At Google I/O 2016 this week we expect to hear a lot about virtual reality and how Google plans to continue their move into the space. One of the unique aspects that Google has been trying to highlight is a combination of virtual reality with augmented reality. So it is appropriate that the Pokémon GO development team announced this week that they seek beta testers in the U.S. to test a gaming title that will be heavy on the augmented reality portion of the spectrum. Read more
At GDC 2016, Oculus and Mojang announced that a special version of Minecraft was being developed for Samsung’s Gear VR. It would give one of the world’s most popular titles in history an immersive experience simply by adding a virtual reality headset. Mojang went live with the title for Samsung’s virtual reality headset earlier today, meaning owners of the Gear VR can start playing Minecraft.
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NVIDIA’s SHIELD set-top box has been out a while now, but it’s still the king of the castle where Android TV is concerned. It’s most recent firmware update saw the SHIELD gain mouse support via the controller’s right stick. Usually, the SHIELD bundle comes with one gaming controller, but for a limited time only, NVIDIA is throwing in a second controller free of charge. Read more
At Google I/O 2016, the first edition of a new annual awards ceremony will be held. The 2016 Google Play Awards honors the developer community by giving out awards to apps and games nominated in ten categories.
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Google’s long-term focus is on exploring the power of augmented reality rather than virtual reality, according to a report from The Information. Read more
It’s early days yet, but it seems that Samsung has scored a home-run with its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (reviewed here) smartphones. The enthusiastic take up on the handsets has been helped by the Korean electronics giant sweetening the deal with either a free Gear VR, Gear S2, or even $100 cashback, to say nothing of the various carrier deals floating around. Samsung usually throws in a bunch of apps with its flagship models, and it has done so again with the Galaxy Game Pack that is only available for the S7 and S7 Edge handsets. Read more
NVIDIA, in partnership with 2K Australia and 2K Games, has released Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in their line of Borderlands games which includes the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2. Borderlands: TPS is slotted in the timeline between the two previous titles, a position that makes it an interquel according to NVIDIA. Read more
The latest thrilling LEGO adventure gives Jurassic Park fans the chance to play through all four colossal films alongside a cast of lovable characters. Read more
On Talk Android Deals, the SNES30 Bluetooth game controller and phone hold is on sale for 22% off. The controller, which works with all major platforms, works with and without wires to enable a comfortable gaming experience in a retro design. The SNES30 from 8Bitdo is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X despite not having a touchscreen of its own for mobile games.
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Sony’s PlayStation brand has been synonymous with gaming for more than two decades. The Japanese company pushed out four major video game consoles with additional handheld gaming consoles throughout the years to be home for a massive amount of first-party titles known around the world. Now, with PlayStation getting involved in virtual reality later this year, Sony wants the brand to continue entering new territories.
Today, Sony announced that characters from your favorite PlayStation games will be making appearances on mobile devices. A new studio known as ForwardWorks is tasked solely with bringing PlayStation favorites to phones and tablets.