Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 1/14/14


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Nintendo has apologised for failing to launch the Wii U’s TVii service outside of the US.

The platform holder had intended to launch the TVii functionality in Europe during 2013, but failed to do so.

“We would like to apologise that we were unable to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe in 2013 as originally planned,” reads a message from Nintendo.

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Valve has released an experimental VR mode that supports Oculus Rift.

Announced in a new discussion article on the Steam forums, SteamVR lets players run Big Picture in a virtual reality mode.

Early reports suggest the effect makes it look as if Big Picture mode is on a large screen floating in front of the user’s head.

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Vita is a wonderful handheld. However, it hasn’t exactly taken over the sales charts. PlayStation UK managing director Fergal Gara recently explained why he thinks the system has been under-performing. The answer all goes back to smart devices, and how the company was unprepared at how different the market had become by the time the system launched.

CEO Kaz Hirai to admitted Vita was on the “low end” as of this time last year. It subsequently received a price drop and a cost-cutting redesign. Recent efforts from Sony have also bolstered its features, like PS4 Remote Play and PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection.

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Eric Hewitt, aka Gh057ayame of Team Carbon, a professional Halo team, has been hired by 343 Industries. He uploaded a photo of a flight ticket to Seattle on his twitter page, suggesting that he was bound for the Seattle based studio. His biography on Twitter was also updated to confirm he was part of the 343 Industries team.

Hewitt has helped before on previous Halo games, helping create the settings for Halo 4 tournament play and also helped out in last year’s Halo 4 Global Championship in Austin, Texas.

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