In the battle of the big virtual reality headsets, the Vive is still slightly ahead of Oculus, thanks partly to the former s excellent controllers.Right now, the Rift still relies on a Xbox One gamepad, its own Oculus Touch controllers having been delayed until the second half of this year.Despite the devices not being available yet, Oculus has announced that when they do ship, there will be over 30 VR games that have full Touch support, 20 of which will be designed specifically for the new controllers.The launch titles include Rock Band VR, which Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey announced at the Game Awards last year, Giant Cop, VR Sports Challenge, and Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope.There will also be some current Rift games receiving Touch support, such as Crytek s The Climb.Other Touch titles include Killing Floor: Incursion, a spin-off from the popular first-person shooter that looks like it will be brilliantly terrifying in virtual reality, and two games that take inspiration from Tron s famous disc battles: Project Arena and Ripcoil.
John Hanke has come a long way with Niantic Labs, the creator of the mobile gaming sensation Pokémon Go.That augmented reality game is so hot that it has broken records, shooting to No.He wanted to promote exercise and an appreciation of public art.Niantic spun out from Google and raised $30 million in the process, with both Nintendo and The Pokémon Company joining as investors.Steiber manages the global VR app store business and mentors Vive startups.I named that VR shooter game one of my top favorites at the recent E3 show in Los Angeles.Tom Sanocki, the CEO of Limitless, a new VR startup that enables content developers to create interactive VR characters that respond to voice, gestures, gaze, and more.
While most of us call it esports, EA likes to use the term competitive gaming.But he and moderator Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards at our GamesBeat 2016 conference in Ranchos Palos Verde, California, acknowledged yesterday that EA has some work to do in the market — one research firm SuperData expects to reach $1.23 billion by 2019.It doesn t feel like EA has a big esport or competitive game, Keighley said.We re no longer in denial, Moore replied.EA s competitive communities do not compete with the top games in the market, like League of Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.Sports series like Madden and FIFA have attracted a competitive scene, but not on the level as the major esports games.
BioShock: The Collection will feature additional collectibles that give returning veterans a reason to search every nook and cranny for not only bragging rights, but also the chance to dive deeper into the development of the original game.The items, called Golden Reels, appear to only be available in the remastered version of the first game, and will unlock episodes of the new Imagining BioShock series.The behind-the-scenes documentary, hosted by The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley, includes interviews with lead animator Shawn Robertson and creative director Ken Levine.An excerpt from one of the episodes shows that, while the studio was proud of its project, focus groups were less enthusiastic.They hated it, and they were making fun of it, Levine says.I remember the focus test guy was sort of like a doctor giving me the bad news.
The Game Awards show is coming December 1 in Los Angeles, and not only does it bring an Oscars-like treatment to the industry, it also comes with a flurry of announcements for new games.You may ask why we care about The Game Awards, which media personality Geoff Keighley hosts, as the industry already has tons of awards.But along with the DICE Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards, the Game Awards is one of the biggest events of the year in terms of reach.They re all vying to become the Oscars of games.The Game Awards usually gets the widest distribution of any of those events, and it s the only awards show where new games are regularly unveiled.At last year s show, which was just streamed and not televised, we saw announcements of Rock Band VR, Psychonauts 2, Far Cry Primal, Batman from Telltale Games, Shadow Complex Remastered, Rocket League s debut on the Xbox One, and Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.And there were new trailers for Uncharted 4:  A Thief s End, Quantum Break, The Walking Dead: Michonne, and Star Citizen.
Game media personality Geoff Keighley is launching a new weekly live talk show with YouTube Gaming to celebrate the culture of video games.Live with YouTube Gaming premieres September 29 as a joint production of Keighley, host of the influential The Game Awards and YouTube Live at E3, and YouTube s own top gaming video creators.The show suggests there s lots of money to be made not only making games, but making videos about games as well.Keighley will host an hour-long show that will air live on YouTube Gaming and other top game channels.Featured YouTubers in season one include MatPat The Game Theorist , iHasCupQuake, iJustine, Nadeshot, AngryJoeShow, and UnboxTherapy.The show will also feature breaking news, exclusive first-looks at upcoming video games, live Let s Plays where personalities play games in videos and livestreams and competitions, updates on the world of esports, sneak previews of upcoming creator content, as well as game-inspired musical performances from some of the today s biggest names in the music industry.The premiere episode will feature an exclusive new look the Titanfall 2 single player campaign from Respawn Entertainment.Live with YouTube Gaming is an incredible opportunity to invent a new kind of live show that will serve as a discovery engine for what s new and next on gaming, said Keighley, in a statement.YouTube is the perfect place to do a show like this because we can reach gaming fans and interact with a global audience in real time.
The Game Awards, video game journalist Geoff Keighley s annual gaming showcase event, will return in December with a live-streamed ceremony honoring the year s best multiplatform releases.Pitching this year s ceremony as one of the most widely distributed digital events in history, The Game Awards organizers revealed plans to host a first-of-its-kind live VR broadcast with NextVR from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.The upcoming event marks the Game Awards third annual ceremony.In addition to honoring standout games across multiple categories, the Game Awards will reveal a slate of previously unannounced upcoming releases during hosted segments throughout the show.Gamers will have multiple options when viewing the Game Awards this year, as the event will be broadcast live via Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, Steam, Facebook, and NextVR s virtual reality platform.The ceremony will also be simulcast in China as part of a partnership with Chinese media company Tencent.
It would appear that Telltale is working on a Guardians of the Galaxy game.We ve known that Telltale is developing a new game based on a Marvel property since last year, but now a leak may have named Guardians of the Galaxy as that mystery property.The game is said to be revealed at The Game Awards on December 1, so we may not have longer to wait before finding out if this is true.The leak centers around a document allegedly from SAG-AFTRA, a voice acting union that is currently participating in the voice actors strike.The document lists projects that have been affected by this strike, and one of them is listed as Guardians of the Galaxy – The Video Game a/k/a Blue Harvest, by O Farrell Enterprises LLC.What tips this game off as being one made by Telltale is the fact that The Walking Dead Season 3 is listed right underneath it, again attributed to O Farrell Enterprises.
Next month, The Game Awards 2016 will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.Ahead of the event itself, the nominees for the various awards that are up for grabs have been announced.The Game Awards is all about celebrating the state of video game art, said producer and host of the show Geoff Keighley.In just a few short weeks we will recognize the most outstanding games of 2016 in unexpected ways, and preview the most anticipated games of 2017 and beyond with the longest, most in-depth world premieres we ve ever attempted — including surprises and new game announcements.Doom, Inside, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, and Uncharted 4: A Thief s End make up the race for Game of the Year.Uncharted 4 is the frontrunner for a sweep with eight nominations overall, while Inside, Overwatch, and Firewatch aren t far behind with five apiece.
63 games are fighting it out across 24 categories, and while some of the year s biggest hits, such as Uncharted 4, have picked up numerous nominations, smaller titles like the excellent Inside and Firewatch are also up for several awards.Overwatch, Inside, and Firewatch are all competing in five different categories, but Firewatch is the only one to miss out on a GotY nomination.When it comes to publishers, Sony leads the pack.Uncharted 4 and Ratchet & Clank helped it pick up its 13 nominations, as did its two entries in the Most Anticipated Game category God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn .This year will introduce five-minute preview segments of upcoming games, presented in an almost Let s Play format, which will provide a little more context about what s there.For the RPG category, as much as I think The Witcher 3 s Blood and Wine expansion should win, I expect Dark Souls 3 to triumph.
It s time to celebrate your career — and this time, no one can stop you.Metal Gear creator and renowned industry auteur Hideo Kojima was supposed to win a lifetime-achievement prize at The Game Awards in 2015, but publisher Konami — his former employer — blocked him from accepting it Metal Gear Solid V voice actor Kiefer Sutherland took to the stage on his behalf .But now Kojima is no longer at Konami, and the award show, run by longtime industry hype man and journalist Geoff Keighley, is going to finally give Kojima his moment to shine under the light of 2017 game trailers emanating from the stage.The Game Awards air December 1 on YouTube Gaming, and you should expect to see teasers for upcoming games while nominees like Doom, Overwatch, and Titanfall 2 battle over trophies.For Kojima, however, this is a chance to step out from the grim shadow that Konami casted over what was otherwise an impressive year for the creator.In 2015, the director released Metal Gear Solid V to glowing reviews.But Konami, which has shifted resources away from traditional game development in favor of mobile and gambling operations, ended its employment contract with Kojima only a few short months after MGSV debuted.I ve reached out to Konami to ask if it has a comment on its former star developer finally getting to accept his award, but the company has not responded to whether or not it regrets its words and deeds.Kojima likely won t only accept an award.The developer has partnered with Sony on a new game called Death Stranding, which he debuted at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show earlier this year.
It looks like the holidays are about to get a little more grim.Telltale Games has announced that the first episode of the third season of its episodic The Walking Dead games will come out on December 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 Xbox 360, PC, iOS, and Android.The previous two seasons of The Walking Dead have sold over 28 million episodes.The first season put Telltale at the front of the episodic gaming business, helping it secure other properties like A Game of Thrones and Batman.Telltale will show an extended look at the first episode of season three, subtitled A New Frontier, during The Game Awards on December 1.A boxed version of the new season will come out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Feburary 7.It will include the first episode and grant access to download future episodes.Below is a plot summary for season three from Telltale.When family is all you have left … how far will you go to protect it?
Pokémon Uranium is one of the Nintendo-themed fan games that is no longer being considered for The Game Awards.A pair of fan-made games based on popular Nintendo properties have apparently had their nominations for the upcoming Game Awards show revoked.Both Pokémon Uranium and Another Metroid 2 Remake AM2R were initially listed as nominees in the award show's "Best Fan Creation" category.Those titles have now been removed from the nominees list on The Game Awards website, leaving only Brutal Doom 64 and Enderal: The Shards of Orde to contest the category here's the original nominee listing, courtesy of Polygon .Nintendo told Ars we could "get in touch with the folks at The Game Awards" for comment, and representatives from the awards haven't responded to a request for comment.But Nintendo has taken action against these fan creations in the past.
Clementine and Javier at the back in artwork from A New FrontierTelltale Games has announced that its third season of The Waking Dead will premiere on 20 December, with an "extended first look" airing on 1 December at The Game Awards.The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Android devices, Xbox 360 and PS3.The season will consist of five episodes released at unspecified intervals from the December start date, with a physical release for PS4 and Xbox One owners granting them access to the whole season due to released on 7 February.We can reasonably assume the second episode will be released around this date.PS4 owners who pre-order now on PSN will be given the second season and spin-off The Walking Dead: Michonne for free.
The Game Awards will take place on December 1, 2016 at 5:30pm PT / 1:30am GMT, and we ve rounded up all the places you can watch them live.Hosted by Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards are an annual event used to celebrate the best parts of gaming alongside a slew of exciting new announcements.This year is no different, with titles such as Uncharted 4: A Thief s End and Mass Effect Andromeda expected to make an appearance in one way or another.The entire show will be available to watch on The Games Awards website as well as a host of different video-streaming websites.You can check out of the full list of available services below along with links in which to access them:In addition to a range of social networks and streaming sites, The Game Awards will also be watchable through PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo is promising to show off more footage of its next big Zelda release during a big gaming event this week.The Game Awards, an annual celebration of the game industry, will have an exclusive look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during the broadcast of that ceremony.Industry personality and producer Geoff Keighley has put together the event, which will stream live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Live  just to name a few services  starting at 5:30 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, December 1.Boot up any one of those services, and you ll have the chance to see even more information on the Zelda game that is due to hit both the Wii U and upcoming Nintendo Switch hybrid handheld/home console in 2017.Nintendo didn t specify if it ll show off the Switch or Wii U version on Thursday.Nintendo already showed off Zelda: Breath of the Wild in detail during its presence at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in Los Angeles earlier this year.I went hands-on with it, and the publisher did plenty of livestreams on Twitch to show gamers what to expect.But since E3 in June, Nintendo hasn t said much about the new Zelda beyond demonstrating it working with the Switch in that system s debut trailer.So the new footage at The Game Awards could give fans another quick taste before we move into the last few months of waiting for Breath of the Wild to finally debut.
YouTube has announced it is opening up 4K live streaming to all users.The new functionality will make it easy for creators to send Ultra HD content live to followers, even if they re streaming 360-degree videos.The live streams will even support video at 60 frames per second, meaning a silky smooth live experience and even greater realism.Related: How to watch YouTube videos offlineIn a blog post on Wednesday, Google says 360-degree concert and event streams will soon be available in 4K for those with compatible displays.That ll start with The Game Awards tomorrow, which will be streamed entirely in 360-degree 4K resolution.
In a world of smartphones and tablets, 4K monitors are far from the default means of watching YouTube, but the video service is making a big move to push the ultra high-def resolution.Starting today, YouTube is bringing 4K support to its live streams and 360-degree videos - making it the first service to offer live video streaming at that resolution.According to YouTube, the first demonstration of 4K live streaming on its site will be The Game Awards 2016, which airs tomorrow, December 1, at 9pm EST/6pm PST.While YouTube has had a library of 4K resolution videos since 2010, what really grabs us is that if the company is successful, it will have captured a white whale of sorts.In short: even in 2016, 4K is still a high-cost format, live or not.4K monitors aren't exactly, on-demand services like Netflix have a whole process just to set up 4K episodes of Luke Cage, and 4K-ready gaming consoles like the PS4 Pro are still in their relative infancy.
YouTube originally enabled 4K video support back in 2010 and content creators have been growing the service s library ever since.Now the company is flipping the switch on 4K video for live streams as well, and one of the first 4K streams will be this year's edition of The Game Awards tomorrow at 6PM EST.The video game awards show will feature live music performances as well as premieres of a number of video games, including Mass Effect: Andromeda and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.With the new feature, broadcasters big and small will be able stream 4K live content at up to 60 fps.By comparison, Facebook Live publishers can stream up to 720p at 30 fps, while Twitch servers typically limit streamers to a bandwidth of 3.5 Mbps — about half or less than what a 4K stream typically requires.Gaming-focused streaming service Hitbox began offering 4K streaming in 2015, however.
Eager to live-stream in 3840 x 2160 pixels when you mular in you ostbågar, drinking root beer and playing Overwatch?It is now entirely possible for Youtube users to stream their video content in razor-sharp 4K-resolution.For the streaming competitor Twitch, it is less happy news.currently lacks Twitch bandwidth required to stream 4K to their servers typically restrict the streamers to a bandwidth of 3.5 Mbps, which is less than half as much as 4K requires.Whether this will get Twitch streamers to massemigrera to Youtube remains to be seen, but are you curious how a 4K stream can look like, we can recommend spelgalan The Game Awards which airs on the family-friendly time 02:30 tomorrow, Friday.