MergeVR Goggles & Motion Controller Births $129 Virtual Reality

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The virtual reality rage is here and with more competition comes crafty innovation and more reasonable pricing, the sum of which equals the $129 MergeVR Goggles and Handheld Wireless VR Motion Controller!

Just how do the Buddhist monk Jedi Knights over at MergeVR make such a dirt cheap system?

Hello! They use our cellphones.

Since smartphones are everywhere, why not utilize their computing power to drastically reduce the cost of virtual reality headsets with a simple slide in option?

For iPhone (backwards compatible to the iPhone 5) and Android owners, the MergeVR system offers a means to seamlessly harness the phone within the foam headset to launch a bevy games and Apps and a virtual world with which to interact with.

Why work in the real world office dungeon when a bright window onto a three-dimensional immersive fantasy world is just a donning of the lightweight foam VR headset away?

Grasp the bosom of the realistic gaming experience and leave the bleak peeling taupe colored paint of the workplace walls behind forever, seemingly (or at least until lunch break).

Unlike many other virtual reality systems, MergeVR has spent a good deal of time and effort on building a gaming controller.

As a wireless handheld motion controller, the MergeVR is specifically designed for mobile virtual reality, lets users navigate virtual worlds with [a] wireless 9-input (8 buttons plus a thumbstick) and a 9-axis motion controller.

And to ensure the badass gaming interface is used, the MergeVR is built on the mobile gaming Unity software platform to maximize the amount of developers who will build virtual reality-based games.

The MergeVR will be freeing our minds come the fall.

Maybe we’ll finally get to go into Mario World and pat Yoshi on the head!

Smart Boy Turns iPhone Into Cartridge Wielding Game Boy

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Hyperkin has developed a Smart Boy add-on that turns the iPhone 6 Plus into a cartridge loading Game Boy-compatible device.

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In a great week for gamers – when Valve released a free remastered Half-life 2 and ThinkGeek a faux coal-powered Steam Machine – now the Nintendo king of portable gaming, the Game Boy, is being made compatible and significantly upgraded by Hyperkin for use with a modern iPhone.

This is no joke.

This extraordinary retro gaming device is coming to the consumer handheld market.

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Steam Machine Console Is Actually Steam Powered

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The long awaited Half-Life 3 game might still be in the making, but an early Steam Machine console the Steam-Powered Gaming Cabinet with the Steam OS is out now from Valve!

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You cannot get any more steampunk than this system.

The Steam-Powered Gaming Cabinet runs on anthracite coal, not included folks, producing actual steam in a miniature boiler system that is self-sustaining.

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Man Crates Chock Full of Retro Gamer Goodness

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The first time sticks with you, and Man Crates has stepped in to help relive that grand retro gaming experience.

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Remember when the video game became so intriguing, so enthralling that an 8-bit character on the screen, named Leonardo, trumped all else.

Raphael was your favorite turtle, but the game favored the katana.

The bowling alley was packed, the shoes were returned, and all that was left was the scratched and worn panels of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” arcade coin-op machine that gave way to hours of party on, dude! adventure.

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Hands On Review: the Striking Sound of Polk’s Striker ZX

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Xbox One gamers, the Striker ZX full immersion gaming headset has broken onto the scene with the terrific sound you come to expect from the legendary audio gurus at Polk.

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It might be in the home, it might be in the office building with the doors closed, but either way you are uncovering the secret cabinet drawer and booting up an Xbox One to play a multi-player F.P.S. and go ballistic on your friends and colleagues.

There is only one problem: you need to yell taunts (or obscenities) at your buddies, and you want to hear the gameplay without alerting the sleeping toddler or office manager in the next room.

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G-Pad Plus iPhone Equals Retro Gaming Console

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A man has a dream: one day all of the glorious three-decade sum of Nintendo’s exclusive video games will play on a cell phone, and GBA4iOS in conjunction with the G-PAD have done just that!

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Fire up the Super Nintendo (SNES) Super Marioland on your iPhone. I could stop the article right there. There is nothing to sell here. We all want Mario and Luigi and Yoshii rescuing the Princess from Bowser on our phones and GBA4iOS gives it to us for free.

A streamlined emulator called GBA4iOS will bring many side-scrolling favorites, like the original NES Mario Bros. and Sega’s Sonic to the phone at no cost and without the need to illegally jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch.

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Would You Buy A Cheap Portable N64?

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Bungle has created an ingenious portable gaming phenom that is a modded Nintendo 64 playing your beloved N64 games.

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I’m talking, GoldenEye, Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country… anywhere! Think of the lunch breaks, hell think of the lunch meetings.

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Hyperkin’s Five-in-one Retron 5 Console is a Retro Gaming Dream Come True

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Whether you’re the proud owner of a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, the creator of a high flying gaming PC, or a humble mobile gamer, chances are you’re still a sucker for some good ol’ retro gaming: enter the Hyperkin Retron 5.

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This strange beast of a console showed up at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show 2014 where its creator and manufacturer Hyperkin showed off a finalized model. The Retron 5 has been in the works for some time and will succeed the popular Retron 3 model which merged three retro consoles into one – a machine that Hyperkin hope to champion in every was possible.

Sporting not one, not two, but five separate cartridge slots, the Retron 5 is able to play thousands of original retro videogames for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the SNES, the Game Boy Advance, the Sega Genesis/ Mega Drive and the Japanese exclusive Nintendo Famicom.

But that’s not even the best part.

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The Tactical Utility That Brings Virtual Combat Gaming To Life

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Nothing beats the excitement and adrenaline-pumping action you get from playing combat games like Call of Duty, but imagine if there was a way to capture some of the video game and factor it into paintball or airsoft wars in real life. That is exactly what the developers of Project Overwatch, Josh Moody and his father David Moody, have tried to do with their resourceful smartphone app Overwatch.

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The app allows users to locate their opponents, communicate with teammates via Live Voice Chat, and send out panic signals during times of distress, along with a list of very helpful, and downright awesome, stratagem features.

Players can download the free app onto their iPhones, and witness what it feels like to be one with the game. Making use of data transmissions and GPS spotting on mobile devices, Overwatch tracks and identifies what other players are doing in relation to you. When it is paired with the level of action on the paintball or airsoft field, you can expect game time to be even more exhilarating and a different kind of operation.

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Hands On: All-In-One MOGA Ace Power iPhone Game Controller

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As a longtime iPhone fan and owner (of numerous models), it never ceased to amaze that Apple did not have a good gaming controller that they endorsed for their powerful product, but that time has passed in the wonderment that is the MOGA Ace Power!

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If I sound a little over the top, remember that I have been playing Ms. Pacman in all of her vintage arcade ghost-eating-glory with a virtual, touchscreen joystick. Ms. Pacman NEEDS a real joystick (as I pointed out here with Gaming on the Phone: JOYSTICK-IT).

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