Gaming

FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

FOVE’s eye-tracking VR headset is finally shipping: Here’s why it’s special

Plenty of virtual reality headsets have hit the market since we first saw FOVE back in May 2015, but none can do what the Samsung-backed VR system can. Differentiating itself in the increasingly crowded entertainment space by its potentially game-changing eye tracking system, FOVE sets out to address what it calls the "owl problem". If you want to look around in a VR world then, traditionally, you have to move your head.

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Alienware 13 is a VR-ready laptop packed in 13 inches

Alienware 13 is a VR-ready laptop packed in  13 inches

Unless you’re already satisfied with smartphone-powered experiences like the Gear VR or Google Daydream, virtual reality requires a sizable investment, both in terms of cash as well as literal equipment sizes. The power needed to drive things like the Oculus Rift of HTC Vive usually requires hulking desktops or more portable but still hulking laptops. Trying to buck the trend, Dell is launching the new Alienware 13 line that boasts of being the first VR-ready notebook to come in less than 14 inches.

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Facebook Gameroom takes a page from Steam’s book

Facebook Gameroom takes a page from Steam’s book

There was a time when people predicted, wished, or even dreaded, that Facebook represented the future of gaming. After all, hit, addictive titles like Farmville, Diner Dash, and Candy Crush Saga were all born and, for a limited time, exclusive to it. But mobile gaming proved those prophecies wrong and gaming on Facebook was left with nothing but a shell of itself. With PC gaming seemingly picking up steam again, partly thanks to VR, Facebook decided it was time to rekindle old flames. But this time it’s doing things differently. This time, it has Facebook Gameroom, which is practically Facebook gaming, without the Facebook.

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Nintendo reportedly calls quits on Wii U production

Nintendo reportedly calls quits on Wii U production

The days of the Wii U have been numbered ever since Nintendo announced the Switch, but the company may be looking to pull the plug long before the Switch hits the scene in March. Multiple sources have confirmed to Eurogamer that Nintendo will halt Wii U production at the end of this week. Given the console's slow sales, these reports aren't really all that shocking.

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Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will focus on a four year old game

Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will focus on a four year old game

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is turning four years old this month, but as the saying goes, what's old is new again. The game will be the center of attention once more during a Nintendo Direct taking place tomorrow morning. Yes, you read that right - Nintendo is hosting a Direct presentation for a four year old game.

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The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

The best mobile MMORPG games of 2016

Before mobile gaming was a thing, before even smartphones were a thing, gamers have been playing on the Internet in what was commonly regarded as MMORPGs, short for the wordy Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Games like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Lineage, and more filled gaming news and chats, The advent of mobile devices, as well as the rise of MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), have mostly pushed MMORPGs to the sidelines.

As smartphones become more powerful, Internet access move ubiquitous, and mobile users mode engaged, MMORPGs have started to make a comeback, but on a smaller screen and with somewhat fewer controls. Here are our top picks for this year’s best MMORPGs, with some dating back even older, proving their massively multiplayer appeal.

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Samsung bundles free Watch Dogs 2 with select SSDs and curved monitors

Samsung bundles free Watch Dogs 2 with select SSDs and curved monitors

We're a few weeks out from the release of Watch Dogs 2, and if you've had your eye on it, you might like to know that Samsung has launched new hardware bundles that include a free copy of the game. These bundles feature a range of Samsung solid-state drives and some of the company's newer curved gaming monitors. So, if you've been in the market for some new PC hardware, you might want to give these bundles a look.

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Nintendo won’t discontinue 3DS after Switch launches

Nintendo won’t discontinue 3DS after Switch launches

With the Nintendo Switch looking to fuse the realms of console and handheld gaming, many folks are left wondering if the 3DS will be discontinued when Switch launches. It goes without saying that Wii U will likely be forgotten quickly once the Switch hits the scene, but the 3DS is still selling well. Thankfully, Nintendo has quickly given a solid answer on the fate of 3DS.

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Ultima creator Richard Garriott quits Pokemon GO – here’s why

Ultima creator Richard Garriott quits Pokemon GO – here’s why

The runaway success of Pokemon GO managed to attract players from all backgrounds, even fellow game creator Richard Garriott. Yes, even the creator of Ultima and Lord British himself couldn't resist the lure of Pokemon GO, but he revealed over the weekend that he's since quit the game. Why? He actually gives a number of reasons.

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Google Halloween Doodle pits wizard cat against ghosts

Google Halloween Doodle pits wizard cat against ghosts

Google Doodles started out as artistic ways to celebrate certain occasions and birthdays. But as web technologies advanced, some doodles turned into interactive content, a.k.a. games. This Halloween, Google deigned to inject some cuteness into the usually scary but sometimes fun celebration, by making a game that tasked a wizard cat into vanquishing ghastly foes. All by waving its wand, which means swiping with your mouse or, better yet, with your fingers on a screen.

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EA Origin goes dark in Myanmar, embargoes cited

EA Origin goes dark in Myanmar, embargoes cited

It’s not unusual for online services or content to be restricted to certain countries. Netflix and YouTube, for example, are notorious for such. Copyright and licensing negotiations are usually cited as the reasons behind those prohibitions. More controversial, however, are when such restrictions are put in place because of political reasons. Such is allegedly the case when EA, without very little warning, blocked access to its Origin games in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, later citing embargoes and sanctions imposed by the US against certain countries.

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PS4’s anticipated ‘Last Guardian’ gets collector’s vinyl soundtrack

PS4’s anticipated ‘Last Guardian’ gets collector’s vinyl soundtrack

The Last Guardian, a game from the makers of PlayStation 2 hits Ico and Shadow of Colossus that's spent more than 10 years in development, is finally getting released on the PS4 in a few weeks. Like the previous titles, music and sound plays an important role, contributing to both atmosphere and the expression of emotions. To highlight this, Sony is giving the Takeshi Furukawa-composed soundtrack a special edition release, as well as a special PS4 music app.

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