For the last few decades, gaming has basically been the same thing. Sit in front of display, hold controller (or mouse and keyboard), play game. But when you strap on Oculus Rift's virtual reality headset, you realize that it's something truly different. Read on, as Gizmag goes heads-on with Oculus Rift's latest prototype, dubbed Crystal Cove.
Sony today announced its cloud gaming service Playstation Now, which will enable users to access Playstation titles on demand via various consoles. While the road towards cloud gaming has been an uncertain one at times (evidenced by OnLive
's near bankruptcy in 2012), today's unveiling at CES makes it a clear that Sony sees a bright future for on-demand gaming.
Having already modified an Asteroids arcade console
to add eye control capabilities, Swedish company Tobii is looking to bring its eye-tracking technology to a wider gaming audience. It has teamed up with Danish gaming peripheral and accessories manufacturer SteelSeries to create a new controller that is able to detect where on a screen a person is looking.
It's been a big year for gaming. Not only did we see the arrival of the two big next-gen systems
, but we also saw developers squeezing some amazing technical and artistic achievements out of seven-year-old consoles. Which titles stood above the crowd? We polled our writers for their picks for the top games of the year.
Hoping to build on their success in bringing a marriage of physical movement and arcade action to the mainstream with Guitar Hero
, RedOctane co-founders Kai and Charles Huang have formed Blue Goji and are looking to gain a foothold in the rapidly-evolving world of exercise-gaming. Their latest effort, Goji Play, uses two wireless controllers and an activity sensor to turn a regular cardio machine into a makeshift video game platform.
While the Xbox One
and PlayStation 4
have stolen the lion's share of hype surrounding next-gen gaming consoles recently, Valve has continued working away on its own entry into the console market. Last week, the company shipped Steam Machine
prototypes to 300 beta testers and made the first release of the open-source operating system that will power it, SteamOS, available for download.
The holidays are fast approaching and with that comes the prospect of some well earned downtime, or should we say well earned gaming time. It's no coincidence that the two biggest names in console gaming have just released their latest hardware, and both the Xbox One and PS4 are now available to buy at Best Buy. Read on for a look at these consoles and other top gaming gift ideas.
After several decades, you'd think the Mario franchise would be growing stale. Having started as a few colored pixels in 1981's Donkey Kong
, Mario now leaps through fully-realized 3D worlds presented in HD. Yet somehow Nintendo has managed to squeeze the same timeless charm that entranced children of the 80s into today's much more technically-advanced games. Join Gizmag, as we review the plumber's latest adventure on the Wii U, Super Mario 3D World
Australian real life video game company IRLShooter is back in 2014 with a total upgrade and redesign of its Patient Zero live action zombie shooter
game, which puts small teams of players through a survival quest in a purpose-built game facility seething with infected undead. Gizmag’s Loz Blain and his brother Chris dropped in to check out the upgraded weapons system and try out a whole new addition to the game – the “pain belt” – which delivers a nasty electric shock any time you take damage in-game. Naturally, we filmed the pain belt test for your viewing pleasure. (Warning: contains strong language
If you're looking to snag a new game console this holiday season – whether for yourself, a child, or a child at heart – you have more choices than ever. How do you decide among some of the biggest and best consoles you can buy today? Join Gizmag, as we break down the features and specs of the flagship gaming consoles of the 2013 shopping season.