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Microsoft to Challenge PS VR With $299 Virtual Reality Headsets

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Microsoft has teamed up with several hardware makers to develop virtual reality headsets that are even more affordable than the PlayStation VR.

Laptop makers Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, and Hewlett Packard (HP) are among the companies Microsoft is working with. Their VR headsets are expected to release in spring 2017 and will start at $299 in the United States.

Despite their low price, the units will be the “first and only” headsets with “inside out six degrees of freedom sensors,” which is to say they won’t require extra accessory such as a camera sensor.

Microsoft says they will the the “first VR headsets capable of mixed reality,” and each one will work the Windows 10 Creators Update. Terry Meyers, the tech giant’s EVP of the Windows and Devices Group, specifically stated:

“Unlike every other virtual reality headset in the market today, there will be zero need for a separate room and complicated setup.

While the less immersive VR accessories today cost more than $500, or require a new expensive device, these accessories will start at just $299 and work with affordable laptops and PCs.”

Additional details on the headsets will be released closer to their release in the spring. Make sure to stay tuned to GameTribute for future developments.

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China Blocks Twitch Website And iOS App

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You can no longer access the Twitch website and Twitch iOS app in China, at least legally.

Twitch has confirmed that the Chinese government has blocked all access to its platform in mainland China.

The development comes on the heel of the Twitch iOS app reaching the third spot in the iTunes free apps chart, with the surge of popularly mostly owed to eSports and especially the Asian Games.

Although the reason for the ban wasn’t revealed, the fact that Twitch was the only way for Chinese fans to follow the event was what likely made it a target for the Chinese government.

Twitch now joins a growing list of major websites to be blocked in the world’s video game market, a list that includes the likes of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Considering that some of the Steam Community features are also inaccessible in China, it probably won’t be long until the main Steam store is also banned.

Valve has been taking preemptive measures should it also meet the same fate, having partnered with a Chinese publisher to launch a localized version in the country.

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Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Lets You Play 7 Classic Games On PC, Consoles

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It’s an exciting blast from the past that will put you in a nostalgia coma.

Capcom has revealed the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, a collection of seven classic and arcade side-scrolling beat ’em ups.

Available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, the bundle has a lunch price of US$20/£16/€20 and includes Final Fight (1989), The King of Dragons (1991), Captain Commando (1991), Knights of the Round (1991), and Warriors of Fate (1992).

You also get Armored Warriors (1994), and Battle Circuit (1997), two games that were only playable in arcades and never available on consoles.

In addition to allowing you to set the difficulty level and adjust other elements such as number of lives and continues, all seven games also come with such modern gameplay features as online co-op with drop-in/drop-out support.

Like with any of the Mega Man Legacy Collections, the Beat ‘Em Up Bundle includes plenty of art galleries, character designs, and sketches for even more of trip down memory lane.

Check out the reveal trailer…

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New N7 Day Mass Effect Andromeda Trailer is Intense, See it

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The new N7 Day Mass Effect Andromeda trailer that fans have been impatiently waiting for is finally here, and it’s intense.

We get to see more scripted and in-game footage of the game world, as well as ‘brother’ Ryder, his alien crew and what appears to be the main villain in action. It might have also confirmed the existence of Salarians in Andromeda.

The Andromeda Initiative recruitment page has been updated to coincide with the trailer’s release. It shows the user’s login details with the year 2184… the year just before the events of Mass Effect 2.

The Andromeda Initiative is scheduled to launch in 2185, the year Commander Shepherd returns from the dead (the beginning of Mass Effect 2). Three Ark ships, each containing three different species in cryo stasis, will leave the Milkyway for the new galaxy, with plans to wake up the occupants 600 years later.

Judging by the trailer, things don’t go according to plan.

Mass Effect Andromeda launches for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC in Spring 2017. Are you excited for the new adventure?

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