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PSVR Trumps Competition at $399

MARCH 17, 2016 • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. used the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to announce the MSRP on its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. The device will release worldwide in October at $399, €399, £349 and ¥44,980. SCE did not announce any games would be bundled with the PSVR, yet did disclose that […]

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AMD Promotes Sulon Q VR

MARCH 15, 2016 • Topping early virtual reality announcements at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was the Sulon Q headset from Sulon Technologies Inc. The device was unveiled on stage at an event held by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. What sets the Sulon Q apart from competitors is the headset is an […]

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Riot Acquires Radiant

MARCH 10, 2016 • Riot Games has acquired Los Altos, Calif.-based Radiant Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is the first for Riot. Radiant was founded in 2013 by brothers Tom and Tony Cannon. Their first title is the crowdfunded town building simulation game, Stonehearth, which is still in alpha. Also in alpha was […]

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Gibeau Becomes Zynga CEO

MARCH 3, 2016 • Former Electronic Arts, Inc. executive vice president of EA Mobile, Frank Gibeau, has signed on to become the next chief executive officer of Zynga Inc. He has been on Zynga’s board last fall. Mark Pincus is stepping down from the CEO post he reclaimed in April of last year when Don […]

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Happy Goggles VR

MARCH 1, 2016 • The Swedish branch of McDonald’s Corp. is the test market for the fast food conglomerate’s first foray into virtual reality. A special edition Happy Meals container will be distributed to the 15 McDonald’s in Sweden the weekends of March 5 and March 12. The box can be refolded into a VR viewer […]

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HTC Vive hits $799

FEB. 22, 2016 • A month after the Oculus Rift began pre-orders at $599, HTC Corp.’s Vive entered preorder contention at $799. Similarly, the Rift ships in March with the Vive following in April. The Vive was developed in partnership with Valve Inc. Both virtual reality headsets are more similar than they are dissimilar in […]

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MSFT Looks At Modular PCs

FEB. 16, 2016 • Last July, Microsoft Corp. filed for a U.S. patent on a modular PC design in which GPU, CPU and accessory components would be housed in separate easy to stack components without requiring any tools. Microsoft’s application was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on February 11. The reason behind Microsoft’s […]

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Amazon Joins Engine Arena

FEB. 10, 2016 • Amazon.com is entering the highly competitive AAA game engine business with two new platforms. Lumberyard is a free CryEngine-based, cross-platform, 3D game engine that features rich development tools, a graphics renderer, physics engine, native integration with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to create multiplayer online games, plus native integration with […]

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Nintendo’s Major Mobile Initiative

FEB. 3, 2016 • Last December, Nintendo Co. Ltd. launched a new online account service in Japan intended to link experience from all of the gamemaker’s content. Rather simply dubbed, Nintendo Account, the service encourages access from mobile devices and PCs, as well as Nintendo’s own console systems. Login utilizing Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts […]

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Perfect World’s First Pay Game

FEB. 1, 2016 • Later this year, Chinese publisher Perfect World Ent. Inc. will publish its first pay-to-play title, Livelock, from Tuque Games in Montreal, Canada. The top-down shooter is slated for PC, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Livelock is the first game from Tuque, which was founded in 2012. The title was originally […]

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