When it comes to emerging technologies, which are the ones that stand out in 2015? While there are a number to choose from, it is undoubtedly virtual reality (VR) that is capturing the imaginations of developers, brands and consumers alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg is stating that “VR is the next step for Facebook.” Not only does this have the potential to be lucrative, for example, but it can also change the lives of customers and the world around us forever. Although the technology behind VR has been in development for more than a decade and remains one of the industries worst kept secrets, during the
There is no doubt about it; gaming represents one of largest, if not the largest entertainment business in 2015. The growth in this market has been underpinned by innovation and technological advancement, as new hardware is developed to refine the gaming experience across multiple platforms. With modern-day hardware also enabling cross-platform gaming experiences, this sector is set for even further growth in the next decade. Software is also a key component of the modern gaming experience, and there are several must-have programs for aspiring designers and developers. Here are five of what I believe are the most important tools you need for flawless gameplay: Graphic Drivers
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After launching the much wanted R9 Fury, AMD is looking to expand its presence in the budget market with the introduction of the affordable A8-7670K APU revealed earlier. While AMD had less than stellar success rate with their CPU products lately, the newly launched APU models aim to take the throne currently held by Intel i3 CPUs – and might actually have what they need to do it. It also arrives on point for the Windows 10 release, ensuring its place on the budget market is secured thoughtfully. This means that all of those free updates to the new system will come in handy and
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Once upon a time, Virtual Reality meant clunky hardware, patchy software, dodgy films starring Pierce Brosnan, and a seemingly permanent membership of the ‘Next Big Thing’ club. In 2015, however, falling prices and endorsements from the major companies mean that VR is back on the agenda. Film-makers are using VR to make documentaries, Smithsonian is replicating first flight, gaming manufacturers are eyeing up the possibilities, while Mark Zuckerberg has been busy splashing the cash with a $2 billion Facebook acquisition of the Oculus VR start-up firm – which will come out with a retail product in the first quarter of 2016. With Virtual Reality back
It looks as if Nintendo has eyed AMD to craft the processor to power the new Nintendo NX.
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As we enter the second half of 2015, we are presented with a virtual reality market that is saturated with high-end and entry level products. From the low-cost Merge VR headset to Microsoft’s HoloLens, the VR market has exploded and offers an incredibly diverse array of products for consumers to consider. With this in mind, several of the frontiers opposing virtual reality have been overcome already. Take the suggestion that VR hardware would be prohibitively priced, for example, as while some headsets are relatively costly there are others that have targeted the lower end of the market (think of Google’s simplistic Cardboard invention). There are
During E3 2015, AMD launched two lines of graphics cards: Radeon 300 Series and Fiji Series. Radeon 300 Series is mostly based on renaming the 200 Series, with boosted hardware (double the memory, increase the clocks) and software (say hello to Frame Rate Target Control and Virtual Super Resolution) capabilities. Fiji GPU is a completely different beast, with no less than five different products: Few weeks ago, AMD launched R9 Fury X, a liquid cooled version. Sadly, the card was only available in very limited volume and we were unable to obtain one for a review. Now, AMD launched the R9 Fury, an air-cooled version which is available through AMD partner network,
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Electronic Entertainment Expo was hosted in the beautiful city of Los Angeles, and will be held once more on June 14-16, 2016. This annual event, which is better known to followers simply as ‘E3’, is always a hive of activity and usually offers some fascinating insights into the real-time gaming world. This years’ offering was no exception, with game hardware and the rise of virtual reality (VR) technology firmly under the spotlight. While there may have been a strong focus on VR technology at the event, however, there was a strong suggestion that some of the most intriguing
Following his tenure by running Microsoft’s Venture Capital fund, well-known tech entrepreneur Rahul Sood and his friend Karl Flores started a project of his own, named Unikrn. Recently, the project exit the silent phase and it was revealed that Unikrn is a betting website for – eSports! With the growth in popularity of eSports, especially in countries like South Korea, Germany or the United States, final matches for games such as League of Legends reach seven and eight figure prize, cementing eSports as an upcoming trend globally. Given that it is a question of time before eSports becomes mainstream – we were not surprised to see Unikrn closing a Series
In the past five years, virtual reality has left the realm of pipeline dream and established itself as something that will soon become a must have gaming apparatus. However, VR headsets offer much more than just an immersive gaming experience, they may be of benefit in the everyday world, especially for those who are involved in sport. This piece will look at how virtual reality can relate to the sport of football as well as football video games. In regards to football games, we will use EA Sports’ FIFA franchise over Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer, simply because FIFA is the far more popular and the 2014
Football Manager (FM) is the best game of all time. It doesn’t matter which instalment you are playing, it is still the best game in the world. For those who have not played the game before, below is a brief overview of this classic franchise. By the end of it you will probably be shelling out for your very own copy. Availability The latest Football Manager – FM15 – is available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. There is no reason to believe that FM16 will be any different. The Basics As you may guess from the title, the game sees you
Even if you don’t like pre-orders, getting the new Fallout 4 by a pre-order for Xbox might be in the minds of many and one rather terrific idea. And it comes with something interesting. The customers who order Fallout 4 for Xbox, will get a Fallout 3 completely free for their enjoyment! The code for Fallout 3 will be delivered to your Xbox message center in 7-10 days. You can redeem your code on Xbox.com or on your Xbox 360. Fallout 3 will be included in Xbox One backwards compatibility access when made available. This is one of the better deals this summer for sure!
The current state of affairs in Formula 1 is something that kept me away from the sport. The level of predictability simply got to my nerves and the overall appeal was lost along the way. On the other hand, my particular motorsport gaming attraction is growing stronger. One of the upcoming releases from Codemasters, dubbed F1 2015 , is a simulation game revolving around the most famous racing sport out there. But, will it make me (and everybody else) love Formula 1 once again? The teaser below is impressive to say the least. The last Formula 1 game I have played was back when I was in high school, and was one of
There once was a time when online gaming meant you had to be tied to a desktop or a console. This wasn’t a bad thing; these platforms provided a great platform for virtual battles and competitions for gamers around the world. These days everyone carries around a smartphone, and the popularity of mobile gaming is growing. While mobile gaming used to be limited to Nintendo Gameboys or Sony PSPs, smartphones are now the gaming platform of choice for many. In fact, mobile games are so popular that they have their own space at video games award shows such as The Game Awards. The games that
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Just like in the world of sports, there is a lot of personal and below-the-belt attacks on companies we report about, and quite often the heated exchanges happen about Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo consoles, or if we go down to the chip level – discussions about Intel, AMD or Nvidia (interestingly though, we don’t see Qualcomm receiving a lot of flak). Recently, we saw a lot of heated media coverage and comments criticizing the company’s decision to rebrand some of its silicon again, now into the Radeon 300 Series moniker. As a part of its 2015 line-up, some Radeon 300 Series parts are based on silicon
It is widely regarded that the first 3D games were Wolfenstein 3D, Formula One Grand Prix (or World Circuit) and Descent. Each in its own genre, they introduced first person view into the world of gaming, and in case of Descent, brought six degrees of freedom and caused a lot of sleepless nights. Immersion of these titles brought forward Doom, Gran Turismo, Freespace and many other titles which now make for an industry larger than movie and music industry combined. Fast forward some 21 years (legal drinking age in the U.S.), and we have a new pioneer in the world of immersive gaming. There is little doubt that