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News Bites – GDC Special Edition

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News Bites – GDC Special Edition

– Perhaps the biggest news of the day is the release date and price announcement of Sony’s foray into Virtual Reality. The Playstation VR will arrive on Aussie shores in October this year at the recommended retail price of $549 AUD. That is about half the price of the nearest competitor making the cost of a PS4 and VR kit cheaper than buying an Oculus or Vive (in Australia at least.) That is great news for early adopters and those keen to dive in to a virtual future. Sony have promised at least 50 titles by the end of the year so it seems there will be plenty to play on the first console based VR system. Keep an eye on Player 2 for more details as they arrive.

News Bites - GDC Special Edition

– Microsoft announced that the Gears of War beta will kick off in April. Players who played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition before April 11 will get access to the beta on the 18th of April. The rest of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold members will get access from the 24th of April. The beta will obviously be the testing the multiplayer component of this highly anticipated shooter and will be used to balance and stress test the servers. Start revving those Lancers folks, it is almost time to kill some Locust again.

– Obsidian, the masterminds behind Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas (the best Fallout game – ED) are back with a new PC based RPG called Tyranny. Published by Paradox Interactive (who also assisted on Pillars) the game will be set in a Fantasy world and is being released this year. Not much else is known at this point but given the 2016 release date there is sure to be more info soon.

– In more VR news it has been revealed that there will be a Star Wars Battlefront VR experience as one of the Playstation VR launch titles. This will be made as a part of a deal between Sony and EA and is described as a cinematic experience based on the main Battlefront game. Not sure what “cinematic experience” actually means but let’s hope it isn’t just Rebel Assault 3.

News Bites - GDC Special Edition