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Sony announces next-generation PlayStation VR headset for PS5

Sony has announced that a follow-up to the PlayStation VR headset will be coming to the PS5 at some point in the future.

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Sony has today announced that they are developing a spiritual successor to the PlayStation VR headset and it will be coming to the PS5 at an unspecified time.

The PlayStation VR headset was Sony’s first proper foray into virtual reality gaming and it did a great job. The sophisticated piece of technology was able to seamlessly create a virtual 3D playground for you to immerse yourself in, and there was plenty of top titles that accompanied it.

From critically-acclaimed games such as Astro Bot, Beat Saber, and Blood & Truth, to games that translated excellently into VR such as Tetris Effect and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, PSVR delivered on its potential.

PSVR 2: New games, VR Controller, release date

The announcement of the follow-up to PlayStation VR came via the Official PlayStation blog as it dropped the bombshell news.

The post said: “Today I’m pleased to share that our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience with dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity. Players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset.

We’re continuing to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences that are synonymous with PlayStation. We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input. It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience. 

One of the innovations we’re excited about is our new VR controller, which will incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics. That’s just one of the examples of future-proof technology we’re developing to match our vision for a whole new generation of VR games and experiences. 

There’s still a lot of development underway for our new VR system, so it won’t be launching in 2021. But we wanted to provide this early update to our fans, as the development community has started to work on creating new worlds for you to explore in virtual reality.”

This is sudden news but it was to be expected given how well PSVR sold, and it was heavily rumored that Sony would commission work on a newer model for the PS5.

We already had lots of big games to look forward to in 2021, and this announcement will only fuel speculation on what else could be announced.

Obviously, it could still be sometime before we get our hands on the latest piece of virtual reality tech from Sony. But given how thorough they are with regards to development, it should hopefully be worth the wait.

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GTA V and Elden Ring could come to mobile with Xbox Cloud Gaming

Xbox Cloud Gaming could see both GTA V and Elden Ring come to mobile, as reports claim that plans are underway.

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Reports are claiming that both GTA V and Elden Ring could be seen on mobile, as Xbox ramps up their Cloud Gaming plans.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is a new service from Microsoft which will allow players to enjoy their library of games on various devices including mobile versions.

The idea is to allow Xbox Game Pass Ultimate owners to play their favorite games on devices other than an Xbox console. This can be done on either the Xbox Game Pass app or Xbox.com, and they have already announced that players will have access to “over 100 console games.”

To the community’s surprise, rumors are suggesting that both Elden Ring and GTA V could be part of the scheme, which would mean that both games will be available on mobile for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

According to Knoebelbroet, Xbox is “ramping up their plans to bring Games that are not part of the #XboxGamePass to Xcloud,” claiming that games “like GTA V, Soul Hackers 2, and Elden Ring” could be a part of that plan.

The Tweet also contains an image of both Elden Ring and Soul Hackers 2 on the Xbox Cloud Gaming website, but the Twitter user advises that the community should take this “with a grain of salt.”

It would be pretty big to see games like Elden Ring and GTA V on mobile, as these games are some of the most popular around. We saw Apex Legends take to mobile in 2022, so perhaps there’s more to come for mobile gamers.

For more, check out how many people play the free-to-play Warner Bros brawler MultiVersus.

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Apex Legends’ popularity reaches new heights after Season 14 update

With the release of Apex Legends Season 14, the Battle Royale game is experiencing an unprecedented amount of active players.

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Apex Legends Season 14 has achieved a new peak in popularity for Respawn Entertainment’s FPS Battle Royale game.

Apex Legends Season 14 brings some exciting new content to the game after the battle royale saw a slight dip in popularity towards the end of last season.

Luckily for Respawn, the brand-new Legend Vantage, overhauled Kings Canyon map, and huge Level Cap increase has been a massive hit with the fans, despite players finding bugs and glitches.

The new content has been so appealing that the game has even reached a new all-time peak player count on Steam, showing just how popular Apex Legends Season 14 is.

As of August 10, 2022, Apex Legends has a peak of 510,286 concurrent players, which is the highest it has ever been.

Although it’s only Steam‘s player count, this still shows just how popular the new Season of Apex Legends currently is.

Of course, the numbers are likely to decrease after launch week, but this is still impressive, especially as it shows that the game’s popularity is actually increasing despite being in its fourteenth season.

As Respawn continue to update and introduce new exciting content to the game, the player count will likely continue to rise, especially when players are now guaranteed an Heirloom.

For more on Apex Legends, check out the Loba Heirloom leaks that hint at its model and design.

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How to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops: Berlin Major 2022 rewards

Here’s how to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops including several esports sets by watching the Berlin Major.

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Rainbow Six Siege players can access esports-themed cosmetics by watching the Berlin Major, so here’s how to connect your account and earn some valuable rewards.

The Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major is one of the biggest tournaments of the competitive season. 16 of the best teams in the world will go head to head for the title of champion when the tournament kicks off in Berlin on August 15.

The six-day tournament will give fans of Rainbow Six Siege a ton of high-level gameplay to keep an eye on. The good news is that you’ll be able to earn in-game Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops while enjoying the action. Here’s what you need to know about the Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major viewership rewards.

How to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to earn Rainbow Six Siege Twitch drops, as well as the requirements that viewers must meet.

  1. Open Ubisoft’s drops website
  2. Link your Twitch account to your Ubisoft account
  3. Opt into the drops feature
  4. Ensure that your account is linked before tuning in
  5. Enjoy the matches and earn your Rainbow Six Siege rewards!

You can track all of your progression on the Twitch inventory page. Don’t forget that you must claim rewards manually, so you’ll want to visit this page eventually.

Once you’ve met the required condition for time watched, you’ll be free to click on the “claim” button found on the inventory page to ensure that your progress will continue to the next reward.

For the entirety of the Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major excluding Grand Finals, players will earn 1 pack after 3 hours of time watched, with a maximum cap of 1 pack per day.

When it comes to the Grand Final, you will earn 1 pack after 1 hour of time watched, and 1 pack after 3 hours of time watched, with a maximum cap of two packs per day.

Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major 2022 rewards

You’ll have 24 hours after each campaign to access the reward before the claim button disappears. In addition, you can expect to receive any claimed items 48 hours after the end of each campaign.

Here are all of the Rainbow Six Siege Berlin Major rewards up for grabs:

Esports Amaru Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Uncanny Motivation Uniform
  • Uncanny Motivation Headgear
  • Adamant G8A1 Weapon Skin
  • Amaru Charm

Esports Fuze Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Reliable Silence Uniform
  • Reliable Silence Headgear
  • Hard-Hitter 6P41 Weapon Skin
  • Fuze Charm

Esports Ying Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Starlight Uniform
  • Eclipse Headgear
  • Gamma Ray T-95 LSW Weapon Skin
  • Ying Charm

Esports Mozzie Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Cosmic Nexus Uniform
  • Chromosphere Headgear
  • Constellation Commando 9 Weapon Skin
  • Mozzie Charm

Esports Maestro Set: 4 items – dropping individually

  • Moon Flare Uniform
  • Lyrid Headgear
  • Shooting Star Alda 5.56 Weapon Skin
  • Maestro Charm

Cheer for your favorite team as of August 15, and earn cool new rewards along the way!


For more, check out our list of the biggest AAA video games coming in 2022.

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