Sony Taking Pre-Orders For $500 PlayStation VR Bundle

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Sony Taking Pre-Orders For $500 PlayStation VR Bundle

Sony has announced that starting next week at 7:00 a.m. PT Tuesday, March 22, it will start taking pre-orders for a $500 PlayStation VR launch-day bundle that includes everything you need for PSVR and more.

The limited Launch bundle includes everything from the $399 Core bundle (PSVR headset/cables, stereo headphones, and demo disc) as well as the PlayStation VR Worlds game, two Move controllers, and the PS camera. The camera – which is $60 itself – is required for the PSVR experience (as is a PS4), but is not in the $399 Core bundle. The Move controllers are not required for PSVR.

Sony says that if the pre-orders are maxed out for the Launch bundle, it will start them up again in the summer. The company says that the Core bundle, however, is not available for pre-order.

Reader Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Video Game Sci-fi Setting?

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Reader Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Video Game Sci-fi Setting?

Sci-fi is a popular genre in the world of video games, but many of them feel generic or overused. What sci-fi settings stand out to you? What is your favorite sci-fi universe?

I first starting thinking about this topic during our recent cover story trip for Gears of War 4, because I've never really cared about Gears of War's fictional world of Sera, but I thought The Coalition has done a great job adding to the series' lore to makes that world interesting again. Even with series that I love – like Dead Space or Halo – I've never really cared much for their setting, because they feel a bit like generic sci-fi. Whereas Fallout has always had a unique art style and mood that makes me interested in its world (even when I find the the overall narrative lacking).

What about you? Do you have a favorite sci-fi universe? Mass Effect? BioShock? Final Fantasy?

Real Life Street Fighter Is More Brutal Than The Game

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When you actually see them fighting in real life you realize how stupid their costumes really are.

YouTuber's RackaRacka put together this live action Street Fighter brawl. If you think this is something, you should check out this video of that one time Master Chief invaded a Call of Duty match. Of course, this also comes on the heels of the preview for Machinima's live action Street Fighter series, so all your live action Street Fighter needs have been met. 

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CastAR Augmented Reality Glasses Aim To Make Couch Gaming Relevant Again

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CastAR Augmented Reality Glasses Aim To Make Couch Gaming Relevant Again

As our online networks have evolved, gaming has become more isolating as it has grown more connected. We used to rush through our homework to get over to a friend's house to pass the controller. Now we blast through our chores to get online to play with pals.

CastAR is bucking the trend of alone-but-together by giving players a reason to gather once more. The device, which is targeted for 2017 release, diverges from the VR/AR trend. Unlike the Rift, Vive, PSVR, and HoloLens that bring the image close to your eyes, CastAR uses miniature mounted projectors.

This also means you need a specific surface on which to play. The CastAR board is coated in highly reflective material that bounces light directly back at the source almost entirely. Two projectors mounted above polarized lenses complete the loop by filtering out cross-noise created by the dual images and other players.

Bungie Dates Destiny's 2.2.0 Spring Update

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Bungie Dates Destiny's 2.2.0 Spring Update

Details about exactly what the update will entail are slim, but we now know when it will release.

According to the latest Bungie Weekly Update, which you can read here, the spring update (now referred to as the April update) for the game will be available on April 12, 2016. Bungie is teasing New PVE challenges, new and updated gear, a new quest featuring the Blighted Chalice Strike, increased max light and rewards, and Sandbox and Crucible updates.

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College Athletes To Get Part Of $60 Million EA Sports Settlement

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College Athletes To Get Part Of $60 Million EA Sports Settlement

Payment terms for college athletes who appeared in EA Sports' basketball and football video game franchises between 2003 and 2014 have been established as part of the $60 million settlement by Electronic Arts and the NCAA in the O'Bannon lawsuit.

After lawyers take their 30 percent, 24,819 athletes of the class-action lawsuit who have been determined to have a valid claim will get an average of $1,600. Lead plaintiffs, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart, and former Nebraska/Arizona State QB Sam Keller will get an estimated $15,000 apiece.

In general, the amounts were based on what years the athletes appeared in and the manner in which their likeness was used. Earlier years of the video games were worth less, and those players whose photos or avatars were used got more money than those who were simply represented by a generic name or body description.

LawBreakers Is No Longer A Free-To-Play And Has A New Art Direction

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LawBreakers Is No Longer A Free-To-Play And Has A New Art Direction

Cliff Bleszinski's studio Bosskey announced today its first game, LawBreakers, is no longer planned as a free-to-play title.

LawBreakers was announced as a free-to-play game, but today during a panel at GDC, Bleszinski announced the game will release as a digital premium title. In a follow-up clarification email, Bosskey wrote, "LawBreakers is now a digital premium title instead of free-to-play, though it won’t be priced at $60."

The email also reveals that Lawbreakers has changed art styles (the image above represents the original art style) that "lines up with [Bleszinski's] original visual for LawBreakers." Finally, it was revealed the game will be exclusive to Steam at launch and can be added to Steam wishlists today.

Special Edition Dusk And Copper Shadow Controllers On The Way For Xbox One

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Special Edition Dusk And Copper Shadow Controllers On The Way For Xbox One

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb recently shared a pair of new Xbox One controller colors coming soon.

A closer look at the new Xbox One Special Edition Dusk Shadow Wireless Controller https://t.co/ZlZK5t80pShttps://t.co/aJLu0EiUpP

The controllers' colors are called Copper Shadow and Dusk Shadow. The controllers will be $69.99 each and you can pre-order them now. They will be available later this month, but there is no exact date.

SWTOR’s Knights Of The Fallen Empire Saga Continues With Visions In The Dark

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SWTOR’s Knights Of The Fallen Empire Saga Continues With Visions In The Dark

BioWare and Lucasfilm announced today that Visions in the Dark will plunge players into the hostile wilderness of planet Odessen in Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Knights of the Fallen Empire. The next chapter of the MMO’s Fallen Empire saga will release April 7.

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Visions in the Dark is the third of seven chapters that explore the backstory of the war-hardened Outlander. Odessen will host the battle against the immortal Emperor Valkorion, and the episode is primed to reveal the Outlander’s connection to the Eternal Empire’s head of state.

Trailer Showcases Star Wars Battlefront's Outer Rim DLC And Its Heroes Nien Nunb And Greedo

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Trailer Showcases Star Wars Battlefront's Outer Rim DLC And Its Heroes Nien Nunb And Greedo

DICE has released a new trailer for its upcoming Outer Rim DLC, which releases on March 22.

The DLC adds heroes Nien Nunb And Greedo, but also adds new locations based on Jabba's Hutt and the surrounding area, new weapons, Hutt Contracts, a new Spectator Mode, and an increased Level Cap. For more on the DLC, including details on its new Extraction mode, head here.

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