HTC Announces Higher-Resolution Vive And Wireless Adapter

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HTC Announces Higher-Resolution Vive And Wireless Adapter

HTC today announced exciting new changes to the Vive, emphasizing both higher resolution and a wireless adapter.

The new headset, named the Vive Pro, boosts the resolution beyond the realm of existing VR headsets. upping the OLED displays to 2880 x 1600, which works out to 1400 x 1600 per eye and 615 pixels per inch. As a comparison to the other product where ppi is often mentioned, an iPhone X contains about 326 ppi on its screen, but the iPhone also isn't right on top of your eye. The new Vive resolution is a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 resolution of the current market's Vive.

The Vive Pro has also reformed the top headband for comfort, added a sizing dial for adjustments, integrated on-ear headphones built into the headset, and added dual-microphones and cameras to increase the capabilities inherited from the previous headset.

Here Are 2017's Biggest News Stories From Video Games

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Here Are 2017's Biggest News Stories From Video Games

With the book closed on 2017, it is hard to deny that it was an incredibly strange year. Not only did global geopolitics get aggressively nuclear, but sentient artificial intelligence both blessed and abandoned us, and alien forces subjugated the world to its will. It was a year with a lot of good and a lot of bad. Now that we're all on the other side of the it, it seems like a good idea to take a look at those 365 days in news one more time and pick out the biggest stories.

Captain John Price Kills Terrorist Leader Vladimir MakarovWhat Happened: Known terrorist Vladimir Makarov, having staged an attack on Zakhaev International Airport and escaped the custody of the International Criminal Court, was found hiding at the Hotel Oasis in the Arabian Peninsula. Captain John Price of the British Special Forces killed Makarov during a tense shootout. Price's mission partner, a Russian loyalist once under Makarov known only as Yuri, did not survive the mission. 

How It Worked Out: With Marakov dead, his ultranationalist terrorist network has been slowly deconstructed. After several wars, the world has mostly decided it is time to rest. There are also conflicting reports of Marakov and Yuri being assassinated by Price while sitting in a Jeep in 1996, which no one is quite sure what to do with. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)

Here Are 2017's Biggest News Stories From Video Games

about X hours ago from
Here Are 2017's Biggest News Stories From Video Games

With the book closed on 2017, it is hard to deny that it was an incredibly strange year. Not only did global geopolitics get aggressively nuclear, but sentient artificial intelligence both blessed and abandoned us, and alien forces subjugated the world to its will. It was a year with a lot of good and a lot of bad. Now that we're all on the other side of the it, it seems like a good idea to take a look at those 365 days in news one more time and pick out the biggest stories.

Captain John Price Kills Terrorist Leader Vladimir MakarovWhat Happened: Known terrorist Vladimir Makarov, having staged an attack on Zakhaev International Airport and escaped the custody of the International Criminal Court, was found hiding at the Hotel Oasis in the Arabian Peninsula. Captain John Price of the British Special Forces killed Makarov during a tense shootout. Price's mission partner, a Russian loyalist once under Makarov known only as Yuri, did not survive the mission. 

How It Worked Out: With Marakov dead, his ultranationalist terrorist network has been slowly deconstructed. After several wars, the world has mostly decided it is time to rest. There are also conflicting reports of Marakov and Yuri being assassinated by Price while sitting in a Jeep in 1996, which no one is quite sure what to do with. (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)

Shoryuken Forums Closing At The End Of January

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Shoryuken Forums Closing At The End Of January

Shoryuken, long known as the premier website for fighting game discussion, has announced that they will be closing their forums at the end of January due to decreased usage.

The website and community are likely best known for the genesis of the Evolution fighting game tournament, also known as EVO, which started in 1996. The community that has grown out of SRK is dedicated to discussing, learning, and mastering fighting games and tried to encourage a welcoming atmosphere to teach new players.

The announcement today acknowledges that a dedicated genre forum is strange to have in a world with subreddits, streaming, Youtube, and social media. To allow people time to archive content from the forum, it is being kept open until the end of the month. It is unlikely that this affects Shoryuken as a news site or EVO.

Shoryuken Forums Closing At The End Of January

about X hours ago from
Shoryuken Forums Closing At The End Of January

Shoryuken, long known as the premier website for fighting game discussion, has announced that they will be closing their forums at the end of January due to decreased usage.

The website and community are likely best known for the genesis of the Evolution fighting game tournament, also known as EVO, which started in 1996. The community that has grown out of SRK is dedicated to discussing, learning, and mastering fighting games and tried to encourage a welcoming atmosphere to teach new players.

The announcement today acknowledges that a dedicated genre forum is strange to have in a world with subreddits, streaming, Youtube, and social media. To allow people time to archive content from the forum, it is being kept open until the end of the month. It is unlikely that this affects Shoryuken as a news site or EVO.

Showtime Insists Halo TV Show Is Still Happening

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Showtime Insists Halo TV Show Is Still Happening

Back when Microsoft was first showing off the Xbox One and emphasizing TV as a major vector for audience entertainment, the Washington tech company also announced a Steven Spielberg-developed Halo TV show launching on the Xbox One. After nearly five years without hide nor hair of the show, it would not be unfair to assume it has been quietly canned. Not so, say Showtime executives.

Speaking to TV Guide, Showtime president David Nevins stated that "it is absolutely still in development." Nevins did not elucidate much beyond that, echoing similar statements he made in 2015 on the subject. "It's still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime."

Microsoft closed down their Xbox Entertainment TV studio, a major initiative ahead of the Xbox One's launch, in 2014. The studio only successfully completed one project, a documentary about the fall of Atari titled Atari: Game Over.

Showtime Insists Halo TV Show Is Still Happening

about X hours ago from
Showtime Insists Halo TV Show Is Still Happening

Back when Microsoft was first showing off the Xbox One and emphasizing TV as a major vector for audience entertainment, the Washington tech company also announced a Steven Spielberg-developed Halo TV show launching on the Xbox One. After nearly five years without hide nor hair of the show, it would not be unfair to assume it has been quietly canned. Not so, say Showtime executives.

Speaking to TV Guide, Showtime president David Nevins stated that "it is absolutely still in development." Nevins did not elucidate much beyond that, echoing similar statements he made in 2015 on the subject. "It's still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime."

Microsoft closed down their Xbox Entertainment TV studio, a major initiative ahead of the Xbox One's launch, in 2014. The studio only successfully completed one project, a documentary about the fall of Atari titled Atari: Game Over.

Switch Outsells Entire Lifetime Of Wii U In Japan

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Switch Outsells Entire Lifetime Of Wii U In Japan

Over in Japan, gaming magazine Famitsu has reported that the Switch has officially blown past Nintendo's previous console, the Wii U, in Japanese sales after less than a year on the market.

According to Famitsu's sales tracking, the Switch has hit 3.4 million, which leapfrogs the Wii U's 3.3 million. It does not seem like a huge difference until you remember that the Wii U achieved that number over the span of four years, from December 8, 2012 to its discontinuation in January of 2017.

On one hand, the Wii U was sort of a sales failure, but the introduction of Splatoon did wonders for the system, especially in Japan. In 2016, Splatoon was the best selling first-party new IP across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U, which also explains why Nintendo was so eager to get Splatoon 2 out for the Switch. If it continues selling at this current pace, the Switch should outsell the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 in Japan this year.

Switch Outsells Entire Lifetime Of Wii U In Japan

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Switch Outsells Entire Lifetime Of Wii U In Japan

Over in Japan, gaming magazine Famitsu has reported that the Switch has officially blown past Nintendo's previous console, the Wii U, in Japanese sales after less than a year on the market.

According to Famitsu's sales tracking, the Switch has hit 3.4 million, which leapfrogs the Wii U's 3.3 million. It does not seem like a huge difference until you remember that the Wii U achieved that number over the span of four years, from December 8, 2012 to its discontinuation in January of 2017.

On one hand, the Wii U was sort of a sales failure, but the introduction of Splatoon did wonders for the system, especially in Japan. In 2016, Splatoon was the best selling first-party new IP across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U, which also explains why Nintendo was so eager to get Splatoon 2 out for the Switch. If it continues selling at this current pace, the Switch should outsell the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 in Japan this year.

PUBG On Xbox Gets Performance Patch

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PUBG On Xbox Gets Performance Patch

Bluehole has released patch notes for its latest version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox Game Preview, with some small changes aimed at improving the play experience for Xbox players. 

In-game, players can expect new options to adjust aim acceleration in-game, and player weapon damage has moved up when combating vehicles, among other minor adjustments. Server and client-side FPS has also been slightly increased, which should be welcome news to players frustrated by stutter. Perhaps most importantly, the new patch attempts to address some of the crashes that are ending matches prematurely for some players. 

Check out the full patch notes from Bluehole.