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Oculus Rift DK2 hands-on and first-impressions

Oculus Rift DK2 hands-on and first-impressions

It’s suggested by Oculus VR that their second Oculus Rift developer unit is made to be much closer to a final deliverable consumer product than the first. In creating a better sense of "presence" as well as an improved overall comfort for the user, they’ve aimed at a device that’ll be ready to use by anyone, not just a developer. Today we’re having an up-close look and feel with the machine at GDC 2014.

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Flappy Bird’s resurrection is imminent

Flappy Bird’s resurrection is imminent

Flappy Bird is an unlikely story of rampant success, unanticipated stardom, and, for some on the gaming end of the app, endless frustration and feelings of soul-crippling failure. It was a combination of all these things -- and a spark of controversy -- that led to the game's creator Dong Nguyen pulling his ware from its respective app stores, something he has announced plans to reverse.

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Unreal Engine 4 video demoes released in full

Unreal Engine 4 video demoes released in full

Today none other than Epic Games founder and head Tim Sweeney introduced Unreal Engine 4 in its entirety to GDC 2014. According to Sweeney, we’ll be seeing the entirety of Unreal Engine 4 released, including Unreal Editor working with it in ready format as well as UE4’s complete source code (in C++) available through GitHub. This release includes a $19 a month subscription fee with everything above.

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Valve “Free to Play” gaming documentary video released in full

Valve “Free to Play” gaming documentary video released in full

The team at Valve responsible for releasing the gaming documentary "Free to Play" aren’t making any attempt to pretend it was done for profit in and of itself. Instead, released in its entirety entirely for free, Free to Play is a feature-length documentary aimed at changing the minds of those who view it, or for those that already consider gaming to be a "legitimate" occupation, sport, or activity, to strengthen their resolve.

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Oculus Rift DK2 dev-kit v.2 revealed: 1080p and more

Oculus Rift DK2 dev-kit v.2 revealed: 1080p and more

Oculus has revealed its second generation Rift VR developer headset, DK2, set to launch in July complete with a new camera peripheral which adds greater body tracking. The updated version, which goes up for preorder today, builds on the Crystal Cove prototype that Oculus showed off back at CES 2014 in January, streamlining the design, increasing resolution, and adding player depth-tracking.

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Microsoft offers first details on ID@Xbox indie games

Microsoft offers first details on ID@Xbox indie games

Microsoft is working hard to get independent games on the Xbox game platform for gamers to enjoy. One of the ways it is doing this is via the ID@Xbox program that has over 250 developers with dev kits for the Xbox One in hand and at work on bringing new games to the console. With GDC starting in San Francisco, Microsoft is offering up some details on 25 games that are coming through the program.

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This is what using Glass almost looked like

This is what using Glass almost looked like

With all eyes on Google's new Android Wear program for smartwatches, what better time for the Glass team to show off a little of its wearable history, revealing an early - and awful - concept interface for the head-mounted display during GDC 2014. The Glass team brought the headset along to the Game Developers Conference to talk up its potential to bend digital games with the real world, which perhaps unsurprisingly includes just as many warnings about what not to do as it does advice on best-practice. Ironically, though, one of the biggest pratfalls was one Google's engineers themselves almost fell for.

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