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...


ESO Update 6 is Live!
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 12:06 pm
Today the ZeniMax Online team has released the sixth major update for The Elder Scrolls Online — highlighted by the all-new Justice and Champions systems! Visit ElderScrollsOnline.com to learn more about the update, including: An introductory guide to the Justice System A new primer on how Champion Points work Additional changes and improvements to ESO […]


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...


Microsoft bought 'Minecraft' after a single tweet by its creator
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 12:31 pm
We're only halfway through the decade, but it's already obvious that Minecraft is the biggest game of the '10s. Its creator, Markus "Notch" Persson has now been honored for his achievement with a cover story in Forbes. The piece reveals a few interes...


HTC's Vive made me believe in VR
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 1:00 pm
It's almost as if I'm in the Matrix. I'm in that same expanse of infinite white space that was also Neo's training grounds in the movie. A pattern of hexagonal tiles appears underneath me. They start to rise and fall randomly and rapidly. Hesitantly,...


Photorealism on a large scale with Unreal Engine 4's new assets
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 1:30 pm
"It's getting ridiculous." Epic Games Chief Technology Officer Kim Libreri is tired of chairs -- and rocks, and grass, and trees -- in the games created in Unreal Engine 4, Epic's game development platform. It's not that he doesn't like everyday obj...


Epic Games partners with 'Hobbit' effects company Weta for VR tech
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 1:30 pm
Last year, Epic Games Chief Technology Officer Kim Libreri and Unreal Engine 4 General Manager Ray Davis visited some friends at Lord of the Rings effects studio Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand. They only wanted a tour of the studio, but alon...


Waze now alerts you to nearby child abductions
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 1:45 pm
Waze is mostly meant to help you avoid traffic snarls and speed traps, but it's now performing a valuable public service. Effective immediately, the navigation app will notify you about AMBER Alerts for abducted children wherever you're driving. Stop...


GDC 2015 – Building an Enthusiastic Freemium Team
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 12:07 pm
I did a GDC talk.  I’ll be uploading the slides to my Presentations and Talks page.  GamesIndustry.biz did a writeup here.   For what it’s worth, I know I’m packing a few extra pounds nowadays, but putting a picture of Jabba the Hutt next to me feels unfair.


Before The New Order…
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 9:59 am
… there was The Old Blood! This morning we’re excited to announce what our friends and colleagues at MachineGames are up to: an all-new standalone prequel to everyone’s favorite Nazi-blasting first-person shooter of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order! Arriving digitally on May 5th for $19.99/£14.99 /€19.99/$39.95 AUS on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Wolfenstein: […]


Watch 'Tomorrow's World' show off CGI, 1982 style
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 10:47 am
These days, CGI is everywhere, but in 1982 it was an emergent technology that signalled a new era for movie makers and broadcasters. Always on the cutting edge of technology at the time, popular BBC show Tomorrow's World (we miss you, Phillipa!) docu...


Hillary Clinton ran her own email server while in office
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 March 2015, 10:49 am
Just because Hillary Clinton wasn't using work email as Secretary of State doesn't mean she was throwing caution to the wind -- if anything, she may have been shrewder than most. The Associated Press has learned that Clinton conducted official busine...


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