You may not have yet heard of Lucky's Tale, but if you're going to be testing the waters of virtual reality anytime soon, there's a good chance you will. We sat down with the mastermind behind VR's answer to Super Mario Bros., to talk about the making of the Oculus Rift launch title, the challenges that went along with it and the potential parallels between early VR and early Walt Disney.
Not all that long ago a bag of marbles or a deck of cards might have been the go-to tools for a bit of family fun, but today's households harbor all kinds of games, both virtual and real-world. Combining the two by bringing robotics into the mix promises an interesting blend of education and entertainment, something startup CutThroatRobotics is aiming to achieve with ZoZbot. A basic omnidirectional rover at a minimum and a customizable, multi-purpose gaming platform at most, ZoZbot can be put to work in everything from lounge room floor soccer matches to table-top games of pool.
A few decades ago, the Nintendos and Segas of the world used to bundle a flagship title with their gaming consoles: be it Super Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog. That doesn't happen with today's systems, apart from special edition bundles – which often cost around US$50 more than buying the system by itself. With VR, though, Oculus is going one-up on those old-school game consoles, bundling not just one but two highly-anticipated games with the Oculus Rift. When we add this together with some other recent clues, we think this could mean roughly a $500-600 price tag for the Rift.
Another year has gone by, and these are the most significant, influential and impressive apps we've seen released on Android over the last 12 months. From high-octane gaming and on-the-go productivity to sedate puzzlers and music streaming, our collection of the year's best Android apps and games has something for everyone.
There are around 1.5 million apps for iOS devices available in the Apple App Store, and picking out the gems from the pile isn't always easy. To save you the time and effort of searching yourself, we put our heads together to bring you the very best apps and games released this year: no matter what your tastes, you should find plenty of useful and entertaining apps here.
Now that the Samsung Gear VR is a full-fledged consumer product, you might be wondering whether there's enough quality content to make it worth your while. Fortunately there's a damn good early selection that's growing at a steady pace. Let's break down the best Gear VR games (and other content) you can download today.
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.
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.
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.
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.