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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

'Bastion' studio's 'Pyre' will be exclusive to PS4 on July 25th

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'Bastion' studio's 'Pyre' will be exclusive to PS4 on July 25th

Last we'd heard of the next game from Bastion and Transistor studio Supergiant Games, Pyre, there wasn't much to report in terms of concrete info. Today we have a bit more information, including when you'll finally be able to play it: July 25th exclusively on PlayStation 4 and you can pre-order it right now for $20. The party-based role-playing game has some lofty narrative ambitions, too. Creative director Greg Kasavin writes on the PlayStation Blog that failure won't stop your progress through the game's story.

'Genital Jousting' takes its phallic silliness to the beach

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'Genital Jousting' takes its phallic silliness to the beach

If you didn't think Devolver Digital's Genital Jousting's phallic gameplay was ridiculous enough, you're in for a treat. The studio has released a Wet Hot Summer Update (what else would they call it?) for the title that adds season-appropriate modes and outfits to the penile party game, including surfing and a sexy car wash. You'll have to watch the trailer to see exactly what we mean -- let's just say that you'll never look at volleyball the same way again.

TwitchCon 2017's early-bird tickets start at $89

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TwitchCon 2017's early-bird tickets start at $89

Twitch moved its annual convention to the fancier Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center this year, and that means tickets cost a bit more than you remember. The video streaming platform has begun selling early bird tickets for TwitchCon 2017 on the event's website, including three-day passes for $159, which is $40 less than their on-site price. Friday and Sunday passes will set you back $89 (onsite price is $109), while the Saturday pass will cost you $109, down from $129. The three-day and Saturday passes cost a bit more than the other options, because they come with access to the Saturday night TwitchCon party.

Sony has shipped its last ever PlayStation 3 in Japan

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Sony has shipped its last ever PlayStation 3 in Japan

11 years after its release, Sony has finally stopped shipping the PlayStation 3 to retailers in Japan. We all knew this day was coming, with the country ceasing production on the 500 GB standard model in December last year. Now, however, a recent update on PlayStation Japan's website suggests that the final lingering units have all been shipped. For those who somehow still haven't bought one, Sony's long-standing game machine is still being produced in other parts of the world.