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Playstation VR: Complete list of games confirmed to support VR

PlayStation VR, Sony's very own virtual reality (VR) offering, will be released sometime this year, and players are already looking at what titles will be made available for the new headset.

Considering the fact that the PlayStation VR headset itself has yet to make its debut, getting a good grasp on its games could be a difficult task, although there are some noteworthy titles that stand out from the pack.

One of the PlayStation VR games players can look forward to is "Rigs Mechanized Combat League," according to What Culture.

"Rigs Mechanized Combat League" combines elements of a sports game along with those found in sci-fi titles and puts all of that inside a futuristic setting. The end result is a game that allows players to take control of robots as they engage in a spirited game of futuristic basketball.

Next up is another sci-fi entry, but this time, players will be on their own as they attempt to survive in space.

In "Adr1ft," players are faced with the task of trying to survive after the space station they had been living in was destroyed. Players are presented with numerous puzzles they must solve in order to progress further, and they must figure out all of them while they continue to struggle with dropping oxygen levels and chaotic surroundings.

There are also some currently available games that will soon be receiving VR support soon after the PlayStation VR becomes available. Such games include "Driveclub" and "Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward," according to Alphr. Fans of those games will undoubtedly want to see what they will be like when played via VR headsets.

On top of the games mentioned here, there are still plenty of other titles coming to the PlayStation VR this year, so fans will be able to pick and choose from a variety of options.

Crazy List of Deals: Free Fallout 4 with a new PS4; buy two, get one free games; $50 Halo 5 & MORE

Buy any PS4 at Best Buy and get a free copy of Fallout 4 and a free controller charging station.

GameStop is also offering a free copy of Fallout 4 with the purchase of the Uncharted PS4 bundle.

Amazon is giving away copies of Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD with the purchase of the Uncharted PS4 bundle for $350.

When you purchase one of three big new game releases--Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, or Call of Duty: Black Ops III--you can save $25 on select games at Best Buy. These choices include Halo 5, Forza 6, and Grand Theft Auto V. If you're a Gamers Club Unlocked member, your discount still applies, letting you get two $60 games for about $76.

Target has a buy two, get one free offer on all games.

Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform.

PlayStation 4

Amazon Prime members get $25 off the price of the Uncharted Collection PS4 bundle, bringing its price down to $324.

Target Cartwheel has a coupon taking 15 percent off the price of the Uncharted PS4 bundle, bringing its price under $300.

Check out all of this week's deals on the PlayStation Store here, and all of the PlayStation Plus member-only deals here. There's also a sale on Koei Tecmo games.

Other PS4 game deals:

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -- $50 (Walmart)
  • Fallout 4 -- $50 (Amazon - Prime only)
  • Lego Dimensions -- $85 (Amazon) / $85 (Walmart)
  • Far Cry 4: Complete Edition -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Tales of Zestiria -- $50 (Amazon)
  • Lords of the Fallen -- $26 (Amazon)
  • FIFA 16 -- $50 (Amazon)
  • Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition -- $48 (Amazon)
  • Bloodborne -- $27 (Amazon)
  • Until Dawn -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Sniper Elite III: Ultimate Edition -- $23 (Walmart)
  • God of War III Remastered -- $20 (Amazon)
  • MLB 15: The Show -- $25.59 (Amazon)
  • Tearaway: Unfolded -- $32.48 (Amazon)
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 -- $39 (Amazon)
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest - Hall of Fame Edition -- $19 (Amazon)
  • Mad Max -- $48 (Amazon)
  • NHL 16 -- $41 (Amazon)
  • Lego Jurassic World -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 -- $20 (Amazon)
  • Mortal Kombat X -- $48 (Walmart)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection -- $36.47 (Walmart)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign -- $29.64 (Amazon)
  • The Order: 1886 -- $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD -- $25.45 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD -- $25 (Amazon) / $25 (Best Buy)
  • Final Fantasy XIV -- $22 (Amazon)
  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $44 (Amazon)
  • Alien: Isolation -- $18.49 (Amazon)
  • The Last of Us Remastered -- $19 (Amazon digital)

The free PlayStation Plus games for November are now available and include The Walking Dead: Season Two and Magicka 2.

Xbox One

Walmart has an offer where you can get the Gears of War system bundle (white or black) with your choice of select games for $349. Game choices include Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny: The Taken King, Forza 6, FIFA 16, and Madden 16, as well as three just-released games (Halo 5, WWE 2K16, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate) for $10 more.

EBay has a one-year subscription to Xbox Live Gold for $34.50.

This week's Deals With Gold are now available and include ScreamRide, EA Sports UFC, and Lords of the Fallen.

Other Xbox One game deals:

November's free Games With Gold games are now available and include Pneuma, plus the backwards-compatible Xbox 360 game Dirt 3. Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III are coming later this month.

PC

GOG's Big Fall Sale continues. There are more than 350 games on sale (with more rotated in every 12 hours), daily bundles, and free games when you reach certain spending milestones during the sale (like System Shock 2 at $5 and Chronicles of Riddick at $15). Among the best deals right now are Guild of Dungeoneering for $9, Fract OSC for $3.79, and the King's Bounty bundle for $12.

Humble's new weekly bundle celebrates this year's Extra Life event. It's around for one more day and consists of games like Jazzpunk, Overlord, and Overlord II.

If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area, where you'll find deals like Might & Magic Heroes VII for $25, South Park: The Stick of Truth for $10, and Rocket League for $15.

You can save 20 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher SAVE20-NOVEMB-GAMING.

Regular Green Man Gaming customers should be aware the site is changing its loyalty program, which will result in the expiration of any existing credit on November 24. You should use any you have by then.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is Origin's next free On the House game.

Other PC game deals:

  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $40 (Steam)
  • Transistor -- $5 (Steam)
  • Axiom Verge -- $14 (Steam)
  • Bastion -- $3.74 (Steam)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered -- $5 (Steam)
  • Super Meat Boy -- $3 (Steam)
  • Shovel Knight -- $10 (Steam)
  • Rocket League -- $16 (Steam)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- $42 (Steam)
  • Ark: Survival Evolved early access -- $20 (Steam)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor -- $17 (Steam)
  • The Talos Principle -- $13.59 (Steam)
  • Grow Home -- $4 (Steam)
  • Cities: Skylines -- $15 (Steam)
  • PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate -- $1 (GMG)
  • PixelJunk Eden -- $2.29 (GMG)
  • PixelJunk Shooter -- $0.89 (GMG)
  • Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition -- $24 (GMG)
  • Darksiders II Franchise Pack -- $25 (GMG)
  • Galak-Z -- $16 (Humble Store)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls -- $24 (Amazon) / $18 (Walmart)
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth -- $18 (Best Buy)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited -- $38 (Walmart)
  • SimCity -- $7 (Best Buy)
  • StarCraft II: Battle Chest -- $20.49 (Amazon)
  • Evolve -- $20 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs -- $14 (Amazon) / $10 (Best Buy)

Wii U

Preorder Xenoblade Chronicles X at Best Buy and get a $10 credit toward pizza for some reason.

If you don't mind buying a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225, or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Nintendo Land for $235.

  • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Bundle preorder -- $50 (Amazon - Prime only)
  • Lego Dimensions -- $85 (Amazon) / $85 (Walmart)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker -- $33 (Amazon)
  • Splatoon -- $45 (Walmart)
  • Mario Party 10 -- $41.41 (Amazon)
  • Hyrule Warriors -- $48 (Walmart)
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse -- $33 (Amazon)
  • Just Dance 2015 -- $23 (Amazon)
  • Yoshi's Woolly World -- $45 (Amazon)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge -- $11 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD -- $39 (Walmart)
  • Wii Fit U + Fit Meter + Balance Board -- $25 (Nintendo Store)
  • The Wonderful 101 -- $30 (Nintendo Store)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate -- $18 (Amazon)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut -- $14.50 (Amazon)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two -- $11 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition -- $15 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs -- $19 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $16 (Amazon)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited -- $18 (Amazon)

3DS

Nintendo's online store is offering refurbished 2DSes for $60.

  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Premium Edition -- $43 (Amazon)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour -- $26 (Amazon) / $20 (Walmart)
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS -- $33 (Amazon)
  • Code Name: Steam -- $19 (Amazon)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening -- $34 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf -- $27 (Walmart)
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon -- $26 (Amazon)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 - Record Breaker -- $36.50 (Amazon)
  • Steel Diver -- $5 (Best Buy)
  • Tetris Ultimate -- $13 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate -- $11 (Walmart)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion -- $11 (Amazon) / $8 (Walmart)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $23 (Amazon)

PlayStation Vita

Check out all of this week's deals on the PlayStation Store here, and all of the PlayStation Plus member-only deals here. There's also a sale on Koei Tecmo games.

  • Minecraft -- $13.52 (Walmart)
  • Tearaway -- $17 (Amazon)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection -- $21.37 (Amazon)
  • LittleBigPlanet -- $15 (Amazon)
  • Persona 4: Golden -- $20 (Amazon)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz -- $14 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale -- $14 (Amazon)
  • Gravity Rush -- $22 (Amazon)
  • The Wolf Among Us -- $17 (Amazon)
  • Mind Zero -- $26.48 (Amazon)
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $18 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for November are now available and include Dragon Fin Soup and Invizimals.

Hardware

  • Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5 Controller -- $60 (Amazon - Prime only)
  • PlayStation 4 Camera -- $45 (Walmart)
  • Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows -- $32 (Amazon)
  • DualShock 4 PS4 Controller -- $45 (Amazon - Prime only)
  • Xbox One Controller + Play & Charge Kit -- $58 (Amazon - Prime only)
  • PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset -- $22 (Amazon)
  • 16 GB Vita Memory Card -- $36.40 (Amazon)
  • 32 GB Vita Memory Card -- $65.44 (Amazon)

Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.

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@Nvidia announces 1080p Game Streaming Service and Android based Console

Nvidia Shield game console w/ Controller

Nvidia Shield game console w/ Controller

Nvidia is certainly not pulling any punches. Today the company announced 2 important items of note: A new Android powered game console, and a game streaming service called Grid. 

The Shield game console is powered by the company's Tegra X1 processor, and is the first set-top box that is 4K compatible. The new Tegra X1 processor is truly a powerhouse, and the company's CEO and cofounder Jen-Hsun Huang states has more power and is twice as the Xbox 360. Shield will also run Android TV. The $199 asking price for the new Shield console will net you a sleek compact gaming console, a rechargeable remote with a headphone jack for private listening like the Roku 3, and a controller that boasts 40 hours of battery life. 

Sound pretty awesome right? Being an Android powered console begs the question though, How powerful can it be graphically? It runs Crysis 3 without a hitch. according to Engadget: "More than just Crysis 3, NVIDIA's lining up other partners to port major games to Android -- specifically, to its own Android box. Doom 3: BFG Edition, Resident Evil 5, The Talos Principle, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance and Limboare joining Crysis 3 as native Android titles running on Shield. Randy Pitchford, president of Borderlands studio Gearbox Software, announced that Borderlands 2 andBorderlands: The Pre-Sequel are also on their way to Shield.

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the Shield's accompanying controller as a device designed for hardcore gaming, capable of running up to 40 hours on a single charge. And NVIDIA says this is just the beginning: Expect more non-Android games to make their way to the company's surprisingly powerful set-top box. We'll have more news from NVIDIA as the week goes on."

So where will your fancy Shield console get all these games? Nvidia also announced Grid, a game streaming service promising top-tier titles like The Witcher 3, Crysis 3, and more streaming at 1080p @ 60 frames per second. The Verge reports "Nvidia's head Jen-Hsun Huang promises the service — which is backed by Nvidia Grid supercomputers worldwide and Amazon Web Services — can stream at 150ms, or "half a blink of an eye." The service will launch in May alongside the new Nvidia Shield home game console. (It's not clear Grid will be available on anything but Shield at this point.)

Nvidia will offer two tiers. The free subscription service has 50+ games, while the premium will reportedly let you buy titles à la carte (we spotted Batman: Arkham Knight in the store on-screen store for $59.99). Huang says many titles will be on the service day and date with their release. Some of the free titles we could see in the press conference demo include previous Batman games, Alan Wake, and a lot of Lego."

Metal Gear Solid V to run in 1080p on PS4, 720p for XBO

A video resolution demo page posted by Konami for their upcoming Metal Gear Solid V, shows the differing visuals for the game running on The Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and the XBO. The game looks great, and the majority of the differences in visuals are ones we would expect, aside from one big one: The chart at the bottom of the page shows that the game will only be able to run at 720p on the XBO in order to maintain proper framerate. MGSV will run at a full 1080p @ 60fps on the PS4. Konami's page is designed to give an idea of the general look of the game on each system, so they are careful not to show the same exact scene on each in order to avoid direct product comparisons. Which in it's own right is a smart move, as Konami wants the game to see well across the board, all platforms included. 

Xbox One Night Mission Scene

Xbox One Night Mission Scene

PS4 Night Mission Scene

PS4 Night Mission Scene

The launch of the XBO & PS4 systems saw many flame wars on message boards and blogs related to the differences between the visuals on both next gen systems as being minute, only marginal and at times referred to as almost indistinguishable. But as time has gone on since the launch, the differences in processing power and visuals has been clearly identified. And in the past 2 months, we have continued to see proof of the areas in which the PS4 simply out paces the XBO visually and in processing power. MGSV has now become the 2nd game that the developer themselves have identified before launch as not performing as well on the XBO. 

And as developers continue to improve and get better with development, the divide will potentially get wider. 

Microsoft's Titan..falls

Titanfall only at 792p?

Titanfall only at 792p?

With every Console comes a major 1st party title that is labeled a "System Seller". The game that because it is developed by the console manufacturer, it takes full advantage of the system's hardware and capabilities to showcase the pure power and features of the system. It enables the console manufacturer to show off all of the power and prowess of their hardware, and how versatile it is. The Super Nintendo had the amazing Super Mario World, the Gamecube had Luigi's Mansion, Nintendo 64 the world renowned Super Mario 64, Dreamcast had Virtua Fighter 3, the Xbox had Halo, Xbox 360 had Project Gotham Racing 3. 

When the Microsoft marketing machine started pumping up the Xbox One release, the showcase title was Titanfall. A promising title filled with action, adventure, chaos, mechs, explosions, online multiplayer gameplay in a game that, according to the Devloper's founder, Vince Zampella, brings  "scale, verticality, and story" to first-person shooter multiplayer gaming". All of this, while running at 60 frames-per-second in full 1080p glory, to showcase the power and prowess of the Xbox One hardware. This was the game so massive that an engineer for the developer stated in an interview with Eurogamer that the game would not be possible on the PS4, because it wasn't powerful enough.  And that is where the game hits a major snag. You see.. As time went on, and both systems launched, we learned that the PS4 is actually much more powerful than the XBO, and every cross-platform title has highlighted this.

Next came the news this week that the title would only be able to run at 720p. This set the community ablaze with speculation and questions. Now that the game is set to begin an open Beta, it has been confirmed that the title will only run at 60fps at 792p. Turns out, the XBO hardware isn't powerful enough to handle the game either. Even with the recent development that XBO could get a 53 Mhz increase from disabling the Kinect camera, the XBO still cannot run Titanfall at 1080p. Some have been quick to point out that the game is still unfinished, in BETA, and that there is time to run optimization to enable improved performance. Even pointing out the Assassin's Creed 4 situation on PS4, a game that was originally only able to run at 900p on the PS4 until an optimization patch, which enabled the game to run at 1080p on the PS4. It is important to realize however, that the increase there was only from 900 to 1080p, already running at 60fps. In Titanfall's case however, the game is only capable of squeezing out 792p at 60fps right now. Ramping up to 1080p from only 792p seems a far stretch, if not impossible. This presents quite a challenge for the developer. And for Microsoft, after blasting the game on ever marketing channel they could find over the last 4 months, even 2 (TWO) pre-movie commercials to promote the XBO before a movie we went to a couple months ago, this is a serious blow. After all the hype, promotion and talk, even with disabling hardware features to eek out additional power from the XBO, Microsoft cannot deliver on it's promises with Titanfall. While it's important to remember that, again, the game is not finished, things do not bode well. 

All of this is pretty damning for the XBO. We consistently seem to see the flagship system falling behind in sales and delivery on promises. Add to that recent speculation tha Titanfall is coming to the PS4 soon. And what keeps the XBO from meeting it's own expectations and promises for Titanfall? Grant Brunner over at ExtremeTech puts it perfectly:

"So, why can’t Titanfall reach 1080p? It all comes down to frame rate. Twitch games, like competitive first-person shooters, require smooth frame rates for precise aiming and maneuvering. If the game dips to 20fps during a frantic moment, that could easily turn the tide in a battle. For a game like this, the priorities are obviously on visual polish and frame rate, so resolution takes a back seat.

Maybe if this were an Xbox One exclusive, the development team could have built and optimized the engine for 1080p rendering at 60fps like Forza Motorsport 5. However, this game has to run on the Xbox 360 and PC as well, so other considerations had to be made. It’s certainly not impossible to make games run at 1080p on the Xbox One, but it seems as if it’s more trouble than it’s worth for a game like Titanfall."

Xbox One to gain GPU performance increase by making Kinect optional

Can Microsoft boost sales by cutting features?

Can Microsoft boost sales by cutting features?

Since their launches in November of last year, The Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 have been in a vicious battle for the #1 spot in gaming. So far, Sony's Playstation 4 has dominated the Xbox One by a fair margin in sales. The commanding lead the PS4 has is interesting, as in most ways, the hardware of both systems is quite similar. In fact,the specs for both systems are almost identical, except for the GPU, where the PS4 holds the clear advantage. Prior to launch, their was an insane amount of discussion about how much of a difference graphical superiority would actually have. But now that gamers have them in their hot little hands, both companies can answer that question clearly. Many of the cross-platform launch titles look better and are running at higher frame rates on the PS4. Following the end of year sales numbers, Microsoft has had enough and is working overtime to fix the Xbox One's weak point, at the expense of the Kinect. 

The APU, With a CPU, GPU and Ram all on one chip

The APU, With a CPU, GPU and Ram all on one chip

As ExtremeTech points out, "At the heart of both the PS4 and Xbox One is a semi-custom AMD APU (A CPU, GPU and embedded ram all on one chip, as seen in the image above). This 28nm part features an 8-core Jaguar CPU and a Radeon 7000-series GPU. The Xbox’s GPU is similar to the Bonaire core from the Radeon HD 7790, an entry-level PC graphics processor. The PS4, meanwhile, is rocking the mid-range Pitcairn core like you’d find in a Radeon HD 7870. Even though the Xbox One GPU is clocked a little higher, it can’t keep up with the PS4 in terms of raw power."

But the real challenge beyond the sheer lack of power, is that Xbox One developers are handicapped by Microsoft in the development process. Microsoft requires that all games reserve 10% of the GPU’s capacity for the Kinect, even if the game doesn’t use it. That’s split up into 8% for the Kinect video features and 2% for Kinect voice. In an effort to give a boost to its console, Microsoft is expected to issue a system patch that removes the requirement that games save that 8% for Kinect video.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft is only willing to give developers access to that 8% margin increase. They still demand a 2% reservation for the Kinect Voice commands, as the ability to control the system with voice commands was one of their biggest marketing pushes, and the system's hottest selling point this holiday. By stripping console features, Microsoft hopes to give the system enough extra oomph to help bridge the performance gap between it and the PS4.