Pay-what-you-want bundle offers DRM-free games for charity fundraising
Once again, the Humble Bundle team has put together a package of DRM-free indie games in support of its chosen charities, with users paying whatever amount they want for four cross-platform games. Buyers paying above the average price ($4.03 at present) also get two additional games, with more said to be coming. Soundtracks are included for some of the games, all of which run on the PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms (system requirements vary).
GX Gaming's new White Edition gaming mouse, keyboard and mouse pad released for holidays
GX Gaming has released its latest collection of gaming peripherals in time for the holiday season. The new DeathTaker gaming mouse, Imperator Pro keyboard, and GX-Speed mouse pad are available in a White Edition, complimenting a white-themed gaming setup. Both the DeathTaker and Imperator Pro White Edition are equipped with a full speed CPU and built-in memory to prevent macro settings from being block in-game, providing gamers a 1ms boost in response time. Backlit by a 16 million RGB light system, each unit can be programmed to color preference.
Bluetooth controller includes NFC pairing, Play button for Galaxy smartphones
Samsung is wading into the gaming market by launching a new controller accessory for smartphones. The Smartphone GamePad and accompanying Mobile Console app connects to a smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth 3.0, though Galaxy smartphones running Android 4.3 also gain NFC pairing, allowing it to offer console-style control in compatible mobile games.
Steam Machines arriving at beta tester households
The first units of Valve's Steam Machine gaming devices have begun arriving on the doorsteps of beta testers. Engadget on Sunday pointed to reports from a number of sites showing that beta units have begun showing up at a few households of the 300 beta testers Valve has signed up to try out its new device. The units are arriving in a wooden crate, which opens to reveal a padded interior with the gaming device and its novel gamepad tucked inside.
MiniDrive to add compatible unit for latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina
The creators of MiniDrive - a storage space solution for MacBooks that uses the SD card slot to provide secondary storage - have announced their upcoming unit that will be compatible with the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina. The MiniDrive is a semi-permanent, on-board storage addition that provides users with 64 GB of secondary storage.
Live action Halo, soccer reality show, more coming to Xbox Live
Microsoft's Xbox Live service will receive a new wave of original content in the first half of 2014, it has been revealed. Microsoft digital media head Nancy Tellem told Variety that a range of new programs will debut on the Xbox platform in either the first or second quarter of 2014. Among the content soon to hit Microsoft's gaming devices is a live-action "Halo" project, produced by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
Microsoft Xbox One aims to be your all-in-one entertainment box
The Microsoft vision moving forward is that the software giant is to evolve into a fully-fledged devices and services company. The Xbox One is perfect illustration of that vision as it is a device that delivers a wide range of Microsoft and other services. Microsoft services channelled through the Xbox One include Xbox Music, Xbox Video, SkyDrive, Skype and Xbox Live. It also does gaming. In fact, according to Microsoft, the Xbox One is the only device that you really need for your living room as it will also integrate your Pay TV service into the Xbox One interface. So is the Xbox One truly the one device to rule them all? Read on in our full review of the Microsoft Xbox One.
Companies to focus on mobile development
Chip maker ARM has announced that it is set to acquire Geomerics, a startup that specializes in lighting effects for game developers. The companies are said to have been directly collaborating on projects for several years, however the buyout is promised to bring a tighter focus on improving the graphics capabilities of ARM's mobile processors.
Extra capital to finalize design, start production of Oculus Rift
Oculus VR has raised another $75 million in funding, in order to bring the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to consumers. The extra funding, following an earlier $16 million round in June and the original $2.4 million raised through its Kickstarter campaign, will be used to finalize the design of the consumer version, as well as to help it finally enter production.
Already-approved games available now for first time in the two regions
On Thursday, Apple notified developers that the iOS App Store in Costa Rica and Qatar has finally opened a Games category, making the dedicated section available in the two different countries for the first time. "All apps in the Games category that are cleared for sale [in the two regions] will be automatically available," Apple said in its email. Developers should check territory availability settings if they do not see an approved game available on either of the two stores.
Linux-based SteamOS at the core of slated testing
Digital game purveyor Steam has revealed that 300 beta "Steam Machine" gaming hardware suites will commence shipping to selected participants on Friday, December 13. The 300 recipients will be informed today at about 2PM PST (5PM EST) that they are the recipient of the hardware, as well as a collection of games that run natively on SteamOS. All other factors ignored, qualified users have less than a 0.07 percent chance of being selected for the trial.
App Store gets new Angry Birds racer
Rovio has released the latest addition to its Angry Birds series of Apps on iOS with Angry Birds Go! The new entry in the popular franchise is a Mario Kart-like downhill racer with the eponymous fowls facing off against each other, as well as their ever-present porcine nemeses. The entry also brings into play a number of physical toys that open up new items in the game's virtual world.
Rayman Origins to be released for Mac on December 12, 2013
Game and software maker Feral Interactive today announced that Rayman Origins will be released for Mac on Thursday, December 12. Rayman Origins has gamers play the role of Rayman, whose goal is to defend his homeland from a Livid Dead army throughout 60 levels. Players can jump, swim, sprint and hover in various environments, wielding a variety of fighting tactics.
Sony lays the foundation for its gaming future with the PS4
The Sony PS4 is the most important console Sony has yet produced, especially as some observers argue that it could be one of the last dedicated gaming consoles with rise of mobile devices and high-quality casual gaming. It is Sony's proposition for why multipurpose gaming consoles still deserve a place in the home of not only gamers, but other users who might primarily be after an entertainment hub with some occasional gaming. However, to help differentiate its console from the Microsoft Xbox One, its primary competition, Sony has pitched the PS4 at the gaming heartland. So how is the Sony PS4 shaping up and is it a must-have device for your family room or study? Read on in our full review of the Sony PlayStation 4.
Blek offers relaxing puzzle experience
Often forgotten amid the endless array of leaderboards and global connectivity is the fact that games can, in fact, act as something more than simply a means of competition. While some critics remain adamant against video games being considered an art form, titles such as Blek make a strong case against their disbeliefs. Blek at its core is a simple puzzle game, providing players with a series of increasingly challenging levels to complete, yet thanks to the strong use of clean visuals and unadorned audio, stands out in the App Store as a must have.
BaseJump's software updated for Mavericks, including headphone detection
Twelve South has announced that its portable sound system, BassJump, has received a MacBook software update for OS X Mavericks compatibility. BassJump offers users additional audio speakers for one's MacBook, powered by a USB cable.
Unusual design may allow iPhone to tilt up to 45 degrees
Gaming hardware maker Razer is working on a Made for iPhone-certified controller, a leak hints. Images depict a case-style product similar to the Logitech PowerShell, allegedly codenamed the Kazuyo. An unusual aspect though is the Kazuyo's ability to tilt an iPhone or iPod up roughly 45 degrees, potentially giving players a better viewing angle.
Gaming and workstation editions available
MSI has introduced a new 15.6-inch notebook, the GT60, featuring a 2880x1620 display to compete with Apple's Retina MacBook Pros and other high-resolution portables. Two variants are available, one configured as a workstation and the other geared for gaming.
booq's Python slimpack stores up to two DSLRs and four mid-size lenses
Today, accessory maker Booq has announced its latest photographer's carrying pack, the Python slimpack. Tailored to keep all gear safely secured and easily-accessible, the Python slimpack possesses multiple padded pockets and a main camera compartment that is plush and red, highlighting and protecting black camera gear.
StarTech's travel router connects mobile devices to wired networks
StarTech has announced the availability of its latest product, the Wireless-N Travel Router, which lets users create a WiFi hotspot from a wired network connection. Able to connect wireless-only mobile devices (such as tablets or smartphones) to a wired network, the Wireless-N Travel Router can be powered from an iPad wall charger or any computer USB port.
Sony's new console off to hot start
Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console has sold more than 2.1 million units in the two weeks since it launched in mid-November. The announcement of the milestone came by way of a post from the PlayStation Europe blog on Tuesday. A good deal of the 1.1 million sales since November 15 have no doubt come from the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Australasia.
Europe launch expected in 2015
Sony is reportedly planning to bring online game streaming to its PlayStation 4 platform in the third quarter of 2014, unnamed sources have told Eurogamer. The company previously noted that the Gaikai-powered features won't be available until 2014, however the leak suggests the new console hardware will be on the market for nearly a year before the streaming feature arrives for users in North America.
Microsoft continues rapid update strategy with Windows 'Threshold'
Microsoft's follow-up to Windows 8.1 will is said to be codenamed "Threshold." This according to ZDNet, which cites sources within the company as saying that the next major Windows update will come in the year 2015. The "Threshold" update is said to cover not only Windows and Windows Phone devices, but also Microsoft's recently released Xox One console.
YouTube joins Netflix, Hulu Plus on handheld Nintendo game console
The Nintendo 3DS is now able to play videos from YouTube. A new app download available from the 3DS eShop for North America and Europe lets users view shows on the handheld Nintendo game console, though despite the capability of the 3DS to show glasses-free 3D imagery on one of its screens, the app will not support 3D videos from the service.
Amazon discounts Kindle Fire HD, HDX for Cyber Monday
Amazon has dropped the price of two new Kindle Fire tablets, as part of its Cyber Monday deals. The 16GB model of the Kindle Fire HD has been reduced from $169 to $119 in the United States, while the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX 16GB, normally priced at $229, is now at $179 until the end of Monday. Other variants, such as those without Special Offers or other sizes of the Kindle Fire HDX, also receive the $50 discount.
Steam hits another record for most users at one time
Popular gaming service Steam logged a record number of concurrent users on Sunday, besting its previous high of 6.6 million users. Figures on the service's site indicate that Steam hit 7,190,578 concurrent users mid-morning Eastern Time on December 1. The figure is indicative of the service's growing popularity, and may bode well for the company's impending Steam Box gaming devices.
CineFlare Handheld plugin for Final Cut Pro X creates 'handheld' look
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced a new plugin to its repertoire: CineFlare Handheld. Exclusively built for Final Cut Pro X software, CineFlare Handheld allows editors to mimic video recording captured by using a handheld camera.
Valentina Studio 5.5 released, Paradigma offers Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials
Paradigma's cross-platform database management software for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, Valentina Studio has been updated to v5.5 and 5.5 Pro. Offering new features for administration of database servers, Valentina Studio has improved report design features for datasource Microsoft SQL Server, additional administrator functions, and more. Valentina Studio Pro is regularly available for $200, and includes 12 months of free updates, while Valentina Studio is free.
Sony to combine PS4 with handheld PS Vita for UK holiday sales
Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 game console in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil, just two weeks after it arrived in the United States. Despite only just launching, Sony hopes to attract more customers in the United Kingdom over the holiday shopping period, by offering a bundle combining the PlayStation 4 with a PlayStation Vita.
Skulls of Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition now ported to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Originally released for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam, Skulls of Shogun is now available for iOS users. The Bone-A-Fide edition of Skulls features five episodes of single-player content, and 36 multi-player maps, playable over the Internet through the turn-based Skulls Anywhere mode, or pass-and-play with up to four people.
The Playroom banned on Twitch due to non-gaming usage
The Sony PlayStation 4 has hit a number of stumbling blocks, just before the company launches the game console in Europe. Game video streaming partner Twitch has banned one launch title from the service outright, and European users will also be missing out on a number of social features for the days following the console's launch.
AT&T killing support for U-Verse on Xbox 360 at end of 2013
AT&T will stop supporting the Xbox 360 under its U-Verse service after December 31st of this year. The service, which allowed the game console to act as a secondary set-top box for watching TV, with a representative advising Polygon that it was being pulled due to "low customer demand," and that it will not appear on the Xbox One. An e-mail sent out to a number of subscribers details a $99 credit to cover part of the cost of Xbox Live Gold membership, as well as the required conversion kit.
ChronoSync backup and mirroring tool takes 25 percent off regular price
Well-regarded synchronization, backup and mirroring tool ChronoSync will be going on sale between November 28 and December 2 in what the developer, Econ Technologies, says is its "Thanksgiving-Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Cyber-Monday" event. The program, which normally sells for $40 but includes free lifetime upgrades, will be discounted by 25 percent to $30 during the sale. Unlike Apple's own Time Machine solution, ChronoSync can be customized to backup only selected items, create bootable backups, and works across platforms, external drives, network drives and even iOS devices. A demo and the full program are available directly from the developer.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be released in December for iOS
First released for consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to be launched for iOS in December, according to Rockstar Games. Set in the early 1990s, GTA: San Andreas is centered around Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist, and his involvement in the Grove Street Families gang fighting with the Ballas and Vagos.
Linux-based game console includes AMD processor, Radeon R9 270 graphics
One hardware manufacturer has confirmed it is preparing to offer its own take on Valve Software's Steam Machine game console. iBuyPower has unveiled a prototype Steam Machine device that it hopes to launch sometime in 2014, one that for all intents and purposes is a high-specification home theater PC in a consumer-friendly case.
Password resets on European PSN accounts over possible irregular activity
Sony has reset the password on a number of PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts. The changes, made as a "precautionary measure" just in case the account was compromised, have taken place on European accounts just days before the company is due to launch its next-generation PlayStation 4 game console on the continent.
Chair makes original Infinity Blade free for limited time
The three-year-old but still highly-regarded game Infinity Blade for iOS has been made free for a limited time in celebration of Black Friday -- only the second time the game has gone free since its debut. The game, the first in the series, is compatible with iPhones from the 3GS on up and all iPad models, as well as the third-generation or later iPod touch. The game -- in which players take on the role of a knight and his descendants battling the God King and his minions in a single-player campaign marked by lush, cinematic graphics -- normally sells for $6.
Full 3D sequel offers classic characters with new heroes and ten playable tales
Nearly 20 years after Final Fantasy IV's release, a full 3D remake sequel has been released for iOS. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years includes classic characters alongside new heroes, such as Ceodore, son of King Cecil and Rosa of Baron. Another moon has appeared in the sky, as well as new destructive monsters that threaten the world.
Video game legend turns focus to headset gaming
John Carmack, creator of the Doom video game, has left id Gaming, a company he helped found, in order to focus on developing the Oculus Rift gaming headset. Carmack works as the Chief Technology Officer for Oculus, and departing id will allow the gaming legend to put more effort to into the immersive game devices. The Oculus project made a splash last year when its Kickstarter campaign pulled in more than $2.4 million, far surpassing its original goal of $250,000.
Console war kicks off anew as Xbox matches Sony
Microsoft's Xbox One game console has sold more than one million units in the first 24 hours since its release. Microsoft announced the sales milestone on Saturday, confirming to Reuters that its new console was off to a fast sales start. The launch of the Xbox One signals the real commencement of the next generation of the "console wars," with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo now all having released their home console entries.
Microsoft Xbox One delivers a slick, engaging user experience
The console wars have begun in earnest with the launch of the Microsoft Xbox One. The new console promises to be a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs, from gaming and socializing, through to watching Blu-ray discs, TV and streaming entertainment apps. In this first look at the Microsoft Xbox One, we take a quick look at its user interface and its gaming chops. Microsoft may have had its hiccups ahead of the launch of the Xbox One, but all of that will quickly be forgotten now that it is in the hands of consumers. So how is shaping up so far?
White version of Android console has double internal storage
Ouya has released a limited edition version of its Android-based game console. At the same time as revealing the white edition, available just in the United States, the company released a firmware update to existing versions of the console, which introduces an updated menu system and support for USB-connected external storage.
Embedded video a first; app previewed at iPhone 5 launch
Fourteen months after its debut during the iPhone 5 launch in 2012, the anticipated game Clumsy Ninja (free) has finally arrived in the iOS App Store - but in some countries, the game's preview page includes a one-minute video trailer, the first of its kind to appear in on an app page. The video preview is not yet available in the US store but is able to be seen in the UK and Canadian stores (among others) where the game appears as an "Editor's Choice" pick.
Twitter account of Nintendo engineer hints at possible tablet
Nintendo could be working on its own Android tablet, according to a report. The game console producer is said to be in the process of making a tablet specifically for educational games, something which will be a marked departure from Nintendo's existing hand-held devices, such as the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS, and the gamepad used on the Wii U console.
Second major controller release for iOS 7 devices
Following months of leaks, Logitech has officially announced the PowerShell, its first game controller case for the iPhone and iPod touch. Compared with MOGA's new controller the PowerShell has a minimalist number of controls, limited to a direction pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. Both cases do however incorporate a battery -- in the case of the PowerShell, one rated at 1,500mAh.
App interfaces with console rather than Microsoft server, limiting latency
Preceding the Xbox One console release, Microsoft has rolled out a new SmartGlass app for iOS. Simply titled "Xbox One SmartGlass," the new app will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device on the new console, or tap a Help button to get contextually-aware assistance during a game.
Will allow more precision in compatible games
Accessory maker MOGA has formally revealed the Ace Power, a game controller for the iPhone and iPod touch. The device is the first to take advantage of iOS 7's GameController API, standardizing controller support. It includes two sticks, a direction pad, four main buttons, and shoulder triggers. It clamps around the top and bottom of an iPhone or iPod, also plugging into the Lightning port. This lets the accessory supply extra battery life.
Will the crowdsourced design on the M-100 satisfy?
Headphones are made these days with just about everyone in mind. Sets can be found for the people that love head-rattling bass or guitar twanging treble, and in configurations geared towards a true audiophile. So how does a company create headphones that rise above all of the individual options, yet keeps consumers in mind when constructing them? V-Moda has chosen to crowdsource them with audiophiles, musicians, and other folks who make sound quality a daily part of their lives. The result of the group effort is V-Moda's most ambitious outing to date, the Crossfade M-100, and Electronista has examined them in detail.
Sony's new console sees big initial sales
Sony's PlayStation 4 moved more than one million units in North America in the first 24 hours after its launch last week. This according to a press release from the Japanese electronics giant, which appears to have more momentum behind its newest console than there was for the PlayStation 3. It also sets a baseline against which Microsoft's forthcoming Xbox One console will likely be measured.
Sony PS4 delivers on the hype with stunning gaming performance
Coinciding with the North American launch of the Sony PS4, Sony held multiple launch events across the globe to celebrate this watershed event for the Japanese technology giant. Electronista was on hand at the Australian launch event and had the opportunity to get some quality hands-on time with Sony's next-generation play for your family room. There has been plenty of hype leading up to the launch of the PS4, with the Sony marketing machine in full swing, so does the reality of the gaming and entertainment experience live up to it?