If you didn't get a chance to give Microsoft's newest toy for the Xbox 360 a go at E3 last week, the Kinect sensor will now be available for trial at any Microsoft Store across the U.S. The downside? There are only four in the country: Scottsdale, AZ, Mission Viejo, CA, Lone Tree, CO, and the newest store opened today in San Diego, CA.
I have mentioned Gioteck a few times recently. The company announced during E3 that it would be bringing some of its cool gaming gear to the US. One of the items is the HF-1 PS3 controller.
The HF-1 connects to the PS3 via Bluetooth and is arranged in a configuration like the Xbox 360 controllers. I prefer the PS3 layout myself. The entire controller is designed for comfort in the hands during long gaming sessions.
Microsoft's Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 took E3 by storm, and now it's available for preorder through most major outlets for $149.99. Microsoft has not released an official pricing statement yet to retailers or the public according to a spokesman. Best Buy, Gamestop, and Amazon.com online stores have it posted and ready to buy, with Wal-Mart actually posting it for $148.54.
When first out the gate at E3's press conference this time last week, Microsoft's Kinect got lots of 'oohs and whoaas' from the crowd. But since then, the finer details that really matter have gotten out to the disapproval of many folks who were hoping for a more polished, less limited piece of motion capturing equipment. What first looked to be an incredible piece of technology that would change the way we play games forever, now is starting to look like a good concept, but with too many limitations.
Sure, Kinect is still getting a ton of attention all over the web; the issue is, the majority of it is negative with stuff like this.
Let's hope the finer details yet to escape from Sony's clutches will make Move a more attractive looking option.
One of the things that the PS3 Slim lost when it made the cut to a lower weight class was connectivity. The machine has only two USB ports where the older console had four.
A company called Gioteck has announced it will soon launch a new device called the In2Link module for the PS3 Slim. The module plugs into the two front USB ports on the PS3 and gives three powered ports on the front of the console.
Microsoft unveiled the new slim Xbox 360 at E3 this week and the units are already starting to trickle onto the market. With the machine being smaller many will be wondering what tech is inside the slim chassis.
AnandTech has taken the new 360 and torn it apart so we can see what the difference is on the inside. Obviously, the new 360 is much smaller and has a much smaller HDD than the original.
Nintendo has already unveiled the cool new 3DS portable console at E3. The little portable gaming system has 3D graphics without needing to wear glasses. It's interesting to see the 3DS while the Wii still lacks even basic HD graphics.
Kotaku reports that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has stated that the next game console from the company might be a 3D console. We already know that the next console has to pack in HD resolution, so if you go HD you might as well do 3D right?
Along with the unveiling of Kinect for Xbox 360 at this year's E3, some bells and whistles for it in the form of additional accessories have also been uncovered. Gaming peripherals maker Mad Catz have confirmed that they are working on a wide range of add-ons for Kinect to make it more accomodating for your lounge room setup.
If you're already scratching your head wondering where to mount the Kinect camera unit due to lack of available space, Mad Catz will have you covered with a base adapter that the unit is designed to mount to, which then can be connected to any standard tripod for a simple yet effective freestanding solution.
Razer has been making some of my favorite gaming peripherals for years. The company is famous for its gaming mice and keyboards. At E3 Razer has shown off some new StarCraft II Wings of Liberty branded peripherals.
The line includes the Spectre mouse with 5600 DPI resolution, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and adjustable button force. The mouse will sell for $79.99. The Marauder keyboard is backlit, supports on the fly macro recording and can have up to ten profiles for macros. It will sell for $119.99.
We have been hearing about the OnLive cloud-based gaming service for a while now. The service promises the ability to stream a library of video games to your TV or computer for a fixed monthly price.
Dell has announced today that it is teaming with OnLive on the cloud gaming service. The OnLive service is set to launch this week and Dell data center solutions are providing the muscle for the streaming service. Dell says that the OnLive service uses one of the largest GPU-powered server installations to date.
Following Sony's Move E3 press release a short while ago, Sony has made available a bunch of press shots showing off its ray gun attachment for the "Move" motion controller and it sure looks funky.
The controller slides into the compartment up top and the analog "T" trigger button lines up with the trigger of the ray gun accessory. At the same time, the Move's controller buttons remain accessible via a window cut-out up top.
Rumour is beginning to circulate about a plan Microsoft was hoping to keep quiet in making Windows Phone 7 more appealing for mobile gamers. Word's gotten out that Microsoft wants to make the new platform successful not only in terms of its general user environment, but also from a gaming perspective and is going so far as to entice iPhone game developers to produce Windows Phone 7 ports for them with $$$ being waved in the air.
Whilst this could very much be a win win situation for both parties when looking at revenue potential, the issue is that WP7's underlying development environment is substantially different from that of the iPhone's, making the porting process a lot more involved than one would first think.
We've known bits and pieces about Sony's 'Move' controller for a while now. Some more specific details about it were revealed during Sony's keynote at E3 a short time ago, but unfortunately left a bit of a sour taste in the mouths of many members of the audience.
Sony seems to think that despite Mirosoft pricing its highly anticipated Kinect at under 150 bucks (making it just under $300 if you include an Xbox 360 Arcade Edition console in the deal) and Nintendo offering its Wii console with Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus for $199, $400 is still an ok asking price for its Playstation 3 Motion Bundle.
At CES a few years ago, I had a chance to try out the 3RD Space Vest and it was cool. The vest simulates bullet hits and other strikes in games by inflating little air bladders inside the vest. The vest was only for PC gamers until E3 this week.
TN Games has announced its new 3RD Space Trigger. The device is a hardware adapter that allows the vest to work with compatible games on gaming consoles. The console system works with the trigger, software drivers, and compatible software.
Nintendo just minutes ago officially unveiled the much talked about 3DS portable game console during its E3 press conference in LA.
Soturu Iwata is on stage introducing the 3DS right now, which is able to produce flexible widths of 3D graphics without need for special glasses. Nintendo are pushing the new unit, that is backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, as being a device you can take on the road and experience 3D with ease and without spending too much money.
It has not only one, but two cameras, and you are even able to take photos using the device and see them in 3D - pretty cool. More to follow.
Wow. Nintendo finally announced something actually exciting at its E3 press conference this afternoon. But, Wii Party is kind of cool.
Remember GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 that was released all the way back in 1997? If you are old enough, of course you do! I remember playing it endless back in the day when I was much younger than I am today.
Good news for JB fans, GoldenEye 007 is coming back in 2010 for the Wii. It will go on sale these holidays just in time for Christmas.
We got done with Microsoft's new announcements yesterday at its E3 2010 press conference. Yep, we love Kinect just a bit.
Today it is Nintendo's turn to shine in the LA spotlight, along with Sony three hours later. So, what is Nintendo going to announce? Word on the street says 3D related technology.
We will all find out soon enough. You can watch the live stream here yourself and see the announcements as they happen.
In further support of their range of 3D capable LCD TVs, Sony is readying up the PS3 for 3D and will officially unveil the technology for the console at its E3 press conference in a matter of hours from now. There will be a decent batch of 3D ready game titles available for download straight off the bat including Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, Pain and MotorStorm Pacific Rift (a demo).
The Fight: Lights Out which was first demo'd at GDC with Sony's Move controller is also said to be on the list of available titles with 3D support. In a press conference earlier today SCEA president Jack Tretton stated that there will be 20 games in total built for 3D over the next year alone.
3D this, 3D that; as time goes by the push for 3DTV in the household looks to be cementing itself deeper and becoming a new standard. There are several early adopters already in the way of 3D-enabled displays and Blu-ray player updates. Even Sony is getting all serious about it with firmware updates for the PS3.
But how about Microsoft and its more beloved than ever Xbox 360 (thanks to a little known add-on called Kinect)? - Well, in Microsoft's opening press conference at E3 they made no mention of making 3D a standard feature on the 360 and were 100% focused on Kinect.
This is not to say they've turned a blind eye on 3D, but apparently their reasoning for not showing interest in it at this time is due to slow adoption rates. Microsoft don't feel 3D support would be demanded enough on a whole and would rather leave the decision up to game developers to implement it for their specific titles.
In the future as 3DTV grows Microsoft promises to take notice and add support. "We closely and constantly evaluate consumer trends. If there is demand, we've demonstrated in the past that we are able to quickly dedicate resources to respond to consumer interest."
We just got done telling you about how Microsoft will begin selling its new and improved Xbox 360 later this week, but let's go over some of the Kinect for Xbox 360 details right now.
Kinect pronounced like 'konnect' will go on sale starting November 4th in the United States. It was interesting that Microsoft did not announce a price during its recently concluded E3 2010 press conference. That may suggest that a price has not yet been confirmed by the software giant.
What we can tell you about Kinect or as it was formerly known Project Natal is that it totally kicks ass. Using the Kinect sensor that includes not only three cameras (by the look of the below press image) and microphones, it is able to really change the way you think of gaming. You see all kinds of futuristic movies and see some cool (yet fake) technology and wonder how far we are away from reaching it. Well, I'd say around 5 months and we'll be there.
Folks, I can safely say look for Microsoft shares to sharply rise after a fantastic demonstration of the newly named Kinect (formerly Project Natal) technology. Think of it as Nintendo Wii technology on enough steroids to send a man into space. In a word, incredible!
Anyway, right at the end of the press conference that just concluded, Microsoft unveiled the brand new Xbox 360 Slim. It's a new, sleek, smaller and sexy 360 console that will go on sale at the end of the week (it's already shipping to shops) for the same price as the current 360, yep - 299 USD.
The model unveiled comes in a glossy black finish and comes with a 250GB hard drive and built-in 802.11n wireless networking. Of course it is also Kinect ready, but so are all existing 40 million Xbox 360's that have already been sold.
We will follow-up with a Microsoft Kinect summary article this week, but come November 4 when it goes on sale, they will surely fly out of stores at record pace. The future is here. Microsoft just showed it at E3. Take what you know of current gaming and throw it out the window.