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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.