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'Halo 5' doesn't have split-screen, but 'never say never'

<i>Halo 5: Guardians</i> doesn't have split-screen cooperative play. This is a drastic shift for the series -- every console <i>Halo</i> game has featured local co-op, including the recently released <i>Halo: Master Chief Collection</i>, a bundle of the franchise's major titles. Plenty of longtime <i>Halo</i> fans have hit …

The best of E3

The best of E3<p>Mashable picks the most memorable games of 2015<p>The best of E3<p>Mashable picks the most memorable games of 2015<p>This year’s E3 sits amidst …

IGN's Top 5 E3 2015 Hopes

Do We Dare to Dream?<p>E3 is about to start and as it approaches our hopes get one step closer to becoming reality. During the last week we've talked …

E3 2015: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One Is Official

"Aw, hell yeah!"<p>A remake of the Gears of War is coming to Xbox One on August 25 as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Microsoft has officially announced.<p>…

E3 2015: New Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Details

Coming this Holiday.<p>Microsoft has revealed several new details about how the upcoming Xbox One backwards compatibility feature will work.<p>During a …

The Quasar Main Sequence - Sky & Telescope

<b>A new diagram suggests two physical properties — how efficiently the black hole feeds and the system's orientation — lie behind quasars' …

Black Holes

Fermi Finds 'Transformer' Pulsar

For the first time, scientists have watched a pulsar transition from a low-energy system to a high one.

Have Three Little Photons Broken Theoretical Physics?

Seven billion years ago, three cosmic travelers set out together on an epic journey to Earth. They've just arrived, and they bring news of the great …

How gamers will explore infinite worlds in No Man's Sky

There are seemingly endless numbers of alien worlds to explore in video games at E3. There are desert planets, alien-filled versionsof our own Solar …

Supermassive black hole at center of distant spiral galaxy 'weighed'

Astronomers have measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1097 -- a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 45 …

Black Holes

Just Cause 3 Gameplay Trailer For E3 2015 (video)

A new Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer has been unveiled at this years E3 games conference in Los Angeles providing a further look at what you can …

NASA's heat shield tech could save firefighters' lives

NASA has teamed up with the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service to see if the agency's heat shield technology could be adapted to protect people during forest fires. Currently, firefighters carry a 4.3-pound "personal fire shelter" -- a large tinfoil snuggie that's designed to keep them safe …

How HoloLens and backward compatibility fit into Xbox’s grand strategy

LOS ANGELES — Shannon Loftis has had a long career making games for Microsoft, from the original Xbox to a variety of Kinect releases. She also managed the now-defunct Microsoft TV business, Xbox Entertainment Studios, and she is now the head of publishing for Microsoft Studios, the game division …

Neutrinos may not be faster than light, but they can shapeshift

About four years ago, CERN made a claim that sent shockwaves through the scientific community. During the course of an experiment, CERN scientists apparently discovered that neutrinos -- tiny subatomic particles that travel near light speed -- could possibly accelerate <i>faster</i> <i>than light</i>. That, …

Apple Watch 2 Said to Feature FaceTime Camera, Expanded Wi-Fi Capabilities and New Models

Apple is planning a second-generation Apple Watch with new features including a front-facing FaceTime video camera, expanded Wi-Fi capabilities and possibly additional models based on new materials, according to <i>9to5Mac</i>. The report claims the so-called "Apple Watch 2" is likely to be introduced in …

Apple Watch

Sony’s virtual reality chief aims to create magical Morpheus experiences

LOS ANGELES — Richard Marks is the director of Sony PlayStation’s Magic Labs research division, and he’s responsible for dreaming up Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week, he talked with us 1-on-1 about the growing body of virtual reality …

Oculus Touch redefines virtual control

This year's E3 saw Oculus Rift take a massive step towards final release, showing off the consumer model of the virtual reality headset and a …

Xbox One preview members get early access to Halo 5 beta tomorrow

An early Christmas present from Microsoft and 343 industries<p>Microsoft is gifting its dedicated Xbox One preview members an early Christmas present tomorrow: early access to <i>Halo 5</i>. While 343 industries and Microsoft plan to launch a <i>Halo 5</i> multiplayer beta on December 29th, Xbox One preview members …

NASA's Incredible, Futuristic, And Totally Real Plan To Establish A Human Colony On Venus

In fact, up in the clouds above its scorching surface, Venus is "probably the most Earth-like environment that's out there," Chris Jones of NASA told Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum.<p>Forget Mars and its frigid temperatures and thin atmosphere when we can live like gods, afloat in the clouds of …

Astronomy

If you have $30,000 and absolutely no taste, Mervis has the Apple Watch wristband for you

The Apple Watch may not be available until next year, but that hasn’t stopped one company making an early bid for the title of Ugliest Apple Watch Wristband Ever.<p>For a mere $30,000, diamond importers Mervis will sell you a rose gold Apple Watch with a wristband containing over 15 carats of …

LG to Show Off Quantum Dot 4k UHD TVs at CES

Quantum solace for display geeks.<p>LG is unveiling a new line of 4K Televisions at CES next year that boasts the new “quantum dot” technology.<p>4K TVs …

Microsoft Launches Local Xbox Live Servers in Australia

Microsoft has announced that it’s putting local Xbox Live data centers in Australia and New Zealand so gamers can enjoy faster online gaming.<p>The company said in a press release that because it’ll be hosting Xbox Live in Australian data centers, Xbox One players will enjoy faster connection speeds, …

Microsoft Might Soon Let You Play Xbox One Games On Your Phone Or Tablet

The new technology, codenamed "Arcadia," will reportedly replace Microsoft's discontinued game streaming technology, called "Rio." It also seems similar to the cloud service OnLive, which lets you play "console-class games on any device."<p>Microsoft demonstrated Rio last year, showing how "Xbox-level …

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Nintendo's next device will reportedly, bizarrely, be donut-shaped

There's an intriguing report from <i>Kyodo</i> that Nintendo will use Sharp's "free-form" LCDs on an oddly-shaped new console or other product. Sharp recently showed off IGZO-based displays that move the control circuits away from the bezel, allowing for funky, non-rectangular shapes, as shown above. …

Sony can make any eyewear more like Google Glass

Sony has just announced a new attachable display module that can turn a "pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear" into smartglasses. And, yes, it's completely detachable so you can remove it whenever you want to. This module is comprised of a control board where …

No, 'Gangnam Style' Didn't Break YouTube. We Did the Math

Earlier this week, a brief but curious post appeared on YouTube's Google+ account: "'Gangnam Style' has been viewed so many times we have to …

Bungie Hints at Destiny Racing Mode, Makes No Promises Yet

Is racing in your destiny?<p>There are a few different game modes in Destiny, including cooperative raids and PvP combat, but an official competitive …

New $3 Million Ferrari FXX K Sold Out

Last week the new Ferrari FXX K was made official, the car is based on the LaFerrari, and just 40 of this new supercar will be made at a cost of €2.5 …

How It Feels To Ride A Real Hoverboard

The thin air turns thick beneath your feet. You step onto the Hendo Hoverboard and an invisible force compresses, condensing and coiling like a spring you cannot see. It sinks for just a split-second, slipping closer to the solid copper floor below.<p>But before it can touch, the magnets strengthen …

PlayStation Network down intermittently — cyberattackers take credit

Last week, Xbox Live went through a ton of issues due to a cyberattack. Now, it’s PSN’s turn.<p>Sony’s PlayStation Network online service is experiencing a number of issues that are keeping many gamers from signing in. Some of our writers are experiencing this firsthand, and the problems are …