Facebook hopes to prove AR is more than selfie filters and games

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Facebook hopes to prove AR is more than selfie filters and games

As I'm surrounded by software engineers in a conference room with no natural light, playing augmented reality games on an iPhone, I forget for a second that I'm in Seattle visiting Facebook. Not Amazon or Microsoft. Facebook, a company that's evolved from a simple social network to a full-on technology behemoth. Here, inside the largest engineering hub outside its Menlo Park headquarters, Facebook says people are working on many of the projects that will impact its 10-year roadmap and mission of "bringing the world closer together," including Games, Groups, Messenger and, of course, ads. But I'm there to talk about one particular emerging technology that the company believes will be key to its future: augmented reality.

Watch a Twitch stream to unlock 'Black Ops 4' battle royale PC beta

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Watch a Twitch stream to unlock 'Black Ops 4' battle royale PC beta

PC players on the fence about Call of Duty Black Ops 4 can get an early taster of the game's Battle Royale mode today -- the same day as those who paid for a pre-order. All you have to do is sign up to Blizzard's desktop gaming hub, Blizzard.net, and watch an hour of Twitch broadcasts from partnered streamers Ninja, Shroud, Summit1G or TimTheTatman between 10AM PT/1PM Eastern and 2PM PT/5PM Eastern. Then early access will be sent straight to your Battle.Net account.

'PUBG Mobile' update adds Sanhok desert map and new weapons

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'PUBG Mobile' update adds Sanhok desert map and new weapons

PUBG Mobile's recruited 20 million daily active users (outside of Korea, Japan, and China) in just six months. To celebrate, Bluehole is giving gamers a massive update led by the arrival of the Sanhok map. That also means new weapons (Flare Gun, QBZ, Muscle Car and Bulletproof UAZ), along with a new Season Page that shows all your data -- including titles, highest tier reached and more -- and the usual gameplay improvements, this time tweaking the chat system, clan rankings, air drop items, and friends list, among others.

Watch the 'Civilization VI' trailer for Nintendo Switch

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Watch the 'Civilization VI' trailer for Nintendo Switch

Civilization VI is invading Nintendo Switch on November 16th, and now its creators have dropped a trailer showing what you can expect from the empire builder. In early September, 2K and Firaxis Games accidentally revealed the game's arrival's on the console in an announcement that they also quickly took down. You don't have to worry, though: the game is truly set to invade the platform with its expansions and scenario packs in tow.

'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' will head to Switch as a cloud game

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'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' will head to Switch as a cloud game

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Odyssey will also land on the Switch, but in a way that probably wouldn't please a lot of people. The upcoming title is following in Resident Evil 7's footsteps and will be available for the platform as a cloud game on October 5th, 2018. Yes, that means players will have to stream it to play it and won't be able to download the whole game in one go. Also, the Switch version seems to be scheduled for release in Japan only for now.

'Pokémon' developer is releasing a Switch RPG called 'Town'

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'Pokémon' developer is releasing a Switch RPG called 'Town'

Game Freak, the Japanese video game developer behind Pokémon, is working on a turn-based RPG simply called Town. Thankfully, that's only a working title for the new IP, so they might still come up with something more memorable. Nintendo has announced the game during its latest Direct presentation, showing some of its characters and a short preview of its gameplay. Apparently, the game is a new story set "in a village with a secret to hide." Under the protection of a castle, the village's residents enjoyed peace until giant monsters started showing up and wreaking havoc. The villagers now have to team up and fight off the fiends with their smarts and their tools.