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Sony is all about pushing as many PlayStation 4 consoles into homes as it can, but at the same time, it hasn't forgotten about owners of the previous generation PlayStation 3 system. Beginning May 12 (next Tuesday), Sony's cloud-based PlayStation Now service will be available on the older console with a free 7-day trial for new subscribers. PlayStation Now gives gamers access to a growing library of more than 100 PS3 games, which was previously made available to PS4 owners, along with select Sony-brand Blu-ray players and TVs. The service lets you rent most games -- prices vary by title, starting at as low as $1.99 for a few hours. Full week rentals typically run about a buck per day, and there... Read more...
Here's a friendly heads up that if you're planning to purchase an Xbox One console, do yourself a solid and wait until next week. Waiting sucks, we know that, but in exchange for your patience, Microsoft will reward you with a free game. It's part of a promotion that runs from September 7 (Sunday) through September 13 (Saturday). If you purchase an Xbox One from a participating retailer during that week, you'll get a free Xbox One game of your choice. And by your choice, Microsoft really means it -- you don't have to make your selection from a crappy assortment of pre-approved titles. The only caveats are that the free game must be priced $59.99 or lower, and it can't be a pre-order title. The... Read more...
It's been four long years since we last saw a new Tony Hawk video game, which might as well be an eternity if you're a fan of skateboarding and/or the skateboarding legend himself (who, by the way, retired from the sport in 1999). Though it seemed like there might never be another Tony Hawk game, the legendary skater teased a new game while speaking on his Demolition Radio show on SiriusXM. "We're working on a game, we are working on a game; it's pretty cool," Hawk said. He then made a reference to motion capture while a co-host chimed in, "It's a whole suit you have to put on." Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD In case you need further proof of a new Tony Hawk game, Activision confirmed to IGN that... Read more...
We're not going to beat around the bush, here. BioShock Infinite is game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, gorgeous environments I've ever seen -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while it pushes that framework's capabilities into the stratosphere, there's a clear difference between BioShock Infinite and, say, Crysis 3. It's a testament to Ken Levine and the artistic team at Irrational Games that the gap feels like a stylistic choice rather than a technological limitation... Definitive Bioshock Infinite Review with Benchmarks... Read more...
We're not going to beat around the bush, here. BioShock Infinite is game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, gorgeous environments I've ever seen -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while it pushes that framework's capabilities into the stratosphere, there's a clear difference between BioShock Infinite and, say, Crysis 3. It's a testament to Ken Levine and the artistic team at Irrational Games that the gap feels like a stylistic choice rather than a technological limitation. Crysis 3 is a triumph of texturing and structural detail. BioShock Infinite... Read more...
Yesterday, NVIDIA let us know a little more about what we can expect from its upcoming Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i mobile platforms. Today, we're getting another glimpse at what this platform can do with the look at five upcoming games that are optimized for Tegra 4. A quick look at a video from Exor Studios shows the power behind Tegra 4's custom 72-core GeForce GPU. In the video you can see the difference in dynamic shadows and lighting with Tegra 4: On the company's blog, NVIDIA highlights the five upcoming games which include Burn Zombie Burn, Carie: Blood Mansion, RPG CODEX: The Warrior, Dead on Arrival 2, and RU Golf. Burn Zombie Burn by Tick Tock Games is entering the mobile scene with fast-paced,... Read more...
If you’ve ever daydreamed about being a Pinkerton thug (er, detective, we meant detective) at the beginning of the 1900’s, you already know that your chance is nigh. Bioshock’s forthcoming Infinite is set to launch in March, and it will have you gallivanting around the flying city of Columbus as Pinkerton’s Booker DeWitt. Bioshock just released a new trailer to whet your appetite, and it’s worth a look. The new documentary-style trailer introduces viewers to Columbia, the floating city that turned out to be much better armed than people expected (and, of course, much more sinister). If you’re looking for stunning graphics that give you a feel for the game play,... Read more...
The wait for End of Nations is over. NVIDIA and HotHardware are inviting you lucky readers to join the global conflict in Trion's End of Nations closed beta weekend on August 10-12th. Wage sprawling 56-player battles in this year's most anticipated MMO real-time strategy game for three action-packed days, absolutely free! To get started, gear up with the ultimate weapon —an NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card—then comment here, shoot us a note at this e-mail address and we’ll respond with your game key! We’ve got 50 keys up for grabs! It’s first-come, first-served, so if you want a key, be sure to hit us up right away, before they’re all gone. In the... Read more...
Rage is id Software's first game in seven years and its lead developer, John Carmack, has more than earned a spot in the video game industry's all-time Hall of Fame. Rage, however, unfortunately doesn't live up to its pedigree. While it's not a bad game, it's a shadow of what we hoped for. The game takes place 106 years after Earth is struck by the asteroid 99942 Apophis. Prior to the disaster, the US government created a number of Arks as part of a plan to ensure human civilization wouldn't be irrevocably wiped out by the asteroid's impact. You awaken as the sole survivor of your Ark, stagger outside, and are nearly killed by mutants. A local roughneck, Dan Hagar, shoots them off your back,... Read more...
Wondering if this whole "consumer electronics" thing is just some fading trend? Wonder no more. It's been fairly obvious to us, following the industry over the past decade and change, that technology is only growing more and more important. What was once a luxury reserved for a few, is now making an impact nearly everywhere. Hospitals, geriatrics, teens, infants -- you name it, and technology's there. According to the Q2 2011 Games Industry: Total Consumer Spend report from leading market research company, The NPD Group, in addition to the $1.44 billion spent in the U.S. by consumers on new physical video and PC game software in the second quarter of 2011, the total consumer spend on content... Read more...
Here's a weird one. Doom, the first-person shooter we all grew up playing, hasn't been on sale in Germany ––  ever! A rather strange report has surfaced over the weekend, showing that the classic will finally be on sale after 17 years of being on a ban list. Yeah, 17 whole years! As it was, the Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (Bundesprufstelle) had sentenced the title in the same restrictive category as pornography, which had kept it off of store shelves for nearly two whole decades. Of course, there were other means of acquiring it, but not on the straight-and-narrow. Now, however, that's all changed. A recent meeting of the entity pulled it out said category.... Read more...
Logitech revealed its latest addition to its G-Series of gaming products in the form of the new Logitech Gaming Mouse G300. This mouse features nine programmable controls and the ability to store up to three profiles in the mouse’s onboard memory. To help you see which profile is enabled, you can assign a different lighted color to the profiles. The mouse also features a sculpted, ambidextrous shape. For accuracy, the Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 features a 2500-DPI optical sensor. The Logitech Gaming Mouse G300 will be available in September for about $40. Logitech Introduces Gaming Mouse G300 for PC Gamers Ambidextrous Design Delivers More Power and More Control for Hours of Play FREMONT,... Read more...
We spent some time at PAX East today, checking out the sights and sounds on the show floor and have some fun stuff to show you, courtesy of the good folks at Valve. Valve was showing off some in-game footage from the highly anticipated puzzle-platformer Portal 2, due to hit store shelves and Steam next month... Fans of the original Portal will no doubt recognize some of the gameplay elements, but the visuals have been enhanced significantly and some new items like the blue Repulsion Gel (among others) are being introduced. And of course, like the original, there are plenty of laughs to go around as well. Another interesting note is that J.K. Simmons (from Spider Man, Juno, Oz, etc.) does the... Read more...
Don't look now, but iOS has a huge share when it comes to mobile gaming. The App Store has become a giant in the industry, and now even Sega is taking notice. The hardware-gone-software company has just announced Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS, a game that should become an instant hit on Apple's iPod touch and iPhone. The iOS version of the game should be immediately familiar to fans of the prior version, and here's the killer part: multiplayer support is there over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, giving users two ways to game against one another. That just sold you, didn't it? It'll be released this spring, but a price hasn't been announced. LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (28th Feb 2010) –SEGA®... Read more...
Is there a future to online game streaming? Maybe. InstantAction was recently forced to shut their doors after their embedded gaming platform didn't catch on, but OnLive seems to be onto something. The idea of being able to plug a simple box into a broadband connection and then stream any major title available is definitely appealing, but we have a long way to go before consumers are willing to go over the expectations of needing a physical console nearby to play a game. The MicroConsole, introduced this week, could go a long way to changing that perception though. The mini console is coming along with an attractive $9.99 per month flat-rate video game plan, which is titled "PlayPack." It's available... Read more...
Microsoft recently introduced a new online PC game store known as Games for Windows Marketplace. The store will officially launch on November 15. According to Microsoft, it will combine the convenience of the web with a "Games on Demand" online distribution model. Through the store, Microsoft plans to offer a "Deal of The Week" as well as other special offers on games. Games for Windows Marketplace will initially launch with 100 titles. Some of the titles will include Fable: The Lost Chapters, Grand Theft Auto III, Lego Universe, Dead Rising 2, and Max Payne. To use the marketplace, you'll need a Windows Live ID. The store will accept Microsoft Points and credit cards. Microsoft Brings Games... Read more...
Wait, what? Can it be true? Is Lenovo really about to enter the same market as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo? Well, sort of. A new China Daily report has found that Lenovo, the company responsible for the ThinkPad and IdeaPad notebook lines, is about to expand their horizons. Really expand them. Reportedly, the world's number four PC maker has already setup a unit devoted to developing a video game console for the Chinese gaming market. Not as many consoles are battling over there, but both Microsoft and Sony definitely rely on China for some of their overall game sales. The report states that around 40 Lenovo software engineers have already been "spun off from the company to work for Beijing... Read more...
Thanks to the Kindle Development Kit (KDK), the Kindle is no longer limited to just eBooks. Now, you'll be able to play games on the device as well. Developers recently released two new Kindle-ready games. Both games are in line with what you'd expect would go over well with Kindle's book-loving users: word scramble games. What's more, both of these Kindle-friendly games are free. Every Word is a word scramble game where you're shown six or seven scrambled letters. The goal is to form as many words as possible using those letters. The more words you find, the more points you'll score. The other game, called Shuffled Row, is more similar to Scrabble. In this game, you'll see 60 lettered tiles.... Read more...
Man, have we been waiting forever on this, or what? id Software delivered the first in-game screenshots of its next generation first-person shooter, Rage, in August of 2008. We understand that game development takes a serious amount of time, but we're nearly two years into the process (from the public side, anyway) and we're still waiting. But waiting is half of the fun, and unlike that fabled Duke Nukem franchise, we're thinking that Rage may actually see the light of day. At the E3 2010 conference in California this past week, a higher-up from id Software sat down with G4TV in order to show off live action gameplay on an Xbox 360. The worlds have been created from the ground-up in house at... Read more...
AMD Changing the Game Education Initiative Expands Beyond United StatesAMD’s co-sponsorship of Malaysian Cybergames Festival to bring power of digital game development to hundreds of students in first international deployment SUNNYVALE, Calif. - 2/23/2010 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is expanding its signature education initiative, AMD Changing the Game, beyond North America, by co-sponsoring a digital game development and design workshop at the Malaysian Cybergames Festival. The festival aims to expose primary school children across Malaysia to computing technology and potential careers in the IT industry. AMD Changing the Game, the flagship initiative of the AMD Foundation, is... Read more...
Tetris, which last year celebrated 25 years of falling bricks, has hit, and passed, 100 million downloads to various mobile devices. -Blue Planet Software, Inc., the company that manages the exclusive licensing rights to the game, and EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., announced the milestone at a press conference on Thursday.Tetris is, for those not in the know, a simplistic game that involves a player rotating falling geometric shapes made up of bricks to complete and cause rows to vanish. The simplicity makes it an ideal game for mobile devices. It also makes it addicting, as well.Henk Rogers, CEO of Blue Planet Software, said:“Tetris on mobile will never go away. As mobile devices... Read more...
Well, well--we sure thought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was hot stuff, but frankly, it has nothing on this. Microvision, the company responsible for a PicoP-based pico projection technology, has just released a video of what we're calling its "killer app." Seriously--even if you have no interest in putting a projector in your pocket, it's tough to ignore just how awesome this demonstration is. Over in Canada, the company showed off its latest demo at the Intel Extreme Masters Tournament, where players in a first-person shooter could use a radically different control method to immerse themselves in the game. This, in our opinion, is the next big leap in gaming. We had the controller, then the... Read more...
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