The folks at Neowin made an exciting discovery at E3 this week. Originally teased as an April Fools' joke over a year ago, Hyperkin's Smart Boy was not only on the show floor with an updated design this year, it was also fully-functional, with a possible official release closer to December.
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It's fun watching people wearing an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive run into walls, trip over furniture or smash into other obstacles while playing a VR game. But it's not as fun when you're the one accidentally breaking your own TV, so Nyko has come up with a solution that makes it safer to explore a VR world while you're inside the real one.
Oculus has a incredible product: a headset that can make you feel like you're in another world. With its upcoming motion controllers, Oculus Touch, you can even reach out and grab virtual objects. But a competing headset, the HTC Vive, will let you walk around in VR too — and it will ship this year, before Oculus can make its move.
I sit down in the dilapidated wooden chair, and put on the headset. It's the 12th time this week. I've gotten really used to Sony's Project Morpheus, and I love the way it feels. I pretty much just press a button to pull the display closer to my face, and boom — I'm in another world. I just wish there were more worlds I'd actually like to explore.
It's a conversation anybody who grew up in the '90s has had at least a dozen times: "Remember when MTV actually played music videos?" Yes, yes — we all do. Those times are over. Well, those times were over: Activision is about to change everything. It's launching Guitar Hero TV: a "channel" where you can not only watch music videos, but play along with them too.
You only need to glance at the announcements from last week's E3 gaming mega-conference to realise that game studios are constantly engaged the pursuit of absolute realism in their titles. But to this day with all the next-gen consoles on Earth, not a single game beats real-life. That's why physical games like IRL Shooter, Zero Latency and the now failed Z Day are taking off. A new real-world game centred around testing a player's psychology has landed. It's called Escape Room, and it's designed to drive you mad.
E3 2014 had some huge moments for any avid gamer. There was a pervasive 'sequel' theme in the biggest announcements — existing franchises getting a reboot, or a next-gen upgrade, or some new story — but some experimental titles also caught our attention. The next year in gaming looks to be pretty action-packed.
Last night, Sony simulcast its E3 press conference to dozens of movie theatres across the United States, including the Regal Trussville Stadium 16, a Big Lots-facing megaplex just off of County Highway 10. That's where I watched it, along with a few dozen PlayStation faithful. Disclaimer: I am not a gamer.
When Sony announced its intentions to take Oculus Rift head-on, we were excited. The Rift (rightly) gets all of the attention and praise for its VR prowess, but a little competition would be good for the emerging technology. Today at E3 in Los Angeles we finally got to try Project Morpheus for ourselves, and it's pretty awesome.
Microsoft has been making some big promises regarding the Xbox One's potential for cloud computing and today, at E3, we were shown a demo showing its potential to dramatically increase the amount of calculations the console can make per second. The idea, of course, is that this will be applicable to video games.
Ah VideoGamerTV. How we love your abridged press conference rants. Earlier we brought you the abridged summary of the Xbox press conference, don't think that Sony gets away without the comedy treatment!