Oculus Quest has Rift-quality VR without the wires

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Oculus Quest has Rift-quality VR without the wires

Hugo Barra, Oculus' head of VR, said earlier this year that the standalone headset is the key to mass adoption of VR. And in 2018, the company is doubling down on that claim. A few months ago, Oculus released its first standalone headset, the Oculus Go, an affordable phone-free alternative to Samsung's Gear VR. Today, at Oculus Connect 5, the company unveiled the Oculus Quest, which promises Rift-quality experiences, but without a PC. In my brief experience with it, the Quest lives up to the standalone VR promise, though it doesn't quite match up to the quality of the Rift. At least not yet.

Oculus' mobile app now supports the Rift headset

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Oculus' mobile app now supports the Rift headset

The Oculus mobile app is no longer just a companion to the Oculus Go -- an update to the app for Android and iOS has introduced Rift support that lets you manage your VR experience away from your PC. You can link up with friends, find events and shop the Oculus Store. This includes installing apps, too. If you want, you can start downloading a VR game while you're out at work so that it's ready to play by the time you're home.

The importance of sitting in 'Life is Strange 2'

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The importance of sitting in 'Life is Strange 2'

The question rings in my head. I'm roughly 15 minutes into the first episode of Life is Strange 2 and I've just realized the real stakes at play for the two main characters, Daniel and Sean Diaz. Daniel is 9 and Sean is 16, and the two brothers are wandering alongside an empty highway on the Pacific Northwest coast, dense trees to their right and asphalt to their left. Their clothes and faces are dusted in dirt.

Telltale stops selling 'The Walking Dead: The Final Season'

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Telltale stops selling 'The Walking Dead: The Final Season'

Telltale has temporarily removed the final season of The Walking Dead from digital game stores. Head to its GOG page and you'll be greeted with the following message: "Telltale has requested a temporary pause of sales of The Walking Dead - Final Season." It's also no longer available on Steam or console either, reports The Verge. The now-defunct studio reportedly confirmed to Polygon that season pass sales have been "halted" as it works out how to see it through to completion. We've reached out to Telltale to find out what's going on and will update this article with its response. Of course, a "temporary pause" implies the game should be back at some point.

DeepMind and Unity will work together on AI research

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DeepMind and Unity will work together on AI research

Alphabet's DeepMind division is partnering with Unity to accelerate machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) research. The collaboration will focus on "virtual environments" that DeepMind and others can use to test and visualize experimental algorithms. Otherwise, little is known about the partnership. Today's announcement is basically a broad agreement, or statement of intent, between the two companies. "I couldn't be more excited to be collaborating with Unity, creating virtual environments for developing and testing the kind of smart, flexible algorithms we need to tackle real-world problems," Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of DeepMind said in a press release light on detail.

PC gamers like using controllers more than you might think

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PC gamers like using controllers more than you might think

While PC gamers enjoy many benefits over using a console, the latest Steam stats released by Valve show there's a shared appreciation for one thing: console gamepads. According to Valve, since 2015 when it released an update allowing players to map gamepad inputs to any combination a game understands, over 30 million of its players have registered a controller, and about half of them have registered more than one.

Xbox One mouse and keyboard support is coming with Razer's help

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Xbox One mouse and keyboard support is coming with Razer's help

Yes, the rumors were true. Microsoft has confirmed that it's weeks away from adding mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One (initially for Insiders), and it's enlisting some help from none other than Razer. The gaming-oriented brand will provide the "best possible" experience for input on the console, Microsoft said. There aren't many details as to what that entails (a November 10th Inside Xbox episode will share more), but an earlier Windows Central leak hinted at Chroma RGB lighting compatibility and touted the Turret lapboard as a solution for living room gaming.