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NVidia makes Tegra 4 official, announces handheld gaming console

NVidia at the pre-opening event at CES 2013 has officially revealed Tegra 4, though there weren’t too many surprises in the company’s latest SoC (system-on-chip) announcement. Details regarding Tegra 4 leaked via China a few weeks ago and NVidia’s reveal doesn’t add much new to what is already known. The Tegra 4 SoC will feature four Cortex A-15 CPU cores, along with a low-...[Read More]

Microsoft acquires R2 Studios for the Xbox platform

Microsoft has apparently managed to push out both Google and Apple to acquire R2 Studios, a home entertainment startup that now seem destined to develop technology for Redmond’s Xbox platform. The Wall Street Journal initially reported the acquisition and cites people “familiar with the matter” in saying that the startup was in talks with Google and Apple before Microsoft came al...[Read More]

PS2 being retired in Japan

Sony is retiring the PlayStation 2 console in Japan, according to a report from Japanese gaming website Famitsu, which says that Sony have stopped shipping the console in that country. Sony’s best-selling console, which has shipped over 150 million units since 2000, will no longer be available in Japan once current inventory is sold out. It is likely that shipments around the world for the c...[Read More]

Xbox LIVE to launch over 40 new apps worldwide this week

Microsoft has announced, though its Major Nelson website, that the Xbox LIVE service will be rolling out over 40 new apps and services worldwide this week. Some of the apps that will become available will be restricted to certain countries only, with the only two options confirmed for regions that include South Africa being the addition of Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud service and a karaoke app...[Read More]

Valve planning living room Steam PC for 2013

PC gaming digital distribution platform company Valve has been rumoured to be working on hardware that would bring the Steam platform into the living room for some time, something which has now been confirmed by Valve head Gabe Newell. Newell, speaking to gaming website Kotaku at the Spike 2012 Video Game Awards, has said that Valve is expecting companies to start releasing gaming PCs targeted at ...[Read More]

Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 reaches $1 billion in 15 days

Black Ops II, the latest release in Activision’s Call of Duty series, has set a new record for entertainment sales by accumulating $1 billion after only 15 days on the market. CoD: Black Ops II has beat out the previous record holder, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, by a single day. Modern Warfare 3 last year took  16 days to reach the $1 billion mark though both Call of Duty titles have man...[Read More]

Updated – Confirmed: Wii Mini leaked, dated by Canadian online retailer

Update: Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii Mini is real and has added some detail to the new console. For the moment it appears to be exclusive to Canada, where it will retail for just under $100. It will have stripped-down features, including a lack of online support and missing GameCube backwards compatibility. Most of the Wii’s library of titles will be supported. Original story: Nintend...[Read More]

Peter Molyneux rebooting Populous with Kickstarter

Games industry veteran Peter Molyneux, as part of his new studio 22cans, is looking to reboot the god-game genre with a fresh take on the title that started it all, Populous. And he’s using Kickstarter to do so. The project is to create a title for PC, Android and iOS called Godus, “…an innovative reinvention of Populous, the original god game and delivers exciting global co-oper...[Read More]

Microsoft’s Xbox 720 will feature Kinect 2.0, Blu-ray drive, other improvements – Xbox World

UK-based magazine Xbox World has published details of Microsoft’s next generation of the Xbox gaming console in their penultimate issue. The Xbox 720 will apparently count augmented reality, 3D sound and Kinect 2.0 among its features. Several rumours for the new console appear to have been confirmed. The Xbox World report speculates that the new console, codenamed Durango, will be titled ...[Read More]

PlayStation 3 sales top 70 million units worldwide, PS Move shifts 15 million

Sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 console have passed, as of 4 November this year, 70 million units worldwide according to an announcement from the Japanese company. Sony also revealed that the Move motion controller for the PS3 has sold 15 million units as of 11 November. It has taken the company 6 years and several iterations of the PS3 console to reach this milestone. America competitor Micro...[Read More]

MIT-created game explores A Slower Speed of Light

MIT’s Game Labs have come up with a game that explores the visual differences that a person will perceive if they were moving at the speed of light. Instead of tasking players of A Slower Speed of Light, which is available for free for Windows or Mac, to attempt to navigate a character at the speed of light they have opted to use the “custom-built, open-source relativistic graphics cod...[Read More]

Mobile gaming – by the numbers

Nokia has been doing some research into mobile gaming and they have come back with some stats around who is playing, how long they’re doing it and and which phone-based games are generating the most play time. Of those who play games on their phones, the average user spends 7.8 hours a month playing. This number drops to 4.7 hours per month spent gaming when you take a look at feature phone ...[Read More]

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