Innovation, News

Stanford boffin invents emotion-detecting game controller

Controller Stanford engineers have created technology that may drastically alter the way people experience games in the years to come, reports the University's newsletter. The technology utilises physiological sensors, located on a modified Xbox controller, to measure autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity during gameplay. The ANS controls various involuntary visceral functions like heart rate, skin temperature, breathing, sweating, swallowing, even sexual arousal. Not surprisingly, your level of engagement directly affects the ANS resulting in specific visceral output. In other words, if you ...

Games, News

PS4 beats PC graphics with ‘Kingdom Under Fire II’

KUFII Upcoming PS4 game Kingdom Under Fire II is set to have better graphics than its PC counterpart, says game developer Blue Side Studios. According to a report from 2p, which interviewed Kingdom Under Fire II producer Sang Youn Leethe, the PS4 graphics "will be much better and higher than the PC version." When asked about the differences between the PS4 and PC, Lee says, "[It's] a little hard to tell you right now because if the PC users know, they will be very angry. ...

Android, News, Samsung

Samsung intros Galaxy Ace Style, a mid-range 4″ KitKat cutie

Galaxy Ace Style Samsung is the busiest gadget bee on earth, popping out phone after phone at a production-line rate. In this vein, let us introduce the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, a 4" KitKat smartphone with a 1.2Ghz CPU, available in Cream White and Dark Grey, and it's coming this April. The South Korean giant is calling it a "new streamlined, easy-to-use smartphone designed to support and power young social consumers. The Galaxy ACE Style features a fun, unique design with an enhanced camera ...

Applications, Games, How to guides

6 easy steps for turning that old-school PC into an arcade emulator

Arcade machine To truly appreciate the gaming world of today, we need to experience the gaming world of yesterday. Titles of the past play an enormous role in the evolution of gaming and are honestly just as fun as anything we are playing today. PlayStation is currently working on an emulation system that will enable you to play PS1/2 games on the PS4. This alone shows you how much of a demand there still is to play old school titles. While PlayStation is ...

News, Xbox One

DirectX 12: unlocking the full potential of Xbox One gaming

Xbox One new Will the Xbox One become the most powerful console? DirectX 12 is coming, and it promises to change the Xbox One from top to bottom. Those who feared that the console wars would be unbalanced can relax, because DirectX 12 games for Xbox One will perform twice as well says Neowin. It was revealed at Build, Microsoft's annual Windows developers conference, that Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox One games will run at double their speed with little effort required on the ...

Kickstarter, News, Wearable technology

MetaWear will bring wearable tech to the masses

metaWear MetaWear is a tiny development board meant for people who want to create or hack their own wearable tech. The Kickstarter project raised its funding goal of US$8 000 within the first 24 hours and, with 25 days yet to go, is still going on strong -- currently at US$30 000. The open-source device is like a Raspberry Pi but super small. A lot smaller. It's about the size of a US quarter or 17mm x 26mm to be exact. "A Raspberry-PI doesn't ...

Games

5 absolutely awful video game sequels

Duke We've all had the experience of playing a game, and knowing within the first five minutes that it is going to be a winner. That it’s going to change your life. That it's something you will forever look back on and think -- that game was amazing. So imagine your excitement when you see that a sequel is being made. The anticipation! You lie awake at night for hours imagining how it will look, what new characters there will be, thinking about ...

News, PS4

PS4 more powerful than Xbox One, but does it matter?

PS4 large The console war, a mythical battle between the top tier current-gen machines, namely the Xbox One and PS4, is a one-sided skirmish Sony's already won, according to Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray, reports Worlds Factory. Gilray mentions how it's a physical impossibility for the Xbox One to beat the PS4's performance. Oddworld series creator Lorne Lanning, who was reportedly quoted out of context during an interview over on Xbox Achievements, is Gilray's reference: Actually that is NOT what he said. I spoke to Lorne afterwards and what he ...

Reviews, Sony

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: high end Android goodness

SONY 3 Smartphones are getting bigger every passing year and everyone excepts Apple to hop on the mega screen smartphone bandwagon. If you keep on asking yourself for a device which is high-end yet fits in your hand, your options are pretty limited. Until the launch of the Xperia Z1 Compact, there was no real competition to the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S which come under ultra-premium compact smartphone category with high-end features. Unlike other "mini" versions of flagship smartphones such as Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC ...

News, Peripherals

Amazon Fire TV is a Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV killer

Fire TV Chromecast kicked off the inexpensive TV streaming revolution, but it wasn't the definitive device. Sneaking in under the radar and packed with every feature we'll need and more, Amazon's Fire TV is one of the best streaming devices to emerge yet. From 4 April 2014, or tomorrow, Amazon's 1080p streaming box goes on sale for US$99. It's tiny (115mm x 115mm x 17.5mm), it has 8GB internal memory, a quad-core CPU and it streams music, video, uses intuitive voice control, looks ...

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