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NVIDIA collaborating with Stanford University on a VR headset for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It should come as no surprise to hear NVIDIA is working on a VR headset, but according to the latest rumors, the GPU giant is working with Stanford University on the next generation of VR headsets, according to Fudzilla.




NVIDIA hopes that its collaboration with Stanford University will provide a unique take on its VR HMD, with the Senior Director of Research at NVIDIA, David Luebke, saying that most VR headsets are uncomfortable to use if they're within arm's reach because of depth cues like stereo and accommodation. Luebke said: "This is because of the vergence-accommodation conflict, which is how much the lens of your eye has to change to bring sharp focus to your retina".


The issues with the 3D side of things is still a problem for some users, especially when people get headaches or see double images with a VR headset strapped to their head. This is why NVIDIA decided to work with Stanford University, as it sees a way out of this. Gordon Wetzstein, the Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University said they created a new display technology that's called light field stereoscope, which fixes the vergence-accommodation issues. Wetzstein explained: "It provides a much richer and more natural visual experience than conventional head mounted displays and has the potential to reduce nausea, eyestrain, and also increase visual comfort".


Luebke said that the first prototypes that NVIDIA and Stanford are working on now, will be consumer products within 3-5 years.

'Lost In Space' series reboot picked up by Netflix

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

A reboot of the classic 1960's sci-fi serial 'Lost in Space' has been greenlit by Netflix after a bidding war by rival networks, according to Deadline Hollywood. Developed by writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the project is the latest reboot of the franchise since the ill-advised 1998 film which featured a charmless Matt LeBlanc as Major Don West, a perfectly cast Gary Oldman as Dr. Zachary Smith and one of the worst CG creatures to ever grace a big budget movie.




The original series, which began broadcasting in 1965 featured the adventures of a family aboard the Jupiter 2 attempting to colonise deep space, before their ship is sabotaged by the evil Dr. Smith in the far-off year 1997 and is well remembered for the Robot's eponymous saying "Danger, Danger Will Robinson!"

Microsoft's Xbox 360 celebrates its 10th birthday today

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is a mighty machine; even today the Xbox One is far eclipsed by the functionality, games library, and general UI setup of its yesteryear predecessor. Today the Xbox 360 celebrates its tenth birthday, signalling that the console's lifecycle is starting to wind down, but the system will forever remain one of Microsoft's crowning achievements.




Originally released on November 22, 2005, the Xbox 360 propelled console gaming forward to new heights. I've shared thousands upon thousands of hours with my Xbox 360, and regard it as one of the most momentous gaming systems in my gaming history. I still remember how magical it was playing Oblivion for the first time, taking in the enchanting scenery of Cyrodiil--this was the first time that I really felt like "next-gen" gaming was here.


The Xbox 360 still has one of the best games libraries in gaming; it's so good, in fact, that Microsoft has brought it over to the Xbox One via backwards compatibility. It's rather strange to think about how Microsoft got so many things right with the Xbox 360, and so many things wrong with the Xbox One. The system has served for an entire generation of gaming, spawning a huge assortment of memorable exclusives and amazing experiences that we might never see again.

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Here's how to get Fallout 4's secret harpoon gun

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Like most AAA games, Fallout 4's game code is littered with secrets and hidden gems. Quite often we see dataminers and code-combers unearth buried treasures, and now an intrepid Nexus modder by the name of xxdeathknight72xx has dug up one of the most hilariously fun weapons Fallout 4 has to offer.




The hidden Fallout 4 weapon is a harpoon gun that uses powerful pressure to propel cruel harpoons into the faces and heads of unsuspecting baddies. Using the harpoon rifle in VATS is quite amusing and honestly I have no clue why Bethesda scrapped the gun. Maybe it's an item that will be unlocked by upcoming DLC? I hope so, because the weapon is so immensely satisfying thanks to its headshot animations, which rips an enemy's head clear off their shoulders and pins it to a nearby object to make a macabre trophy of sorts.


In order to use the hidden gun, you'll need to download an install a special mod. If you plan to start the massive journey that is mod collecting, be sure to pick up the Nexus Mod Manager to keep things organized. To enable mods you'll have to do some tinkering with the game's .ini files. Here's a quick step-by-step walkthrough on how to get started.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulls in $50 million in pre-sales already

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already making bank before it's even hitting cinemas. Variety is reporting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already the biggest pre-seller in the history of the Fandango, beating out the first Hunger Games movie.



It's being reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open with around $208 million in ticket sales, beating out Jurassic World's massive debut. Variety added that "no film has ever opened to more than $100 million in December and the Christmas movie-going season is competitive one. At the very least, "The Force Awakens" seems destined to eclipse the $85 million bow of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" to set a new benchmark for December openings".

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Netflix used by 51% of Internet users in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Netflix has over 70 million global subscribers, but did you know the company has an insane install base in the United States? There are 43 million US subscribers, over half of Netflix's user base.




According to a new survey from research firm RBC Capital Markets, over half of US Internet users have used Netflix to watch a movie or TV show in the last 12 months. The study also asked users what other ways they consume their video, with YouTube coming in second place. Behind that, there was Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and HBO Go.


With huge shows like House of Cards, Daredevil and the just-released Jessica Jones, it's no wonder why Netflix is such a powerhouse for video content.

NASA will use SpaceX to get astronauts to the ISS starting in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

NASA has announced that it has ordered a crew rotation mission for the ISS from SpaceX, which will start in 2017. As it stands, astronauts leave from Russia in order to get to the International Space Station.




This has become NASA's Commercial Crew Program's second mission, with the first being awarded to Boeing earlier this year. NASA has said it is looking forward to working with SpaceX, adding that commercial launches will reduce the costs of getting astronauts and supplies to and from the ISS.

Star Citizen alpha 2.0 looks incredible, is being played by backers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

For the last month or so, the first 1000 or so backers of Star Citizen have been playing around with the alpha 2.0 of the game. Alpha 2.0 provides some big upgrades on the game, fixing countless problems, with improved animations, smoother performance and more.



The video above was shown off at the CitizenCon 2015 presentation last month, where we can see that the ship exploration is improved, and the graphics look much smoother, too. There seems to be some improved lighting and environmental effects, which I'm incredibly excited over. This is a game for the PC, something that simply couldn't be done at this scale on the consoles.


At four minutes into the video, Quantum Drive gets activated, and it gave me goosebumps. Awesome.

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Oculus Concepts is a new place where you can find awesome VR games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

There's now a new spot to find great experimental VR games, with Oculus announcing the new Oculus Concepts part of the Oculus Store inside of the Gear VR headset.




Developers can now use the Oculus Concepts section to roll out their games and apps that might not be ready to go mainstream yet, but are still worth diving into. There are a few experimental concepts in the Oculus Concepts section already, with The Night Cafe: An Immersive Tribute to Van Gogh, for example.


If you've got the Gear VR, you might want to check this out.

Destiny gets 'new' exotics and weapon tweaks in December Update

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Any veteran Destiny player will tell you that Bungie's open-world social FPS still has its problems. Since it's started to rake in serious cash thanks to Destiny's new microtransactions, Bungie is planning to roll out free content updates in an effort to shore up the game's rough edges and give players enough new gear to keep them going.




In a recent Weekly update, Bungie has revealed its plans for Destiny's immediate future. A new trove of exotics will be bestowed upon Guardians to fuel their interstellar firefights. The bad news is that not all of these "new" exotics will exactly be new, and it's not really a trove. Only two of them will be completely fresh whereas the others are upgraded Year One items like the recently revealed Mida Multi-Tool. Sadly we still don't have any stats for the upgraded Mida Multi-Tool, but Bungie promises that the gear will be scaled to be usable with level 40 characters.


Next up we have yet another weapon rebalance. That's right, the tired old scheme that creates the illusion of depth has returned. Destiny fans have had to re-acclimate themselves to the game many times now, with nearly every weapon "tune-up" phase making a good portion of our favorite weapons nearly useless. I'm all for balancing, except when it's used as a trick to create the illusion of change and "new" content.

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