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Nintendo is on to something with its simple and cheap Labo-powered VR

It was announced as “simple VR.” And that’s exactly what it delivers.

Nintendo chose wisely in using Labo to plot the company’s path into a virtual reality future. There’s already a global market familiar with the idea of “cardboard VR” — and cardboard, of course, is the glue that holds Labo together — and the low-tech approach keeps the price family-friendly.

Now, having actually spent some time playing with the Labo VR Kit, I’m happy to confirm: It’s good stuff.

Let’s talk about what’s in the box first. A basic $40 starter set gets you the VR Kit software, the cardboard pieces you’ll need to build the headset — which includes a hard plastic component for the lenses — and the Toy-Con Blaster, one of several build-it-yourself peripherals that work in tandem with the headset. Read more…

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The rumored disc-less Xbox One S could be out by May 7

Get your salt shakers out: It’s time for something that might not be true!

Microsoft’s rumored disc-less Xbox One S — or the Xbox One S All-Digital, as it will apparently be called — could be coming on May 7. That’s what Windows Central claims, citing product photos and supporting documents it received from an unnamed source.

The site’s coverage uses Photoshop mockups of the product photos in order to protect the source, so you’ll have to take their word for it. The digitally recreated console looks like you’d expect it to: an Xbox One S without the opening where a disc would go.

The disc-less Xbox One S would also reportedly pack in a bundle of download codes for three games — Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and Minecraft — as well as a 1TB hard drive.  Read more…

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Epic Games store titles, including exclusives, headed to Humble Store

Epic Games Store titles are branching out.

At GDC today, Epic Games announced that it’s partnering with Humble Bundle to let developers sell their Epic Games Store titles—including exclusives—on the Humble Store.

“Our goal is not to build another walled garden,” Epic Games Store Head Steve Allison said on stage.

Humble Bundle Co-Founder John Graham said the collaboration “means more options for gamers, more sales for game developers … and more money for good causes.”

There’s no word yet as to when the partnership will launch.

To date, Humble Bundle has raised more than $145 million for charity, Graham said. With Epic Games Store titles in the mix, that number is sure to grow. Read more…

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