Recommended Reading: Tesla and Waymo’s self-driving data quests

How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: Data Sean O’Kane, The Verge In order for cars to drive themselves, the vehicles and their systems require loads of data. And gathering those details are one of the main goals for companies developing the autonomous cars that will eventually take us to the office. The Verge takes …

Switch update makes it easy to add Facebook and Twitter friends

Nintendo Switch owners have a new system update awaiting them, and the release notes reveal what 5.0.0 is bringing along. While previous updates have smoothed out some rough edges for transferring saves and assisting with voice chat, this one’s highlight addition is the ability to suggest Nintendo Accounts based on your Twitter and Facebook friend lists (assuming you’ve linked them …

Oculus Rift headsets are offline following a software error

This morning, people around the world couldn’t use their Oculus Rift VR headsets. System software couldn’t “reach Oculus Runtime Service” according to error messages posted to the Oculus forums, spotted by Polygon. One possible explanation is that an Oculus security certificate expired today. The company took to the bulletin board to offer a bit of an update. Via: Polygon Source: …

The best VR headsets and games to give as gifts

Virtual reality headsets were once so expensive that they would have only made suitable gifts for early adopters and serious gamers. By now, though, prices have dropped across the board, and there are enough compatible games that we’re willing to recommend these headsets to a broader audience. The VR section of our holiday gift guide includes items at both the …

The best VR headsets and accessories for dorms

We’ll be the first to admit that a virtual-reality session isn’t terribly conducive to bonding with new friends in the dorm. But, hey, a few of us here at Engadget are introverts, so you don’t need to explain to us the value of strapping on a headset and momentarily blocking out the stress of classes and meeting new people. Included …

Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back into the VR world in a surprising way. Waypoint reports that he’s contributing $2,000 a month to the Patreon campaign for Revive, …

‘Arms’ is the successor to ‘Punch Out’ the Nintendo Switch needs

The original Punch Out may be heralded as a classic 8-bit NES game, but it’s one I didn’t play until I was in college. I’d heard it mentioned as I grew up but always dismissed it out of hand. Sports games, particularly those with celebrity endorsements, meant nothing to me as a child. When I eventually picked up a battered …