Netflix Fools Around with Custom UI for Oculus Rift

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During a recent Hack Day - as chronicled in this blog post - engineers at Netflix mange to design a prototype Oculus Rift user interface for its popular streaming service. The specially designed UI that makes this possible is being called "Oculix" and lets users control the Netflix menu using hand and head gesture controls.

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Raptr Introduces Game Video Capture and Streaming Features

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Raptr has introduced a major update to its service that adds the ability to record or stream gameplay video with virtually "no degradation of system performance thanks to hardware encoding support across both AMD- and Nvidia-based graphics processors (GPUs)."

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Oculus Begins Shipping Rift Development Units, But Many Will Have To Wait Until August

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest version of Oculus Rift for developers (DK2) has begun shipping to buyers, but there's some question as to whether those who purchased a DK2 will get one in this first batch of shipments. In early June Oculus VR community manager Andres Hernandez indicated that the company was unlikely to be able to fulfill all deliveries on schedule in July after receiving over 45,000 DK2 pre-orders.

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Congresswoman Proposes Amendment to Stop FCC From Meddling With 'State Issues'

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has always been opposed to the FCC regulating anything, but she has been particularly outspoken about the FCC's Open Internet Order since it was introduced in 2010. To that point, Rep. Blackburn recently said that she wants to make sure the FCC never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks.

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Oculus VR Announces First Developer Event

July 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus VR, the creators of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, announced today that its very first game development conference will take place in September. The event, Oculus Connect, will run from September 19-20 at the Los Angeles' Loews Hotel. Oculus says that the event will "bring together engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world to share and collaborate in the interest of creating the best virtual reality experiences possible."

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Report: Nvidia Working on 'Shield Tablet'

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New documents from the Global Certification Forum and the Federal Communications Commission found by Notebook Italia indicate that a second Nvidia Shield device exists.

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The Future of VR is Made of Cardboard?

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Sony works on Morpheus for PS4 and Oculus continues to developer Oculus Rift, Google is offering a more mundane approach to the virtual reality space called Google Cardboard. It sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but Google Cardboard is a DIY VR headset offering developed by a two-man team (in Europe) at Google that uses a simple cardboard headset, and a few household items to offer VR using an Android phone and a Google app.

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Nearly Fifty Percent of U.S. Households Have an Internet-Connected TV

June 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Almost 50 percent of all households in the United States have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, Blu-ray Disc player, smart TV set, and/or stand-alone device such as Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast. This number is up from up from 38 percent of U.S. households in 2012 and 24 percent in 2010, according to new data released by research firm Leichtman Research Group. The data is based on a survey of 1,200 U.S. households conducted this year.

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Nvidia Rebuffs AMD Accusations on 'GameWorks' Toolset

May 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Graphics hardware maker Nvidia is responding to accusations by rival AMD that its new GameWorks toolset interferes with the ability of game developers to optimize their products for AMD graphics hardware. Last week Robert Hallock, AMD's head of technical communications, software and technologies made the allegations in regard to Watch Dogs.

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Google Glass Engineer Joins Oculus

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A former Google employee and the lead engineer on Google Glass has left the company to join virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR. Adrian Wong was senior hardware engineer of the Explorer Edition of Google Glass prior to joining Oculus.

During his time at Google, Wong was responsible for a number of duties on the Explorer Edition, including working on hardware prototypes and display subsystem design and architecture.

Wong was also hardware engineering manager of the Consumer Edition of Google Glass.

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More Details Emerge in ZeniMax - Oculus Fight

May 5, 2014 - James Fudge

ZeniMax asserted last week that it owns the rights to "key technology used by Oculus to develop and market the Oculus Rift" by way of "extensive VR research and development works done over a number of years by John Carmack while a ZeniMax employee, and others." The company said that it provided that technology to Oculus in 2012 and 2013 and that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey "acknowledged in writing ZeniMax's legal ownership of this

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Zenimax claims ownership of IP created by John Carmack that powers Oculus Rift [Updated]

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update #2: A person who is familiar with the situation (who spoke on background) said that the Wall Street Journal's use of the term "stole" is not a term that Zenimax would use in describing John Carmack's actions leading up to this current dispute. We have adjusted the title and body of the story to reflect the situation in its proper context.

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Key Members of Xbox One Kinect Technology Reveal 'Fluid Experience Technology'

April 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Aquifi, a company comprised of some of the team that developed "key elements" of the Microsoft Xbox One Kinect Technology today introduce the world to its new "Fluid Experience Technology." Fluid Experience Technology is a software-only platform that "will yield new economics and usability in the perceptual computing and gesture-control markets, by allowing a new style of 'adaptive' interface to be created," according to Aquifi.

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Omni VR Treadmill Makers Raise $3 Million in Seed Funding

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Virtuix has completed a $3 million round of seed investment that it says it will use to complete its Omni VR treadmill. You may remember the virtual reality treadmill from last year when its Kickstarter crowd funding campaign sought to raise $150,000 but ended up raising a whopping $1,109,351. The technology works with VR headsets to let players move around inside virtual environments. At present Virtuix has more than 3,000 preorders for the $500 Omni treadmills.

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Microsoft: External Storage Coming to Xbox One 'Soon'

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

External game storage support for the Xbox One is "coming soon," according to Microsoft's resident Xbox spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. Hryb confirmed the news in an Xbox One subreddit.

Responding to a question from a Reddit user about the topic, Hryb said that external game storage support is "coming soon" but that he needed to check on the status of media storage support. Hryb also said that he would share details on if there will be external storage limits.

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Amazon Reveals Launch Titles for 'Fire TV'

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon revealed the Fire TV set-top streaming entertainment and gaming device on Wednesday. The $99 Android-powered device features 2GB of memory, a quad-core processor, a dedicated GPU and built-in Wi-Fi support. It also supports most of the popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Crackle, WWE Network and more. Today the company has revealed all the games available now for the Fire TV.

The tower-defense shooter title Sev Zero is the system's only major exclusive game. It was developed by Amazon Game Studios.

A full list - from free to $7.99 can be found below:

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Amazon Reveals $99 'Amazon Fire TV' Device

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The long rumored set-top box/gaming device from Amazon has finally been revealed. The device is called the "Amazon Fire TV" and it is available today for $99. The device offers consumers the ability to play games and stream video from Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Prime.

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CCP Games Will Continue to Support Oculus Rift

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While some developers like Mojang say that they will no longer pursue plans to support Oculus Rift after Facebook announced that it would acquire the virtual reality technology last night for $2 billion, others are saying that they will continue to support the device. One of those developers is Eve Online developer CCP Games. The company tells Eurogamer that it still plans to launch its space combat game Eve: Valkyrie for the consumer version of Oculus Rift, whenever that comes out.

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Facebook to Acquire Oculus for $2 Billion

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Facebook announced this afternoon that it would purchase VR headset maker Oculus for $2 billion with a combination of cash and stock. The company will pay $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares worth about $1.6 billion. Oculus employees will also eligible for an additional $300 million if the company achieves certain targets.

"This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts. "I believe Oculus can be one of the platforms of the future."

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White House Meeting With Tech Companies Today Over Privacy Issues

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Top executives from tech companies including Facebook, Google and more are meeting with President Obama today to talk about “issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence,” according to what one White House official tells Politico. The administration declined to provide a list of those attending the meeting.

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Nvidia Will Halt Support of DirectX 10 Graphics Cards In 2016

March 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nvidia will end support for DirectX 10-based video cards, the graphics chip maker announced today. Nvidia told consumers today that the version 340 of its drivers will be the last to support DirectX 10 generation video cards.

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National Governors Association Reiterates Support for the Marketplace Fairness Action in 2014

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With the House Judiciary Committee set to hold a hearing on "Exploring Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue" soon, the National Governors Association (NGA) today released a statement reiterated its strong support for the passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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Verizon: We're In Talks With Netflix

March 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We are all well aware that Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast in order to get direct access to its customers, but it looks like the popular TV and movie streaming service will be paying another ISP very soon. According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Netflix and his company are in talks right now to finalize a paid interconnect agreement for direct peering to Verizon customers.

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WWE Network Launches on Xbox 360, PS3 and More

February 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning the WWE Network launched, letting customers on Roku devices, tablet devices (Android, iOS), Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 watch "thousands of hours" of classic WWE, WCW, and ECW content, rebroadcast of its network shows, all pay-per-views live and archived, and new original programming.

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Report: Verizon Rep. Admits That Company is Throttling Netflix

February 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A fascinating account of one man's encounter with a Verizon customer support representative details how the company admitted that it was selectively limiting bandwidth to AWS services and adversely affecting the quality of Netflix.

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Microsoft: President Obama's NSA Reforms 'Not Enough'

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said in a blog post today that President Obama's proposed changes to how the National Security Agency collects and stores both phone and internet data is not enough.

"Despite the President’s reform efforts and our ability to publish more information, there has not yet been any public commitment by either the U.S. or other governments to renounce the attempted hacking of Internet companies," Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said. "This has been and remains a major concern across the tech sector."

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Alienware Changes Tune on Steam Machine Upgrades, But Says 'It Won't Be Easy'

January 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Alienware said that its Steam Machines - custom PCs that sport Valve's steam OS, hardware to support it, and a nifty Steam Controller - were not upgradeable and that it would use a release schedule similar to the iPad to get new hardware out there. Today the company is saying that there was a bit of a miscommunication in its original message.

What the company meant to say, apparently, is that you CAN upgrade the Alienware-branded Steam Machine, but it won't be an easy thing to do.

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Daniel Ellsberg v. Ambassador R. James Woolsey in the Great Snowden Debate

January 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The great debate about the fate of the former NSA contractor who leaked documents detailing the agency's spying programs on the Internet, mobile phones and even in video games rages on. Some believe that Edward Snowden is a patriot and a whistleblower who deserves a full presidential pardon, while others believe that he should be get the maximum penalty under the law for treason and espionage.

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Alienware Plans Annual Steam Machine Releases

January 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Here's the problem with letting a bunch of different PC manufacturers make something and use a brand like "Steam Machines" - you are going to get some wildly different products and price ranges that can be pretty darned costly for rank and file consumers whose last names aren't "Rockefeller," "Bloomberg," "Trump," etc. That's what is happening with Alienware's version(s) of the Steam Machine.

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Steam Client Beta Supports VR Mode

January 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two of the companies that had the biggest buzz coming out of the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week were Oculus (for a new version of its Oculus Rift VR gaming headset) and Steam (for its Steam Machines and Steam Controller), so it is interesting that Valve has announced plans to bring the two PC gaming devices together. Steam is now testing an experimental mode that uses the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift in the most recent Steam Client Beta.

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Andrew EisenOh, may as well. Zip, I challenge you to cite three specific examples from the TvW videos (use direct quotes and time stamps) and explain how/why they ring hollow or are over exaggerated.08/29/2014 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenZip - Bullies on both sides? What both sides? And of course bullies are worse than people who aren't bullies.08/29/2014 - 11:23am
Neeneko(2) yes, male tropes also have problems and gender studies looks at those too. But this highlights a privilage problem, the idea that if male issues are not brought up too female issues should not be discussed.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
Neeneko@ZippyDSMlee - jumping back (1) one can acknowledge systemic problems without requiring every male be a Neanderthal.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
MaskedPixelanteI don't like the new 3DS, mostly because it means there's a good chance future 3DS games won't be compatible with the current models.08/29/2014 - 9:30am
ConsterI don't get why Amazon decided to buy this "Twitch" fellow, really. It took him ages to beat Pokemon.08/29/2014 - 8:31am
ZippyDSMleeIt goes without saying that we need to et rid of the bullies on both sides that are far worse than Sarkeesian or Quin will ever be.08/29/2014 - 8:24am
ZippyDSMleeI'm talking more about the genreal movement and how silly it is, as for Sarkeesian half of what she is says rings hollw while the other half tend to be over exsagerated.08/29/2014 - 8:22am
Avalongod@Papa, agreed. I think people are reluctant to get involved if they're not the target. But I think we need to take responsibility as a community to confront harassing behavior, whether on gender or race.08/29/2014 - 7:23am
E. Zachary KnightSo Nintendo has given gamers what they want and have fractured the 3DS user base at the same time. http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/224476/Nintendo_reveals_the_New_Nintendo_3DS.php08/29/2014 - 7:12am
Papa MidnightI could say the same about race. I certainly enjoyed being on the receiving end of this while playing StarCraft II this past week: http://i.imgur.com/mIZA1QB.png (and this is actually mild compared to what I usually see). Report players? What a joke...08/29/2014 - 12:29am
AvalongodWhether you approve of Sarkeesian's view or not, no woman deserves to be the target of that kind of harassment and it won't stop until men tell each other it's not appropriate under any circumstance.08/28/2014 - 8:44pm
AvalongodI'm guessing the twitter account was a troll, but come on, I'm sorry, it's just disgusting someone is saying those things to Sarkeesian whether serious or a joke.08/28/2014 - 8:43pm
ZippyDSMleesocial movement that is bringing most of these issue to the spot light to be nothing but trend mongering white knighting bullies who are not much better than the hateful moronic bullies on the other side.08/28/2014 - 5:20pm
ZippyDSMleereflects the world we live in while the rest is the worst stuff that should be focused on. Leaving whats reflected in the same boat as everything else that's exaggerated and skewed by media/fiction and happliy consumed by current society. I find the socia08/28/2014 - 5:20pm
ZippyDSMleemales live off the power fantasy but once you realize as a male you will never reach what fiction or media calls perfect it demoralizes you just the same. And I would not call female negative stereotypes rampant and out of control not when 70-80% of it re08/28/2014 - 5:19pm
ZippyDSMleeNot saying that there is not a difference in the treatment of males and females in media, but males are begin painted as near perfect superhumans with cliched flaws it dose as much damage to the psyche as how females are treated. Sure you could claim that08/28/2014 - 5:19pm
ZippyDSMleeNeeneko:As I said if you do not 100% belive it then you are a Neanderthal. Theres more gray to everything than black and white.08/28/2014 - 1:27pm
NeenekoMeh, the "PCism" is just trotted out when people do not know their place and dare to complain about things the speakers think are fine. How dare people complain about how they are treated/portrayed, it is not like it bother us, our feelings matter!08/28/2014 - 1:13pm
ZippyDSMleeNeeneko I do not think its against feminism but rather against PCisim’s and that most things are offensive since if you do not believe that you are a Neanderthal that beats women,ect..08/28/2014 - 12:48pm
 

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