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  • Valve's VR Set Coming in April

    HTC Vive

    In February, pre-orders for the co-built Vive VR headset from HTC and Valve will begin. The release date for the Vive will be set for an April launch after this. The exact opening for pre-orders will begin February 29.

    Whilst the HTC Vive is still a very new piece of technology, in a few month's time we could see a lot of support by various game developers. The HTC Vive developer kit was sent out on January 5 so developers will already be able to begin developing VR options for their titles. It may be a long while before VR makes it to most mainstream AAA titles, if it does come at all, but it will be incredibly exciting to see virtual reality like the HTC Vive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    Because the Vive is co-owned by Valve, it is very likely that the virtual reality headset will be used primarily alongside Steam, a PC gaming client owned by Valve. We may never see console support for the HTC Vive but it will potentially show us what VR could be capable of on all platforms.

    The Vive isn't the only virtual headset available for pre-order. On January 6 the Occulus Rift also made it's way online for pre-order. This headset currently is available for pre-order for a hefty $600 and it will be available to the public on March 28. Prices for VR is bound to be very high to begin with but we may see price drops over the next few months. Hopefully in two years the technology will be affordable for the average gamer and the VR-supported game library will be quite expansive.

  • Outlast 2 Confirmed

    Outlast 2If you're a fan of the recent surge of new horror games that have been released over the last couple of years then you will be excited to hear what we have to say today. It has been confirmed by Red Barrels that they have started development on Outlast 2.

    The first Outlast game managed to be very successful - first starting as a small indie game available through Steam's greenlight system, it came on to becoming a full Steam game and then released for consoles later in the year.

    The next Outlast game will be made for consoles and PC on day one, and it will come with a whole set of new scares. Whilst Outlast 2 will be set in the same universe as the first game, Outlast 2 will be based around a new survival horror story.

    Red Barrels have not given much more information about Outlast 2, besides from the fact that they are working on a sequel to the first game, because they feel like they, "had at least another horror game in us."

    "The game will be a survival horror experience and it will take place in the same universe as Outlast, but it will have different characters and a different setting. We might go back to Mount Massive Asylum one day, but for now we have new ideas and themes we'd like to explore and we think we're cooking up something special."

    Are you excited to hear about the new Outlast game?

  • New Steam Box Console Prototype Shown - Could Reach Stores for $500

    steam box console price

    Steam have recently unveiled plans to bridge the gap between computer gamers and console gamers by taking their huge library of PC games and plonking it on a brand new console. So far we've already seen images of the Steam controller, but this week new plans have been lifted on the actual console itself and a prototype for what could potentially be a $500 gaming console have been revealed by the manufacturers, IBuyPower.

    IBuyPower is a gaming PC manufacturer that has gained a lot of traction recently, and it looks like Valve have laid it down on them to build and supply the console.

    The first prototype surprisingly looks very similar to the PlayStation 4 - It has a blue light strip in the centre of the console and a very similar shape and build quality as the PS4, however it is white instead of black, but it's clear where IBP got their inspiration from.

    IBuyPower plan to make two variants of this console, with one most likely offering higher hardware performance at a higher price, whilst the other offers less performance for a more affordable price.

    Either way, IBuyPower has commented on the prototype by saying that both models will have the capability of playing all current Steam games at 1080P at 60 frames per second.

    They also plan to get the console, along with a built-in Steam OS, out some time in 2014. Whilst we don't know details on both models, one version is said to cost $499, and the hardware inside includes an AMD Radeon R9 270 (which is a significant upgrade from the capabilities of both the Xbox One and the PS4) graphics card and a 500GB hard drive.

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