The video game industry had a mixed March as hardware sales were up thanks in part to the popularity of the Nintendo DS, but software sales took a steep dive, according to the latest data from NPD.
For the month, game console sales rose to $494.5 million, a gain of 12 percent from $440.6 million in the year-ago period. Sales of video game accessories also showed strong growth, rising 13 percent to $241.3 million from $214.3 million a year ago. NPD attributed the upturn to demand for Nintendo's DS, which was the top-selling console in … Read more
Having trouble remembering the last Wii game you bought? According to Game Informer, it might be because Nintendo is prepping to announce a brand-new console at this year's E3 2011 show in Los Angeles.
But that's not where the rumor ends. Apparently the successor to the Wii will be an HD console capable of at least matching or even exceeding the current-generation performance of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
While such a machine would certainly be a departure from Nintendo's current place in the gaming market, we'd imagine it might eliminate some isolation the Wii … Read more
Microsoft has brought Kinect navigation to its Xbox 360's Netflix application.
Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members who access Netflix will be available to sift through movies recommended to them, play programming, and control playback by either using hand gestures or voice control with the help of Microsoft's Kinect. The new feature is being made available in an update that users must accept prior to going controller-free with the app.
Microsoft first announced its intention of bringing Kinect navigation to Netflix at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The company also said at the time that controller-free navigation … Read more
The total number of paid TV subscribers was up last year, but cable companies weren't so lucky.
According to In-Stat, the total number of paid TV subscribers around the world was up over 6 percent compared with 2009. The research firm said that gains in subscribers were seen in "nearly every region" around the globe. However, when it came to cable television subscriptions, only Western Europe saw a jump compared with 2009.
Elsewhere around the world, cable customers were migrating to satellite or IPTV, the research firm said.
Growth in the paid TV business in 2010 has … Read more
If you're one of those people who've bought Angry Birds multiple times for different devices, rejoice. You'll soon be able to port your saved game between your gadgets.
Rovio, the developer behind the popular game, has confirmed on Twitter that its sync feature will make its debut in the next couple of months. "We are working hard on that, before summer is the plan" the developer told a player who asked what the company's plans were for score synchronization.
LAS VEGAS--Microsoft had some fun while offering up details of the software development kit for Kinect for Windows. A technology evangelist named Clint Rutkas jury-rigged a lounge chair with wheels, wiring, and a Kinect motion-sensing controller for the company's Xbox 360 game console. Then, using just hand gestures, he drove the chair onto the stage at Mix11, Microsoft's annual Web and mobile phone developer conference.
The Kinect SDK, though, may wind up leading to a business that's anything but trivial. The kit will give software developers tools to create applications that use motion-sensing and hand gestures. And … Read more
I hate to date myself, but when I was in elementary school, the technology was pretty basic, or even nonexistent. The newest, latest gear consisted of mimeograph machines that turned out finger-staining, purple-inked work sheets; Commodore 64 computers to play "Oregon Trail;" and overhead projectors, the great-grandmothers of Power Point. These days, however, kids are just as comfortable typing away on tablets as they are coloring inside the lines. And they certainly have no problems using Skype to call a classroom half a world away to chat about what they ate for lunch.
The Nintendo Wii may be getting a price cut next month.
Citing anonymous sources, Engadget is reporting that Nintendo plans to cut the price of its Wii console to $150. The deal would go into effect on May 15, the technology blog said.
For months now, reports have been swirling that Nintendo would eventually cut the price of the Wii. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said in a research note in February that all three console makers would be forced to cut the price of their devices this year as demand starts to fade.
"After maintaining console prices at historically … Read more
Is that a drum kit in his pants, or is he just a really smart teen engineer?
Both, it turns out.
Aseem Mishra, a high school student from Hull, England, designed a pair of jeans that let wearers tap out a tune on their thighs by drumming on sensors sewn into the fabric. For his invention, he nabbed first prize in the senior division at the national Young Engineer of Great Britain competition and also got to stuff 1,000 pounds (about $1,600 dollars) into the pockets of his prize-winning pants.
"I have a band and we gig. Every time we go to a place we have to take the drum kit in the car first and then come back with everybody else, so it's a bit of a hassle," Mishra told the BBC. "I think at the time I might have been tapping on my legs, and I thought, I know, why don't I see if I can put a drum kit in my trousers?"
The eight paper-thin sensors make for a fully functional mobile drum kit with snares, cymbals, and the rest--as well as a surprisingly realistic sound. (Watch a video of Mishra and his legs making music here.) Currently, the prototype jeans have to be plugged into speakers carried in a backpack, but Mishra says he's working on a wireless version for ultimate portability.
The pants themselves look as ordinary as any jeans in an Old Navy catalog. Mishra, who has been playing drums for eight years, owns the sole pair of drum kit jeans, but says he would like to find a manufacturer and distribute them more widely. And all those drum solos haven't hurt his legs in any way, he insists.
One of the most celebrated video games ever released is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in June, Nintendo announced today.
On June 19, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will be hitting store shelves for $39.99. The game, which Nintendo says has been "completed remastered," brings players back to the land of Hyrule as Link solves puzzles and interacts with the characters around him to save Princess Zelda and the world. Nintendo said the title will also include a Master Quest, which is separate from the main game and includes "revamped puzzles and redesigned … Read more