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You know those people who always lose at video games and scream, “This game cheats for you!”? Stanford engineers have modified an Xbox 360 controller in such a way that a game can, actually, “cheat” for a given player. Well, sort of. The team, led by professor Gregory Kovacs and in collaboration with Texas Instruments, was looking at ways to measure physiological signals in gamers in order to dynamically adjust gameplay according to how a player is feeling about the current game. "If a player wants maximum engagement and excitement, we can measure when they are getting bored and, for example, introduce more zombies into the level," said Corey McCall, a doctoral candidate... Read more...
MiiPC, a kid-friendly, cloud-managed, Android-based computer has offered both desktop use, media center applications, and it also offers a new level of Android gaming by incorporating Cannonball from 18th Parallel. The MiiPC now supports Android gaming with a number of third-party gamepads, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Logitech controllers. There are over 100 kid-friendly titles you can choose from. Designed to be hooked up to a monitor and used as a desktop or connected to your TV for media center and gaming purposes, the MiiPC offers multiple user accounts and cloud-based parental controls that you can use via an iOS or Android app. The device runs on a Marvell ARMADA 1500 Plus SoC... Read more...
Nearly a year ago, we caught wind of Microsoft phasing out its Points system for Windows 8 and speculated that the same could be coming for Xbox 360; we were right to assume the latter, because today Microsoft made it official. “As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013,” reads a post on Xbox.com. “We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change.” The post also stated that although users would not be able to buy new games, they would still have access to content they’ve previously purchased by downloading it via the Games for Windows... Read more...
Microsoft has been in dire need of a win pertaining to its Xbox products lately, and this one is pretty good: Xbox 360 users with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to watch 300 of Time Warner Cable’s “most popular” channels live, right from their consoles with TWC TV. They’ll be able to navigate the channels using voice commands and the Kinect, which makes for an interesting experience. In fact, that sounds just about exactly like one of the Xbox One’s most impressive features--more integrated, powerful, and accurate voice control for all your entertainment needs on one device. So why isn’t this TWC TV deal available for the Xbox One yet? Microsoft... Read more...
Pandora is feeling the squeeze. Its competitors are growing in both number and stature, and the field of streaming music and streaming “radio stations” is getting very, very crowded. The company is also facing difficulties paying royalty costs, which led Pandora to cap mobile listening to 40 hours per month. However, Pandora is not sitting idly by; the company has elbowed its way onto the TV screen with a new smart TV app called tv.pandora.com. It is what you’d expect it to be: a neatly redesigned Pandora UI that runs the service on your TV screen instead of merely your PC or mobile device. Pandora built the app with open web standards, which it (probably rightly so) believes... Read more...
It’s (delightfully) evident how powerful mobile processors and graphics have become, but NVIDIA’s Senior Vice President of Content and Technology Tony Tamasi believes that mobile firepower is about to outpace the popular Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming consoles. “The PS3 and Xbox 360 are barely more powerful than mobile devices,” Tamasi told Bit-Tech. “The next click of mobile phones will outperform [them].” Specifically, he’s referring to the Tegra 5 mobile processor, which will follow the new Tegra 4 chip. Reportedly, Tegra 5 will feature CUDA 5 and boast a Kepler-class GPU and support Open GL 4.3. Tegra roadmap It’s not all that hard to imagine that... Read more...
Battlefield 4 isn’t going to be available until this fall, but EA is throwing us a bone (or does this count as teasing?) by posting a 17-minute video of the game’s “Fishing in Baku” mission. There’s a healthy mix of scripted scenes and more open gameplay, but in both cases the action moves very quickly. The visuals are smooth and stunning, particularly when it comes to the body movements of you and your team and down to small details like leaves rusting as you run past them and the position and glare of the sun as you move. There are spectacular crashes and lots of destruction, multiple weapons, jumping into vehicles, excellent explosions, and fun activities such... Read more...
There’s a certain generation of youngsters who lived and breathed beautifully-made side scrollers for NES and SNES. (We loved our Sega Genesis too, but you know that SNES had the prettier games.) Capcom has been busy tapping into console gamer nostalgia of late, and now the company is offering up a completely remastered and enhanced version of DuckTales. “The DuckTales gang has been brought back to life with absolutely luscious hand-drawn animation so as to better reflect the high-caliber animation Disney’s known for,” reads a Capcom blog post. “Every frame of movement from the original is represented, redefined and expanded upon.” Coming this summer for the... Read more...
In the world of exploding markets, video streaming is high atop the list. Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft -- pretty much every major consumer electronics name is wrapped up in video streaming in some way. And now, even a name that's linked tightly to nightly DVD rentals is venturing into the virtual world after finding success in the physical market. Redbox Instant has been talked about for some time now, but one major point remained unanswered: where would it arrive in terms of the console landscape? This week, Microsoft's own Major Nelson announced that Redbox Instant by Verizon will be coming to the Xbox 360 "in the very near future." And that's the good news. The bad news, unfortunately,... Read more...
Microsoft is reprising its buy-a-PC-get-a-free-Xbox-360 deal, just in time for back-to-school shopping. The deal goes something like this: You buy a Windows 7 PC valued at a minimum of $699 and you get a free Xbox 360 (4GB). You can snag the deal at participating retailers, such as Dell, HP, Newegg, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store. If console gaming isn’t your thing, you can also opt for a $100 Staples gift card instead of the Xbox 360. Those who find themselves with a shiny new Windows 7 notebook, ultrabook, or desktop will also be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade offer. It’s an expensive but smart move for Microsoft to get hordes of incoming... Read more...
In a promo that’s sure to encourage students to study very hard at their desks and not play their brand new Xbox 360s all semester, Microsoft is reprising last year’s offer of a free 4GB Xbox 360 for students with the purchase of a qualifying Windows PC worth $699 or more (in the U.S.) or $599 of more (in Canada). “With all the hard work students put in for their classes in college, they need some downtime, right?”, said Brandon LeBlanc in a post on the Windows Experience Blog. “That’s where the Xbox 360 comes in! To blow off some steam, you can just hop on Xbox LIVE and play some Halo with friends and family far away or just down the hall.” LeBlanc also... Read more...
We are back again for the latest episode of the weekly HotHardware Video Podcast. In this week’s episode Dave, Iyaz and Marco give you all a sneak peek of OCZ Technology's upcoming RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, and they talk about choosing the best mid-range graphics card, Logitech's solar-powered wireless keyboard, and the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360. We also chat about HotHardare's new voting feature and our ongoing contest in which someone can win a killer new gaming, just for helping us name the podcast! Show Notes: 00:13 - OCZ RevoDrive X2 Sneak Peek 03:18 - Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 05:38 - Logitech Debuts $79.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 08:50 - Microsoft:... Read more...
Here lately, it's been Nintendo bragging about massive sales numbers. This week, however, it's all about Microsoft. First comes the launch date of Bing, and now we're told that the firm's Xbox 360 is selling like hotcakes. In fact, sales of the unit have surpassed 30 million worldwide, which ain't too shabby for a company that just leaped in the game console realm a few years back.Potentially more amazing is this statistic: there are over 20 million active Xbox LIVE members. With the keyword being active. In other words, a solid two-thirds of Xbox 360 users are considered active online participants, which certainly goes to show just how important online gameplay and functionality is to today's... Read more...
Microsoft had all sorts of trouble with the reliability of its XBox 360. Tales of the "Red Ring of Death" gave potential buyers pause, and Microsoft spend a small fortune replacing defective units. One of the main reasons the game console was so fragile is that the 90nm scale GPU ran very hot. 65nm chips to the rescue!Microsoft will make available its Jasper version of XBox360 game consoles in August this year and has contracted dedicated chipmakers to build chips for the latest machine. Contracts for manufacturing, packaging and testing the 65nm Xenon microprocessors have gone to International Business Machines (IBM).TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is chosen to make the 65nm... Read more...
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