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Street Fighter V new Variable battle system detailed

Street Fighter V new Variable battle system detailed

The return of Street Fighter to glory is still more than a few months away, but with E3 2015 just around the corner, we can expect loads of leaks, hints, and reveals for Street Fighter V. Anticipating that, Sony has just fired the opening salve, announcing something new for the game. No, not a new character, sadly, but a new way of playing. Called the Variable System, or V for short, this new battle system adds a new distinct flavor to the latest installment, while still building on some of the most loved features of the game.

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Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Nostalgia can be a pretty strong emotion. And profitable too, as some game developers on Kickstarter have discovered. Although the crowdfunding platform has seen many a new game or idea come to life, most of the most successfully funded games on its list happen to have strong ties to the past. Like Bloodstained, which come from the mind of Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame, which is close to reaching $4.5 million with less than 24 hours to spare, making it the top funded computer game so far in Kickstarter history.

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Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Oculus Touch: up close with the next-gen VR controller

Today Oculus announced Oculus Touch, a set of wireless controllers that allow the user to see gestures and movement in virtual reality. While the latest software for Oculus Rift did include visions of virtual reality hands, Oculus suggested today that they needed to go a step further. Beginning their special Oculus Rift event out with word that the headset would ship with an Xbox One controller, they went on to show a couple of hand-held joysticks with halos around them. This is the controller setup that'll usher in the future, so they suggest.

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Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

Up close with Oculus Rift 2016

While we're not allowed to actually play with the Oculus Rift 2016, the first Oculus consumer product, we have gotten up close and personal with it. Not only that, we're having a peek at the newly revealed Oculus Touch, the new must-have virtual reality controller - or controllers, if you prefer. This headset is largely similar to that of the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype we got our hands-on earlier this year, but here it's a whole lot smoother. A whole lot more finalized than before.

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These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

These are the VR games Oculus Rift is counting on

You can’t just launch a virtual reality headset and then sit back, and so Oculus is already talking up its games roster ahead of Rift’s release in Q1 2016. Though there’s a long list of studios already developing titles for the 3D wearable, Oculus brought three on-stage at its Rift reveal event in San Francisco today: the developers behind titles like EVE Valkyrie, Chronos, and Edge of Nowhere. Each is designed especially to take advantage of the benefits virtual reality brings to immersive gaming.

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Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Oculus Touch: the new must-have VR input controller

Today Oculus founder Palmer Luckey introduced Oculus Touch, a pair of controllers for the virtual reality environment. Made with the virtual reality universe in mind, Oculus Touch will be working in demos at E3 2015, but won't necessarily be available with the first release of the Oculus Rift consumer headset in Q1 2016. In this handset set - two controllers - are capacitive touch, gesture recognition, and a set of traditional inputs as well. Whether or not these controls will work with anything other than Oculus Rift is yet to be seen.

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This is Oculus Rift

This is Oculus Rift

Today Oculus revealed the Oculus Rift - the consumer model - for release in the first quarter of 2016. This headset is the culmination of several years of testing - both in private and in public, with developers using these headsets out in the open, like no product before. This final headset is simple, easy to use, and meant to be the highest-end experience for virtual reality gaming and beyond. What's more - this isn't just about Oculus anymore. They've also partnered with Microsoft for Xbox One functionality.

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Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Final Oculus Rift specs revealed for 2016 consumer model

Oculus reveals the final hardware and software specifications for their long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. This machine works with a three-part system, starting with the headset itself, fully capable of the highest-end virtual reality experience on the market at the time it's being revealed. This machine requires that the user have a computer with Windows 7 SP1 or newer with 8GB RAM or more, Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater, and either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater. They'll also need HDMI 1.3 video output to connect to the headset, and 2x USB 3.0 ports for peripherals.

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Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Hellblade trailer revealed by creators of Devil May Cry

Developer group Ninja Theory has revealed their next big title, Hellblade, a hack-and-slash beast of a game for PC and PlayStation 4. This is the same developer group that brought you Devil May Cry, a long-lasting game franchise beloved around the planet. In the game, users will play as a Celtic Warrior by the name of Senua. She suffers from a mental illness which places her in a hellish world which she must escape. Is it too much to hope for an appearance by Pinhead and the rest of the Cenobites?

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Logitech debuts new Driving Force steering wheels for PS4, Xbox One

Logitech debuts new Driving Force steering wheels for PS4, Xbox One

Logitech has just taken the wraps off the latest Driving Force models, its popular line of steering wheel controllers for racing games. First up is the G29, successor the G27 model for the PS3. The G29 is the company's first force feedback racing wheel for the PlayStation 4, but remains compatible with the PS3 and PC as well. The other new addition is the G920 for the Xbox One, another console receiving its first Driving Force wheel from Logitech.

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