Facebook Completes Oculus Acquisition

The $2 billion deal that rocketed virtual reality into the mainstream conversation closed today. Facebook now officially owns Oculus VR.
Facebook and Oculus issued a joint statement today following the completion of the deal. “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate,” the companies said in a prepared statement.
Since the deal was announced right after the annual Game Developers Conference in March, Oculus has been on a hiring spree. The company has brought on a number of notable individuals, including former THQ president Jason Rubin to handle first-party content development, former Steam boss Jason Holtman to lead business development, and a number of the foremost names in VR development.
The road since the merger was announced has not been entirely smooth. Oculus is now on thereceiving end of a lawsuit from John Carmack’s former employer, Zenimax (owner of id Software), over allegedly misappropriated technology.
Oculus will be holding its first virtual reality summit in September. The company also recently acquired RakNet, a now open source, cross-platform networking engine.

PS4 Firmware Update News “Very Soon,” August 2014 PlayStation Plus Free Games Reveal Next Week

Last week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One’s August update would enable 3D Blu-ray functionality, meaning that it would get the feature before the PlayStation 4 did.
Although Sony hasn’t hinted at what the next PS4 firmware update will do, PlayStation Blog Europe Manager Fred Dutton replied to someone who asked if we’ll hear anything about PS4 firmware updates soon:
"Yes, more news on PS4 firmware updates very soon. Stay tuned."

Elsewhere, Dutton was asked if we might learn of the August 2014 PlayStation Plus free games this week. He said, “No, not this week – it will be the week after. It’s looking like an eclectic list this month – should be something for everyone.”
As well, and this is likely only in Europe, Dutton confirmed that “there will indeed be a summer sale. It should begin next week, with a series of updates over the next month or so. I haven’t seen a full content list yet, so please don’t ask for any clues! Hopefully there should be something for everyone in there.”
Once we hear about the next PS4 firmware update and the August 2014 PS+ free games (announcement should happen on Thursday, July 31), we’ll let you know all the details.

[Rumor] Rear shell for 4.7" 'iPhone 6' shown with inlaid Apple logo in new photos

The part appears to be at a later stage of manufacturing than those shown in previous leaks, with a smoother appearance. Utility comparison site uSwitch was first to publish the images.

The reason behind Apple's supposed move to an inlaid logo is not immediately clear, though some have speculated that it could be designed to allow the logo to light up — similar to the company's MacBook line — to notify users when a call or message comes in. The more likely explanation, however, is that the opening would be used for signals from one of the device's many antennae.

Another possible explanation is the widely-rumored inclusion of NFC in the so-called "iPhone 6," possibly coinciding with the introduction of an iTunes-backed mobile payment system. Placing an NFC antenna behind the Apple logo could be convenient for tap-and-go purchases.

Apple is widely expected to offer the iPhone 6 in two versions — one with a 4.7-inch display and a larger, 5.5-inch "phablet" variant. Other features rumored to be in the offing are a new, 128-gigabyte capacity version, optical image stabilization, and a faster "A8" CPU.

Street Fighter’s Ryu Turns 50 Today

You may not realize it, but on this day in 1964, Street Fighter hero Ryu was born. The fireball flinging World Warrior was first introduced in 1987’s first Street Fighter title.
Since then, Ryu has appeared in nearly 20 games (not including updates like Street Fighter II Turbo Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3). His move set hasn’t changed much in those years, building on fireballs, hurricane kicks, and dragon punches.
We were curious and dug up the Street Fighter II manual from the Super Nintendo version to find out how old the other World Warriors are. You’d be surprised how spry this group is given its age.

Edmund "E." Honda, the master of the Hundred Hand Slap is 53 years old. We’re impressed he can still torpedo himself across the stage.

Blanka, the green bestial fighter, is 48. He hasn’t lost his spark.

Guile hasn’t retired from active duty. At 53, he’s still flash kicking.
Ryu has waged a rivalry with Ken Masters for as long as we’ve known the pair. Perhaps he is just jealous of the slightly younger fighter. Ken is 49.

Chun Li is the baby of the group. Her quest to take down M. Bison is still young, as is she. She turned 46 this March.

Zangief is the old grizzly of the competition. He hasn’t started going gray (not even in his copious chest jungle), which is a bit surprising for someone of 58 years.

Finally, Dhalsim keeps his aging body limber with regular exercise and frequent yoga. He keeps the flame lit, despite being 61 years old.

The Last of Us Will Not Support Further Single-Player DLC

Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer previously mentioned that there will be more DLC coming for The Last of Us after The Last of Us Remastered has been released for the PS4 at the end of this month. However, Meyer has since confirmed that there is “definitely not” more campaign chapters planned. Instead, there will be more multiplayer drops.

Meyer confirmed this with Digital Spy, saying:

“We just wanted to say when we released the Remastered version, we know there’s a lot of DLC out there, and that we weren’t going to stop supporting both the PS3 and PS4 versions. We do have some DLC planned, it’ll be multiplayer focused. We’re not ready to talk about the details yet, but throughout the rest of the year we’ll have some DLC drops.”

The DLC will support cross-buy between the PS3 and the PS4.

The Last of Us Remastered will be available exclusively on the PS4 on 29th July.

Dwayne Johnson Teases Shazam Role

Dwayne Johnson has made no secret of the fact that he wants to star in a superhero movie, and based on an illuminating new interview, it sounds like we might now know what that movie will be.

Speaking to TotalFilm, Johnson said that he and DC Comics have been discussing projects for a while, and that it’s difficult to find the right character for him to play because of his personality and appearance, but now it seems they may have finally settled on something.

“There’s a character out there that we’re going to announce soon” he revealed. “He has the power of Superman. And it’s not the Green Lantern by the way. Believe me – Jon Stewart – he is a character who I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we’ve gone in a slightly different direction. But this character has the power of Superman. He can throw down.”

Then, with a big grin on his fact, Johnson adds “Just say the word. That’s all I’m going to say.”

What word could that be? Well the fact that Billy Batson simply has to say ‘Shazam’ to be turned into Captain Marvel – a DC character with powers not unlike Superman – suggests that it’s pretty much a done deal.

So unless our detection skills are poor, or the actor is playing games to throw us all off the superhero scent, expect Dwayne Johnson to announce that he is starring in a Shazam movie very soon, perhaps as early as Comic-Con later this week.

Ratchet & Clank Collection brings lombax memories to Vita this week

Sony quietly announced the Ratchet & Clank Collection is coming to Vita tomorrow, July 22, as a PSN downloadable. The publisher unveiled Insomniac's compilation for European and Australian Vitas in May before finally ending the radio silence over North America.

Over on PSN Europe the Ratchet & Clank Collection is cross-buy, meaning if you buy either the new Vita version or the original PS3 compilation, you'll get the other for free. There's no word yet if the same deal is coming to North America, though. As for a physical release, the PlayStation Blog only denotes the game as "digital."

Ratchet and Clank Collection bundles together the first three PS2 games starring Insomniac's lombax and robot duo - that's Ratchet & ClankGoing Commando and Up Your Arsenal. While the PS3 re-release was handled by Idol Minds, the Vita port arrives courtesy of Mass Media, the team behind the Jak and Daxter Collection on PS3 and Vita.

The Last of Us: Remastered looks likely to have a 50GB install on PS4

Copies of The Last of Us: Remastered have escaped into the wild early, revealing a fairly sizeable install size.

Gamepur reports you'll need 50GB of free space on your PS4 hard drive for Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic epic, at least according to the back of the box.

In case you missed it last week, we heard sales of The Last of Us have passed the 7 million mark and new DLC will be released later this year.

Sony is refunding anyone who pre-ordered The Last of Us: Remastered digitally $10 following a price drop. The game originally launched on PlayStation 3 in June of 2013 -- almost exactly a year ago, right now -- and it was a masterpiece.