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N64's GoldenEye gets the Unreal Engine 4 Treatment

GoldEye was one of the titles that put N64 onto the wishlist of gamers back in 1997. The graphics were pretty solid for it's time, but it's not as fun to play when you are spoiled with modern graphics. Jude Wilson recreated a portion of the Facility Map using the Unreal Engine 4 and it looks fantastic.


Google Working Hard on VR

Google is working on getting more VR into more places. They are doubling down on VR as they've pulled the GMail and Drive responsibilites from Clay Bavor (VP of product management) and having him focus solely on Google's own project Cardboard and VR. This is a huge focus shift and even after CES, I'm continuing to struggle and see how VR will work for me in my life on a daily basis. 

Keeping up with the Facebooks (Oculus) of the world in VR will be essential if Google wants to be considered when it comes to the immersive technology. While the size of the team isn’t known, we do know that a few acquisitions have been clustered together to work on the Cardboard platform.

Source: TechCrunch

EA's Origin Starts PC Gaming Subscription Service

If you're an Origin user, you may have received an email today letting you know that for a mere $4.99 a month, you can subscribe to their gaming service. At first glance, you may think that you get a ton of EA titles with your subscription. That is not the case. You do get a few current titles and a few other last-gen titles. The library will continue to grow, but I'm not sure that it would be worth it for me. The list below is what is currently available and more will be added.

  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield 3
  • SimCity
  • FIFA 15
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
  • Dead Space
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack
  • This War of Mine

Source: EA

Samsung Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted up the booth tour video from our Samsung booth tour this year. As you can see below, they do have some great products, but LG really outdid themselves this year with their entire lineup. You can check out our impressions from Samsung Press Conference and enjoy the video below as they take us through a few of their products.


LG Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted the video that accompanied our CES 2016 coverage from the LG booth. Check out the full article here - but you can simply enjoy the video below.

Intels Drone Display Sets Records

This looks pretty cool. Finally, other than spying on neighbors, a real use for drones.


Apple Music Has Over 10 Million Subscribers

Apple Music has been the brunt of more than a few jokes over the past few months, but now they claim to have over 10 Million active paid subscribers. That's not bad at all. The cost for Apple Music per month is $9.99. That's right, Apple is taking in $100 Million / month on their music service. I'm sure they have some overhead costs of course, but that's not a number to scoff over. Although it may be rare for me to say, well done Apple!

Rival Spotify has 20 million paid subscribers and 75 million users overall, according to its website. Spotify launched in 2008 when physical CD sales in the US alone in was at 428.4 million. By 2014 that figure had almost halved with streaming service adoption cited by Statista as one of the impacting factors.

Source: ZDNet

Raze Shows Ultrabooks as Gaming Laptops

With the advent of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, external devices are much more useful. There is a lot of processing power than can happen outside your computer now, and Razer takes advantage of that with their External Graphics card box. Just image, this box houses a graphics card that can plug into an Ultrabook and suddenly you have a crazy fast gaming rig.

Source: Verge (YouTube)

Ford @ CES 2016

Ford was at CES 2016 with a huge booth again this year and while their 2017 GT almost stole the show (it really is that beautiful), it was their self-driving cars that we were looking at. Before we get into that though, consider Ford's GT. It's a V6 SuperCar. Carbon-fiber makes a heavy appearance, not only on the body - but also on the tube-frame. Even though it has a mere V6, the power-to-weight ratio is amazing.

Ford GT


On the self-driving front, Ford talked about their upgraded sensors and while we saw a four-LiDAR array on the current generation of test vehicle, Ford is working on a lower-profile two-LiDAR system that will be a lot more attractive. With new sensors being made all the time and improvements in collision algorithms, Ford figures that their self-driving fleet will be road-ready in as little as four years. That's right - four. That would be level four - totally autonomous driving - on good roads.


Their test track is in Detroit, so they do know quite a bit about bad weather and this gives me hope that they won't all be designed for California use. Stay tuned as there is a lot more good stuff coming down the pipe in the next few months.

Please check out more pictures from our last day of CES coverage right here. There are quite a few more pictures of their self-driving car as well as another shot of the beautiful GT.


Swordfish Collectibles @ CES 2016

For those of you out there that enjoy your video game and comic book action-figures, but hate spending the high dollar amount for them, Swordfish in conjunction with Maybang's Collectibles, brings the world of collectibles and the world of mobile device accessories together at prices that won't break the bank. Currently they have an official licenced deal with Blizzard but at the same time they are looking to get licenced deals with other major companies such as Marvel.


Some of the products that will hit the market in the coming months are phone docking stations and chargers, storage containers, and power banks - all of which are designed to look like collectibles you would pay a high price for. Although they are only limited to World of Warcraft right now (still a big deal), landing other big name licence deals should help them to grow this merged market exponentially.

Check our more from MayBang Collectibles here - and more from our CES image gallery at this link.

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