As January came and went, those hoping for Netflix on the Boxee Box were once again disappointed.
In an early morning blog post today, Boxee revealed that its Netflix app failed to make a self-imposed January 31 deadline because "we have not yet satisfied Netflix's security requirements." Boxee didn't say exactly what the issue is, but added that aside from that hangup, the app works as expected on internal units of its set-top box.
Knowing that users wouldn't be happy to hear the news, Boxee's vice president of marketing, Andrew Kippen, attempted to quell … Read more
Nintendo's own games continue to dominate Wii software sales, much to the chagrin of third-party developers.
Speaking during his company's earnings call on Friday, Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata unveiled the top 20 best-selling games of 2010 in the U.S. market, compiled by research firm NPD. Out of that listing, 11 of the games were available on either the Wii or the Nintendo DS. Nine out of that list were published by Nintendo. The remaining two games--Just Dance and Just Dance 2--were published by Ubisoft. No other third-party developer was able to break into the top 20 with … Read more
Rovio, maker of the popular mobile game, announced on Friday that it is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox to create a version of the game centered on the upcoming animated movie "Rio," which hits theaters in mid-April. The game will arrive ahead of the movie, launching sometime in March.
In Angry Birds Rio, the original flock is kidnapped and taken to Rio, where they then escape and seek to help their friends--the two macaws Blu and Jewel, who are the stars of "Rio."
Then, this week, Sony debuted its next-generation portable, code-named, well, Next Generation Portable (NGP). It packs an impressive-looking OLED display, control sticks, and multitouch surfaces into a sleek-looking package.
And for more casual gamers, the iPhone and iPod Touch (as well as the iPad) offer an inexpensive, extensible platform with a load of games. Many iOS hardware owners don't even realize they have a powerful gaming device in their pockets, but they do. And now with the iPhone hitting Verizon, the audience is expanding. … Read more
Sony has been granted a temporary restraining order against George Hotz, better known as Geohot.
"After consideration of the record and the arguments of counsel, the court finds that a temporary restraining order is warranted," Northern District Court of California judge Susan Illston wrote in a judgment dated Wednesday and released yesterday (PDF). "Plaintiff has submitted substantial evidence showing that defendant George Hotz has violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act."
Regal Entertainment Group and RealD have inked a deal that will see the motion picture exhibitor bring 3D to 1,500 more screens throughout the United States.
The latest deal between the companies is an amendment to an earlier agreement signed in May 2008 that delivered RealD's 3D-enabled technology to 1,500 Regal auditoriums. With this new deal, Regal will have a total of 3,000 3D-enabled screens with RealD technology, comprising 40 percent of all Regal screens. Regal movie theaters are located in 37 states and in Washington, D.C.
January hasn't even come to a close and we've already been introduced to two brand new portable gaming systems--one from from Nintendo and one from Sony.
At a press event in Tokyo yesterday, Sony revealed its latest endeavor in the portable gaming world with what it is calling the "Next Generation Portable." Boasting PlayStation 3-calibur graphics, two cameras, 3G connectivity, Sixaxis controls, and two touch-sensitive areas, the NGP looks nothing like any of the so-called leaked photos that have circulated on the Internet and is clearly not the same as the Xperia PlayStation Phone.
Now that we know what we can expect from both companies, let's take a look at how the two portable systems stack up.
Hardware It's safe to say the specs Sony has thrown around will clearly outpace the 3DS, as was the case with the companies' last generation of portables. However, as we all know, these details did not have any effect on sales. Sony has taken a page out of the Nintendo DS' book with its touch screen and pad features, but it's far too early to be able to fully grasp what these details really mean for gamers. The Uncharted gameplay video we posted earlier shows a few ways these gestures might be implemented.
The NGP showcases a 960x544-pixel OLED screen, which isn't quite high enough of a resolution to call it portable HD gaming, but judging from videos that are beginning to surface, it's safe to say titles will look spectacular. If the 3DS' main selling point is 3D, we'd imagine the NGP's is its ability to render close to PS3-quality games.
The 3DS and NGP are heavily focused on connectivity, with both systems utilizing Wi-Fi, but the NGP will also allow for GPS, Bluetooth, and 3G data service. In response to the 3DS' Street Pass and Spot Pass player-matchmaking features, the NGP seems like it will revolve around location-based multiplayer functionality with a social feature called Live Area.… Read more
As sales of the Wii and DS declined in 2010, Nintendo saw its financial performance slide with them.
The company today reported (PDF) that during the nine-month period ended on December 31, 2010, it generated nearly 808 billion yen (about $9.8 billion), representing a steep 31.7 percent decline from the 1.18 trillion yen it posted during the same period in 2009. Nintendo said that it tallied 49.6 billion yen in profit during the nine-month period. That figure is down a whopping 74.3 percent compared to the 192.6 billion yen it tallied in 2009.
Sony, apparently eager to profit from the still relatively immature Android gaming market, announced a program to bring older PlayStation games to Android devices--phones and tablets--that pass the company's certification tests.
The new PlayStation Suite initiative "will not only deliver the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users around the globe, but will also be able to offer game developers and publishers the potential to further expand their business opportunities to these devices," the Sony Computer Entertainment division said today. Also announced is an accompanying developer program to make it easier for programmers to create suitable … Read more