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Samsung’s Gear VR, a virtual reality device which uses software made by Oculus, will release next month, Oculus VR has announced on its website.

The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone is available for pre-registration from Samsung, and is slated for delivery in the United States early next month. It will come in two versions: for $ 249, you’ll get the headset bundled with a Bluetooth gamepad, and for $ 199, you’ll get only the headset.

“The Innovator Edition, much like the Oculus Rift Development Kit, provides developers and enthusiasts everything they need to build and experiment with the platform before the hardware and software are ready for consumers,” Oculus said. “There are numerous made-for-VR apps that will ship for Gear VR over the next few months.”

Gear VR stands out for its use of the Galaxy Note 4. The enlarged smartphone slots into the headset’s micro-USB dock and acts as the screen.

Paired with the headset’s adjustable lenses, the Galaxy Note 4’s accelerometer and gyrometer are used to track head movement, thus creating a virtual reality impression.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Online matchmaking issues have plagued the launch of the Halo Master Chief Collection, and readers have written GameSpot all morning venting their various frustrations with the game. But 343 Industries executive producer Dan Ayoub just posted an letter to the developer’s website what they’re doing about it.

Ayoub writes, “Over the past 48 hours, we believe we have identified the primary matchmaking issue, and are working on a solution right now. In the meantime, we’ll be rolling out additional tweaks over the next days to further improve the experience while we ready this solution. We are monitoring the data and working on tweaks that should continue to improve your matchmaking experience while we prep. In addition, we’ll be releasing a game Content Update tomorrow that will address non-matchmaking related issues.”

For today, Ayoub notes that they will “trim the hopper list to allow us to drive population to those that are functioning the best. … We will bring the other hoppers back online as things improve, but our primary focus right now is getting you into matches.”

From a separate post, the following playlists will be temporarily removed:

  • Team Hardcore
  • Rumble Pit
  • Halo 4
  • SWAT (rotational)

The “updated” playlist will include:

  • Team Halo 2: Anniversary
  • Halo Championship Series
  • Team Slayer
  • Big Team Battle
  • Halo 2 Classic
  • Halo 3

While there are no complete solutions available right now, Ayoub writes that most matches should successfully pair you up by four minutes. “We’re seeing successful match times from anywhere from 15 seconds to 4 minutes. 4 minutes is a long time to wait for a match, but don’t quit out too quickly as it will come. If you haven’t found a match within about 4 minutes, please exit the search and restart, as this will reset the parameters and increase the likelihood of entering a match.”

Ayoub closes out his letter by personally apologizing for the “current situation” and adding, “…we won’t rest until it’s what it should be. People are reporting improvements across the board, which is great, but we’re not backing down until we finish this fight.”

If you’re experiencing issues with the game, unfortunately there’s isn’t much to do besides sit tight and know that updates and patches will be continuously pouring in.

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Valkyria Chronicles, an early PlayStation 3-exclusive tactical role-playing game, is coming to PC on November 11, publisher Sega has announced.

In addition to the original game, the PC version is also bundled with all of its DLC. It includes the Hard EX Mode, which offers harder versions of skirmish and main game missions, Challenge of the Edy Detachment, which offers six challenge missions, and two side story campaigns: Edy’s Mission “Enter the Edy Detachment,” and Selvaria’s Mission “Behind Her Blue Flame.”

Valkyria Chronicles, in case you haven’t played it, is set in a world loosely inspired by 1930s Europe, and puts you in command of the Federation’s 7th Platoon, a small force trying to repel an invasion as part of a larger war.

Back in 2008, when Valkyria Chronicles was first released, GameSpot gave the game an 8.5/10 for its exceptionally beautiful visual design and unique combination of turn-based strategy and third-person movement. You can read GameSpot’s full review here.

Valkyria Chronicles will cost $ 18, and will release via digital retailers like Steam.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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