News Roundup March 3rd

by Huey Chewwy

Over at GDC, Sony is showing off the newest prototype of its VR headset Project Morpheus.  This new prototype comes with some new changes along with a release window of the first half of 2016.  Getting rid of the 5 inch LED display from before, Project Morpheus boasts a 5.7 inch 1920 X 1080 RGB OLED display.  Along with this new screen, the refresh rate is at a blistering 120 frames per second.  Combined with the power of the PS4, Sony says that Project Morpheus can output amazingly smooth visuals.  Three more LEDs have been added to the headset, bringing the total number to nine.  With more LEDs, positional tracking will be more precise.  On top of all this, Sony has brought the latency to less than 18ms.  You can see more details on Project Morpheus here.

Microsoft last year introduced the ID@Xbox program to get more indie developers to bring their games over to Xbox One.  This  year at GDC, ID@Xbox is showing off some great new games for Xbox One.  Those include ClusterPuck 99, Cuphead, and SWORDY.  Also among these games is the popular hit from last year Shovel Night.

Konami was likely looking to drop some big news on Metal Gear Solid V; The Phantom Pain tomorrow.  Well, some of the wind from that sail has been taken out, as a video likely scheduled to be shown has been leaked.  Within the video, Kojima himself confirms the world-wide release date of MGS V to be September 1st.  While no doubt disappointing that this video leaked early, Konami seems to be having a little fun with it as seen in the tweet below.

Kojima has also said that this will be his last game in the Metal Gear series.  Not that the series itself is coming to an end, but rather that he will step away from the franchise after MGS 5 is completed.  This was bound to be, but Kojima did say the same thing after three other games in the franchise, so take it with a grain of salt.

Ubisoft and Amblyotech Inc. has revealed Dig Rush, a game created to help with the treatment of Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye.”   Using 3D glasses and a tablet provided by their physician, players work both the dominant and lazy eye in order to train the brain to improve visual perception.  Dig Rush subjects each eye to differing levels of contrast of the objects displayed in the game.  Game settings can be customized for every patient's experience by their physician.  Who says games cannot be used to help solve issues?

While it is already three days into March, Sony is going strong with a good lineup for the free PS Plus Games for the month.  Coming to PS4 is Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee — New ‘n’ Tasty!, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and the newly released OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood.  PS3 owners can look forward to Papo & Yo and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments.  Vita owners will get OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood and CounterSpy.  PS4 and PS3 owners will get CounterSpy as well.

EA has a new game available for its On the House program.  PC classic Syndicate is available for download, all that is needed is an EA Origin account.

Ready for a new DLC campaign for Sunset Overdrive??  Coming soon is Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, focusing on saving Sam's old mentors from the Fizzco Robotics factory.  You can see the above video for more details.

New game releases for this week:

March 2nd
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (PC)

March 3rd
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 ( PS4, PS3)
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PS4, Vita)
Screamride (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita)
La Mulana EX (Vita)
Shiftlings (PC)
White Night (PC, PS4)
Alien Isolation The Trigger DLC (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

March 4th
Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 (PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Shiftlings (Xbox One)
White Night (Xbox One)

March 5th
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, 3DS)
OlliOlli (Wii U, 3DS)

March 6th
OlliOlli (Xbox One)