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VR: the new gaming battleground

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 01:42

Sony has made its play into the world of virtual reality at E3's video gaming conference and two new Xbox consoles are unveiled. Ivor Bennett reports

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There's only so much you can do to make a white box look exciting. But then again, perhaps Microsoft doesn't need to try. Whether it's the sleek new design or the slick CGI Its new XBox One Slim is the talk of the town at this year's E3 gaming conference. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MANAGER, MICROSOFT STUDIOS, SHANNON LOFTIS, SAYING: "It's tiny, it's powerful, it renders 4k over high definition video, HDR games and it's 299 U.S., which is super exciting." More exciting still perhaps is Microsoft's Project Scorpio. A console that can power virtual reality. Expected by Christmas next year, the price hasn't yet been disclosed. but the chatter amongst analysts is of four figures. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GENERAL MANAGER, MICROSOFT STUDIOS, SHANNON LOFTIS, SAYING: "Right now, VR (virtual reality) is a little bit fragmented and what we've heard consistently when we're speaking with developers about their goals and dreams with VR is they just want power. They want power to explore what they think it's capable of." Gears of War 4 was among the new games Microsoft unveiled A fitting title perhaps given the fight that is about to come. On the same night, at the same event, Sony unveiled its own VR headset and at 400 dollars it may have the price advantage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHAWN LAYDEN, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE NEW PLAYSTATION VR, SAYING: "The time has finally come for everyone to enjoy virtual reality in their own home." And here's what you could be watching Spiderman among the new games Sony hopes will make its VR headset stick.

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VR: the new gaming battleground

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 01:42