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The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the “hardware” is open source –here are instructions to make your own, right now!

But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR….

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Nintendo’s 3DS gets its first streaming game this September

 We’ve seen quite a bit of game streaming on PlayStation-branded products, but it looks like Sony will gain some possibly unexpected competition. In Japan, at least. When Nintendo 3DS owners in the region play Dragon Quest X Online (DQXO) come its September 4th launch, they won’t be popping a cartridge into the system. No, like the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game’s mobile version, DQXO on Nintendo’s handheld will use streaming tech along the lines of PlayStation Now or OnLive instead of playing from a local cart or internal storage. As Tiny Cartridge reports, you won’t be able to play in 3D as a result, and you’ll constantly need a WiFi connection to access the game — considering that this is an MMO, that should be expected anyway. However, if you’d rather lay down your cash for a physical bit of DQ gear instead, well, there’s always this Metal Slime smartphone.

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Google officially unveils Android TV

With a success under its belt with the Chromecast, Google is officially renewing its assault on the living room with Android TV. Running on Android L, Android TV will run on set-top boxes much like the Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku, but with an added focus on gaming.

Today’s announcement confirms details gleaned by The Verge this past April. Google TV, launched in 2010 with its apparent ambition to turn your television into a smartphone, is now firmly in the past. Android TV is Google’s rekindled vision for your home’s largest screen, and it’s considerably sleeker and more in line with the competition’s offerings. Entertainment is paramount this time around, as the software surfaces content from the Google Play Store and requisite…

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Yoshi, Kids With Paint Guns And A New Legend of Zelda – Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event Round-Up

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Nintendo has just finished up their pre-recorded Digital Event for E3…and much like last year, they’ve abandoned the traditional press conference in favour of a prepared montage of  new games and interviews with developers. We got a look at a new Yoshi game, some new IPs, and even a look at the much anticipated Legend of Zelda for Wii U. There were even some rather…. strange… events throughout the presentation, so join us after the jump as we go through the highlights.

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Hack The City! – Watch Dogs Review

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Originally pegged as launch title for both the Xbox One and PS4, Watch Dogs was one of the most highly anticipated titles for the next-gen consoles. But then a sudden delay meant that it got pushed from last November until this week. With the game catalogues of both consoles still lacking a great deal of meat, is Watch Dogs capable of filling that hole?

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Xbox One System Update Brings Friends Notifications And More

13860588215_589a6510f8_oThe April update for the Xbox One should be rolling out to consoles right about now. This new update brings a few much requested features to the Microsoft console including notifications that show when your friends sign in to Xbox Live–so no more constantly checking the Friends app to see if people have come online. According to Major Nelson’s blog the full list of features included in the update is as follows:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.

The update should be available now or within the next few days as it rolls out to all regions.

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Moto 360 Coming this Summer

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.53.02 AMOn Tuesday we told you about Google’s new Android Wear smartwatch platform, and yesterday Motorola announced its first device to use this platform–the Moto 360. Going for a more conventional (and far more stylish) look, the Moto 360 features a round designed, as opposed to the square shape we’re used to seeing on smartwatches; Motorola also promises a new charging solution (there’s no USB port on the watch), as well as long battery life–which has been an issue with previous models from other manufacturers. Motorola also chose to leave the picture-taking duties to your smartphone, as the Moto 360 has no camera–a smart decision, as cameras not only add bulk, but also seem unnecessary when most phones already do a  pretty decent job taking pictures. We’ll have more information on Moto 360 as it becomes available; until then, you can click here to head over to Motorola’s dedicated site.

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Is March 27th the Day We Meet Microsoft Office for the iPad?

18kxnbis1oglljpgReports are streaming in that Microsoft is getting ready to release Office for the iPad as soon as March 27th. It’s no secret that Apple fans have been clamoring for a mobile version of  Microsoft’s productivity suite since the iPad was first introduced, with competitors (such as Apple’s own Pages and Google Docs) filling the gap quite nicely; but now it looks like Microsoft is giving it’s users what they’ve been asking for, with a media event (allegedly) scheduled to take place in San Francisco on March 17th to announce the new software. We’ll have more news as it becomes available, so stay tuned.

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The Future’s Here…and It’s Full Of Giant Robots! Our Titanfall Review

Titanfall_screenshotIt’s been nearly a full five months since the launch of the Xbox One and we’ve not exactly been flooded with “must buy” exclusives for the console. Forza 5, apart from its (often infuriating) Drivatar system, didn’t really bring anything new to the table and Dead Rising 3 was effectively more of the same (but now with vehicles!). Now comes Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment, comprised primarily of Infinity Ward employees who had a fairly public split from Activision, aiming to be the much-needed draw for the Xbox One. But does its brand of free-running, robot-punching mayhem have what it takes to reinvigorate Mircrosoft’s somewhat beleaguered console?

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Prepare for Titanfall with the Limited Edition Xbox One Bundle

XboxOne_TitanfallBundle_US_ANL_RGBMitchell and I may have detailed our delight with the Titanfall beta on last weekend’s YourTechReport SiriusXM show; and so far, numerous critics have described the free-running mech-riding shooter as “a brave new vision of the future of multiplayer games,” “the first real next-gen shooter” and “the most addictive game ever.” Well, so far we need to say that the hype is completely true. Over the few days that the beta ran, I had more fun in a multiplayer game than I ever have before; and now Microsoft wants to make sure more people get to enjoy Titanfall with the release of the  Xbox One Titanfall Bundle. The bundle contains an Xbox One, headset, Kinect, wireless controller (standard edition), one month of Xbox Live gold, and of course, a digital download code for Titanfall itself.

The Xbox One Titanfall Bundle will be available March 11 for $499.99.

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