Sony is sending out invitations for a Feb 20th press conference to be held in New York City on February 20th. Although Sony hasn’t revealed any details, an official teaser video says we would “see the future” of Playstation at the event. Undoubtedly, Sony would be unveiling the next generation gaming console in its Playstation lineup. The rumored specs include 16GB RAM, 250GB storage and 1080p HD resolution in 3D at 60fps. The launch date is rumored to be October 2013. We’ll keep you posted. Video downstairs.
ZTE today tweeted that it would be launching an ‘advanced gaming smartphone’ next week, on July 18th. While ZTE showed us quite a few devices at the MWC 2012, none of them boasted to be a ‘gaming’ smartphone. Read more
Imagi Studio’s Temple Run has been a super hit on the iOS with more than 45 million downloads. After a long wait, the game has finally reached Android and is now available for free on the new Google Play Store. Read more
Microsoft has launched an iOS app for its Xbox LIVE community. The app allows Xbox LIVE users to stay connected with their friends on the community wherever they are. LIVE users can check full profile of other users, send/receive messages, change their 3D avatar and compare achievements with friends. The app also features Xbox Spotlight, games news and reviews, video demos, trips and tricks and other features. Read more
AT&T would be start selling Xperia Play at a holiday preview event in New York. Xperia Play on AT&T would be the same as the one available on Verizon, except for a new color option – “Stealth Blue”. It would ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed. For those who do not know, Xperia Play boasts of a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chip, a 4-inch 854 x 480 display, and a 5 megapixel camera. AT&T is yet to announce the date of shipping or pricing of the phone.
WildTangent announced at E3 that it would soon be launching an Android game rental service in collaboration with T-Mobile. Android Market allows a 15 minutes trial period for Games. But that’s tad too low to fully test a game. The service would allow users to rent Android games for a day, charging as low as 25 cents per rental depending on its actual price. After one day, the users also get an option to buy the game with the rental fee deducted from the game’s price.
WildTangent already provides rental service for PC games and existing user accounts can be used to access mobile rental service. It would support popular WildCoin virtual currency used to get discounts on rentals and app purchases. Users can also allow in-game advertisements to earn WildCoins and free rentals.
Although most mobile apps cost less than $2, WildTangent rentals would be a good option for high-end games costing $4.99 and $9.99. The rental service would go live by the end of 2011.
The third dimension is stepping into everything digital from TVs to Notebooks to cellphones. Given that gaming is the most thought about application of 3D technology, ViewSonic has introduced a 24-inch 3D gaming monitor at Computex 2011. The LED talked of as the first 24″ monitor that has built-in 3D emitter uses shutter 3D glasses.
The specifications include 16:9 widescreen with dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1, 1080P full HD resolution, 2ms response time, HDMI 1.4 input, integrated SRS Premium surround sound speakers and 120Hz refresh rate. The 24″ LED monitor, dubbed ViewSonic V3D245wm comes bundled with one active 3D shutter glass. For multi-user experience you would have to shell out some extra cash, as active 3D shutters are the most costly amongst 3D glasses.
ViewSonic has confirmed that the monitor would be available only in Q3 2011. Pricing details are unannounced for now.
If you are planning to buy a new PC, Microsoft has a good news for you. Microsoft is offering free Xbox 360 4GB console with new Windows 7 PC costing $699 or above. The offer starts from 22nd of May and is limited to purchases done from online stores of Microsoft, Dell and HP and retail outlets of Best Buy. The offer is available to students who have a .edu e-mail ID or Student ID card. It is valid till Sep 3rd or till stocks last.
The Xbox 4GB retails at $199 which makes this a great deal. The deal also suggests that Microsoft here is trying to finish the inventory of its most popular console. Making way for the next generation Xbox? Xbox 720?
So you think you are an Angry Bird champion? You just got yourself strong competition from this tiny beast that feeds on electric charge and some precision tools. OptoFidelity, a Finnish robotics company, has designed a robot that plays the most popular iOS game Angry Birds with high precision. The robot scores 3 stars in each level.
The company has released a video called “Man Vs Robot” which shows this Angry Birds expert in action. Video after jump. Read more