Hori is trying to make PlayStation Vita Remote Play better with this accessory

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Hori is trying to make PlayStation Vita Remote Play better with this accessory

Attachment would turn touchpad controls into triggers

Controller and accessory maker Hori is releasing a new product this summer that aims to make Remote Play on PlayStation Vita a little better. Hori's Remote Play Assist Attachment effectively adds four buttons to the Vita so players don't have to tap the handheld's rear touchpad.

When playing PlayStation 4 games on a Vita through Remote Play, the rear touchpad serves as a replacement for the L2 and R2 triggers, as well as the L3 and R3 analog stick buttons. Hori's control scheme uses the quartet of physical buttons to tap the touchpad, which should, in theory, provide more reliable controls.

Steam now lets you buy your games in Bitcoin

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Steam now lets you buy your games in Bitcoin

In case you still have a ton of Bitcoin lying around

Valve and Bitpay have partnered to integray bitcoin payment into Steam, the tech company announced. International customers can now use the virtual currency to purchase software off the platform.

"Valve reached out to us because they were looking for a fast, international payment method for Steam users in emerging gaming markets in countries like India, China, and Brazil," the bitcoin developer wrote in a post. "While more users are coming online in in these countries, traditional payment options like credit cards often aren't available."

Minecraft on Gear VR is Mojang's latest surprise release

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Minecraft on Gear VR is Mojang's latest surprise release

Play Minecraft with your headset right now

Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is now on sale, Mojang announced. The game had been teased for a 2016 release, but instead of giving Samsung Gear owners a heads-up, the publisher launched the game on the Oculus Store.

Releasing games with little fanfare is becoming a trend for Mojang. Last week, it announced Crown and Council, a free game on Steam — just as it made the game available to download.

Miitomo celebrates 10 million downloads

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Miitomo celebrates 10 million downloads

Here's how Nintendo's partying it up

Miitomo has been downloaded over 10 million times worldwide, Nintendo announced in a press release. That's a major milestone for the app, Nintendo's first for smartphones, reached just shy of a month since its stateside release.

To celebrate hitting 10 million users on iOS and Android, Nintendo will host a special promotion for users April 29-May 9. During the period, players will be treated to daily bonuses, including Miitomo coins and tickets. Nintendo will give away a total of 5,000 Miitomo coins and 12 game tickets by the end of the 10-day event.

Cracker Jack abandons a century of prizes for QR codes and mobile games

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Cracker Jack abandons a century of prizes for QR codes and mobile games

Well, that sucks

Gen Xers who remember scoring the coveted weather predictor, smearing on a temporary tattoo or throwing out yet another useless magnifying glass today saw another symbol of their childhood annihilated: Cracker Jack is replacing the toy with a QR code for some mobile games.

The Toy Surprise has been in every box of Cracker Jack for more than 100 years —€” going back to 1912. But it now gives way to QR codes for baseball themed games, which one accesses after downloading another app, called Blippar, on their iOS or Android mobile device.

Samsung developing 'wireless and dedicated' VR headsets

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Samsung developing 'wireless and dedicated' VR headsets

Will have features similar to the Rift and Vive

Samsung has begun work on stand-alone VR headsets that won't rely on its brand of mobile devices, the company announced during the Samsung Developers Conference's opening keynote. That makes the headsets unlike Samsung's Gear VR, putting them more in line with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, according to Variety.

Among the features discussed by Samsung are positional tracking, as well as hand and gesture tracking. These functionalities remain a ways off, however, according to the company.

Super Mario Maker is getting a Babymetal cameo

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Super Mario Maker is getting a Babymetal cameo

The J-pop-meets-metal group makes the jump to the Mushroom Kingdom

Japanese pop idol-metal group Babymetal will become a playable character in Super Mario Maker this week, Nintendo revealed today. The trio will appear as a group sprite and will be released April 28.

Babymetal will be another form of "Costume Mario," which is playable in Super Mario Maker levels that use the 8-bit Super Mario Bros. theme. More than 140 Costume Mario variants are available, including many based on other Nintendo properties like The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem. Some are based on non-Nintendo properties, like Sonic the Hedgehog. Other options include Chitoge Kirisaki from manga Nisekoi, the GLA SUV by Mercedes-Benz and Shinya Arino from Game Center CX.

Superhot brings guns and time-bending to Xbox One next week

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Superhot brings guns and time-bending to Xbox One next week

Make sure to keep moving until launch day

The team behind Superhot will release the unique first-person shooter on Xbox One next week, according to a press release. The indie game will be available May 3, the studio announced.

Superhot's currently available on Linux, Mac and Windows PC. The game started life as a Kickstarter project, meeting its funding goal in 2015. It finally arrived in February, letting players take the aesthetically unique, time-stopping FPS for a spin.