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.
Sony has gone militant in the fight to keep people from doing what they want with their own PS3 consoles. Sony wants to prevent anyone from hacking their console or offering hacks for the devices and has taken to a legal assault on Geohot and other hackers that have offered ways to bypass the PS3 security for installing software that isn't approved.
Some though that if you applied a hack to your console to be able to install unapproved software and never accessed the PSN that Sony had no way to catch the user. Apparently, that is not correct. One user going by NeoGAF has noted that he port sniffed his console and that at start up the PS3 contacted the Sony servers.
Apparently, the contact gave enough details that Sony could tell just from the device being connected to the web that it had been hacked. This information could then reportedly be used to ban the console or to force software updates to plug the security hole. Sony has already said it will offered updates to plug the holes Geohot and others are using on the PS3 now for their hacks.
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- Razer usually has some pretty cool new toys to show off at their CES booth, but this year one of their debut peripherals looked a little different than most. At a first far away glance you might wonder if Razer was making Wiimotes, but this was something different for you PC lovers: the Razer Hydra.
Centered around TrueMotion Technology from Sixense Entertainment, the controllers are tracked by a base magnet that connects to the PC and gives the player "six degrees of freedom" while playing titles that support the controller. The magnet in the base is PC friendly, not an electromagnet that could zap any of your precious devices. Portal 2 is the big title that has been given official Hydra support and even a few extra levels when the game is released in April. Having the ability to actually throw the Companion Cube or even make it larger or smaller with your gestures was pretty good fun, and the thumbsticks made controlling the character a smooth experience.
A Q&A session was held on STALKER 2's Facebook page and the first snippets of info were heard. STALKER 2 will be a multi-platform game - which means consoles will get to finally roam around in STALKER-land.
STALKER 2 is set to offer a completely different story to the previous STALKER games, but it's said it will feature not only characters from the previous STALKER games but locations too. STALKER 2 has been confirmed to take place in 'the triangle of CNPP, the cities of Chernobyl and Chernobyl 2 (where the huge antenna is located)'.
The Nintendo 3DS will be a big deal when it finally launches and many portable gamers will buy one of the consoles. Nintendo has hurt sales a bit by protecting itself from potential suits when it issued a warning that the 3DS might hurt the eyes of kids 6-years-old and under if they play the console. The 3DS isn't out yet and already some geeks in Taiwan have taken one and torn the thing down to show what's inside.
We can only assume that since the 3DS isn't available by legal means at this point, the console that is torn down in the pics is stolen. Despite the theft of the device, this is the first glimpse at the hardware under the hood that we have seen. Despite the disassembly, details on the console and its innards are still scant.
The details that are thought to be correct so far include that the console has an ARM processor. The little battery is a 1300mAh unit and we have heard it's only good for a few hours of 3D play per charge. You can check out the hoards of pics of the teardown at the source link below.
EA are set to show off Battlefield 3 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. EA will also have new game announcements as well as playable hands-on-time with upcoming titles.
The titles that will be on show including Battlefield 3 will be Shadows of the Damned, Alice Madness Returns, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning and Crysis 2.
Elder Scrolls Skyrim has a lot of ES fans licking their lips waiting for some screenshots or details, well, I have your fix right here. Check out a screenshot below of Skyrim!
Looks great, doesn't it? There's a bunch of details released on it too, these details involve the story, enemies, the graphics engine, combat and weaponary, magic, cities, levels and skills, NPC's, quests and the player.