Gaming http://www.stuff.tv/gaming/all en-GB Fully Charged: Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015, see LG’s rollable screen manhandled, and Sony's offshore gallery promotes high-zoom cameras http://www.stuff.tv/lg/fully-charged-battlefield-hardline-delayed-2015-see-lg-s-rollable-screen-manhandled-and-japan-pla <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dodge the usual mid-week slump—our quick-hit news roundup will perk you up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Battlefield Hardline" alt="Battlefield Hardline" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/battlefield-hardline-screen.jpg?1406097181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again&mdash;the time when many of the big autumn video game release dates inevitably shift into the following year because teams need more time, or the competition looks too fierce. Electronic Arts says it&rsquo;s the former with Battlefield Hardline, the cops-and-robbers spinoff of the shooter series that will now launch in 2015 instead of this October.</p> <p>In a blog post on the matter, Karl Magnus Troedsson of Battlefield series creator DICE&mdash;which is working in tandem with new lead developer Visceral Games&mdash;says that the delay will allow the teams to implement new ideas pulled from the community following the recent multiplayer beta test, as well as flesh out the single-player story content and focus on online stability.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only big EA game to slide down the calendar, but luckily, the slip isn&rsquo;t nearly as severe with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The BioWare-developed role-playing epic will now launch on 21 November in Europe, about six weeks after the previously set date.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blogs.battlefield.com/2014/07/bfh-will-launch-2015/">Battlefield Blog</a>, <a href="http://www.dragonage.com/#!/en_US/news/dragon-age-inquisition-update">Dragon Age: Inquisition</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/battlefield-hardline/review">Battlefield Hardline: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ex1GlZS-t7c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch LG’s 18in rollable OLED screen folded up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just a couple weeks back, we heard about LG&rsquo;s amazing super-flexible display&mdash;an 18in OLED screen running at 1200 x 810 that can be rolled into a tube with a diameter of 3cm. Now you can see the screen getting rolled in this rather dark, but still effective clip. Now it&rsquo;s real!</p> <p>As commenters have so helpfully pointed out, the display has some stuck pixels around the edges, but consider that this is prototype, not-consumer-ready tech. It&rsquo;ll only get more reliable and surely much crisper as it&rsquo;s developed further before we can actually get anywhere near it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxbHpXE4VM0">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/22/lgs-rollable-tvs-are-very-flexible/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lgs-super-flexible-display-could-pave-way-rollable-tvs/news">LG&rsquo;s super-flexible display could pave the way for rollable TVs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AxbHpXE4VM0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone single-player expansion adventure released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blizzard has been hooking players with its Warcraft franchise in various incarnations for two decades now, and free-to-play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has been the most surprising entry to date&mdash;but no less effective in entrancing fans, as evidenced by widely-viewed Twitch streams of the PC, Mac, and iPad favorite.</p> <p>Now the multiplayer-centric card-battler is taking its first steps into single-player adventuring with the just-released Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The initial segment is free to all players through early September, while the four additional parts are sold for 700 in-game gold or US$6.99 apiece, with discounted bundles for those who want it all. More than 30 new cards are included across the campaign, which will unlock in parts in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-games-destroying-your-social-life/feature">The 10 best games for destroying your social life</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5SDJgW3A_sw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s offshore gallery uses ‘Where’s Wally?’ to promote cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With what it claims to be the &ldquo;world&rsquo;s first offshore gallery,&rdquo; Sony yesterday offered a public show of its latest cameras&#39; high-zoom prowess by challenging passers-by in Southwark Park to spot the iconic Wally of &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Wally?&rdquo; fame in the artwork propped up in the lake.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s HX400V bridge camera&mdash;with its 50x optical zoom&mdash;was the main star of the show, although the company&rsquo;s HX60V camera with a 30x optical zoom is very formidable for a compact. In fact, we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">gave it five stars</a> back in May.</p> <p>The first person to spot Wally in each piece (contributed by &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Wally?&rdquo; creator Martin Handford) from the shore 20m out won both the artwork and camera. Not a bad prize for a little stroll in the park, no?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-s-new-h400-cyber-shot-spy-s-dream-camera/news">Sony&rsquo;s new H400 Cyber-shot is a spy&rsquo;s dream camera</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony&#039;s HX400V" alt="Sony&#039;s HX400V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-offshore-gallery.jpg?1406097181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/fully-charged-battlefield-hardline-delayed-2015-see-lg-s-rollable-screen-manhandled-and-japan-pla#comments Cameras Gaming LG Sony TVs Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442992 at http://www.stuff.tv Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beefy Tegra K1 processor powers what Nvidia calls “the first tablet designed for gamers” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-shield-tablet-main.jpg?1406130797" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">long-rumoured</a> Nvidia Shield Tablet has finally been officially announced &ndash; and it&rsquo;s something of a gaming powerhouse.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The tablet runs on Android, giving it access to all the apps and games on Google&rsquo;s Play Store, but it&rsquo;s also able to play PC games through Nvidia GameStream technology. Essentially, if your PC is equipped with one of Nvidia&rsquo;s recent GeForce GTX graphics cards, you can wirelessly stream games to the Shield Tablet. And then there&rsquo;s Console Mode, which allows you to play these PC games or native Android titles on your TV via the Shield Tablet&rsquo;s HDMI output.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VohrddwVQqg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nvidia, aware that many gamers don&rsquo;t much like touchscreen controls, has built a wireless Shield controller. Up to four of these can connect to a single Shield Tablet for multiplayer gaming, and each one has a headset input. Prop the tablet up on its kickstand and you&rsquo;ve got a portable console.</p> <p>The Shield Tablet can be pre-ordered now from <a href="http://shield.nvidia.co.uk/buy-now/" target="_blank">Nvidia&rsquo;s UK site</a>. A 16GB Wi-Fi version costs &pound;240 and a 32GB Wi-Fi and 4G LTE edition is &pound;300 (both models have a microSD slot for expanding the storage). The Shield wireless controller is &pound;50, and a magnetic cover that doubles as a kickstand is &pound;25.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">The 30 best free Android games</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="The Nvidia Shield Tablet has the insanely powerful Tegra K1 at its heart" alt="The Nvidia Shield Tablet has the insanely powerful Tegra K1 at its heart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-shield-tegra.jpg?1406130797" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tegra K1 processor powers “the first tablet designed for gamers” </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Gaming Nvidia Tablets Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:35:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442955 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: The absurd augmented reality hat, new Dance Central details, and BBC Sport gets Chromecast support http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-behold-absurd-augmented-reality-hat-new-dance-central-details-and-bbc-sport-gets-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our roundup of the curious, fun, and noteworthy news from around the world of tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HattrickWear" alt="HattrickWear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hattrickwear.jpg?1406010781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Behold HattrickWear, the augmented reality cap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98669370?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Can&rsquo;t shell out &pound;1,000 for Google Glass, but still want the sensation of a heads-up display pumping info into your eyes? Check out HattrickWear, a soon-to-be-crowdfunded (or not) hat that claims to be an affordable and open platform for such things.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to slot your phone into the long brim of the hat, and then attach a small prism that reflects part of the screen into view. The design purportedly distributes the weight evenly enough to keep your head from sinking as you wear it, and it looks&hellip; super cool&hellip; right? Honestly, it&rsquo;s difficult to tell if this is real or not, but it&rsquo;s supposedly set to launch on Kickstarter at some point.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hattrickwear.com">HattrickWear</a> via <a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/hattrickwear-augmented-reality-hat-07-17-2014/">DesignBoom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/you-can-now-buy-google-glass-uk/news">You can now buy Google Glass in the UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dance Central Spotlight out 2 September </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft might have turned its back on the Kinect when it pulled the motion-sensing device from the lower-priced Xbox One console option, but developers haven&rsquo;t (entirely) just yet. Dance Central Spotlight, the new-gen version of the original Kinect&rsquo;s most recognizable experience, will launch for US$9.99 on 2 September, developer Harmonix announced yesterday.</p> <p>The downloadable release will feature 10 built-in songs&mdash;including some of the catchiest jams of the last couple years, like Pharrell Williams&rsquo; &ldquo;Happy,&rdquo; Lorde&rsquo;s &ldquo;Royals,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Titanium&rdquo; from David Guetta and Sia&mdash;with another 50+ songs available for purchase on day one.</p> <p>If you already purchased the song on Xbox 360, it&rsquo;ll be available for free on Xbox One, which will hold true for future add-on tracks from previous entries. Each song in the game will feature eight different routines (more than ever before), plus an enhanced fitness mode promises targeted workouts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/21/dance-central-spotlight-shines-september-2/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is Dead? Long Live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KH_FG92-Oek" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC Sport apps updated with Chromecast support </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the Commonwealth Games kicking off later this week, BBC has updated its BBC Sport apps for both Android and iOS with support for Google&rsquo;s Chromecast dongle. Users will now be able to stream content to a television from either version of the app, and both have been updated with customizable alerts for the games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/21/bbc-sport-ios-android-chromecast/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal">Fully Charged: Pacific Rim 2 coming in 2017, YouTube adding 60fps playback, and BBC showing Commonwealth Games in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="BBC Sport" alt="BBC Sport" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbc-sport-app.PNG?1406010781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Media Molecule teases new PS4 project—maybe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule isn&rsquo;t behind this fall&rsquo;s LittleBigPlanet 3&mdash;development duties have been passed off to Sumo Digital&mdash;but the Guildford studio appears to be working on <em>something</em> for PlayStation 4. Whether this video actually shows any of that isn&rsquo;t especially clear.</p> <p>&ldquo;A rendering error on our new PS4 project caused this trippy sequence of colourful nonsense that begged to be shared,&rdquo; reads the YouTube description. &ldquo;Consider it an exclusive peek at our new game if you like, it&#39;s not particularly revealing, but it is fun, that much we guarantee... mostly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Media Molecule showed off a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYY-J3ckeSI">rather curious tech demo</a> at the reveal of the PlayStation 4 in February 2013, but there&rsquo;s been no word on that becoming a full, proper game. But considering the studio&rsquo;s amazing pedigree&mdash;thanks to LBP and last year&rsquo;s Tearaway on Vita&mdash;whatever they&rsquo;re working on is worth keeping an eye out for.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_faVPTRUUg">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V_faVPTRUUg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-behold-absurd-augmented-reality-hat-new-dance-central-details-and-bbc-sport-gets-c#comments BBC Chromecast Gaming Kinect PlayStation 4 Xbox One Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442885 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny Beta http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie&#039;s MMO-inspired sci-fi shooter is available in beta form to everyone right now - and it&#039;s utterly brilliant </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1300" height="900" title="Destiny Beta review" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Destiny-Beta-Review-main.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">PS4-only Alpha</a> is but a distant memory - but now everyone can get a taste of Destiny in the all-formats Beta.</p> <p>To get involved all you need do is pre-order the full game (out 9th September) or find a friend who already has - each pre-order is good for three players.</p> <p>Should you get involved? You betcha. This is a really generous taster of what is looking very much like potential game of the year.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tested on PS4. Also available on PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What the heck is Destiny anyway? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been living in a hole for the last few months you could be unaware that <em>Destiny</em> is the new game by Bungie, the studio that brought us the little-known <em>Halo</em> franchise. It&rsquo;s got a lot in common with <em>Halo</em> in terms of gameplay and tone, but this is a far, far grander undertaking.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because <em>Destiny</em> is also diving into massively multiplayer online (MMO) territory. This is an always-online game in which you team up with mates for story missions, raids and open-world exploring. You randomly encounter other players on your travels and so-called &lsquo;live events&rsquo; are triggered that dynamically bring players together to take on enemies such as the massive spider tank.</p> <p>Think of the shooting action of <em>Halo</em> combined with the addictive loot-gathering of <em>Diablo</em> and MMORPG elements of <em>World of Warcraft</em> and you&rsquo;re just about on the right track.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The sparrow bike can be called up at any time" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-7.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny Beta vs Alpha </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those who poured endless hours into the Alpha might be disappointed to discover that a lot of that content returns in this Beta, but there is more besides. Where the Alpha dropped you into the ruined Russian landscape with an already level 4 character, the Beta sees you start at the very beginning, with the intro that will (tweaks allowing) be in the final version of the game.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s when you&rsquo;re introduced to your Ghost, a cuboid robotic companion who accompanies and guides you throughout the entire game. Bungie and Peter Dinklage (from <em>Game of Thrones</em>, who voices the Ghost) were on the receiving end of no little flak for the dialogue and delivery in the Alpha, which was considered by many to sound a bit half-arsed. I didn&rsquo;t really agree with all of that criticism but even I must admit that the delivery in the Beta, which has been made to sound more robotic with beeps and vocal effects, works better. And the <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/20/5828892/that-wizard-came-from-the-moon-shirt-destiny-bungie" target="_blank">now infamous &ldquo;that wizard came from the Moon!&rdquo;</a> line has gone entirely, which is a massive shame if you ask me.</p> <p>In total you get four story missions in the Beta (none of which were in the Alpha), each of which can be played with up to two mates and come complete with cutscenes that introduce you to the characters and lore of Bungie&rsquo;s brave new gaming universe.</p> <p>The only issue here is that there&rsquo;s a certain amount of repetition in these story missions. They&rsquo;re all based in Old Russia (essentially the only area available in the Beta) and while each takes you to a different section of the map you basically start in the same area for each one, which creates a little déjà vu. This is undoubtedly a game that will involve a fair amount of returning to previously explored areas, but hopefully the level of repetition will be kept in check for the full release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Peter Dinklage&#039;s dialogue for your Ghost companion has been tweaked for the beta" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-8.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1600" height="900" title="The Earth map for the Crucible returns from the Alpha" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-2.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Alpha bits return </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beyond that you get largely the same content that was in the Alpha. That includes one three-player Strike (essentially a self-contained mission with its own story, bosses and rewards) called The Devil&rsquo;s Lair, which is brilliant fun.</p> <p>You also get to experience the Explore mode, which allows you to - you guessed it - explore the open world environments at your leisure. You&rsquo;ve only got Old Russia to play with here but the environment is pretty massive and packed with secrets - dead Ghosts to reactivate, caves to explore, loot to find and enemies to blow to pieces. There are also small side-missions - typical fetch quests and kill x number of enemies sorts of things, but they&rsquo;re useful for taking you to areas of the map that you might not have otherwise visited and also reward you with increased standing with certain factions. And standing means loot in the form of big guns and stronger armour.</p> <p>Finally there&rsquo;s the Crucible, which is where you take your anger out on other players. The map count has gone up from the two to four, so on top of the Earth and Moon maps you got in the Alpha you can now also kill your friends on Mars and Venus. There&rsquo;s still just the one game mode, Capture (typical three-objective king of the hill), but the action is so tight, fast and addictive you&rsquo;ll likely take no issue with playing for hours straight.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LeDaevD7cEo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="I come in pea... I don&#039;t think he&#039;s listening" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-10.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3200" height="1800" title="The Crucible is where all the guardian vs guardian action takes place" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-crucible_0.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Creating your first character </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In <em>Destiny</em> you play as a Guardian, tasked with protecting what little is left of humanity against four alien races (two of which, the Hive and Fallen, make an appearance in the Beta). Your very first job is to create your character.</p> <p>You start by choosing choose a class: Titan, Hunter or Wizard. Ostensibly these boil down to a tank-like bruiser, agile sneaker and space wizard respectively, but in reality each class can turn its hand to any role. What you&rsquo;re really choosing is a look, a type of grenade, a melee attack, a slightly different double-jump and a special attack. Choose whichever you think looks coolest - you won&rsquo;t be restricted later on.</p> <p>And then you get to make your character look really cool in the customiser. Choose your race (human, awaken or exo), gender, face, hair and lots more to make you Guardian look unique. In the Beta there are just a few minor new customisation options, but otherwise our video of the Alpha customisation above should teach you everything you need to know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4yg0Jk1WZsE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Exos are sentient machines. And they&#039;re awesome." alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-9.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How the action unfolds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The esteemed Guy Cocker wrote about the Destiny gameplay experience in great depth when he <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">reviewed the Alpha</a>, and I won&rsquo;t repeat everything here because it&rsquo;s the same gameplay that you get with the Beta. That means the action itself is deeply <em>Halo</em>-like, with a welcome dose of extra heft to the weapons. This is sci-fi, of course, but the feel of the guns is realistically solid and terrifically bombastic, especially when you get to the shotguns and heavy weapons such as the huge machine guns and rocket launchers.</p> <p>Thanks to every player having a double-jump move, battles are very vertical, both in the open world and in the Crucible. There are few greater gaming joys than leaping from a vantage point to a spot directly behind your enemy and stabbing them in the back.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="There are millimetres between life and death in the Crucible" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-5.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve got until 27th July to play the Beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Beta is open to PS3 and PS4 players right now. There&rsquo;s a break for maintenance on the 21st and 22nd July, then Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers get to join in on the 23rd. The whole thing comes to an end on the 27th, but don&rsquo;t be sad; according to <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-15-what-to-expect-from-the-destiny-beta" target="_blank">an interview that Bungie&rsquo;s David &quot;Deej&quot; Dague gave to Eurogamer</a>, there&rsquo;s still a possibility that your lovingly crafted Guardian will carry over to the final game. Fingers crossed - I hate saying goodbye.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="This handsome chap isn&#039;t in the Beta. Can&#039;t wait to meet him in the full game" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-11.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny Beta verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We played and loved the Alpha, and the Beta is bigger and better. I reckon most players will get about ten hours of terrific entertainment out of it, while serious fans will play every moment they can between now and 27th July, upgrading all three characters and exploring every inch of Old Russia.</p> <p>Needless to say that&rsquo;s a lot of entertainment for zero cost, and while this is by no means a review of the final, full game, it&rsquo;s hard to see a way Bungie could mess it up from here. 9th September cannot come soon enough.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Two Guardians taking a stroll in the park" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-4.jpg?1406039124" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Destiny Beta played: &quot;A lot of entertainment for zero cost&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie&#039;s sci-fi shooter is utterly brilliant – and it&#039;s not even finished yet </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Destiny Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:03:57 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434979 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: McCartney releases iPad app albums, Leicestershire Police testing facial recognition tech, and ex-dictator Noriega sues over Call of Duty http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our latest morning round-up blends media and crime—just the way we like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Band on the Run" alt="Band on the Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mccartney-bandontherun.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul McCartney re-releases classic albums as iPad apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Artists are increasingly seeing interactive album apps as a potentially lucrative way to engage with fans, and Paul McCartney made a big splash yesterday by re-releasing five of his classic albums (solo or with Wings) as standalone iPad apps.</p> <p>Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM, and Wings Over America are each available, and while relegating each to the larger tablet screen might seem a bit odd, they&rsquo;re pegged as larger experiences beyond the remastered album audio. You&rsquo;ll also find behind-the-scenes photos and videos, along with interviews and historical text.</p> <p>Each sells for &pound;5.49 from the App Store, which is cheaper than buying just the audio from iTunes&mdash;and luckily, all audio and video can be downloaded from the app to your iPad.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/16/paul-mccartney-ipad-apps-albums">The Guardian</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/band-on-run-paul-mccartney/id723450958?mt=8">iTunes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/time-waits-no-one-how-tech-has-changed-music-forever/feature">Time Waits For No One &mdash; how tech has changed music forever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leicestershire Police testing speedy facial recognition tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning on breaking the law anytime soon, maybe don&rsquo;t do it in the vicinity of Leicestershire&mdash;at least if they have any record of you on file. The police force there is the first in the UK to test out a swift and accurate new facial recognition technology called NeoFace, from NEC.</p> <p>Leicestershire Police can now monitor CCTV or officer body camera footage and have it be compared to the force&rsquo;s 90,000 strong database of facial images. However, the results can&rsquo;t be used in court, so for now, it&rsquo;s just another tool to help locate criminals&mdash;not prosecute them. Leicestershire will be testing the tech for six months to determine its potential usefulness elsewhere.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2014/07/15/new-face-recognition-technology-helps-to-crack-crime#.U8c3_Ny1WCY">Leicestershire Police</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/uk/2014/07/16/uk-police-trialing-facial-recognition-tech-can-id-individuals-seconds/">The Next Web</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smart-feeding-station-uses-facial-recognition-technology-and-scales-stop-your-cat-getting-fat/featur">This smart feeding station uses face recognition and scales to stop your cat getting fat</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Leicestershire Police" alt="Leicestershire Police" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leicestershire-police.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the more memorable missions of 2012&rsquo;s Call of Duty: Black Ops II involved escorting former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to safety through a war-torn city. Unfortunately for Activision, Noriega didn&rsquo;t agree to be depicted in the game, and thus has decided to sue the publisher for both damages and lost profits.</p> <p>His lawsuit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Country Superior Court, claims that the game depicts him as &ldquo;a kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state,&rdquo; done in order &ldquo;to heighten realism in its game.&rdquo; Sounds right on all counts; now we&rsquo;ll see what the judge and/or jury thinks. At least it&rsquo;s a more credible suit than Lindsay Lohan levied against Rockstar recently for Grand Theft Auto V&mdash;over a character she believes is inspired by her.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-noriega-activision-lawsuit-20140715-story.html">Los Angeles Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" alt="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/callofduty-noriega.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here’s a trailer for the Ouija film </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Transformers became a smash film series for Hasbro, so the logical next plaything to turn into a flick is&hellip; a Ouija board? Well, it&rsquo;s happening: Ouija comes out this October, and you can see the first trailer above. Turning this into a horror film centered around the board makes a lot of sense, but the trailer makes it look like an average, generic modern horror flick. And if Ouija breaks big this autumn, Transformers director Michael Bay will cash in again as a producer here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HQ2FblScFQ">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/transformers-care-bears-top-ten-toys-1980s/feature">From Transformers to Care Bears: The 10 best toys of the 1980s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1HQ2FblScFQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec#comments Activision Film and TV Gaming iOS apps Music Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442326 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google’s modular phone opens up for testing, a rousing new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer, and Messi takes the FIFA cover (again) http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-google-s-modular-phone-opens-testing-rousing-new-assassin-s-creed-unity-traile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up and fill your mind with our morning news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-projectara.jpg?1405405981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google taking requests for Project Ara test kits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The idea of a modular smartphone&mdash;with interchangeable and thus easily upgradable parts&mdash;is certainly intriguing, but has remained something of a far-off concept even as major players try to push it forward. That shouldn&rsquo;t be true for much longer, at least, as Google has opened up requests for test kits and aims to ship them this month.</p> <p>Granted, this kind of pre-release testing isn&rsquo;t for the average consumer; it&rsquo;s for developers prototyping prospective boards for Google&rsquo;s Project Ara devices. The submission form states, &ldquo;We will prioritize requests based on technical experience and the strength of your module concept.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s especially meant for anyone attempting to win the Project Ara Devleoper Prize Challenge, which will award US$100,000 for one particularly amazing (and fully working) module by 30 September.</p> <p>Google is moving quick on this round of requests, with submissions expected by this Thursday, 17 July and the first kits due to ship before the end of the month. Another tester review period will begin immediately and last until 17 August, so if you&rsquo;ve got a bright idea but need more than two days to get it all plotted out, well&hellip; you&rsquo;ve got a month and two days then. Good luck.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.projectara.com/dev-board-form">Project Ara</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EduardoRuiz/posts/TuFsmNaxGq7">Google Plus</a> via <a href="http://pocketnow.com/2014/07/14/project-ara-dev-boards">Pocketnow</a> and <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/14/google-takes-project-ara-module-kit-requests/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/google-s-got-working-prototype-project-ara/news">Google&rsquo;s got a working Project Ara prototype</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get a fresh look at Assassin’s Creed Unity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve long since settled into the notion of having a new Assassin&rsquo;s Creed adventure to dig into each autumn, but this year&rsquo;s entry looks like a rather large leap forward. Not only is Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity the first of the open-world affairs to be exclusively designed for new-gen consoles (and PC), but it&rsquo;s also the first to offer co-op play in the campaign.</p> <p>While this trailer doesn&rsquo;t put much focus on the cooperative play, it does offer an oft-dazzling glimpse at some of the new maneuvers you&rsquo;ll have to get around the absolutely stunning rendition of Paris circa the French Revolution. Unity is out 28 October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1xnPueOR6o">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed IV: Black Flag review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k1xnPueOR6o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lionel Messi leads FIFA 15 cover art </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps the timing here isn&rsquo;t spectacular, considering the outcome of the World Cup final&mdash;to be fair, he did still win the Golden Ball&mdash;but Lionel Messi has been announced as the lone worldwide cover athlete for EA Sports&rsquo; FIFA 15, due out on 26 September.</p> <p>Perhaps not a huge surprise, as he&rsquo;s been on the last two years&rsquo; pack shots, but at least it&rsquo;s a little more dynamic than the dull close-up seen on FIFA 14&rsquo;s new-gen release. With another year under its belt on the latest console hardware, FIFA 15 promises big visual upgrades when it debuts in a couple short months.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.easports.com/fifa/news-updates-gameplay/article/fifa-15-global-cover">EA Sports</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FIFA 15" alt="FIFA 15" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fifa15-cover.jpg?1405405981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-google-s-modular-phone-opens-testing-rousing-new-assassin-s-creed-unity-traile#comments FIFA 15 Gaming Google Project Ara Smartphones Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442131 at http://www.stuff.tv Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles? http://www.stuff.tv/android/will-nvidia-s-android-gaming-tablet-also-play-pc-titles/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC claims forthcoming device can “link up” with external graphics card for visual boost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles?" alt="Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-project-shield-hands-on-01_0_0.jpg?1405388841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few days ago we heard the first rumour rumblings about a forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">Nvidia Shield gaming tablet</a>. Well, now the BBC has weighed in with some lofty claims about the device &ndash; the most interesting of which is that it&rsquo;ll be able to play PC games.</p> <p>The BBC report claims the tablet will run on Android but be able to play graphically advanced PC games by wirelessly linking up to a computer. It&rsquo;s thought, however, that the computer will need a powerful (and pricey) Nvidia graphics card.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The catch is... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It sounds as if the system is essentially a tweaked version of the existing <a href="http://www.geforce.co.uk/geforce-experience" target="_blank">GeForce Experience</a>, a setup that allows US and Canada-based owners of the Nvidia Shield to stream PC games to their device. Currently, these owners will need to be running a PC equipped with one of the following Nvidia GPUs: GeForce Titan, GTX 700, GTX 600, GTX 800M, GTX 700M or certain GTX 600M models.</p> <p>The tablet will also be able to run Android games natively, of course. The BBC also claims it&rsquo;ll run on Nvidia&rsquo;s beefy new Tegra K1 processor (which comes with a 192-core GPU powerful enough to run Unreal Engine 4 games) and that the company will offer a &ldquo;budget-priced&rdquo; controller add-on.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on any further developments in this story.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28290861">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">Nvidia Shield video review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Gaming Nvidia Tablets Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:55:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442062 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Tekken 7 revealed, even cheaper Chromebooks now possible, and Razer’s Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/fully-charged-tekken-7-revealed-even-cheaper-chromebooks-now-possible-and-razer-s-atrox-arc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week by bashing through our quick-hit morning news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tekken 7" alt="Tekken 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tekken7.jpg?1405386462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tekken 7 announced, runs on Unreal Engine 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last night at the Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bandai Namco announced the development of Tekken 7&mdash;the latest entry in the 3D fighting series that began 20 years ago in arcades and the original PlayStation.</p> <p>The teaser trailer promises &ldquo;The Final Battle,&rdquo; which seems questionable for a lengthy, numbered series with several spinoff releases, but restoring some sense of narrative cohesion would be nice. Also, it seems that Unreal Engine 4 will be used to power the action, although no platforms have been officially confirmed quite yet. An arcade release followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports seems likely, at least.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll apparently hear more about the game at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in just a couple of weeks. However, there&rsquo;s no word yet on the status of Tekken X Street Fighter, Bandai Namco&rsquo;s end of the partnership that yielded Capcom&rsquo;s Street Fighter X Tekken two years back.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3LuFSZqp4E">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-games-which-you-hit-people/feature">10 of the best games in which you hit people</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R3LuFSZqp4E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheaper, lower-powered Chromebooks now a possibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chromebooks are already exceedingly affordable laptops, and depending on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-11/hp-chromebook-11/review">which you buy</a>, they can be quite good. But there are potential plans afoot to make them even cheaper with lower-powered hardware in tow&mdash;namely the same kind of ARM Cortex-A7 processor seen in many mobile phones.</p> <p>This is according to Engadget, which reports that semiconductor manufacturer MediaTek added support for an ARM Cortex-A7 processor into the Chromium OS codebase that powers Chrome OS, opening up the possibility of seeing hardware with such low-end chips at some point.</p> <p>Granted, the speed decrease is likely to be rather noticeable, and devices of the sort are more likely to be targeted at developing nations&mdash;but it&rsquo;s still interesting to see how as headline Chromebooks continue to get slightly more powerful, there&rsquo;s room on the lower end for expansion as well.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/12/chromebooks-can-get-cheaper">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/acer/google-and-intel-unveil-more-powerful-chromebooks/news">Google and Intel unveil more powerful and more frugal Chromebooks</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="735" title="Chromebook" alt="Chromebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromebook.png?1405386909" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Razer Atrox arcade stick for Xbox One unveiled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of the festivities at the Evo tournament, video game peripheral manufacturer Razer announced an Xbox One version of its premium Atrox arcade stick, which is very similar to the previous Xbox 360 version. Like that one, it&rsquo;s very customizable, both in terms of modding the wires inside and changing the image beneath the authentic Sanwa arcade stick and buttons.</p> <p>Also, it&rsquo;s still &pound;179.99 on Xbox One. Sadly, as with last year&rsquo;s Mad Catz offering, there isn&rsquo;t a lot of reason to invest in an Xbox One stick right now, as the only traditional, controller-based fighting game is Killer Instinct&mdash;though perhaps you could lump EA Sports UFC in there, as well. But at least Mortal Kombat X and surely several others (quite likely Tekken 7) are on the horizon.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.razerzone.com/gb-en/store/razer-atrox-xbox-one">Razer</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/mortal-kombat-x-out-2015-platforms-old-and-new/news">Mortal Kombat X out in 2015 for platforms old and new</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Razer Atrox for Xbox One" alt="Razer Atrox for Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/razer-atrox.png?1405386462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-one/fully-charged-tekken-7-revealed-even-cheaper-chromebooks-now-possible-and-razer-s-atrox-arc#comments Console games Gaming Laptops Xbox One Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441994 at http://www.stuff.tv GRID: Autosport http://www.stuff.tv/grid-autosport/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Grid series returns to its simulation roots with a racer that&#039;s hard enough to be a proper sim but plenty of fun, too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/255220_2014-05-09_00110.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Codemasters&rsquo; <em>Race Driver: Grid</em> revolutionised the racing genre back in 2008, balancing realism with accessibility and introducing the much-copied &ldquo;flashback&rdquo; rewind feature. We loved last year&rsquo;s long-gestating sequel, <em>Grid 2</em>, although it fared less well with hardcore racing fans thanks to its focus on arcade street racing. With <em>Grid: Autosport</em>, Codemasters aims to return to the series&rsquo; simulation roots, with a greater focus on track racing, more realistic AI and the return of the in-car camera.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £30.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC (PS3 and PC versions tested) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Racing touring cars against the AI and other players is incredibly satisfying, and 100 tracks across 22 locations means plenty of diversity. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very little dashboard detail on offer, decent number of cars but not nearly as many as the likes of Gran Turismo 6 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Real Driving Simulator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where Codemasters softened up <em>Grid 2 </em>for a more pick-uppable arcade experience, <em>Grid:&nbsp;Autosport </em>is aimed at those who prefer a more realistic race. It&#39;s a more serious game - gone is <em>Grid 2</em>&rsquo;s story-led career mode, and now you simply choose which team you want to race with each season.</p> <p>You can also tell it&rsquo;s a sim from the game&rsquo;s slavish dedication to stats - 78 cars, 22 locations and 100 tracks fill the <em>Grid: Autosport</em> disc - more than twice the number of circuits featured in <em>Grid 2</em>, but still a long way short of <em>Gran Turismo 6</em>&rsquo;s 1100+ vehicles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00216.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-12_00087.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Circuit Training </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Autosport</em> features both street and track racing, but the focus is on the track, with 15 real-world circuits including Brands Hatch and the Hockenheimring. The seven city circuits have been created for the game from locations such as Dubai (carried over from <em>Grid 2</em>) and Washington DC. While the tracks are all set in real locations, the street events themselves are not (as the one in the first <em>Grid</em> were) based on real-world races, which takes away from the simulation a bit. Career mode is broken down into five racing disciplines - Endurance, Touring, Tuner, Open Wheel and Street, and you need to become proficient in all five to progress. As in previous Codemasters racing games, some styles are more fun than others - we loved racing Touring cars, but the Endurance category, in which you try and minimise tyre damage over a lengthy race, made us long for a pit-stop and a Little Chef.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00004.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cockpit Cam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Codemasters says only five per cent of players used the cockpit view in its previous racing games, but that small group of players were loudly unhappy when they left it out of&nbsp;<em>Grid 2</em>, so the in-car camera is back in <em>Grid Autosport</em>, although its implementation looks lazy at best.&nbsp;There are two viewpoints to choose from - close to the dashboard, and slightly further away - and while it adds to the immersion when you&rsquo;re racing, the car interiors themselves look blurry and lack details like working dials or mirrors. Perhaps we&rsquo;ve been spoiled by the luxurious dashboards of <em>Forza 5</em> on Xbox One, but in this respect Grid Autosport feels like a last-gen game; even on PC, the interiors look blurry. Dodgy dashboards aside, Autosport looks good, with the PC version delivering plenty of clarity and visual effects, even if the damage modelling is fairly basic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00001.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Days of Thunder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the first <em>Grid</em> and the <em>TOCA</em> series before it, Codemasters absolutely nailed the thrill of racing at 140mph+ against a pack of touring cars. That elusive feeling makes a return to Grid Autosport - everything about the racing just feels right, from the way the cars connect to the road, to the competitor AI and the sublime track design - it&rsquo;s a joy to race around <em>Grid Autosport</em>&rsquo;s tracks. The handling is less twitchy than <em>Grid 2</em>&rsquo;s, thanks to the weightier cars, while the computer-controlled competitors provide a real challenge at the standard difficulty level. In fact, many races are tense, physically draining affairs in which fighting for first place is as difficult as maintaining it.</p> <p>But while it&#39;s a superb simulation, it&rsquo;s still accessible to those who don&rsquo;t want to go and tinker under the bonnet. It&rsquo;s certainly more forgiving than Codemasters&rsquo; own <em>F1</em> series. If you&rsquo;re a serious simulator nut, you&rsquo;ll find that the realism level is lower than really hardcore PC racing sims like <em>Assetto Corsa</em> and <em>iRacing</em>, but we&#39;d say <em>Autosport</em> strikes a very good balance.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00095.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00282.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Career Advice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gone is the Hollywood sports-movie&nbsp;of <em>Grid 2</em>&rsquo;s story-driven career mode, in favour of a simpler approach - you&rsquo;re just a driver who has to choose which team to race with each season. But while it&#39;s less fussy, the career mode is long and often boring - you&rsquo;re frequently asked to qualify ahead of races, and if you choose to skip the qualifying stage, you start at the back of the pack for the main event.</p> <p>You also have to become proficient in all of the game&rsquo;s various disciplines, as well as earning XP through meeting objectives such as finishing ahead of a rival or driving above a certain speed for an allotted amount of time. There&rsquo;s plenty to do, it&rsquo;s varied, and the career mode will last a long, long time, but it takes so long to reach the game&rsquo;s main events - the Grid Championships- that you might give up before you get there.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00059.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00255.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gridlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Grid Autosport</em>&rsquo;s multiplayer mode has a lot to offer. It&#39;s almost like another career mode, but against real people. You build your own garage of cars, with progress tracked on each vehicle such as mileage and win/loss rate. You can play against up to 12 people online, and empty spaces can be filled by AI drivers. It&rsquo;s also worth mentioning that the game features split-screen two-player multiplayer - still fairly rare in realistic racers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="680" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/255220_2014-05-09_00097.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Codemasters has obviously listened to the racing fans who spurned Grid 2. Grid Autosport has been built with an unswerving dedication to fast cars and track racing. It doesn&#39;t have the huge showroom of Gran Turismo 6 or the perfect realism of the latest PC simulators, but it strikes a great balance between physics and fun.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GRID: Autosport review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grid-autosport/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/grid-autosport/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:58:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1441425 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish the week strong with our morning roundup of the fun and the fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fire Phone" alt="Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-opener_0.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Federal Trade Commission sues Amazon over in-app purchases </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As expected, the United States Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Amazon yesterday, alleging that the company made it too easy for children to purchase digital content on the company&rsquo;s devices&mdash;and made it too difficult for parents to get refunds thereafter. Amazon saw the writing on the wall last week, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">sending a letter to the FTC</a> saying it was preparing to defend itself in a courtroom after discussions between the parties failed.</p> <p>&ldquo;Amazon&rsquo;s in-app system allowed children to incur unlimited charges on their parents&rsquo; accounts without permission,&rdquo; asserted FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement released yesterday. &ldquo;Even Amazon&rsquo;s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created.&nbsp;We are seeking refunds for affected parents and a court order to ensure that Amazon gets parents&rsquo; consent for in-app purchases.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amazon believes that its current practices meet the FTC&rsquo;s standards, but the commission clearly thinks otherwise. Back in January, Apple agreed to refund at least US$32.5 million of in-app purchases not authorized by parents, as well as add the kind of consent that the FTC wants Amazon to implement in its own digital storefront.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/07/10/ftc-sues-amazon-over-kids-in-app-purchases/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crowdfunded attempt to revive abandoned NASA satellite likely fails </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) satellite was launched in 1978 and essentially left to quietly die in space in 1997. It was more recently discovered to still be floating around the sun and seemingly be functional in some respects, so some former NASA employees raised nearly US$160,000 via crowdfunding and reached an agreement with NASA to try and make contact with the probe and try and bring it back to life.</p> <p>Initial attempts to fire the engines last weekend were successful, but subsequent tries have failed&mdash;it seems that either the nitrogen tanks are tapped, or there are issues with the fuel lines. If the scientists can&rsquo;t sort it out, then the ISEE-3 could be lost forever. They have a limited window of time to try and reposition its orbit before the satellite is likely out of range for future communication.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/10/330255777/the-little-spacecraft-that-couldnt?ft=1&amp;f=1026">NPR</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/10/5886807/isee-3-space-probe-rescue-ends">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: Fully Charged: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-nasa-s-deep-space-rocket-enters-production-oculus-rift-sales-stopped-china-and-">NASA&rsquo;s deep space rocket enters production, Oculus Rift sales stopped in China, and the playable Tetris t-shirt</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ISEE-3" alt="ISEE-3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/isee-3.jpg?1405102450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Halo 3’s last Easter Egg finally found </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly seven years after its release, Halo 3 has finally revealed its (supposedly) final hidden Easter Egg. Long teased by Bungie, some intrepid fans found the message&mdash;it&rsquo;s a personal note from Adrian Perez, former developer and senior engineer at the developer, to his wife. &quot;Happy birthday, Lauren&quot; may not the most thrilling discovery after all this time to the average fan, but it&rsquo;s always fun to see these things discovered long after the game&rsquo;s been released.</p> <p>In this case, you have to click in both thumbsticks on the loading screen when playing the game on December 25. Assuming Lauren Perez&rsquo;s birthday is indeed on Christmas Day, then we hope this little-big secret helped make up for all those years of getting one gift to cover both occasions.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/10/halo-3s-final-easter-egg-has-been-found">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/halo-5-guardians-confirmed-autumn-2015/news">Halo 5: Guardians is coming to Xbox One in Autumn 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LuKaWd6_Stg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte#comments Amazon Console games Crowdfunding Gaming Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441725 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazing Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast http://www.stuff.tv/amazing-alien-isolation-dlc-reunite-1979-movie-cast/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and more are back on board the Nostromo in “Crew Expendable” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazing Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast" alt="Amazing Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/crew-expendable-alien-isolation.jpg?1404953948" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation-finally-alien-game-worthy-name/news"><em>Alien: Isolation</em></a> is still a few months away from a release, but developer The Creative Assembly has just revealed its first piece of downloadable content &ndash; and it&rsquo;s shaping up to be a real corker.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nostrom-OMG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright are all back to play their original characters in a special mission that sits separate from <em>Alien: Isolation</em>&rsquo;s main campaign. You&rsquo;ll be able to play as Ripley, Dallas or Parker, and according to The Creative Assembly you must &ldquo;scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive&rdquo;.</p> <p>Time to pre-order the game, perhaps &ndash; as well as a couple of new pairs of underpants.</p> <p><em>Alien: Isolation</em> will be released on 7th October 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://alienisolation.com//news/2014/07/09/ellen-ripley-and-original-crew-return-in-our-pre-order-bonus" target="_blank">Alien: Isolation</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Alien: Isolation goes on sale 7th October 2014" alt="Alien: Isolation goes on sale 7th October 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation_0.jpg?1404953948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazing-alien-isolation-dlc-reunite-1979-movie-cast/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaming Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:24:01 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441546 at http://www.stuff.tv 3 of the best PS4 headsets http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality headgear is essential for the full gaming experience. How else to boss around your team-mates in the midst of battle? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-main-01.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;re isolated in hostile territory, almost out of ammo and badly wounded. As the enemy approaches your position, a squadmate&#39;s voice crackles over your cheapo headset: &quot;I&#39;ll cover you. Run to your pssszzchZZZZCXXHzz and I&#39;ll bzzZZZzrrgh. Got that? Hello? Hello?&quot;</p> <p>Too late - you&#39;re dead.</p> <p>But it needn&#39;t be that way. Invest in a decent gaming headset and you&#39;ll benefit from crystal-clear in-game music and effects and the ability to speak to your mates without having to guess what they&#39;re saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tritton Kama </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&rsquo;t the cheapest PS4 headset out there, but it&rsquo;s close, and nicer than the budget alternatives we&rsquo;ve tried. It&rsquo;s dead simple, too: plug the short cable directly into the bottom of your DualShock 4 then change the &lsquo;output to headphones&rsquo; option in the settings menu to &lsquo;all audio&rsquo; and you&rsquo;re golden.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re not getting the same build and sound quality of the other two here, but you&rsquo;re not paying for it either &ndash; and for &pound;20 the Kama is actually very impressive. Plus, it will work with your PS Vita too, if you have one.</p> <p>Sound effects and voices come through clearly and there&rsquo;s plenty of weight for the big bangs of <em>Battlefield 4</em>. There&rsquo;s a little digital fuzz in the background of your voice, but it&rsquo;s low enough that it won&#39;t prevent your commands and swears from being broadcast clearly to your friends and enemies.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>The perfect solution for l33ts on a tight budget</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.dabs.com/products/tritton-kama-stereo-gaming-headset-for-ps4-and-ps-vita---black-9CT4.html?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&amp;utm_content=Q200&amp;utm_campaign=Computing%20-%20PC%20Peripherals%20-%20Headsets%20and%20Headphones" target="_blank">Buy the Tritton Kama here for &pound;20</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tritton Kama" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-tritton-kama.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s own PS4 headset has a dinky USB dongle for total wirelessness, a lovely design, invisible mics in the earcups, virtual 7.1 surround sound and a dedicated app for custom sound profiles. It&#39;s also versatile, working with PS4, PS3 and PS Vita - the only set here to work across all 3 of Sony&#39;s current gaming platforms.</p> <p>So far, so good - but in use it&#39;s not quite perfect. Firstly, the virtual surround sound isn&rsquo;t that good. You get a decent sense of audio coming from around you but it messes around too much and makes everything feel unnatural. The custom profiles are a waste, too &ndash; the standard &lsquo;flat&rsquo; setting is best.</p> <p>Still, while the sound might be a touch disappointing you&rsquo;re still left with probably the best-looking gaming headphones ever made, at a decent price.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★✩ </strong></p> <p><strong>Great looks, comfort and stereo sound, but the special features aren&rsquo;t very special</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Wireless-Stereo-Headset/dp/B00I8S4E1C" target="_blank">Buy the Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 here for &pound;72</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-sony-wireless-stereo-headset.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turtle Beach PX4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turtle Beach takes this sort of thing seriously, and the PX4 is a pretty serious bit of kit. It&rsquo;s got a whole little processing unit that needs to be connected to your PS4 via optical. It then handles Dolby Digital signals and sends them wirelessly to the headset in proper surround sound. It works with Xbox 360 as well as PS4 and PS3 - but not Vita, mind.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to hear a pair of headphones that truly recreate a 5.1 home cinema experience, and the PX4 doesn&rsquo;t buck the trend. But it&rsquo;s not far off, and you do get an extra level of immersion in game worlds, while more accurate placement of effects such as footsteps can give you a competitive edge.</p> <p>You do still need to use a cable between the headset and controller, which is a slight shame, but for crisp, dynamic sound that won&rsquo;t wake the neighbours, the PX4 is currently hard to beat.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ★★★★★ </strong></p> <p><strong>An impressive headset for hardcore gamers</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/610627-turtle-beach-earforce-px4-ps3-4-xbox-360-gaming-headset-tbs-3276-02?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=products&amp;gclid=CNX8wvuYuL8CFQsEwwodBykAqg" target="_blank">Buy the Turtle Beach PX4 here for &pound;100</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Turtle Beach PX4" alt="3 of the best PlayStation 4 headsets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-sony-ps4-headsets-review-turtle-beach-px4.jpg?1404959014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/3-best-ps4-headsets/feature#comments Gaming Geek accessories PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:11:23 +0000 Marc McLaren 1441535 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: First look at Samsung’s Gear VR headset, GE’s calorie-counting microwave concept, and the art auction based entirely on emotions http://www.stuff.tv/kitchen/fully-charged-first-look-samsung-s-gear-vr-headset-ge-s-calorie-counting-microwave-concept-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good morning! Here’s all the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="GE testing calorie-counting microwave" alt="GE testing calorie-counting microwave" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ge-microwave.jpg?1404903612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GE testing calorie-counting microwave </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cooking a meal using traditional means is often a complex, drawn-out process&mdash;hence the appeal of the microwave. Likewise, tracking your meals and counting calories with apps is also a tedious process&mdash;hence the microwave? That could soon be the case, according to the MIT Technology Review.</p> <p>General Electric (GE) is currently testing a device that uses low-energy microwaves to estimate the number of calories in your food, and it&rsquo;s possible that the technology could be embedded in future microwave ovens (not seen above; that&rsquo;s just a regular microwave). Right now, it only works with blended foods by analyzing the fat and water content, as well as weight. However, GE says it&rsquo;s working on ways to, say, read the info from an entire plate of food.</p> <p>Such info could theoretically be automatically synced with a device for easy tracking. Paired with the food replicator in the works at Nestlé, we might be looking at yet another component of the kitchen of the future&mdash;emphasis on &ldquo;future,&rdquo; as it doesn&rsquo;t sound like this calorie-counting tech is all that close to being part of a consumer product.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/news/528721/ge-device-measures-the-calories-on-your-plate/">MIT Technology Review</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-nestle-s-food-replicator-plans-google-s-move-domain-registration-and-different-">Fully Charged: Nestlé&rsquo;s food replicator plans, Google&rsquo;s move into domain registration, and a different Forza Horizon 2 for each Xbox</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s Gear VR headset image leaks, reveal planned for September? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-next-star-wars-film-dated-samsung-s-vr-headset-plans-and-big-hero-6-s-slick-new">heard a few weeks back</a>&nbsp;that Samsung was preparing an entry into the burgeoning virtual reality headset market&mdash;one that would allow the company&#39;s recent handsets to dock into it and use that display to view content&mdash;and now we have our first reported look at the hardware via this leaked render courtesy of SamMobile.</p> <p>Dubbed the Gear VR, the headset will feature a touch pad on the side&mdash;presumably for interacting with menus and perhaps even games&mdash;as well as a button that allows you to &ldquo;see through&rdquo; the screen via the device&rsquo;s back camera.</p> <p>The headset uses the phone&rsquo;s gyroscope and accelerometer for head tracking, and it&rsquo;ll fasten onto your head via the elastic strap on the back, with plush pads on either side of your head for comfort. And as leaked earlier, Oculus VR is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-and-oculus-collaborating-phone-centric-vr-headset/news">reportedly developing the software</a>&nbsp;for the Gear VR in a technology swap with Samsung for the benefit of its own Rift headset.</p> <p>SamMobile says that Samsung will officially unveil the Gear VR at IFA 2014 in early September in Berlin, which is the same trade show that the Note 4 is expected to be shown at. Price and performance will dictate whether it&rsquo;s a worthy way to strap a phone to your face; in the meantime, consider Google&rsquo;s Cardboard, which you can haphazardly assemble right now.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/07/08/exclusive-samsungs-virtual-reality-headset-will-be-called-gear-vr-launch-at-ifa-2014/">SamMobile</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung GearVR" alt="Samsung GearVR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearvr.jpg?1404903612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch the art auction based on emotional responses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this certainly <em>sounds</em> ridiculous. Swedish glass maker Kosta Boda recently staged an auction wherein bidders could only spend their emotional response on an item, as measured by biometrics sensors. Each person (with 300+ in total) was shown one of three pieces of art, and the one viewer who had the strongest reaction to each took it home, free of charge. Silly as that seems, it makes for an intriguing video, especially at its climax.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://auctionbasedonemotions.com/en/">Kosta Boda</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-">Fully Charged: Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG&rsquo;s Nintendo 3DS synth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZbUNAGgVrrI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get BioShock and XCOM games cheap in 2K’s Humble Bundle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Charity-minded, set-your-own-price game bundles started as an indie sensation, but major publishers have glommed onto the trend&mdash;and this <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com">Humble Bundle</a> offering from 2K Games is one of the best we&rsquo;ve ever seen. You can get BioShock, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and The Darkness II for PC (also Mac and/or Linux for certain titles) for as little as a US$0.01.</p> <p>Pay at least the average price (as of this writing, US$7.04, approximately &pound;4.11) and you&rsquo;ll also get BioShock 2, Mafia II, and Spec Ops: The Line. And spend at least US$20 (&pound;11.67) and the heaviest hitters are added: BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. That&rsquo;s one heck of a deal, and you can split how your money is spread between 2K, Humble Bundle, and charities Action Against Hunger and the American Red Cross.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com">Humble Bundle</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/red-dead-redemption-2-and-more-bioshock-games-way-says-take-two-boss/news">Red Dead Redemption 2 and more BioShock games on the way, says Take-Two boss</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uB9yYfKq4ZA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/kitchen/fully-charged-first-look-samsung-s-gear-vr-headset-ge-s-calorie-counting-microwave-concept-a#comments Gaming Kitchen Oculus Samsung Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441472 at http://www.stuff.tv Gearbox and 2K announce Battleborn, a gorgeous co-op, first-person fantasy shooter http://www.stuff.tv/gearbox-and-2k-announce-battleborn-gorgeous-co-op-first-person-fantasy-shooter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No word yet on whether the Killers are providing the soundtrack for this enticing affair </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Battleborn" alt="Battleborn" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/battleborn.jpg?1404884406" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rather than get lost amidst the E3 hullabaloo last month, Gearbox Software and 2K Games waited until today to reveal their next massive action experience: Battleborn for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;If Borderlands 2 is a shooter-looter, Battleborn is a hero-shooter,&rdquo; said Gearbox president Randy Pitchford in a press release. &ldquo;As a genre-fused, hobby-grade, cooperative and competitive FPS exploding with eye-popping style and an imaginative universe, Battleborn is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created.&rdquo;</p> <p>Battleborn is set to be released sometime during 2K&rsquo;s 2016 fiscal year, which means anytime between April 2015 and March 2016.</p> <p>With 2K&rsquo;s hearty autumn release schedule approaching, we imagine they might stay mum on further details for a bit before ramping up the promotion engine in a few months. But we&rsquo;re excited to hear more when they do.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-s-project-tango-phones-heading-space-oculus-plans-developers-conference-">Fully Charged: Google&rsquo;s Project Tango phones head to space, Oculus plans developers conference, and watch 14 wild minutes of the new Borderlands</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6oMvBiwpm7k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gearbox-and-2k-announce-battleborn-gorgeous-co-op-first-person-fantasy-shooter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gearbox-and-2k-announce-battleborn-gorgeous-co-op-first-person-fantasy-shooter/news#comments Console games Gaming Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:39:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441434 at http://www.stuff.tv The five best games we've played on Oculus Rift so far http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/five-best-games-weve-played-oculus-rift-so-far/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be months before the proper Oculus Rift goes on sale, but we&#039;ve already played some pretty astonishing titles on it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/OCR3.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you&#39;re a game developer, you&#39;re best off waiting for Oculus to put the finishing touches on its thinner, lighter, higher-resolution consumer version of the Rift. However, that doesn&#39;t mean its developer kits aren&#39;t absolutely amazing to have a go on, and we&#39;ve been fortunate enough to take a number of games for spin. Here&#39;s what&#39;s really tickled our retinas thus far.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SuperHOT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can play the demo version of SuperHOT now at superhotgame.com, and we recommend you do: it&rsquo;s an interesting and very stylish take on first-person shooters. What sets SuperHOT apart from the crowd is time: it moves only when you move. Run towards your enemies and they&rsquo;ll be able to shoot you without much trouble, but stand still and bullets travel through the air like coins falling through treacle. You don&rsquo;t get much in the way of weaponry in SuperHOT, but manage the time dilation right and you can weave through a hail of gunfire to despatch them.</p> <p>What Oculus brings to this, apart from a far more immersive first-person experience, is a finer level of control. You can physically lean to one side to avoid bullets in a way that isn&rsquo;t possible with a flat display. This makes bullet-avoidance more intuitive and more economical: because you&rsquo;re immersed in VR, you have much better depth perception and you only move as much as you need to avoid being shot in the face, before turning and watching with great satisfaction as the bullet flies ponderously over your shoulder.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/face-review-oculus-rift-crystal-cove/feature">Face-on with the Oculus Crystal Cove prototype</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SUPERHOT_2.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SUPERHOT_6.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lucky’s Tale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We hadn&rsquo;t really thought about Oculus Rift as something you could use to play platform games, or really any game that doesn&rsquo;t use a first-person view, but this charming little jumpabout shows virtual reality can be a lot more versatile. We didn&rsquo;t see much new in the game itself &ndash;you play a cartoon fox who sproings about a multicoloured world that will be familiar to anyone who&rsquo;s played <em>Crash Bandicoot</em>&nbsp;&ndash; but the viewpoint, &nbsp;floating like a disembodied ghost behind Lucky, is new and exciting. It does feel weird for a minute or two as your brain adjusts to this new form of perception, but it soon becomes natural. Looking around also becomes a highly intuitive means of controlling the game: there are a few points when you have to take aim at something, and you do so by looking, without the game needing to tell you.</p> <p>One of the things we were most impressed by in <em>Lucky&rsquo;s Tale</em> was the main menu, a <em>Super Mario World</em>-esque map that you zoom in on just by leaning in towards it and peering around like a curious giant. It made us think about the possibilities for strategy games and even board games in virtual reality. Imagine hovering over your army in a next-next-gen <em>Total War</em>, or even a futuristic <em>Risk</em>, for that matter.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">We build Google Cardboard, the &pound;20 VR headset, from a cardboard box</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LuckysTale1.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LuckysTale2.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LuckysTale3.png?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> War Thunder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The graphics in this WW2-themed MMO are faithful rather than impressive, there&rsquo;s almost no storyline and it doesn&rsquo;t lend itself to a quick 20-minute play. But while lengthy tank battles will remain the preserve of flatscreen players, we took one of War Thunder&rsquo;s fighter planes for a spin in Oculus and it was enormous fun.</p> <p>Flying games (and racing games) are perfect for VR, because they&rsquo;re about moving around while sitting still, and that&rsquo;s also exactly what you&rsquo;re doing in VR. You remain seated, holding controls just in front of you, but you get a great impression of movement. In the WW2 fighter&rsquo;s cockpit the Rift makes things easier, mainly because you can look out of the window. Positioning your plane in the right spot to swoop down on your enemies is one of the trickier parts of flying games, and it&rsquo;s a lot easier to pinpoint ground targets when you can just lean over and have a look. In a dogfight situation, too, it&rsquo;s handy to be able to fly while looking over your shoulder. The one upgrade it really needs is hand tracking: on the demo we played, we had to reach blindly for the flight stick and the throttle, so some virtual hands to use the virtual controls would make things a lot more convincing.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-rift-will-give-viewers-vr-look-david-attenborough-s-next-series/news">David Attenborough&#39;s next series will have scenes shot for Oculus Rift</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/USSR_March7th_5.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1595" height="923" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/USSR_March7th_6.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eve: Valkyrie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the first games to really show what this new generation of virtual reality was capable of, Valkyrie&rsquo;s intergalactic dog-fighting is simple but effective, a bit like the X-Wing games of the &lsquo;90s. Rift support allows you to look around the cockpit and even down to see your virtual, space-faring legs ( just don&rsquo;t attempt to move them, or you&rsquo;ll look ridiculous).In combat, the Rift shows its potential not just as a display, but as a controller: aiming missiles is taken care of simply by looking at what you want to blast out of the sky, and looking at it until it explodes.READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/oculus-founder-tells-stuff-were-going-sell-rift-cost-price/news">Oculus founder Palmer Luckey speaks to Stuff</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eveValkyrie.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alien: Isolation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On a flat screen, this game is scary. When you&rsquo;re trapped in virtual reality, it becomes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014/alien-isolation-oculus-rift-so-frightening-you-might-not-want-play/feature">a nerve-jangling brownquake of terror</a>.The immersive graphics and sound do a horribly good job of convincing you that you really are locked in a drifting spaceship with a hissing, invincible nightmare made from knives and acid. But the real terror comes from the physical movements you have to perform. In the flatscreen version, you press a button to pull up your proximity sensor and watch the deadly green blob that represents the alien&rsquo;s location. In the Oculus version, you have to physically look down to see the sensor. This feels wrong at an instinctive level, because you&rsquo;re turning your body away from the unsafe space that harbours the claws and teeth from which you&rsquo;re hiding, exposing the top of your head and the back of your neck. Erk. <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alieniso.jpg?1405385624" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/five-best-games-weve-played-oculus-rift-so-far/feature#comments Apps and Games Gaming Oculus Rift Wearable tech Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:10:30 +0000 Will Dunn 1441292 at http://www.stuff.tv