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Xbox One tops PlayStation 4 in next generation console war

The Xbox One may not be as powerful

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the highly anticipated next-generation gaming consoles, are finally on their way; Sony's entry even launches sales at midnight Thursday. If you know an avid gamer or even an interested amateur, one of these consoles could very well be on your shopping list this holiday season. Though similar in some aspects, the PS4 and Xbox One offer different gaming experiences -- knowing...

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Samsung, Sony smartwatch failures don’t spell doom for wearable tech

A man tries a Samsung Galaxy Gear, right,

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Smartwatches have the tech world buzzing. These latest smart devices are worn on your wrist like any other watch, but they tell you more than just the date and time -- smartwatches can connect to the Internet and take pictures just like our smartphones. Tech companies have given us a glimpse of what the future of mobile computing could look like.

If the wristwatch isn't where you expected...

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Warp Pipe talks to Ian Dallas of 'Giant Sparrow'

Photo of Ian Dallas, Creative Director at Giant

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"It seemed to me that the most unfinished thing in the world is a child whose parents will never have a chance to finish raising them. So that’s where the back story for the player came from."   - Giant Sparrow's Ian Dallas on 'The Unfinished Swan'

 

It's easy to think that a video game's successes are driven from stunning graphics and heavily campaigned commercials...

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Gamers can direct live streams with PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 is first game to enable direct

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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) and Twitch, the world's largest video platform and community for gamers, announced today a partnership that will allow for a first-of-its-kind experience that is sure to expand. The two have teamed up to allow gamers to stream their gaming sessions from the free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) PlanetSide 2 with just a click of...

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Sony delivers a headset ready to rumble

Sony's all new PULSE wireless stereo headset -

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"The audio quality and BassImpact should be experienced by PS3 owners and those wanting to be immersed in their entertainment."

- Warp Pipe

 

Tapping buttons on a gamepad has evolved into a physical interaction with what you do on the screen. When you see it happen, you feel it happening.  Prior to E3, Sony announced its plans to release the new PULSE wireless...

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'LittleBigPlanet' gets better on smaller screen

"LittleBigPlanet PS Vita" is a puzzle-platformer for the

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Need a reason to purchase a PlayStation Vita? Sackboy's got you covered with "LittleBigPlanet PS Vita."

I must admit: I was never drawn to owning the high-definition mobile device. Most game sessions ended rather quickly and had me clamoring for a big screen due to the amount of detail squished into the handheld's screen.

But one play through with "LBP Vita"...

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Assassin's Creed 3 re-starts a revolution

Play as Ratonhnhaké:ton, also known as Connor Kenway

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Thanks to comic books, movies and cartoons, many look to their heroes as those associated with men and women in skintight outfits. Before there was The Avengers, even before there was the United States of America we call our country, there were our founding fathers--the real-life patriots such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin that helped bring forth one nation divided from tyranny. One...

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Wii U best of the 'Big Three'

"Pikmin 3," the first original entry in the

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Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have concluded their presentations at E3 this year, and it's no surprise that the Wii U left the biggest impression.

The Wii U's impact at the Electronic Entertainment Expo began even before Nintendo took the stage Tuesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The final version of the Wii U controller was shown during a pre-E3 Nintendo broadcast highlighting comfort...

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Sony Playstation's security issues mount

Sony Hackstation

Sony's security problems continue to grow as Sony Online Entertainment  says  that the personal information of nearly 100 milion users may have been breached in a massive Internet attack that brought down the PlayStation Network late last month.

The company is currently testifying in congressional hearings on the extent of the attack.

Sony says its still not sure when their...

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