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Build This Beautiful Modern Bench Using Nothing But 2 x 4s

This lovely bench seat only looks expensive.<p>"Less is more" definitely applies to modern furniture. But despite its simple lines, modern style furniture can be expensive. This well-designed bench, on the other hand, looks great and only takes a few hours to build while costing less than $50 in …

Valve releases Steam Controller CAD files so users can mod the hardware

Valve’s Steam Controller went through a number of iterations after it was announced but prior to release. The consumer-ready product has been getting …

Virtual Reality

Take a look at Mirror's Edge Catalyst's movement and combat in new videos

Faith is back and running smoother than ever<p>EA DICE shared new details and footage of two key facets of <i>Mirror's Edge Catalyst</i> on the game's website: movement and combat.<p>The short video for how movement in the game works, as seen above, shows off hero Faith running and jumping across a variety of …

'No Man's Sky' Finally Has A Release Date, And A Price

It feels like <i>No Man’s Sky</i> has been being hyped for as long as I can remember. The procedurally generated space sim made a splash at the 2013 VGX awards, and has been a press conference mainstay ever since, in addition to media appearances, plenty of coverage, and that elusive to define but easy to …

No Man's Sky

Oh, So People Do Want To Pay For Microtransactions In $60 Video Games

It’s easy to sit here as a games writer or armchair pundit and <i>rail</i> against the practice of publishers asking for more money from gamers who have …

Gaming

HTC Vive Pre: Everything you need to know

Have VR questions? We've got answers.<p>The HTC Vive VR headset has arrived at CNET, but we're going to take a break from our extensive, exhaustive forays into virtual reality -- for testing purposes -- to answer a few questions you might be asking about Valve's take on gaming in virtual reality.<p>Is …

Virtual Reality

The Era Of The Xbox One Exclusive May Be Over

Exclusives can make or break a console, and few know that better that Microsoft. The original Xbox — and thus the entire Xbox brand — might well have withered on the vine were it not for <i>Halo: Combat Evolved,</i> the seminal sci-fi shooter that came to define the early days of the console shooter and …

Living Rooms

No Man's Sky review: This star trek is a beautiful but flawed masterpiece

Your universe just got a whole lot bigger.​<p>It's rare that something like <i>No Man's Sky</i> comes along, the PS4 sci-fi exclusive that at last promises a …

No Man's Sky

'No Man's Sky' finally takes off on June 21st for $60

<i>No Man's Sky</i>, the stylish space-exploration game that's roughly as big as the actual universe, will reach PlayStation 4 and PC on June 21st (June 24th in the UK), and pre-orders are live today. It even gets a physical Blu-ray edition on PS4. <i>No Man's Sky</i> is an independent title built by a team of 10 …

No Man's Sky release date: Here's when the game will come to PlayStation 4, PC

The farthest reaches of space will soon be at players’ fingertips, as <i>No Man’s Sky</i> now has a release date for PlayStation 4 and PC.<p>Hello Games’ …

On Firewatch and the Power of Human Voices in Video Games

One of the great ironies of video games — which by nature and necessity are one of the more technologically progressive mediums — is how much they’ve …

Upgradeable Xbox Is Either The Best Or Worst Idea Ever

Earlier this week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer spilled the beans about the company’s plans for the Xbox brand. Clearly something had to be done, with …

Batman: Arkham

The best PC game recording software: 5 freeware capture tools compared

Whether you’re an emerging Twitch broadcaster or simply a gamer who wants to share your epic gaming highlights with pals, recording your video gameplay is all the rage these days. But which recording software should you use if you’re just dipping your toes into capturing gaming videos? There’s no …

Software

Survios demos two-player cooperative VR shooter Raw Data

Survios is demonstrating a two-player cooperative virtual reality first-person shooter dubbed Raw Data.<p>The demo is one of the first to show that VR can be a multiplayer experience, which could be a critical component in making VR take off as a more social experience. VR is expected to be a $30 …

5 irresistible graphics cards enclosures for PC gaming from CES 2016

Introduction<p>Remember when people said the PC was dead? Judging by the external graphics card enclosures out in force at CES 2016, not only is the PC …

Computer Hardware

Sandia's New Thor Accelerator Will Wield a Mighty Hammer

Sandia National Laboratories is building a shiny new accelerator to study how materials behave at extreme pressures. And they’ve named the new …