Nintendo has been absent from CES for 16 years now - but are making a return in 2011.
They've decided to have a stand at America's biggest tech show - will it be the upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld? Or could it be the Wii HD... could it be something completely different?
Geeks and Tron go together like peanut butter and jelly. PC gamers know that Razer makes some of the coolest and best gaming peripherals on the market and when Razer unveiled the cool Tron branded gaming gear a while back a lot of geeks sat up and took notice. Razer has now announced that the cool Tron gaming mouse is shipping.
If you don't recall this mouse, it has the same sort of graphics with blue lines all over it that the Tron work in the new flick has. It also has sound effects from the movie integrated with the mouse and uses a 3.5G laser sensor. That laser sensor has sensitivity up to 5600 dpi and the mouse uses an ambidextrous design.
The geeks around these parts slant to the more hardcore than geeks that might normally be looking at gaming PCs from Digital Storm. Most of us probably roll our own rigs, but there are times when machines offered out of a box ready to go have their appeal. This is one of those times. Digital Storm has unveiled a new gaming rig called the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system. The machine uses liquid cooling on the CPU and some of the other hardware inside.
The liquid cooling system isn't just a radiator and a couple water blocks crammed inside one of the gaming rigs the company already offered either. The machine uses a liquid cooling system that has liquid that is chilled to under 0C using peltier tech. Around these parts peltier tech is something many will be familiar with, but the general PC gaming geek might not be.
Over 1,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you about Microsoft's newest and widely popular addition to the Xbox 360, the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft has stated that it will ship a staggering five million Kinect units by the end of the year and is already on track by shipping more than one million so far.
Are TweakTown readers going to contribute? According to our poll, only 15% of you said you are going to buy a Kinect sensor. That won't help Microsoft's lofty goal now, will it people?
A huge 63% of TweakTown readers voted that they are not interested in buying Kinect and 18% haven't heard of Kinect.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Microsoft's second foray into the console gaming world was the Xbox 360 - which today, turns 5.
As you would say with a child's birthday - oh how time flies. Another year, and the 360 is still as successful as ever especially with the recent launch of the Kinect.
The "Big Six" retailers are having major Black Friday sales - only a few days left until some bargains can be had.
TweakTown are here to .... tweak your bargains ;)
I'm not really meant to post gaming news, but games like Deus Ex and Portal 2 are too big to not post... so I hope you enjoy reading it here at TweakTown! Valve have delayed the hotly anticipated physics nut busting Portal 2 by 4 months, but... they've spun it into something funny.
The news was from a press release titled "VALVE ANNOUNCES MAKING GAMES IS HARD". Now, obviously they've hit a brick wall and can't get it out any quicker, and because Portal guns don't exist in real life (yet) they can't just shoot their way out of this one.
Yeah baby. Deus Ex: Human Revolution gameplay trailer is out for your eyes to feast on!
The long awaited (compared to some video from the game) in-game gameplay trailer footage is out from TGS 2010.
I will admit that I was excited at the prospect of OnLive when I first heard about it. Once I learned more about the system and realized that you had to pay monthly to access the OnLive network and still buy the video games, I wasn't nearly as interested in the service. I have tried OnLive and in my instance, it had some lag and the graphics weren't as good as some stand-alone games I have on my gaming PC, but it was certainly playable.
If you are a fan of OnLive, you can now pre-order the OnLive Game system that lets you hook OnLive to your TV in the living room and play some of the coolest games you can get on PCs and consoles from the comfort of your couch. The downside for gamers used to a PC is that you have to play using a gamepad that looks like the standard PS3 arrangement.
Microsoft brings controller-free entertainment to Australia today, with Kinect for Xbox 360 launching at retailers in time for Christmas.
Predicted to be one of the most significant consumer electronic product launches in history, Kinect's world first technology features a revolutionary sensor which allows full body play for the first time.
Well, well Sony - I clap in your general direction. There are pics out from an early Sony PSP2 development kit. Is it just me or do the pics (in their blurry quality) feel like an ultrasound when you have a baby on the way (having done this just months ago myself, with the arrows pointing to different parts of the babies growing body) but anyway! Pics!
Just like a growing baby - the PSP2 is in early stages yet obviously - but from these pictures obviously taken with a 45 year old camera, it looks to have a HD screen, two cameras (front and rear), microphone, two thumbsticks and a rear "trackpad".
I really like to play Rock Band with my kids and friends every now and again. The thing I hate about Rock Band though is that the controllers that go with the game to take up lots of space. I have two-guitar controller, the drums, mic, drumsticks and other stuff that I have to find a place to stash after we are done playing. That can be a challenge and typically I end up with the drums upstairs, the drum sticks under the bed, and guitar controllers other places.
If you have the same issue storing and finding all your Rock Band gear, LevelUp has a great new storage device specifically made for Rock Band hardware. The storage ottoman is called the Rock Band Storage ottoman and has enough space inside for you to store your unassembled drum kit, games, standard controllers, and a lot more. The lid has Velcro loops for holding two guitar controllers.
The Nintendo Wii is known for its innovative control system with motion that has been imitated in various ways around the gaming industry now. THQ has offered up a new and cool controller for various games and uses called the uDraw Game Tablet. The tablet is an accessory for the Wii that will land in time for Christmas in the US.
The uDraw will sell for $69.99 and comes bundled with a drawing, coloring art-based game called uDraw Studio. THQ also has two other video games that support the uDraw tablet. Those games include Dood's Big Adventure and Pictionary. Each of the games is available for $29.99 per title. The tablet will land in other countries next year. THQ will also offer more games that support the device in coming months as well.
We all knew it was a matter of time before the latest update to the Playstation 3 firmware fell to the hacking community. The modders at PSJailbreak claim to have a break for the latest 3.50 firmware for the PS3 and are also claiming it will be good for any future versions as well.
The jailbreak is USB drive based and allows unapproved software, games, and even Linux installs on your PS3. PSJailbreak is also opening a sister site that will allow firmware downgrades for the PS3 at PSDowngrade.com. We'll see if their claims of future firmware breaking are true, but for now modders have a fun new toy for their kit.
Microsoft are proud of their latest spawn - the Kinect.
Selling one million units worldwide in 10 days is a great achievement, well on it's way toward it's projected 5 million mark by the end of this year - Microsoft have actual sold numbers while comparing to Sony's Move 3 million worldwide were "shipped" not "sold".
Our Deal of the Day today is the Overstock - Voit 32 Inch Table Top Foosball Game for $65.99 with Flat $1.00 Shipping.
Offer: A great game for the Thanksgiving holiday that's right around the corner, or if you just want something to play through the year. This is the nice 32" (length) foosball table that you place on top of a sturdy table or platform. Shipping for what I imagine to be a heavy game is just $1.00.
This is news we can't ignore - I'm sure there are a tonne of people gripping their steering wheels tightly at the news of an actual, real, yes it's coming release date from the popular Polyphony Digital team.
Gran Turismo 5 - a PlayStation 3 exclusive for those not in the know is coming November 24th - a few weeks after a slight delay for "polishing time".
You wouldn't think that the folks at Google would be driving people towards the competition, but engineer Matt Cutts is so stoked about the possibilities that Microsoft's Kinect has to offer that he's offering cold hard cash to the coolest hacks that he can find.
A $1000 prize is being offered to the developer who creates the best open source program or demo based around the Kinect. A second $1000 will be given to the developers who can create a simple Linux based Kinect program writing application. We've already seen several hacks around like the multitouch functions that Cameron wrote about earlier today and a nightshot function, so it will be interesting to see what people can come up with when there's cash on the line as well as internet famousness.
I have said it before, when it comes to FPS games the only way to roll in my opinion is with a mouse and keyboard. I can't play with a gamepad in my hands from an Xbox 360 without flailing about on screen like a noob. I know there are some people out there that are hard-core Xbox 360 gamers and can play with the gamepad with some leet skillz, but I am not one of them. If you are an Xbox 360 gamer that likes FPS and other games where you need to be able to hit many buttons at once, the Avenger might be interesting to you.
The Avenger is a sleeve that grips your own Xbox 360 controllers and puts all sorts of weird levers and stuff on the controller. It looks like the Borg assimilated the thing. According to the company that makes the thing it is designed to increase the manual dexterity and accuracy of the gamer when plying games like Call of Duty and others. The Avenger also claims to improve response time.
I'm not one to get an input device just because it's cool or popular. I like cool and popular gear, but more importantly, the stuff has to work and have a purpose. I think that the Microsoft Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has a good use on the console, but on a computer, I am not convinced that there is any reason for it to be there. A geek has now hacked the Kinect controller to work with Mac OS X.
The controller apparently works with the OS, but it is unable to actually control anything. The potential to control something is there, but I just don't get the need for this at all. I can agree that its cool to get it to work on the Mac, but the reality is outside of modding fans having Kinect work on anything other than the Xbox is of dubious value. If you are one of these modding fans that wants to hack into the device the guy who made the Mac mod used an open source tool called libfreenect to do the deed.
It's no secret that Steam is the alpha dog in the pack when it comes to the digital download gaming scene. But success breeds contempt in the business world, and there are several outlets that are openly blaming Steam for their woes and taking steps to retaliate.
According to an unnamed director of a "fledgling Steam rival," Steam is "killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing" as well as "locking down the market." You can take your pick of the competitors like Direct2Drive and Impulse for the possible people taking shots, but even retailers are considering action. Two major retailers are considering not stocking games that feature and/or require Steam integration due to customers being taken to a rival and losing them.