A purportedly leaked slide of Microsoft's 2011 CES keynote speech, snapped by blog Glimpse Dog, shows off an upcoming Xbox 360 feature the company is dubbing "Avatar Kinect."
According to Winrumors, the feature will come as part of a system software update, and will make use of the Kinect camera accessory to map user body movements to their Xbox Live avatar. It's also said to bring the mapping feature to games, and other avatar-enabled areas of the Xbox dashboard and its applications.
Avatars, which came long before Kinect, offer users a way to create a virtual … Read more
Nintendo may be touting its Wii and DS sales, but the overall situation isn't actually looking so great for the game company.
According to its internal estimates for sales through 2010, Nintendo has sold more than 47 million DS units in the U.S. since the device's launch in late 2004. Nintendo boasted that the "tally makes Nintendo DS the nation's best-selling video game system of all time."
The company also revealed that it sold more than 7 million Wii units in the U.S. last year, making it the third-consecutive year the company has … Read more
Pictures claiming to feature the upcoming Nintendo 3DS have been circulating on the Internet today.
The images, which first cropped up on a gaming forum, show a 3DS boasting an entirely black shell. That version of the device was shown off by Nintendo last year. The company has also unveiled a version of the 3DS boasting a black bezel around the top display and a blue bezel around the bottom screen.
Unlike previous versions of the device, the 3DS in the leaked images seems to indicate that Nintendo has made the device's start, home, and select buttons flush with the plastic under the handheld's display. Other than that, the device seems unchanged from earlier models shown to the press.
Video game site 3DS Buzz was first to report on the leak, which allegedly comes from a worker in one of Nintendo's factories. A video of the device was posted to YouTube earlier today and was promptly taken down from the site. Other links to the video were working at the time of this writing, however.… Read more
Nintendo has reportedly issued a warning that the 3DS, its eagerly awaited glasses-free 3D gaming device, should not be used by children under 6 when the gadget is in 3D-viewing mode.
According to PC World and other media outlets, an advisory posted on Nintendo's Japanese-language Web site notes that the eyes of children under 6 have not yet fully developed and that 3D viewing on the 3DS could disrupt that development. The company recommends that adults protect young players by way of parental controls on the 3DS that allow for the blocking of the 3D function while leaving 2D … Read more
Activision wants to make sure you know just how popular the latest version of Call of Duty really is.
Call of Duty: Black Ops, released in early November, has a bigger audience than Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and other late-night talk show hosts combined can muster in an entire week (the week of December 6, to be specific), according to Activision.
In addition, the company said that more players are enjoying Black Ops than watched the series finale of "Lost." Not even the average viewership for the 2010 World Series could match Black Ops' audience. (… Read more
Sony's PlayStation Portable could be in for a serious makeover.
Speaking to The New York Times yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment chief Kaz Hirai said that the next PSP could boast both a touch screen and conventional controls to give casual and hard-core gamers the opportunity to play titles in a way they prefer.
"Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel," Hirai told the Times. "But you can definitely play immersive games better with physical buttons and pads. I think there could be games where you're … Read more
The story of Activision's battle with former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella has a new chapter.
Activision has amended a complaint it filed with the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles in April against West and Zampella to now include Electronic Arts.
"In this amended cross-complaint, Activision alleges that Electronic Arts conspired with two former senior Activision executives, West and Zampella, to derail Activision's Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio, and inflict serious harm on the company," Activision wrote in the complaint it filed yesterday. "This pleading lays out an intentional and systematic pattern of deception by the former executives and Electronic Arts to hijack Activision assets for greed and corporate gain."
Activision alleges that Electronic Arts and the Infinity Ward executives who oversaw Call of Duty: Modern Warfare titles, were secretly discussing, as early as July 2009, the possibility of creating an independent game studio, headed by West and Zampella, that would employ "key Activision employees." The goal, according to Activision, was to "[drain] the studio of talent and potentially [delay] future Call of Duty games."
At that time, both West and Zampella were still under contract as "studio heads and Activision fiduciaries," Activision said.… Read more
Sony has launched its music-streaming service in the U.K. and Ireland, the company announced today.
Dubbed Music Unlimited, the service offers 6 million songs from top labels, including Universal, Warner Music Group, EMI, and, as one might expect, Sony Music Entertainment. It also boasts tracks from independent labels.
The focus of Music Unlimited is to deliver that content to a variety of devices. At launch, the service works with 2010 models of Sony's HDTVs, Blu-ray players, home theater systems, PlayStation 3 consoles, and PCs. The company plans to release it to Sony portable products and Android-based devices at … Read more