, primarily because PCs and the PSVR share many similar parts.
If Sony is successful in doing this, this will give the more expensive VR headsets, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, a run for their money, as the PSVR is the cheapest headset among the three, which will make it more attractive for early adopters. Ito however said that this may be coming in the long-term as they are currently focusing their efforts in developing games for the PSVR. more >>
Microsoft unveiled the latest about its products, services, and ongoing projects during its much-anticipated keynote speech for Build 2016 on Wednesday, March 30, in San Francisco.
The slew of announcements from the tech giant included those about Windows 10, Xbox One, HoloLens, Cortana, and some big news about what Microsoft executives believe will be the next apps.
During the keynote speech, it was announced that the developer edition of the company's HoloLens is currently being shipped out. Though the device is too expensive for regular consumers, releasing the holographic headset to developers is a major milestone for the company. The HoloLens app, as well as the source code, are also being made available for developers to study and build from. more >>
After a controversial start last week, Microsoft's Twitter chatbot Tay AI was turned off after it picked up some bad habits from Twitter users who interacted with it. The chatbot was originally designed by Microsoft to interact with users on Twitter and learn from these interactions. Unfortunately, Microsoft also found out that the bot can learn bad habits as it started sending out tweets that were anti-Semitic and anti-feminist. This led Microsoft to put an end to its experiment for now.
Yesterday, however, according to several reports, the chatbot made an appearance on Twitter again which was as a Fortune report called it – a disastrous comeback. Tay AI went online again last March 30, this time spewing out a nonsensical tweet which said, "You are too fast. Please take a rest." According to the Fortune report, the chatbot was sending the message to itself as well as other Twitter accounts several times per second. This continued until it was able to spam over 200,000 follower accounts. After a while, the chatbot stopped and its account settings were converted to "private."
In an official statement to CNBC, Microsoft confirmed that Tay AI was indeed turned on but was done so inadvertently while they were undergoing testing. A spokesperson said, "Tay remains offline while we make adjustments. As part of testing, she was inadvertently activated on Twitter for a brief period of time." more >>
Action role-playing game series "Two Worlds" is getting a third instalment as confirmed by the game's publisher TopWare Interactive and Polish developer Reality Pump. According to a Tech Times report, both TopWare and Reality Pump announced that they were working on "Two Worlds 3." They also shared that "Two Worlds 2" will be getting a major update and new content soon.
According to the report, TopWare said that the new game will be developed within 36 months, which is their normal game development cycle. They are currently working on the game's concept. The publisher also noted that the franchise has garnered several game awards and has sold well over 10 million units, which they say is their motivation behind working on the third game of the series.
Surprisingly, "Two Worlds 2" which was released way back in 2010 will also be getting new content and a "major" update on the game's engine, according to TopWare. The report cited that the engine update will feature better details in character models and game environment, as well as new in-game features and upgrades as well as achievements. more >>
Open world survival game "Fallout 4," fresh from delivering its DLC "Automatron" to the game, has now opened the game's Survival Mode in beta. According to a report in Polygon, the beta is currently available for the PC version of the game. Gamers who are on Steam can access the beta for the updated Survival Mode now. The report also said that console versions of the game will be receiving the update to Survival Mode within next month.
Steam users can access the update through the settings option in their "Fallout 4" game found in their libraries. Those who wish to download the update may go to Bethesda's community forum to find out how to download.
According to a description of the features included in the difficulty mode which was detailed by Bethesda earlier, instead of having many save options, the only way for players to save in this mode is by sleeping. Fast travel is also said to be disabled in this mode; there is also fatigue; and what is called "increased lethality" which means that players can "deal and take more damage." A new perk also comes with update, called Adrenaline, which is said to increase after each kill and adds bonus damage to attacks. more >>
Everything that has come out about a mid-generation console by Sony seem to be based on mere rumors. A report in Eurogamer however claims that it has independently confirmed that the device is in fact the real thing, with prototypes said to be in development at Sony. The report also claims that their sources have been referring to the device as PlayStation 4K rather than PS 4.5.
Another report in Games Radar rounded up reports and rumors in order to paint a better picture of what this mid-generation console will feature.
One major feature that it is expected to have is support for 4K gaming. 4K, otherwise known as Ultra HD, is the current standard in High Definition TV. With better broadcast quality comes the need for some consumers to have similar quality resolution when it comes to gaming. Technology-wise however, the report noted that real 4K gaming may be a while off as the graphics technology associated with it is still very expensive. What the report proposes is 4K support by way of "a wider color range, and high-dynamic range imaging for better contrast throughout the picture being displayed." This is more possible to achieve and much cheaper to implement for consoles. more >>