nintendo
YouTuber’s Tiny GameCube Is a Heartbreaking Look at What Could Have Been

Unlike the low-effort PlayStation Classic, the NES Classic and SNES Classic are among the best attempts at reviving the lovable consoles from days gone by. But for some reason, despite selling millions of its retro consoles, Nintendo hasn’t continued its line of console reboots and doesn’t seem interested in taking it further, leaving fans of systems like the N64 and Gamecube to their own devices. Read More >>

star trek
Captain Lorca Returns (for the First Time) in This Exclusive Star Trek Online Trailer

Thank the Mirror Universe that I can get away with a headline like that, frankly. Read More >>

VR
Star Wars Fans Will Love Helping the Dark Lord Achieve His Destiny in Vader Immortal

For years, we’ve enjoyed watching Star Wars stories from the outside. And typically Star Wars in VR and AR feels more like a very cool tech demo than a full immersion into a galaxy far, far away. But with Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series - Episode I, it seems like ILMxLab has crafted an untold chapter in the Star Wars saga that fans will love. This thing is no tech demo. Read More >>

laptops
HP’s Omen X 2S Gaming Laptop Has Customisation Second Screen to Help Up Your Game

Bendy screens are a hot topic right now, given Samsung’s folding phone, and cool prototypes like Lenovo’s flexible screen laptop, but HP’s Omen X 2S laptop is taking a different approach to packing more display into a device. Instead of one big screen that doubles as a touchpad and keyboard, the Omen X 2S will put a phone size display directly above the keyboard. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Plays Nice

At the opening keynote for Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference in Seattle, we heard more about Starbucks than Windows. A ten-minute demo about how Starbuck’s ordering system interacts with Azure, Microsoft’s growing cloud-based computing platform, was a highlight of the event. This should tell you a little about the event itself. Build has never been the most exciting developer conference. Where Google, Apple, and even Facebook take a moment to show consumers a glimpse of the near future, Microsoft has always been focused firmly on its developers, with loads of coding on stage and weird demos meant to excite the enterprise set more than the rest of us. Read More >>

gaming
The Surprising Origins of Absurd Gaming Hardware Design

In recent years there’s been a schism in gaming hardware design, and you can see it in two distinct approaches to gaming laptops. On the one hand, you have Razer, which is building super thin, sleek laptops that sacrifice a little power for more portability and cultural accessibility. While companies like Alienware continue to make the biggest, fastest, and loudest laptops you can game on. This isn’t a coincidence. As gaming becomes more and more popular—a report suggests that about 56 per cent of people in the UK play video games now—the aesthetic of devices designed for gamers has started to warp. Read More >>

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Microsoft Patent Imagines an Xbox Controller Customised for Gamers With Visual Impairment

Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller was a big leap towards making gaming accessible to all players—not just those who can hold and manipulate the console’s standard controllers. Now it looks like the company is planning to expand its accessibility efforts. A Microsoft patent from last year reveals a special controller customised for visually impaired gamers. Read More >>

star wars
TIE Fighter, and Star Wars’ Idea of the Good Imperial

Last month Marvel Comics launched TIE Fighter, a miniseries about an elite squadron of Imperial pilots who find treachery among their ranks. It ties into the upcoming novel Alphabet Squadron, starring an ex-TIE pilot who defects to the fledgling New Republic, but it got me thinking about another story of a TIE pilot, one with intriguing parallels to these new stories. Read More >>

gaming
New Board Game Challenges Players to Design a Perfect Planet

A new award-winning board game asks you to do a seemingly simple task: build the perfect planet for wildlife. Read More >>

games
Microsoft’s Solitaire Is Finally Getting Honoured in the Video Game Hall of Fame

It’s hard to imagine a video game dominating more screen time than Microsoft’s Solitaire has since first introduced with Windows 3.0 in 1990. It’s been the go-to distraction for procrastinators for almost three decades, and it’s finally being honoured with a rightful place in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Read More >>

gaming
There Aren’t a Lot of Good Wireless Xbox Headsets. This Is a Damn Good One

Last year, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 won our battle to crown the best gaming headset under £120, so when I heard SteelSeries was working on a new wireless headset made specifically for the Xbox, naturally I was intrigued. Read More >>

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The Gentle Side of Twitch

“Hi! I see you, but I’m focused on the reading right now. I can chat during the next break!” This message popped up on the stream from Ryan Blake Hall, better known as Storyteller Mars on Twitch. Read More >>

VR
The Most Interesting Thing About Valve’s Fancy New VR Headset Might Be Its Controllers

About a month ago, Valve teased that it was working on its own VR headset separate from the HTC’s Vive and Vive Pro, but still compatible with all the Steam VR games that are currently available. Now, Valve has finally released a tonne of details about the Index, including some of its new and unusual abilities. Read More >>

VR
Review: Oculus Quest Has Me Excited About VR Again

I first tried VR with an Oculus Development Kit (the DK2) several years ago. It was a mind-blowing experience, unlike anything I've tried before. But somewhere along the way, the shine of being immersed into a video game world got lost. One Oculus Rift and PSVR later, they're both sat gathering dust somewhere, barely used. One of the reasons for that is the mass of wires that you need for both, and adequate space by your PC or PS4. It's a pain to set up every time; plugging it in, rearranging a room or moving a PC tower somewhere else to make sure you've got a big enough area. If it's a game you can't play while sitting down, it's a no-go. Not to mention with Rift, the numerous sensor bars that need strategically placing around the place. It's a lot of hassle for a play session that'll undoubtedly last about 20 minutes until I start feeling nauseous. Read More >>

laptops
Asus Basically Overhauled Its Entire Gaming Laptop Lineup With Faster Everything

Anytime a new wave of components hits the market, computer makers (and gamers) start counting down the days until they can put those parts in actual systems. So to coincide with the launch of new processors from Intel, new graphics cards from Nvidia, and new availability of some AMD chips, Asus practically revamped almost every gaming laptop it makes. Read More >>