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Games

Sony countered Microsoft by allowing some things that Microsoft restricted with the Xbox O...

When looking at the two big next-gen consoles, you could easily argue that the Xbox One has the more compelling feature set. Improved Kinect, TV integration, seamless multitasking ... it's a tantalizing offer sheet from Microsoft. But the Xbox One also has a not-so-compelling list of restrictions. Today Sony cleared up several questions about the PlayStation 4, announcing that it's both more liberated than the Xbox One, and a bit easier on the wallet.  Read More

EA showed off a variety of games at its press conference for E3 2013, almost all of which ...

As one of the world's largest video game publishers, Electronic Arts (EA) arrived at E3 2013 with a slew of new titles, almost all of which are slated for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The company's press conference revealed something for almost every gamer, from fantasy RPGs to sports games and even a shooter based around murderous plants.  Read More

Microsoft's new Xbox 360 is styled after Xbox One

All eyes are on Microsoft at E3 today, where punters are eager to learn more about the gaming potential of the Xbox One. Imagine their surprise, then, when the company seized the opportunity to first announce a new-look Xbox 360, very much styled after its future heir.  Read More

Microsoft finally stated the Xbox One's policies towards always-online and used games. (Wi...

In the weeks leading up to Microsoft's Xbox One announcement, there was a lot of chatter about the system requiring an always-online internet connection. And there was at least as much speculation about the system possibly blocking used games. Though Microsoft was pretty vague on the subjects when it announced the console, we finally have some solid info.  Read More

The Omni is an omnidirectional treadmill designed to provide a more immersive gaming exper...

When we first checked in on the Omni, an omnidirectional treadmill from Virtuix designed to translate the user's physical movements into a virtual world, the company was hoping to launch a Kickstarter campaign in May. It missed that target, but only just, with a launch on June 4. The campaign target has already been exceeded many times over, meaning backers could be getting physical within virtual worlds by January 2014.  Read More

Tek Recon offers a blaster and an integrated app to make real world play like an FPS

What happens when you combine a popular first-person shooter like Call of Duty with toy guns like Nerf? You get the Tek Recon, a new product that takes what we loved about those blaster guns as a kid and mashes in some modern twists that can only be delivered with the rise in popularity of smartphones. It certainly looks like an interesting way for kids (or adults) to get outside and play with their friends.  Read More

The R-Kaid-42 bespoke wooden retro gaming rig

R-Kaid-42 is a bespoke two-player wooden retro console produced by Swedish design company Love Hultén. Built around a custom PC rig, the unit assembles into an unassuming piece of furniture for easy storage, and boasts over 20,000 playable titles taken from the so-called "golden age" of arcade gaming in the 1980s and 90s.  Read More

Inition's vertigo simulator is impressively overwhelming (Photo: Gizmag)

The ledge I'm standing on has a strange existential duality. In the physical realm, it's a thin strip of red, millimeters above the floor of a pristine white booth in a basement in Shoreditch, London where the 3D tinkerers and technologists (of everything from 3D film to 3D printing) at Inition keep their toys. In the digital realm, which, thanks to the Oculus Rift wrapped around my head, my senses have decided is the more real, the ledge is the only thing between me and a 300-foot plunge ...  Read More

Microsoft's Xbox One is an entertainment-centric next-gen console

After months of leaks and speculation, Microsoft has announced the Xbox One – the company's next-gen system and its competitor to Sony's PlayStation 4 console. The system is designed to provide the user with an “all-in-one experience," adding live TV integration and gesture and voice control on top of next-gen hardware and specs.  Read More

Nvidia's Shield brings console-like controls to portable gaming

When Nvidia unveiled its Tegra 4 mobile processor at CES in January, it also unveiled Project Shield, a handheld gaming console that would be powered by said chip. The “Project” has now been dropped and Nvidia has announced Shield will be available in June for US$349.  Read More

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