360-degree head tracking, positional audio implemented in new hardware
Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Oculus Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide range of developers and potentially additional host platforms beyond Windows and OS X. Additionally, the company announced that it has licensed the RealSpace3D audio technology for future versions of the hardware and software.
First generation of technology now available for tinkerers, coders
At this weekend's Oculus Connect conference, the virtual reality company has made the original Oculus Rift DK1 peripheral's code as well as engineering schematics open source and available for download. The release allows programmers of all stripes to tinker with the code, and potentially develop compatible clone hardware for the peripheral.
Tenth generation of Nvidia architecture delivers new lighting, anti-aliasing, and sampling
During the company's Game24 livestream event, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage to announce> the next generation of GPU technology to be found in the 900 series of graphics cards. Nvidia's Maxwell, the tenth GPU architecture to be released from the graphics company, offers a number of new features over its Kepler predecessor, including new technologies like multi-frame sample anti-aliasing (MFAA) and dynamic super resolution (DSR).
Shrike update teased at PAX Prime made official, upgrades include DPI, LED lighting
Tesoro officially announced the update to the Shrike laser gaming mouse today, a new version that the company had on display at Penny Arcade Expo earlier this month. The mouse retains the same styling and some of the features of the original Shrike, including the adjustable weight system, eight programmable buttons and 128KB memory. The sensor in the mouse has been updated, bumping the DPI from 5600dpi to 8200dpi. An improved version of the software is being released for the mouse, with the LED color programming updated as well.
Virgin Media updates iOS app with new look, bug fixes
British cable company Virgin Media has overhauled the iOS version of its TV Anywhere app. Engadget notes the app now uses a purple color scheme and some updates to bring it in line with iOS 7 and iOS 8, making the app appear more modern. The app update also precedes an upcoming makeover of Virgin Media's TiVo set-top box interface, with the addition of the Opera app store and an additional "What to Watch Now" function set to be added in October.
G910 Orion Spark works with Arx Control mobile app, offers extra in-game data
Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright.
Custom upgrade service with delivery, warranty perks comes to three Gigabyte models
A new line of gaming laptops have been added to CyberPower PC's VenomX customization service today, according to the company. Three of laptop and component manufacturer's machines have been brought over to the custom computer builder, giving consumers the option to bring the P25X2, P25W2 and Zeusbook Edge X4 up to their gaming standards.
Keyboard works on iOS, Android, Windows, new wireless mice also on the way
Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers, starting in the fall.
LTE Shield tablet certified for AT&T LTE network
Pre-orders for a version of the Shield gaming tablet with LTE have opened in the United States and Europe. Coming after the Wi-Fi model's release and set to ship on September 30th for both continents, the LTE version adds cellular connectivity, with the mobile device claimed to be certified for AT&T's LTE network, though the unlocked version will also work with a number of other carriers.
Mojang acquisition involves exit of company founders including Markus Persson
Microsoft has officially confirmed it is acquiring Mojang, the Swedish game studio behind Minecraft. Purchased at the rumored cost of $2.5 billion, the deal will include the majority of the Mojang development team, though notably company founders Carl Manneh, Jakbok Porser, and Markus "Notch" Persson will be leaving the company once the acquisition is completed.
Kickstarter RTS game Planetary Annihilation shows considerable polish
In August 2012, a team from Uber Entertainment launched a kickStarter campaign, aiming to raise $900,000 to make a new real-time strategy game called Planetary Annihilation. After two years of work and raising over $2.2 million, as well as other funds via "early access," the game is finally released outside of beta, and gamers can finally try out what backers have been playing for some time during the game's development.
No shortage of new, upcoming mobile games at Penny Arcade Expo Prime 2014
At this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, there was no shortage of iPad games on the show floor. From independent developers to more well-known names in publishing, there weren't enough genres of games to keep all levels of players engaged. Electronista was on hand to take a look at some of the games that are out now or coming to iOS in the future.
Gaming monitors feature next generation BenQ technology, G-sync coming in the future
BenQ brought two new 24-inch monitors to Penny Arcade Expo at the beginning of the month for consumers to get their hands on, the XL2430T and XL2420G. While the XL2430T is a new entry that's available now as a part of the gaming line of monitors featuring RevolutionEyes technology, the company also had the LED XL2420G model on display to showcase what is possible with Nvidia's G-sync technology.
New bundle comes with two games, limited to Wal-Mart, Microsoft Store
Consumers looking for a replacement Microsoft Xbox 360 will have another option coming on October 7, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The new version of the almost nine-year-old console is bathed in blue, adding arctic blue accent pieces on both console and controller. Priced at $250, the Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle comes with a 500GB hard disk in the console, a month of Xbox Live Gold, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Malware injected by raffle link sells items in Steam inventory, trades to specific account
Security firm F-Secure was recently alerted to a wave of malware targeting the Twitch game streaming audience as a way to turn a quick buck. The target of the Windows-based malware infection isn't aimed at stealing credit card information or joining into an click-through advertising botnet, but rather selling items of value that are associated with a Steam account.
Rockstar Games title seeing enhancements for newer platforms
Rockstar Games has revealed that open-world crime title Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on next generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18. The long-awaited PC version will be a bit delayed from previous reports, and follow on on January 27, 2015.
Acquisition cost pinned at eight times Minecraft's 2013 sales
More details are emerging from Microsoft regarding the rumored deal for Mojang deal. According to sources familiar with the matter, the software giant could announce the deal which would net it the Minecraft developer as soon as Monday, for $2.5 billion in cash. The acquisition cost is about eight times the developer's sales for 2014, and there is no clear known heir to the Minecraft throne in the pipeline.
Cambridge Audio announces G2 Bluetooth wireless speaker
British audio company Cambridge Audio has announced the upcoming release of its ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker, the G2. Comprised of a four speaker array, the G2 can run for up to ten hours on a charge. The speaker features Bluetooth connectivity as well as Near-Field Communication (NFC), which supports one-touch pairing, and can remember eight different devices. Its solid aluminium body includes soft touch controls, and is available in black or champagne finish options. Priced at $175, the G2 can be ordered in October.
Program similar to Sony's PlayStation Now tiered rental service in the United States
Japanese video game publisher Square Enix announced a new initiative this week, putting some of its most popular games in the hands of mobile device users. The new program, called Dive In, allows users to rent Square Enix titles through a dedicated application ,and play them on their Android or iOS tablets and smartphones.
Owners witnessing buzzing, clicking sounds at the dashboard since August
Since August, Xbox One owners have been complaining about a noise emanating from the console, leading owners to believe that new Xbox One consoles are faulty. Users are experiencing a loud clicking or buzzing sound coming from the hardware itself, with a majority of the faulty units purchased without the Kinect sensor. Microsoft now appears to be issuing exchanges for properly working models, according to a statement made to gaming site Kotaku.
Notebook powered by Intel Iris graphics, 'GamingDock' allows full-sized video cards
MSI has announced the launch of another machine in its gaming notebook series, the GS30 Shadow. The 13.3-inch notebook with a 2560x1440 resolution features a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel's Iris Pro graphics. While the new device in news on its own, MSI also announced that it was developing the GamingDock, a large laptop dock produced specifically for the GS30 to access a discrete graphics card.
Figure is a 'sell-in' number, Activision already cashing in on 10-year deal
Activision Blizzard's $500 million bet on former Halo developer Bungie appears to be paying off after the first day. The company's Destiny launched this Tuesday, bringing in more than $500 million in sales for the Activision-published game. The sales figure that Activision claims makes the game "the biggest new video game franchise launch in history."
First week sales significantly less than the Xbox 360 release, Titanfall most popular game
Microsoft is struggling to get a foothold in the Japanese gaming market, with the release of the Xbox One lending further proof that the console can't move past the popularity of the PlayStation 4 in the latter's home country. Japanese gaming site Famitsu reports that Microsoft's next-gen console sold only 23,562 units in its first week of release.
Sale would be against Mojang's philosophy, could bolster Xbox support for Microsoft
Microsoft has entered into discussions that could see it signing a deal to purchase Mojang AB for more than $2 billion, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Mojang AB is the developer behind Minecraft, one of the most popular games across the globe. The potential sale marks a shift in philosophy for the Swedish developer, as its majority shareholder and founder Markus "Notch" Persson has been a proponent against large corporations and mainstream video games.
Halo Slyr headset coming this holiday season, work with Astro allows customer focus
Skullcandy Gaming was present at Seattle's Penny Arcade Expo over Labor Day weekend, allowing gamers to experience its specific brand of gaming headsets. As part of its presence at the show, booth visitors were able to play Halo: The Master Chief Collection ahead of its launch, while talking about a new entry in the Skullcandy Gaming line. The company teased a development of its recently-unveiled collaboration with 343 Industries, a new Halo-branded Slyr headset.
New Tizona LED, Excalibur LED and Shrike mouse put on display with company's catalog
At Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, peripheral manufacturer Tesoro put a number of new devices on display for consumers, including new keyboards and mice. Some new devices, including an LED version of the Tizona, the recently-announced Excalibur LED, and a new version of the Shrike mouse are said to be coming to the market in the next two months.
Rdio music streaming service releases overhauled iOS app
Music streaming service Rdio recently released a major update for its iOS app. A paid monthly service, a Rdio Unlimited account offers access to albums, songs, playlists and stations, with the option to download unlimited songs via mobile for offline listening. Rdio v3.0 for iOS introduces a suite of new features, such as Home, which includes a mix of personalized music-related stories. The Favorites feature allows users to select and highlight preferred content for simplified revisiting. Rdio's new Trending function displays what songs and artists are the most popular, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts sections. Free to download, Rdio for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or later.
PS3, Xbox 360 buyers get free next-gen copy for limited time, Vita remote play controls refined
With Bungie's Destiny coming out later this week, the company announced an initiative to give players still on last-gen hardware an easier way to transition to next-gen consoles in the near future. Bungie announced that players that purchase a digital copy of Destiny for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 are eligible for a free digital version on either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. Sony also announced a control scheme specific to that PlayStation Vita that Bungie developed for those playing the game via remote play.
Paid, free digital resources for coders, game creators now available
Developer Epic has opened its marketplace for user-created and other curated content for the new cross-platform Unreal Engine game creation tool. Developers can now buy and sell community-created premium content for use in projects. In addition to all of the previously-released free content, the new Marketplace is launching with a variety of asset packs including environments, props, characters, sounds, materials, animated meshes, and a number of other asset types.
Price for Samsungs' VR headset divulged at press event Friday night
Earlier this week in Samsung's press event, it unveiled the Galaxy Gear VR headset -- a peripheral for the also-revealed Galaxy Note 4. At the time, pricing was unknown - but a Samsung spokesperson, speaking with the press has since divulged the price for the headset: $199, without the required Galaxy Note 4.
Sony's new cross-platform game Run Sackboy! Run! toe available on iOS
Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the release of its new platform-survival game, Run Sackboy! Run!. Featuring a personified vacuum cleaner as the storyline's central antagonist, players rush to evade the Negativitron using tap and swipe gestures, navigating through three LittleBigPlanet series worlds. By collecting bubbles throughout the course, players can buy special costumes and upgrades that lead to maximized scores.
Hardware specifications are set, improvements will be coming to CD1 model
During GamesCom, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey and Vice President of Products Nate Mitchell spoke to Eurogamer, giving some clues on the future of the virtual reality (VR) headset. While neither party had anything to say about a potential release date, new information was given on the price and improvements of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift.
Two-prong filings with FTC and courts seek injunction, damages
Graphic processor manufacturer Nvidia has filed suit against Qualcomm and Samsung, accusing both of patent abuse. In a conference call about the suit, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said that "they're using our technology for free in their devices today and they're shipping an enormous number of devices." Nvidia is seeking a sales and importation embargo on Samsung devices using PowerVR architectures, as well as anything using a Qualcomm graphical chipset.
Skype for iPhone adds group audio calling feature
Social communication platform Skype has updated its iPhone app, allowing users to now start a group audio call. Any chat, audio call or video call can be turned into a group audio call with up to four people. Free to download, Skype for iPhone requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.
ATX and E-ATX boards displayed at show, Brix machines doing better than expected
Gigabyte brought out the largest number of motherboards for Intel's Haswell Extreme Processors to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend, showing off six X99 boards for consumers. From high-end gaming boards to the affordable Ultra Durable line, Gigabyte wanted to project a leading position for consumers that want to jump into Intel's most recent technology.
Experience in audio brought to gaming, Striker headset coming in October
Polk Audio brought a few of its audio units tuned for gaming to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend. Offering the existing 4 Shot Gaming Headset, N1 Gaming Sound Bar and Striker Gaming Headset for users to listen to, patrons of the gaming convention were able to experience what a company with more than 40 years of experience in audio can bring to gaming.
Company shows off data center technology in a gaming application at PAX
Intel could be considering a move into a different class of data storage, one which is based on its existing solid state storage in data centers and other commercial areas. While there would still be a considerable time to get a product to the market, Intel is looking into the idea of moving its data center-class storage into the consumer retail space with PCIe solid state drives (SSD), similar to what Apple has done with the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
Keyboard features 'hybrid capacitive' switch, unlimited N-key rollover, 1.8mm activation
Cooler Master was showing off one of its recently-announced keyboards at Penny Arcade Expo in the Seattle over Labor Day weekend. The Novatouch TKL was on display, giving attendees the chance to feel the difference in the hybrid mechanical switches that the company has put into its new high-end keyboard.
Rig Surround shines with 7.1 Dolby surround sound, makes small tweaks from previous Rig
Plantronics brought its new gaming headsets to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, giving gamers a chance to put the system through its paces. Electronista was on hand to talk to Plantronics about the Dolby-certified 7.1 surround sound headset Rig Surround, and the lightweight Rig Flex that were announced earlier in the year at GamesCom.
Custom computer builder talks about new technology, products and new items in the works
Computer manufacturers were in full force at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, showing off different machines utilizing the new Haswell Extreme Edition processors and X99 chipset that Intel announced at the beginning of the show. One such manufacturer was iBuyPower, bringing one of the machines to the show to power an Oculus Rift demo.
New line all Playstation 4 remote compatible, waterproofed
Sony Mobile Communications today introduced its new Xperia Z series flagship smartphones -- the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The former is a 5.2-inch phone, and the latter a 4.6-incher, but both come with similar internals. The company claims that both are waterproofed, have "enhanced camera experiences and applications," and have an up to two-day battery life. Also debuted was the Xperia Z3 Tablet compact, the only tablet with PlayStation 4 Remote Play.
Sunrise Calendar adds push for Google Calendar, search function
Free calendaring app Sunrise Calendar has received an update, capable of syncing schedule information from Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Featuring timezone support, background sync and Facebook date integration, Sunrise aims to function as a consolidated day planner. Sunrise Calendar v2.5 includes a new search function, allowing for past or future events search by title, location and attendees.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Edge launch at Unpacked event
Samsung's Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event at IFA has concluded, and has seen the launch of multiple devices from the company. The expected Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is joined by the Galaxy Edge, a previously-rumored smartphone which adds a small display over the side of the device. While Samsung has already revealed the Gear S smartwatch, it has also formally unveiled its Gear VR virtual reality headset which pairs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
New headset leverages GPU, CPU of Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Electronics today introduced what it calls the next generation in wearable technology, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. The result of a partnership with Facebook's Oculus, John Carmack took the stage with Samsung to introduce the new product at today's IFA press conference battery. The device resembles the second edition of the Oculus Rift closely, and has a 96 degree field of view, with a less than 20 microsecond motion-to-photon latency, nearly half that of the original.
Y70 Touch gaming notebook has 1080p 17-inch touchscreen
Alongside the Tab S8, Lenovo launched two computers aimed at gamers at IFA. The Y70 Touch gaming notebook packs a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 display with touch controls, while the Erazer X315 is a desktop gaming PC claimed to be an affordable system shipping with a choice of a quad-core 3.1GHz AMD Kaveri A8 or quad-core 37GHz Kaveri A10 processor.
Micro-ATX, FTW and Classified boards offered, new power supply, mice coming
EVGA had a presence at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle over the weekend, showing off some of the products it has released for X99 motherboards, mice and power supplies. With the X99 chipset and Haswell Extreme Edition processors being the talk of the show, EVGA put its first three motherboards on display, including a Micro-ATX version, a mid-level FTW board and a high-end Classified board.
Pricing set at three different levels, finer details seen in GT72 Dominator Pro
During Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, a number of hardware companies made official announcements to line up with Intel's release of the Haswell Extreme Edition processors. MSI had a big presence at the expo, including the display of three of its X99 motherboards and laptops like the GT72 Dominator Pro for use in tournaments.
Company moves into the next level of gaming hardware, explains details behind builds
With the announcement from Intel during Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this week, computer manufacturers have had to quickly adapt to the new hardware that gamers are demanding. Maingear, one of the companies represented on stage during Intel's panel, announced that it was moving into building computers with the X99 chipset and Haswell Extreme Edition processors during the show.
Specifications on DDR4 coming September 15, new SSDs coming later this year
Kingston's enthusiast brand HyperX brought a number of products to Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this year, including the Cloud headset and Skyn mouse pads announced earlier this year, and the brand's upcoming entries in DDR4 memory. HyperX showed off some of the first versions of memory for Intel's X99 chipset and Haswell Extreme Edition processor, branded for its Predator line.
New partnerships in the works for branding, M155 hitting retail on November 2
At Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) this year, Gaems Vice President of Marketing and Co-Founder John Smith, along with partner and former professional athlete Hank Baskett, were on hand to talk about some of the new things coming from the company. While Gaems is best known for its series of Personal Gaming Environments (PGE) like the Vanguard and the Sentry, the company is branching out to new aspects of the gaming world with two brand new products for computer users, the M155 and M240.