I have tried out a lot of racing wheels over the years and they are not all created equal. They may have force feedback in common, but the Logitech G27 and G25 racing wheels have stood a step above everything else I have tried. If you are a serious racing game fan on the PS3 and have either of those racing wheels, you already know how good they are. If you are an Xbox 360 player, only you might not since the Logitech gear only supports the PS3 and PC.
A new adapter called the F-1 Converter has surfaced and it plugs in between the Logitech racing wheels and the Xbox 360. It takes the incompatible nature of those racing wheels and tweaks them to work with the Xbox console. That means you can get your drive on with Forza using the Logitech wheels. The converter is more than just for allowing the G27 to work with the Xbox though.
The F-1 Converter is also able to store a number of button commands to execute combos and other things in a game and can play them all back at the press of a single button to allow you to execute the combos flawlessly. The downside is that seems like cheating to me.
It's hard to believe with all the talk of the Nintendo 3DS that has been going on for months now that the portable console is still only in the pre-order stage. It hasn't been too long since the mere existence of the console was speculation and now we know the exact price and date that the machine will land. Amazon has previously been taking pre-orders for the 3DS for about $250.
Nintendo is now taking pre-orders as well directly from its site on the 3DS for the same price of $249.99. The console will ship on March 27 and you can pre-order yours in aqua blue or cosmo black colors. Both of the machines share the same features and same chance of making you feel sick when using the device in 3D.
If you live under a rock and have somehow missed all the talk of the 3DS, the main feature is that it can play games in 3D without needing glasses. It has a motion sensor and a gyro sensor for reacting to the tilt of the console as a control. It has the same two-screen layout the other DS consoles have used. It ships with a 2GB SD card and has a lot more features as well. The $250 price tag seems a bit high to me.
Killzone 3 gets its beta started on February 2nd. Within the next month we have betas of Crysis 2 and now Killzone 3, on 360 and PS3 respectively. Come February 2, North American PlayStation 3 owners are able to try out the multiplayer portion of Killzone 3.
The demo includes one map called "Frozen Dam" but includes four different modes of play. The beta winds up on February 14th just in time for Valentines Day.
Beyond Black Mesa is a short indie fan film based in the Half Life universe. It's quite action packed and centers around a few resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.
The short film had 2 years in the making and was done for $1200, the results are absolutely incredible. I was wishing for more. Even Valve "favorited" the film on YouTube - check it out, it's well worth the bandwidth!
A demo for Crysis 2 is hitting the Xbox 360 as an exclusive on January 25. The multiplayer demo will be available to any XBLA Gold Member and includes multiple game modes and a single map to play on.
The Crysis 2 Demo will feature two game modes, "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site". Team Instant Action puts players into two teams fighting against each other to kill as many of the other team as possible to earn higher ranks. Where Crash Site pits the players against each other for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding the pods and keeping enemies away.
Shake it, baby. 2K Games and Gearbox Software have today announced that the vaporware-close-to-never-being-released Duke Nukem Forever is to be launched May 3, 2011 in North America with an international release on May 6th.
"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here," declared Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "May 3, 2011 marks Duke's return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"
Razer has been one of the biggest names in mice and keyboards for PC gamers for a long time. I would bet that most gamers are aware of the brand and a bunch of you might be using Razer mice and keyboards right now. At CES 2011 earlier this month Razer unveiled its first Xbox 360 controller and the thing was really cool.
The controller is called the Onza and it comes in tournament and normal versions. The difference is that the tournament version has a rubberized non-slip covering, backlit buttons, and more adjustability for controls than the standard version. Both of the controllers share the same major features.
They both have two programmable buttons, a precision D-pad, hyperesonse buttons and enhanced ergonomics. The standard controller has a textured surface for better grip and both have a 15-foot long braided cable. The standard Onza is on pre-order for $39.99. The tournament edition is $49.99 and pre-orders on it are sold out right now.
Cue all the DRM haters: there's a nasty little rumor floating around that Sony is considering implementing serial keys and requiring activation of games and Blu-ray movies. While it's all speculation at this point, it's quite a blow for those of us that like to trade games with friends or even sell used copies.
The recent unveiling of a root-key hack that completely shuts down PS3 security measures could be the reasoning behind Sony considering such actions on future releases. According to a "very reliable source" at the Dutch site PS3-Sense, the new serial key process would pair software with specific Playstation 3 consoles and authenticate them with Sony's servers. Games and such would be able to be activated on up to five different machines before becoming useless. This would not only put a huge dent in the resale of used games, but could also make having an offline PS3 almost impossible. Here's hoping the rumor mill churns this one into a deep hole where it belongs.
It's clear that geeks do not intend to let the Kinect be solely for use with the Xbox 360. We have seen all sorts of hacks and mods that use the Kinect already and the thing hasn't been on the market for long. I can see hacks to let the Kinect work with a computer or control a toy robot. What surprises me is seeing some students at the University of Washington hack the Kinect for surgery.
Robotic surgery is common today for some procedures since it allows the patient to recover faster and results in fewer scars. The remote controlled tools that docs use will stop working when they hit a solid object inside the body preventing the doc from cutting something vital accidentally. The catch is that the controls for the robotic tools keep moving providing the doc with no tactile feedback.
Some engineering students and a teacher at UW took a Kinect and used it to throw up virtual force fields around vital areas of the body and give the doc some feedback. Using their system the doctors will be able to get tactile feedback that will have the controller stop when the surgical tools hit bone and the doctor can then use the tactile feel to run the tools along bone and other body structures.
While all kinds of neat PC-born hacks for the Kinect are all over the place, Microsoft has kept fairly quiet on official PC support for the device with CEO Steve Ballmer only stating that PC compatibility will come "at the right time." Reports are now stirring that the time may be soon upon us as WinRumors is stating that Microsoft currently has a Kinect SDK and driver set in the works.
The SDK, or software development kit, would give developers the tools they need to bring Kinect-based software to the PC platform. Details past this are pretty sketchy, with only a vague "in the coming months" as a possible release time and another rumbling of Kinect support in Windows 8. With the current popularity of the Kinect, as shown by Microsoft outselling their projected figures by 3 million units, it would make sense to strike while the iron is hot.
The long awaited launch info for the Nintendo 3DS has finally been made official by Nintendo of America's COO and President Reggie Fils-Aime. At an event in New York, the handheld gaming console was announced to be hitting U.S. shores on March 27th at a price of $249.99.
This is quite a chunk of change for the new glasses free 3D handheld gamer, only a mere $50 less than it costs to get into a PS3 and more than the entry level Xbox 360. Around 30 games are expected to be released before E3 in June, with seven titles officially slated for launch day. Nintendo DSi games will be compatible with the 3DS as well so you can play your older titles as well.
THQ boss Danny Bilson has come out swinging when talking about next-gen consoles, saying "It would be horrible," following this with "It still costs us a fortune to make games on this platform. If they're going to up the scale, up the art, up the content, I don't know how to make that and sell it to anybody for under $US100 a game."
But, in some countries games are already at or above $100 per game. Consoles used to have 4 - 6 year cycles where the next-gen would replace the previous generation and in todays world of mainstream gaming, you would've thought this would have happened by now?
Sony and Valve have finished shaking hands and the results of this is a win-win situation for all gamers, console and PC, oh and even Mac! An owner of the PS3 can buy Portal 2 which will have full Steam integration, with it comes a free copy of Portal 2 for PC and Mac OS X.
This is achieved by linking your PlayStation Network and Steam accounts, you'll also have the ability to chat and play with friends on the PC and Mac versions of the game. The game saves will be kept in the cloud also which means they can be accessed from any system.
When it comes to 3D movies and content some people just can't stand the stuff. This isn't always just because they aren't fans of 3D; some people really can't watch 3D content without getting sick. I know a few people who never see 3D films because they get dizzy and feel bad. Reports are coming in that Nintendo held a showcase for the new 3DS console in Japan recently and journalists covering the show claim that some people got ill from playing the 3DS.
One of the publications is called Friday and is described by Kotaku as a tabloid. According to the author of the story in the Friday publication, several people using the 3DS at the show complained of feeling ill. In fact, the author of the story in the tabloid said he felt "seasick." Friday wasn't the only publication on hand that noted some folks felt sick.
Nikkei was there and did a video interview with one user who complained that after a minute of play, his eyes felt "tired", but he noted he could "bear it" and kept playing. I would say that 3D on the 3DS will be no different than 3D on other mediums and will cause some folks discomfort.
EA is pumped for the release of Dead Space 2 and in the build up has uploaded some footage of random mom reactions to YouTube videos. It's a good watch and some good marketing from EA.
If you're ready to watch some mom-reaction, give it a look. If not, just prepare by being excited for the impending release of Dead Space 2.
Yes, you read that right. Steve Ballmer says the Xbox is not a gaming console. Steve was interviewed by USA Today and TechSpot has pulled what they thought were the top three questions and answers.
Q: You sold 8 million Kinects over the holidays, more than you expected. What differentiates it from other gaming consoles on the market?
If you walked up to a bunch of people using the iPhone and Android devices to play games on the go and asked them what their favorite game was, a bunch of them would ay Angry Birds. The game is very popular and one of the most downloaded games on the iPhone and Android devices. With the game being so popular, it has spawned versions for home consoles and versions for other mobile platforms are coming as well.
A company in the UK called Firebox has announced that it is taking pre-orders on Angry Birds plush toys. The company has three different plush types. The largest are 8-inches in size and come in blue, piggy, red, and yellow selling for £9.99 with shipping in the UK.
The company also has some cool backpack clip style characters with the blue, red, and yellow birds for £3.99 each with shipping. The most annoying for parents will be the mini plush toys with sound. They will sell for £4.99 and can be had in black, blue, red, white, and yellow birds and the green pig. All of the plush toys are set to ship on March 1 and can be pre-ordered right now.
Nintendo has been selling the Wii and the DS for years. Early in the life of the Wii, the console was just about impossible to get hands on for most gamers. The Wii was so scarce that people were paying hundreds more to get them on eBay than the MSRP and many stood in line and waited for a long time to get their own. The popularity of the Wii isn't what it once was, but it is still popular.
Nintendo has announced that it had the two top selling game consoles for 2010. The two consoles are the Wii and the DS portable. The DS was the top selling console for all of 2010 with over 8.5 million units sold and the Wii was tops in home consoles with over 7 million units sold. The numbers come from the NPD group that tracks such things.
A huge chunk of the sales for Nintendo consoles for the year came in December with the holidays. In December, Nintendo reports selling 2.5 million DS portables and 2.3 million Wii consoles. Nintendo also notes that since the DS launched it has sold more than 47 million of the portables and more than 34 million Wiis. Nintendo also had three of the top selling games for December 2010 with Just Dance 2 at number one, Donkey Kong Country Returns at number three, and Disney Epic Mickey at number four.
When it comes to standards and accountability for the storage of data by businesses, some of the most important and most controlled of all data is medical information. I bet some boxers were ruined at a radiology practice in New Hampshire called Seacoast Radiology this week when the admin of the server for the company found that it had been hacked.
The server in question held medical records on 230,000 patients seen by the practice. The admin of the server noticed the hack when it was discovered that bandwidth for the server was down. On investigation, the admin found that the hackers were using the server's bandwidth to host multiple player games of Black Ops.
The practice immediately called in an investigation team that somehow linked the hackers back to Scandinavia. The clinic and admins of the server have no idea how long the hackers had been inside the server and they note that the security breach that allowed the hackers to gain access has been plugged and the appropriate authorities have been notified of the breach.
Minecraft is something I've personally never gotten into but it's good to see an indie game reach an amazing 1 million in sales! Especially if you consider the game is still in beta status and people purchased it even in alpha form.
In it's alpha stage the developers were charging 10 for a copy where the price has increased to 15 for the beta. The final game will cost 20. For Minecraft to have reached 1 million in sales before the final release, it's an amazing achievement, especially when it has relatively basic graphics and it isn't another FPS.
Geeks are great believers in taking hardware that was designed for one purpose and using it for as many other cool things as possible. Take the Microsoft Kinect. The motion control system has been hacked for all sorts of uses since it launched and none of the other uses are things that Microsoft would have envisioned.
Microsoft has hinted that it would bring support for Kinect to the PC but for now that support is up to hackers like Demize2010 on YouTube. This dude took a Kinect and the remote and nunchuk from his Wii and hacked them all together to allow the movement, aim, and shooting in CoD on the PC with the Wii controls. The Kinect was then used to access other commands using gestures.
You can see from the video after the jump that when he wants to lean to look around a corner, he just leans in real life. Other things are activated by motion as well. This is a really cool hack that uses a couple of things that would be cool on their own, matched up they rock even more.