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No Man’s Sky developer confirms new release date: August 9

No Man’s Sky developer confirms new release date: August 9

Earlier this week we reported that there was evidence the upcoming PlayStation 4/PC game No Man's Sky was going to be delayed by a few weeks, missing its June 21st release date. The bad news is that it's true, the adventure/space exploration game will be delayed, but the good news is that eager players won't have to wait very long. Developer Hello Games has stated that No Man's Sky will now be released on August 9th, adding an extra seven weeks.

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Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

Rise of the VR-ready Backpack PC: Aorus, HP, MSI, ZOTAC

This week both HP and MSI have revealed Backback PCs - computers that act like desktops but fit on your back, preparing you for a full-range, untethered VR experience. It would seem at first as though they would be leading the way - most average citizens have never seen a Backpack PC before, right? But that's just not true - at least three different groups have made the Backpack PC a real, working model before now - but only now are we truly starting to reach a first stride.

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3D Pong table brings the game into the real world

3D Pong table brings the game into the real world

Pong is one of the first video games to be made, and the first one that was commercially successful. It's a pretty safe bet that most people have seen or played some form of the game. Maybe it wasn't on an Atari, and perhaps it was just a knockoff clone, but if it had two paddles and a square "ball" bouncing between the two, it's the same thing. But I can guarantee that you've never played a real-world game of Pong.

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HTC to show off their first VR game for the Vive

HTC to show off their first VR game for the Vive

We've heard a lot about Oculus's approach to their first-party games lately. However, we haven't really heard anything from HTC about developing their own games. Since they've partnered with Valve, I'd assumed that they were leaving the first-party game development to them. However, it turns out that HTC is indeed working on their own game for the Vive.

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Blizzard CEO discusses Vanilla WoW server options

Blizzard CEO discusses Vanilla WoW server options

It's been less than two months since Blizzard announced that they would be taking legal action against the popular Vanilla World of Warcraft server, Nostalrius. Private MMO servers have been shut down plenty of times, and they usually close down with little fanfare. However, this case is very different, and just yesterday, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime sat down to discuss it with a former WoW developer.

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HTC Vive’s front-facing camera just got more useful

HTC Vive’s front-facing camera just got more useful

One thing that I love about using my HTC Vive is the front-facing camera. It might seem like a strange feature to get excited about, but when your eyes are completely covered, having a camera in front of them really helps. You can actually turn on a special mode that allows you to see a rough outline of everything around you, at certain times. This is great for grabbing a drink or a snack, without having to take off the headset.

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Dragon Quest Builders gets US release this fall on PS4, Vita

Dragon Quest Builders gets US release this fall on PS4, Vita

Dragon Quest Builders, the spin-off of the popular Japanese RPG series, is finally coming stateside this fall, Square Enix has announced. Featuring more than a hint of inspiration from Minecraft, the game will be released in October on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Until now it's been limited to Japan, having debuted in January on PS4/PS3/Vita.

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Samsung might have a gamepad for the Gear VR coming soon

Samsung might have a gamepad for the Gear VR coming soon

As fancy and entertaining virtual reality might sound, it has a few shortcomings, primary among which is input. VR delivers an illusion of a different kind of reality, but that illusion breaks down when you start having to manipulate things. Systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive use an approximation of our hands via control sticks. The Samsung Gear VR, however, isn't as lucky. Unless you want to always feel like Cyclops touching your visor repeatedly, you will eventually end up reaching out for a gamepad. Luckily, it seems that Samsung might have made especially for the Gear VR.

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Mass Effect Trilogy comes to EA Origin Access Vault

Mass Effect Trilogy comes to EA Origin Access Vault

When EA first launched Origin, there was a lot of backlash from PC gamers. With Steam dominating the PC platform, many people thought it was unnecessary for a publisher to open their own store, which only supported their titles. However, since then, EA has had a fair amount of success with the store. One of the big successes has been Origin Access, which just added a few great titles to its roster.

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Forget room-scale VR, warehouse-scale is now possible

Forget room-scale VR, warehouse-scale is now possible

One of the reasons why I love my HTC Vive is because it allows me to move around the room. Otherwise, just standing around in the same spot tends to break my immersion. Of course, you're still limited to around 15 square feet of movement. But what if you want to roam around a much, much larger room? One company is working on just that.

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Minecraft gets Hunger Games-style Battle mode

Minecraft gets Hunger Games-style Battle mode

Minecraft started out as such a simple game. You'd spawn into a world, and you'd need to find resources to build a shelter to ride out the night in. Then you'd work on building bigger and better structures until you got tired of it. These days, there's more to do than any of us could have imagined back when the game was originally released in alpha, back in 2010.

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New Doom features get recreated in the original games

New Doom features get recreated in the original games

If you haven't picked up the new Doom game, I highly recommend it. While the multiplayer leaves a lot to be desired, the single-player campaign is well worth it. If you can't afford it, or your machine can't handle it, that's okay. You can soon get some of the new Doom flavor in the original games.

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