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If you are a big fan of music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, you are probably familiar with Activision's DJ Hero game too. The DJ Hero game turns the player into a DJ and lets them spin and scratch.
Activision has announced that the stand-alone DJ controller for the game is now on shelves in stores across America. The controller sells for about $60. With a second controller, players can have head-to-head DJ competitions.
Players can also connect a mic to the game and have an emcee or use a Guitar Hero controller. With the guitar controller, connected players can access special guitar and DJ controller mixes of tracks on the game album.
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Earlier we showed you some of the things you can do with the new Windows Phone 7. This was thanks to a video shot by the guys at Neowin. Well we have even more footage of what could be a real threat to the iPhone in a few months time.
This time the footage was shot with a Nexus One phone of a Windows 7 phone device gaming in a Las Vegas club...Pretty cool you say, but I have to wonder if this Windows Phone 7 was the most interesting thing to watch in the club; this must have been the most boring club in Vegas.
You will have to head over to Engadget for the video .
With Intel pulling the wraps off the new 6-core Gulftown processors yesterday we all knew a hoard of high-end gaming machines using the new Core i7-980X CPU would be turning up. Velocity Micro has announced that the processor is now being offered in some of its machines.
Machines running the 980X can be had starting at $2825, but as you can imagine the price rapidly grows when you add in options like video cards, storage, and RAM. Velocity Micro will offer the processor in several of its desktops.
The desktops include the Edge Z55 starting at $2825 and the Raptor Lx665 and Lx775 desktops will have the Core i7-980X. The Lx665 sells for $3599 and the Lx775 sells for $4799 on TigerDirect.
When the Wii launched the console wasn't known for fantastic graphics, but was known for its cool motion controls. Sony tried to throw in motion control with the PS3 as an afterthought with the Sixaxis controllers and failed. Sony has now made its Move motion controller official.
The Move system has three parts including the Move controller with the ball on top, the Move sub-controller, and the Eye camera. The sub-controller is sort of like a Wii nunchuk and can be replaced with your existing wireless PS3 controller.
The main Move controller has a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and a terrestrial magnetic field sensor, and the Eye camera tracks the colored ball. The ball on the end of the controller also offers the player feedback by changing colors and the controller has rumble feedback too. The Move controller will land this fall at an undisclosed price.
With GDC (Game Developers Conference) underway this week, OnLive took this opportunity to unveil the launch date and pricing for its upcoming service which is unlike anything else available on the internet at this point in time.
OnLive gives the ability to play games across the internet with the entire performance aspect of the game being offloaded to a remote server, meaning even entry-level computers can get somewhat smooth gaming at up to 720p without the requirement of faster hardware. The only real important requirement is relatively fast broadband internet.
The system allows for multiplayer gaming across the net and is capable of also providing saved replays of game sessions for later. Lag has been removed as much as possible with a lot of clever work done to fine tune the coding, but would still cause an issue for more timing-sensitive gaming titles. However, games like Borderlands and Mass Effect 2 are in the works and there's some older popular ones on the cards as well.
OnLive will be launching the service come June 17 and it will cost $15 U.S. a month for access to their entire catalog. The service will be available for both Windows based and Mac clients.
It was also mentioned that the company still plans to release its MicroConsole TV Adapter to market for streaming their service directly to a TV, but it likely won't be ready until closer towards the end of this year. A prototype iPhone app is apparently in the works as well, but there's no telling for sure when this will be ready for demonstration.
In what I can only call a shocking event Activision has canned two of the founders of Infinity Ward, markets of the highl popular Call of Duty series. Vince Zampella and Jason West are not taking the pink slip quietly. In a report by Kataku the duo claim Activision owes them for "substantial royalty payments" and are sueing to
I met Vince and Jason a few years ago and have stayed in contact with Vince for several years. We will try to contact the pair to get a rundown on the full story next week. Given their down to earth nature I am sure they will have more to say.
A quick heads up for gamers hanging out for Blizzard's next big blockbuster RTS, Starcraft 2, the company has indicated the game will be in beta phase for as little as three months and as much as five, whilst still pushing to have it ready within the first half of this year.
Most likely it will be towards the end of Q2 but it's hard to know for sure. Blizzard aren't big on giving release dates or even estimates, so it's surprising to see them giving out their release plans :-
You haven't asked this question yet, but I'll answer it ahead of time. We were targeting three to five months for the beta, we're really at a three month period of time for the beta at this point. We are still targeting the first half of this year, so with that in mind, it really shortens the window of time with our major content patch coming out pretty close to the end whether it's even worth it putting out the map editor at that point.
It was also noted that the map editor might not be released during the beta, but it won't be far away.
Rumors surface all the time in the tech world and some are more believable than others. Some rumors start out of the blue and others are based in at least a little bit of fact. The new Sony rumor circulating today has a bit of fact behind it.
The rumor started when a patent surfaced showing that Sony was at least thinking about creating a universal controller for game consoles. Universal would mean a Sony controller that would work on the Wii, Xbox, and PS3. That hardly sounds like something Sony would do.
The patent outlines a controller with an LCD screen that would be able to show the buttons for specific consoles the device was connected to. The big (BIG) issue here is that the buttons are mostly virtual. I can not imagine that many gamers would want to play with a virtual button control for long.
Beginning on the 19th people will be able to play Futuremarks' Shattered Horizons for free over the Steam service. While this is not the first free weekend hosted by Steam it is the first time that Shattered Horizons has been offered for free.
The even comes on the heels of the launch of a new map pack for the Zero Gravity first person shooter. The map pack is called Moonrise and features four new levels that are free to all players. Futuremark has gone an additional step with their free weekend though; they are also offering Shattered Horizons for 50% off for the duration of the weekend.
This makes getting into some serious DX10 based zero gravity mayhem even easier and more attractive. If you already have a steam account you are all set; if not you can head over to Steampowered.com and get set up.