Second-Gen Valve/HTC VR Dev Kit Revealed, Comes With Peephole Camera

Just four months ahead of the general release of the Vive virtual reality headset, manufacturer HTC has revealed a redesigned second-gen dev kit. Known as the Vive Pre, the newer developer model will not be available to the public. However, the launch units of the consumer model (set to ship in April) is expected to incorporate some of Vive Pre’s …

Nintendo to Miss 20M NX Console Assembly Target in 2016, Report Claims

Some 12 million units of the Nintendo NX, the corporation’s next-generation console, is expected to ship to retailers worldwide in 2016, a new report claims. According to a Digitimes article, which cites a Taiwanese source said to be familiar with Nintendo’s NX production plans, the initial target was 20 million units, but complications with acquiring all the necessary components has …

Final Fantasy VI PC Listing Spotted

Final Fantasy VI, one of the defining RPGs of the nineties and sometimes argued as the best game in Square Enix’s esteemed series, is being ported to PC, according to the European ratings classification board PEGI. Late in November, PEGI’s website updated to include references to Final Fantasy 6 on PC, stating the port’s release date was scheduled for the …

Fallout 4’s Complete Magazine Collection Published Online

The complete collection of Fallout 4’s perk magazines, totalling 98 issues of 11 different periodicals, has been ripped from the game’s PC files and displayed online. A devoted fan, going by the online handle PlanK-69, has published on his Deviant Art page images of every surviving magazine cover. That includes all 14 copies of the cult sci-fi magazine Astoundingly Awesome …

Obituary: Satoru Iwata, the Pioneer Who Saved Nintendo

Satoru Iwata’s story is one laced with unbelievable risks, bright thinking in dark times, and a bold ambition to make a difference. For all that can be said about his charming mannerisms, his warm smile, his unquestionable love of video games, it should not be overlooked that Iwata was a visionary businessman who saved Nintendo by reinventing it. He was …

Nintendo’s PlayStation, the Holy Grail of Game Memorabilia, Has Been Found

An extraordinarily rare prototype of the SNES-CD console, which was created as part of a failed partnership between Nintendo and Sony some 25 years ago, has been discovered. Never-before-seen images offer the first ever close-ups of the machine, now yellowed with age, which combines the form factor of the SNES along with the branding of PlayStation. The console is so …

Nintendo NX Manufacturing to Begin in October, Report Claims

Nintendo could begin assembly of its next games console, the Nintendo NX, as soon as October, if a report by a Taipei-based news organisation is to be believed. Taiwan-based Digitimes claims that Nintendo has inked a contract with manufacturing giant Foxconn Electronics, and wants the group to begin pilot assembly on the new machine by October “at the latest.” Foxconn, …

DirectX 12 Can Render “up to 12 Times More Polygons” Than DX11

Direct X 12, the next graphics API for Windows devices, has been demonstrated rendering real-time graphics with “six to twelve” times more polygons than its predecessor. Speaking at the Build 2015 conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft technical fellow John Shewchuk talked through a strikingly detailed Final Fantasy PC demo that was running from a quad-SLI Digital Storm rig. …

Silent Hills Cancelled, Konami Confirms

Following a second day of disquieting rumors concerning the Silent Hills project, on Monday, publisher Konami confirmed that it has terminated plans to develop the game. Although Konami initially declined to comment on the matter when contacted early on Monday, later in the day it issued a statement to GameSpot, putting speculation surrounding the title to rest. “Konami is committed …

Konami Responds to Silent Hills Cancellation Claims

Amid mounting speculation that the Silent Hills project may have been cancelled, Konami has issued a statement that suggests the game is, at the very least, undergoing major changes. When the Silent Hills project was first announced, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus was named as its lead actor, lending both his face and voice to the game. But on Monday …

UK Games Chart: Round 2 at the Top for Mortal Kombat X

Publisher Warner Bros’ latest fighting game, Mortal Kombat X, has retained its position atop the UK all-format chart. The game, developed by Chicago studio NetherRealm, set a new sales record last week when it debuted at the top. According to UK sales monitor Chart-Track, Mortal Kombat X is the fastest-selling entry in the series’ 23-year history. It managed to hold …