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The update for Xbox Live has been announced and quite a few new features are on the horizon. 360 owners should be seeing the update hit on or around November 4th.
Gold subscribers will get access to ESPN for Xbox Live, which gives access to more than 3,500 sporting events per year, including college football, MLB, NBA and soccer. Voice chat while watching games will be available, as well as Full HD video and DVR capability. The Zune Pass is also making an appearance, with unlimited music streaming and DRM-infused downloads coming available for $15 a month. There will even be a social music function that allows you to connect with other Xbox Live users with similar music tastes. You may finally find that special someone who shares your love for Yanni!
The mobile gaming market has several players and for years the players were the console companies like Nintendo and Sony. With the iPhone and iPod touch becoming more popular, those devices are now taking some of the market from the console makers. The clear leader in mobile gaming has been the Nintendo DS for a long time.
The DS is very important for Nintendo as its best selling console so any update to the machine is a big deal for the gaming firm. The next update for the DS will be the 3DS that we heard about months ago. A launch date of November 20 leaked a while back from a tweet posted by a designer claiming to have made accessories for the 3DS. A German publication is now offering a different launch date for the 3Ds.
You're sitting there, quietly playing a game... your spare controller is sitting on the table in front of you... you walk around a corner and expect zombies on the screen - KABOOM, you wonder where it came from, where is that sound???
Oh - it was your FREAKING PLAYSTATION CONTROLLER EXPLODING.
Sony today has issued a consumer warning to anyone who currently uses an unofficial PlayStation 3 controller.
Obviously, in an effort to stop the world's first PS3 modchip, the "PS Jailbreak" from working - Sony unleashed the firmware update 3.50 which renders any third party USB peripheral unworkable.
Also, the company warns consumers that "any unofficial controller may explode!".
The official Sony statement reads:
Rumours are circling the soon to be hot Nintendo 3DS.
Rumoured specs include: two 266MHz ARM11 CPU's, a 133MHz GPU, 4MB dedicated VRAM, 64MB RAM and a 1.5GB flash storage (in addition to SD card expansion).
Those specs are in line with the original iPhone (and 3G), the first 2 generations of iPod touch, all Amazon Kindles and a few other devices (Zune HD, Kin One, a handful of Nokia handsets).
More news will be posted when things are more concrete - for now, salivate of the Nintendo 3DS if that's your thang.
Gamers often prefer to play with headphones even if they are alone in the house and can use any speakers they want. Often headphones allow you to hear more nuances of the sound like that enemy creeping up behind you before you see them. While many of the new headsets that have been launching over the last few months have had virtual surround tech inside. Tt eSports has unveiled a cool new headset that uses stereo sound.
The headset is called the Shock and it is specifically designed for gaming. The headset has a microphone that allows the player to chat and issue orders when playing with a team. The mic has noise cancelling technology built-in to get the users voice rather than background sound.
OnLive has been available for a while now and is an interesting way to get your video games. The idea is that you can play all sorts of video games without having to go to the store and make a purchase. The streaming service has a monthly fee to be a member and then you still have to purchase the video games as well. Since launch, you have had to have your machine connected to a wired web connection to play.
OnLive has announced that it has a new Wi-Fi Beta service now available that lets users wanting to play some games on a notebook use a wireless connection. According to the company all you need to do is launch OnLive and the user will get a prompt for Wi-Fi Beta that they can select if they are using WiFi when the app is launched.
Check mate iFixIt.
Sony's latest addition to the PlayStation, Move, has been torn apart by iFixIt. They discovered it's about as "complex as a mobile phone, but without the radio chip".
They did find some interesting things inside though - apart from the magic used to make it work:
"The Wii and PlayStation use different methods of locating their controllers. The Wii Remote has an infrared (IR) sensor built into the controller, and uses triangulation from the IR emitters on the sensor bar placed near the TV to locate itself. PlayStation Move, unlike the Wii, can locate the motion controller in 3D space. The PlayStation Eye camera visually recognizes the X/Y position as well as the relative size of the glowing sphere on the motion controller to pinpoint the controller's location.
The Move contains many of components found in today's smartphones: a processor, accelerometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth transmitter, vibrating motor, and even a MEMS compass. It's an amazing amount of tech for the money, even though we still think it's steep to pay $50 for a controller. Compared to a $40 WiiMote, though, it's quite the bang for the buck."
Is it just me, or is tech sexier when in pieces?
In a surprising move, Internode has called a "cease fire" between gamers and the publishers of the Call of Duty franchise by setting up a deal with GameServers.com that will secure local services for the newest CoD venture, Black Ops (available in November).
If you remember, the last Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 2 broke sales records, won an arm full of awards and gave gamers world wide wet dreams for months. But, for PC gamers - it was a change. Dedicated servers, which have been a staple of PC multiplayer gaming since the 90's was absent, instead a peer to peer network (where one players internet connection is the "host" and the others are "guests") was included.
The result was obviously heard world wide, where premier gaming network games.on.net and Internode have gone into partnership with GameServers.com
With Black Ops, Treyarch have confirmed the existence of dedicated servers, with Internode securing the GameServers.com deal last week.
The ISP issued a statement last week, "games.on.net and Internode are proud to partner with GameServers.com, exclusively offering Australian servers for 2010′s biggest game, Call of Duty: Black Ops". "By hosting these servers directly within Internode's award-winning, high-performance network, Aussie gamers can rest assured their Black Ops experience will have the lowest possible latency, and the smoothest connection available."