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Google adds new experiences, SDKs for Cardboard VR headset

12/11, 7:19am

Developers for low-tech virtual reality device gains more support from Google

Google's low-tech virtual reality efforts have received a boost, with updates for users, developers, and those creating their own version of the Google Cardboard kit. Alongside a new Cardboard app making it easier to find and view VR experiences, Google Play now includes a collection page showing a number of made-for-Cardboard apps, including a performance by Paul McCartney and scenes from The Hobbit.

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Weekly Game Replay: Blizzard expansions, EA kills Dawngate MOBA

11/09, 7:30pm

News from the video game industry for the week of November 2

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on some of the happenings of the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we take a look at Microsoft's purchase of Mojang finalizing, Blizzard's new expansions for Starcraft II and Hearthstone, Unity asset development payouts, Grand Theft Auto 5 first-person mode on next-gen consoles, and Electronic Arts terminating its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, Dawngate.

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Game building tool company Unity Technologies may be up for sale

10/09, 9:10am

Google, Microsoft, Amazon have all reportedly tendered offers for Unity

According to sources familiar with the matter, cross-platform game development tool Unity's developers are having continuing discussions with possible buyers for the company. The biggest name attached to the development company's discussions is allegedly Google, with Microsoft and Amazon having made offers as early as 2013.

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Unity Technology debuts Unity 5 cross-platform game development tool

03/18, 1:59pm

New version brings 64-bit, speed enhancements, full access to Unity 4

Unity Technologies today unveiled Unity 5, the next generation of the Unity multiplatform engine and development tools, during its Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Unity 5 brings a host of new capabilities and features, enabling all developers to create games and interactive experiences and deploy them to almost any platform.

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Unity makes mobile game development tools free for small developers

05/21, 10:51pm

Company does away with $800 base cost

Unity has announced that its mobile game development tools are now free to use for smaller developers. The Unity platform is popular amongst iOS and Android developers, but its creator previously charged $800 to publish a game to the App Store or Google Play. Under the new rules, that barrier has been lifted.

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Adobe Flash 11.2, AIR 3.2 with 'premium' features, 3D boosts

03/28, 11:55am

Adobe Flash and AIR udpate with 3D focus

Adobe updated Flash and its offline parallel AIR with a heavy emphasis on gaming, but also with new payment rules. Flash 11.2 on the desktop will now have "premium features" to both get hardware-boosted graphics along with domain memory, but these won't be automatically free, Adobe said. Starting August 1, any Flash app that uses these "console quality" features and earns over $50,000 in app revenues will have to pay a royalty to Adobe.

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Google Chrome Native Client gets top-tier games, support

12/09, 4:45pm

Native Client gets more support, higher-end games

Google Chrome's Native Client has received added functionalities in the form of new programming interfaces and better JavaScript support. It now supports hardware-acclerated 3D graphics from OpenGL ES 2.0, mouse locking, full-screen modes, and more. There are enough changes that games such as Supergiant's Bastion can now run in Native Client.

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Unity teams with Micron to replace NAND flash memory

01/20, 3:40pm

Micro, Unity agree on two-year deal on CMOx tech

Semiconductor maker Unity on Thursday announced it has partnered with Micron Technology to continue work on CMOx solid state memory. Unity hopes the new type of memory will replace current NAND memory. Unity has been developing CMOx for the past eight years and promises to allow scaling past the limits of flash.

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