Google is introducing support for virtual reality hardware to its Chrome web browser.
The update will enable users to enjoy a more immersive internet experience through devices like Oculus Rift and Google's DIY headset Cardboard.
Although browsing the web using a virtual reality device is unlikely to be radically different, it does have some potential applications, such as allowing users to view life-sized goods before purchasing them.
Chrome is not the first web browser to incorporate this functionality, with Mozilla previously laying out plays to bring similar features to Firefox.
This week, software was launched for Oculus Rift that lets users explore the town of South Park from the eponymous TV show.
New Oculus Rift development kits will be distributed this month as the product edges closer to its consumer launch.
Earlier this year, Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook. The social media company has vowed not to redesign or rebrand the Oculus Rift.
An estimated 100 employees have reportedly left Homefront: The Revolution studio Crytek UK.
Sources close to Kotaku suggest that 100 people have stopped working on the game, although it is unclear how many staff have left permanently.
It is believed that staff who have yet to be paid in full handed in formal grievance letters and went home.
Crytek UK is currently said to be involved in negotiations with Deep Silver over a possible takeover.
One member of staff said that employees are hopeful of a buy-out, as they want to continue work on Homefront: The Revolution.
"They have invested a lot in Homefront and will want to protect their investment," the source is quoted as saying.
Previous reports suggest that Crytek UK staff haven't been paid in full since April.
Crytek has denied the rumours, although further reports revealed that a Ryse: Son of Rome sequel has been cancelled and significant members of the Homefront development team have left the company.
Unveiled last month, Homefront: The Revolution is a free-roaming shooter sequel scheduled for 2015.
Jul 05 2014
The Wolf Among Us' season finale has been dated by Telltale Games.
Titled 'Cry Wolf', the final episode in the five-part season will make its debut on July 8 for PC and Mac.
It will then hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on July 9, with an iOS release set for July 10.
The launch announcement was accompanied by a new trailer (above), which contains glimpses of what to expect from the upcoming episode.
Based on the Vertigo comics series Fables, The Wolf Among Us revolves around Fabletown sheriff Bigby Wolf, who polices the New York City neighborhood inhabited by the characters of fairy tales.
It was recently confirmed for Xbox One and PS4.
Cliff Bleszinski's new studio has been unveiled as Boss Key Productions.
Although the former Epic Games and Gears of War developer is teasing a reveal for Monday (July 7), listings for the company are already online, according to All Games Beta.
A website for the studio asks readers to "unlock the fun", while a Twitter account suggests the first project is codenamed 'Project Bluestreak'.
While Bleszinski has yet to officially unveil the company himself, he posted a countdown on Twitter last night and said he wants to be "the guy who does things".
Last year, Bleszinski announced that he was coming out of retirement to make a first-person arena shooter.
Bleszinski left Epic Games in October 2012, after being with the developer for nearly 20 years.
He helped shape a number of franchises such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, Unreal Tournament and Gears of War.
Rob Pardo has resigned from his position at Blizzard Entertainment, it has been revealed.
The former chief creative officer announced his departure today (July 3), after being with the company for 17 years.
"After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career," Pardo said in a blog post on Battle.net.
"Blizzard Entertainment has been simply the best place in the world to be a game designer. The best aspect of designing games at Blizzard is that the entire company is passionate about the gameplay within each and every product."
He added: "I'm really proud of the contributions I was able to make to Blizzard's accomplishments.
"From building lasting games, to supporting the growth of eSports, to extending the Warcraft world into a feature film, and of course to being able to celebrate our shared passions with the Blizzard community online and at BlizzCon."
Pardo has been credited on multiple titles, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft: Blood War, Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Diablo 3.
Jul 05 2014
Bounden arrived today (July 3) on Android, Game Oven has confirmed.
Although its Android launch was delayed due to some gyroscope issues, the dancing title is now available on the Google Play Store.
Designed for two individuals, the game features choreography by the Dutch National Ballet.
Gameplay involves holding either end of the device and tilting it around a virtual sphere following a path of rings.
It contains seven dances, classical music and unlockable achievements.
Jul 03 2014
Microsoft is apparently developing a fitness band, rather than a smartwatch as previously rumoured.
WinSuperSite claims that the firm's answer to the Samsung Gear Fit will not be limited to Windows Phone devices, working with all mobile platforms.
The mystery device is said to monitor the user's health using a range of sensors and will display notifications from a synced smartphone.
Numerous leaked patent filings have given credence to reports that Microsoft is on the verge of entering the wearables market.
A recent document filed by the computing giant alluded to a system for displaying contextually-relevant information on wearable devices, suggesting the Microsoft hardware will offer Google Now-like features.
Microsoft has been tipped to announce and launch its fitness band in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Microsoft has tightened security on its webmail services in response to a damning Google report.
The firm's Outlook, Hotmail, MSN and Live accounts are now protected by Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption.
Google's report suggested that 50% of all messages sent from the web-based versions of the aforementioned services arrived at their destination unencrypted.
Microsoft claims that the new security features have been in the works for six months, long before the concerning report emerged.
Google was itself criticised for its email practices when reports emerged that it scans the contents of Gmail messages to serve tailored adverts to users.
The web giant updated its terms of service in April to offer more transparency about this policy.
Google has bought Songza, adding the free streaming service to its Play Music portfolio.
Songza recommends various playlists based on time of day and mood or activity, and uses the slogan "Good music makes good times".
When announcing the deal on Tuesday (July 1), Google did not disclose the financial terms of its buy.
The move comes just after Apple bought the Beats Music service, which also creates playlists catering to users' mood along with expert music suggestions.
Google said that it has no plans to tinker with Songza, but the tech company does also own YouTube and a streaming integration could be in the works.
Songza is available online for free, without the interruption of audio ads, and has versions for Apple and Android-powered mobile devices, as well as Google's Chromecast.
Apple is stepping up security on its iCloud platform with the introduction of a two-step verification system.
Users must now set up a trusted device to gain access to iCloud.com, as well as services such as Pages, Mail and Calendar, Apple Insider reports.
A four-digit code is sent to the external device, and this must be entered on the iCloud website in order to proceed.
Web-based application Find My iPhone is not subject to the verification system, likely because many customers' external device will be the handset in question.
The iPhone maker previously boosted Apple ID security with two-step verification, forcing users to verify their identity before making purchases on iTunes or the App Store.
Apple is gradually rolling out the update, which is expected to find its way to all users within the coming days.