Ford's autonomous cars will hit the streets of California next year

Ford is the latest company to receive a permit from California to test its autonomous cars on public roadways. The California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program provides a regulatory framework for companies to legally test self-driving cars.

The autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans have been developed by Ford’s Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, where more than 100 researchers work on advanced tech for the Detroit giant.

California is proving to be one of the most popular proving grounds for autonomous cars, thanks to established regulations and a vast amount of technical talent. Ford joins a number of existing carmakers with autonomous car permits including BMW, Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Tesla, and Volkswagen, as well as less…

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New Smash Bros Character Confirmed From Fire Emblem

During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Super Smash Bros. director Masahrio Sakurai confirmed the next fighter coming to the popular fighting game. Corrin, the main player character from the Fire Emblem Fates/Conquest, will join the ever-expanding Smash roster next year.

Like in the Fire Emblem games (and like the Wii Fit trainer and Robin in Super Smash Bros.), you can choose to make your Corrin character male or female. Several of Corrin’s attacks revolve around the character’s ability to turn into a dragon, and you can check that out in the gameplay video above (coming soon!).

The Fire Emblem fighter will join Smash sometime in February 2016.

The different versions of the strategy RPG Fire Emblem Fates/Conquest on 3DS, meanwhile, will be available on February 19. The story in the two games will be separate, but complementary, and if you purchase one game for $40, you’ll be able to digitally download the other for $20.

You can read more of the Final Smash Bros. Direct announcements right here.

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The Ford GT's windshield will be Gorilla Glass, just like your smartphone screen

The new Ford GT supercar will be full of fancy technology. A twin-turbo engine. Carbon fiber everything. And, thanks to a partnership with Corning, a windshield built with Gorilla Glass, the same tech that’s used to keep your smartphone screen intact (unless you drop it on concrete).

The special multilayered hybrid windshield (combining multiple types of glass) will be used on both the windshield and rear engine cover on the GT, for both increased lightness — very important in a track-focused supercar — and a tougher, more scratch-resistant window. Layered glass is also used to make windshields shatter-resistant, so that glass doesn’t go everywhere in a crash.

For the Ford GT, triple-layered glass is the trick: one part toughened…

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Ark: Survival Evolved Xbox One Getting Two-Player Local Split-Screen

In news that will surely please couch co-op fans, Studio Wildcard has announced that the soon-to-be-released Xbox One version of dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved will support local two-player split-screen. Online split-screen is not part of the developer’s plans, only local.

Unfortunately, split-screen won’t be ready for Ark’s release tomorrow, December 16. Instead, it will come through an update sometime early in 2016. This feature will be exclusive to the Xbox One version, at least for the time being after its release, Studio Wildcard told us.

“Most developers have abandoned split-screen multiplayer, but Studio Wildcard knows that console gamers love their split-screen experience,” the developer said.

343 Industries caused quite a stir when it confirmed that Halo 5: Guardians would not include local split-screen, a beloved feature that was a staple of past games in the series. Local split-screen could be featured in Halo 6, however.

Ark’s local split-screen feature is already up and running internally, and Studio Wildcard sent over some screenshots. Take a look at these in the gallery below by clicking on the thumbnails.

Although fans will have to wait until 2016 for Ark’s split-screen mode, the Xbox One version will support another unique feature right out of the gate tomorrow.

Players can use a second Xbox One to host their own 50-plus player server. Of course, you’ll need to have a second Xbox One for this, but as Studio Wildcard co-founder Jesse Rapczak points out, hosting a server would normally require “an expensive PC server and a lot of management headaches.”

Xbox One players will also get special limited edition “Founder’s content,” such as skins and more. Check out this post for a full rundown of what to expect.

Ark’s Xbox One version will cost $35 when it launches tomorrow through the Xbox Game Preview program. The full, finished game is slated to arrive in the summer of 2016 for a higher price, though people who bought the Xbox Game Preview version won’t need to pay more at launch.

A PlayStation 4 version of Ark will also be released in summer 2016.

Ark was released earlier this year on PC and has proven to be a big hit. By Studio Wildcard’s latest count, the game–which remains in an unfinished Early Access state–has already sold more than 2 million copies.

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Men call themselves gamers, but just as many women play games

The Pew Research Center today published more findings on Americans and gaming, this time delving into who plays video games and general attitudes about them. According to the survey, gaming is a pastime that crosses genders, with 50 percent of men and 48 percent of women saying they played video games on a console, PC, or handheld device. Despite this, men are much more likely to self-identify as “gamers” than their female counterparts, and both men and women generally assume that most video game players are men.

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Get GTA 5 on PC for $36 Through Friday

Now through Friday, you can get Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V for $36 on PC through Steam.

The deal is available now as a Midweek Madness offer. You have until 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST on Friday, December 18 to pick up the game at the lower price. After that, it’ll return to $60.

The sale comes during the same week that Rockstar launched Executives and Other Criminals, the latest free expansion for GTA Online. You can read this post to learn more about what the update brings or check out the video above to get a closer look.

By Take-Two’s latest count, around 8 million people continue to play GTA Online ever week. Are you going to jump back in today to try the new update? Let us know in the comments below.

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Google made a Star Wars game that turns your phone into a lightsaber

If you’re really excited about the imminent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but you don’t feel like you’ve been sufficiently immersed in it yet, Google has a new interactive web game you might enjoy. It’s called Lightsaber Escape, but it should maybe more accurately be called Escape with Lightsaber, because that’s what you’ll be doing. The experience is a collaborative project between Google, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light & Magic.

Players must first go to the Lightsaber Escape website on a desktop, where they’ll be given a link to visit on mobile. To set up, you’ll be told to “calibrate your phone,” which basically involves holding it vertically, like a lightsaber. Then, your desktop screen will show you standing in a…

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Watch "Final" Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS Nintendo Direct Right Here Later Today

The next Nintendo Direct briefing begins in just a few more hours. As announced previously, the presentation is focused on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.

Game director Masahiro Sakurai will appear on the livestream to talk about the game’s next DLC character, Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud, and maybe make some new announcements. Nintendo is calling the briefing the “final” Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct dedicated to the Wii U/3DS game.

The Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct starts at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST. You’ll be able to watch the entire event right here on GameSpot. We’ll add a Twitch livestream embed as the start of the show gets closer.

With more than 4 million copies sold, Super Smash Bros. is one of Nintendo’s best-selling Wii U games. It has shifted more than 7.3 million copies on 3DS, bringing the game’s total to more than 11.3 million.

Sakurai was recently quoted saying the DLC campaign for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS is coming to an end soon. One of the reveals today could be the announcement of a release date for Cloud.

What are you hoping to see during the event? Let us know in the comments below!

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