Valve Index VR Headset Details Emerge: June Release Date, Minimum PC Specs, And More

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Valve Index VR Headset Details Emerge: June Release Date, Minimum PC Specs, And More

In what seems to be a mistake of setting a web page live a little too early, new details on Valve's own gaming VR headset, called the Index, have emerged. This includes the minimum and recommended PC hardware requirements, what comes in the packaging, and (apparently) a definitive release date.

The initial Valve Index announcement was made last week with an official Steam page that indicates a May 2019 release window. However, the seemingly leaked store page (which is no longer live) listed a release date of June 15. Note that this could either be a placeholder date or a mistake; or this could be the actual launch for the VR headset.

Additionally, the minimum and recommended PC specs were shown and appear to be in line with the other PC-based VR headsets. You'll need at least a dual-core CPU with hyper-threading, 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 970 or RX 480 video card--Valve recommends a quad-core CPU and a GTX 1070 video card or better. You will also need DisplayPort 1.2 and USB ports (of course), though the recommended specs say that a USB 3.0 port is required for the headset pass-through camera.

ROH's Matt Taven Reveals Opponents' Biggest Weakness Ahead Of G1 Supercard, Title Redesign Plans

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Ring of Honor wrestler and leader of The Kingdom Matt Taven has an epic challenge in front of him at ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard on Saturday, April 6 at Madison Square Garden. He'll be taking on World Champion Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll in a ladder match for the title.

Taven is confident in his ability and truly believes he is the champion to the point where he made his own title, which Jay Lethal destroyed with an axe. The two faced each other at the ROH 17th Anniversary show for the championship, which ended in a time limit draw. This is where Marty Scurll entered the picture, inserting himself into the main event.

Lethal and Taven's match was a classic, but the leader of the Kingdom knows he can beat the Ring of Honor World Championship in the ladder match. "For what he did in the 60 minute match against me, he sometimes will go for go for it all and risk it all," Taven told GameSpot. "You saw him try to drop that elbow while I was lying on the ladder, and I was able to get a get out of the way and let Jay Lethal crash and burn. And I think Jay Lethal might get caught up in the moment and try to go for something spectacular and set a goal for the win."

Does Dark Phoenix Give Closure To The X-Men Movie Franchise?

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With the upcoming arrival of Dark Phoenix, the future of the X-Men film franchise is in a strange position. In the wake of Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, and the rights to the Marvel characters it controlled, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that the team of mutant superheroes would become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But what about the universe that's been built over the last 20 years through X-Men movies? If the continuity of this franchise ends, will fans get a sense of closure from Dark Phoenix? That's the question GameSpot posed to Dark Phoenix director Simon Kingberg and producer Hutch Parker at WonderCon, during a roundtable interview.

Google Maps Creates "New" Snake Game; Will Be Available For One Week

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Google Maps has released a "new game" for April Fool's Day called Snake. The title is free-to-play, and doesn't require any sort of download. This new game does actually exist, unlike some other April Fools' Day jokes, and you can play it right now. The joke Google is making is that Snake--a game that's decades old--is somehow new.

Google's Snake is relatively simple. After booting it up, you select one of seven different locations--Cairo, São Paulo, London, Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo, or the whole world. You then take control of a train that's constantly moving forward, which you can redirect with the arrow keys on your computer. Your goal is to pick up passengers and drop them off at city landmarks, all while avoiding driving into the ocean. As you pick up passengers, the train grows longer, making it easier for you to accidentally corner yourself.

According to GameSpot sister site CNET, a Google spokesperson said that Snake will remain available to play on Google Maps for about a week. This isn't the first time Google has made an old-school style game for April Fools' Day, as, back in 2015, a Pac-Man game was added to Google Maps. For more gaming-related April Fool's Day gags going on this year, check out our round-up.

PlayerUnknown Is Done With Battle Royale, Won't Make PUBG 2

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Battle royale is everywhere, from Battlefield V to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Even Tetris has been infected, with Tetris 99 offering the same every-player-for-themself design in the Tetris universe. While the genre's overflowing with a myriad of titles, the man who popularized it in the video game space, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, is moving on to something new.

Greene recently announced that his "new day-to-day focus will be heading up to a new division of PUBG Corp.: PUBG Special Projects." Green served as both the director and designer of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and while he'll "remain as a consulting creative director on PUBG," he's leaving the project behind to concentrate on new initiatives for the company. He's also leaving PUBG Corp.'s headquarters in Seoul, which will continue to work on PUBG, and moving to the newly-established Amsterdam office where he'll put his attention "on building out an entirely new division to focus on research & game development."

Joker's Gotham Poster And Trailer Show His Final Evolution

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Joker's Gotham Poster And Trailer Show His Final Evolution

With only two episodes left, Gotham has finally revealed its final version of its take on The Joker. After Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) got dumped into a vat of chemicals by Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), fans waited eagerly to see what the outcome would be. Now, to celebrate April Fools' Day, Mr. J has delivered a couple of treats.

While this new poster and trailer stop short of flat-out calling the character Joker, something Gotham has shied away from doing since Jerome--the first iteration of the character--was introduced in Season 1, it's hard to deny it at this point. Still, the teaser trailer lists the character's name as J.

The teaser also shows what happened to Jeremiah after his Ace Chemicals bath. Horribly scarred, he's locked up in Arhkam Asylum and seems numb to the world as the song "I Feel Pretty" plays until something knocks him out of his stupor. "I feel something new," he says. "Something beautiful." The next show shows the character with his face painted white and The Joker's trademark red lipstick, while maniacal laughter echoes.

Rainbow Six Siege Kicks Off Ridiculously Colorful April Fools' Event

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Rainbow Six Siege Kicks Off Ridiculously Colorful April Fools' Event

April 1 has arrived, and in the spirit of April Fools' Day, Ubisoft has kicked off a ridiculous new event in Rainbow Six Siege. The Rainbow Is Magic event is now live across PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it introduces a special playlist along with an assortment of colorful new cosmetic items in the popular tactical shooter.

For a limited time, players can take on a special rescue mission set in a redesigned, candy-colored version of the Plane map. The object: safely retrieve a VIP teddy bear from the vehicle. For this mission, players will be able to choose between four Operators--Blackbeard, Montagne, Smoke, and Tachanka--and nine "toy soldiers."

In addition to the special mission, Ubisoft has rolled out a new line of exclusive Rainbow Is Magic cosmetics. The collection consists of 17 colorful items ranging from BDUs to headgear. Players will receive one free Rainbow Is Magic Pack when they log in during the event and can earn additional ones by completing Ubisoft Club Challenges or purchasing them for 300 R6 Credits. As with other Rainbow Six Siege loot packs, there will be no duplicate items.