Facebook’s new VR application is now live

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Facebook’s new VR application is now live

Facebook Spaces is now available on the Oculus store. The free application, which is entering into an open beta phase, is the company’s attempt to integrate your social network with virtual reality. The 3.35 gb program is rated T and requires an Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers.

“Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories,” wrote Facebook’s head of VR, Rachel Franklin, “but it’s impossible to always be physically near the people we care about. That’s where the magic of virtual reality comes in.”

PS4 slim finally upgraded to 1 TB hard drive in North America

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PS4 slim finally upgraded to 1 TB hard drive in North America

The “slim” PlayStation 4 now features a 1 TB hard drive in North America, which means that the region is finally catching up with the rest of the world.

Slim PS4s sporting a 1 TB drive will be “arriving on store shelves this month,” Sony announced on Twitter. They will continue to sell for $299.99. A Sony representative confirmed to Polygon that this is a permanent upgrade, saying that “1TB is the standard storage size moving forward in the US and Canada”; the company is no longer shipping 500 GB units in those markets. The spokesperson added that Sony will continue to sell 500 GB consoles in Latin America.

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game has a familiar Easter egg

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Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game has a familiar Easter egg

The first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is out now on PCs and consoles. The game is inspired less by the Marvel movies and more the modern comic books — but fans have uncovered an Easter egg that shows Telltale isn’t afraid to tip its hat to the films as well.

(Here’s the requisite spoiler warning, in case you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy or finished the first Telltale installment yet.)

The most joyful thing on YouTube right now is Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator

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The most joyful thing on YouTube right now is Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator

The world we live in feels, very suddenly, like an uncertain place. Now, just when we needed it most, one game has arrived on Steam to help us put away our worries and our cares. That game is called Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, and it is all the rage on YouTube.

UEBS launched into Steam’s Early Access program on April 12 and took off like a rocket. It’s already ranked number six on Steam’s best-sellers list and, as of three days ago, Steam Spy says the game has more than 11 million views on YouTube.

Gear VR’s latest iteration is more about the phone than the controller

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Gear VR’s latest iteration is more about the phone than the controller

Viewed from outside the virtual worlds it creates, the latest iteration of the Samsung Gear VR looks no different than the last version of the virtual reality headset released in 2016 alongside the doomed Note 7.

And, in fact, the specs are identical down to the size, weight and features, with one key addition: a new included controller.

Code Vein is a hardcore, vampire RPG from Bandai Namco

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Code Vein is a hardcore, vampire RPG from Bandai Namco

Following last week’s bloody, aesthetic-heavy teaser, Bandai Namco has revealed a new action role-playing game. Called Code Vein, it’s due out next year, according to this week’s issue of Famitsu.

Gematsu translated the first details on Code Vein ahead of the full, worldwide reveal on April 20. The team that made the God Eater games is working on this future-set vampire adventure, whose heroes — called Revenants — have supernatural abilities that help them survive their dystopian society.

NES Classic Editions sold every two minutes on eBay after Nintendo pulled the plug

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NES Classic Editions sold every two minutes on eBay after Nintendo pulled the plug

The NES Classic Edition has always been a hot commodity, but now that Nintendo’s discontinued the coveted hardware, shoppers are back to snapping them up as fast as possible.

On Thursday, April 13 — the day that Nintendo announced that the $60 plug-and-play console was no longer in production — eBay members purchased NES Classic Edition units at a rate of two per minute. A representative for the third-party auction site told Polygon that the going price that day was $332, or nearly six times the suggested retail price.

Star Wars director discusses whether 'The Last Jedi' is plural

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Star Wars director discusses whether 'The Last Jedi' is plural

While thousands of fans were tramping around this year’s Star Wars Celebration, ABC News was busy behind closed doors getting the inside scoop on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Thanks to a short segment that aired over the weekend, we finally know who the last Jedi actually is. And, according to director Rian Johnson, it’s a simple matter of semantics.

In an exclusive sit-down interview with members of the cast and crew, ABC’s Paula Faris finally cornered Johnson on the issue of who precisely is the last Jedi.

Good news: Grand Theft Auto 5 is being used to train driverless cars

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Good news: Grand Theft Auto 5 is being used to train driverless cars

If you've ever happened upon a dozen cars immobilized by pure gridlock in a Grand Theft Auto 5 intersection and thought, "Now this is the kind of driver AI we need more of!" I have good news for you: The game is being used to teach cars how to drive themselves.

That's according to this story from Bloomberg, and, yes, researchers know how dubious it sounds at first. They quickly point out whatever data they're getting out of Grand Theft Auto 5 is supplementary to their work and not, like, the basis of their software. Which is great, because no one wants this in real life: