Saturday, 18 November 2017

'Minecraft' Aquatic Update Announced at MineCon Earth - Will Add Dolphins, Fish, Coral, Tridents, and Much, Much More

Great news, Minecraft [$6.99] players! We're finally getting oceans worth exploring. During the MineCon Earth stream, which just concluded, the developers announced that the next update (for both the bedrock and Java versions) will be called Update Aquatic, and it will finally bring life to Minecraft's pretty empty oceans. This update will add corals, kelp, ocean sub-biomes—with both cold and warm oceans—shipwrecks, a ton of fish, dolphins, and bubble columns, which will change the buoyancy of anything floating above it. You'll have the ability to use a bucket and grab water with fish, and that fish will be persistent; in other words, get ready to build the craziest aquariums.

We are also getting a new weapon, the Trident. You can throw the Trident at targets, but it won't come back unless it has the loyalty enchantment. To make the oceans work better in-game, the team will rework water physics to make it more natural, so expect items to float from now on (and sorry, no pocket of air underwater trick anymore). This news got me very excited because oceans are usually the largest biomes in maps, and they're not really worth exploring. And building underwater can also be a pain. Expect the update to come in the next year. Head over here and go to 2:26 to see the update in action.

The vote for the new mob also took place during MineCon Earth, and the winner was the Monster of the Night Skies (no actual name yet). This manta-ray-like monster spawns at high altitudes and is attracted to insomnia; if you haven't slept for a few days, it will swoop down along with friends and bite your flesh. This is the first flying monster in the overworld, and I'm super excited about it. Expect it to come in the Update Aquatic. Finally, you can all get free MineCon Marketplace stuff like a Minecon Earth Skinpack, a MineCon Earth map, the purple party parrot palace build, and much more. Check them all out in the Marketplace in-game. So, excited about all these additions? As pretty much a veteran of Minecraft by now, I have waited for ocean content forever. Can't wait until the Update Aquatic hits next year.

from TouchArcade

The Skyrim VR Launch Guide: Controls, Settings, and More

We have been so thrilled to see the excitement and reception from the community around the launch of Skyrim on PlayStation VR.

From the first time we tried virtual reality, we immediately dreamt about how our worlds would feel on this amazing technology. We couldn’t wait for you to experience The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — in its entirety — in VR. Once you step inside the world of Skyrim and take in the breathtaking scale and scope of the world and creatures, you’ll see why we’re so excited.

In VR, you’re finally there. The scale feels real. The approach wasn’t a nerfed-down experience, but the whole game. From battling ancient dragons to exploring the towering rugged mountains, to crafting weapons and armor, even building homes and interacting with the many memorable characters you encounter in the world, it’s all in VR. And while Skyrim is a game so many of us know, it feels new again.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

Finding the perfect balance between player comfort and immersion was one of our biggest goals for Skyrim VR. To accomplish that, we’ve given you a suite of options and settings that can be adjusted to whatever you prefer including different movement methods like direct movement, optional FOV filters, and more. Simply go into the game’s main menu and go to settings, then VR, to adjust as you like.

Ways to Play

We wanted to provide a few tips for those jumping into Skyrim VR on how you can make it customizable to your play style and comfort.

  • Skyrim VR can be played with either the PlayStation Move controllers or with the DualShock 4.
  • The game includes both teleportation and direct movement options and various settings to cater to your comfort level. The game will default to Teleportation movement but simply go into main menu > gameplay settings > VR > movement and switch to your preferred option.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

There are other settings as well in the VR menu that can be adjusted to whatever you prefer, including comfort options, dominant hand selection, and more.

  • Move Controllers: Free movement happens when pressing the Move button (the large button on the Left Motion Controller) and pointing in a direction. Turning is the right Motion Controller X or O buttons.
  • DualShock 4: The DualShock will work just like it does in the original PS4 version with one exception — camera movement isn’t allowed with the right stick, instead it’s done via the VR headset and the right stick controls turning.

Your First Steps Through Skyrim

Watch our new PlayStation VR demonstration video above featuring Skyrim VR Lead Producer Andrew Scharf and Bethesda Assistant Director Matt Grandstaff showcasing how to prepare for the award-winning game’s move to PlayStation VR.

We’ve also reimagined a number of gameplay systems for VR. Of course, there’s our updates to combat. Melee and ranged combat like firing a bow and arrow, using sword and shield to bash your enemies, feel even more real thanks to motion controls.

With the Move controllers, you can now attack multiple targets simultaneously using spells. Each hand has 360 degree full range of motion, and can operate independently of the other hand – a first for Skyrim. The skills and map menus are also now a 360 degree experience. You can be in the center of the heavens with these constellations orbiting around you as you level up or get a true bird’s eye view of the Skyrim map and fast travel to your favorite locations.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

Huge thanks to all our developers, external partners, the great people at PlayStation, and you for the support and praise.

We’re incredibly excited that Skyrim VR will be one of the first open-world games for virtual reality. It’s the first time that anything like this has been done and we can’t wait to hear about your new adventures in Skyrim VR.

Now get out there and play with the PlayStation VR Skyrim VR bundle!

from PlayStation.Blog