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The Division Closed Alpha Test takes place Dec 9-12 on Xbox One, beta on all platforms coming early 2016

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Ubisoft has announced that a closed alpha test for The Division will begin December 9th and end December 12th only on Xbox One. Players that have preordered The Division on Xbox One will get access to the closed alpha testing; those that signed up for a spot on the website will only be added on an as needed basis.

The previously announced beta test will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC starting early 2016 for customers that preorder the title.

The Division Beta planned for December will now take place in early 2016. However, we’re excited to announce that players who preordered the Xbox One version will have priority access to an exclusive closed Xbox One alpha testing phase, taking place from December 9 to 12. Those of you on the waitlist for the Xbox One alpha may be granted access on an as needed basis. In addition, players who pre-ordered the Xbox One, PS4, or PC version of The Division will have access to a closed beta on their respective platforms in early 2016.

Ubisoft has also stated that the closed alpha test on Xbox One this week will be under strict NDA, and players will not be able to share gameplay or impressions.

This exclusive Xbox One alpha testing phase in December will be the first time the public gets to play a version of The Division that includes more than the Dark Zone PvP enabled areas. This means the moment you and other players sign into the game, you’ll be giving us valuable insight into how our infrastructure performs under pressure that we can’t replicate internally or at a tradeshow. This process allows us to monitor and gather additional feedback on other aspects of The Division, as well. However, due to the early stage of this alpha, we ask that all participants do not share images, video, or descriptions of the game’s content outside of the official Division alpha forum. Players will be prompted to accept a non-disclosure agreement before playing the alpha.

SOURCE: Ubisoft

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PlayStation VR2: Release date, specs, & more

The PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s brand new virtual reality headset which was recently revealed, here are the details.

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PlayStation has unveiled a brand new VR system, sharing details about the specs, controller design, and more.

The last two years have been massive for PlayStation, not only releasing a variety of extremely successful games such as Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, and Deathloop but also because it released its next generation of consoles with the PS5.

Now consumers have had over a year to sit with the PS5, if you were lucky enough to get one, it’s time for an update for PlayStation’s VR system.

PlayStation VR2 release date

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The PlayStation VR2 is Sony’s second virtual reality system that was recently revealed at CES 2022. Following the reveal, they also posted a blog with all the details, including the specs and controller design.

There is no official information regarding a release date, but we do have some potential leaks that suggest a rough estimate.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a famous Taiwanese Apple analyst from TF International Securities, we could be seeing the PSVR2 as early as Q2 of 2022. Of course, this is just a leak and a prediction from someone in the industry with reliable contacts, so take it with a grain of salt.

The PlayStation VR2 is set to bring the “next generation of VR gaming on the PS5.” This of course suggests that it will only be compatible with the PS5, so for those still on the PS4 looking to upgrade their VR system, you may want to invest in the next-generation console.

PS VR2 Sense Controller

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The new system also comes with new PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers. These look to be a massive upgrade from the PlayStation Move controllers, with an updated design similar to that of the Oculus VR systems.

These controllers will feature the haptic feedback vibration and adaptive trigger technology used in the PS5 Dual Sense controllers. There is also finger touch detection, which allows the controller to “detect your fingers without any pressing in the areas where you place your thumb, index, or middle fingers. This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay.”

PlayStation VR2 specs

One of the biggest appeals that the new PlayStation VR2 will offer players is higher specs and a “single cord set-up.”

The following table shows off the specs for the PlayStation VR2 system, taken from the official reveal blog.

Display method​OLED
Panel resolution​2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate​90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation​Adjustable
Field of View​Approx. 110 degrees
Sensors​Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
Cameras​4 cameras for headset and controller tracking​IR camera for eye tracking per eye
Feedback​Vibration on headset
Communication​ with PS5USB Type-C®
Audio​Input: Built-in microphone​Output: Stereo headphone jack

Well, there you have it, that’s all the current information we have on the PlayStation VR2.

For more, make sure you stay tuned to CharlieINTEL as we will be updating this article as new information is announced.

Image Credits: PlayStation

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When is Discord coming to PlayStation? Release date & available consoles

PlayStation players may be wondering when Discord will arrive, here’s information on the release date and consoles it will be available on.

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PlayStation users are eager to find out when exactly the Discord app will be arriving in the Store, which will allow players to connect and chat across various platforms.

Cross-platform availability has become such a huge deal in the gaming industry within the last few years. So many massive multiplayer games such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and even Destiny 2 are all cross-platform, allowing those on PC, Xbox, Playstation, and even Stadia to connect.

Having said that, one of the difficulties of cross-platform is often communication. The preferred form of party chat on PC is Discord, which is also viable on Xbox. Luckily for PlayStation users, a Discord app is on the way.

PlayStation Discord app release date & available consoles

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After a new partnership between Discord and PlayStation was revealed back in May 2021, new information has slowly been coming out about its release date and potential arrival for early 2022.

The latest information from reliable gaming news account Okami13 on Twitter suggests that the collaboration could be happening “soon,” as it was found that “a Discord user was able to unlock the option to link his PlayStation account to Discord.”

Although there is currently no official release date for the app on PlayStation, we expect it to arrive in Q1 of 2022.

For those wondering which PlayStation consoles it will be available on, there has been no official information but we also expect it to be for both PS4 and PS5.

PlayStation Discord app features

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As well as allowing players to connect and chat while playing the same games, the PlayStation Discord app will also allow users to see what games they’re playing.

This is great for those on platforms other than PlayStation, as they will be able to use Discord similarly to how the friends tab on PlayStation and Xbox works. Discord will allow users to share their status, so friends will know if you are available to play.

Further, as Discord acts as a place for various communities and those with the same interests to connect, PlayStation players looking for more friends to play certain games with will be able to use the app to find others to play with.

PlayStation users will no longer be limited to game chat and trying to find friends through the PlayStation Network, opening up the gaming community in general.


As more information about PlayStation’s collaboration with Discord is released, we’ll be updating this article with all the news. For more, check out ten of the most anticipated FPS games coming in 2022.

Image Credits: PlayStation / Discord

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Call of Duty: Vanguard

Vanguard players call for the return of forgotten CoD game mode

Vanguard players want to see this overlooked game mode that last appeared in CoD: WWII make a return to the franchise.

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Vanguard War mode

Vanguard has done a lot to innovate the Call of Duty Multiplayer experience with the introduction of Combat Pacing and Champion Hill but players want to see a forgotten game mode make a triumphant return to the franchise.

Vanguard players have deemed the Multiplayer experience to be entertaining and engaging at times if not for the numerous bugs and glitches that continue to plague the game. In addition to bug fixes, it turns out players would also love to see a particular game mode return to CoD.

The game mode in question has only ever appeared in one other Call of Duty title, yet fans of World War II will have fond memories of this game mode. If it isn’t obvious already, the game mode players want to see in Vanguard is none other than War.

War game mode CoD

War is a highly-strategic game mode on a large map with multiple objectives to accomplish. Whether Vanguard players are sick of Shipmas or they just want something new to sink their teeth in is up for debate. However, they’ve made it known that they would welcome the War mode with open arms.

A Reddit post by Chelseablue8 titled “War mode Needed” has been one of the hottest Vanguard-related posts of the new year. They voice their opinion regarding how War stacks up to Vanguard’s current Multiplayer offering, “The War mode is above every game mode vanguard has to offer tbh.”

Not only do a plethora of community members agree in the comments below, but the post also has players wondering why the mode has been ignored by developers since its appearance in WWII.

Several players stated that they enjoy big map game modes with objectives to complete such as Ground War which both Modern Warfare and Cold War (Combined Arms) had.

War’s specially designed maps were a huge selling point for players. This maximized the intuitive feel of War but it also presents a stumbling block for developers seeing as it takes a ton of time and effort to develop exclusive brand new maps for the game mode.

Whether we get a Vanguard version of War or Ground War in the future remains to be seen but it is clear that players would certainly love the additional content.

For more Vanguard news check out the best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 1.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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