There was a lot of stories that definitely made the headlines this week. Interestingly, a lot of it had to do with VR games and the associated companies. Check out the top stories from the last 7 days.
Top stories from the last 7 days
Dell is an American computer technology company that’s been a part of the tech industry for a long time now. With their innovative mindset and their love for all things technology, Dell has been able to break through the barriers to release a VR headset of their own called the Dell Visor. Here is their thought on the future of VR and the technology.
Is Microsoft really looking to acquire the mega-giants in the gaming industry, EA and Valve? Well, according to sources at Polygon who have close ties to Microsoft, that might in-fact be true.
Microsoft is known to gobble up giant tech and gaming companies. If you look at their portfolio, they currently own IPs such as Minecraft (acquired for $2.5 billion), Skype (acquired for $8.5 billion), and LinkedIn (acquired for $26.2 billion). On top of that, they own Xbox. So, would it be too farfetched to think that Microsoft can acquire other billion dollar companies such as EA and Valve?
We reported a couple months back that Google and HTC were making a $1.1 billion dollar deal where Google would acquire HTC’s smartphone division to join their Pixel team. Now the deal seems to be complete as Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Hardware at Google made a public post about the deal.
Oculus Go seems to be making its way to developers as they are posting photos of their standalone VR headset devices. In the picture above, you can see the Oculus Go outside the box with the controller. Here’s what we know.
During an earnings call led by Blake Jorgensen, CFO at EA, he announced that Star Wars: Battlefront II underperformed to their expectations for the game. They were modeling a sales result of 10 million units sold in the launch quarter but under-delivered by only selling 9 million copies of the game. The sales number is heavily down from 14 million copies sold during its launch of Star Wars: Battlefront in 2015.
Rockstar Games has finally announced their sequel title, Red Dead Redemption 2, will be releasing on October 26th, 2018. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Red Dead Redemption is a game that takes you into the wild wild west where you play the game as a former outlaw looking for a new life in America.
Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin were some the biggest sensations in 2017. We saw normal people become millionaires overnight due to the crazy growth and demand of crytocurrency. And with the explosion of cryptocurrency came the overhaul of crypto-miners that started to buy out all the GPUs on the market. Due to the demand for GPUs, the entry cost into PC based VR systems is now a lot higher.
Sony has made a pretty big announcement today as Kazuo Hirai will be stepping down as CEO and will join as a board member. Current Executive Deputy President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kenichiro Yoshida will be replacing Hirai as the new CEO of Sony.
Bethesda is a well-known game publisher that has created some wonderful games in the past. They have created original game franchises and have made a mark in the gaming industry. And for the first time ever, Bethesda released their high profile titles such as Fallout 4 and Skyrim in VR which got them some big attention in the community.
End Games Ltd., creators of The Forest have announced that they’ll be releasing the game in VR.
The Forest is a horror survival game that pits you in the middle of a forest after a crash land. You are the lone survivor from the crash and must do everything in your power to stay alive. But as you start to explore, you find cannibal mutants that wants to eat you alive. Your mission is to build, explore, and survive this terrifying situation.