PlayStation VR Is Bigger Than You Think

PlayStation VR will finally be available next year, but it will require an external processing unit that is quite large…

According to a report from Polygon, there was an opportunity to go hands-on with PlayStation VR at a recent games event — no surprise there. However, while pictures were not allowed, the report claims that the headset had an external processing unit that was “a bit smaller than a Wii”. The headset plugs into this unit, which in turn plugs directly into the PS4. At approximately 30% the size of your console (by volume) it isn’t too bad and it will  serve the useful purposes of easing the burden of rendering the VR graphics. I personally was surprised to hear that the external unit was so big, but within 10 seconds of processing this news I didn’t care, it will just sit next to my console on the media unit.

Backwards Compatibility has been one of the most satisfying new features to come to Xbox One in 2015, and Microsoft is continuing to add more games to the list. In a post from Major Nelson, it was revealed that sixteen games in total are being added to the program, including the likes of Halo: Reach, Fable III, Portal, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution — if you want the full list you can find it here. I’m glad that they are continuing to add titles to this program, and I’m especially happy that Human Revolution has now been added and I look forward to playing it for the first time ahead of the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in May. Sadly we still didn’t get Red Dead Redemption, maybe one day…

Over to the PS4, and we now have a release date for vehicle combat title Hardware: Rivals. Following the game’s beta back in September, we can now expect to play the full version of the explosive over-the-top title on January 5th. In addition to the release date we also got details of a new map called Outpost 92, which the PlayStation Blog describes as “a frozen, deep-core mining facility drowning in snow and ice, cut off in the face of a blizzard.” I must admit I didn’t give the beta much time but the couple of games I did play were enjoyable. Priced at £16.99 I’m not sure if it is one I will go and and buy day one, but with it launching the first Tuesday of the month I wonder if it might be a PS Plus title…

Last, but not least, we have Wii U news or more specifically news regarding the upcoming Pokemon fighting game, Pokken Tournament. The arcade fighting game is coming to consoles in Spring 2016, and coinciding with its release will be a special limited edition controller. The fight-pad, which can be seen below, has a very sleek minimalist look with a d-pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. There are no analog sticks and, instead of the triggers, two extra buttons can be found in the centre of the controller next to ‘Start’ and ‘Select’. Unfortunately, unless you live in Japan, you may have a hard time getting your hands on the controller as it is only set for a Japan release at this time. If you are a fan of the controller, hopefully you will be able to import it.

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The final news item of the day is good news for those impatient gamers. The latest Just Cause 3 update, which should be rolling out now, claims to “significantly” reduce the load times of the game. I will admit that the load screens are definitely on the long side, but it didn’t bother me that much. If you are someone who lacks patience, then this next in-game feat is probably something you won’t want to replicate. YouTuber TheyCallMeConor has walked from one side of Medici to the other, and it has taken him a total of 8 hours and 40 minutes! A video of Conor’s journey can be seen below, luckily it is a timelapse so it takes less than 7 minutes. While it is a pretty cool video, I do wonder how people have so much spare time on their hands…

Until tomorrow,

Matt