PlayStation is touring the UK to promote PSVR in the run-up to Christmas •

Sony has announced that it’ll be taking PlayStation VR on the road, visiting nine UK cities in the run-up to Christmas.

PlayStation’s Live The Game tour, to give it the event its full, official name, begins on October 25th, and runs right through until December 19th. It will be making stops at shopping centres in Cardiff, Reading, Newcastle, Birmingham, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Nottingham.

PlayStation VR is positioned as the star of the show, and visitors will have the chance to test out the likes of Real Driving Simulator, GT Sport, Superhot VR, and Moss. Outside of VR, FIFA 18 will be on-hand to entertain the masses, as will Knowledge is Power – the new PlayStation 4 quiz game that can be played using your phone. Sadly, things are a little less thrilling for those in the Cardiff area – only GT Sport will be available to play here.


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Should you wish to give PSVR a whirl, or simply get out of the house, the complete tour schedule is available in unexpurgated detail on Sony’s Try PSVR website. Alternatively, it’s available in somewhat truncated form below:

  • October 25th-29th: St David’s, Cardiff
  • October 30th-November 5th: The Oracle, Reading
  • November 1st-7th: Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle
  • November 9th-19th: Grand Central, Birmingham
  • November 13th-19th: Westquay, Southampton
  • November 21st-27th: Intu Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes
  • November 23rd-December 3rd: Westfield Stratford City, London
  • December 11th-17th: Intu Braehead, Glasgow
  • December 13th-19th: Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham

This flurry of activity is tied to the new PSVR Starter Pack bundle, which launches on October 24th. It includes a PSVR, the PlayStation Camera, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds for 349.99 – and if you get one by October 31st, GT Sport should be tossed in for free.

Russians ‘used Pokemon Go to sow division’ in run-up to US presidential election

A Russian-linked account reportedly used the popular video game Pokemon Go to draw attention to alleged police brutality in the United States.

A report by CNN adds another detail to the emerging portrait of Russian efforts to shape public opinion and foment discord in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

After American intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had launched a wide-ranging campaign to “undermine public faith in the US democratic process”, Facebook revealed that Russian entities had purchased thousands of advertisements intended to widen divisions around contentious issues like race and gun rights.

Among the topics reportedly addressed was the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to draw attention to African-Americans dying at the hands of police officers. According to CNN, one of the artificial accounts Facebook has taken down was entitled “Don’t Shoot Us” and was used to disseminate information about incidents of police brutality.

The effort reportedly enlisted Pokemon Go, a game in which players use their smartphones to “catch” digital creatures superimposed on the real world. CNN found that Don’t Shoot Us encouraged users to play near sites of reported police violence and to name their Pokemon “with a US police brutality victim’s name”.

Niantic, the company behind Pokemon Go, said in a statement that “our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission“ and that ”our platform was in no way being used“ because players can’t use the app to share information with other players. 

Facebook did not respond to a request to confirm that Don’t Shoot Us was among the suspended accounts.

Congressional investigators are keenly focused on the role social media platforms may have played in helping to disseminate Russian-generated content. Representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter have been invited to testify on the matter in an upcoming open hearing.

In an interview on Thursday with Axios, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said Congress should publicly release the Russian-linked ads the social media giant has turned over.

“Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened, especially troubling foreign interference in a democratic election,” Ms Sandberg said.

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