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Xbox partners with PlayStation & Nintendo to commit to safer gaming

Xbox has partnered with PlayStation and Nintendo to bring safer gaming to all players, especially the most vulnerable.

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Xbox has announced a partnership with other gaming giants, PlayStation and Nintendo, to commit to safer gaming for all players.

In a post on the Xbox website, Microsoft announced they have partnered with PlayStation and Nintendo to bring safer gaming to all.

The post, written by Dave McCarthy, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations, described how gaming is for everyone.

Within that group are the “youngest and most vulnerable players.” He went on to say that “all players deserve to have fantastic social gaming experiences in settings where respect and safety are mutual.”

Xbox is aligned with Nintendo and PlayStation in a mutual belief that “protecting players online requires a multidisciplinary approach – one that combines the benefits of advanced technology, a supportive community, and skilled human oversight.”

McCarthy outlined the three principles that will guide the companies work.

Prevention

Prevention is to “empower players and parents to understand and control gaming experiences.”

They will provide users with controls to customize their gaming experience. Parents will be provided with the tools and information needed to make gaming a safe place for their children.

These tools will be easy to use, and proper information will be readily available to all to reach as many players and parents as possible. Parents and players will also be kept up through their “codes of conduct, terms of use, and our enforcement practices.”

The three companies also will invest in technology to stop improper conduct and content before it ever reaches the player.

Partnership

They commit to “partnering with the industry, regulators, law enforcement, and [their] communities to advance user safety.”

“We believe that hate and harassment or exploitation of younger players in any way have no place in gaming,” said McCord. “We partner with our community to promote safe gaming behavior and encourage the use of reporting tools to call out bad actors.”

They will also partner with game rating agencies such as the ESRB and PEGI to ensure games are rated appropriately.

Responsibility

Xbox, Nintendo, and PlayStation will hold themselves accountable for ensuring gaming is a safe space for all.

They will make sure it’s easy for players to report code of conduct violations and follow up with appropriate enforcement actions such as account bans.

Rules and requirements will also be made readily available for all users to ensure “that players who have been reported understand the requirements for continued engagement with [their] platforms.”

It’s heart-warming to see that competitors are banding together to put the interests of the community first.

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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: Warzone

Do you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Warzone is a free-to-play on PlayStation and Xbox, find out whether you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to join the action.

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Warzone Pacific Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus

If you’re playing on one of the next-gen consoles, it’s highly likely you pay for their premium services. For those who don’t, do you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone Pacific? We’ve got everything you need to know.

Warzone is arguably the most popular battle royale out there, with millions of players dropping into Warzone Pacific’s Caldera every day to get their first-person shooter fix. Part of the reason the game is so popular is the fact that it’s free-to-play, meaning you don’t have to pay to jump into the action.

With Warzone Pacific Season 1, now is a great time to hop on Warzone, whether you’re a returning player or new to the game. With that in mind, do you need to buy PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone? We’ve got the answers.

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Warzone?

Warzone operators in Pacific Caldera

For those on either PS4 or PS5, the good news is that you do not need a PS Plus membership in order to enjoy free-to-play games like Warzone Pacific.

This means you are able to also play the game with friends, in a party chat, without subscribing to PS Plus.

PS Plus costs £50/$60 for a year’s subscription, which is required if you want to play multiplayer in games like Black Ops Cold War or Vanguard. But, if Warzone is the only game you’re interested in, you can save yourself some money.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Warzone players fighting in Caldera Gulag

Usually, you do not need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone, but there’s currently a bug in Warzone Pacific where you need to have Xbox Live Gold to play.

Warzone’s developers Raven Software are aware of the issue and have listed it on their Trello board as under investigation. The majority of the dev team are on their holiday break, so we expect this issue to be fixed in the New Year.

So, much like PlayStation’s system, Xbox users should soon be able to enjoy Warzone for free without paying for an online membership.

Before April 2021, Xbox players would have had to pay for Xbox Live to play any game on their system. Fortunately, Microsoft listened to the fans and followed in the footsteps of PlayStation, allowing players to enjoy free-to-play games without getting roped into a subscription.


So, there you have it, for those wondering whether they have to pay for these subscriptions on either Xbox or PlayStation just to play Warzone, the answer is no, you do not need Playstation Plus and you’re not supposed to need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone.

So, jump into the action and check out the game-breaking pay-to-win Warzone glitch lets you keep weapons & Perks after death.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision

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