Brain-controlled VR game hints at a hands-free future

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Brain-controlled VR game hints at a hands-free future

We may be a long way off from a Holodeck-like virtual reality where your body is the controller, but Neurable might have the next closest thing. It recently unveiled a prototype peripheral that adds brain control to VR experiences. The device replaces the regular strap on an HTC Vive and uses specific brain signals (event-related potentials, not the EEG patterns you usually see) to trigger actions. In a showcase game, Awakening, you use your mind to escape a lab as if you had telekinetic powers -- you don't have to hold plastic wands as you battle robots and grab objects.

'Spelunky' and 'Downwell' creators have 50 games coming this fall

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'Spelunky' and 'Downwell' creators have 50 games coming this fall

Good news if you and yours have long worn out Sportsfriends' appeal -- it's been a few years, so that's understandable -- and you're hankering for another collection of unique multiplayer games. Next year, the minds behind Spelunky, Downwell, Time Barons, Skorpulac and Madhouse have teamed to bring you UFO 50. "Our goal is to combine a familiar 8-bit aesthetic with new ideas and modern game design sensibilities," the game's website reads. That purview includes platformers, puzzle games, RPGs and shooters, for a total of, you guessed it, 50 different games.

Intel’s 18-core chip was a risk. It will probably pay off.

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Intel’s 18-core chip was a risk. It will probably pay off.

Intel's high brass made a decidedly un-Intel move last August. During a routine business meeting at the company's Santa Clara headquarters, they decided to upend their desktop CPU roadmap for 2017 to prepare something new: the beastly 18-core i9-7980XE X-series. It's the company's most powerful consumer processor ever, and it marks the first time Intel hsd been able to cram that many cores into a desktop CPU. At $2,000, it's the sort of thing hardware fanatics will salivate over, and regular consumers can only dream about.

'Horizon Zero Dawn' add-on 'The Frozen Wilds' lands November 7th

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'Horizon Zero Dawn' add-on 'The Frozen Wilds' lands November 7th

Guerilla Games still isn't saying much about what Horizon Zero Dawn's upcoming The Frozen Wilds expansion will contain, but at least you know when you'll get your hands on it. The studio has revealed that its big DLC will arrive on November 7th -- appropriately, just ahead of winter. You'll hear more about Frozen Wilds closer to launch, but the company is teasing "new, highly lethal machines" for Aloy to fight in addition to the namesake tundra and a fresh story. All we know for sure: if Guerrilla can maintain the production quality from the base game, you'll have something to look forward to in several weeks.

Respawn CEO: Despite sales stumble, expect more 'Titanfall'

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Respawn CEO: Despite sales stumble, expect more 'Titanfall'

Titanfall 2 has sustained its playerbase and momentum with free DLC every month since its release, but there's no question that the game was a hit that didn't make the impact it should've. In an interview, Respawn's CEO chalked it up to an inconvenient release window, but the long chat revealed the company's plans to expand the franchise, though he wouldn't say anything concrete. Luckily, the franchise's mobile game, Titanfall: Assault, just got a wide release date of August 10th.

Bring your own SNES cartridges for the Supa RetroN HD

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Bring your own SNES cartridges for the Supa RetroN HD

The upcoming launch of Nintendo's SNES Classic has turned up the hype on 16-bit nostalgia, and Hyperkin is ready to seize the moment. The company already builds several consoles built for retro gaming, and now product designer Chris Gallizzi tweeted this image of the Supa RetroN HD. Hyperkin's $160 RetroN 5 already plays SNES games (as well as other classic systems), but a pared-down clone will probably be simpler, might not need to run Android and may be cheaper, just like the $40 RetroN 1 HD for NES games.