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PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

PS4 PlayRoom VR: our first look as Augmented becomes Virtual

Back in late 2013 we had our first opportunity to bring a magical experience to our living room with the PS4 game "PlayRoom." This game worked with the PlayStation 4 Camera, showing us our living room onscreen with augmented reality characters and objects galore. This week we've been given our first glimpse of what PlayRoom will look like in virtual reality, with Project Morpheus in 2016. These demos were the last part of the collection of early visions we were shown by Japan Studio, the same group of developers that made The PlayRoom.

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Unreal Tournament 4 pre-alpha hands-on (with 12K screenshots)

Unreal Tournament 4 pre-alpha hands-on (with 12K screenshots)

It's time we got up close and personal with the pre-Alpha of Unreal Tournament 4, do you think? We got the opportunity to do so this week with Epic Games, they being prepared to show the game in this pre-alpha stage to the public, showing the game in a state that is indeed very, very early - but already mightily impressive to behold. The game mechanics are simple, and multiplayer is limited, but already the game is extremely fun to play with - and of course to take in.

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The Hobbit VR hands-on: a Thief in the Shadows

The Hobbit VR hands-on: a Thief in the Shadows

Earlier this week, Epic Games announced that WETA Digital had created a VR experience for The Hobbit. This collaboration is called "Thief in the Shadows", and was the combined efforts of Epic Games, WETA Digital, NVIDIA, and Oculus, and it'd bring the wearer to the Lonely Mountain, put in place of Bilbo Baggins as he (the wearer of the Oculus VR headset) encounters the dragon Smaug for the first time. Oh, Stupendous One, how awesome it is to look upon your face from such a realistic perspective.

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Amazon Game Studios bringing four titles to iOS

Amazon Game Studios bringing four titles to iOS

The Fire Phone was a flop. Part of the potential allure of the Fire Phone was its four-camera array, which was meant to give a depth to gaming without the need for clumsy headsets. Still, the Fire Phone was an overall terrible device, and consumers saw right through it. Amazon Game Studios, who designed games exclusively for Fire devices, will be bringing some of their games to iOS. No release date has been announced yet, and we should expect them to cost north of $5 each.

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Gigantic hands-on with Xbox One

Gigantic hands-on with Xbox One

Earlier this week at GDC 2015, Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced competitive action game Gigantic would be coming to Xbox One. This game was previously revealed to be coming to Windows 8 and Windows 10, and it'll be rolling with Xbox One at launch as well. We got the opportunity to go hands-on with the game this afternoon, in full team-based battle warrior form. This game will be cross-play and cross-advance, meaning basically everything will cross over, platform to platform, device to device.

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Back to Dinosaur Island: hands-on with Crytek’s newest in VR

Back to Dinosaur Island: hands-on with Crytek’s newest in VR

This week we've had the opportunity to take a peek at the newest in virtual reality computing and entertainment at GDC 2015. Oculus VR is working with multiple content creators and game engine-makers - one of the most impressive of which is Crytek. Utilizing the newest in new - Oculus VR's Crescent Bay VR headset - Crytek implements a CryEngine demonstration called "Back to Dinosaur Island" for the masses. This demonstration works with the full Crescent Bay headset / motion camera setup - and it's mildly terrifying.

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Rock Star 4 coming to PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Rock Star 4 coming to PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Did you miss standing in front of your TV and rocking out? If you haven’t smashed your plastic guitar to bits after getting through a flawless rendition of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (and if you did, Pete Townshend is sad for you), we’ve got good news. It’s time to get your band back together. Harmonix, the team behind Rock Band, is refreshing the franchise after a fie year sabbatical. The latest iteration, Rock Band 4, will come to PlayStation and Xbox this Fall.

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MindLeap VR system throws away controllers, reads minds

MindLeap VR system throws away controllers, reads minds

Virtual Reality might have just gotten a wee bit weirder. Or fancier, depending on your take. Neurotechnology company MindMaze is growing out of its roots in the medical industry and stepping into the games biz. At GDC 2015, it just revealed what could be the evolution of VR platforms, even while VR platforms are still at a growing phase. MindLeap, as it is called, may look like a regular head-mounted display, but you won't need controllers or even gloves to use it. All you need is to think.

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Maingear Drift is a Steam Machine that isn’t but should be

Maingear Drift is a Steam Machine that isn’t but should be

Steam Machines are back in the spotlight after Valve revealed its big plans for gamers later this year. But while we approach with caution due to last year's disappointing turnout, some of the rising supporters rallying around Steam's ecosystem are quite interesting. You have small mini PCs dressed up as Steam Machines, ready to conquer the living room. And then you have bigger, hulking boxes that would still look nice somewhere near your TV. Maingear's upcoming Drift is one of the latter. It may not be a Steam Machine, but it might very well be.

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ZOTAC goes full steam ahead with SN970 Steam Machine

ZOTAC goes full steam ahead with SN970 Steam Machine

If the stars align, Valve will really be announcing about a dozen Steam Machines come November this year. Of course, that was the promise last year and we all now what happened. Still, it seems like partners are getting back on track, and one of those is ZOTAC. The company that has recently been putting out mini and pico PCs has just announced that they are completely on board the Steam Machine thrust with a new SN970 gaming PC coming to its catalog soon.

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