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Monday, January 11, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: January 11

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly news feature, Catch-up coffee Monday. Each Monday we will bring you the best news from the previous week that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us!

All the Oculus Rift news

Preorders for the Oculus Rift began this week, putting the pricepoint of the VR headset at $600 US. The base preorder package contains the headset, all required cables, an Xbox One controller, the Oculus remote, a sensor, and copies of two games (Eve: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale). Of course, using the Rift requires a pretty sturdy PC to back it up. Companies such as Alienware and Asus are creating Oculus-Ready computers designed to work with the system right out of the box. To run the Oculus Rift, PCs require a NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 graphics card (equivalent or greater), an Intel i5-4590 (equivalent or greater), 8+ GB of RAM, HDMI 1.3 video output, 3x USB 3.0 ports and 1x USB 2.0 port, and Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer. Initial preorders for the Oculus Rift are expected to ship in March, with current orders estimated to be shipping in May.

A new trailer dropped for Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India

India is the second entry in the trilogy, following last year’s China. It’s protagonist is Arbaaz Mir, an Assassin during a time when the relationship between the Sikh Empire and the East Asia Company is increasingly tense. Mir’s love has been kidnapped by his enemies, and he must get her back. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sad that India doesn’t follow China in using a female lead character, but we’ll see how this game stacks up is when it is released on January 12.

And they say Konami is dead…

If that were true, how would it be announcing releases for the upcoming year? 2016 looks like it is going to be a big one for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. First up will be Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, a mobile game for iOS and Android. That will be followed by a new 3DS game approximately mid-year. If multiplayer is what you’re after, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! title focusing on online play will be released for PC and consoles later in the year. There will also be updates to Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation toward the end of the year.

Klaus coming to PS4 next week

Klaus is launching on PlayStation 4 January 19, and to celebrate La Cosa Entertainment has created a live-action trailer to show off the 2D puzzle platformer. Klaus boasts a control setup unique to the DualShock 4 controller, and I have become quite enamoured with the graphics (I love the Big Brother-esque signs). Despite that, what truly excites me are the game’s “glitch world” stages that throw all rules out the window. Everyone is assuming Klaus is the man’s name - but I’m not convinced. The truth will be revealed soon enough!

Does any of this news tickle your fancy or make you steaming mad? Let us know in the comments! And meet us again next week for a new edition of Catch-up coffee Monday.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor
Catch-up coffee Monday: January 11
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