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Is this Valve's SteamVR headset?

Valve only just announced plans to bring a "SteamVR hardware system" to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and now we might have our first look at it. The sleuths at SteamDB have dug up this outline of a headset on the Steam Universe signup page, and it looks a bit different from …

Dolby dives into virtual reality with Atmos surround sound for VR

As the momentum behind virtual reality slowly continues to build we’re seeing more traditional movie companies dip their toes into the medium. Today Dolby is announcing a partnership with Jaunt that will bring its Atmos surround sound technology to the world of VR — and it may turn out that virtual …

Job Simulator, One of the First SteamVR Games Announced

"All praise to Job Bot, for he is the keeper of human history.”<p>Job Simulator is a new immersive experience set in an arguably utopian future from …

Apple seeds first public beta of Photos app with OS X 10.10.3

If you’re anxious to try, Photos, the successor to both iPhoto and Aperture, is now available as a public beta for the first time ever.<p>Apple released a beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that includes the first early access to the new Photos app on OS X. The public beta is available now to all …

NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf …

YC-Backed Kickback Offers An Easy Way To Play Minecraft Competitively

From Starcraft to League of Legends, the e-sports market has gone through a massive expansion over the last decade in a half. Millions of dollars are now at stake over video games played in front of audiences of thousands, both at live events and in matches broadcast online.<p>Y Combinator -backed …

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The Mars One plan is totally delusional

Indeed, temperatures around minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit, a near total lack of atmosphere to protect from deadly radiation, and regular violent dust storms lead most experts to believe that a human colony on the red planet in the foreseeable future would be very difficult and extremely expensive.<p>And …

A close look at the Gear VR for the Galaxy S6

Earlier this week, we saw some big news in the world of virtual reality when HTC announced the Vive, a new VR headset made in partnership with legacy video game company Valve. But the most important news for the adoption of virtual reality came from Samsung, Oculus, and Facebook: there's a new …

How Close Were EA And Activision To Buying Minecraft?

It took two months from Markus Persson’s half-joking tweet that he wanted to sell Mojang to Microsoft's announcement that it would pay $2.5 billion for the maker of Minecraft. That’s an incredibly short amount of time for two parties to close deal given the amount of lawyers involved, the demands …

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Valve's new 'Source 2' game engine has the low price of $0

<i>Half-Life 2</i>. <i>Counterstrike: Source</i>. <i>Team Fortress 2</i>. <i>Left 4 Dead</i>. <i>Portal</i>. Besides being developed by Valve, what else do those games share? They all run on the company's Source Engine that's been used since the first two released 11 years ago. Well, Valve has a new engine coming, officially, and it's …

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Valve Announces Source 2, And It’ll Be Free

It’s been a good week for game developers. Unreal Engine 4 went free. Unity 5 came out, and a massive chunk of its once premium features went free.<p>And now: Valve has just announced Source 2, the next generation of their Source game engine… and sure enough, it’s “free to content developers”.<p>Best …

The Ubuntu phones are an audacious attempt to take on Android

Actual devices from Canonical finally take the stage at MWC 2015<p>The mobile journey of Linux-based OS Ubuntu has felt like an eternity. Canonical, the company that leads development on the platform, first announced the smartphone OS back in 2013; after an unsuccessful dalliance with crowdfunding, …

Project Morpheus is almost ready — it just needs games

The VR hardware is close, but the software is a bigger challenge<p>The consumer version of Project Morpheus — Sony's foray into the world of virtual reality — is slated to launch in the first half of next year. But the device itself is basically ready right now. "On the hardware side," says Shuhei …

Microsoft admits 'we've lost our way' on PC games

At the Game Developers Conference on Wednesday, Phil Spencer took the stage and reaffirmed that the company sees Windows 10 as the company's big chance to get back its shine and its market leadership.<p>He also committed to building games for HoloLens, the futuristic augmented reality goggles that …

Oculus CTO John Carmack Says Gear VR Gets A Full Launch With Samsung’s Next Cycle

Samsung and Oculus have been treating Gear VR and the Oculus Rift in a similar manner, meaning both pieces of hardware are clearly labeled as developer or enthusiast devices, and not meant for the general public. Oculus CTO John Carmack said Gear VR will get a proper, full consumer launch with …

Xbox games are coming to Microsoft's augmented reality headset

If you watched Microsoft's announcement of its Hololens augmented reality headset and wondered if you'd play Xbox games with it, well, wonder no longer. Today at its Game Developers Conference presentation, Redmond announced that games would be en route to the device and that the SDK should be …

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MakerBot Launches Starter Lab to Make 3D Printing Accessible

MakerBot announced today its new initiative called Starter Lab. The aim of the project is to make 3D printing more accessible to schools and organizations.<p>The lab kit consists of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printers, a Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner, MakerCare protection plans for the hardware, parts …