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Video games have come of age as an entertainment medium and the technology continues to mature. Learn about how your favorite video game consoles work, and see what's on the gaming horizon.

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10 Myths About Gaming Cheats

Video games are often full of little surprises. But sometimes, there are rumors of unlockables that simply don't exist.

How Twitch Works

Video games have been popular for years, and now Twitch lets players and oglers share their love of gaming in real time. Think you're ready to broadcast your gaming skills (or lack thereof)?

How Project Morpheus Works

You may have seen the occasional VR headset in an arcade, and home models have popped up now and again, only to fizzle. Sony is hoping to change that with Project Morpheus.

How the Oculus Rift Works

Gamers everywhere have often waxed rhapsodic about the idea of fully immersive 3-D play. Can Oculus Rift deliver the virtual reality we've been waiting for?

How the PlayStation Camera Works

Handheld controllers for gaming systems may soon be passe. We're now living at a time when we can shout commands or flail our limbs about to control our entertainment systems.

How Xbox One Works

The next generation of consoles promises to be more lifestyle-integrated than those that have come before. Can the Xbox One be everything you need in home entertainment?

How PlayStation 4 Works

In February 2013, Sony announced the latest iteration of its PlayStation gaming console: the PS4. Will this new tech fully realize the integration of entertainment and social interaction?

How the Wii U Works

Nintendo's follow up to the wildly successful Wii boasts improved graphics and an all-new controller. But can it really compete against other consoles?

How close are we to holographic gaming?

Most gamers have dreamed of a holodeck-style environment where they can experience true immersion in gaming worlds. But how much longer do we have to wait for anything even close to that technology?

How Sphero Works

Does this small, white ball really represent the next generation in gaming systems? Find out what makes Sphero so much fun -- and how it's more capable than you might think.

How the Microsoft Kinect SDK Works

When the Kinect for Xbox 360 emerged on the scene, it was immediately apparent to creative users that the potential of the device stretched far beyond gaming. Now, Microsoft is truly putting the power in your hands -- what will you do with it?

How the BodyMedia Fit Works

Positive reinforcement can help you achieve your goals. If you're hoping to achieve physical fitness, the BodyMedia FIT might help you, too. How does it record your progress, and how can you use it to your advantage?

What to do with a Broken Guitar Hero Guitar

Who doesn't like Guitar Hero? It's a video game that let's you reenact those sweaty teenage fantasies you once had about being a rock star. Learn more about what to do with a broken Guitar Hero guitar.

10 Reuses for Old Video Game Controllers

You enjoyed playing video games with your NES controller back in the day. Then you put it into a drawer as technology evolved. Now you're ready to toss it. But wait! That gadget may have a new life as a remote control or even a fashion accessory.

What’s the best type of video card for computer gaming?

electing a video card means more than just opting for lots of memory. Learn about the best type of video card for computer gaming in this article.

How the Sony PS Vita Will Work

Sony is hoping to revolutionize handheld gaming with its feature-packed PS Vita, but will it beat the Nintendo 3DS in the consumer market? We examine this and other questions about How the PS Vita Will Work.

How to Set up Wi-Fi for the Nintendo DS

You want to set up Wi-Fi for the Nintendo DS, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to set up Wi-Fi for the Nintendo DS in this article.

How the Sony Xperia Play Works

Is it a phone or a handheld gaming device? It's both, but how well does it stack up against competitors?

You Decide: Sony PSP or Nintendo 3DS?

Portable games have come a long way since the days of blinking red LEDs. Of the latest consoles, Sony's PSP and Nintendo's 3DS, which comes in first?

You Decide: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

The Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game consoles have loyal legions of fans. Both are capable machines, but each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Which do you prefer?

How PlayStation Network Works

Sony's PlayStation Network offers gamers the chance to dive into multiplayer entertainment with friends all over the globe. But will the online community ever fully recover from its 2011 security breach?

How do you put music on your PSP?

A PSP is a portable device that can be used to play games, surf the Internet and listen to music. Learn how to put music on your PSP in this article.

Inside the Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is a hand-held gaming device that incorporates 3-D graphics without requiring special glasses. We've taken apart one to show you what's inside this game system.

How MotionScan Technology Works

Animation just keeps getting more and more realistic, as emerging technology MotionScan demonstrates quite nicely. What's the deal with digitizing faces? And how lifelike do we really want our animated figures to be?

How the Nintendo 3DS Works

The Nintendo 3DS portable video game system lets you play in 3-D without having to wear special glasses. What makes this possible, and why won't it play all your old games in three dimensions?