'PUBG Mobile' update adds Miramar map and more

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'PUBG Mobile' update adds Miramar map and more

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has finally dropped its 0.5.0 update for mobile, and it's pretty much everything we'd hoped for. A cut-to-the-chase tweet from developer PUBG revealed that the Miramar Map, progression missions, secret stash and local quick teams are all part of the new patch, which was rolled out over a period of extended downtime yesterday. Availability of the update depends on the region of your store, though, so you might not get it straight away, but unlike the last mobile update, it doesn't matter which operating system you're using as it looks like Android and iOS users will get the goods at the same time.

SteamVR Input beta test helps controllers adapt to any VR game

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SteamVR Input beta test helps controllers adapt to any VR game

With the latest beta version of SteamVR Valve is now testing a new setup for controllers that makes things more customizable no matter what controllers you're using, what the game was designed for, or what capabilities the user has. With the new SteamVR Input system, developers are now able to offer alternate control schemes without updating the game itself, while gamers can adjust bindings for buttons and switches to their liking, then share those setups via Steam Workshop.

'CoolPaintrVR' is PlayStation VR's 3D painting app

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'CoolPaintrVR' is PlayStation VR's 3D painting app

PC-based virtual reality has a few applications for creating art, but so far PlayStation VR owners have been left high and dry in that regard. That changes now with CoolPaintrVR from Singular People and WildBit Studios. You can use either a DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers to craft your masterpiece, but the latter will almost assuredly offer the most natural painting experience. As VRFocus points out, in addition to exporting your finished product to USB for sharing, the app will also capture your entire creation session for 3D playback. Interested in getting your hands (virtually) dirty? It'll only set you back $20.

Microsoft may launch an accessibility-focused Xbox One controller

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Microsoft may launch an accessibility-focused Xbox One controller

Microsoft has a long-running history of courting gamers with accessibility needs, and it now looks like that might include a gamepad built with those players in mind. Well-known leaker WalkingCat has obtained an image of what looks to be an Xbox One controller designed with accessibility in mind. The peripheral appears to revolve around two giant buttons that would be easy to use without the precise finger dexterity you usually need. There's also a row of grooved icons (potentially touch-sensitive buttons) that reflect common Xbox functions, suggesting that gamers won't have to wade through menus that might be difficult to navigate.

Bethesda announces ‘Rage 2’ with a hype teaser

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Bethesda announces ‘Rage 2’ with a hype teaser

Rumors of a sequel to id Software's 2011 post-apocalyptic shooter Rage have been swimming around for years. But thanks to Walmart Canada accidentally spoiling E3 announcements last week, it was pretty clear that Rage 2 was coming -- especially after the game's twitter account roasted the superstore on Twitter. Lo and behold, the title's publisher Bethesda released a hype trailer confirming its existence, with the promise to upload a gameplay video tomorrow.

Japan gets golden NES Classic dedicated to old anime games

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Japan gets golden NES Classic dedicated to old anime games

When Nintendo promised to revive the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Editions, we didn't expect the company to do it this way. In celebration of Japanese manga magazine Weekly Jump, Nintendo will release a special gold and red Famicom Mini (NES to Western audiences) preloaded with 20 games that were based on manga from the magazine, as spotted by Kotaku. The mini console will be released in Japan on July 7th. If you really want one, your best bet is probably to keep an eye on eBay, or find a friend abroad.

A new generation of high school athletes will play eSports

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A new generation of high school athletes will play eSports

At the college level eSports are set to explode as more school-supported programs sprout up every day. But officially sanctioned high school esports are essentially nonexistent. Many teachers (and parents) still see video games as a waste of time. Teens looking for competitive team play could previously only find it in the unsung volunteer efforts of online leagues. They've been making do on their own for years, but they can't offer meeting spaces to practice and connect, or validation from adults and authority figures.

'Overwatch' anniversary event includes a new Deathmatch map

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'Overwatch' anniversary event includes a new Deathmatch map

The two-year anniversary of Overwatch is coming up, and to celebrate the team at Blizzard has a few treats in store. From May 22nd through June 11th, gamers on the PC, PlayStation and Xbox One only have to log into Overwatch to participate in the event. The anniversary event will also be playable on Overwatch's free weekend, from May 25th to May 25th. PlayStation users will not be required to have a Plus account in order to play during the free weekend.