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Oculus Rift Plus PC Bundle Pre-Orders Open February 16, Start At $1,549

Oculus has announced that seven different Rift-ready PCs will be available to pre-order beginning next week. The bundle prices start at $ 949, without the accompanying VR display.

Dell, Alienware, and Asus will each be offering at least one model. The least expensive is the Asus G11CD, with an i5-6400, 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 970. This model, priced at $ 949, barely exceeds the minimum specifications. Asus’ other two models increase RAM, processor spec, and GPU model.

Dell’s base configuration mirrors Asus’ offering. It is priced at $ 999 (when bundled with an additional Rift purchase at $ 599).

Note that none of the announced models come in at or below Oculus’ $ 1,499 price point. The company is still touting that bundles will be available at that price, however.

The most expensive of the current Rift-ready PCs comes from Alienware. Priced at $ 2,549, the Area 51 includes an Intel i7-5820K (overclockable), Nvidia GTX 980, and 16 GB RAM.

All of the prices mentioned above are before the $ 599 Oculus Rift purchase, which includes an Xbox One controller, wireless adapter, remote, camera, carrying case, and the head-mounted display.

[Source: Oculus]

 

Our Take
As a point of reference, I was able to build my own PC recently with a more powerful processor and video card while spending less than the Alienware Area 51 costs. If you are looking to maximize your dollar, building is the way to go. However, it isn’t without its challenges. 

I’m curious about what other bundles might be coming, given that even the most pared down of these offerings don’t get down to the promised $ 1,499. It seems like the only thing left to reduce is the processor from the i5-6400 to the less powerful i5-4590.

I would strongly urge if you are considering a new PC for a Rift that you attempt to future proof a bit. You don't need the Cadillac, but you should try for something more than the Honda Accord. 

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Reminder: Today Is The Final Day For January PlayStation Plus Games

PlayStation Network has been having some trouble today, and you may not be able to connect right now. If you can though, you might want to take a moment to ensure you locked in your January PlayStation Plus games.

You’ve got until tomorrow when the store refreshes to nab the six January games. They are:

Playstation 4

  • Grim Fandango
  • Hardware: Rivals

Playstation 3

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter

Vita

  • Grim Fandango
  • Nihilumbra
  • History: Legends of War Patton 

Tomorrow, the month begins anew. Not sure what's rotating onto the service? Check out our previous coverage for more info.

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PSA: PlayStation Plus In February Includes Helldivers, Nom Nom Galaxy

Update: The full list of PlayStation Plus games for February is now available. Here's what's coming:

PlayStation 4
Helldivers
Nom Nom Galaxy
Nova 111

PlayStation 3
Grid Autosport
Helldivers
Nova 111
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax 

Vita
Helldivers
Lemmings Touch
Nova 111

 

Original Story:

Sony hasn’t yet announced the PlayStation Plus games for February, but we have a good idea of what’s coming to PS4. A banner popped up early on the PlayStation Store giving us a hint of what to expect.

If the image nabbed by Reddit users is accurate, we’ll be getting Helldivers (our review) and Nom Nom Galaxy on February 2. The image (captured by PlayStation user “BloodErgo”), taken from the Polish version of the store, promises these games are coming to the service soon.

We’ll update with the complete, confirmed list as soon as we are able. For now, don’t forget to grab your January games

[Source: Reddit]

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Civilization Revolution 2 Plus Gets Another 11th Hour Delay, No New Date Announced

Vita owners are having the rug pulled out from under them again at the last minute. 2K has announced that the Vita port of Civilization Revolution 2, due to release tomorrow, January 26, has been significantly delayed.

2K does not have an estimated release window beyond “2016.” “Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 Plus for PlayStation Vita is now launching in North America and Europe later this year,” the publisher writes. “The team is hard at work making sure the title lives up to fans' expectations, and we appreciate your continued patience as we take the time needed to prepare the title for global release in 2016.”

Civilization Revolution 2 Plus was originally due for release in December 2015. 2K announced a last minute delay just a day before intended release at that point, also.

The game was originally designed as a mobile title. You can read our review of that version for more.

[Source: Civilization Revolution on Facebook]

 

Our Take
Vita owners have been taking it on the chin lately. First The Banner Saga was put off for that platform. Then, Not a Hero was canceled altogether. Now 2K has issued a second last-minute delay for CivRev 2. I love my Vita, but it’s hard to believe the handheld has much life left in it.

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PSA: Sony Sends Users PlayStation Plus Extension To Make Up For Outage Earlier This Month

The PlayStation network went down  for nearly the entire day on January 4. Sony has issued a code to PlayStation Plus users containing a code that extends their PlayStation Plus coverage by a single day in order to make up for the outage. If you're a PS Plus user affected by the outage, you should receive this message including a redeemable code:

Hi —–,


Due
to the recent PlayStation®Network interruption we are giving you a
1-DAY extension to your PlayStation®Plus membership.  Please redeem
the following voucher code by March 31, 2016, 11:59 PM PST:


———


Sign in to redeem your code.


The
extension will be applied to the end of your current membership. This
applies to all accounts that had an active PlayStation®Plus membership
on January 4, 2016. 


Thanks for your patience during the service interruption.


Sincerely,
PlayStation®Network

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Two Similar Game Names Confused Sony, And The Wrong One Was Added To PlayStation Plus

In an age when gamers get confused between Warface, Warframe, and Warfighter (both regular and Advanced flavors), it’s not surprising for there to be confusion over naming. What isn’t terribly common is a platform holder giving away the wrong game for that reason.

That’s just what happened when Sony announced and kicked off this month’s PlayStation Plus games. The company thought it was supposed to give away a PSP game called Legends of War: Patton’s Campaign.

It was available for free for a hot minute before the proper game, History Legends of War: Patton, replaced it. The correct title is a Vita game, also featuring the famed World War II general.

If you happened to download the PSP game when it was available for free by accident, it appears you get to hang onto it. For everyone else, you can head over to the PlayStation Store and grab this month’s games.

[Source: PlayStation EU (1), (2) via VideoGamer]

 

Our Take
If anything, this is a call for developers and publishers to be more creative with their naming. If we can’t remember which game is yours, you’ve already dug yourself a hole from which you’ll be spending marketing dollars to climb out.

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Reminder: Last Chance For December PlayStation Plus Games

It’s the first Monday of the year, and you might be struggling to get back into a normal routine. After you top off your coffee mug, there’s one more thing you should do.

Today’s the last day for December’s PlayStation Plus games. Here’s what you can nab today before the offerings roll over tomorrow:

PlayStation 4

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition
King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember

PlayStation 3

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
SSX

Vita

Freedom Wars
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken 

January’s offerings cycle in tomorrow. You can check out our previous coverage for that list.

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January’s PlayStation Plus Games Announced

Sony has revealed the Playstation Plus games for January.

Playstation 4

  • Grim Fandango
  • Hardware: Rivals

Playstation 3

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Medal of Honor Warfighter

Vita

  • Grim Fandango
  • Nihilumbra
  • Legends of War Patton

These games will be available on January 5th and can be accessed through the online store via your browser or through your console's PlayStation Store app as long as you're a PS Plus member.

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PSA: PlayStation 4 Multiplayer Is Free For Those Without Plus This Weekend

If you are a new PlayStation 4 owner (and according to Sony, there are a number of you), you might not have decided to sign up for PlayStation Plus yet. If not, that means you won’t be able to play online with friends.

Sony is giving those without the premium service a chance to sample online multiplayer this weekend. The free weekend runs from Friday, December 11 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific / 3:01 a.m. Eastern, through Sunday, December 13, at 11:59 Pacific (That’s 2:59 a.m. Eastern on December 14).

Multiplayer is one of the key components of the PlayStation Plus service. The other comes in the form of a monthly slate of games that require continued membership to access and additional discounts on purchases.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Civilization Revolution 2 Plus Delayed Until Late January

You won’t be taking that one more turn this December after all. 2K and Firaxis have delayed Civilization Revolution 2 Plus on Vita.

The game was announced earlier this year for a December rollout worldwide. Those in Asia will still be playing on December 3 as planned. 

North American and European gamers will have to wait until January 26, 2016. “We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause in light of the holiday season, but appreciate your patience as we continue to prepare the title for global release this coming year,” 2K writes on the official Civilization Facebook page.

Civilization Revolution 2 was released on mobile devices in July 2014. The Vita version includes new leaders from Japan and additional scenarios.

[Source: Civilization on Facebook]

 

Our Take
January is probably a better time to launch this than December, but every new release on the Vita is a gift these days. I loved Civilization Revolution on last-gen consoles, so I’ll probably sink some time into this come January.

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