Take-Two nabs the rights to 'Kerbal Space Program'

about X hours ago from
Take-Two nabs the rights to 'Kerbal Space Program'

The news about ex-Squad members leaving for Valve was ultimately overblown, but there's still plenty of drama in the indie developer's life: Take-Two Interactive has bought the rights to Kerbal Space Program. The move will turn the spaceship building hit into a "long-term franchise." In other words, you can expect to see spinoffs set in the Kerbals' universe. Take-Two tells Engadget that it's currently "focused on the existing game," though, so don't expect it to rush out a game right away.

Fight on the moon in new ‘Overwatch’ Lunar Base map

about X hours ago from
Fight on the moon in new ‘Overwatch’ Lunar Base map

Last week, Overwatch celebrated its one-year anniversary by dropping scores of new event-themed character skins and extras to the game. But it also added three new maps for the game's small-team and 1v1 Arena modes. It seems the title's team wasn't done expanding its playable zones: After releasing some mysterious lore about the Overwatch universe's Horizon Lunar Base days ago, the game has launched it as a full map on the PC's test realm.

The first UK eSports degree is event management in disguise

about X hours ago from
The first UK eSports degree is event management in disguise

eSports are bigger than they've ever been, but we can't exactly allow teenagers to pursue a job in their chosen industry without demanding a formal qualification of them now, can we? Cease your fretting, because come September 2018, Staffordshire University will take charge of quality control by running the UK's first eSports degree programme. If you're thinking it's all combo practice, mainlining Red Bull and week-long LAN parties, sorry to burst your bubble. The three-year BA (Hons) course is more geared towards setting students up for the business and event management side of eSports.

A 3D printer gave my Nintendo Switch a real D-pad

about X hours ago from
A 3D printer gave my Nintendo Switch a real D-pad

Nintendo has a long history of building innovative game controllers -- the company put shoulder buttons on the SNES gamepad, added force feedback to the N64's bizarre controller and made a fad out of motion controls with the Wii. Its most enduring innovation, however, has always been the humble D-Pad: a simple plastic cross that lets players input eight different direction inputs with precision and ease. Strangely, however, this iconic control pad was left out of the Nintendo Switch's default controller design, and I miss it every time I play the system. So, I did what any reasonable tech blogger would do: I used a 3D printer to make my own Nintendo Switch D-pad.

SoundCloud beats Spotify to Xbox One music streaming

about X hours ago from
SoundCloud beats Spotify to Xbox One music streaming

SoundCloud keeps expanding its influence to stay competitive with the likes of Spotify and Pandora. It borrowed $70 million last March to enhance its push into new markets, added new tiers to its subscription service, brought Chromecast streaming to iOS and continues to update its offerings with listener-friendly updates like "The Upload." Now, the audio service is coming to Xbox One with a new app for subscribers to SoundCloud Free, Go, or Go+. A beta version of the app should also be available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets by the end of the week.

Acer’s Nitro 5 is a flashy but forgettable gaming laptop

about X hours ago from
Acer’s Nitro 5 is a flashy but forgettable gaming laptop

Acer's Nitro 5 is the company's attempt to reach out to those folks who don't game often, but still want to have fun once in a while. The result is a laptop with a variety of middle-of-the-road configurations that you can take all the way up to a Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA's GeForce 150Ti. In addition, you can throw in up to 32GB of RAM, with prices starting at $799 when it launches in July.

Epson's AR glasses give your drone a virtual playground

about X hours ago from
Epson's AR glasses give your drone a virtual playground

It's fun learning how to fly a drone, but a company called EdgyBees recently launched an AR game that could make honing your piloting skills even more fun. Now, you can download that AR game onto Epson's Moverio Drone Edition smart glasses, made specifically for DJI's models, for a more immersive experience. Drone Prix superimposes a virtual obstacle course on top of a first-person video of the sky captured by the machine's camera. It features over 30 different courses, a tracking guide to help you navigate them, a solo mode if you want to play alone and a competition mode if you want to play against other people around the world.

The Morning After: Wednesday, May 31st 2017

about X hours ago from
The Morning After: Wednesday, May 31st 2017

It's the end of May, and we're still feeling the late Spring rush of tech news. Asia's biggest PC show continues, this time centered around the likes of Intel, Qualcomm and Windows -- and mobile computing's next steps. The Father of Android, Andy Rubin, has finally reveals his new project: a gorgeous looking phone that has a lot going for it. So grab a cup of "covfefe" and join us for the rest of yesterday.