This week saw the release of Alienware's first Steam Machine, making parent company Dell the first of the major computer manufacturers to enter the market. A customizable, console-sized gaming PC is an attractive proposition, but how do the current range of Steam Machines stack up against consoles, and each other?
The release of Google Cardboard last year gave a lot of us an early taste of the "nearly here" world of virtual reality. Early content offerings were pretty underwhelming, but to be fair, it was only ever meant for developers and was not released as a consumer product. That hasn’t stopped developers from getting on board early and producing and distributing new content – some of which is genuinely worthy of downloading. Here's a look at our favorite VR experiences for Google Cardboard.
Ever-advancing headsets and dazzling new content may promise captivating new virtual worlds to experience, but controlling our movement once we're in there is an equally important piece of the VR puzzle. While hand-held controllers have been the go-to tool for the industry's big players, one startup is looking to another body part to guide us through gaming's newest dimension. The VRgo chair is a tilting input device that moves the user through a virtual reality setting by tracking the direction of their derrière, freeing up the hands for other tasks, like wielding weapons.
Although "gaming" today usually means the mobile, PC or console variety, there's still much fun and/or chaos to be had at the tabletop. The latest accessory for cards, board games or fantasy adventures may be one of the coolest and feature-filled. With the snap of one's fingers or a bang against the table, Boogie Dice will roll themselves.
Right now VR has something of a conundrum. First-person action titles sound like a perfect fit for the medium, but once you add fast-paced action and jerky movement, lots of people start feeling queasy (and some people may actually lose their lunch). In probably the single most innovative VR demo we've seen so far, Epic Games showed developers a brilliant workaround.
Mobile gaming has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and it's now possible to go far beyond casual games on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Numerous titles now blur the line between mobile and console gaming, across multiple genres including racing, action and strategy. Read on for a selection of games that offer a little more than your run-of-the-mill mobile experience.
Nvidia has announced a range of new laptops that offer high-end desktop graphics in a portable shell. Aside from raising expectations for portable gaming, that extra power will make the new systems the first notebooks that fully support the Oculus Rift VR headset.
If you're a gamer, then you'll likely be aware that the next main title in the Halo franchise, made by 343 Industries, is set to land next month. Ahead of the big day, the developer has revealed details about how the Xbox One exclusive will perform graphically, including frames per second and resolution numbers.
The new Apple TV is the biggest evolution of the product so far, bringing new hardware along with a new iOS-based platform, with some casual multiplayer gaming to boot. Though the set-top-box isn't yet a full-fledged console competitor, does it still have the ability to disrupt living room gaming?
Pokémon announced today that it will be bringing Pikachus, Mudkips, and
Bulbasaurs to an entirely new realm never inhabited by Pokémon before:
real life. In collaboration with Niantic, developer of the
augmented-reality sci-fi game Ingress, players can expect Pokémon Go
to use physical locales as settings for the otherwise familiar
collecting, battling, and trading. Aiding players is a new device called
the Pokémon Go Plus, which will augment the mobile game available for
Android and iOS devices.