Imagine a multi-user augmented reality experience that feels natural and can scale to any size you want, without common pitfalls like dizziness or an expensive price tag. That's what hardware hacker Jeri Ellsworth and her team at Technical Illusions are shooting for with CastAR. Gizmag snatched a chance to play with the system at World Maker Faire 2013, where it won the Editor’s Choice and Educator’s Choice awards.
Using a wireless mouse can certainly help cut down on cable clutter, and if the battery runs out while scrolling through a website, or there's a slight delay between moving the peripheral and the desired onscreen cursor response, it's not the end of the world. For gamers, however, such things are serious enough that many enthusiasts and pros opt for the reliability of a wired connection to a gaming computer. Logitech's G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse effectively puts an end to battery life and performance woes by offering over 10 days of non-stop, lag-free gaming.
At last week's Gamescom, Sony and Microsoft
revealed a whopping 56 games that will launch on the same day as their respective consoles – 23 for the Xbox One
and 33 for the PlayStation 4
. But wait just one second – let's take a closer look at that list. Call of Duty: Ghosts
? Assassin's Creed IV
? Madden NFL 25
? Most of these are releasing on the Xbox 360 and PS3 as well, and some are already out right now. In fact, if you strip away the games that will also be available on current consoles, PCs, and mobile devices, you're left with 15 games in total that will require a next-gen console to play when they're released. So the real question is, would any of these titles convince you to make the leap to next-gen?
Having been with us for at lest 5000 years, it's fair to say that the humble dice has stood the test of time. So does the dice need to be dragged into the digital age? Game Technologies thinks so, and the company is taking a 21st century approach to the age-old method of random number selection with Dice+.
A new Kickstarter campaign hopes to bring London's landmarks to the game of kings. The Skyline Chess set features pieces which have been 3D-printed to resemble iconic buildings from England's capital city, including Big Ben and Canary Wharf.
A computing device is nothing without software. Getting a glimpse of the raw horsepower
behind the new Xbox One
is one thing, but you don't buy a game console to do tech demos. You want to know about the games. We've already broken down some of the biggest games we'll eventually see
on next-gen consoles, but which ones are we actually getting at launch? Gizmag is here to walk you through some of the highlights on the Xbox One.
Playing video games and feeling virtuous may seem almost like a contradiction in terms, but the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK has turned gaming into a way to advance science and help protect the environment. The Fraxinus game is a Facebook app that uses player participation to figure out the structure of a fungus genome, as part of a crowdsourcing effort to combat a disease that threatens Britain and Europe’s ash trees.
"There was a full team of farmyard animals came through, and they murdered everything they saw." Meet Dave Leadbetter and Drew Hobbs of IRL Shooter, an Australian company that's blurring the boundaries between video games, live action role playing and laser tag. In 2012 these guys launched Patient Zero, a story-driven real life zombie shooter game in an outer suburb of Melbourne. Gizmag caught up with the pair as they prepare to bring the show to Sydney and beyond in 2014. (Editor's note
: contains strong language.)
Back in 2009 we reviewed X-Arcade's Dual Joystick
, and now the company is bringing out a single version of the device for players who don't want to share with friends. Just like a real arcade machine, the X-Arcade Solo Joystick is built to take a beating, so players can have a blast getting an authentic experience from their games without worrying about breaking anything.
With its new Project Logan mobile system-on-chip, Nvidia has not so much raised the bar as blown the roof off expectations of computer and game graphics on mobile devices. In an impressive display of Logan's "oomph," the company has shown it running Ira, an incredibly detailed and effects-heavy demo of a human head animated in real time. The demo was itself unveiled in recent months, and previously shown running on Nvidia's super-heavyweight GeForce Titan graphics card.