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Steam Machines and SteamOS: Everything you need to know

Even after its big CES 2014 unveiling, Valve's new Steam Machine platform is something of a mystery. Release dates, game libraries, exact hardware specs, and other details have not been announced, but we do know the initial list of hardware partners and many of the platform's broad strokes.<p>Based on …

Here are all the Xbox One voice, gesture commands (updated)

Microsoft posted a guide to Xbox One voice commands, including how to navigate menus, control volume and multitask, on its Tumblr.<p>The image, which you can view on Tumblr, features more than 30 commands. In addition to basic functions, like turning the Xbox One on and off, users can issue voice …

Xbox One teardown reveals why Microsoft's console is so big

The Xbox One is nearly here, and the team at iFixit have already gotten their hands on one and have completed their deconstruction to reveal everything that's inside of it. It should be no surprise that the Xbox's inside looks a little bit like a PC: a big green motherboard, a Blu-ray drive housed …

Everything gamers want to know about the Xbox One

Just a week after the PlayStation 4 hit stores, the Xbox One has arrived, setting the state for a pretty vicious Black Friday here in the States. …

Court: Homeland Security must disclose cellular shutdown protocols

The US Department of Homeland Security's ability to seek a shutdown of cellular and wireless networks in times of crisis, such as the potential of a remote detonation bomb threat isn't new. Exactly how and when that authority can be used, however, must be disclosed, thanks to a new ruling by a …

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Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

Disney research adds 3D sensations to flat touchscreens

A Disney Research project unveiled this week attempts to recreate the feeling of touching a real object based on images displayed on a touchscreen, according to a recently published paper.<p>Pittsburgh-based researchers developed an algorithm that uses haptic feedback to make a smooth surface simulate …

How Sony Could Beat Microsoft At Its Own Game And Win The Living Room War

Sony has wisely marketed its PlayStation 4 as a system designed with the “core gamer” audience in mind.<p>The PS4 has social apps, video streaming, and all the other bells and whistles the competition has, but first and foremost it’s a machine designed to play games. Or at least that’s the …

Memoria review: unforgettable

Memoria is an accessible, well-designed adventure.<p><i>Memoria</i> marks developer Daedalic's most successful foray into the adventure genre.<p>The follow-up to last year's <i>Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav</i>, <i>Memoria</i> manages to capitalize on its predecessor's strengths — gorgeous art, interesting characters and …

IGN Presents the History of Final Fantasy

We take a look back at 26 years of crystals, chocobos, and guys named Cid.<p>Final Fantasy is the longest swan song of all time. It was never meant to …

The Witcher 3 INTERVIEW w/ E3 Trailer!!

The Witcher 3 will expand Geralt's combat skills, producer says

<i>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</i>, CD Projekt Red's upcoming Polish fantasy-inspired role-playing game, will introduce new combat options for the game's protagonist, producer Marek Ziemak told OnlySP.<p>According to Ziemak, Geralt of Rivia's expanded combat options will include new offensive and defensive …

6 things youve heard about next-gen (that arent true)

The future is whack<p>Always online? Game sharing? Free-to-play console MMOs? Backwards compatibility? Theres been plenty of news and announcements over …

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The Witcher 3 Confirmed for PlayStation 4, All High-End Platforms in 2014

<i>The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt</i> was announced a few weeks ago. This third and final chapter in Geralt’s story from CD Projekt Red was already clarified …

The Story Of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projekt RED has been lauded for the studio's implementation of a mature and gripping storyline throughout The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins …

Comparing The Open World Of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Some fans might be worried about The Witcher 3's leap to an open world, that the tightly-constructed narrative of previous entries might be …

Designing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

One thing was made very clear when we visited CD Projekt in Poland: the studio cares about their fans. When designing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, …

The Witcher 3 will have three different playable epilogues driven by player choice

<i>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</i> will track player choices and actions to help weave an ending for gamers that can vary in tiny and sometimes major ways, the developers tell Polygon.<p>"There will be 36 different endings," said Adam Badowski, managing director of CD Projekt Red.<p>"Thirty-six world states," …

Witcher 3 To Feature 300 Possible Ending Alterations

The Witcher series seems to be punching dramatically above its weight when it comes to storytelling. Lewd moments aside, narrative trappings from …

The Witcher 3 Preview: Killing Monsters

CDProjekt Red set the gritty, dark tone for The Witcher 3 early in the demo I saw at E3.<p><i>A young woman is savagely beaten and prepared to be hung by a group of three guards. Geralt of Rivia and a companion, a large troll head slung messily on the Witcher's horse, ride in on the grisly spectacle. The</i> …

Thief gameplay video shows off 33-minutes of its next-gen mechanics on PS4

Developer Eidos Montreal has unveiled a 33-minute video presentation of its upcoming next-gen title <i>Thief</i> shown running on PlayStation 4.<p>As presented by producer Stefane Roy, the in-game footage takes place a number of hours into the game and introduces both the city environment mid-revolution and …

'The Last of Us' Has The Biggest Launch Of The Year With 1.3M Sold

We can talk about the review scores and the ending all we want, but there’s one more aspect of The Last of Us that we should be highlighting here. It’s the biggest game of the year so far, selling 1.3M copies in its first week, besting BioShock Infinite’s 1.16M sales over the same period, though …

Even After E3, The Used Games Debate is Far From Over

The overriding narrative of E3 2013 was that Sony, and gamers, won. Microsoft embarrassed itself by doubling down on unpopular strategies for connectivity, digital rights management, and used games, while Sony garnered the favor of gamers the world over by committing itself to a vision whereby …

PlayStation 4 auto-update won’t require PlayStation Plus membership

PlayStation 4's social features will not require a PlayStation Plus subscription and all PS4 users will now be able to use the auto-update functionality for free, VideoGamer.com reports.<p>On the PlayStation 3, only Plus members had the ability to auto-update. Speaking with SCEE UK and Ireland MD …

Next Mass Effect: BioWare "borrowing" many game systems from Dragon Age III

BioWare Montreal is "borrowing" many game systems from Dragon Age: Inquisition to speed up development on the next Mass Effect title, studio director Yannick Roy said on Twitter today.<p>After he tweeted a picture of a design document for the next Mass Effect, a fan suggested the game could be "years" …

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Microsoft on what defines a next-gen game

Microsoft has not been shy about using the term "next-gen" to describe its games and experiences for the Xbox One, but what exactly does it mean? Speaking with GameSpot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the term is multifaceted and at times difficult to convey.<p>"I think it's multiple things. Graphic …