Marc Saltzman Special to USA TODAY Published 6:00 AM EDT Jul 6, 2019 You see them walking around your neighborhood: smartphone users with device in hand, seemingly focused intently both on the screen and the world around them. Every so often, they stop, tap or swipe, and then move on. Welcome to the world of augmented reality (AR) gaming. When seen through the lens of your smartphone’s camera, these games fuse the virtual with the physical, by superimposing digital information on top of the environment you’re in. The most popular AR game example so far is "Pokémon Go," which transported animated characters and items onto your sidewalk or beside you in a park. It’s incredibly immersive, fun, and often, social. Smartphone tips: You're on vacation and you've run out of phone storage – what to do? Caller beware: 4 chilling lessons from a tech hotline scam So, what’s new, you ask? Here's a brief look at some new AR games and a … [Read more...] about ‘Harry Potter,’ Jurassic World’ arrive as AR video games
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Mike Snider USA TODAY Published 12:17 PM EDT Jun 8, 2019 Video games are following data and video into the cloud. Google, which has already announced its Stadia game streaming service will be available in November, will be showing that off at his year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which begins Saturday in Los Angeles. Microsoft is expected Sunday to reveal more about its own xCloud game platform, also being developed to deliver games via the cloud. Sony is partnering with Microsoft to augment its own cloud gaming strategy. Amazon and Apple are also developing online game services, too. Cloud gaming is about to get super-sized with these multiple entrants jockeying to deliver pristine 4K-quality games on broadband networks, without the need of a set-top box tricked out with all the workings of a PC to store the game. How do robocallers get my number?: 5 ways to avoid being put on robocall lists Augmented reality: Apple triples down on AR, but it will be a tough … [Read more...] about E3 2019: Will players follow video games to the cloud?