This Friday, Valve
will begin shipping its official Steam Machines
and Steam Controllers
to the 300 lucky people who made it into the beta. The Linux-based game console was first announced in September
along with SteamOS
, an operating system tailor-made for the device, and the Steam Controller
, a brand new input method that could close the divide between a console controller and a keyboard.Continue reading...
Of all the attempts to capitalize on motion controllers after the success of the Wii, Sony's PlayStation Move
might have been the most underwhelming. Where Microsoft doubled down on the Kinect
this generation, Sony
all but gave up on the PlayStation Move...at least, that's how it looked until a patent for a "Flat Joystick Controller" was published on the USPTO website last week
. The patent describes "[a] controller device to interface with a computer gaming system [that] includes a body having a handle and an object disposed at one end of the handle." This description sounds virtually identical to the PlayStation Move, but the next few lines mention a "touch surface" on the handle that responds to a player's finger, much like the touchpad on the DualShock 4. The PlayStation Move is supported by the PlayStation 4
, but an updated version looks to be on the way.Continue reading...
Under constant pressure
from copyright holders, Google
has implemented a new system within YouTube
that automatically flags videos that may contain copyrighted material. The trouble, as Computer and Video Games reports
, is that the new system is flagging a lot of gamers' "Let's Play" videos where they give multipart walkthroughs of popular video games overlapped with their own commentary. While such videos may technically violate gaming companies' intellectual property rights, game publishers have long tolerated and even encouraged them since they're great ways to promote games online.
Telltale Games, the maker of the TV show-based “The Walking Dead” video game
, has confirmed that it’s working with HBO
to launch a “Game of Thrones” series of games starting in 2014, Polygon reports
. “We’ll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great,” Telltale Games CEO Dan Conners said.” We’re just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters – who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world.”Continue reading...
An instruction sheet purportedly revealing an Xbox One
backwards compatibility unlock method has been posted online
, although the instructions will actually brick the console instead of letting users play Xbox 360 games on it. What actually happens when performing the steps in the order specified? The Xbox One enters into a continuous reboot state, thus rendering the console completely unusable.Continue reading...
One of the most exciting prospects of the Xbox One
is the ID@Xbox program
, which allows both independent and AAA developers alike to self-publish on Microsoft's
console. Chris Charla, director of the program, has taken to the Xbox Wire
to share some familiar names that have already received dev kits and have begun working on the first round of self-published Xbox One games. Crytek, the team behind launch title Ryse: Son of Rome and the Crysis series, is easily the largest developer on the list, but several indie darlings have made their way into the first batch as well — Vlambeer, Double Fine, Iron Galaxy, Capy and Gaijin Games are just a few of the developers currently working on titles for ID@Xbox. According to Charla, "this is just a sampling of the many developers who are part of the program." ID@Xbox is currently slated to kick off early next year.
It's no news that both iOS and Android portable devices have eclipsed Nintendo's
3DS and DS platforms over the past couple of years. But it's a bit of a surprise that now even Amazon's
Kindle devices are moving ahead of Nintendo's systems when U.S. gamers are polled about their favorite portable gaming system. The new IDC-App Annie report on the gaming ecosystem
represents another grim setback for Nintendo. There are now three different smartphone/tablet ecosystems that American consumers view more favorably as gaming platforms than Nintendo's offerings.Continue reading...