Pokémon Go hits 650 million downloads

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Pokémon Go hits 650 million downloads

Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 650 million times, developer Niantic Labs announced today during Google Developer Day at the 2017 Game Developers Conference.

That figure suggests the Pokémon Go craze has subsided somewhat, as you may have expected. Niantic said back in early September — less than two months after the game’s debut — that it had racked up more than 500 million downloads. So if the number of downloads has increased by 150 million in the period following that announcement, which is just under six months long, the pace has slowed a lot since those heady days.

Ubisoft bringing Rabbids to VR with Google Daydream

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Ubisoft bringing Rabbids to VR with Google Daydream

Ubisoft announced today that it was bringing its beloved Rabbids to Google’s VR platform, Daydream, later this year.

Ubisoft Montpellier’s Loic Gounon and Fred Mizac took the stage during Google Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to debut Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan. Gounon described the game, which is being developed by the creators of the 2006 game, Raving Rabbids, as a funny immersive experience.

Hearthstone: Journey to Un’Goro adds quest cards, adapt abilities and more

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Hearthstone: Journey to Un’Goro adds quest cards, adapt abilities and more

Early this month, word slipped from a voice actor that Hearthstone’s next expansion would be titled “Lost Secrets of Un’Goro.” Today, Blizzard has confirmed that the rumor was correct in spirit if not exactly in name: The next expansion for Hearthstone is titled Journey to Un’Goro, and it will arrive sometime in April.

As usual with expansion announcements, Blizzard today revealed a handful of the 135 cards that will be added in Journey to Un’Goro. In this case, the cards are even more telling, as they reveal some huge mechanics that we’ve never seen in Hearthstone previously.

Nintendo Switch to be sold at Best Buy, even if you didn’t pre-order

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Nintendo Switch to be sold at Best Buy, even if you didn’t pre-order

Best Buy is holding midnight launch events for the Nintendo Switch at hundreds of locations, and depending on how many consoles are available at your local store, you might be able to buy a Switch even if you didn’t pre-order, the retailer announced today.

Pre-order customers will have to wait in line to pick up their Switch, as usual. But people looking to snag the new console without a pre-order will want to line up even earlier — “quantities will be limited,” said Best Buy. The company will handle those Switch sales the same way it runs Black Friday doorbuster deals: Employees will hand out tickets for as many Switch systems as are in stock, and purchases will be limited to one per customer.

LG Electronics announces plans for new virtual reality headset

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LG Electronics announces plans for new virtual reality headset

LG Electronics plans to unveil its first virtual reality head-mounted display prototype at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Valve announced today.

The headset will be shown off in Valve’s GDC booth and is, according to the Valve press release, “designed to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience.”

Raw Data gets major update, hits Oculus Rift Touch in March

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Raw Data gets major update, hits Oculus Rift Touch in March

Starting next month Survios’ virtual reality shooter Raw Data will be playable on the Oculus Rift with Touch controllers and support cross-platform multiplayer.

That means Oculus Rift owners will be able to play with Vive owners once the March update hits. Suvios hasn’t yet set a specific release date for the update, but did detail some of what else will be included when it arrives.

How to set up your Nintendo Switch

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How to set up your Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has released a video that explains exactly how you to set up your Switch and, while there aren’t many surprises to be seen, the official video is a pretty good introduction on what to expect the first time you boot up the system.

Plus, the menu sounds when you select different options are so satisfying. The actual “click” of the Nintendo Switch’s interface may be one of the best things about its design so far.