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Oculus Rift Crescent Bay hands-on with 3D Audio

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay hands-on with 3D Audio

We entered the room Oculus VR had prepared for us not knowing exactly what we were in for. Not the Samsung Gear VR - surely not - that's already nearly a consumer product. Instead, Oculus had a padded room ready for us. Not because the SlashGear team is ready for straight jackets, but because this demonstration required that we be in as quiet an environment as possible. This demonstration - of the newest Oculus Rift headset prototype Crescent Bay, beyond the DK2 - required that we stand on a platform 4 feet by 4 feet wide in the center of a room that was perhaps 12 feet square. We were dropped immediately into a series of demonstrations.

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Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Microsoft Studios lays down the rules for Let’s Play videos

Watching others play video games, whether on YouTube, Twitch, or any other video streaming or hosting site, is becoming a gaming sub-culture unto itself. The fact that people actually make money off it, particularly through ads, has given rise to some game developer/publisher action that has, in turn, received either criticism or support. Suffice it to say, it is not without controversy. Now Microsoft Studios is making its own clarifications, basically saying that it's OK to stream, or even monetize, Let's Play vids, except when it isn't.

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Razer Forge TV hands-on: Android TV-based gaming supercharged

Razer Forge TV hands-on: Android TV-based gaming supercharged

This week at CES 2015, Razer brought their first Android TV product to the masses. With a dedicated wireless gaming controller that doubles as a media remote (Razer Serval) as well as a wireless gaming keyboard (Razer Turret) made for the couch-surfing gamer, there's no mistaking the fact that Razer is aiming its cannons directly toward the living room this year. With the Forge TV, Razer is preparing to put the likes of Amazon Fire TV, Google's Nexus Player, and Apple TV on notice.

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MSI unloads new gaming laptops at CES 2015

MSI unloads new gaming laptops at CES 2015

PC gaming most often than not involves beefy desktop rigs, insane cooling solutions, and eerie glowing lights, but there is a class of gamers who like their gaming computers on the small and on the go. Gaming laptops aren't exactly new but, given the constraints of physics, they are hard to get right. At CES 2015, MSI is showing off some new gaming products, among them powerful notebooks that are vying for your attention, and your money, to be your next major PC gaming purchase.

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Over 2,000 MS-DOS games now available in your browser

Over 2,000 MS-DOS games now available in your browser

The gaming industry is often criticized for being poor curators of their heritage. Well, not anymore. At least hopefully not anymore. Various efforts have popped up to not only preserve these age old titles but also make them available to a generation of gamers who would otherwise have no other way to experience these games. Last November, it was old school arcade games that went up on the Internet Archive. Now it's the turn of hundreds and hundreds of MS-DOS games, around 2,300 in all.

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Virtuix Omni eyes-on: walk into VR

Virtuix Omni eyes-on: walk into VR

Ever feel like jumping into the game and taking over? It's somewhat made possible now with Virtuix Omni - a VR gaming platform that integrates you, the player, into the game. Fascination and astonishment was the vibe that surrounded the gaming booth at CES 2015. Launched on Kickstarter back in 2013, Omni has annihilated their $150,000 goal with over $1 million dollars in funding. Omni was on the floor last year at CES still in development stages, but this time it's here and ready to be picked up. Check out how this VR platform left impressions.

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Immersis wants to beat Xbox to IllumiRoom VR gaming

Immersis wants to beat Xbox to IllumiRoom VR gaming

"This is just a model, the real thing will be much bigger," Immersis' enthusiastic booth team helpfully points out about its diorama, a tiny stem of 3D print-out to represent the immersive projector tech it's hoping will score it a place in living rooms. They're not kidding around, either: assuming the Kickstarter due to open later this year gets traction, the final Immersis VR projector will tower over the back of your couch, spraying the walls around your TV with an expanded gaming experience. It's not the first time we've seen attempts to break out of the TV bezel, but Immersis' approach is particularly ambitious.

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Nyko unveils Data Bank for PS4 at CES 2015

Nyko unveils Data Bank for PS4 at CES 2015

Nyko is a big name is an aftermarket accessories for gamers and the company has unveiled several new products at CES 2015. One of the most interesting of those products is for the PS4 and is called the Data Bank for PlayStation 4. The Data Bank is a hard drive dock for the PS4 that replaces the top of the console and 2.5-inch factory storage drive providing compatibility with standard 3.5-inch desktop drives.

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Hands-on with Mad Catz’s polymorphic L.Y.N.X. controller

Hands-on with Mad Catz’s polymorphic L.Y.N.X. controller

This day definitely has a lot of gaming in it, with a bunch of announcement from the likes of Razer taking up our CES 2015 attention. Gaming accessory maker Mad Catz is definitely not going to be left behind. We go hands on with its new L.Y.N.X. Bluetooth controller that can support devices of almost any size, up to 7 inches to be precise, but can still amazingly fit in your front pocket when not needed. Oh, and it can do a lot more than just let you play games.

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Razer Cortex game launcher gets PC streaming powers

Razer Cortex game launcher gets PC streaming powers

Razer's new Forge TV Android microconsole and Nabu X smartband might be taking center stage here at CES 2015, but one part of the company's family of gaming products is also making a rather silent debut. While being able to play Android games from the comfort of your couch is always an interesting proposition, not everyone is ready to give up their PC games just yet. For these class of people who want to enjoy the best of both worlds, Razer's Cortex: Stream will be your best bet.

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