Why Facebook thinks this is the only VR headset you need

about X hours ago from
Why Facebook thinks this is the only VR headset you need

Facebook has a bold new plan for bringing virtual reality to the masses.

Facebook currently sells the Rift S to players who want a higher-end virtual reality experience powered by their gaming PC, alongside Oculus Quest, which is a less powerful, but standalone and portable, VR headset. But both products will be taken from the market by spring of 2021, leaving only one option: the just-announced Quest 2 hardware.

Start saying goodbye to Oculus Quest and Rift S

about X hours ago from
Start saying goodbye to Oculus Quest and Rift S

Facebook is streamlining its line of virtual reality headsets down to just one product. Soon, the Quest 2, the successor to the Oculus Quest, will be the only headset sold by the company.

As noted at Oculus Connect on Wednesday, Facebook will stop selling the Rift S virtual reality headset in spring 2021, and will also discontinue production of the original Oculus Quest this year, leaving only Quest 2 in the marketplace. The Quest 2 will be sold for $299.99 or $399.99, depending on the amount of storage.

Watch the PlayStation 5 Showcase livestream here

about X hours ago from
Watch the PlayStation 5 Showcase livestream here

Sony will reveal new PlayStation 5 details during a livestream on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The PlayStation 5 Showcase presentation promises “updates on the latest titles from Worldwide Studios and our world-class development partners.”

The PlayStation 5 Showcase stream will air on the PlayStation Twitch and YouTube channels at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, and will run for approximately 40 minutes.

Super Mario 64’s legendary sign is still blurry on Switch, here’s why

about X hours ago from
Super Mario 64’s legendary sign is still blurry on Switch, here’s why

There’s lots to be excited about when it comes to Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Nintendo’s solid new collection of three classic platforming games for the Nintendo Switch. But outside the realm of gameplay, many fans wanted to know one specific thing about the re-release: Can we finally read the “L is real” sign in Super Mario 64?

Quick recap, if you’ve never heard of this urban legend. When the revolutionary Mario game was released in 1996, some players noticed that a plaque in the castle courtyard appeared to read “L is real.” Well, if you squinted hard enough. The sign was extremely blurry, but all the same, many took it as evidence that somewhere, somehow, Mario’s brother Luigi was hiding in the game.

Rocket League goes free-to-play on Sept. 23 on the Epic Games Store

about X hours ago from
Rocket League goes free-to-play on Sept. 23 on the Epic Games Store

Rocket League is finally going free-to-play. Developer Psyonix announced that the game would soon be free for everyone back in July, but it’s officially happening on Sept. 23, when the game makes the move to the Epic Games Store.

In a new developer post about the move to free-to-play and the game’s new PC home, Psyonix reminded players that they can link their current Rocket League accounts to their Epic Games account in order to carry over their progression and tie in cross-platform progression. On top of that, players who already own the game are now eligible for “Legacy Status” which will give them a few items with the game’s next update.

Valorant’s latest patch is making map selection more random

about X hours ago from
Valorant’s latest patch is making map selection more random

Valorant’s latest patch is here, but Riot’s only making a few light changes to the game this time around. The patch brings a few small nerfs to Raze, buffs the Guardian a bit and, most importantly, makes sure you’re not stuck playing the same map over and over again.

Raze’s nerfs in this patch only target her Blast Packs and mostly just take away some of their direct damage when detonated in mid-air. The Blast Packs now have an arming time of .5 seconds once they land, in order to ramp up to their full 50 damage. If you throw one out and detonate it before it’s armed, it will only do 15 damage. As an added bonus though, Blast Packs no longer deal damage to allies.

Ubisoft’s Madden for Game Boy just arrived from an alternate universe

about X hours ago from
Ubisoft’s Madden for Game Boy just arrived from an alternate universe

Nintendo enthusiasts started poring through a huge Nintendo leak in July. Tons of files were dumped onto the internet. Called the “Gigaleak,” the files held source code and other assets for games like Super Mario Kart, Yoshi’s Island, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Hackers and data miners have found more file dumps since then, too. An anonymous user dropped a bunch of Game Boy files online in September, reportedly holding ROMs for games on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color.

That includes unreleased games, like Pokémon Picross, which was canceled in 1999, according to Pokémon YouTuber Lewtwo. And then there’s Ubisoft’s John Madden Football — a port of Electronic Arts’ John Madden Football ’93 that was supposed to be released on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy. Welcome to Ubisoft’s alternate universe.

How do Super Mario Galaxy’s motion controls work on Switch?

about X hours ago from
How do Super Mario Galaxy’s motion controls work on Switch?

The launch of Super Mario 3D All-Stars brings with it a long-awaited port of Super Mario Galaxy. The original Wii game was excellent, but also mired in an era dominated by motion controls. Even common abilities, like Mario’s mandatory spin attack, were assigned to a waggle of the Wii Remote, and collecting Star Bits meant painting the entire screen with a motion-controlled reticle.

Obviously, with a different control scheme — the Switch doesn’t support Wii Remote functionality — the system is limited in terms of what it can faithfully reproduce from the original game. So how does Super Mario Galaxy actually work on the Nintendo Switch? Does it ditch the motion controls entirely?

Nintendo Direct Mini coming on Sept. 17

about X hours ago from
Nintendo Direct Mini coming on Sept. 17

Nintendo will stream a new Nintendo Direct Mini presentation on Thursday, Sept. 17, showcasing new information about upcoming Switch games “exclusively from Nintendo’s publishing partners.”

Thursday’s Nintendo Direct mini will stream on YouTube at 10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT. Nintendo did not provide an estimate for the length of its next partner-focused Nintendo Direct, nor did it specify which games would be highlighted.

Here’s how the Xbox Series S and Series X will handle backward compatibility

about X hours ago from
Here’s how the Xbox Series S and Series X will handle backward compatibility

Backward compatibility is one of the major pillars of Microsoft’s pitch for its next-generation consoles: The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the company says, will launch with the ability to play “thousands of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Original Xbox games.” But there’s a wide gulf between the capabilities of the two models — “the most powerful Xbox ever” and “the smallest Xbox ever,” respectively — which means that they will handle backward compatibility differently.

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series S last week, and said that it will debut alongside the bigger, stronger Series X on Nov. 10 at a far more affordable price point of $299 instead of $499. One major difference between what the two models offer is resolution: While both consoles can play games at frame rates as high as 120 frames per second, the Xbox Series X is designed to run at 4K resolution while the Series S is geared toward 1440p.