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Oculus Acquires Pebbles Interfaces To Enhance Hand Tracking

Oculus has announced that its family is growing with the acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces, an Israeli company specializing in hand movement tracking. That team will be working on tracking and human-computer interactions.

In the video below, you’ll see a bit of what Pebbles Interfaces has been working on. While Oculus Touch handles some of the tracking needs for hand detection, what Pebbles is working on goes a step beyond.

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As you can see, this technology naturally senses skin and finger movement. There are no sensor dots or gloves on the user’s skin. You’ll also see proper collision detection between the hands rather than unnatural clipping or phasing.

Oculus and Pebbles Interfaces have declined to discuss terms of the deal, though the Wall Street Journal reports the deal to be worth approximately $ 60 million.

[Source: Oculus]

 

Our Take
While it will likely be quite some time before we see commercial application of the Oculus/Pebbles team-up, the potential is enormous. Accurately mimicking hand movement without gloves or other peripheral means greater accessibility and decreased “time to game.” I’m eager to see how these come together in practical application.

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GI Show 235: The Order: 1886, Kirby Rainbow Curse, Hand of Fate

The Order: 1886 is finally here? For all our feelings about this divisive game, as well as a new Kirby title and great sleeper pick.

First off, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Matt Miller, Ben Reeves, and Joe Juba to talk about Ready at Dawn's The Order: 1886. The game has received a lot of criticism about its (rather brief) length – but what about the experience that is there? Our trio of editors have mixed feelings about a game that is at once compelling and a missed opportunity.

In the next segment, Bryan Vore and Kyle Hilliard stop by to discuss Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, a unique, touch-screen follow-up to Kirby and the Canvas Curse on the Nintendo DS. This version sports a very cool, molded clay look and unique touch controls.

Finally, PC editor Dan Tack is on the scene to clue us in on Hand of Fate, a very innovative action-RPG that combines a number of genres in a very new way.

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Hand of Fate deals destiny on XB1, PS4 in Jan.

The Kickstarter-funded action-RPG Hand of Fate is risking its fortune on Xbox One alongside versions already announced for PC and PlayStation 4; the game is set to arrive January 2015.

Currently available on Steam Early Access, Hand of Fate combines…
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[Update] Ascend: Hand Of Kul Unexpectedly Discontinued On Xbox 360

Update: Microsoft has responded to a request for comment on Ascend: Hand of Kuhl.

“We can confirm that effective November 18, 2014, ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 will close," a Microsoft representative told us via email. "Players will still be able to play ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 and use any content they have already acquired until the game closure date. This only applies to ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 – ‘Ascend’ will continue to be available on the Steam gaming platform. We thank Signal Studios and its community of gamers for their support and look forward to welcoming them into our other gaming communities.”

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Ascend: Hand of Kul, one of the first free-to-play games to arrive Xbox 360, is no longer available to download.

You can still find the game on Xbox Live, but there is no longer an option to download the game. The same goes for game's page on Xbox.com – there is no option to purchase or download the game.

In a post on developer Signal Studios' website, it wrote about the disappearance saying, "Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the game's success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace." Signal Studios was apparently not told this would be happening and wrote, "This surfaced to us while investigating various issues players have been experiencing over the weekend. We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community." Back in May, when Signal Studios announced plans to bring the game to PC, it said it had 2.5 million players on Xbox Live.

The PC version of the game is currently in beta here on Steam. In the interest of encouraging new players to start playing, and old players to shift platforms Signal Studios wrote, "In appreciation of our fans, Signal Studios will grant all new Ascend PC players a starting bonus of souls totaling 25K which can be used to purchase gear, spells and buffs. All existing Ascend PC players will receive a 10K soul bonus just for playing."

We've reached out to Microsoft to learn more details about Ascend: Hand Of Kul's discontinuation and will update this story when we learn more details.

[Source: Signal Studios, via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
Any number of factors could have contributed to the shutdown of Ascend: Hand of Kul, but for Signal Studios to apparently find out second-hand while bug squashing seems strange. The game could have been performing poorly, or simply not generating profits despite large player numbers, but to not receive warning from the platform holders is questionable.

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Microsoft abruptly removes Ascend: Hand of Kul from Xbox 360

Free-to-play action-RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul is no longer available or playable on Xbox 360 after Microsoft discontinued it this week, apparently without informing developer Signal Studios beforehand. In what’s seemingly less a case of “So long,…
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Ascend: Hand Of Kul Unexpectedly Discontinued On Xbox 360

Ascend: Hand of Kul, one of the first free-to-play games to arrive Xbox 360, is no longer available to download.

You can still find the game on Xbox Live, but there is no longer an option to download the game. The same goes for game's page on Xbox.com – there is no option to purchase or download the game.

In a post on developer Signal Studios' website, it wrote about the disappearance saying, "Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the game's success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace." Signal Studios was apparently not told this would be happening and wrote, "This surfaced to us while investigating various issues players have been experiencing over the weekend. We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community." Back in May, when Signal Studios announced plans to bring the game to PC, it said it had 2.5 million players on Xbox Live.

The PC version of the game is currently in beta here on Steam. In the interest of encouraging new players to start playing, and old players to shift platforms Signal Studios wrote, "In appreciation of our fans, Signal Studios will grant all new Ascend PC players a starting bonus of souls totaling 25K which can be used to purchase gear, spells and buffs. All existing Ascend PC players will receive a 10K soul bonus just for playing."

We've reached out to Microsoft to learn more details about Ascend: Hand Of Kul's discontinuation and will update this story when we learn more details.

[Source: Signal Studios, via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
Any number of factors could have contributed to the shutdown of Ascend: Hand of Kul, but for Signal Studios to apparently find out second-hand while bug squashing seems strange. The game could have been performing poorly, or simply not generating profits despite large player numbers, but to not receive warning from the platform holders is questionable.

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Hori’s 3DS accessory gives one hand a second circle pad

One of the bigger issues with playing a Monster Hunter game on the 3DS is the hand cramping that accompanies the game’s camera controls. As discussed in our Deja Review of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the Circle Pad Pro add-on is essential for the 3DS…
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Midna lends Link a hand in new Hyrule Warriors trailer

Twilight Princess’ lovable imp Midna headlines the latest gameplay trailer for Koei Tecmo’s Zelda-fied brawler Hyrule Warriors, showcasing an array of powerful attacks using gigantic phantom hands and summoned creatures. Midna is the latest in a…
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Deck-building roguelike Hand of Fate coming to PlayStation 4, Vita

Tabletop gaming fans, this one’s for you. Indie studio Defiant Development revealed that its “tabletop roguelike deck builder” Hand of Fate is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

Funded by a successful Kickstarter project, Hand of Fate is an…
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