Gaming

Battle of the VR systems: Who will win?

Sony’s announcement of the pricing and release date of the PlayStation VR, a virtual reality (VR) gaming system, has set the scene for tough competition among tech giants offering VR products. A report by market researchers SuperData estimates VR gaming software and devices generating $5.1 billion in revenue in 2016. This week, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House revealed the ... Read More »

PlayStation VR to debut in October for $399

Sony’s version of virtual reality will cost a few hundred dollars less than competitors when its headset is released in October. The company announced a $399 price tag and October release date for PlayStation VR on Tuesday during the Game Developers Conference, an annual gathering of video game creators. “We’re proud of the price point we’ve been able to achieve ... Read More »

Ubisoft’s just-announced Assassin’s Creed VR experience isn’t a game

Assassin’s Creed is coming to virtual reality. The film, not the game. But not really the film? It’s all sort of confusing, just like every single one of these VR “experiments” by non-gaming companies. Last night, Fox took to the stage at AMD’s press conference to announce Assassin’s Creed VR Experience, a collaboration between the studio and its visual effects ... Read More »

Studios aim to conquer China gaming with Hollywood icons

When the mobile game “Despicable Me: Minion Rush” launched in China, Eric Tan and his team at Gameloft were facing a challenge: Chinese gamers weren’t spending their digital bananas. To be precise, the players kept declining to “buy” more game time with the bananas, which they collect throughout the game and can also be used to upgrade characters. So Gameloft ... Read More »

Sony’s announcement of the pricing and release date of the PlayStation VR, a virtual reality (VR) gaming system, has set the scene for tough competition among tech giants offering VR products. A report by market researchers SuperData estimates VR gaming software and devices generating $5.1 billion in revenue in 2016. This week, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House revealed the ... Read More »

You can soon play your PS4 on an Apple Mac

You’ll soon be able to play your PlayStation 4 games on your Windows PC and Apple Mac. Sony is releasing an update that will allow its “Remote Play” feature to be compatible with rival devices, the company announced on its official blog Tuesday. Remote Play allows a user to mirror what they are playing on the PlayStation 4 onto Sony’s ... Read More »

Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger’ sequel tops our list of movie recommendations this week

COMMENTS 1 of 13 Thumbnails MORE See larger image What’s on tap? Kung-fu queens, femme fatales, and a 100-year-old tramp Netflix unveiled its third original feature film last week (not counting documentaries and TV) with the long-awaited sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The response so far has not been great, but that’s because Ang Lee’s original tried hard to ... Read More »

Kabam is blowing up with help from Jedis and superheroes

Video game developer Kabam has seen the future of mobile gaming, and it looks a lot like a galaxy far, far away. Kabam, the gaming darling with a billion-dollar valuation and the backing of Alibaba, this year said it would focus solely on creating console-quality games in what it called a “Fewer, Bigger, Bolder” strategy. A significant part of the ... Read More »

With sales declining, GameStop steps into game publishing

As digital sales of video games take a bite out of its bottom line,GameStop is dipping its toes into potential new revenue streams that are a bit outside its comfort zone. The retailer announced Thursday it will act as the publisher for the new title from storied game developer Insomniac Games, creators of the “Ratchet and Clank” series and “Sunset ... Read More »

Next-gen games will have machine intelligence, says Google’s Robert J. Mical

Games that can communicate intelligently with players will be the next landmark advance in gaming, according to industry legend Robert J. Mical. But virtual reality headsets were less likely to take off a big way, Mical, who is best known for co-inventing the Atari Lynx and the 3DO Interactive multiplayer, told CNBC at the EmTech Asia conference in Singapore on ... Read More »