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MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI’s mini desktop, the VR-ready Vortex, is now shipping. The miniature tower is about the size of a subwoofer, says MSI, but it packs all the hardware gamers need to get their favorite titles up and running. A mixture of powerful hardware, high-end features, and a specialized cooling system make for a PC that is “minimal in footprint by maximum in performance,” says MSI. Features include support for up to six video outputs and a 360-degree cooling vortex.

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PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

By now you've heard the big news about PlayStation VR, Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: it's being released this October, there's going to be plenty of games available, and it will cost $399. While that last bit certainly isn't a lie, it is a bit misleading, unfortunately. Part of the reason the pricing is such a big deal is because the PlayStation VR drastically undercuts the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive, but there's a few accessories required that Sony has neglected to put in the box.

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Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta starts April 18

Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta starts April 18

The Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta will be arriving on April 18, it has been announced. Those who have played the game’s ultimate edition on the Xbox One and Windows 10 will see tokens for beta early access arrive; on April 24, the early access will end and all Xbox Live Gold members (who qualify) will get a beta invite. The multiplayer beta will be available until May 1.

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Fallout 4 ‘Automatron’ DLC showcased in trailer

Fallout 4 ‘Automatron’ DLC showcased in trailer

Bethesda has released the Automatron trailer for its upcoming Fallout 4 DLC, teasing gamers with what they can expect next week when the download goes live. We've already heard all the details on what the DLC entails -- what we've been graced with today is a short trailer showing the Automatrons in action, including the creation process. These robot companions will include hundreds of mods.

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Rocket League is trading soccer for basketball

Rocket League is trading soccer for basketball

Rocket League, the indie game that became an instant smash hit on the PlayStation 4 and saw a recent release on the Xbox One, is getting a new mode in the near future that looks to completely change-up the gameplay. See, Rocket League is basically about playing soccer (or football, if you're outside the US) with small RC cars. But developer Psyonix has revealed that in honor of March Madness, players will be getting a basketball mode.

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Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Amazon Japan begins shipping video games internationally

Gamers who like to import titles from Japan take notice, the Japanese version of Amazon will now ship select games and hardware to international locations, potentially offering a cheaper option than turning to dedicated importers. While Amazon Japan has offered international shipping on other types of products, this is a first for video games. The change went without a formal announcement, and was only recently noticed by users on Twitter and the NeoGAF forums.

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Doom sees new multiplayer trailer, beta details released

Doom sees new multiplayer trailer, beta details released

The May 13th release date for the new Doom game from Id Software and Bethesda is rapidly approaching, and while we were treated to a new campaign trailer several weeks ago, now it's time for multiplayer details to spill. A new multiplayer trailer was released today with plenty of new gameplay footage, as well as the dates for an upcoming beta on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and how players can participate.

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Watch the trailer for Koi, the first PS4 game developed in China

Watch the trailer for Koi, the first PS4 game developed in China

Seeing big-name video games for a major console come out of China is not an everyday thing, let alone small, indie titles. So it's fitting that the first such game for the PlayStation 4 is a beautiful, vivid experience called Koi. Coming from Chinese developer Oasis Games, Koi will be one of the first title to be published Sony Computer Entertainment Shanghai (SCES), and will be seeing its debut public appearance at the Game Developers Conference later this month.

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Here’s how Street Fighter V quitters are being punished by Capcom

Here’s how Street Fighter V quitters are being punished by Capcom

Last week I told you about how the recently released Street Fighter V was having a problem with "rage quitters," or players quitting matches early when they're losing and frustrated, instead of being a good sport and seeing it to the end. Developer Capcom asked players to help gather evidence of these quitters in action, and now they've come back with details on how these people are being punished.

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Dark Souls 3 gets a mobile version called ‘Slashy Souls’

Dark Souls 3 gets a mobile version called ‘Slashy Souls’

Dark Souls, the action-RPG series that has become a smash hit among masochistic gamers around the world thanks to its spirit-crushing difficulty, has finally come to smartphones — although not quite in the form you're used to. With Dark Souls 3 about to launch in April, Bandai Namco has released Slashy Souls, a free promotional game available on both iOS and Android. But instead of a deep progression system and RPG elements, Slashy Souls is an endless runner-style game. Oh, but there's still punishingly hard bosses to fight.

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See the first trailer for Obduction, the spiritual successor to Myst

See the first trailer for Obduction, the spiritual successor to Myst

Some of the older gamers among us may remember Myst, the classic puzzle/exploration game for PC that was first released way back in 1993, along with its 1997 sequel, Riven. If you're one of these people, get ready for another trip to an isolated land with a mysterious environment, where you'll struggle to figure out what's going on. Cyan, the developer of those two titles, has just released the first trailer for Obduction, which it calls the "spiritual successor" to the game that started it all.

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Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero release date confirmed, additional game included

Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero release date confirmed, additional game included

As part of the latest Nintendo Direct stream, the Japanese gaming giant's live announcement on upcoming games, the house of Mario revealed that Star Fox Zero now has a solid release date. The Wii U exclusive title was eagerly anticipated for release back in November, but Nintendo decided to give it a little more time in development, with producer Shigeru Miyamoto explaining that they needed to address some issues with gameplay mechanics in order for the game to meet the expectations of quality.

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