PlayStation VR sales figures revealed in exec’s interview

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PlayStation VR sales figures revealed in exec’s interview

PlayStation VR has sold 915,000 units to consumers since it launched in October, reports The New York Times, coming close to an internal goal Sony set of pushing 1 million units within the hardware's first six months of availability.

The Times led its story about virtual reality's consumer appeal with that figure, getting it from Andrew House, the chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide. Moreover, House indicated that even if no more than 10 percent of PlayStation 4's installation base buy PlayStation VR, he would be "very happy."

Rogue One’s Oscar-nominated visual effects came courtesy of a Vive

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Rogue One’s Oscar-nominated visual effects came courtesy of a Vive

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is up for an Academy Award tonight in visual effects, and if it cops an Oscar the artists who worked on it will have a Vive to thank, in part.

The BBC went behind the scenes of how Rogue One filmed its CGI sequences, particularly the ones in space, which, duh, are not filmed on location. Graphics supervisor Steve Ellis noted that director Gareth Edwards patrols his set in a very hands-on way before setting up his shot. The Vive, mashed up with an iPad, allowed him to do somewhat the same thing in VR with Industrial Light & Magic artists in London and San Francisco.

Twitch lets you change your username now

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Twitch lets you change your username now

Twitch has made good on its community's most frequent request: Changing one's username. Whether the original one you chose now sucks, or you want to make it consistent with a gamertag on some other service, the choice is yours.

The feature was announced yesterday afternoon and immediately went live. The option is found in the Profile Settings page of one's Twitch account. An option to change the username is highlighted beside the existing one.

Elite: Dangerous ‘predicted’ the discovery of the Trappist-1 system

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Elite: Dangerous ‘predicted’ the discovery of the Trappist-1 system

This week, astronomers announced the discovery of the Trappist 1 system, 39.5 light years away, which contains seven rocky worlds orbiting their star within a zone believed to support liquid water, therefore good candidates for life. It turns out that a while ago, the wide-open spacefaring adventure Elite: Dangerous, through its algorithm, created a system that closely matches the real one, and not only that, put it in the same location relative to our Solar System.

Frontier Developments made this discovery itself when it went looking to recreate the Trappist-1 system in the game, as it's done in the past for other discoveries (notably the exploration of Pluto and its satellite in 2015). David Braben, the game's director, explained the game's Stellar Forge engine and how it generates stellar systems, and that it cooked up a brown dwarf star "in very nearly the same place — 39 light years away" that also has seven terrestrial worlds around it.

Video game releases for March 2017

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Video game releases for March 2017

Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of March 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel for tons of gaming videos. Also, here are the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold subscription this month. Additionally, here's what is coming to your favorite video streaming services and here's what is leaving in March.

What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Secret Hitler makers ship their game to every U.S. senator

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Secret Hitler makers ship their game to every U.S. senator

Secret Hitler is a board game produced by Max Temkin, who was behind Cards Against Humanity. It published last year after a successful 2015 Kickstarter that raised $1.4 million. While the name itself is chortle-inducing and the fun is in figuring out which one of your friends is the closet fascist, it makes a very real point about how such leaders come to power. This week, its creators sent a copy to each of the 100 members of the United States Senate.

The makers of Secret Hitler — Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges and Temkin — explain that Hitler himself "required the cooperation of well meaning men who hoped to appease and control the Nazis." Regardless of his political aims, that fairly describes how Donald Trump backed into the Republican nomination against a weak establishment afraid of challenging him and alienating his riled-up base of voters, whom they also needed for their own political aims.

Destiny is finally getting great action figures you can afford

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Destiny is finally getting great action figures you can afford

Destiny is one of the most well-known video games on the planet, but fans of the game don’t have many options if they want to buy Destiny toys.

Mega Bloks offers a wide array of figurines and vehicles, and while they’re well-made and available on the cheap, you may not be into the company’s “baby’s first action figure” aesthetic. On the high end, you have 3A’s incredible 12-inch Guardian statues, which are collectibles with a price to match: nearly $200.

ZeniMax asks court to halt sales of Oculus products

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ZeniMax asks court to halt sales of Oculus products

Publisher ZeniMax Media has made good on its intention to file an injunction against Oculus to stop the sale of Rift and any associated software that infringes upon ZeniMax’s copyrighted code, according to documents filed in Texas court this week.

Earlier this month, a Dallas, Texas jury awarded $500 million in damages to ZeniMax after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and by extension Oculus, failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement. Of that total amount, ZeniMax was awarded $50 million for copyright infringement.

Banned from traveling to the US, one developer will still get his game shown at GDC

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Banned from traveling to the US, one developer will still get his game shown at GDC

Devolver Digital, publisher of games such as Titan Souls, Strafe and the Hotline Miami series, has added Lone Light to the lineup of games it’s showing at this year’s Game Developers Conference. It volunteered space to Iranian developer Hessamoddin Sharifpour because he was forced to cancel his plans to attend GDC after the Trump administration announced its ‘Muslim ban.’

Lone Light is described as an atmospheric puzzle game where players control a source of light in order to overcome obstacles.