The best of the PC at CES 2011

Posted on January 11, 2011

The Consumer Electronics Show 2011 has just wrapped up, showing off hundreds of hot new gadgets to the world. CES always provides a great insight into the technology of the future, and that includes the chips, processors and controllers we can expect to be using with our PCs later this year. Below you’ll find an overview of five of the most interesting bits of new tech shown at this year’s convention.

1. Razer Hydra motion controls and Portal 2

Razer have created their own precision motion controller for the PC. It’s called the Hydra, and like the Ninendo Wii controller, it consists of two handheld controllers linked by a cable, the movements of which can be recognised by a device that sits on your desktop and projects a six foot wide electromagnetic field. The controller will come bundled with a special copy of Portal 2 that will contain an extra level pack specifically designed to make use of the Hydra’s abilities. The controller allows the player to pick up, stretch and distort special blocks to solve the game’s puzzles. Here’s Progaming’s video showing one of the new Portal 2 levels being demoed with the Hydra.

2. Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor

It wasn’t just the Razer Hydra that featured Valve’s input at this year’s CES. Valve CEO Gabe Newell gave a presentation singing the praises of Intel’s new ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor. It’s a CPU with built in graphics card capabilities. At the moment it’s not powerful enough to make graphics cards redundant, but it’s an interesting glimpse of a possible future in which integrated graphics technology outshines separate GFX components. Newell says that Portal 2 has been specifically optimised to work with the Sandy Bridge technology.

3. PrimeSense Wavi Xtion motion sensor camera

PrimeSense are the company responsible for much of the depth sensing technology in Microsoft’s motion sensing Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360. They’ve teamed up with ASUS to create the Wavi Xtion motion sensing camera, which has been designed for use with the PC. The device is due to be released in February along with the Xtion Pro Developer Kit, which should give Kinect hackers a more powerful alternative to the Microsoft camera. The twist to the Wavi Xtion is that it comes with a pair of boxes that wirelessly stream data between your PC and your TV, letting you play games on your TV powered by the hardware in your desktop computer.

4. Razer Switchblade

One of the best gadgets to be unveiled at CES 2011 was the prototype for Razer’s Switchblade notebook. It features a multi-touch screen and an adaptive keyboard that changes depending on the game or application you’re running. The Intel Atom processor within is powerful enough to run games, but flexible enough for multimedia activities like watching films or browsing the web. Check out the video below for an overview, or the official Razer site for more information.

5. Nvidia 3D monitor

Nvidia announced a new 3D PC monitor, the Lenovo L2363d. The 23 inch screen can display 3D images at 1920 x 1080 resolution and even comes with a built in, dual lens 3D camera that can capture 3D stills and film, and even allows for 3D video chat. Unfortunately, you’ll still need the special glasses to enjoy the 3D effect, and price details are yet to be announced.


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Microsoft And Verizon Keynote News From CES 2011

Posted on January 08, 2011

Attack of the Show’s coverage of CES 2011 continues with Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb as they  recap te Microsoft and Verizon keynotes. Microsoft revealed their plans to further incorporate the Kinect with Avatar Kinect and Kinect for Netflix, Zune and Hulu. Verizon announced their plans for their 4G service and their new tablet the Xoom.



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Microsoft announces Avatar Kinect and it actually isn’t too bad

Posted on January 07, 2011
Microsoft releases their latest service for the Kinect.

Last night Microsoft held their CES conference and unlike Sony’s offering, which once again was dry and a bit boring, some game related goods were shown off. After revealing that Xbox 360 owners would be able to use Netflix and Hulu via Kinect (yay at that I guess), the company finally revealed their latest endeavor: Avatar Kinect.

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Microsoft unveils new lineup of downloadable titles

Posted on January 06, 2011

Fable III: Coin Golf, Pro Evolution Soccer, Pac-Man and Game Room detailed for Windows Phone 7; Beyond Good & Evil and Bejeweled Blitz Live coming to Xbox Live Arcade.

During its keynote press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled its latest lineup of downloadable titles for its Xbox 360 console, Windows Phone 7, and Windows PCs.

The publisher is leading with its second annual Xbox Live Arcade House Party on February 16 with 2D side-scrolling Konami action title Hard Corps: Uprising, to be followed by the gradual release of several other titles during a period of five weeks that will be available for instant download and play. The titles revealed by Microsoft during CES that will be part of the 2011 House Party include Full House Poker, an interactive poker game that will see users compete over Xbox Live in two-player games and 30-player tournaments; Bejeweled Blitz Live, the PopCap Games gem-matching title with a new, 16-player party mode over Xbox Live; Ubisoft’s full-HD remastered action-adventure title Beyond Good & Evil HD; and the Runic Games-developed Torchlight, coming to Microsoft’s console with revamped controls as well as new armour and quests.

The publisher also reiterated earlier announcements that both Age of Empires: Online and Fable III would be coming to Windows PCs before going on to reveal its Windows Phone 7 lineup of titles, which include: Fable III: Coin Golf, a puzzle title based on traditional British pub games that allows users to earn gold and unlock new skills and abilities that transfer back to Fable III; Game Room, with classic arcade titles Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, Shao-Lin’s Road, Time Pilot, Lunar Lander, and Pitfall; Full House Poker; Pac-Man, which will allow users to utilise the virtual analog “Pac-Pad” controls for the Windows phone; Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer; and ngmoco’s popular Pocket God, a game about moral choices on an island full of pygmies.

For more CES news, make sure you check out GameSpot’s official coverage.

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Microsoft: “It is our job to lead the way on PC”

Posted on September 27, 2010

Microsoft has admitted that it needs to “step up” on the PC front. Dave Luehmann, Microsoft Game Studio’s general manager, has said, “Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC.” How do you reckon they should do that, then?

Last E3, Tim noticed that next to all the developers showing off their upcoming PC titles, Microsoft’s display was shamefully limp. Then, at Gamescom, they announced the return of two beloved PC franchises. They know we’re not happy, then, and in this interview over at MCV, Dave Luehmann openly admits that they should be doing better, and commits to reversing that. He said:

“There’s been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well. Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC. And in some ways we are doing that and in other ways we are not. So we need to step up. We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform. We’ve spoken of the first three, Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight. However we are not going to stop there.

“I think it is the responsibility of first parties to push the business models in to new directions. We will test some ideas – some will work and some won’t.”

We’d like to ask you, our handsome, intelligent, often-furious readers: what do you think Microsoft should do to “lead the way on PC” like they say they want to? What will it take to convince you of their commitment? What do you want to see Windows do differently? How should they split their resources and IPs between the PC and their little black money making machine, the Xbox 360? And can Games for Windows Live survive and transform into a truly essential service, or should it just be taken out back and shot? Discuss!

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Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda Talks Up Kinect's Potential

Posted on September 08, 2010

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft’s official Kinect advocate, Kudo Tsunoda, shared some more insight about the controller-less peripheral as it gears up for a November release, as well as a glimpse into Kinect’s future.

Ever since it was revealed that Kinect’s initial software lineup will include seemingly casual-geared titles such as Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures, hardcore gamers have expressed their skepticism about what value the new peripheral will offer. Sure, there’s still a lot of untapped potential, but that just has many core gamers already looking to the horizon for the second wave of Kinect games.

“If you have good gameplay depth, and the more you play the better you are at the game, that’s what makes games addictive for core…
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A Beginner's Guide to Halo: Reach Multiplayer – Part One

Posted on September 08, 2010

With Halo: Reach coming up next week, I thought I would write up some mutliplayer tips to help out new or unskilled players. A large part of being good at Halo’s multiplayer is going to come down to physical skill–your accuracy and speed with the controller–but there are a lot of little tips to help improve your game.

In this first part, we’ll go over the controls, the motion sensor, and weapons. The second part will go into depth about strategies for free-for-all and team-based modes and common mistakes. After I get some extended time in with the full multiplayer game, I’ll probably end up writing something up on Reach’s armor abilities and maps. For the most part,…
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