Here's how Minecraft creates its gigantic worlds
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 7:16 pm
Have you wondered how Minecraft can produce massive worlds that are still chock-full of little details, like elaborate cliff faces and waterfalls? PBS' Game/Show is more than happy to explain in a new video. As you'll see below, Mojang's game relies ...


The Associated Press is automating college sports news, too
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 7:59 pm
In an effort to bring the masses more sports news, the Associated Press plans to use automated tech for stories it wouldn't normally cover. The AP is working with the NCAA this spring to produce game reports across Division I baseball, Division I wom...


Daily Roundup: Nintendo and indie gaming, HTC's attempt at VR and more!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 8:43 pm
In today's Daily Roundup, we take a look at Nintendo's relationship with indie game makers, find out how Valve wants to change VR and chat with HTC's chief designer. Head past the break to get caught up on all of the day's top stories....


EA shuts down the studio behind 'SimCity'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:58 pm
The studio that created SimCity and The Sims is no more. Today, EA confirmed that it will shut down Maxis Emeryville, displacing the folks primarily responsible for the aforementioned titles. In a statement, EA said that it'll relocate Maxis' develop...


US tech companies have stashed over $420 billion overseas
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 5:19 pm
It's no secret that the US government wants companies to bring more of their offshore profits back home for the sake of taxes, and it's now exceptionally clear as to why. Bloomberg has sifted through financial filings and discovered that the top eigh...


Valve's push into VR will span many headsets from many companies
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 5:30 pm
Currently, the HTC Vive is the only virtual reality headset that's part of Valve's Steam VR push. That's not because it's the only one, but because it's the only one we know about thus far. "You should think of the Vive as the first in the same way t...


Xbox Live and ID@Xbox are coming to Windows 10
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 5:49 pm
If the news of Xbox games coming to HoloLens and Elite: Dangerous hitting Xbox One this summer wasn't nearly enough, Microsoft has a few other tidbits to share from this year's Game Developers Conference. First up: Redmond is bringing the Xbox Live S...


A visual history of Valve's work in VR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 6:06 pm
It's been a long road from where Valve started with VR. It was only a few shorts years ago that the company was letting select industry folk demo prototype VR hardware in its QR code-laden "Room." And now, Valve has its own consumer-facing VR headset...


Bloomberg: A 12.9-inch iPad is still coming, just later this year
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 6:18 pm
If you're holding out hope for a super-sized iPad Pro, Bloomberg is still in your corner. The outlet previously reported 12.9-inch iPad production could start as early as Q1 of this year, but now says suppliers are gearing up to start production in S...


YotaPhone 2 will come to the US via Indiegogo
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 6:50 pm
The second generation of YotaPhone's dual-display smartphone is finally coming to the US, but not in the way you may expect. In an interview with PhoneScoop, the company's Matthew Kelly said that the e-ink display-toting device will be made available...


Here's what our readers think of the iPhone 6 Plus
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 3:00 pm
Though the iPhone has always been a good (if not great) product, one area where it was lacking was size. If you wanted a bigger screen, you had to pick up an Android device. And plenty of people did, which is why Apple finally entered the fray last y...


Instagram's carousel ads let brands post multiple photos at once
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 3:14 pm
If you're looking to post multiple photos to Instagram at once, you have to employ another app to create a grid of snapshots. Well, that's about to change... for brands. The filter-driven app announced today that "carousel ads" will soon appear in yo...


Massive space-sim 'Elite: Dangerous' coming to Xbox One this summer
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 3:30 pm
Good tidings for Xbox One owning folks pining for a procedurally-generated space exploration game to call their own: Elite: Dangerous is coming to your console. Details are scant at this point, so there's no telling what, if any, sacrifices will be m...


JxE Streams: Bring on the Bright Lord in 'Shadow of Mordor'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 3:30 pm
Last year was a mixed bag for fans of magical rings and short dudes with a penchant for going barefoot. On the one hand, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was a disappointing close to the mediocre second Tolkien film trilogy. On the other, Monoli...


Valve is solving virtual reality's input problem
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 3:37 pm
Among the handful of announcement Valve made at this year's Game Developers Conference was a subtle and hugely important one: Lighthouse. What in the world is Lighthouse? It's the "base stations" referenced in Valve's VR headset announcement, and it'...


HBO's standalone streaming service reportedly costs $15 per month
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 3:49 pm
Wondering how much HBO's hyped-up standalone streaming service will cost you when it (hopefully) arrives this April? Considerably more than your Netflix subscription, it seems. The International Business Times hears that the internet-only offering, r...


HTC's design lead on the One M9, criticism and the promise of VR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:00 pm
The story of HTC's recent fortunes is one of the more bizarre tales in modern technology. What other company releases award-winning flagship after award-winning flagship, only to see revenues and market share drop? For a while, HTC's phones truly sto...


Steam Machines are coming this fall and this is what they look like
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:15 pm
Steam Machines. Maybe you've heard of them. They're Valve's oft-talked about, rarely seen in the wild solution for streaming PC games to the fancy HDTV in your living room. And at GDC this week, the company brought us closer to the promise of that co...


Valve's final Steam Controller is still missing something
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:20 pm
I spent roughly 10 minutes with the final Steam Controller at GDC 2015, playing snippets of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, The Talos Principle and Unreal Tournament on various Steam Machines. The body of the controller is wonderful to hold. Two long...


NVIDIA's got a new GPU monster, and it's called Titan X
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:31 pm
NVIDIA just announced the Titan X, its latest powerhouse graphics card, at Epic Game's GDC session this morning. And boy, it sounds like a monster: According to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, it's now the world's most powerful GPU with more than 8 billio...


Lockheed Martin's laser can stop a truck from over a mile away
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 4:51 pm
Lasers have staggering range, can attack land or air-based targets and are dirt-cheap to fire, making them ideal for a military with one eye on the budget. Now, Lockheed Martin has worked out that the technology could also be used for stopping a car ...


One of the first Valve VR games is inspired by '80s fantasy films
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 2:00 pm
The Gallery: Six Elements is a magical fantasy exploration game created by Vancouver Island studio Cloudhead Games for Valve and HTC's new virtual reality headset, the Vive. It includes motion controls and a soundtrack by Elder Scrolls composer Jerem...


Government finds the FAA is vulnerable to hacks
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 2:34 pm
On the scale of extremely disconcerting government revelations, this isn't PRISM, but damn if it isn't alarming. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a scathing report on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) air traffic control ...


Xbox games are coming to Microsoft's augmented reality headset
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 2:46 pm
If you watched Microsoft's announcement of its Hololens augmented reality headset and wondered if you'd play Xbox games with it, well, wonder no longer. Today at its Game Developers Conference presentation, Redmond announced that games would be en ro...


It's complicated: Nintendo's relationship with indie gaming
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 12:00 pm
Independent games are a cornerstone of Sony's PlayStation 4 messaging, and a contributing factor to the system's blockbuster success. They are not for Nintendo -- neither for the Wii U, nor the 3DS. An unsurprising strategy given the Japanese company...


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