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3:30 PM on 10.18.2013

Mondelez wants to use Kinects to watch you buy snacks

Mondelez International (Oreo, Wheat Thins, Nabisco) is exploring a pilot program that will have Kinects monitoring shoppers as they look around the snack aisle, ABC News reports. "The technology looks at facial features to de...

Jordan Devore





1:30 PM on 10.18.2013

Nvidia hopes to stop screen tearing with G-Sync

Nvidia has announced G-Sync, a technology said to eliminate screen tearing, input lag, and stutter. This is a module that's built into monitors, synchronizing them with the GPU's output. Sounds fantastic on paper -- and Epic'...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 10.03.2013

Microsoft will unlock Xbox One GPU reserves for devs

A whopping 10 percent of the Xbox One's GPU is reserved for the Kinect and app running (in the concurrent-running Snap Mode). "The current reservation provides strong isolation between the title and the system and simplifie...

Steven Hansen



Exploring the depths of the ocean in Assassin's Creed IV photo
Exploring the depths of the ocean in Assassin's Creed IV
by Dale North

Water is usually a background element in action/adventure games. Or at best, water gets a temporary spotlight in levels that let you take a break from standard play -- a quick splash and then back to land.  It's rarely ever a focus in these games. Usually, underwater segments are the worst parts of these games. Poor water.

The ocean played a sizable role in Assassin's Creed III with its naval battles, and while that was fantastic, it only served as a tease for what the ocean offered. Reacting to feedback, Ubisoft is now bringing the deep blue sea to the forefront in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. They've embraced the open-world concept, and the free exploration extends to the ocean, not only by boat, but through underwater play. 

We visited the team behind Assassin's Creed IV's ocean tech, Ubisoft Singapore, to learn how deep they were willing to dive this time around.

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New Xbox One details revealed with unboxing photo
New Xbox One details revealed with unboxing
by Dale North

Microsoft has just released some interesting facts and new details for their upcoming console, the Xbox One. A Day One edition of the console has been unboxed and explored -- one of less than 20 that exist on our planet. Along with this unboxing comes plenty of new details on the system, and we have the highlights for you here.

As for system specs, we've heard a lot of them leading up to now. You'll get a 500GB hard disk, a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, HDMI in/out ports, S/PDIF, a new Kinect sensor port, three USB 3.0 ports, and both Wired and Wireless (A/B/G/N dual-band 2.4 and 5ghz frequencies) networking. And don't forget the IR blaster. This all comes in a Liquid Black finished system that uses a 16:9 design ratio across all components -- even the Kinect.

Speaking of Kinect, this new one has a 1080p HD camera with a wider field of view. New sensors improve low-light sensitivity, and four microphones do all the listening. 

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8:30 AM on 08.06.2013

Turtle Beach acquires Parametric Sound Corporation

Turtle Beach, makers of fine gaming headsets, has just announced plans to acquire Parametric Sound Corporation in a reverse merger. The transaction is scheduled to close before the end of the year. This small San Diego-bawed ...

Dale North

9:14 AM on 07.24.2013

Nvidia's Project Logan GPU brings PC graphics to mobile

At SIGGRAPH this week, NVIDIA and Epic Games teamed up to unveil their next-gen mobile processor, Project Logan. This GPU is based on the Kepler architecture that powers what NVIDIA has been putting in desktops and notebooks...

Dale North

2:00 AM on 07.23.2013

New invention will let you feel virtual objects

Virtual reality is cool and all, but you can't actually physically feel what's happening in these experiences. It's all happening in your head, but Disney is looking to change that with Aireal, a new invention that blows puf...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 AM on 07.17.2013

Apple reportedly looking to buy the company behind Kinect

A report from Calcalist claims that Apple is looking to acquire PrimeSense, the 3D sensor company behind the original Kinect. Apple has offered $280 million to purchase the Israeli-based company after talks of including the 3...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 06.28.2013

Tech talk: Lead architect describes road to PlayStation 4

In this Gamelab 2013 lecture, PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny discusses the hurdles of developing for the notoriously-challenging PlayStation 3 and how that led to a more standardized approach (and lack of Cell proce...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 06.28.2013

Razer Surround: Virtual surround to stereo sets, for free

Did you know that Razer has more software engineers than hardware engineers? While the company is known for its high-end (read: pricey) peripherals and daftly sleek gaming laptop, it does equally wild work on the software sid...

Steven Hansen

11:30 PM on 06.24.2013

Titanfall engineer on using the Xbox Live Cloud

Microsoft has been pushing the "infinite power of the cloud" hard with its Xbox One, perhaps partially to make up for the technological advantage held by Sony's PS4 specs, or maybe just for the sake of buzzwords. If they repe...

Steven Hansen





3:52 PM on 06.10.2013

NBA Live 14 redefines dribbling with bounceTek

I have been known to shoot some b-ball, usually outside of my school, so long as no one starts making trouble in my neighbourhood. That being said, I have played a fair bit of Basketball videogames too, and as foolish as boun...

Jason Cabral

8:30 AM on 05.23.2013

EA: PS4/Xbox One 'a generation ahead' of gaming PCs

The hype train is at full speed now the Xbox One and PS4 are both public knowledge, and Electronic Arts is riding first class. According to EA CTO Rajat Teneja, Sony and Microsoft have systems so magically powerful, they're f...

Jim Sterling

11:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Fallout fans: Build your own functional PIP-Boy today!

In the age of the iPhone, the benefits of an armband computer that weighs you down is ludicrous. Nevertheless, Fallout's PIP-Boy 3000 is among the most wanted fictional tech toys among game enthusiasts. Hell, even the milita...

Allistair Pinsof

6:30 PM on 04.29.2013

Microsoft's IllumiRoom sounds silly but looks neat

You may not instantly recognize the name, but you should remember hearing about Microsoft's attempt to expand gaming beyond the scope of televisions and on to physical walls using a projector. It sounded beyond gimmicky at f...

Jordan Devore