Google Preparing To Enter VR Race

2016 looks set to be the year of VR and now a new competitor could be ready to join the party!

According to a report from The Financial Times, Google is planning to launch a device this year in order to rival the likes of the Samsung Gear VR. It would not be the first time that the tech giant has dabbled in the VR space, back in 2014 they released the low-cost Google Cardboard. The upcoming device is described as a headset with “better sensors, lenses, and a more solid plastic casing.” While this will start off with a focus on their Android mobile platform, the device will use a smartphone for its display and processing power, I can’t wait to see how this year works out for VR. With Facebook and now Google entering into the space, that is already two of the largest tech companies in the world. The future of VR gaming is almost here!

From future peripherals to the current day, and it is not good news for Mad Catz. The gaming peripheral company has announced that CEO Darren Richardson has resigned from the company, in one of a number of changes to their management team. The company will be reducing their workforce by a total of 37%, in a plan to reduce annual costs by $5million. The announcement comes only 5 months after the company published Rock Band 4, which Mad Catz did say that sold through units were “lower than originally forecast.” It is always a shame when you hear that redundancies are being made, hopefully the individuals involved will land on their feet quickly.

We recently talked about Dangerous Golf, the upcoming release from Three Fields Entertainment, and it appears the former Burnout developer is already thinking about the future. In a recent interview with Edge (via VideoGamer), Paul Ross said that he is already thinking about “PlayStation 5” and “Xbox Two.”

“What does a PlayStation 5 game look like? What does an Xbox Two game look like? And how can we start to build for that future now? Physics engines haven’t changed since I did the physics on [Dreamcast game] TrickStyle. They’re all about rigid bodies, solid objects. This is a real paradigm shift because it’s about simulating physics at a molecular level. It’s been a really hard problem to solve for quite a while. So what does a PS5 game look like? With PS4 we’ve seen some fidelity put into the worlds, but PS5’s going to be about more dynamic worlds, far more interactive worlds that are more believable in the way they behave.”

While maybe not hugely surprising, it is always nice to hear that developers are thinking to the future. I think it is a safe bet that this generation is shorter than last time, and I’m still sticking with my predication that we will see the next generation in 2019!

 

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The new generation may be a fair way off, but the next Hitman title is only a month away! However, if you don’t want to wait any longer then you are in luck, Square Enix has announced that the game’s beta will be launching PS4 this Friday (February 12th). The PC beta will be launching on week later on February 19th, while there is still no word on an Xbox One version. Unfortunately the only way to guarantee you access at this time is by pre-ordering the digital version of the game, meaning retail customers will not be getting in. You can find full details regarding the beta on this detailed FAQ. I’m not going to share my thoughts on this game again, but let’s just say I won’t be getting an invite to the beta!

 

 

Until tomorrow,

Matt