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Midnight Black & Cosmic Red PS5 DualSense controllers ready for pre-order
by Subir Kathuria
Sony has announced two new DualSense models - Midnight Black and Cosmic Red .They will be available starting next month to add a dash of color to your gaming setup.
The DualSense controller marked a radical departure from Sony's previous controllers by delivering innovative features. The new DualShock controllers support all the same features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that can put up varying levels of resistance, depending on what you're doing in games designed to take advantage of them. They also have a built-in microphone, speaker, and headset jack that lets you plug in any standard 3.5mm earbuds or headphones.
Just like the PS4 DualShock controller got many colorful releases over the life of the previous generation console, this probably won't be the last time Sony releases new color controllers for PS5.
Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how space is viewed through the night sky. The controller is priced at $69.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com from this link with deliveries starting June 18, 2021.
Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos. It is priced at $74.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com from this link with deliveries starting June 18, 2021.
Sony advises that the exact date will vary by location. You can check PlayStation.com for more information regarding availability.
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ESA announces details of its online E3 experience, open to everyone
by João Carrasqueira
After skipping out on a show last year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is bringing E3 back this year as an all-digital event. Today, the organization shared some more details of how the experience will work for fans and members of the media, going over the aspects of its online portal and mobile app.
These two access points will be the hub for everything happening at E3, for both media and the general public, but the experience will be different for each type of attendee. Those with media accreditation will be able to access the portal/app from June 7, a few days ahead of the official start of the event, and will allow members of the press to schedule meetings and communicate with companies to learn more about their announcements. Then, on June 12, when E3 officially starts, the general public will also be able to enter.
The app will feature a number of sections for attendees to explore. First off, there will be exhibition booths from participating companies, featuring "special events", videos, and articles about the products shown off at the show. For the more social aspects of E3, there will also be lounges for users to gather in, and dedicated forums for discussion about different topics. Finally, there will be a leaderboards section that tries to "gamify" the experience and encourage attendees to participate as actively as possible. The app will also feature the main E3 broadcast, which includes publisher showcases, press conferences, panels, and so on.
There's less than one month left for E3 to start, so it'll be interesting to see how successfully the event can transition to its online format, and how that might affect plans for future editions of the show. Participants for this year include big names such as Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Konami, Capcom, and more.
The Lion's Song is free to claim on the Epic Games Store this week
by Vishal Laul
Epic Games Store has put on offer The Lion’s Song to claim and keep for free this week, taking the place of Pine.
The Lion’s Song is a narrative-driven adventure title set in Austria of the early 20th century. It features four episodes, each telling an individual story. Here’s how the Epic Games Store describes it:
Epic Games Store is offering The Lion’s Song for Windows, but it’s also available for macOS and Linux via Steam where it is priced $7.99 at the time of writing. Here are the minimum requirements:
If you wish to claim The Lion’s Song, you can find it here. It will be free to claim until May 20. Epic is also offering a 50% discount for The Flower Collectors for those who claim and own The Lion’s Song.
EA Play Live games showcase will return this July with another virtual event
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Electronic Arts has been hosting its own yearly gaming event named EA Play (not to be confused with the subscription service) separate from E3 festivities for quite a few years now. Still, they have always taken place during E3 week to not miss out on the high levels of hype generated there.
Last year, the event switched to a digital format (EA Play Live) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and today, EA announced the return of this virtual event. There is something different about this show, however. Unlike the usual June presentation, EA has pushed back the EA Play Live showcase to July 22, over a month after the returning all-digital E3 is supposed to take place.
Perhaps the company realized the E3 week schedule is too busy this time to shine a spotlight on its own wares. It's likely that the games the publisher is planning to push in the near future are aimed at the holiday season anyway, so it can take the hit of delaying the full reveals by a month.
The next Battlefield project is one of the games that are pretty much guaranteed to be unveiled in full at EA Play Live. The game is said to be the largest Battlefield being developed at DICE and its supporting studios, featuring more players than ever before. At least a teaser trailer should land in June if recent hints are anything to go by.
Other games likely to be revealed at EA Play Live include the usual trove of yearly EA Sports games like FIFA, NHL, and Madden, and perhaps a better look at Dragon Age 4 and the next Skate Project. Since Codemasters is now under EA's umbrella now, more racing games are something to look forward to as well, though not Need for Speed entries, for now at least.
HTC announces the 5K Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3 VR headsets
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
At its ViveCon 2021 virtual event today, HTC unveiled two new virtual reality headsets. The new VR kits are aimed at separate markets, with the HTC Vive Pro 2 heading to PC VR consumers while the standalone HTC Vive Focus 3 is targetting business purposes.
The gaming-orientated Vive Pro 2 touts vast improvements over its predecessor from 2018, coming with a "5K" resolution (2448 pixels per eye), 120-degree FOV display running at 120hz, as well as fast-switching RGB sub-pixels for almost eliminating the annoying screen door effect and motion blur.
HTC is also including an IPD (inter-pupillary distance) slider, an adjustable head strap, a resizing dial, and promising a balanced headset for maximum comfort. The built-in headphones are Hi-Res Audio certified, and third-party headphones are supported as well. The headset is also backward compatible with DisplayPort 1.2, utilizing Display Stream Compression with help from Nvidia and AMD, so that older graphics cards can still enjoy the bigger and better hardware.
The Vive Pro 2 launches on June 4 and pre-orders are available from today. Purchasing the full kit will set consumers back £1299 / $1399 / €1399, with the package including the headset, Base Station 2.0, and Vive Controllers. However, HTC is offering a headset-only upgrade for those who own previous generation Vive or other SteamVR trackers and accessories. This option will cost £659 / $749 / €739 during the pre-order period.
Meanwhile, the business-focused Vive Focus 3's display is almost identical to the Vive Pro 2, offering a 5K, 120-degree screen with RGB sub-pixels. However, the refresh rate is set at 90hz over here. The magnesium alloy framed headset keeps the IPD sliders as well, and has quick-release buttons for removing the front and rear gaskets for easy cleaning or swapping in between sessions.
This headset is also an all-in-one design, meaning a PC is not a requirement for using it. The chipset powering it is from Qualcomm'S Snapdragon XR2 platform - much like the Quest 2. The battery that's powering the device is mounted on the back, which means a more balanced design according to HTC. The battery pack can also be swapped easily and touts a 50% charge in 30 minutes.
Contact-free open back speakers with a special 'audio privacy setting' for those needing privacy during meetings are also included. While hand tracking is being worked on, HTC is packaging a couple of redesigned controllers that utilize the headset's cameras for tracking. These are slated to last 15 hours on a single charge.
The Vive Focus 3 will go on sale starting on June 24 with a £1060 / $1300 / €1180 price tag.