Since the new Oculus Rifts haven't shipped yet, we talk about the recently successful Atlanta VR Meetup. It went 95% smoothly, and as usual, the 5% gets highlighted - but only so other organizers don't make the same mistakes in the future. In the midst of the 18,000 layoffs that Microsoft is doing, they will be shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios. Google announced they will no longer label apps with In-App Purchases as "Free" to conform to a ruling by the European Commission. This dovetails into a discussion about when gaming became mainstream enough to assume that everyone knew them and how they worked.
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I will be on FOUR panels (plus an awards ceremony) at Dragon Con in Atlanta...Hope to see you there! In the weekly Oculus Rift DK2 update, we talk about wearing glasses and how that affects Chromatic Aberration. Activision is bringing Sierra back...as an indie publishing label. Sony has detailed the Share Play functionality of the PS4, which sounds neat in concept, but not sure about the hardware limitations. Then we get a call from Reverend Kyle talking about his VR podcast and his recently funded Kickstarter.
When we recorded, we didn't know anything more about Sierra's eventual return other than the teaser trailer, but we were cautiously optimistic... I've spent more time with the Oculus Rift DK2, but not TOO much more - not many things support it well yet, and that's ruffling the feathers of some enthusiasts. Twitch.tv has gone through some massive sweeping changes in preparation of their acquisition by Google, and that's ruffling the feathers of the streaming community. Unfortunately, their alternative isn't going to be as safe for long... Then we take calls about music licenses and Plants vs. Tresspassers.
The Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 (DK2) has arrived! And...it definitely earns the name "DEVELOPER KIT" as it's not really ready for much of anything yet. We talk about how it hooks up and then how you set it up differently for each experience. Once it works, though...it works beautifully. There were a FEW games that we did try - Radial-G SP, Vanguard V, Proton Pulse, Endless Reach, and we would have tried Project Torus if the developer liked us enough.
The show turned NINE YEARS OLD this week - and we celebrated by not having the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 yet...But it shipped, at least! Level 8 in the Destiny Beta was achieved before it ended, and this COULD be the First Person Shooter for people who don't like First Person Shooters! Sony settled the class action lawsuit regarding the PSN hack, but don't admit any wrongdoing. Then we take calls about Oddworld: New and Tasty, Freedom Planet, Peter Dinklage's voice acting, and the Destiny Beta.