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At Sony's E3 2016 press conference, the PS4-maker spilled the beans on when the PlayStation VR virtual reality headset will be out in retail stores for you to buy. We already knew it'd be October this year, but now we know which day.

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Turtle Beach's Hypersound Glass speakers use a sheet of transparent glass to drive sound in a highly focused beam directly in front of them while being inaudible outside the beam's range. Welcome to never knowing why you're hearing ads all the time — our Blade Runner hell future has arrived.

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I sit down in the dilapidated wooden chair, and put on the headset. It's the 12th time this week. I've gotten really used to Sony's Project Morpheus, and I love the way it feels. I pretty much just press a button to pull the display closer to my face, and boom — I'm in another world. I just wish there were more worlds I'd actually like to explore.

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It's a conversation anybody who grew up in the '90s has had at least a dozen times: "Remember when MTV actually played music videos?" Yes, yes — we all do. Those times are over. Well, those times were over: Activision is about to change everything. It's launching Guitar Hero TV: a "channel" where you can not only watch music videos, but play along with them too.

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You only need to glance at the announcements from last week's E3 gaming mega-conference to realise that game studios are constantly engaged the pursuit of absolute realism in their titles. But to this day with all the next-gen consoles on Earth, not a single game beats real-life. That's why physical games like IRL Shooter, Zero Latency and the now failed Z Day are taking off. A new real-world game centred around testing a player's psychology has landed. It's called Escape Room, and it's designed to drive you mad.

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E3 2014 had some huge moments for any avid gamer. There was a pervasive 'sequel' theme in the biggest announcements — existing franchises getting a reboot, or a next-gen upgrade, or some new story — but some experimental titles also caught our attention. The next year in gaming looks to be pretty action-packed.

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Last night, Sony simulcast its E3 press conference to dozens of movie theatres across the United States, including the Regal Trussville Stadium 16, a Big Lots-facing megaplex just off of County Highway 10. That's where I watched it, along with a few dozen PlayStation faithful. Disclaimer: I am not a gamer.

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Even while you can only see a few glimpses of the in-game engine of Star Wars Battlefront, the new game by Swedish studio DICE seems impossibly good. They say they are making the game that, as Star Wars fans, they always wanted to play. I think they may succeed.

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Microsoft has been making some big promises regarding the Xbox One's potential for cloud computing and today, at E3, we were shown a demo showing its potential to dramatically increase the amount of calculations the console can make per second. The idea, of course, is that this will be applicable to video games.

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E3 is over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. An internal, seemingly official Microsoft PR document about the Xbox One just leaked out, but it's not full of horrible secrets, or general shadiness. Nope, it's actually full of good news that Microsoft just didn't bother to stress.