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One year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to get

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One year ago today, Facebook released the Oculus Quest, its first headset to deliver a credible standalone VR experience — true head tracking, good motion controllers, and so on. It also marked a split in the Oculus ecosystem: the Quest had its own store, curated with games that had been tailored specifically for the headset’s low-powered mobile hardware.

At the time, that made it somewhat of a limited product. “As an Oculus Rift owner, I’m deeply tempted by the Quest,” Adi Robertson wrote in our review. “I’d love having a self-contained headset with all of the Rift’s core features and none of its wires. I just wish I didn’t have to pick between a design I love and the games I want to play.”

A year into the Quest’s life cycle, that’s no longer a compromise you have to make. Some of its limitations remain, of course, but Facebook has done a remarkable job of expanding the $399 Quest’s capabilities. Upon release, the Oculus lineup was simple to explain: buy a Rift S if you want to play PC VR games, buy a Quest if you want standalone convenience. Now, though, the Quest does almost everything the Rift S does — and more. The only problem is that it’s near-impossible to find one.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The Oculus Quest is still, first and foremost, a standalone VR system that works more or less like a game console. It boots up quickly, and other than pairing it with a smartphone app upon initial setup, everything you do with the headset happens within the VR interface. The original UI was organized in a confusing way, but a recent update has made the Quest much easier to navigate. The Quest is far easier to set up than any other VR system, and it’s a lot more convenient to use than anything involving wires.

As a standalone system, the Quest’s biggest limitation at launch was its store, which carried only a fraction of the titles available for the Oculus Rift on PC. Part of that was and is to do with the Quest’s low power. Its Snapdragon 835 smartphone processor was a couple of generations out of date even when the headset launched, so ambitious Rift titles like Lone Echo would always have been a stretch. The library was further restricted by Oculus adopting a stricter curation policy for the Quest store, which made it more difficult for indie developers to get their games published.

That’s still the case today, but the Quest store is in a much better state than it was a year ago. Major VR titles like Tetris Effect and Arizona Sunshine have since come to the store, while recent hits like Pistol Whip and The Room VR have launched day-and-date on the Quest with cross-buy support for the Rift included. Just as a quick point of reference, 11 out of 13 games in our holiday recommendations are now available in the Quest store, and the two that aren’t are a PlayStation VR demo and an optional Nintendo Labo mode.

As you’d expect, there are major compromises involved in bringing some of the more advanced PC VR titles to the Quest, given that it’s essentially running the same hardware as a Galaxy S8 from 2017. Some games, like Epic’s Robo Recall, look particularly rough. But others make the transition seamlessly. VR games need to be run at high frame rates, so many of the most popular titles use fairly simple graphics even on PC, which means the likes of Beat Saber, Space Pirate Trainer, and Superhot look great on the Quest’s sharp, punchy OLED screens.

The graphical trade-offs are real, but they don’t matter as much as they used to. Late last year, a new feature called Oculus Link let you use the Quest as a PC VR headset over USB 3.0 cables. This month, Oculus expanded the feature to support USB 2.0 cables, too, including the USB-C charging cable that comes with the Quest. If you already had a Quest, you basically got a PC VR headset for free. If you didn’t, your options are now headsets that only work with PCs or one that works with PCs and is also a great standalone platform in its own right.

As a PC headset, the Quest isn’t quite as smooth to use as a Rift. Once you plug the USB-C cable in, you need to confirm that you want to switch to Oculus Link mode from within the Quest headset, which is an extra put-on-take-off step if you were planning on launching your game from the Oculus Windows app. Steam VR can also complicate matters further, though no more so than with other Oculus headsets in my experience.

Generally, Oculus Link works great, at least with the no-brand $9 3-meter USB 3.0 cable I ordered off Amazon to use it with. The video feed is compressed to fit into USB bandwidth, but it’s only very slightly noticeable in dark scenes — of which something like Half-Life: Alyx has more than a few — and it’s generally imperceptible otherwise. As someone who owned an original Rift and Vive, I don’t see it as much of a downgrade considering how much more convenient the setup is.

And if you have the right environment and are willing to tinker a little, you can go even further with a fully wireless solution. Virtual Desktop is a $20 VR app that’s been around forever, letting you access your Windows desktop through various VR headsets. But its Quest support is a game-changer. You need to enable developer mode and install an app called SideQuest first, and it’s also recommended that you have a PC hooked up to Ethernet on a 5GHz wireless network, but all of this lets you launch and play PC VR games from within the Quest — no cables required.

I can’t speak to anyone else’s home internet setups, but for me at least, this has been a revelation. The image quality isn’t noticeably worse than playing PC games over the Oculus Link, and I’ve generally had a smooth connection throughout. It is, however, noticeably less performant when your home network is stressed. I’ve occasionally had to pause Xbox downloads just to get Virtual Desktop to detect my PC in the first place.

Still, I think back to three or four years ago when this generation of VR headsets was starting to appear on the market. I don’t think I would have expected a $400 system with fully tracked motion controllers that could wirelessly play a new Half-Life game by now. Right now, the only solution that fits that bill is the Oculus Quest, even if you ignore its merits as a standalone system.

That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. Compared to the PC-only Rift S, which uses a PSVR-style strap that balances the weight across the head, the Quest is kind of front-heavy. I’d compare it to the original Vive in terms of comfort, which is to say it’s usable but not ideal over long periods. I would hope this is something that could be fixed through a combination of more power-efficient hardware and lighter batteries.

It’s also clear that the Quest wasn’t designed with PC VR features in mind. The awkward angle that the USB-C cable sticks out at and the need to confirm the Link connection inside the headset itself are obvious things that could be fixed in future hardware — though the latter seems like a software update away, and I fixed the former with a $10 L-shaped adapter from Amazon. Still, I think it’s obvious where Oculus could take this idea. What if wireless streaming were a built-in feature of the headset and not an admittedly simple hack?

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

These extra Quest features, though, are enough to make it the obvious buy right now for most people. The Valve Index is a more premium experience, sure, but it’s a lot more expensive, and you’ll need to accommodate its external trackers. The Rift S is a more comfortable option but not necessarily a higher-quality one — its LCD display trades contrast for slightly higher resolution and refresh rate. And, of course, neither of those options works as a perfectly good standalone wireless VR headset.

If you really only care about PC VR and don’t want the Quest’s standalone functionality, the Rift S might be a more sensible buy. My guess, though, is that there aren’t many people who that would apply to. At this point, the Quest works so well by itself that it’s a great system in its own right, and it’s also a credible PC headset into the bargain. I don’t feel like it’s a downgrade from my Vive at all — quite the opposite.

Right now, Oculus has three headsets: the Quest, the Go, and the Rift S. The Go is essentially obsolete and discontinued. The Rift S has its place, but much of what it can do is covered by the Quest. All indications are that Facebook is focusing its attention toward standalone VR, and it seems clear to me that the best way forward would be for Facebook to concentrate on a single headset that streamlines the Quest’s functionality.

Until then, the current Quest is the closest thing that exists to a sleek, almost mainstream VR headset. I can’t remember the last tech product that expanded its functionality so dramatically in its first year on sale. If you’re looking for a VR system right now, and you can actually find one in stock, my guess is that your best bet is the Oculus Quest.

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PUBG Ban : Why are PUBG and COD not banned in India? Can It Be Banned in August 2020?

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PUBG has a different level of popularity among gamers. People can change their eating habits, can indulge in other entertainment activities but PUBG lovers can’t resist them by playing the game or so.

There are many versions of the game. Just after its launch, it got immense popularity around the world, especially in India.

When the Indian Government took action and banned some Chinese Apps due to the intense situation at Indo-China Border, Gamers were anxious that with Tiktok, Govt could ban PUBG too.

Just after this news, everybody started flooding the web with similar questions like Has PUBG banned in India, Can It Be Banned in the Near Future, and so on.

If you are also one of those PUBG lovers, Then this article might be a great help to you. 

Why are PUBG and COD not banned in India?

PUBG Mobile has been developed and is managed by the PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Bluehole, which is located in South Korea. After the initial success of the game, Tencent Games approached PUBG Corporation to distribute the game in China.

Soon after the game was a success in China, Tencent Games brought it to India.

PUBG Mobile: Fate in India

Recently, PUBG Mobile has also come under fire in India and it’s fate now hangs in the balance. The Ministry of IT and technology has just banned 47 more Chinese apps in India. These were banned on the grounds of lapses of data privacy.

Why PUBG is not banned in India yet?

  • PUBG says the data obtained from Indian users is stored on servers located in India. “Our servers are located in India.
  • Its support, engineering, and other teams located in offices around the world have access to the information of its users in some countries, but in the case of Indian players, it is located in India only.

After banning 59 Chinese apps last month, the Indian government has bought the hammer down on 47 more Chinese apps with 275 more in tow. 

The list of 275 apps includes PUBG Mobile too.

 

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Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020

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Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020

Clash of Lords 2 is one of the best strategy games around the world and maintains its position in the top 10. The idea behind all the strategy and clash games is the same. In short, it is, Join a troop, Build an army, and clash with enemies. Clash of Lords 2 is a top-rated game that brings fun and innovative twists on the genre. But before entering into any game you must know about is best characters and here is the list of Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020.

Clash of Lords 2 is a fun-filled strategy game wherein you can recruit over 50 heroes and their armors, make and defend a base, and fight beside your friends in over 10 PvE and PvP modes. Are you excited to hop into the pit and punch someone? The heroes fight in a free-for-all frenzy against a force of frightening beasts! Take the Control of the action and become the greatest ruler in the game. To survive you’ll need wit, will, strength. Gather all this and clash!

Why heroes are important?

Heroes are the core of anyone’s army in the game. They gather mercenaries that own similar qualities and attributes to the respective heroes on attacking another player but do not summon them while defending your base. Only when the Hero dies, it is required to heal him but mercenaries are immediately resummoned during the next battle whether or not they die.

Heroes are divided into 4 categories. Starting from normal to epic the qualities per hero increase.  Different heroes will be stronger in different situations. It’s up to you to take advantage of resources in-game and out to build the team that will best suit your goals and style.

Normal Heroes

  • Have green borders
  • Obtained through most game modes they are the weakest and least worthy of the investment of rings, souls, or eggs.
  • Includes Shock Trooper, Dead Eye, and Snifferoos.

Good Heroes

  • Good heroes have blue borders.
  • Obtained through most game modes and are generally unworthy of investment of rings or souls
  • Include Mechanoid, Ogre Chief, Crackshot, Bad Bone, Shadowsword, and Battle Beetle.

Rare Heroes

  • Rare heroes have purple borders
  • Obtained through most game modes and have occasional uses into the mid and late game.
  • Include Hercules, Shinning Wizard, Dragon Rider, Exokid, Pyro Pete, Arcane Warlock, Armored Villian, Head Hunter, and Robin Hood.

Epic heroes

  • They have Gold borders.
  • obtained through 3 or 10x hero hires special events and rewards from IGG.
  • Epic heroes are the strongest and where you should focus almost all of your resources, like gems rings and souls.
  • Includes Dark rider, Great sage, Blockhead, Pounder, etc.

Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020

Irrespective of in which category the hero falls, here is the list of top 10 best heroes.

1) Pan Goli

It is considered to be one of the main heroes because of its Best Skill, Aid Skill, and best defensive/offensive hero. It has Great Divine Skill as well.

2) Pounder

Pounder is another important her in Clash of lords 2. Its main features are Best Tank. Its Divine BloodCap is very OverPowered.


3) Renee Ven

Renee Ven! You must have heard this name. It’s Revival Skill and Divine Skill are very Helpful and gives a HUGE edge. Her Aid Skill is exceptional for SharpShooters. She is a proven Clash of Lords 2 best heroes.

4) Arctic Lord

Arctic Lord has Best Fortitude Skill. Along with this, he has High HP and its Aid skills are just mind-blowing.

5) Dark Rider

The reason why Dark rider is one of the best heroes to pick is that it has good HP and Damage reduction is great. It’s Fortitude Skill Dramatically enhances the TH allowing your base to become MUCH harder to 3 stars.


6) Sapphire

It is one of the Clashes of Lords 2 best heroes. Its Divine Skill is great for raiding. Sapphire can fly over Negates Walls, Mortars, and Ground Heroes. It has Tank level HP.

7) Chiron

Are you searching for something specific for the arena? GO for Chiron then. However, he can not Evolve as he does have the 2nd best Aid Skill.

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Final words

Well, friends, this is all about Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020. I hope you have enjoyed reading the article.

Share your thoughts. Do mention in comments which hero you chose and what benefit you get from it.

Thanks for reading.

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Roblox August 2020: FAQs, predictions, Requirements, Robux and more

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Roblox August 2020: FAQs, predictions, Requirements, Robux and more

Roblox is a great platform to play games as well as to develop games and earn money. With over millions of games and billions of players, Roblox stands out to be one of the most popular games ever. Every month new releases are added to the game and most often searched are promo codes. Today I am going to share all you need to know about Roblox August 2020.

Starting from requirements, predictions, event list, robux, promo codes, find everything in the article below and ease out your gameplay.

Roblox promo codes August 2020

Promo codes are the alphanumeric codes that can be used to get valuable items in the game. And then You can use these items to make your character look more different and adhere to the crowd. Here is the list:

CodeRedeems
SettingTheStageBuild It Backpack
StrikeAPoseHustle Hat
VictoryLapCardio Cans
GetMovingSpeedy Shades
SPIDERCOLASpider Cola
TWEETROBLOXThe Bird Says

Basic game Requirements

  1. A system: it can be a PC or Mac computer
  2. Good Internet Connection: Speed should be enough that game does not stuck in between.
  3. A Roblox account: Roblox Studio is free to use and does not require a license.

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Roblox FAQs

How does the Roblox Chat system work?

Roblox’s state-of-the-art filtering system is actively monitored and dynamically adjusted to create a safe chat experience everywhere on the site and in-game.

For players age 12 or less, special restrictions are disposed of on their chat to keep them more secure.

The parents can so control the chat activity of kids and do various settings to ensure the privacy and security of kids. This setting can be adjusted from within the Privacy Tab of the Account Settings page.

How to keep your child’s account more secure?

  • Use a unique password that has a combination of numbers, letters, and special characters. Never share your password with anyone, even if it’s a friend you know in real life.
  • Keep your account and personal information (including your name, email, address, phone number, or real-life photos, etc.) to yourself.
  • Enable ​2-Step Verification​ to prevent strangers from accessing your Roblox account.

How to make Roblox account more secure?

By enabling PIN settings.

How much does Roblox cost?

Roblox is completely free to download and join. However, you can take premium membership/ Builders membership to access more features.

Is Roblox Educational?

YES! Kids can play and act as a builder and designer in the game. Also, the players are involved in building complex structures and solving difficult problems. So, somehow the game is educational.

How to get free Robux?

There is no direct way to get free robux you have to purchase them.

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Final words

Well, folks, this article contains a lot about game Roblox, Roblox August 2020. I hope you would find the article beneficial.

If you access the Roblox platform, mention in comments do you feel is Roblox really education and in what ways? We would like to hear from you.

We appreciate your feedback!

Thank you!

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