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Project Morpheus first-impressions: PS4 VR-headset in motion

Project Morpheus first-impressions: PS4 VR-headset in motion

In Project Morpheus is Sony’s vision for Virtual Reality Gaming, set in the universe of SCE. Here Sony Computer Entertainment brings a virtual reality headset to the PlayStation 4, complete with full PlayStation Move and DualShock 4 integration for a top-notch virtual reality experience. This week at GDC 2014, we’ve gotten the opportunity to experience Project Morpheus up close - and tonight we'll be giving it another full whirl for a full "hands-on" experience as well - many, many months before it’s ready for the consumer market.

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Valve SteamOS Controller 2 hands-on: still weird, getting smoother

Valve SteamOS Controller 2 hands-on: still weird, getting smoother

It’s once again time to get up close and personal with Valve’s next-generation hardware for SteamOS, this time with directional buttons and XYAB buttons instead of a touchpad. While we got a bit of time with the first iteration of this beast back at CES 2014, it was generally understood that we’d be seeing a version with a touchscreen attached. Since then, things have changed.

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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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PS4 Project Morpheus partners announced: Virtual Reality gaming amped up

PS4 Project Morpheus partners announced: Virtual Reality gaming amped up

Today amongst announcements of the first full-scale virtual reality headset - Project Morpheus for the PlayStation 4 - Sony announced a bevy of software partners. Amongst them were Wwise, Unity (for Unity Engine), Gigantic, and Epic Games. Both software engines and game developers are already onboard, meaning we’ll have both games from the outset and the skeletons of games ready for skin.

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iPhone 5c 8GB and iPad 2 replacement: why moving sideways works

iPhone 5c 8GB and iPad 2 replacement: why moving sideways works

This week Apple has made a couple of moves in their iPad and iPhone collections available on the market that might not make a lot of sense to consumers. For the iPhone, they’ve added an iPhone 5c that works with 8GB of internal storage space - the previous smallest model was 16GB. For the iPad, they’ve gotten rid of the iPad 2 (the last model available with a 30-pin connector), replacing it with the iPad 4 (aka iPad with Retina Display and Lightning connector).

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Android Wear: Square and Round wearables cut out the rectangle

Android Wear: Square and Round wearables cut out the rectangle

Today Google unveiled their wearable push with Android Wear, a system that’ll work with both square and round screens. While this might seem like an aesthetic choice, purely for the fashion of the situation, Google has gone in-depth with how they’ll be rolling the system out. Starting with two core functions, Suggest and Demand, developers will be creating unique experiences for every device, while keeping a smooth UI for the lot.

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Moto 360 smartwatch detailed as Android Wear first for Motorola

Moto 360 smartwatch detailed as Android Wear first for Motorola

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed their first wearable device working with Google’s new Android Wear software. This device will be round - both round and square devices will be coming in the Android Wear universe - and will be telling time first and foremost. This device will also work with google Now, and is generally appearing to be the poster child for Google’s Android Wear initiative.

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LG G Watch detailed as first Android Wear wearable device

LG G Watch detailed as first Android Wear wearable device

Today right on top of Google’s first Android Wear push, LG has revealed that they’ll be releasing an LG G Watch. This device will make use of Google’s Android Wear software, based in Android with a number of Google-specific abilities. This includes working with Google Now and the "OK Google" keyword right out of the box.

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Android Wear: Google’s wearables play revealed

Android Wear: Google’s wearables play revealed

Today the folks at Google responsible for pushing the future of smart devices have announced Android Wear. This system will be working with manufacturers including Asus, HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung - each of whom have already shaken hands with Google on the initiative. This push will work with fashion brands like Fossil Group as well to bring on Android-powered wearables this year.

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