CloudGate Studio is finally satisfied with its dinosaur hunting game, Island 359. The title graduated today from Steam’s Early Access program, and the scope of the game is bigger than ever. Now you have to eat the dinos you hunt if you want to survive. Nearly two years ago, Steve Bowler and Jeremy Chapman, the co-creators of the Brookhaven Experiment, left their steady jobs at Phosphor Games to pursue their passion for VR games. Bowler and Chapman launched CloudGate Studio in March 2016 and started work on Island 359. CloudGate Studio initially launched Island 359 on Steam’s Early Access platform in August 2016. At the time, the game was relatively basic, but it struck all the right chords. Since its inception, Island 359 has always been about getting in, killing as many dinosaurs as possible, and getting out to reap the rewards. You don’t get paid unless you make it back to the camp. Your employer would also supply you with guns, ammo, and med packs to help you … [Read more...] about Eat Dinos in VR? ‘Island 359’ Leaves Early Access, Gains Survival Mode
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OnePlus has a pretty sophisticated beta program that allows its customers to try out new versions of OxygenOS before they are released to the public. The Chinese company has different “rings” that OnePlus 3 and 3T owners can join, depending on how fast they want these builds to arrive on their phones.However, the faster they come, the rougher around the edges they are. Starting today, OnePlus announced that it would handle the beta program slightly different. The company will use three channels of builds that are supposed to run concurrently: Closed Beta, Open Beta, and the MP (official) builds.Besides the three channels mentioned, OnePlus will add one more, which will be opened to OnePlus 3 and 3T users in the United States, Europe, and India. It will be called MP Early Access Program, and it will allow the handset maker to select a group of users to receive a new build that is being tested as a release candidate to OTA to all users, a bit early.The reason behind OnePlus' … [Read more...] about OnePlus debuts MP Early Access Program for OxygenOS, here is how it works
It feels like mobile payment services are a dime a dozen these days, even though the indisputable leaders in the field are Android Pay and Apple Pay. This, however, hasn't stopped competitors like Samsung from trying to position their own apps at the top, and the company has once again expanded its Samsung Pay service into new territory: India. Unfortunately for most people, the current rollout is only for people who have previously signed up for the service's early access program, which launched last week. While it isn't yet known when Samsung Pay will launch for all users in India, it still supports a large amount of banks: Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, and Standard Chartered, with Citibank coming in the near future. Paytm accounts are also supported right out of the box, which is a welcome convenience. The payment service, which is currently available in a number of countries, allows for easy mobile payments at almost any POS terminal, including older, magnetic stripe-based … [Read more...] about Samsung Pay is now available in India in early access
Samsung is still trying to bring the full Bixby experience to users outside its home turf, but things don't seem to be working well for the South Korean company. Reports coming from the international media claim Bixby is having trouble comprehending English syntax and grammar.Because of that, Samsung won't be able to launch English-language Bixby in the United States until late June, the same reports say. Until then, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. are given the option to try out Bixby before the digital assistant gets released in the country.Samsung has just kicked off an early access program for Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in the U.S., which allows them to access new voice features coming to Bixby. According to Samsung, the participation is limited, so not everyone will be select for the early access program.Also, even though Bixby's voice command recognizes English (U.S.) and Korean, the digital assistant will understand all accents, dialects, and expressions, Samsung claims.Those … [Read more...] about Samsung debuts Bixby early access program in the U.S.
During its developer conference in Mountain View this past spring, Google announced a program to allow developers an easier path to test their apps in beta without having to go through the expense of harnessing resources in-house.Called Early Access, Google launched the program for select developers a little over a month ago. Google hand-picked developers during the initial rollout of Early Access.Since this “trial” began, open beta apps have seen over a million times. Beginning today, Early Access is opening up to more developers, who can now simply nominate their apps or games to be included in the program.Early Access is a double-edged benefit. It is great for users because allows enthusiasts to take part in seeing early builds of interesting apps and allows them to provide feedback, all without complicated selection processes, or side-loading applications. It is great for developers, especially smaller studios or startups, because it allows them to offer beta builds of … [Read more...] about Google opens up its “Early Access” beta program to more developers – more open beta titles on the way