Google Updates Chromecast for Gaming

Google has been working hard to stay current with their streaming stick, and this is really the best part about competition. Google has to do more - all companies do - in order to keep your business. The update coming for the Chromecast will make it easier for developers to work more closely with this platform. The idea is that your mobile device can become the controller and the content is displayed on the TV. That sounds like a great update to me!

Google said it will begin offering new capabilities that make it easy for developers to create more interactive apps that run on a smartphone, tablet or PC, and then wirelessly stream to its Chromecast device, which plugs in to a television. One example is with video games, whose developers can stream a game's visuals to a television and use mobile devices as controllers.

Source: CNET

Windows 10 Upgrade Matrix

There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming 'free' Windows 10 rollout and what version you are going to get for free. At this point, if you have to purchase a full license (if you're not eligible for a free upgrade), it will set you back $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro. It is no surprise that if you are running a "Non-Pro" version of Windows 7 or 8, you'll get Windows 10 Home. If you're running Windows 7/8 Pro or better, you'll get Windows 10 Pro. It's not rocket science, but I'm sure there will be Home users that are mad they don't get the new Pro version.


Image Credit: Neowin

Source: Neowin

The Steam Machines are almost here

Steam has been talking about their very own Steam Machines for years now but it looks like we are finally going to be able to get them. Alienware and Cyberpower are the first two to allow you to order them for October delivery (or November delivery if you want the official Steam controller to be shipped with them). Alienware is selling theirs for $449 USD and Cyberpower is coming in at $499. The hype behind the Steam Machines has died down since they were introduced in 2013 and the price tag is going to be a bit higher than other current generation consoles so it should be very interesting to see how they sell. The BBC has more on the story over here.

PC makers Alienware and Cyberpower have both announced machines that will be sent out to buyers in October.

Several Steam Machines will be out this year, an attempt by games publisher Valve to compete with consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation.

Many analysts are not convinced it poses a threat to those well-established brands.

Steam is a hugely popular gaming platform and shop for the PC market. In September 2013, owner Valve announced it was to work with manufacturers to develop Steam Machines in the hope it would encourage PC gaming in the living room - a domain all but sewn up by consoles.

WTU Episode #316 - Microsoft Wins E3 & The Console War

We have just posted up Episode #316 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Spotify braces for Apple invasion, Razer quietly buys OUYA and why Microsoft’s Xbox just won E3. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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Game makers cautious about VR @ E3

At CES 2015 there were a bunch of companies dipping into the VR (Virtual Reality) headset market. Fast forward 6 months and now gamer makers are getting the stage at E3. While the hype is still there surrounding VR headsets, the game makers aren't jumping in as quickly as the hardware makers and overall the attitude can be summed up as 'interested and cautious' when it comes to the people making the big name games. The NY Times has more on VR at E3 2015.

Game developers have seen fads like 3-D games come and go in recent years. They’ve also seen technologies like mobile come, stay and upend the entire industry.

Which bucket does virtual reality fall into?

It’s clear the technology has passionate believers. But at this week’s E3 game convention here, it became equally clear in conversations with executives at big game companies that many of them aren’t ready to proclaim the next big thing in entertainment.

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