Some Developers Will Get Valve’s Vive VR Headset for Free

Valve and HTC will give their virtual reality headset Vive to some developers for free, Valve has announced.

Valve’s spokesperson Doug Lombardi told Ars Technica that the company hopes to start taking requests from developers soon. “More info and ‘sign up’ forms will be available to all interested developers, big or small, via a new site coming soon,” Lombardi said, adding that a new sign-up site might go live as early as next week.

So far, we’ve seen only a handful of developers make games for the Vive headset, like Owlchemy Labs, which is working on Job Simulator.

Giving the development kits away for free could help Valve and HTC encourage developers who are already making games for the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus develop games for Vive as well, which Valve said will be out by the end of the year. Oculus, by comparison, currently charges $350 for development kits, while the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (which is powered by Oculus and a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone) is already for sale at Best Buy for $199.

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Xbox One April Update Adds Voice Messages, Dedicated Party Chat Servers

As far as features go, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are locked in a kind of virtual arms race. Since the two systems premiered in 2013, both Sony and Microsoft have been playing a game of one-upmanship, trying to make sure that their respective consoles can do everything their competitors can – if not more.

Just last month, the Xbox One finally got its long-requested cross-game screenshot feature, something that PlayStation 4 owners have been enjoying for months. Sony retaliated by adding suspend mode, which allows players to turn off the system without losing any in-game progress; of course, that was supposed to be a launch feature, and it’s something that the Xbox One has been able to do for over a year and a half.

With the Xbox One’s April update, Microsoft ups the ante again. As revealed …

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Review | Videogamer

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If you’re new to the series or looking to jump in, you could well be playing this until Gearbox release Borderlands 3.

Borderlands brought us cooperative FPS loot hunting years before we knew about Destiny, and for many is a more enjoyable experience. Gearbox’s most successful IP of all time managed to get over a troubled development (that saw the game’s art style change completely) by blending compelling ‘shoot and loot’ gameplay, massive open worlds, tons of gear to collect and a great sense of humour. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection gives PS4 and Xbox One owners full HD versions of Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel, as well as all the DLC for both, and adds four-player split-screen. —> Read More

Resident Evil 5 Gets Steamworks Instead of Games for Windows Live, New Content

Resident Evil 5 can now use Steamworks on PC instead of Games for Windows Live for its online features, Capcom has announced.

If you purchased the game on Steam, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the full Steamworks edition so you don’t have to use GFWL anymore. If you originally bought a retail package GFWL version, you can use the GFWL activation code on Steam to redeem the Steamworks-enabled version. The game also has a built-in tool to allow you to transfer save data and Achievements from the GFWL version to Steam.

Sadly, any DLC content you bought directly from Microsoft’s GFWL Marketplace store will not carry over to Steam due to the lack of a CD or activation key.

If you want, you can also just keep playing the GFWL you have installed.

The new Steamworks version also adds the Gold Edition content that was released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Available for $15, the Untold Stories Bundle adds a versus mode, four new costumes, Mercenaries Reunion, and two new story-based chapters.

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BagoGames | Ori And The Blind Forest Review

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There comes a time in every gamers life when a form of interactive media can make your heart ache, your eyes tear up, and the feels hit hard. Ori and the Blind Forest is only Microsofts latest exclusive to merge an emotional narrative, beautiful melodies, and a wondrous art-style into a game of epic proportions. This is the opposite of Sonys The Last of Us instead, its a tremendous experience of heartfelt joy and wonder. —> Read More

The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

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The foundations of the business travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2% from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors – and in the process… Read More —> Read More

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