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Sony dives deeper into DriveClub, clues us in on some more aspects of the game

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 3:13 pm

E3 2013 - During yesterdays walk around E3, we got the chance to sit in on a talk about DriveClub, the social racing game slated for the PS4. We have already posted a hands on video of actual gameplay, but decided to post this talk as well to better help explain the game as a whole. Sony says that you can play aspects of the game across all of your connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, and your PS4 console.



"It is fully integrated into your life, you are connected to the game 24-7. There is always something to do and there is always a new experience" said a representative from Sony. "There has never been a console that focused on connectivity as much as the PS4"



Personally, I am pretty excited for DriveClub, but realistically with Forza 5, Gran Turismo 6, and Need for Speed Rivals all hitting the market in the coming year, DriveClub has some serious competition to overtake if it wants to be crowned king. What do you think about the game? Does it look like a serious competitor to Forza or GT?



TweakTown goes hands-on with DriveClub on the PS4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 2:55 pm

E3 2013 - During Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement back in February one of the most talked about games was a new racing title called DriveClub. While the new racing game is nothing terribly interesting, what makes DriveClub unique is that is built around a social gaming premise.



In DriveClub their are set challenges along the tracks such as drifting a specific zone, average speed test, and best lap times. The game pulls in data from your rivals/friends and challenges you to best their accomplishments even if they completed the challenge significantly earlier than you did. It's kind of like Trackmania but with much better graphics.




As our Trace Hagan demoed in the video above each player has their image taken with the next-gen PlayStation Eye and that mug shot is then paste on the back of your car even while in ghost mode so your opponents can see who they're trying to beat.

TweakTown previews World of Warships at E3 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 3:34 am

E3 2013 - Unfortunately we don't have a video to show you for World of Warships as they wouldn't let us record the pre-alpha gameplay. We can, however, describe the experience using words. We got to see two different recorded gameplay scenarios, both of which were pretty cool 6v6 sea battles. World of Warships will really round out's war-themed offerings.




World of Warships will join World of Tanks and World of Warplanes as part of's line-up. In World of Warships, there is an aircraft carrier class that features planes. It'd be really cool if the WarGaming team could integrate World of Warships and World of Warplanes into a single game with planes being launched from the aircraft carrier. However, I inquired if they were planning to do this and at this time, they aren't.


There is still quite a bit of polishing to do--remember, we saw pre-alpha code running--but the models, gameplay mechanics, and overall game seem like they will end up being a hit alongside the current offerings. We'll share more details when they become available.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield to retire from the Canadian Space Agency

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 12:17 am

Canadian Space Agency Commander Chris Hadfield is undoubtably the poster child for not only NASA, but the Canadian Space Agency, as well as the International Space Station. He wowed us with his tweets from space as well as the plethora of videos he being back down to earth and hosted on YouTube, and now he is hanging up his space suit.




Yesterday Commander Hadfield announced that he would be retiring from the CSA after a 21 year career. The commander of the first Canadian to take a spacewalk outside of any official spacecraft and he was also the first to take command of the ISS. He said that after his retirement he would continue to pursue new professional challenges.



Commander Hadfield brought social networking from space to a whole new dimension and I expect he will be most remembered for his cover of Space Oddity in which he took artistic liberty and change the lyrics to more fit a modern space station astronaut. From one space geek to another I wish you all the best Commander, and I hope that wherever you land you will once again rocket into the heavens and bring us along for the ride.

LeakedTT: PR image for Sprint's upcoming HTC's Tiara Windows Phone 8 surfaces

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 12:05 am

HTC's Tiara, a smartphone running Windows Phone 8, has popped up in the rumor mill from time to time and now we're seeing the first leaked images surface. Apparently Sprint did not keep a firm enough hold on his PR photos of the device and one of them made its way onto the Internet.




The HTC Tiara is the third Windows Phone 8 handset series from the Taiwanese smartphone maker and falls somewhere between the lower-end HTC 8S and the high-end HTC 8X. It features a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display but only comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4.


It does however feature 1GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. The rear camera appears to be an 8 megapixel shooter while a 1.6 megapixel sensor handles the upfront imaging duties. The HTC Tiara is rumored to launch in less than a month on Sprint for less than $100 on a two-year contract.

Yahoo to reset inactive accounts next months, hopes to free up user names for reuse

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:56 pm

This coming July yahoo will give its users the chance to switch out to a shorter more convenient user id. The company will begin resetting each and every Yahoo ID that is been dormant for a period of more than 12 months. This will effectively free up millions of usernames that can be registered with new users.




Yahoo's senior vice president Jay Rossiter says that this is the company's "next big push" and that "we want to give our loyal users and new folks the opportunity to sign up for the Yahoo ID they've always wanted."


Starting in mid July existing and new users will have the opportunity to reserve their ideal username, unfortunately it will take up to a month to learn if the name you have chosen has became available. To prevent your dormant Yahoo ID from being reassigned all you need to do is sign in to the service he for July 15 and the ID will be yours to keep forever.

Ryse: Son of Rome eyes-on at Microsoft's E3 2013 booth

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:47 pm

E3 2013 - While at the Microsoft booth at E3 we stopped in for a few moments to check out one of the launch titles for the Xbox One. Ryse: Son of Rome casts players as Marius Titus, a soldier in the Roman army who must embark on a brutal journey to defend the Empire's honor and seek revenge for the murder of his family.



Utilizing the power of Crytek's CryENGINE, the game promises to further enhance Crytek's reputation for creating groundbreaking interactive experiences, and will also work in conjunction with Kinect for Xbox One to offer new possibilities for immersive gameplay.



World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition in-game footage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:37 pm

E3 2013 - During Monday's Microsoft press conference the company announced that World of Tanks would be coming to Xbox 360. During his trip around E3 today TweakTown reporter Trace Hagan stop by the World of Tanks moves to check out some in game footage of the game being played on an Xbox 360.



As you can tell from the video while it looks good the graphics are not quite up to par with that of its PC counterpart, but that is expected from a 10-year-old console. Gameplay however, appear to be fluid and just as much fun as the PC version. WoT for the Xbox 360 is in open beta as we speak and should release to the retail market soon.



TweakTown goes hands-on with Razer's Edge Pro gaming tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:19 pm

E3 2013 - Today, during our visit to Razer, we got to go hands-on with the Razer Edge Pro gaming tablet. TweakTown reporter Trace Hagan demoed the tablet by playing Grid 2. He noted that the game seemed to have a low frame rate and things did not seem very fluid at all.



The tablet seemed light at first, but Trace was quick to note that he felt it was too heavy for extended gaming sessions where it must stay elevated at all times. He did try to exit out of the game to sample the devices tablet functions, but it appeared that Razer Edge Pro was locked into the game.



NVIDIA Tegra 4i appears on mysterious unbranded smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:16 pm

Taking a quick break from E3 coverage I noticed a story that popped up yesterday about NVIDIA's Tegra 4i processor showing up in a mysterious Lee unbranded phone. Mysterious device first appeared on AnandTech who got a hands-on preview of the device when they stop by NVIDIA to play with Project Shield.




While the phone appears to be mysterious and carries a generic "Brand" carrier name the device is actually a reference design manufactured to show off NVIDIA's Tegra 4i processor which is an ARM Cortex-A9 chip built on the 28nm process. The phone does appear to be running Android, but no mention on which version will ship with the device.




The phone features a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 13-megapixel camera as well as LTE / HSPA+ radio that will cover multiple regions. NVIDIA told AnandTech that the device will come to market sometime during the first quarter of 2014 at a pricing point of $300-$400. They also mentioned that it will be available in eight, 16, or 32 GB flavors and that more Tegra 4i handsets are in the works with model starting as low as $200 commitment free.