TriplePoints of Interest – Week of February 15

Watch out Oculus – GameStop has confirmed that Sony’s PlayStation VR is coming this fall, in this week’s TPOI. Twitch also makes a big announcement as they schedule their next TwitchCon in sunny San Diego. Apple also takes a stand against a federal court order related to the San Bernardino shooter.

GameStop to Launch PlayStation VR

In an interview with Fox Business, Gamestop CEO Paul Raines confirmed that GameStop will launch the Sony PlayStation VR in the fall. TechCrunch reported on the news and mentioned that there are already 36 million PS4’s in the market ready to work in conjunction with the PSVR device. The stable ecosystem surrounding the PS4 including the existing Playstation Move controllers makes PSVR a major competitor to keep an eye on in the VR space, while Oculus still has to convince consumers to invest in VR-capable PC builds in addition to their headsets.

TwitchCon Moves to San Diego

Twitch has announced that TwitchCon 2016 will be relocating to San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center, following its successful inaugural TwitchCon in 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. According to Polygon, the show is also adding on an additional convention day and will now span from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2. Amy Brady, director of global events for Twitch has also announced that the convention will be an annual event in order to accommodate the growing Twitch community which “has outgrown [their] booths at other conventions.” Last year’s TwitchCon garnered over 1.9 million unique online viewers and had over 20,000 attendees.

Apple Fights Against FBI Court Order

Earlier this week, Apple received a federal court order to help the FBI break into a phone of one of the San Bernardino killers. In response, Apple delivered a letter in which Tim Cook warned customers of the security and privacy implications behind the court order and how it would serve as a dangerous precedent, undermining the decades of encryption work that protects customer information. This letter was widely circulated through social media and news, later gaining support from Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.

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