TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST – AUGUST 28

In this week’s TPoI, Microsoft releases details for their Mixed Reality headsets, Blizzard takes a harsher stance on negative behavior in Overwatch, and Amazon lets Twitch viewers enjoy streams and buy products with Amazon Associates.

Microsoft Unveils New Details for Their Mixed Reality Headsets

During IFA in Berlin this week, Microsoft released a showcase of their Mixed Reality headsets from electronics manufacturers Acer, Asus, Dell and Lenovo. The Verge reports that many of these headsets will be available in early October and starting at $349 to compete with existing VR platforms like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. While these competing platforms require additional sensors to provide spatial data, Engadget reports that Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets will have sensors built into them to gauge its position. The price of each headset ranges per model, with Ars Technica reporting that the Asus  headsets will be significantly more expensive at almost $535.

Blizzard Takes A Firm Stance Against Toxic Behavior

Earlier this week, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan stated that the the team will be re-evaluating the game’s punishment system and changing in-game chat blocks into permanent bans for repeat offenders. Gamasutra reports that the developer is looking to permanently ban players that have been repeatedly punished for negative behavior or offensive speech. Ubergizmo states that this isn’t the first time that Blizzard has had to crack down on bad behavior in the game, with the company banning hackers and toxic players on multiple occasions. Eurogamer reports that Blizzard plans to specifically punish skill rating manipulation in Overwatch’s upcoming season 6.

Amazon Launches New Amazon Associates Program For Twitch

Twitch announced on Thursday morning that a suite of tools called Twitch Extensions will be made available to streamers so that they can customize their pages with interactive features like polls, leaderboards, and a gear list section that links directly to Amazon. This extension, which TechCrunch reports will be available to Twitch Partners and Affiliates, will allow streamers to earn commission through the Amazon Associate program. GeekWire reports that this extension, called Gear on Amazon, will be accessible through the Twitch dashboard and will be available as soon as it’s ready. Gamesindustry.biz reports that there an official release date for the extensions suite hasn’t been announced yet but that more details about the suit will be released at the TwitchCon Developer Day on October 19th, 2017.

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