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 …

YouTube is bringing 360-degree videos to your TV

Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference isn’t just about its search engine getting smarter. The company has also announced that YouTube’s 360-degree videos are coming soon to TVs, expanding beyond smartphones and web browsers for the first time. “It’s not just about the size of the screen,” YouTube product manager Sarah Ali said before demoing a 360-degree video from Coachella. “It’s …

Explore Japanese gaming culture in 360 degrees with MatPat

Matthew Patrick is best known as the guy on YouTube who uses math, science and rabid curiosity to build intense, unexpected narratives from the stray plot threads of movies and video games. As the Game Theorists’ MatPat, he asks if Mario is secretly a sociopath and questions if Sega’s blue hedgehog really is the fastest mascot in gaming — and …

ICYMI: Watching plants grow and playing ‘Mario Kart’ with an actual car

Today on In Case You Missed It: The thought of watching a plant grow seems, well boring. But researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria used lasers, fluorescent lights and a microscope to track the growth of a flowering weed’s roots. The end result is a close-up 3D video that looks more like a glowing burrowing worm …

‘Super Mario Run’ lands on Android a day early

Nintendo notoriously resisted making any of its games available on mobile platforms, a significant move for a company that’s been making handheld titles for almost three decades. Then, with almost no notice, it released Super Mario Run for iOS back in December to cacophonous fanfare and promised an Android version in March. Originally planned to come out on March 23rd, …

The Engadget Podcast Ep 30: I Can Change

After surviving The Great AWS Outage of 2017, managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Devindra Hardawar rejoin host Terrence O’Brien to debate some of the biggest tech stories of the week. First they’ll pit YouTube’s live TV offering against its competitors, then talk through Twitter’s new tools for fighting online harassment. Plus they’ll address the latest controversy surrounding Uber …

The best gadgets of 2016

A year ago, virtual reality felt almost like a pipe dream. But during 2016, we saw the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Daydream, a new mobile platform from Google. VR is here, and it’s very much . . . well, real. We’re still waiting for more games to appear and for the price of truly …

This was the year of VR, until AR stole it

This was supposed to be the year of virtual reality, but barely had 2016 started when Microsoft threw a spanner in the works with the announcement of HoloLens. Rather than taking us to a virtual world, Microsoft’s headset pulls virtual objects into our own. Microsoft calls these objects Holograms, much to the chagrin of hologram enthusiasts, but most people know …