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Twitch.tv

Twitch is reducing its delay for partners


Reduced by 500 years
May 14
[Update: Turns out this applies to all streamers, and not just partners. This has been confirmed in a tweet from the Twitch PR director.] Hey, Twitch streamers! Remember those glorious days a few years ago when the delay on ... read
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Xbox One

Xbox founder thinks Sony is winning the console war


Has Sony "won by a nose"?
May 04
Ed Fries -- part of the original team that created the first Xbox way back in 2001 -- thinks that Sony's PlayStation 4 is leading the current-gen console war "by a nose." Fries added that while Microsoft had slashed prices re... read
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Square x Soft

Final Fantasy XV dev put together this DirectX 12 tech demo for Microsoft


Square x Soft
May 01
It's so weird how many computer companies and developers had or have the word "soft" in their names. Squaresoft, Microsoft, Ubisoft. It's like a menagerie of Pau Gasols out here am I right folks. I put together some words in... read
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Witcher beard

Geralt will grow a beard while you play The Witcher 3


FUTURE
Mar 23
Some would call beard growth in videogames insignificant -- a waste of time. They would be wrong. As spotted in the NeoGAF recap of German gaming magazine Gamestar.de's factoid-filled coverage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, pro... read
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SteelSeries Sentry

I couldn't trick the eye-tracking tech in Assassin's Creed Rogue


Say 'trick the eye-tracking tech' five times fast
Mar 06
Whenever I get my hands on new technology, my first inclination is to try to break it. Well, not the way Fred Durst likes to break stuff, but to see if I can expose any hiccups in the design. Going into a demo for the SteelSe... read
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A 4K Ouya

New Nvidia Shield is a $200 Android console


A 4K Ouya
Mar 03
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has announced the company's own sort of Ouya/Amazon Fire TV, the "world's first 4K Android TV console," the Tegra X1-powered Nvidia Shield. Not to be confused with Nvidia's recent Nvidia Shield. It i... read
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GDC news

Sony's virtual reality hat Morpheus coming to PlayStation 4 in 2016


Slick new GDC prototype
Mar 03
In the last month or so, invitations to various virtual reality headset demonstrations have made up a huge chunk of my inbox. GDC is into virtual reality.  I worry someone will pull some garish box out of their bag this ... read
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AC Rogue on PC

Assassin's Creed Rogue's PC port will be first triple-A game to use eye-tracking


Made possible by SteelSeries Sentry
Feb 05
When Assassin's Creed Rogue comes to PC later this spring, players will be able to take advantage of some optional tech that, in a sense, won't restrict their field of vision to the confines of their screen; in fact, it... read
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Crazy tech demo

Unreal 4 can help make some ridiculously photo realistic apartments


Can I live here? It must still be cheaper than San Francisco
Jan 27
3D artist and level designer Benoît Dereau, who has previously worked on Dishonored, has made one of the most impressive Unreal Engine 4 tech demos I've seen, as far as photo realism goes. It makes PT lo... read
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HoloLens, DirectX 12, and actual Microsoft Studios games on PC
Earlier today, Microsoft held a Windows 10 event. My stream kept dying, but I posted about the Battletoads shirt worn by head of Xbox Phil Spencer during his segment about gaming. Much of the event was uninteresting or irrele... read feature

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SpeedTree

Congrats on the Academy Award, SpeedTree


We were rooting for you
Jan 13
Do you ever take a moment to stop and admire the scenery? Too often are we focused on mindlessly pushing forward to the next objective to notice the little details. Foliage, man. Take it in. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts... read
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Nvidia grass tech demo

Nvidia's new grass tech demo is pretty neat


Like watching grass grow
Oct 27
Okay, I mostly wanted to write this story because grass behavior is stereotypically one of the dullest things out there, right next to watching paint dry. But to be honest, the tech demo above is actually pretty cool. I can ... read
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Apple announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus


Duh
Sep 09
Tim Cook called it the "biggest advancement in iPhone." We called it the worst of their long history of poorly kept secrets.  Two sizes: both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were announced this morning at Apple's pres... read
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Samsung

Here's the more expensive version of Google Cardboard from Samsung


Samsung's new VR headset will be a lot pricier than cardboard
Aug 14
Samsung has announced that it will be showing its rumored virtual reality headset, codenamed "Project Moonlight," at its upcoming product event show in early September where it is widely expected to also announce the Galaxy N... read
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Epic Games UK

Epic Games UK set up to work on Unreal Engine 4


Formerly Pitbull Studio
Aug 05
Most of us won't recognize Pitbull Studio by name, but the company has worked with Epic Games in the past on Gears of War: Judgment and, most notably, Unreal Engine 4. Now, the two are further extending their partnership as P... read
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CES expands to Asia with a new tradeshow in Shanghai


Launching May 2015
Jul 17
The Consumer Electronic Show is one of my favorite events. It was Destructoid's very first trade show, and we've been back every year we've been in business. While not necessarily a videogame trade show, it still brings us bi... read
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Microsoft layoffs cut 18,000 workers


Nokia division hit hard
Jul 17
Microsoft says that they're working to realign their workforce, with the first step being a large scale workforce reduction of up to 18,000 jobs. They say that the vast majority of the jobs that will be eliminated will happen... read
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Samsung

Here's Samsung's bid at entering the VR market


It's all red
Jul 09
A new leaked image of Samsung's entry into the VR headset arena is making its rounds on the internet today. Known as Gear VR, it's poised to implement software co-developed by Rift creator Oculus, with screens and additional ... read
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Razer micro console powered by Android TV revealed at Google I/O


Gaming focused, affordable
Jun 25
A new product, a Razer "micro-console" powered by Android TV, was shown as part of the keynote at Google I/O today. This is a device that will stream games and other content to televisions. Razer says that it will be priced t... read
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Microsoft acquires cloud-computing company GreenButton


High-performance cloud tech
May 02
Microsoft has acquired a high-performance cloud-computing company named GreenButton today. The two companies have worked together in the past, with GreenButton also providing services to HP, Amazon, and others. But TechCrunch... read
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ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR

ZeniMax seeking compensation over the Oculus Rift


Asserts Carmack worked on IP while at id that went into the headset
May 01
id Software parent company ZeniMax Media has sent a "formal notice of its legal rights" to Oculus VR and Facebook over intellectual property worked on by chief technology officer John Carmack while he was still at id that Zen... read
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Windows

Windows Start Menu slated to return in the near future


Just like starting over
Apr 24
In a marked change of pace for typical Windows releases, Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and Xbox software division, demonstrated a prototype build of a hybridized Start Menu. Combining the classic function ... read
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Grush, the gaming toothbrush


This is a thing
Apr 23
I have this thing about breath. I'm not so concerned about those that just had coffee or ate roasted garlic. It's more about the people with the breath that lets you know that they just don't bother to brush. That breath. Th... read
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First hands-on at GDC
Sony choose GDC as its coming out party for its virtual reality platform, Project Morpheus. The goal was to build interest at a show where just about every developer in the industry is in attendance. And from the look of the ... read feature

Sony eye tracking tech photo
The coolest thing I've seen at GDC so far
Imagine never having to use the right analog stick to move a game's camera or reticle. Instead, you'd use your eyeballs to aim or move the camera -- simply look at what you want to shoot at or move to.   This sounds like... read feature

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Oculus on virtual reality competition: 'We're excited'


Oculus welcomes the 'titans'
Mar 19
When we met with them yesterday morning, the people at Oculus VR were not surprised to hear my questioning on what they thought of the rumors of a potential Sony VR headset announcement at GDC. We spoke with them just hours b... read
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First hands-on with the new kit
As of this morning at 8 a.m. PST, pre-orders are open for the Oculus Rift development kit 2 (DK2). They're priced at $350, and will ship beginning in July of this year. Oculus tells Destructoid that the kits will be shipped o... read feature

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Project Morpheus

The technical details of Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality


Specs of first dev kit revealed
Mar 18
After tonight's reveal, Sony spent some time at their GDC talk to discuss some details on the technical goals for their new VR headset, codenamed Project Morpheus.  Project Morpheus calls on Sony's electronics divisions ... read
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Razer? I hardly even know her!
Every time I see a razor blade in person I have to pick it up. Those things are dangerous and shouldn't be left lying about. Kids could put them in their mouth or pigeons could weaponize them. Maybe mobsters will smuggle them... read feature

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Oculus VR

Carmack couldn't work on VR at id Software, so he left


Doom 4 with a virtual-reality headset 'would have been a huge win'
Feb 04
As much as I want John Carmack to do good work at Oculus VR, it was sad to see him depart from id Software. In an interview with USA Today, he elaborated on why he chose to leave instead of working at multiple companies simul... read
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Technology

Neat idea: A headset that can help stop gamer rage


Put this tech into something more viable and I'm in
Jan 20
I don't know anyone who hasn't at one point in the life or another gotten upset at a videogame, whether that be due to bad design, an inability to play well enough, or something else entirely. Sam Matson has a novel solution ... read
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Fancy new RTS engine

This engine could mean massive new strategy games


Oxide Games uses AMD's Mantle for its new engine
Jan 14
Leveraging AMD's Mantle technology, Oxide Games has come up with a new game engine intended for real-time strategy titles on PC and consoles called Nitrous that can handle up to 5,000 AI- or physics-driven objects (like laser... read






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