Where many companies are obsessed with making the latest, greatest smartphone, Amazon has found success with other modern devices. Along with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot line of personal assistants, the former bookseller shines when it comes to giving you a modern way to read those books. The Kindle line started in 2007, but here in 2016, the line of e-readers serves the same function: offering a convenient way to consume your ever-growing book collection. The latest iteration of the e-reader, Amazon's Kindle Oasis, continues to pursue that mission—with longer battery life, a squatter form-factor and a very high price tag.
Be careful reading this post around any kids in your vicinity (or any constructive gamers, for that matter): as of today, it's now possible to play the official version of Minecraft in virtual reality. We've seen a few half-baked VR versions of the popular pixellated open-world building game, but those were just projects that were hacked together as demos and proofs-of-concept. Now Mojang, the gaming studio that makes Minecraft and which was purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014, has unveiled a version of its hit title specifically designed to work on Samsung's Gear VR headset.
Virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, the HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift all allow you to leave the physical world and enter the virtual. And, thanks to head position tracking and even, in the Vive's case, forward-movement tracking, the effect feels real. Samsung's VR headset works without pairing to a computer; Samsung smartphone owners put their devices into the headset instead. Now, according to recent reports, the next version of the Gear VR may not even require users to insert a phone first.
After the creator of Mario and Zelda deemed Nintendo's latest Wii U console a failure, the company has shifted focus to its followup project. Mysteriously titled "Project NX," few details have been revealed regarding what to expect. While we may not know the features of the company's upcoming flagship console, we now know a release date: March 2017.
There's a new Quidditch mod in Halo 5 and it looks amazing. Much like the Halo series' cult favorite Grifball, this game was created by adventurous players using the multiplayer modding system to create something a little different from the Capture The Flag, Slayer, and Zombie modes you've come to expect.