The hump day brings news of Xbox One launching in 28 new territories over the course of September, as well as updated Minecraft coming to the console this Friday. Aside from that, fans of Destiny get a chance to peek through the world using a Google maps and street view-powered website. Lastly, Samsung will be bringing several new Oculus Rift features to its Galaxy Note 4 device. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Sept. 3, 2014.
Xbox One coming to 28 new countries
Microsoft’s latest console, which has been far behind Playstation 4, might be getting a new boost of sales by launching in new territories across the world. On September 2, Xbox One became available in Chile and Colombia, and will be followed by Japan on the 4th and several European countries such as Belgium, Greece or Poland on the 5th. The console will then make its way to Israel on the 15th and Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, India, Singapore and South Africa on the 23rd, finally ending in Russia on the 26th. Microsoft explained that Argentinian gamers should be hearing more news as well. In total, the Xbox One will be available in 41 countries by the end of the month, compared to Playstation 4 which is already sold in 58.
Minecraft coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4 soon
The highly popular and creativity-driven block-building game will be finally making its way to Microsoft’s latest console on September 5. The price will be set to $20 but those who own Minecraft on the Xbox 360 will have an option to upgrade for just $5. In contrast, the Playstation 4 release date has not been announced yet, but the developer Mojang has explained that the “Sony friends” should expect a surprise very soon, “maybe sooner.” The new-gen version will support worlds up to 36 times larger than the previous title, as well as greater draw distances. This will coincide with a major PC upgrade as well, bringing in new Guardian and Endermite mobs and various forms of friendly or killer rabbits.
Destiny Street View and Raids
The massively multiplayer online shooter is getting it’s own version of google maps and street view with Planet View, allowing the gamers to scour the virtual environment for information about enemies and hidden secrets. Doing so can also earn them an exclusive emblem, The Sign of the Finite. On top of that, the developer Bungie has also revealed new information about the Raid game mode which will put six players on challenging missions. They explained that in initial playtesting, two groups had a hard time completing these raids, and a number of tweaks has already been applied. Nonetheless, Bungie wants to keep the mode difficult but worthwhile, with legendary versions of various weapons as rewards. The progress in a given raid will also be saved, allowing gamers multiple attempts if the first one proves unsuccessful.
Samsung reveals Oculus-powered Gear VR
Virtual Reality has been making the headlines ever since the announcement and successful Kickstarter of Oculus Rift. Samsung has just announced entering the VR world with a new suite of products for their Android Galaxy Note 4. Instead of being a competitor, however, Samsung is working with Oculus to bring various new features to their platform. Most notable is the Oculus Home, which provides an interface for browsing the online store to find new downloadable content. Additionally the Oculus Cinema will allow the users to watch their favorite movies in a virtual theater. Similarly, the Oculus 360 Videos and Photos will provide a virtual browser for one’s media. What is most interesting, however, is the ability to turn on the Note 4’s camera and show its display on-screen, giving the user a peek at what is going around them without having to take the headset off. This should help with complaints about the feeling of isolation expressed by some of the current users.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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