The best part of Oculus Quest: It makes the hard stuff look easy

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The best part of Oculus Quest: It makes the hard stuff look easy

The Oculus Quest might seem like a modest step forward to the casual onlooker: it’s VR, minus the wires. But the product is more complicated than its simple silhouette suggests. A ortable, self-contained headset that doesn’t require a PC or sensors to deliver room-scale head and hand tracking in VR required dramatic leap forward from the Oculus team in a short amount of time.

Since the original Oculus’ release in 2016, the VR company has made a number of incremental technological streps that have led them here. Jason Rubin, vice president of VR/AR partnerships and content for Facebook, is confident those changes will impress the headset’s early reviewers and audience. That what looks simple will feel significant.

Pokémon Go adds Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit as rare spawns

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Pokémon Go adds Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit as rare spawns

After months of speculation, Niantic has introduced the infamous Lake Trio to Pokémon Go. Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit can now be found as very rare wild spawns in the game.

First introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Lake Trio is a group of three Legendary psychic Pokémon located at three of the in-game lakes. According to the Pokémon lore masters at Bulbapedia, Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit were created by the god of the Pokémon universe, Arceus.

Valve’s Index is the next generation of high-end virtual reality

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Valve’s Index is the next generation of high-end virtual reality

Valve’s next-generation virtual reality unit, known as Index, is an impressive plaything with a fistful of design advances beyond the old Vive. It’s also expensive, and lacking — for now — any particular reason for purchase in the way of compelling new games.

Last week, at Valve’s offices in Seattle, I got a chance to play with Index. I liked it a lot. It’s stylish and smart, and it solves a bunch of early VR-related problems. But before we get into the specifics of the hardware, let’s get one thing out of the way. Let’s talk about games.

Mortal Kombat 11 update makes the game less of a grind

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Mortal Kombat 11 update makes the game less of a grind

NetherRealm Studios rolled out an update for Mortal Kombat 11 on Monday that addresses the game’s economy and the divisive Towers of Time, two changes that make the fighting game less grindy and more player-friendly.

For players looking for more of Mortal Kombat 11’s various currencies, NetherRealm is now giving them two to three times as much of the post-fight currency rewards (Koins, Soul Fragments, Hearts) than before. In the Towers of Time, for example, battles I played earned me somewhere between 1,100 and 1,500 Koins per match, as well as 10 Soul Fragments and three Hearts per match. That’s a considerable boost in in-game currency.

What does Cox’s ‘Elite Gamer’ internet service really do?

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What does Cox’s ‘Elite Gamer’ internet service really do?

Internet provider Cox Communications is running a limited trial of a new gaming service. Called Cox Elite Gamer, the $14.99-per-month subscription promises to “automatically find a faster path for your PC game data.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently did away with regulations that prevented internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating against certain kinds of internet traffic. Many believe that the repeal of so-called “internet neutrality” will eventually open the door to tiered bandwidth plans, where customers will be required to pay a premium for “fast lane” access to certain websites.

Xbox Game Pass adding Wolfenstein 2, The Surge, and Black Desert in May

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Xbox Game Pass adding Wolfenstein 2, The Surge, and Black Desert in May

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get access to at least eight new games as part of the service in May, starting with Bethesda Softworks and MachineGames’ first-person shooter Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and Chucklefish’s strategy game Wargroove. Both titles will join the Xbox Game Pass lineup on May 2.

On May 9, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get three more games: Paradox Interactive and Haemimont Games’ space survival simulation Surviving Mars; Fullbright’s sci-fi narrative adventure game Tacoma; and Pearl Abyss’ fantasy online role-playing game Black Desert.

Warhammer’s popular deck-building skirmish game getting a digital adaptation

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Warhammer’s popular deck-building skirmish game getting a digital adaptation

While video games set in the world of Warhammer 40,000 are a dime a dozen, Games Workshop’s other franchises don’t always get quite as much attention. That what makes the announcement of Warhammer Underworlds: Online so unusual. The high fantasy turn-based game is expected to arrive on Steam as an early access title later this year.

Warhammer Underworlds: Online is being developed for Windows PC and will be based on the popular tabletop system called Warhammer Underworlds. First published as a physical boxed set called Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire in 2017, the highly competitive two-player system only requires a handful of physical miniatures to play. Instead of a pile of six-sided dice, the game runs on a unique deck-building mechanic and custom dice.

Breath of the Wild mod lets you play entire game in first-person

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Breath of the Wild mod lets you play entire game in first-person

When we put on the Hero of Time’s legendary green tunic, we’re used to experiencing his adventure in third-person view. A new update for the Switch game allows fans to enjoy The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in first-person, but you’re not supposed to actually play the whole game like that. VR mode is primarily there for you to stop and appreciate the scenery every once in a while. It was only a matter of time before tinkerers took that first-person functionality to a whole other level, though.

Unlike the official VR mode, Breath of the Wild running on the CEMU emulator on PC can maintain a steady 60 frames per second at whatever resolution your machine can handle. The whole game is playable in this first-person state, too. You can watch BSoD Gaming run Breath of the Wild in 4K below — it’s gorgeous. The whole thing looks new.

Dota Auto Chess adds familiar faces in new patch

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Dota Auto Chess adds familiar faces in new patch

Dota Auto Chess’ popularity has been steadily growing over the past few months, with over 8 million subscribers on Steam Workshop. A new patch dropped on Monday, introducing familiar Dota 2 characters Io and Dazzle. Here is everything you need to know about Auto Chess’ latest patch, as well as a complete list of changes.

Dazzle is a Troll Priest in Auto Chess. Previously, there were only four Trolls in the game, meaning you’d need all of them to get a powerful attack speed bonus for all your units. Dazzle makes getting that bonus much easier.

Xbox Games with Gold adds Marooners, The Golf Club 2019 to May lineup

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Xbox Games with Gold adds Marooners, The Golf Club 2019 to May lineup

The free games available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in May were announced on Monday, and include Marooners and The Golf Club 2019 featuring PGA Tour.

Marooners is a multiplayer party game that lets players compete in various minigames either online or via local multiplayer. The Golf Club 2019 is 2K Sports’ officially-licensed golf simulator, with a new career mode following the player through various golf tournaments and events.