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We have been hearing a lot about Project Natal for a while now. The device is a camera for the Xbox 360 that allows the user motion control without holding a controller. New information on the price of the tech has surfaced.
A place holder for Project Natal has been put up on a Scandinavian website that lists the price at 1,499 SEK. That price tag breaks down to about $191 here in the US.
It is worth noting that those countries have very high markups and taxes. Games selling for $60 here go for $80 over there. Still, at least we have some idea of the price will be looking at when the device launches.
You would have to be under a rock to not know that Microsoft has a cool motion sensing controller coming that is a camera and not an actual controller. The camera turns the player into the controller and is called Project Natal.
Microsoft Saudi marketing manager Syed Bilal Tariq has let slip that the Natal camera is set to launch in October. He didn't specify an actual date, but we should find that out next month at E3.
He also confirmed that the Natal tech would launch globally at the same time. Natal should be in stores in plenty of time for the holidays.
We knew the Wii Controller Demo app (now known as "Wii Controller IME") was close to being able to interact with Android in a meaningful way, but we certainly didn't expect to see Average Joes playing Donkey Kong on their Nexus One devices this soon. Not that we're kvetching or anything -- and in fact, we'd argue that this landed at a perfect time for you hard-workin' Android owners to give this all a spin over the weekend. Jump on past the break for a look at the setup procedure as well as bona fide proof that a Wiimote and Android can indeed work together for the greater good. Mind those coconuts, though.
Update: Whoa, we just spotted that this app is actually pikipirs' completely free Wiimote Controller app (available now to download in alpha), which just so happened to surface at about the same time as Ryan Frawley's Will Controller IME (also available now). The more the merrier, right?
Razer is bringing a Mirror Special Edition version of its Abyssus gaming mouse to market this month which sports a sleek black chrome mirror finish. It would be quite the attractive partner next to Razer's other gloss aesthetic finished products such as their Lycosa Mirror Special Edition keyboard.
The mouse itself retains all of the key features in the original Abyssus including a 3.5G 3500 dpi sensor, on the fly sensitivity adjustment, three programmable Hyperesponse buttons, ambidextrous shape and mechanical dpi/polling rate switches underneath.
The mouse will be available on shelves worldwide a little later this month and will come with an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / 39.99 in Europe.
Thermaltake has just announced a new mid-tower gaming chassis in the ARMOR A90 which gives an all-black (inside and out) bulletproof armor appearance.
The front panel headers give four USB 2.0 ports; two positioned on the front bezel and two up top, along with an eSATA connector, mic and headphone ports.
The case can house 6 x 3.5-inch HDDs and 4 x 5.25-inch devices. There is also a spot for a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD.
The out of the box cooling system includes a 200mm blue-LED fan for exhaust up top along with a 120mm blue-LED fan positioned for intake up front. There's also a 120mm fan placed at the rear for additional heat exhaustion. There's a mounting place available on the side panel to add another 120mm fan which is positioned in line of where your VGA card(s) would be.
Thermaltake is now advertising the ARMOR A90 with an RRP of $94 U.S.
It's been confirmed that Nintendo will be shipping an all-black edition of its Wii console to the North American market in efforts to try and attract a bit more attention with sales slipping a bit too much for Nintendo's liking.
The all-black edition is said to hit (some) shelves on May 4th and will be sold in a bundle including Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and the Wii Motion Plus. Nintendo has kept the price at the same $199.99 figure.
MSI has just announced that its new GE600 gaming notebook is now available for purchase in North America.
The GE600 is a 16-inch notebook with a Core i5-430M processor and Radeon HD 5730 GPU packed inside. Other features include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB HDD, 4-in-1 card reader, DVD writer, 1.3MP camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth.
It comes with a 6-cell battery and weighs about 2.67Kg. You can pick it up with a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit over at Newegg for $899.99.
Further details in the full announcement here.
It hasn't been too long since Sony unveiled the PS3 Slim that replaced the old fat PS3. Along with the slimmer profile came a few other upgrades. Sony is now said to be using newer hardware inside some PS3 Slim consoles.
The new consoles are using a RSX graphics chip built on the 45nm platform that uses 15% less power and has fewer issues with overheating. The Cell processor is reportedly the same.
The new PS3 hardware update also uses a pair of 128MB XDR RAM chips rather than the four 64MB chips of older models. This hardware update may be the first time Sony turns a profit on the PS3, which is a big deal for a console that has lost money or at best broke even since it debuted.
Origin is one of the newest gaming PC companies around. The firm has some interesting gaming machines in notebook and desktop flavors. Origin has announced that it is updating its Genesis gaming desktop with some new hardware.
The Genesis gaming desktop is now using the new Asus Rampage III Extreme mainboard. The board supports Intel processors up to the Core i7-980X Extreme. The board also supports multiple graphics options.
Those graphics options include 3-way SLI and CrossFireX for serious flexibility. The board has lots of overclocking features and the Genesis PC starts at $1,999.
MSI has just announced availability of a tidy number in its gaming notebook lineup dubbed the GX640.
This unit sports an ATI Radeon HD 5850 GPU and Intel Core i5-430M processor. Its display is 15.4-inch sized with a resolution of 1680x1050. Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, 2MP webcam and 9-cell battery.
MSI's GX640 can now be purchased from Amazon at a base price of $1099.99 and it will be listed on Newegg within the next week.
For further information, check out MSI's full press release here.