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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata skipping E3 for health-related reasons

The president of Nintendo won't be in attendance at E3 next week on the advice of his physician, a Nintendo representative confirmed to Polygon today.<p>Nintendo of America did not specify why Iwata, 54, was advised not to travel overseas, but said "it is business as usual" for Iwata, who will …

E3 2014 Predictions: Nintendo, the Wii U and the 3DS

We're just a few days away from E3 2014 and we've got our final slate of predictions for you.<p>Nintendo is on a hot streak with stellar Mario Kart 8 sales, but it's hard to say whether they're going to carry this momentum into E3. We certainly hope they do, as there are a lot of announcements that …

2014 Chevrolet SS

You Better Run, You Better Take Cover<p>Not everyone is an automobile enthusiast, but for the most part, those who possess valid driver's licenses are usually able to differentiate between a performance car and a luxury car. Furthermore, they are usually capable of telling approximately how old a car …

Apple CarPlay rumored to hit third-party stereo market this year

While Apple has worked directly with carmakers to integrate CarPlay into future vehicles, rumors suggest that Cupertino has its sights on the aftermarket audio scene as well. In what might end up being a decidedly un-Apple move, Japanese newspaper <i>Nikkei</i> reports that CarPlay may be on its way to …

5 searches that prove Google Now is really a huge gaming nerd

You might know a lot about games, but your collection of obscure facts pales in comparison to Google Now.<p>Google’s search service, which answers users’ inquiries with a digitized human-sound voice just like Apple’s Siri, is one of Earth’s largest repositories of information. Naturally, a good chunk …

Sony vs. Facebook: the battle for your reality has just begun

Virtual reality is here, but it's not what you expect<p>Virtual reality is truly coming. There’s no longer any question. In the span of a single week, two titans emerged to proclaim that VR would be the future of their industries. Facebook and Sony, companies which respectively defined social …

Will Facebook ruin Oculus? Kickstarter backers voice concerns

"We promise we won’t change," Oculus founder tells donors<p>Once upon a time, the Oculus Rift headset was a prototype with a blurry screen bound with gaffer’s tape. But 9,522 people saw the device’s potential, donating $2.4 million through Kickstarter to get early versions built and shipped to game …

Facebook won't rebrand the Oculus Rift headset and interface

Oculus VR has a new owner, but Facebook won't completely mold the virtual reality company's flagship product into its own image. Though a report from the <i>New York Times</i> claimed that Facebook is planning to eventually rebrand the Oculus Rift experience — redesigning the hardware and updating it with …

Greetings from Planet Facebook

<i>You blink and open your eyes to a fantastic new sun above your head. You're lying in a field of tall grass, but in the distance you hear sounds of machinery. The city. As you lay there, a blimp begins to float into view, its bulbous shape painted in the striking cherry red and stark white ripple of</i> …

Oculus founder says Facebook deal will make virtual reality cheaper and better

One year ago, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey told me that his virtual reality headset company had no intention to sell. He said that the team had agreed, for the time being, to stay independent — to make sure that it didn't have to cater to another company's business strategy in order to further its …

Oculus investor says Facebook purchase is like 'Google buying Android in 2005'

Zuckerberg is betting virtual reality will be the platform of the future<p>Facebook announced today that it was acquiring virtual reality darling Oculus Rift for $2 billion in cash and stock. The transaction left a lot of people scratching their heads: Oculus has been focused on high-end gaming …

'Minecraft' creator cancels Oculus Rift version following Facebook acquisition

<i>Minecraft</i> creator Markus Persson has revealed that an Oculus Rift version of the game was potentially in the works, but following the sudden news that Facebook has acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, that's no longer the case. "I just cancelled that deal," Persson tweeted. "Facebook creeps me out." …

Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2 billion

Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for virtual reality<p>Facebook plans to purchase Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for $2 billion. The deal is comprised of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock. Facebook announced its surprise purchase via a blog post. …