'PaRappa' and 'Gitaroo Man' creators team up for 'Project Rap Rabbit'

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'PaRappa' and 'Gitaroo Man' creators team up for 'Project Rap Rabbit'

PaRappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man are some of the brightest, weirdest and catchiest music games I've ever played. They're crazy for sure — how many titles let you spit rhymes with a humanoid onion in a kung fu dojo? But they're also bold, imaginative and constantly surprising, begging you to tap X and see what happens next. Now, Masaya Matsuura, the creator of PaRappa and Vib-Ribbon, and Keiichi Yano, the mastermind behind Gitaroo Man and Osu! Tatakae! Oeunden (the original inspiration for Elite Beat Agents on the DS), are teaming up for a new game called Project Rap Rabbit.

The Morning After: Friday, May 12th 2017

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The Morning After: Friday, May 12th 2017

Welcome to the end of the week. Microsoft's second day of its annual conference was a more interesting one.It's trying to bridge your PC and phone, and we get to see what's next for Windows 10. Meanwhile, a Russian blogger was given a suspended jail sentence for playing Pokémon Go in a church. We also unveil The Engadget Experience, an event coming this November, aimed at exploring a new creative revolution, involving virtual reality, augmented reality and everything in between.

Watch Microsoft’s Build Day 2 keynote in under 7 minutes

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Watch Microsoft’s Build Day 2 keynote in under 7 minutes

While yesterday's Build keynote was almost purely developer focused, today's presentation fest dove deeper into Microsoft's consumer offerings. We learned about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the next big upgrade for the OS that'll bring in a slew of features connected to the Microsoft Graph. The key takeaway? They should make it even easier for you to work across Windows, iOS and Android hardware. We also got a brief glimpse at Microsoft's new style paradigm, Fluent Design System, which makes it simpler for developers to build apps that work across new types of devices (while packing in some new visual flourishes).

'Payday 2' puts you inside the bank heist with free VR mode

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'Payday 2' puts you inside the bank heist with free VR mode

Popular multiplayer bank heist shooter Payday 2 has been around since 2013, but it's about to get a new life as a virtual reality game. Developer Overkill showed off the new mode at its Starstream event, with players using an HTC Vive VR headset and dual wielding weapons via the motion controllers. It uses a full body system, letting players duck or lean to shoot around walls or other obstacles.

Cult action game 'Vanquish' powerslides its way onto PCs

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Cult action game 'Vanquish' powerslides its way onto PCs

A month after SEGA brought Bayonetta to Steam, the publisher has now seen fit to throw PC owners another Platinum Games-shaped bone. Coming to the platform on May 25th, $20 will net gamers a souped-up version of third person slide-em-up -- Vanquish. The long-awaited port will support unlocked framerates and resolutions, allowing sadistic PC players to make this game look slightly shinier, and feel even faster. As well as support for 4K (and higher) resolutions, Vanquish on PC also offers keyboard and mouse control, along with all the inbuilt Steam functionality you'd expect.

Microsoft unveils Windows Mixed Reality Controllers

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Microsoft unveils Windows Mixed Reality Controllers

What good is a modern VR headset without decent motion controllers? Well, not much. So it's no surprise that Microsoft has announced its first Windows Mixed Reality Controllers, which will support the MR/VR headsets from the likes of Acer and other PC makers. Like HoloLens and the Windows powered headsets, the controllers will rely on inside-out tracking technology, so you won't need to set up any special sensors to use them.

Watch the highlights of NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference keynote

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Watch the highlights of NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference keynote

Under NVIDIA founder Jensen Huang's iconic leather jacket is one of the tech industry's sharpest CEOs -- a man who can not only talk eloquently about GPU architecture, machine learning and the limits of Moore's Law, but do so for hours without a strict script. It's an impressive feat, but if you're not well versed in the technology of server GPUs, his talks can be a little hard to digest. That's why we cut Huang's two hour GTC keynote into an easily digestible clipshow.

IBM Watson adds voice commands to 'Star Trek: Bridge Crew'

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IBM Watson adds voice commands to 'Star Trek: Bridge Crew'

Ubisoft's Star Trek: Bridge Crew won't just put you in a VR starship when it finally launches. It'll also give you the power to interact with the virtual Starfleet crew with your voice. The company has teamed up with IBM to add Watson's interactive speech capabilities to the game, so you can tell a crew member to launch a missile -- and maybe even pompously add "make it so" in the end -- instead of using manual controls. Bridge Crew was supposed to launch last year but was plagued with numerous delays. It's now scheduled to come out on May 30th for the PC and PS4, with Watson's voice commands to follow later this summer during a Beta period.