HTC unveils deluxe Vive strap with in-built audio

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HTC unveils deluxe Vive strap with in-built audio

HTC at CES in Las Vegas today showed off a new replacement strap for its HTC Vive virtual reality head-mounted display which adds headphones to the headset and improves the feel.

The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap hasn’t been priced yet, but will begin shipping to retailers in the second quarter of the year. It will also be available to order directly on Vive.com.

Vive Tracker brings hand-tracking VR gloves, plastic guns and more into the virtual world

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Vive Tracker brings hand-tracking VR gloves, plastic guns and more into the virtual world

HTC today showed off a new piece of hardware at CES that will allow VR users to bring a variety of real-world accessories — like plastic guns, tennis rackets or even a firehose — into virtual worlds running on an HTC Vive VR headset.

The Vive Tracker weighs just under three ounces, is under 4-inches around and about 1.5-inches high. The device can be mounted to an accessory via a simple connection.

HTC Vive headsets getting wireless options in 2017

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HTC Vive headsets getting wireless options in 2017

Despite some VR naysayers, HTC still sees a bright future in virtual reality. The company used this year’s CES in Las Vegas to highlight its efforts for the emerging medium and announce a number of new initiatives and pieces of hardware.

Among the details is news of a new VR tracking device meant to allow users to bring a variety of different real world objects into the virtual one. (You can read more about the tracker right here.) The company also detailed a Vive Deluxe Audio Strap which serves as an upgrade for the Vive’s existing head-mounting strap. (You read about that here.)

5M Gear VR headsets in homes, Samsung confirms

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5M Gear VR headsets in homes, Samsung confirms

More than five million Gear VR headsets are in consumers hands globally, Samsung announced during a CES press conference today.

Samsung did not release any app sales figures, but did say that in total, those users have watched more than 10 million hours of video in Gear VR, the Oculus-powered Samsung phone VR headset. Samsung VR is one of the top applications on Gear VR currently and it houses more than 1,200 360 videos for the headsets, according to the company.

Diablo 3’s retro Diablo event now playable

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Diablo 3’s retro Diablo event now playable

Diablo 3 players can revisit the original dungeons of Diablo starting today. As part of Blizzard’s 20-year anniversary event for the classic dungeon crawler, players can experience The Darkening of Tristram, a recreation of the original Diablo’s hellish Cathedral in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls.

The Darkening of Tristram event, which was announced at last year’s BlizzCon, sends players back in time to battle classic versions of Diablo and enemies like The Butcher. Players will be able to earn new loot, achievements and other rewards as part of The Darkening of Tristram. Blizzard developed a special graphics filter that it dubbed “RetroVision” to give Diablo 3 a more pixelated look for the event, which is only available to play in the month of January.

Inside, Overwatch and Firewatch lead the nominations for the Game Developers Choice Awards

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Inside, Overwatch and Firewatch lead the nominations for the Game Developers Choice Awards

The 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) takes place March 1. It’s a chance for those inside the games industry to weigh in on the work of their peers. Today the judges have announced the competition's finalists. The awards show, hosted by Double Fine Productions’ Tim Schafer, will be broadcast live during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Playdead’s Inside leads the standings with six nominations, including nods for best audio, design, narrative and visual art. It’s also up for the Innovation Award and game of the year. Blizzard’s Overwatch and Campo Santo’s Firewatch each received five nominations.

Pokémon Snap comes to Wii U – Virtual Console, that is

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Pokémon Snap comes to Wii U – Virtual Console, that is

Pokémon Snap will be available on Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow, Jan. 5, marking yet another platform on which the Nintendo 64 classic will be playable. But as the popular series spinoff approaches its 18th anniversary, some are losing hope that there will ever be a new, updated take for modern hardware.

The Wii U Virtual Console release, which launched in Japan and Europe months ago, will cost $9.99, as it did on the Wii Virtual Console. The Wii Virtual Console version of the game is also compatible on Wii U, and has been since the latter console launched in November 2012.

Terry Crews is asking Overwatch fans to get him in the game

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Terry Crews is asking Overwatch fans to get him in the game

Terry Crews and Overwatch players have one really big thing in common: They both want the wrestler-turned-actor to make a starring turn in Blizzard Entertainment’s popular multiplayer hero shooter. Months after fans first expressed interest in getting Crews to voice Doomfist, a character many fans hope to see become playable in-game, he’s now using social media to unofficially campaign for the role.

Crews posted a speculative article about his connection to Overwatch on his Facebook and Twitter accounts today. Attached to the link was a message: “Who wants to hear me do the voice of Doomfist for real??”

How a mature board game became the biggest Kickstarter game ever

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How a mature board game became the biggest Kickstarter game ever

The biggest game in Kickstarter history isn’t a video game. It’s a gruesome and graphic miniatures game called Kingdom Death: Monster. This week it unseated a fun-loving, cuddly game called Exploding Kittens to become the most highly-crowdfunded project in the games category. With more than $9 million already pledged, it may be one of the most controversial projects ever to succeed on Kickstarter.

This story contains images and content that are extremely NSFW.