Vortx blows air at your face while you’re gaming and it’s great

Vortx is ridiculous. It’s a cube that you place on your desk, next to your PC or laptop, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what’s happening on-screen. The air responds dynamically to the action: If you’re running through the fiery hellscape of Doom, the fan blows hot and fast, but if you’re watching a …

Microsoft’s Xbox was the last great CES reveal

CES was a different show 17 years ago. In 2001, the Best of Show award went to the DataPlay disc, a postage-stamp-size memory card that held up to 500MB of data. If you can’t remember it, don’t worry — the company went out of business shortly thereafter as SD became the de facto standard. Microsoft was still the biggest tech …

Oculus Rift bundle discounted to $379 until December 20th

After permanently slashing the Rift and Touch combo price to $399/£399, Oculus is at it again. With Christmas fast approaching, the VR headset bundle is now the cheapest it’s been since Black Friday, at $379/£369. (Heads up that Amazon UK is still honoring the £349 Black Friday price for now, though.) The price cut means the device is fast approaching …

The best Engadget stories of 2017

This year gave us an innovative new console from Nintendo, an iPhone without a home button, EVs and self-driving cars from almost all the major automakers, and fresh headaches for Twitter and Facebook alike. As busy as we were reviewing a new flagship phone seemingly every other week, Engadget’s writers and editors looked beyond that never-ending gadget cycle to deliver …

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ is selling even faster than ‘Zelda’

The Nintendo Switch has been a massive hit since its launch in March, selling more than seven million units worldwide so far, putting it on track to beat Wii U lifetime sales in just a year. But these aren’t the only numbers Nintendo gets to flaunt. According to its financial briefing released today, the company estimates sales of Super Mario …

Microsoft buys AltspaceVR’s struggling virtual hangout

When AltspaceVR announced that it was staying open after threatening to close its doors, it said it was “deep in discussions” with people who were passionate about it. Apparently one of those people was Microsoft, because the software giant has just announced that it’s acquiring AltspaceVR, officially providing Windows Mixed Reality with a social VR solution. “With the AltspaceVR team …

One Gamer Fund heard you liked video-game charities

It’s an exciting time to be Seven Siegel. Siegel is the executive director of Global Game Jam, the world’s largest 48-hour gaming hackathon, but more important, they’re a former game developer with an MBA in nonprofit management. This makes Siegel particularly suited to work in an emerging niche market blending philanthropy with cutting-edge technology: video game charities. There are dozens …

Play ‘Pokémon Gold’ and ‘Silver’ on this pretty new 2DS XL

If you’re planning on pre-ordering the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games, why not get a handheld console to match? Thankfully, Nintendo has your back. The company has just introduced a cool new Poké Ball edition of the 2DS XL, so you can really tap into your inner Ash as you launch your beloved Pikachu into battle. Author:  …

VR throwback ‘Duck Season’ arrives September 14th

Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season caught our eye for a number of reasons. It’s not just a VR callback to the NES hit Duck Hunt, it’s a broader celebration of ’80s culture… with a horror twist, to boot. And now, you’ll get to see whether or not it’s as fun as it is weird. The studio has announced that Duck …

Atari partners with LGBT Media to make more inclusive games

Atari is making good on its promise to stake part of its strategy on LGBTQ apps. The company has formed a partnership with LGBT Media, the company behind the social app LGBTQutie, to reach more of the community. The deal will see LGBT Media acquire and “re-launch” Atari’s city-building game Pridefest by taking advantage of its connections to the LGBTQ …

Kids can learn to code Xbox and PC games at Microsoft stores

There are a ton of initiatives to help kids (and adults) learn to code these days. Google has lessons for teens to code animates scenes starring Wonder Woman, Apple has the kid-friendly Swift Playgrounds and a partnership with Tynker, and even Facebook has a program that suggests learning gadgets and other resources to help encourage the next generation of coders. …

Spider-Man and Frank West join latest ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ roster

Like comic books, fighting games are ripe for the crossover treatment. Nintendo has done it with good success in the Super Smash Bros. series, bringing characters from disparate franchises like Street Fighter and Fire Emblem together to brawl on the Wii U and 3DS. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe mixed up heroes from video games and comic books into its …

Old-school tank shooter ‘Battlezone’ comes to Oculus and Vive

If you grew up in the age of arcades, you probably played Atari‘s seminal first-person tank game, Battlezone. In the arcade version, you’d play the game with your face stuck into a set of faux goggles that helped you feel like you were in the sweaty confines of an actual tank. It felt like stepping into a virtual world. When …

‘Alien: Covenant’ VR experience emerges on April 26th

Both Fox and director Ridley Scott have made bit commitments to virtual reality, and you’re about to see just how those commitments are evolving… in an unsettling way. Fox has revealed that Alien: Covenant‘s VR experience, In Utero, will be available for Oculus Rift wearers on April 26th. As the name implies, the production shows the terror from the baby …

2017 is already an incredible year for video games

Every now and then, it’s wise to stop and recognize the good things in life. And right now, it doesn’t get much better than the video game industry. After dozens of Slack conversations about all the exciting titles and hardware coming out this year, a handful of Engadget editors got together to formally celebrate the year in gaming so far. …

‘Serious Sam’ returns to VR for a ‘Second Encounter’

If you’re a fan of bombastic early-2000s first-person shooters and you own a HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift, Croteam has you covered. Serious Sam, the studio’s fast-paced, over-the-top and gratuitously violent ode to big guns, explosions and cheesy one-liners now has two more VR games on Steam. Source: Croteam Author:  Source: Engadget