Lightweight gloves help you touch virtual objects
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 4:36 pm

One factor that prevents virtual reality from being truly immersive is the fact that you still can't feel what you see. A group of scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich is trying to change that by creating a pair of high-tech gloves that "provides extremely realistic haptic feedback." According to the researchers, their creation, which they've named "DextrES," isn't like the other VR gloves also currently in development. First, it's lightweight and doesn't have a bulky exoskeleton or heavy components. It's made of nylon, is only 2 mm thick and weighs 8 grams per finger. Plus, it needs very little power that it could eventually run on a battery.

Source: EPFL

Watch the 'Forza' esports championship starting at 1PM Eastern
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 12:02 pm

If you enjoy watching top-tier virtual motorsports, you're about to get your fill. Microsoft and Turn 10 are streaming the season-ending Forza Racing World Championship this weekend, starting with an initial pack of 24 racers on October 20th at 1PM Eastern and whittling down to the top 12 on October 21st (also at 1PM Eastern). And you might want to tune in even if you're only mildly interested in upper echelon play -- the companies are promising some giveaways for Forza Motorsport 7 fans.

Source: Xbox Wire, Forza Racing Championship, ForzaRC (Twitch)

Still waiting for a video game developer to win a Genius Grant
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 10:30 am

Every year since 1981, the MacArthur Foundation has handed out the "Genius Grant," awarding a handful of individuals $625,000 each in recognition of their creative skills and success in their chosen field. The money is no-strings-attached, designed to act as an open investment in that person and their work. The chosen Fellows come from an extensive range of industries, from philosophers and filmmakers to journalists and jazz performers. There's even a basket weaver on the list.

There are absolutely no video game developers.

"The grant program has basically been concurrent with the entire history of video games," Mohawk Games CEO Soren Johnson said. "It just seems really weird that they basically pretend that video games don't exist."

The Morning After: Netflix cancels 'Luke Cage'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 8:55 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to your weekend! Friday night brought a successful rocket launch and some bad news for another Marvel hero on Netflix. Also, we'll take a look at Tim Cook's request to Bloomberg, and take a ride in Audi's new A8.

The world of 'Guacamelee! 2'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 1:00 pm

Have you heard the legend of El águila y la serpiente?

In a dream, the gods told an Aztec leader to take his people into the wilderness of Central America to look for an eagle grasping a serpent on a prickly pear tree -- one creature that could freely travel between the sky and land consuming another that represented wisdom and rebirth.

They wandered, living off fleeting natural resources to survive the changing seasons. That is, until the day they saw an eagle perched on a cactus in the middle of a lake. It was eating a serpent. This was the sign they'd searched for -- the sign they'd found their true home, so the Aztec people built their nation, México-Tenochtitlán on that very lake. Today, we know it as Mexico City.

This symbolic battle between eagle and serpent is embedded in the center of Mexico's flag. You can also find it at the heart of Guacamelee! 2, the 2D action-adventure platformer from DrinkBox Studios.

PS4 zombie thriller 'Days Gone' delayed yet again
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 6:11 am

You'll have to wait a bit longer to mow down zombies (sorry, Freakers) on the upcoming PS4 action-survival game Days Gone. Sony is again pushing back the exclusive title from its slated February 22nd release date to April 26th. The game was originally supposed to arrive in 2018.

Source: PlayStation Blog

The Morning After: The cheapest Tesla Model 3 ever
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 6:44 am

Friday morning has arrived, and with it we're looking at the cheapest Model 3 ever. Also, Apple opened orders for the iPhone XR and set a date for its event where we expect to meet new iPads and Macs. Plus, there's groundbreaking news in the worlds of chipmaking and quantum computing.

‘Papers, Please’ creator debuts ‘Return of the Obra Dinn’
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2018, 9:21 pm

Return of the Obra Dinn, the first-person mystery from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope, is now available. The game has been in the works for some time, with Pope revealing the project and releasing an early demo back in 2014, and it features a rather distinct aesthetic, due to Pope's use of 1-bit rendering. "I'd like to capture the detailed black and white look of old Mac games in a realtime first-person game," Pope said in 2014. "I plan to push it grittier and less cartoon-like than those old games; the hard part will be keeping everything legible without it becoming an unreadable mess of dithered pixels."

'Red Dead Redemption 2' starts its 100GB pre-release downloads tonight
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2018, 6:46 pm

After some long (or, not so long?) days by everyone on the Rockstar Games team, Red Dead Redemption 2 is nearly upon us. Ahead of its release October 26th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Rockstar has revealed one more trailer and confirmed that starting at midnight tonight gamers will be able to start preloading digital copies on either console.

They'll probably want to get started ASAP because a support page has confirmed what we'd heard about the game's install size, which is massive at 99GB for PS4 and 107GB for Xbox One. Additionally, anyone downloading the game on PS4 will need an extra 50GB free to complete the installation process.

Source: Rockstar Games

The Morning After: Can anyone trust Facebook?
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

It's time for OITNB to say goodbye, advertisers claim Facebook lied about its video stats for over a year and we're giving streaming games a try. Clearly, it's Thursday morning.

Dad dating sim 'Dream Daddy' arrives on PS4 October 30th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 10:46 pm

If you slept on Dream Daddy, one of Engadget's best games of 2017, you'll soon have another way to play the charming dating sim as the "Dadrector's Cut" is headed to PS4. You'll be able to try it on console for the first time October 30th.

Source: PlayStation Blog

'The Stanley Parable' rewards you for not playing in five years
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 4:43 pm

If you played The Stanley Parable when it came out on October 17th, 2013, and haven't picked it up since, you have just unlocked a brand new achievement. Today is the first day -- five years after the launch of the game -- that the "Go Outside" achievement is attainable.

Via: Polygon

Facebook is bringing Instant Games to Groups and the Lite app
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 4:00 pm

Facebook built Instant Games as a cross-platform gaming experience that can run anywhere without the need to download anything extra. Taking the platform's nature into account, it seems pretty obvious that the social network plans to put it anywhere it can: the feature debuted on Messenger and the News Feed, and now it's making its way to Facebook Groups and the Lite app.

Source: Facebook Gaming

You can win a limited edition Xbox One X, but only by eating Taco Bell
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 4:20 pm

Most gamers have had at least one Taco Bell-infused gaming session, but but Microsoft's latest promotion takes things to the extreme. Microsoft is teaming up with the fast food joint to give away limited edition Taco Bell-themed Xbox One X consoles that make the Taco Bell "ring" sound when powered on.

Source: Microsoft

The next generation of streaming video games is on its way
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 2:00 pm

There's a specific kind of frustration associated with crappy game-streaming services. It's all about the build-up -- you find a game, whether it's something brand new or a long-lost childhood favorite, and boot it up. It takes forever to load. The title screen stutters and your heart drops, but it's easy to convince yourself it was just a bout of preliminary jitters.

And then the game begins. And stops. And starts up again. And stops. The dialogue is chopped, animations are disconnected and any type of action scene is impossible to control. Your character is killed five times in ten minutes, and you're simultaneously filled with rage and an acute sense of loss. You exit out of the streaming service and spend the night playing Fortnite again.

'Hitman 2' will let everyone kill Sean Bean
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 12:12 pm

Movie producers have seemingly gone out of their way to kill Sean Bean in whatever role he plays, so it only makes sense that you could off him in a game, right? IO Interactive certainly thinks so -- it has revealed that the first Elusive Target in Hitman 2 is none other than the perpetually ill-fated actor. Bean plays Mark Faba, an ex-MI5 agent who has become a freelance assassin. He's nicknamed "The Undying" due to his knack for faking his own death, but you're clearly there to put an end to that streak.

Source: Hitman, WB Games UK (YouTube)

The Morning After: Robot Dance
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2018, 6:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Facebook's next big launch is... The Real World? We'll explain. Also, it's time to look inside Google's new Pixel 3, and YouTube took an unplanned break last night.

'Pokemon Go' gets a little bigger with 'Diamond' and 'Pearl' monsters
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 10:33 pm

The Pokémon company has announced that monsters from the Sinnoh region -- the Diamond and Pearl games -- are now available in Pokémon Go. Players will now be able to capture favorites like Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup as they make their debut in the still-popular mobile AR game.

Via: Polygon

Source: Pokemon Go

‘Spider-Man’ DLC arrives next Tuesday with new suits, more web slinging
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 5:52 pm

People can't stop talking about the PS4 exclusive game Marvel's Spider-Man, and now they'll have even more to chat about. The first chapter of a new DLC called The City that Never Sleeps launches on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Source: Sony

Hot Wheels' real-life 'Rocket League' RC cars land November 1st
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 6:29 pm

If you've ever wondered what Rocket League would be like in real life, this RC version is as close of an approximation as you'll get to the video game. As teased earlier this year, Hot Wheels and Psyonix have teamed up to build an actual physical version of Rocket League. The set comes with two radio-controlled battle-cars -- Octane and Dominus -- an arena, and a ball, with more cars planned as expansion sets. You won't be able to wreak havoc with your Xbox One, PS4, or any controller, however, as Hot Wheels has opted to use an Android and iPhone app for input instead.

Source: Rocket League

Fox Sports’ new virtual studio runs on Unreal Engine
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 3:00 pm

It's no secret that Epic Games has enabled a number of gaming studios to create more-realistic visuals with its Unreal game engine. Since its debut in 1998, powering the first-person shooter Unreal, the technology has evolved to power hundreds of games, from Fortnite to Street Fighter V, and with that process, the virtual has become increasingly more realistic. Now in its fourth iteration, Unreal Engine is no longer exclusively being used for gaming, as other industries have taken notice of the possibilities. Unreal Engine 4 has become a key element for film and television in recent years, and Fox Sports is using it to power its new, completely virtual studio set.

"Virtual sets have been around for quite some time, and we've done our fair share of using them," Zac Fields said. "But it's always been a struggle to give that sense of photo realism." Fields oversees Fox Sports' Graphic Technology and Integration department, which includes the addition of new gear during a studio build. He said the team started thinking about the idea of a virtual set about two years ago. Around 15 months ago, the network started getting staff familiar with the software and began tests. Then last winter, the broadcaster did a virtual show. Fields described this as a "full run-through" of a show on the virtual set that was built in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Discord’s game store is open to everyone
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 1:47 pm

Discord is marching further onto Steam's turf by opening up its game store to all users. The store arrived in August in a limited beta, and now everyone can pick up games directly from the app.

Via: The Verge

Source: Discord

Sony says it fixed message bug that crashed PS4s
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 2:09 pm

You might not have to dread receiving a message on your PS4. Sony's Twitter-based PlayStation UK support has told customers that the company has "fixed the issue" that let malicious PSN messages crash consoles. While the team didn't explain what had been done to address the problem (we've asked Sony for more details), there's no firmware update involved. This suggests that any fix would have been on Sony's end, such as blocking messages with the unrecognized characters.

Source: Ask PlayStation UK (Twitter)

Analogue's Mega Sg sounds like the ultimate Sega Genesis
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 11:00 am

Analogue, the retro console manufacturer behind the Nt Mini and Super Nt, excellent modern NES and SNES reproductions, is now bringing back a seminal '90s rival. The company has announced the Mega Sg, a Sega Genesis, Mega Drive and Master System recreation that can play over 2,180 classic cartridges.

Unlike other retro console clones, Analogue, as its name suggests, doesn't use emulation methods. Rather, the company opts to use an Altera Cyclone V FPGA chip to ensure 100 percent compatibility -- and so that games can be played exactly how they were intended. It's not the exact chip used in the Genesis, but using an FPGA chip that runs off HDL (hardware description language), it can essentially be any other chip. It's a solution that bypasses emulation through an operating system, to connect and speak directly between game cartridge and motherboard.

'Fortnite' Tournaments pit controller against keyboard and mouse
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2018, 11:33 am

Fortnite's 6.10 update arrived today, and with it, a new Tournaments feature gives everyone what developer Epic says is the chance to "compete directly alongside the pros for prizes and glory." Each tournament session lasts several hours, and everyone starts with a completely clean slate. The objective is to earn as many points as possible, either by achieving high placements or eliminating multiple opponents. Each tournament has a target score to aim for -- hit it and you'll receive a shiny pin which in the future could advance you to the next level of the tournament, or qualify you to win prizes.

Source: Epic, 6.10 release notes

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