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Drone Racing League is raising $50 million –

The enterprise drone space has been heating up over the past couple years, but a startup in the entertainment drone space is raising the big cash now. The Drone Racing League is in the process of raising up to $50 million from investors in a Series C round according to SEC docs published today. The […] → Read More

Week-in-Review: YouTube’s awful comments and Google’s $1B tech-free investment –

Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how the top gaming industry franchises were […] → Read More

Facebook announces dates for Oculus Connect 6 –

After a busy year, Facebook’s VR arm is returning to San Jose, Calif. on September 25 and 26 for the sixth annual Oculus Connect. Oculus has had a transformative year with the release of its Quest and Rift S headsets, turning the high-end gaming company into one more focused on meeting the needs of mainstream […] → Read More

Week-in-Review: E3’s forever franchises and Elon Musk’s submersible Tesla –

Hey, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I get hopped up on caffeine and give a heavy amount of analysis on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I railed on Google’s new Stadia game […] → Read More

Google leaks its own phone –

Details of the Pixel 4 have been swirling around this week, so Google has decided to just leak the design of its next phone via its official Twitter account, revealing the backplate and new camera module on the smartphone. Renders of the Pixel 4 had leaked this week via smartphone blog Pricebaba. The back of […] → Read More

Against Gravity is building a VR world that won’t stop growing –

The quest to create a social auditorium in virtual reality has eaten many VC dollars over the years. While plenty of contenders have emerged, it’s likely Against Gravity’s Rec Room that has been the most creative in its approach to capturing a niche market while plotting how to build a sustainable business based on users […] → Read More

Animal Crossing for Switch gets delayed –

Fans had few expectations rolling into Nintendo’s E3 Direct that were more pronounced than hopes for more details on Animal Crossing for Switch. We got some insight into the title’s storyline, but the bigs news is that the originally announced 2019 release timeframe is getting pushed back. Now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as its being […] → Read More

Oculus sold $5 million worth of Quest content in first 2 weeks on sale –

Facebook’s Oculus Quest standalone VR headset hasn’t been out long, but VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth says the company is already selling a substantial amount of content for the device. At Vox Media’s Code conference, the exec detailed that in the first two weeks of sales there has been $5 million in content sales. We […] → Read More

Facebook says it’s shipping new Portal hardware in the fall –

Facebook’s Portal devices may still have plenty of privacy questions lingering around them since launch, but that hasn’t swayed the company’s dedication to bringing more video chat hardware to market. Onstage at Vox Media’s Code Convention, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth shares that sales of the existing hardware were “really good,” but more interestingly […] → Read More

It’s 2019 and the Nintendo Wii still isn’t dead –

The Nintendo Wii still has some play left in it. It was already ridiculous that Just Dance 2019 supported the Wii, even after axing PS3 support, but now the 2020 version of the dancing video game is still supporting the aged system, Ubisoft said onstage at its E3 press conference. The game will be coming […] → Read More

How gaming on Microsoft xCloud compares to Google Stadia –

Cloud gaming is one of the big topics of excitement ahead of E3. The market is very niche but the technology feels exciting, allowing users to play graphically-complex titles on a bunch of low-powered devices thanks to server farms and fast internet connections. We had a chance to go hands-on with Google’s Stadia platform at […] → Read More

Xbox teases its 8K-capable next-gen “Project Scarlett” console –

“A console should be designed and built and optimized for one thing: gaming,” Xbox head Phil Spencer said onstage at the company’s E3 presser. Now, Microsoft is working to create its most powerful Xbox yet as it gears up for the next generation of console hardware and some of the details they’re giving sound wild. […] → Read More

Microsoft acquires Psychonauts-maker Double Fine Productions –

As it did last year, Microsoft used its Xbox E3 keynote to announce its moves in bulking up its in-house gaming content. At its press conference, the company’s Xbox Game Studios head announced that Microsoft had acquired SF-based Double Fine Productions, a game creator that’s been around since 2000 and was founded by LucasArts’s Tim […] → Read More

Game Pass Ultimate brings Xbox subscriptions together at a discount –

Xbox wants the future of the gaming business to lean heavily on subscription services. The company’s Game Pass service has let users download games from a pool of dozens of titles, now Microsoft is trying to make the offer too good to refuse by bundling Xbox Live Gold with the service for $14.99. Xbox Live […] → Read More

Microsoft shares pricing details for Xbox Game Pass on PC –

Ahead of the Xbox E3 keynote this afternoon, Microsoft has dropped the pricing for their Xbox Game Pass plan which gives PC users access to a library of top games. The Service will be launching at a very reasonable $4.99 per month (though they note that’s an “introductory price”). The Windows 10 service operates much […] → Read More

Week-in-Review: Google makes a losing bet, Bezos plots his space take-over –

Hey, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I get hopped up on caffeine and give a heavy amount of analysis on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about the Apple device that […] → Read More

Vive Pro Eye launches in US, costs four times as much as Rift S –

HTC had the hottest VR headset out of the gate in 2016, but the thinning margins on consumer hardware thanks to Oculus have pushed them into the enterprise business. Today, the company released the Vive Pro Eye headset, its latest enterprise play that integrates eye-tracking camera to give users an additional input mode and a […] → Read More

Google Stadia launches 4K game-streaming in November for $9.99/mo –

We got the full rundown on Google’s Stadia game-streaming platform this morning in the company’s livestream launch ahead of E3 next week. The Stadia platform will let you play console-quality games across a variety of systems on the Chrome browser. Top-level details are the company’s Stadia Pro service will launch in November for $9.99 per […] → Read More

Google Stadia launch pricing and availability leak –

Google Stadia is arriving with competitive pricing later this year but 2020 will be the platform’s ultimate test. Details of the service’s pricing and availability were being shared by Google at 9am PT today, but were leaked Thursday morning by Canadian newspaper La Presse, a post which has since been taken down but was translated […] → Read More

YouTube finds a stance on Nazi ideologues and Holocaust deniers –

As YouTube garners heat for failing to take action on purported hate speech, the company is trying to shift the narrative all while reminding the public that after 14 years it’s still writing the rough drafts of some of its core rules of engagement. The company announced in a blog post today, that it was […] → Read More