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Why Valve's Free to Play documentary wasn't one big promotion — but got me playing Dota 2 anyway

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Two weeks ago, Valve released its first documentary, <i>Free to Play</i>. The developer allowed viewers to preload and download the full film via its …

Could throwing fireballs with your eyes be the future of PlayStation?

Sony's virtual reality headset already stacks up nicely against the Oculus Rift, but the company could also have a secret weapon. Last year, Sony revealed it was working on technology to let you control games with your eyes — technology that we just tried here at the 2014 Game Developers …

World-builders, rejoice: the final Oculus Rift VR dev kit is here

One year ago today, Oculus introduced the first version of its prototype virtual reality headset that wasn't literally held together with duct tape and glue. The $300 Oculus Rift Development Kit showed the world that inexpensive VR headgear was capable of being mass produced. Now, at the 2014 Game …

Sony Announces Project Morpheus, A Virtual Reality Headset For The PS4

And just like that, the Virtual Reality wars have begun.<p>Firing a shot across the bow of Oculus (the company responsible for getting many people excited about virtual reality again, after the myriad flops of the 90s), Sony has just announced that they’re building a VR headset for the PS4.<p>Sony is …

Valve's virtual reality headset might be better than the Oculus Rift

Valve has been vocal in its support of virtual reality technology, saying that "compelling, consumer-priced VR hardware" could "transform the entertainment industry." Valve says it has offered help to Oculus as it works on the Rift headset, but the Bellevue-based developer is also apparently …

Status Symbols: Nintendo Power Glove

100% conspicuous futurism<p><i>Status Symbols are devices that transcend their specs and features, and become something beautiful and luxurious in their own right. They're things that live on after the megapixel and megahertz wars move past them, beacons of timeless design and innovation.</i><p>In December of …

Reggie Fils-Aime is going on tour to play Wii U with Nintendo fans

Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is trying a novel technique to help the Wii U, taking on the role of a travelling salesman. Fils-Aime recently revealed via Twitter that he'll be heading out to select cities through a series of "tweetups" to play games with Nintendo fans, …

Leaked Xbox One manual reveals improved Kinect minimum distance

A leaked Xbox One has revealed exactly how improved Microsoft's next-generation Kinect is for smaller play areas. While the company promised improvements for use in smaller environments, a setup manual (PDF) shows the new Kinect will work at a minimum distance of 1.4 meters (4.59 feet). The …

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 make AMD profitable once more

AMD is profitable again. After over a year of substantial losses, the chipmaker managed to pull in a profit of $48 million for the third quarter of 2013, on an improved $1.46 billion in revenue. Needless to say, that's very good news for the troubled company, which lost $29 million last quarter and …

September sales spell more success for Sony's PS platform

Grand Theft Auto V's record-breaking billion-dollar plus run last month made the video game industry's health a front and center topic, putting both the game's now-standard controversial content and the role of video games as an influential entertainment medium up for debate in media outlets small …

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Microsoft demonstrates Xbox One Friends app with Twitter-like followers and feeds

Microsoft is providing an early look at the company's Xbox One dashboard and friends system today. Just as you'd expect, it provides access to a friends list and the ability to add over 1,000 friends. Xbox 360 friends will be automatically imported, but the Xbox One has a new follow option too to …

ColecoVision project promises officially licensed gaming nostalgia (video)

Rantmedia Games has a knack for rekindling childhood gaming memories -- see its uncannily accurate <i>Vectrex Regeneration</i> as proof. We're glad to hear, then, that the developer wants to revive our nostalgia once more with its upcoming ColecoVision app. The crowdfunded project has all the necessary …

Don’t Look Now, but the Second Screen Is About to Invade Videogames’ Next Generation

The “second screen”: Savior of bored TV watchers, scourge of movie ushers and … <i>something</i> for the future of videogames.<p>By now it’s old news that many …

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Ubisoft Says Next-Gen Game Preorders Outpacing Current Gen

It’s hard to describe how excited the gaming public is to have a new console generation finally arrive at last, but now we’re starting to see ways in which that sentiment is quantified. Speaking to MCV, Ubisoft’s Europeon Chief Alain Corre revealed that pre-orders for their upcoming games like …

Nintendo’s 3DS ‘StreetPass’ games makes $4 million in amonth

Nintendo's new games for the 3DS mobile console netted the beleaguered gaming company $4 million in just a month.<p>While Nintendo's Wii U video game console has languished both in terms of sales and interesting content available on the device, the Japanese gaming giant's mobile counterpart, the 3DS, …

OMGPOP Team Tried To Buy Back Its Site, But Zynga Killed It Instead

OMGPOP almost got an extra life, but Zynga said ‘game over’. Zynga just finalized plans to shut down OMGPOP, the game developer of Draw Something it acquired for $200 million in March 2012. But multiple sources familiar with Zynga tell TechCrunch the OMGPOP team was in direct contact with Zynga …

South Korea’s Kakao has become the ‘new El Dorado’ of mobile games

SAN FRANCISCO — Just a year ago, South Korea’s Kakao Talk mobile-messaging network launched its game platform, and now it has become the “new El Dorado of games,” according to Eric Choi of Kakao.<p>Choi said in a talk at the Casual Connect game conference today that revenues in the South Korean game …

PlayStation: Mid-Core Gamers Are the Future of Mobile

“<b>Midcore</b>: ‘I play games regularly, favouring immersive games. I do not spend great lengths of time gaming and don’t not spend a large amount of money …

Why PlayStation 4 Still Has The Edge Over Xbox One When It Comes To Indie Games

Adam Boyes has a fascinating job.<p>Working in “developer relations” at Sony may not sound particularly glamorous, but Boyes heads up the team behind Sony’s indie self-publishing effort: Pub Fund.<p>Boyes and his team have a singular goal: to find great indie games and game developers and bring their …

Japanese developers weigh in on their E3 highs and lows

<i>Famitsu</i> magazine asked a range of Japanese game developers and producers what their time at last month's E3 show in Los Angeles was like in this week's issue. Some of the more interesting responses are as follows:<p>"The atmosphere of the Japanese game market is drifting further and further away from …

Microsoft preps standalone gold Xbox 360 controller, brings new glitz to old consoles

Redesign notwithstanding, the Xbox 360 is clearly in its twilight years. Wouldn't it be nice to give the system a retirement gift? Microsoft thinks so, as it just unveiled a stand-alone gold version of its Chrome Series controller. The wireless gamepad shares the same transforming D-pad as past …

Xbox One to let gamers scan download codes using Kinect

Many console gamers know the drudgery of entering a download code with a gamepad or keyboard. Now that Kinect is part and parcel of the Xbox One experience, however, they'll always get to skip that step: Microsoft's Marc Whitten has revealed that system owners can scan the codes with the Kinect …

Ouya Is a Compact Bundle of Fun, but Not a Be-All Game Console

Let me put this right out there: I’m not a big gamer.<p>Sure, some 20-plus years ago I blew some money on Nintendo game cartridges and played hours of …

YouTube: Gamers Watch a Ton of Our Videos, and They’re Actually Engaged

Despite its enormous popularity, YouTube is still figuring out the best way to turn eyeballs into dollars.<p>So it makes sense that the first …

How Sony entrusted the design of the PlayStation 4 to an American consultant

In the creation of the PlayStation 4, Sony took the unprecedented step of entrusting its crown jewel to a game developer who is a consultant, not a full-time employee of the company.<p>Mark Cerny is a seasoned developer with decades of experience producing blockbuster Sony games such as the Crash …

Xbox One Price 'Too High' Says Economist

Kinect should be optional, says author.<p>Despite Microsoft's recent reversal to make Xbox One more appealing, economist and author Rafi Mohammed told …

Custom-built Katamari controller is made from yoga ball, DualShock 2 pad, power of the cosmos (video)

Conventional wisdom would suggest that making a for-real <i>Katamari Damacy</i> ball would be tricky, but that didn't stop Chris McInnis, Ron LeBlanc and Tom Gwozdz from taking up the challenge. As part of the Nuit Blanche festival in London, Canada (which also included some building-projected gaming), …

Nintendo taps Steel Diver franchise for its first free-to-play game

Nintendo was coy when it announced that its first free-to-play game will launch before the end of next March, divulging only that it wouldn't belong to the Mario or Pokemon franchises. However, the firm's Shigeru Miyamoto revealed to <i>IGN</i> that its first gratis title would be a <i>Steel Diver</i> game -- yes, …