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Farpoint for PlayStation VR: Everything you need before the game launches!

Survive the desert, find the scientists, kill the baddies, and do it all with a sweet new aim controller.

After months of waiting, Farpoint for PlayStation VR is almost here. With a release date of May 16, 2017 it's right around the corner. There has been a lot of hype for Farpoint, and for good reason. You've got a full length single-player campaign, a mysterious desert planet that wants to kill you, a new controller for shooting things in VR, what's not to love?

If you're anything like us, you want to be prepared when launch day arrives. That's why we've put together list of everything you need to know ahead of launch day.

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PlayStation Aim Controller

One of the most exciting facets of Farpoint, is that the PlayStation Aim Controller was built with the game in mind. It's an accessory that every FPS gamer is going to want for shooting things in VR. The Aim controller is a two handed mockup of a rifle used for aiming and shooting everything that moves during your adventures in VR. It's releasing alongside Farpoint on May 16, 2017.

There is actually a lot going on with this controller. It includes two thumbsticks, a directional pad, and input buttons, along with a trigger mechanism, and is meant to be used with two hands. Where the nozzle on your weapon would be is what looks like a Move globe. It's that light up globe that the PlayStation camera will pick up when you are playing in VR. It rocks a rechargeable battery, and vibration feedback while you are playing.

The ability to have a controller that you hold like a rifle, while gunning down enemies in VR is going to add a new layer of immersion. You'll be able to aim and fire while holding a controller that feels like what you are seeing through the PlayStation VR headset. There's no news yet on how much it's going to cost as a standalone accessory or what other games will work with the controller later, but you can pick it up alongside Farpoint in a bundle on launch day, and that will run you $79.99 in most stores. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can knock almost $20 off when you pre-order.

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The story of Farpoint

One of the more intriguing facets of Farpoint is the promise of a "full length" single-player campaign. Many VR games are built for quick experiences, and while those are often a lot of fun it's not uncommon to feel that traditional "AAA Gaming" feel is a little lost on these experiences. Farpoint promises to be a departure from that norm, and its anticipated popularity could well be the spark that leads to many more in-depth VR experiences.

In the words of Johnny Rico, "This place crawls".

Farpoint is set on alien world that wants to eat you alive, with plenty of story for you to delve into. We don't have all of the details, but there is enough meat here to sink your teeth into. Your job was to rescue a team of scientists posted out by Jupiter, and technically it still is. Except that things get far more complicated very, very quickly. A rupture sends you, and their station crashing down onto an alien world. And boy is it hostile.

Once on the surface, you still need to find those scientists, but it's not an easy task. In the words of Johnny Rico, "This place crawls". That is to say, that the baddies all over this planet are Arachnids. They're big and mean and they will jump at your face, so be ready to aim and fire to blow them away. It isn't just spiders of course, they just appear to be the most prevalent. You'll get access to a few different weapons, including a railgun and charged plasma rifle.

As you traverse this very hostile alien planet, you'll be collecting holographic logs to find the Scientists that have been stranded down here with you. Along the way you'll not only be fighting off the massive arachnids that want you dead, but also unveiling the mysteries that this planet holds.

Multiplayer

Farpoint doesn't include any competitive multiplayer modes, but that doesn't mean that you will have to play by yourself. So long as you, and your bestie both have an active PlayStation Plus membership, you'll be able to play through the game in co-op mode. You'll be able to explore and fight together. While it might be disappointing for some that there isn't a multiplayer mode, it's best to remember that this is still a VR game.

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That being said, being able to team up to take on the nasties lurking on the surface seems amazing, and we're definitely excited to try it out for ourselves! Who knows, maybe it'll bring out some competitive urges to see which of your friends is the better hunter.

Adjust your Playspace

Now this last tip is less about the game that you're playing, and more about where you are playing it. It has never been more important to make sure you have a solid setup that includes plenty of room for you to move around without being able to see around you.

It's more important than usual because of the PlayStation aim controller. The new controller is much larger than either a DualShock controller or PlayStation Move controllers. That of course means that when you move around to aim and shoot you'll need more room than you may have allotted to your playspace. Be sure that the pets are kept away while you're playing, and that your playspace is free and clear of obstacles.

You don't want something jumping at you, and having your dog try to rescue you. It's a bad time. So be sure that you don't have anything that can be knocked over when you pivot and shoot with your PlayStation Aim controller.

Are you ready?

Farpoint for PlayStation VR will be arriving on May 16, 2017, and it looks like it's going to be a fantastic play. The PlayStation Aim controller releases alongside Farpoint, bringing a new layer of immersion to your shooting games, and this looks like a great one to start out on. With hostile lifeforms desperate to kill you, and a team of scientists to find, there is plenty to occupy you on this desert planet. So do you think you're ready for Farpoint? Have you pre-ordered? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!!

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Who's going for the Galaxy S8+ over the S8?

Are you leaning one way or the other?

Last year, there was a clear divide in size and features between the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge — it was even in the name!

This year, not so much. The Galaxy S8+ is slightly taller and wider than the Galaxy S8, with a 6.2-inch display over the smaller phone's 5.8-inch panel, but both are curved, and both are very compact.

boubazm1

04-06-2017 04:17 PM

Hi, I just want to know for the ones who will buy the S8+ their reason to buy it.Do u think S8 is really not big enough or just you're used to big phones.I've always had samsund S series phones.But I feel now that my S7 is too small.Is the S8 enough bigger than the S7?

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As the phone gets a bit closer to release, a lot of people are asking whether the S8+, which its 3500mAh battery, is actually a better decision than the S8, which has a 3000mAh cell.

Arsenio Martins

04-06-2017 05:50 PM

I just left Best Buy. If you aren't looking at them side by side you almost would think they were the same size. I mean one is obviously larger than the other but it's not that noticeable like it was last year. For that alone I think it's worth going for the slightly larger screen and larger battery.

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Some people look at the S8's smaller size and focus on its one hand-friendliness, since it's small enough to swipe-type and take a photo with one hand. But others just want the biggest phone, period.

Rumline

04-06-2017 04:23 PM

Yes, S8 is not big enough. IMHO even the S8+'s size is marginal, to the point that I may cancel my pre-order and wait for the Note 8. I want a 6" screen with a 16:9 ratio.

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Others don't think the S8+ goes big enough, and are waiting to see what the Note 8 brings.

What's your thinking? Are you going for the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8+?…

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Google Home app hints at multi-user support

A new card in the app's Discover tab says multiple users are now supported… but they aren't yet?

If you share a Google Home with multiple people, chances are you've been eagerly awaiting the day your smart speaker is able to offer each user a personalized Google Assistant experience. It seems like that day is very quickly approaching, as some users are seeing a new card in the Google Home app's Discover tab, which purports that Google Home now supports multiple users.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any added functionality to back up this announcement, but it does confirm that the feature is on its way and may be going live very soon.

Adding support for multiple user profiles is expected to expand the Google Home experience to better mirror the same functionality of Google Assistant on your personal phone. Currently, Google Home is unable to perform many features linked to personal accounts such as setting personal reminders, creating calendar events, messaging contacts, and more due to privacy and concerns. This should change once multiple accounts are supported, and we'll be sure to fill you in on all the new features once things have officially gone live.…

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Best Clear Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8

What are the best clear cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8?

It's the same debate with the release of every new phone: Do you show it off or protect it with a durable case?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a brilliant new design that you'll definitely want to flaunt, but you'll also want to keep all that glass unscathed, right? Split the difference with a clear case and show off your new phone while keeping it protected from harm.

READ: Best Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Clear Cover case

Of Samsung's own cases, the Clear Cover case is the most compelling. This case features a translucent cover that protects your phone's screen, while still allowing you to interact with your phone by answering calls, changing the music, and more.

Planning to watch a lot of video on that shiny new screen? This case also folds over into a stand for hands-free viewing. Samsung has designed a very minimalist case that keeps the slim profile of your Galaxy S8 intact. If you're planning to pre-order your new phone directly from Samsung, you can add this case to your order during check out.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid Galaxy S8 case

Spigen consistently designs outstanding cases, and their clear cases are some of the best you can buy.

The Ultra Hybrid is a one-piece case that blends two of the most popular case materials. The bumper is made of flexible TPU to help absorb the shock of a drop and also features a raised lip around the front to protect the screen. The back plate is made of durable, hard PC plastic, which protects against scratches and other damage.

This case is virtually crystal clear, so you'll barely notice that it's there, but you'll be happy it is when it saves your phone from unsightly blemishes or a cracked screen

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Spigen Liquid Crystal Galaxy S8 case

If you're looking for a clear case that's a little more svelte, Spigen has you covered with its Liquid Crystal case.

The one-piece design fits snugly around your phone and offers basic protection while letting the beautiful look of your phone shine through. Made of lightweight and flexible TPU, this case is easy to pop on and keeps your phone protected with a 0.04-inch lip at the top and bottom of the screen.

This is another great option if you're looking for subtle protection that won't distract from the Galaxy S8's brilliant design.

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Ringke FUSION Crystal Clear case

This dual-layer case features a hard PC backplate held flush against your phone by the flexible TPU bumper to provide a slim case that offers the drop protection you need while giving you the nearly invisible look you want from a clear case.

With extra protection in the corners and a tapered rim around the top and bottom of the screen, this case has been precisely designed to keep your phone safe. Ample cutouts around the speaker, charging port, and headphone jack ensure you have no issues with other accessories while maintaining a very stylish design that's available in three color options for the bumper.

Ringke has included, as always, a free DIY template for slipping a photo in the back, allowing you to change things up with a custom design whenever you want.

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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Frosted Clear case

If you're looking to balance rugged protection while still letting your phone's design shine through a bit, the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Frosted Clear case is the choice for you.

This case keeps your phone protected with a formidable bumper made of shock-absorbing TPU. Its been designed to feel comfortable in your hand with grippy texture along the sides and firm and responsive buttons. The back plate is transparent, so you can show off your Galaxy S8's true colors while ensuring it stays scratch-free.

Featuring sizable cutouts and a raised bezel around the screen and the camera on the back, this case is designed to keep your phone protected without impeding any of its functions or ports. If you aren't looking to sacrifice rugged protection for a sleek clear case, this is your best option

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Bixby will be fully functional in Germany around the time we're expecting the Galaxy Note 8.

The full feature set of Bixby, Samsung's AI assistant feature for the Galaxy S8, will only be available in U.S. English and Korean at launch, with other regions having to wait it out. And now we have a rough idea of just how long that might take.

According to an entry on Samsung's German support site, first spotted by GalaxyClub, Germans can expect a fully functional Bixby experience by... Q4 2017.

As in October, at the earliest.

Given the complexity of the features — and the fact that not even UK English will be supported at launch — it's not entirely surprising that Bixby voice is going to take a while to port to additional languages. But still, six months from the launch of the GS8 is a considerable wait. And while not confirmed, it's likely a similar lead time would also apply to other European languages.

By that time, we'll be in the thick of the Galaxy Note 8 launch. Later in the year, a new multilingual Bixby might go up against an improved Google Assistant on this year's Pixel phones, as well as a smarter Siri on the iPhone 8.

Bixby is clearly a long term play for Samsung. The feature is huge in scope, and won't just be limited to phones — in time, expect to see it in smart appliances, TVs and wearables. But it's also clear it's going to take months, if not years for Bixby's full potential to be realized.…

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