CES 2019: HTC Vive Cosmos Is The Company's Next VR Headset

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During its CES 2019 press conference focused on virtual reality, HTC made a series of announcements revealing what's next for the company. It capped off the event with the reveal of the Vive Cosmos, its next VR headset.

You can get a quick look at the headset in the video below; the goal of Cosmos appears to be addressing some of the flaws that most VR headsets have faced to this point. HTC claims it provides "absolute comfort" and "easy set up." Additionally, it offers the Vive experience without the use of any external tracking devices. Cosmos is usable both at home or on the go, according to HTC.

Unfortunately, little else was shared about Cosmos, including a release date or price point. The video does say it's "coming soon," and we know Vive Day, April 5, will mark the release of another of HTC's announcements from today, Viveport Infinity. Whether Cosmos is coming quite that soon or not remains to be seen.

Fortnite Adding New Suppressed Weapon In Next Update

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Fortnite Adding New Suppressed Weapon In Next Update

Epic Games has been introducing a new item or weapon to Fortnite on a near-weekly basis since the game's Battle Royale mode became a global hit, and that trend will continue this week. Ahead of the title's latest update, the developer is teasing the arrival of yet another new weapon: the Suppressed Sniper Rifle.

The gun is listed as "coming soon" in Fortnite's in-game news feed, confirming it'll arrive as part of this week's content update. "Strike at your opponents quietly with this suppressed bolt-action Sniper," the accompanying description reads. You can take a peek at the new weapon below.

Players won't have to wait too long to try out the Suppressed Sniper Rifle. Epic announced on Twitter that Fortnite's next content update will roll out on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices--on Tuesday, January 8 at 5 AM PT / 8 AM ET / 1 PM GMT.

CES: HTC Vive Pro Eye Offers Native Eye Tracking

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CES: HTC Vive Pro Eye Offers Native Eye Tracking

HTC has revealed the Vive Pro Eye, a new version of its virtual reality headset that it describes as "an evolution in the enterprise VR space." Revealed during CES 2019, the big new innovation that HTC is touting for the Vive Pro Eye is, as the name indicates, eye tracking.

As detailed during the HTC keynote, Vive Pro Eye integrates eye tracking natively and will give users "greater accessibility, gaze-oriented menu navigation." This, in turn, removes the need for controllers to be used for navigating the user-interface, it says.

How this will translate to video games remains to be seen, but in its presentation HTC said the new eye tracking technology will enable businesses to create better training simulations, as well as improve how computing resources are used.

Nintendo Switch And 3DS Games Are Now Available At The Humble Store (US Only)

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Nintendo Switch And 3DS Games Are Now Available At The Humble Store (US Only)

If you live in the US and have a Nintendo Switch or 3DS, you now have one more option for buying games. The Humble Store has added a selection of digital Nintendo games to its lineup. The games come in the form of codes that you can redeem on the US Nintendo Eshop. And if you have a Humble account, you should check your email, because Humble sent some account holders a coupon for $5 off any Nintendo game priced at $19.99 or more.

The lineup of Nintendo games on the Humble Store includes many of the biggest games on Switch. You can get Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and more. In addition to Switch games, Humble also sells expansion passes as well as Nintendo Online memberships.

The selection of 3DS games isn't quite as extensive, but it includes titles like Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Those who enjoy playing retro games on their 3DS can also pick up classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon Red/Blue Version.

CES 2019: Disney And Audi Teamed Up To Unveil VR Experiences You Play While Riding In A Car

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During CES 2019, Disney and Audi unveiled Holoride, a software company that creates VR experiences that you play from the back seat of a moving car. One such experience tested at the event by CNET was Marvel's Avengers: Rocket's Rescue Run, which has you fly through an asteroid field with Rocket and Iron Man as you shoot down enemy drones and approaching asteroids. Disappointingly, it seems like the experience was created solely for CES, and will never be commercially available.

According to CNET, Holoride aims to provide a VR experience that's "intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the experience--whether it's a game or a movie or something else--will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route." Not every ride has to be a game, for example. A virtual reality overlay can be applied to the world, painting ordinary landscapes and landmarks into something new. One of the given examples was transforming a normal drive into a journey through a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs.

CES 2019: There's A New Marvel's Avengers VR Game You Play While Riding In A Car

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During CES 2019, Disney and Audi unveiled Holoride, a software product used to create VR games that you play from the back seat of a moving car. One of the games tested at the event by CNET was Marvel's Avengers: Rocket's Rescue Run, which has you fly through an asteroid field with Rocket and Iron Man as you shoot down enemy drones and approaching asteroids.

According to CNET, Holoride is a VR experience that's "intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the experience--whether it's a game or a movie or something else--will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route." Not every ride has to be a game, for example. A virtual reality overlay can be applied to the world, painting ordinary landscapes and landmarks into something new. One of the given examples was transforming a normal drive into a journey through a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs.

"The idea is to give people something interesting to do when they're riding as a passenger in a car," says Audi head of digital business Nils Wollny. "There are a lot of passengers traveling in the back seat who have nothing to do," he continued, "In most cases, transit time feels like wasted time."

Give The Mad Box Game Console A Slogan And You'll Get Free Games For Life

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In keeping with its trend of asking potential customers to weigh in on the creation of its Mad Box game console, Slightly Mad Studios is apparently looking to crowdsource a marketing slogan for the machine. Studio head Ian Bell asked potential customers for their best take on a catchy phrase to sell the box, offering money and free games for the winning entry.

I want to be clear about this. The best slogan for the 'Mad Box' gets 10K and free games for life. This isn't a joke. Hit me.

Bell made the tweet Saturday, and later added some rules to the impromptu contest, asking everyone to contribute their one best idea, instead of covering his Twitter feed in a pile of random suggestions. According to Bell, by Sunday he'd received some "epic suggestions," and the studio's social media team was "furiously combing and collating" all of them. Bell didn't say the studio would definitely use a crowdsourced suggestion for the Mad Box slogan, but he said he thought the studio probably would, since so many good ones were coming in.

Pokemon Go January 2019 Community Day: Start Time, Featured Pokemon, Bonuses, And More

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Pokemon Go January 2019 Community Day: Start Time, Featured Pokemon, Bonuses, And More

The first Pokemon Go Community Day of the new year is just around the corner. The latest real-world event for Niantic's popular mobile game is set to take place around the globe this Saturday, January 12, and like always, it'll give players an opportunity to capture rare Pokemon and earn some generous in-game bonuses.

While each Community Day typically runs for only three hours, the specifics of these events vary by month. To help you get ready, we've rounded up all of the most important details about January 2019's Community Day below, from the time it starts in each region to what bonuses you'll be able to earn this month.

With the exception of December's event, Niantic designates one featured Pokemon for each Community Day, meaning that particular monster will appear much more frequently in the wild than it normally does for the duration of the event. The featured Pokemon for January's Community Day is Totodile, the final starter from the series' second-generation titles, Pokemon Gold and Silver.

Popular Comedy Anime Konosuba Is Getting An English Dub, Coming To Crunchyroll This Month

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Crunchyroll has announced more dubs for several of the series on its streaming service. Most notable is Konosuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World Season 1, which is getting a new English dub, as well as dubs in Spanish and Portuguese.

Along with Konosuba, new dubs are also coming for In Another World with My Smartphone, Interviews with Monster Girls, Joker Game, Orange, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, and The Ancient Magus Bride. Most of these shows are being dubbed in Spanish, French, German, or Portuguese. Konosuba is the only one getting an English dub. All of the new dubs will be available on Crunchyroll starting January 15.

Crunchyroll has also announced the next slate of new anime to join its Winter 2019 season. Both Rinshi!! Ekodachan and Rainy Cocoa SideG begin airing on January 8. The former is about a temp worker who lives in the countryside and "doesn't care much about guys" but does all she can to support the women in her community. The latter is a slice of life story about a woman who manages a cafe after being recruited to pay back a vase she broke. Another anime debuts on January 9, titled My Roommate is a Cat, which follows the adorable every day lives of a man and his cat.