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Could you imagine a Kinect-enabled iMac? It really could have happened. Inon Beracha, CEO of the company that developed the PrimeSense sensor that is the brains behind Microsoft's upcoming Kinect technology, originally approached Apple with the technology when trying to get it off the ground in 2008.
So why didn't Apple end up with the tech? It sounds like the same reasons anyone gets grumpy about dealing with Apple: contractual demands, NDAs, and piles of paperwork that made it a pain to do business. Apple's insistence on secrecy forced Beracha to go elsewhere; therefore giving Microsoft the ability put together the Kinect package that so many of you are waiting for.
For a long time gaming on a mobile phone really sucked. The graphics were bad, the games stunk, and most of us just didn't play mobile phone games for the most part. When the iPhone landed all of that changed for many of us with a big screen and serious mobile gaming chops. Today the market is flush with all sorts of mobile devices that can play some games and one of the things really needing work now on some platforms are the controls.
A geek has taken in upon himself to improve the gaming controls for the Dell Streak, and he has done an epic job of it. The builder goes by the name 0TheRain0 and he took an old SNES controller and hacked it to work with the Android-powered Dell Streak. The hack required the use of a Streak connector taken from a real accessory and some hard work.
Wave your hand across the screen if you'd like to see a few reviews of Micrsosoft's upcoming gesture/body based gaming revolution.
I saw a wave, so here we go, I'll list a few reviews for you to check out, with a few quotes from each site.
One of the most popular genres of video games for gamers on all platforms from consoles to the PC are shooters. In the world of shooters one of the most popular games is the Call of Duty franchise. The latest installment in the franchise is Call of Duty: Black Ops and the game is set to launch soon. Activision is talking up its launch event for the game.
The game publisher has announced that it will have the Grammy winning heavy metal band Metallica headlining the launch event for the game. The band will rock the Santa Monica Airport Hanger 8 venue in celebration of the games launch. Other than a performance by the band, the event will also celebrate all six branches of the armed forces.
We're all getting fairly used to Special Editions of games coming with goodies like coins, books, and even remote control cars. The people behind "Michael Jackson The Experience" are stepping up the included goodies by offering people who pre-order the Wii version a sequined glove as a special added bonus.
That's right; you can be just like Mike while swinging your Wiimote around in this dance based motion game swirling around all of Michael Jackson's classic music and moves. Only the Wii version is getting this special added bonus. The game is hitting the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP on November 23rd while heading to the XBox 360 and PS3 in early 2011. Check out the trailer after the break.
In preparation for Kinect, Microsoft is rolling out a major update to the Xbox 360. Some people will already have it, others will be getting it in the coming hours, but the dash looks nice and clean and carries with it a huge set of new features.
Some of these include ESPN on Xbox Live, Zune Music and Netflix Search for those with a Gold account and living in a supported region. Others for everyone include improved voice quality, improved Gamertag creation, improvement in the process of connecting to a wireless network and more.
For the full list of changes, it is worth checking out the Major's post at his blog.
Better look out if you've got some connections that hooked you up with a Kinect before the November 4th launch. Plugging in the Kinect or a Kinect game triggers an update that will install a new version of the Dashboard that not only doesn't allow you to play the game, but cuts you off from Xbox Live as well. There's currently not even a fix available, so you're stuck without online play (or the ability to play with your shiny new Kinect) until Microsoft gets an update out. Better keep that black market Kinect in its box for another week if you fancy being able to play online.
If you are a Wii gamer, you probably have a MotionPlus accessory that you use for some of your games. I think that we can all agree that having that MotionPlus accessory sticking off the end of your controller isn't the ideal way to get better control in your games. Nintendo is working on a new controller that has MotionPlus built-in. Sunflex has announced the Snakebyte controller claiming the title of first third-party controller to integrate MotionPlus.
The official name for the Wii Remote is the Snakebyte Premium Remote XL+ controller for Wii with Motion Plus. That is a seriously long name for a controller. The Snakebyte supports up to four players just as the normal Wii Remotes do. It also has an integrated speaker, memory settings, and vibration effects just as the factory controllers do.
Nintendo has been busy the last few months with the celebration surrounding the 25th birthday for Mario and for the original Nintendo game system. Nintendo is offering up some sales details on the Wii and its accessories to show off how many units it has moved even if the popularity of the Wii is waning today. The number of controllers sold by Nintendo is impressive.
According to the gaming company, it has sold 46,000 Wii Remotes daily in the US. It has moved a total of 65.3 million Wii Remotes so far in the US alone. That number would be much higher if sales globally were figured into the numbers. Nintendo trys to give an idea of how many controllers 65.3 million actually is with some illustrations. The most interesting is that 65.3 million is enough to give one to every person living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota.
It looks like Microsoft is still going full steam ahead with it's plan for PC game retail domination... not only do they have Games for Windows Marketplace, but it's part of a larger picture for PC gamers that mean a lot to Microsoft.
I'm very vocal about this myself, Microsoft push DX11 and Windows 7 yet nearly all games produced are made on consoles first, then ported to PC with "DX11" - yet the game was created with DX9-esque hardware in mind (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3) - where the PC has all this horse power and untapped ability - yet, is not really pushed.