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Amazon is taking a bigger step into the game development business, by offering a game engine for free alongside another related service. Lumberyard is a cross-platform engine that is claimed to be able to power "AAA" console and PC games as well as virtual reality and mobile titles, while GameLift is a service running on AWS that can quickly deploy and scale session-based multiplayer games, in tune with player demand.
Apple's latest hiring may hint the company is looking into working in virtual reality and augmented reality, by reportedly bringing aboard a top researcher in the field. Doug Bowman is a Virginia Tech computer science professor and Director for the Center for Human-Computer Interaction that has an extensive history in the field of AR and VR interfaces, and is said to be joining Apple following after a sabbatical period.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Double Fine succeeds in raising funds for Psychonauts 2, the founder of Oculus apologizes for miscommunications on the Rift's price, and Sony advises there to be at least 100 games heading to the PlayStation VR headset.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, HTC reveals the second generation of the Vive VR headset for developers, Oculus reveals some Kickstarter backers will get the consumer headset for free, the PlayStation 4 sold very well over the holiday season, and the developers of Shenmue 3 will not provide late PayPal backers the same exclusive rewards that Kickstarter backers will receive.
[Updated with price, shipping dates] Oculus is finally opening up pre-orders for the consumer edition of the Rift virtual reality headset, starting this week. A countdown timer running until 11am EST on Wednesday, January 6 is currently running on the official Oculus website, counting down the hours until the pre-ordering process can begin, and has now been updated to show the price of the headset -- $599 -- and the shipping date of the first units, March 28.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Oculus prepares to ship the final developer hardware for the Rift VR headset, Chromecast gains more games, Valve launches the Steam Winter Sale, and Rare shows the unreleased game that eventually became Banjo-Kazooie during its development.
Once upon a time, the concept of virtual reality was pretty far-fetched, but thanks to things like Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift, it's finally arrived. App developers have taken notice as well, creating and collecting content specifically for full immersion, and we couldn't be happier. Today we're checking out Vrse, aN app that allows you to enjoy immersive video.
Google is adding more features to its Cardboard virtual reality headset and software development kit, to celebrate the search company's expansion of the Cardboard app into over 100 countries for both iOS and Android. As part of an update to the Cardboard SDK, developers will now see improvements to the way it works on iOS, courtesy of changes to how it works with Unity, a popular multi-platform game engine.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, we take a look at what's coming out of the VR-focused Oculus Connect 2 gathering, voice actors threaten to strike over game-related pay and conditions, and EA reveals when the Star Wars Battlefront beta will take place.
Canon is experimenting with virtual reality, and has recently shown off a prototype VR headset. Revealed at the Canon Expo, the prototype has a relatively similar construction to other headsets, though it does require users to wear separate headphones due to a lack of built-in audio, and rather than be worn on the head, Canon has instead gone for a design with two stalks below the display that are used by the viewer as handles.
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Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5