Fans of the horror FPS series F.E.A.R. will be excited to know that Day 1 Studios has decided to take on the next instalment, F.E.A.R. 3 with the previous developer, Monolith handballing the franchise over.
It will be very interesting how this one turns out and a lot of anticipation will likely build up through its development stages with John Carpenter getting involved whom is a fantastic film director for horror movies such as the Halloween series, Village of the Damned and many others.
Comic writer Steve Niles is also said to be getting in on this project as a co-writer for the development of the script.
Enhanced multiplayer elements are expected to be added to this instalment and apparently it could be ready as early as fall of this year. Let's just hope it's not rushed too much and is polished well without compromise.
It's expected to be released for all the major platforms; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and of course, the PC.
The Sony PS3 gets software updates all the time it seems. Not all of them are good for users though, like the recent update that killed support for other OS' on the console.
Microsoft also updates the Xbox 360 frequently and has a new update coming for the console that adds some new features to the mix. The update provides support for USB storage devices.
With the update, the user can store data to external HDDs and flash drives at least 1GB in capacity. The catch is that no matter how large your external HDD is you can only get a single 16.5GB partition. That would waste lots of space on a 500GB HDD.
EA has been peddling Battlefield 1943 since last summer and the game has been very popular. It is a download only title that is sold on the PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Arcade for about $15.
EA has announced that the game has become the fastest game to ever reach the 1 million copies sold mark on the Xbox. The game has sold very well on the PS3 as well.
PC gamers were left out of the Battlefield 1943 action from the start, but EA is getting a PC version of the game ready. The PC version can be pre-ordered right now.
Sony has offered the Other OS feature on the original "fat" PS3 consoles since the units launched years ago. When the new PS3 Slim came around the feature was axed.
Sony has announced that the newest update for the PS3 that is set to hit on April 1 will eliminate the Other OS feature. Most of us don't use the Other OS feature but if you do this is bad news.
Sony says the elimination is due to security concerns. If you want to keep the feature, your only recourse is to not upgrade ever again. You will need to back up the data on your Other OS partition if you do update since it will not be accessible after.
If you are a big fan of music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, you are probably familiar with Activision's DJ Hero game too. The DJ Hero game turns the player into a DJ and lets them spin and scratch.
Activision has announced that the stand-alone DJ controller for the game is now on shelves in stores across America. The controller sells for about $60. With a second controller, players can have head-to-head DJ competitions.
Players can also connect a mic to the game and have an emcee or use a Guitar Hero controller. With the guitar controller, connected players can access special guitar and DJ controller mixes of tracks on the game album.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Logitech MX518 Wired Optical Gaming Mouse - $24.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free.
Offer: The Logitech MX518 redefines extreme gaming mice with the award-winning MX Optical Engine that delivers an ultra-high 1600 dpi resolution. This yields pixel-by-pixel positioning accuracy to really sharpen your game.
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Earlier we showed you some of the things you can do with the new Windows Phone 7. This was thanks to a video shot by the guys at Neowin. Well we have even more footage of what could be a real threat to the iPhone in a few months time.
This time the footage was shot with a Nexus One phone of a Windows 7 phone device gaming in a Las Vegas club...Pretty cool you say, but I have to wonder if this Windows Phone 7 was the most interesting thing to watch in the club; this must have been the most boring club in Vegas.
You will have to head over to Engadget for the video .
With Intel pulling the wraps off the new 6-core Gulftown processors yesterday we all knew a hoard of high-end gaming machines using the new Core i7-980X CPU would be turning up. Velocity Micro has announced that the processor is now being offered in some of its machines.
Machines running the 980X can be had starting at $2825, but as you can imagine the price rapidly grows when you add in options like video cards, storage, and RAM. Velocity Micro will offer the processor in several of its desktops.
The desktops include the Edge Z55 starting at $2825 and the Raptor Lx665 and Lx775 desktops will have the Core i7-980X. The Lx665 sells for $3599 and the Lx775 sells for $4799 on TigerDirect.
When the Wii launched the console wasn't known for fantastic graphics, but was known for its cool motion controls. Sony tried to throw in motion control with the PS3 as an afterthought with the Sixaxis controllers and failed. Sony has now made its Move motion controller official.
The Move system has three parts including the Move controller with the ball on top, the Move sub-controller, and the Eye camera. The sub-controller is sort of like a Wii nunchuk and can be replaced with your existing wireless PS3 controller.
The main Move controller has a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor, and the Eye camera tracks the colored ball. The ball on the end of the controller also offers the player feedback by changing colors and the controller has rumble feedback too. The Move controller will land this fall at an undisclosed price.
With GDC (Game Developers Conference) underway this week, OnLive took this opportunity to unveil the launch date and pricing for its upcoming service which is unlike anything else available on the internet at this point in time.
OnLive gives the ability to play games across the internet with the entire performance aspect of the game being offloaded to a remote server, meaning even entry-level computers can get somewhat smooth gaming at up to 720p without the requirement of faster hardware. The only real important requirement is relatively fast broadband internet.
The system allows for multiplayer gaming across the net and is capable of also providing saved replays of game sessions for later. Lag has been removed as much as possible with a lot of clever work done to fine tune the coding, but would still cause an issue for more timing-sensitive gaming titles. However, games like Borderlands and Mass Effect 2 are in the works and there's some older popular ones on the cards as well.
OnLive will be launching the service come June 17 and it will cost $15 U.S. a month for access to their entire catalog. The service will be available for both Windows based and Mac clients.
It was also mentioned that the company still plans to release its MicroConsole TV Adapter to market for streaming their service directly to a TV, but it likely won't be ready until closer towards the end of this year. A prototype iPhone app is apparently in the works as well, but there's no telling for sure when this will be ready for demonstration.
In what I can only call a shocking event Activision has canned two of the founders of Infinity Ward, markets of the highl popular Call of Duty series. Vince Zampella and Jason West are not taking the pink slip quietly. In a report by Kataku the duo claim Activision owes them for "substantial royalty payments" and are sueing to
I met Vince and Jason a few years ago and have stayed in contact with Vince for several years. We will try to contact the pair to get a rundown on the full story next week. Given their down to earth nature I am sure they will have more to say.
A quick heads up for gamers hanging out for Blizzard's next big blockbuster RTS, Starcraft 2, the company has indicated the game will be in beta phase for as little as three months and as much as five, whilst still pushing to have it ready within the first half of this year.
Most likely it will be towards the end of Q2 but it's hard to know for sure. Blizzard aren't big on giving release dates or even estimates, so it's surprising to see them giving out their release plans :-
You haven't asked this question yet, but I'll answer it ahead of time. We were targeting three to five months for the beta, we're really at a three month period of time for the beta at this point. We are still targeting the first half of this year, so with that in mind, it really shortens the window of time with our major content patch coming out pretty close to the end whether it's even worth it putting out the map editor at that point.
It was also noted that the map editor might not be released during the beta, but it won't be far away.
Rumors surface all the time in the tech world and some are more believable than others. Some rumors start out of the blue and others are based in at least a little bit of fact. The new Sony rumor circulating today has a bit of fact behind it.
The rumor started when a patent surfaced showing that Sony was at least thinking about creating a universal controller for game consoles. Universal would mean a Sony controller that would work on the Wii, Xbox, and PS3. That hardly sounds like something Sony would do.
The patent outlines a controller with an LCD screen that would be able to show the buttons for specific consoles the device was connected to. The big (BIG) issue here is that the buttons are mostly virtual. I can not imagine that many gamers would want to play with a virtual button control for long.
Beginning on the 19th people will be able to play Futuremarks' Shattered Horizons for free over the Steam service. While this is not the first free weekend hosted by Steam it is the first time that Shattered Horizons has been offered for free.
The even comes on the heels of the launch of a new map pack for the Zero Gravity first person shooter. The map pack is called Moonrise and features four new levels that are free to all players. Futuremark has gone an additional step with their free weekend though; they are also offering Shattered Horizons for 50% off for the duration of the weekend.
This makes getting into some serious DX10 based zero gravity mayhem even easier and more attractive. If you already have a steam account you are all set; if not you can head over to Steampowered.com and get set up.
MaxPoint's KeySonic division which specializes in a wide range of peripherals, has just released two new keyboards to market that cater to the gaming crowd.
Both the KSK-8003 UX and KSK-6001 UELX promise a more comfortable typing experience with the use of SoftTouch Membrane technology.
The KSK-8003 UX is the larger of the two with dimensions of 433 x 140 x 33 mm, whilst the KSK-6001 UELX is a more compact setup at 393 x 158 x 24 mm and sports blue backlighting which can be disabled at the press of a button.
Both keyboards have full macro support across all of the keys for many different profiles to be stored and through the use of Anti-Ghosting technology, four or more keys can be pressed and registered simultaneously.
The full-size KSK-8003 UX can be purchased for 25, whilst the KSK-6001 UELX can be had for around 18. Both boards are available with either QWERTY or AZERTY layouts.
ASUS has bestest its ROG series of notebooks with the introduction of the new G73Jh which is all about giving the best rounded gaming platform using some of the latest and fastest mobile hardware available.
The new G73Jh's outer design is inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter plane with its unique angular characteristcs. The display is 17.3-inch in size which is FHD LED-backlit and supports resolutons of up to 1920x1080. The twin rear venting system keeps heat and noise as far away as possible from the user and careful placement of internal components allows ASUS to slope the keyboard toward you 5 degrees with the palm rest area being very thin for a notebook of this calibre.
Inside is a real party. The system is based around Intel's HM55 chipset with a Core i7-720QM processor. It houses 8GB of DDR3 memory, ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5870 w/ 1GB of GDDR5 memory, space for two 2.5-inch drives (of which it comes with 2x500GB, making up a Terabyte), a DVD Super-Multi or choice of Blu-ray Combo drive and built-in 2 mega pixel camera.
For the AUD RRP of $2699, it also comes with a backpack, gaming mouse and headset.
For further details, you can locate ASUS' official announcement on the new ROG series G73Jh in our press room here.
If you are an avid PC gamer, you can get your hands on gaming notebooks with power and good performance but those will cost you a lot of money. For much less green you can get your hands on a powerful gaming desktop, which is what most gamers prefer.
Gateway has whipped out new gaming desktops in the FX series. The most interesting is the FX6831-03 with a price starting at $1,699.99. For that much loot you get an Intel Core i7 860 CPU, ATI HD5850 graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 1.5TB HDD and a DVD burner.
Along with that DVD burner also comes a Blu-ray drive and the system runs the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. If that rig is too much for your checkbook, you can lop $400 off the price by going to 8GB of RAM and shedding the Blu-ray drive.
Before I bought my first iPhone, I really didn't care for mobile gaming. Games on small screens and mobile phones were just horrible with poor graphics and junk titles to choose from. The iPhone changed all that for many of us.
If you are like me and have found that on the iPhone mobile gaming is lots of fun, you probably have a gob of apps on your iPhone already. The good news with the iPad is that all of those apps will run on the device. I take that to mean you won't have to repurchase the apps if you have an iPhone and buy the iPad too.
From the photos of the iPad playing Need for Speed Shift, it's clear that the iPad is more capable than the iPhone when it comes to gaming. I am very interested to see if the claims I have heard from early users hold true for poor battery life when gaming. I know the iPhone battery is gone in no time if you play games, so I won't be surprised to find that same issue on the iPad.
If you are a fan of science fiction and online video games, you may be excited to hear that Star Trek is coming to a MMORPG next month. The game uses the characters from the recent Star Trek film and will let players create their own starship and more.
Star Trek Online entered an open beta period yesterday that will run through January 26. Fans have to have a valid open beta key to join in the fun before the game launches. Information on getting a key can be found on the open beta section of the Star Trek Online website in the source link.
Players can play as a member of the Klingon Empire or as part of the Federation. The game promises lots of customization from ships to different species of characters. This should be a cool game.
I have often wanted to put a computer in the living room so I could play games on my big screen. I never did it because I don't want my massive gaming desktop sitting in the living room. A company called iGugu has unveiled a new device called Gamecore that can solve this problem.
The Gamecore device consists of a wireless remote, a transmitter, and a receiver that can send the game to your TV from your PC. The transmitter and receiver have to be connected with network cable, which is an issue.
The main component of the system is the Gamecore wireless remote that features a trackball, joystick, QWERTY keyboard, and six accelerometers allowing the device to support motion control of games. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.
Nintendo ruled the roost for the first couple years of the Wii's availability in the gaming console market. Recently the demand for the console has slipped greatly leading to some rough quarters for Nintendo.
Rumors are circulating that Nintendo and Intel are in talks for a Larrabee CPU with graphics built-in to power a new Nintendo console. Exactly what console it could be is unknown. We do know that Nintendo trademarked the Zii moniker and many expect a Wii HD to hit this year.
It seems that Intel could possibly be powering the graphics and CPU for the new console. Some expect that the next Nintendo console may not hit until 2011. With profits falling I expect to see new Nintendo hardware sooner rather than later.