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  • Engadget Podcast 370 – 11.21.13

    The Xbox One release date is upon us and your host Brian Heater is joined by Ben Gilbert and Terrence O’Brien to game it up once again. Ben fell asleep at the controller the other night, so we’ve pumped him full of coffee in order to get the lowdown on Microsoft’s newest console. The One’s controller also grabs some of the spotlight, with its massive R&D budget having funded some interesting concepts; smell-o-vision anyone? We had the chance to get our hands on Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet in the studio, too, and it shows… all over its fingerprint-prone glossy red shell. We have plenty more in store for you this week, so hop on down to the streaming links below for another episode of the Engadget Podcast!

    Hosts: Brian Heater, Terrence O’Brien, Ben Gilbert

    Producer: Jon Turi

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  • Is Sony prepping a PlayStation 4 and PS Vita bundle for the UK?

    It’s the hardware marriage we all assumed (and hoped) would eventually happen. A report over on gaming site MCV claims Sony is planning to offer an ‘Ultimate Edition’ PlayStation 4 bundle that would include its portable console, the PS Vita, as a pack-in for the UK. Further corroborating this rumor is an alleged image of the bundle (pictured above) said to be featured in MCV‘s upcoming print edition. If this turns out to be true, Brits could very well see the next-gen PlayStation combo hit retail in time for the holidays, although there’s no word on how much it’ll cost. Aside from being a match made in gamer heaven, the purported move is somewhat of a no-brainer for Sony, given the PS4’s much touted Remote Play functionality (which streams next-gen games to the handheld) and the Vita’s less-than-stellar install base. With about a month to go before holiday mania sets in, we should know sooner rather than later just how real this bundle fantasy is and whether it’s also destined for US shores.

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    Via: Joystiq

    Source: MCV

  • John Carmack leaves id Software to focus on Oculus VR

    John Carmack at Oculus VR

    For veteran gamers who enjoyed Doom and Quake, it’s the end of an era — id Software co-founder John Carmack has left the game studio to concentrate all his efforts on his Chief Technical Officer role at Oculus VR. It was just too “challenging” to divide attention between the two companies, he explains. id’s Tim Willits says in a statement that the departure won’t affect any existing projects, but it does leave the firm without the insights of one of the game industry’s brightest programmers. However, his exit is good news for VR fans; Carmack can now pour all his energy into developing cutting edge wearable displays. Check out our recent video interview with him after the break.

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    Via: Joystiq, IGN

    Source: John Carmack (Twitter)

  • Dish Hopper DVR upgrades enable control over HDMI, expand iPad support

    Dish Explorer on iPad

    Dish’s Hopper software team is clearly busy; just two months after it brought home-automation support to its DVR, it’s rolling out another update that offers considerably more control. The new “Denver” firmware enables promised HDMI-CEC support, letting the Hopper send and receive commands from compatible HDMI gear. It can automatically switch TV inputs when powered on, for example. Other upgrades introduce universal search, a help app and a shelf-like layout for On Demand videos. As part of the revamp, Dish is also improving its Explorer iPad app; Apple tablet owners can both control every TV on the Hopper platform and find recommended shows. Neither “Denver” nor the Explorer update will necessarily get anyone switching TV providers, but it should make the viewing experience that much sweeter for loyal customers.

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    Source: Dish, App Store

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