Tag Archives: E3

Mario Kart 3DS E3 Trailer

8 Jun

As always, when Nintendo release Mario Kart for a console or handheld, I have to have it, check out the trailer below and see why!  Check out the hand gliders!

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Wii U Brief Spec List?

8 Jun

There has been next to nothing in terms of specs but various sources from E3 have claimed a spec list showing the following;

The full spec list from Nintendo is as follows:

Launches: 2012

Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.

New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.

Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance Board™.

Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.

Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.

Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.

Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.

CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.

Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

So a little more detail than before but not much.  There are also tweets that the new controller will not be multi touch and only a single touch screen.

Still can’t wait!

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Nintendo Wii U

8 Jun

E3 has certainly been a cracker so far but we already knew that Nintendo would be detailing their new console and here it is.  The Nintendo Wii U has one massive attraction, that controller, see the video below;

So what do we know aside from the video.  The new Wii U controller features a 6.2-inch touchscreen, microphone, accelerometers, gyroscope, thumbpads, D-pad and shoulder buttons.

Details over the console itself are light and the design shown in pictures so far may actually be a prototype.  All the focus today was really on the controller and you can tell why when you watch the above video.

Let us know your thoughts.

MB

 

Anyone for Halo 4?

7 Jun

Microsoft had some meaty stuff in their E3 conference yesterday.  And last but not least they made the mega announcement showing a Teaser for Halo 4, so here for your pleasure…..

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Playstation Vita Announced

7 Jun

Sonys visin of the future of portable gaming has been outed at E3.  The PS Vita will cross gaming with social networking.  Packing a 5 inch touch OLED screen, dual gaming pads and analogue sticks.

Sony have annouced two new services, Playstation Near and Playstation Party although detail is pretty scant on these, Party is to play with friends wherever they may be and Near to play with people directly around you.

Sony is effectively setting up the PS Lite to provide news ways to intereact with the world, your friends and family and gaming.

More details are sure to start following in abundance but one last piece of info is that Sony’s official 3G partner will be AT&T.

By the way, Vita means Life!

Comments please!

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The Xbox Live & Dashboard Experience Just Got Livelier

7 Jun

Microsoft has delivered one heck of a press conference at E3 today (check out our summary as it happened Post).

Just to add some clarity, XBL will be substantially tweaked this Fall with the addtion of Live TV, Bing Search, You Tube, enhanced Kinect features and a fresh new dashboard.  And if that was not enough, then add to this voice activation for these additional features to replace your controller and the Xbox is truly becoming the console of the living room and with Kinect (for which there were a multitude of new games coming out), perhaps even the end of the significance of the handheld controller.

So think about asking your console to switch TV channels or your Avatar to run a different path, or Bling to search a phrase, place or term and to all of this voice recognition to be added to the gaming experience provided as well.

Xbox looks like it is taking a major step forward, as is Kinect and we wonder if Playstations move for handheld motion control way leave then rueing the enhancements Kinect, Voice Control and the new Xbox Live experience will pave.

Let us know your thoughts.

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E3 – Microsoft Press Conference

6 Jun

Its that time of year with E3 Microsoft will be announcing the future of the Xbox so heres a round up with more flesh on the bone later;

Kicks off with trailer for Modern Warfare 3 and it looks stunning, underwater scenes, submarines, destroyed cities and slow motion kills!  Looks awesome!

New Tomb Raider is next up.  A scene where Lara gets impaled, gross, but cool at the same time!  Looks amazing graphically.  This could be a defining moment in the franchise from what we can see.

Kinect support coming for some big EA titles (Tiger Woods, Madden, FIFA).

Big news that Mass Effect 3 will have Kinect support with utilisation of voice recognition which is pretty cooly demonstrated.

Ghost Recon also graces the press announcement.  More Kinect support, looks like Kinnect is finally going to be cranked up a notch or two in the gaming fraternity!  You are able to take shots using Kinect in the new Ghost Recon game which is awesome!

Xbox Live getting some serious time at E3 as well.  New Xbox dashboard with voice only control integrated!  Looks like you can access your PC media library as well.  You Tube integration also coming to Xbox Live dashboard which is good.    Voice searching through Bing and integrated Marketplace searches both being nice little additions.

TV coming to the Xbox, various US partnerships so the rest of the world looks like waiting.  Voice command DVR.  All launches in the Fall.

UFC Pay Per View on Xbox…..errr….cool….I guess!

Gear of War 3………..awesome!  With a demo from ICE T!  A really impressive 4 way multiplayer mode.

Halo Combat Evolved gets announced.

Forza 4 also gets shown off and looks nice alongside Fable Journey the next part of the Fable franchise with Kinect integration and a big step up graphically from Fable 3.

MINECRAFT ON THE 360 with Kinect integration!

Kinect Disneyland Adventures gets shown off. (I told you Kinect was coming of age at this E3!).

And the one we have been really excited about Kinect Star Wars.  Looks great with a massive variety of things you can immerse yourself in through the Star Wars world.  Think Cloud City, Lightsabers and so on.

Lots of nice little Kinect features have been announced via Kinect Fun Labs which goes live today through XBL, Kinect Me Avatars making Avatars that look like you, clothes, face and all! Kinect Finger Tracking 😉 a 3D drawing program using your fingers!  You can move the picture around with your hands, Kinect getting more Minority Report tech by the day!  3D scanning also incoming to Kinect.

Kinect Sports Season 2.  All the usual suspects and not surprised regards an new version in the franchise.  Includes some neat voice recognition features.

Dance Central 2!   Pretty much all about dual simultaneous dancing!

Wrapping up you get a Halo 4 trailer and wow, leaves you wanting more, Master Chief is back!  Holiday 2012….Doh!

Thats it, let us know your thoughts!

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