Trion Worlds, famoso per aver sviluppato diverti titoli online che hanno riscontrato un discreto successo, ci annuncia oggi la data ufficiale del lancio del tanto atteso sparatutto Defiance.
Lo sparatutto free world in questione sarà rilasciato il 2 aprile e, secondo quello che ci dicono i produttori, trasmetterà ai giocatori la stessa esperienzia di gioco per qualsiasi piattaforma utilizzeranno. Defiance sarà disponibile per PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 e PC.
“In termini di aspettative e di obiettivi, le caratteristiche transmediali di Defiance fanno di questo gioco un’esperienza di intrattenimento davvero unica nel suo genere, diversa da tutte le altre. Dopo cinque anni di sviluppo , vedere Defiance finalmente operativo è motivo di grande orgoglio sia per il team di Trion, sia per quello di Syfy.”
Queste sono le parole di Nathan Richardsson, exucutive producer di Defiance, che dimostra quanto sia lui che il team siano orgogliosi del lancio di questo titolo, che era ormai in cantiere da lungo tempo.
Come anteprima del titolo è stato anche rilasciato un trailer Live Action ambientato in un arido deserto, che ci mostra l’ambiantazione post-apocalittica di Defiance con una tecnologia futuristica, per quanto riguarda armamentario e mezzi di difesa. Grazie a questo trailer possiamo anche constatare che l’atmosfera tra la popolazione di questo pianete non è per niente pacifica.
Xbox 360 gamers might be interested to learn that Razer has released a new pair of Razer Carcharias Xbox 360 headphones, which are sporting a completely redesigned form and specifications.
The latest Carcharias Xbox 360 headphones to be launched by gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer build on the ergonomic design of the pervious Razer Carcharias headset for the PC.
The new design incorporates an adjustable, padded head rail, 1.25 in/3.18 cm on either side, to accommodate a wide range of head sizes, with its soft, pliable, removable ear cups, and is fitted with 40 mmDrivers with Neodymium Magnets.
Other features include a noise filtering microphone, adjustable voice and game volume balance, connectivity to all Xbox 360 systems, and ambient green glow on headset logo.
“Xbox gamers – get ready to experience extreme comfort with circumaural ear cups and interchangeable ear cushions with the new Carcharias,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, president of Razer USA. “This fan favorite of ours is now redesigned for the Xbox 360 and gamers are going to love it.”
The latest Razer Carcharias Xbox 360 gaming headset is now available to purchase for $70 or €70 from stores both online and in the high street.
Source: Benchmark Reviews
Microsoft has announced that they are releasing a new software update for their Xbox 360 console today, the update will be available for your console when you sign into Xbox Live.
The update is designed to fix a number of bugs with the Xbox 360, as well as offering some performance enhancements and also some new features, you can see more details below.
In this update, we are correcting some issues such as displaying the incorrect playlist name when launching a playlist from Xbox SmartGlass to the console, an error with Xbox Video closed-captioning and an error with Xbox Music that some were experiencing.
You can find out more information about the software update for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console over at the Major Nelson Blog.
Treyarch has this week rolled out a new patch for its latest Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 which recently launched making an astounding $500 million in sales in just the first 24 hours after launch.
Beating 343 Industries Halo 4 game which only managed to clockup a measly $220 million is sales during its first 24 hours after offically launching.
The new patch rolled out for PC and Xbox 360 consoles follows on from the one rolled out over the weekend for PS3 consoles which fixed the freezing and console shutdown issues, some PS3 players were expereincing during gamplay. Treyarch explains:
“We are listening to you and we’ve been busy working on updates based on feedback from the community. Stay tuned right here for all the latest info and be sure to follow @Treyarchon Twitter!”
Microsoft has launched the next installment in their Halo series on the Xbox 360, Halo 4 and Microsoft has put together from their launch event on London which you can see below.
Microsoft are expecting Halo 4 to be their most popular game in the Halo series to date, it will be interesting to see if it is as popular as previous versions of Halo.
You can find out more information about Halo 4 over at the official Halo website.
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Chris Roberts, il “guru” di Wing Commander e del suo sequel spirituale Star Citizen, ha dichiarato che il suo nuovo gioco spaziale non sarà adattato alle console casalinghe. Sul banco degli imputati i vari colli di bottiglia causati dalle memorie e della velocità dei processori.
“Quello che ho mostrato (di Star Citizen – ndr) non può funzionare su una console di questa generazione. Molto probabilmente su quelle next gen si potrà fare molto di più, ma vi posso promettere che un PC di fascia alta di adesso è già più potente rispetto alle console di prossima generazione”, sostiene Roberts, che prosegue l’intervista con Ars Technica concentrandosi sulla RAM.
“Non si può fare molto con 512 MB (di memoria RAM delle console – ndr) perché limitano tantissimo il design del gioco. Se ho intenzione di realizzare un titolo per PC allora posso pensare a sistemi con almeno 4GB di RAM. Ovviamente non potremo usare tutta questa memoria perché Windows è molto esoso, ma avremo comunque molto più di 512 MB, una caratteristica che ci permetterà di avere più possibilità su quello che vogliamo creare, su ciò che inseriremo nella memoria nello stesso istante e che modificherà perfino il nostro livello d’ambizione”, spiega Roberts.
Ricordiamo che Star Citizen è attualmente in sviluppo e sfrutterà il CryEngine 3. Il gioco dovrebbe uscire nel 2014, a cinque anni di distanza dalla creazione del motore grafico di CryTek. Possibile che si potrà raggiungere un livello grafico strabiliante usando una tecnologia che ormai sarà “vecchia” di cinque anni, soprattutto con il nuovo Unreal Engine 4 alle porte?
The most striking takeaway from a recent meeting I had with Xbox Music GM Jerry Johnson wasn’t the Spotify-like service he was in New York City to show off, but rather what he said about a much larger internal change at Microsoft. Having been relegated to the world of video games for the past decade, Microsoft is opening up its Xbox branding to a larger world of media. “‘Xbox’ is actually going from thinking about gaming in a device to being the entertainment face for all of Microsoft,” Johnson said — a major change from the Xbox name’s place as a stand-in for “the Halo and Gears of War box,” trotted out once or twice annually by lower level execs from the Washington-based software giant. “That’s what the company — all the way up to Steve Ballmer — have gotten behind. That’s why you’re gonna see movies on Windows 8 slates, you’re gonna see music, and it’s gonna be branded as ‘Xbox.’,” he explained. This naming convention carries to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 RT as well — all post-Windows 7 Microsoft devices (and Xbox 360) will refer to music and video libraries as “Xbox Music” and “Xbox Video,” respectively.
Xbox 360 gamers looking forward to the launch of the new Medal of Honor: Warfighter game will be please to learn that an Xbox 360 exclusive, beta download of the game will be arriving on Xbox Live for Gold Subscribers, tomorrow on October 5th 2012.
A new trailer for the new Medal of Honor: Warfighter beta has also been released today, showing a glimpse of what you can expect from the game when it officially launches.
The Medal of Honor: Warfighter beta Xbox 360 demo unlocks twelve of the 72 Tier One Operations within the multiplayer game. Providing you with the chance to as British SAS, German KSK and US Navy SEAL on the Bosnia’s Sarajevo Stadium map. Enjoy
Thrustmaster Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition and Ferrari Xbox 360 Controller Unveiled
Thrustmaster has this week unveiled its successor to its Ferrari 458 Italia racing wheel and pedal bundle which was launched last year for Xbox 360, in the form of the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition.
The new Xbox 360 bundle is fitted with a replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s steering wheel, which has been slightly modified to include the required Xbox 360 controller buttons in the place of indicator arms.
The start button of the original steering wheel has also been transformed in to a D-pad, together with 16-bit resolution to create a realistic driving experience, as well as sports brushed metal paddle shifters to add a luxurious feel to the setup.
In addition to the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition and pedal set, Thrustmaster have also this week launched a new GPX LightBack Ferrari F1 Edition controller for the Xbox 360 console.
For more information on both the new addition to the Thrustmaster range jump over to the Engadget website for a hands on review and video.
Gamers looking forward to the launch of the new Far Cry 3 game on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in early September 2012. Might be interested in this new trailer Ubisoft has released, providing a glimpse at what you can expect from the 4 player co-op within the game. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
“When the captain of a seedy private cruise ship makes a deal with pirates to trade the ship in exchange for a safe full of cash — screwing over every crewmember in the process — four of the crew spring to action.
All four came to the cruise ship with no cash and little hope of salvation in their home countries and the money they’ve earned on the ship is all they have. Seeing the captain speed away from the ship as the take-over goes wrong, they decide to chase after him in order to get their money and their revenge.”
More information about the new title can be found over on the Far Cry 3 official website.
Source: Lazy Gamer
Sure today’s Microsoft E3 keynote was jam-packed full of high octane explosions, but the biggest excitement from the hardware-free event was arguably SmartGlass, a new technology from Redmond that promises to help to bring together users’ diverse array of screens. When it was initially leaked ahead of the event, SmartGlass looked to largely be a somewhat straightforward AirPlay competitor. Judging by Microsoft’s flashy demo video, however, the company is clearly looking to build it into its own beast all together. Thankfully, we got to play with it a bit — albeit for a very short amount of time, given the fairly early state of the technology.
Let’s start thing off by clarifying a big question surrounding the somewhat enigmatic demo that we saw at today’s event: yes, SmartGlass gives developers the potential to turn smartphones and tablets into a controller for the Xbox 360. As suspected, it will likely be integrated into more casual games — after all, we shudder at the thought of controlling, say, Halo 4 using just a touchscreen. As is the nature of the product, the company isn’t letting the details flow too freely here, but in a demo we saw of the technology tonight, a Microsoft rep name-dropped a title called Home Run Stars — a baseball game, as you’ve likely already gathered from the fairly straightforward name.
Microsoft’s SmartGlass gets official: app brings AirPlay-esque streams to Android, iOS and Windows Phone
Microsoft may not be introducing a next-gen console at E3 this year, but it is teaching its venerable Xbox 360 some new tricks. SmartGlass brings AirPlay-style wireless technology to Xbox and Windows 8 by letting you send video from your tablet or phone to your TV. It then turns that second screen into an information window giving you data of the content you’re watching. Plus, it updates the info on your mobile device as the content on the TV changes. The app also enables peripheral controls for games you’re playing — so you can scroll through different plays on your tablet while playing Madden on your big screen, for example.
In addition to providing your peripherals with contextual awareness, the SmartGlass app turns your phone into a remote and trackpad for your Xbox, in case using Kinect and regular controllers aren’t something you’re into. So, you can pinch to zoom, move the onscreen cursor and scroll to your heart’s content in Xbox’s new web browser using your tablet or phone. When will we be seeing SmartGlass in living rooms? Unfortunately, not until this fall, so our liveblog photos of the app in action will have to suffice until then.
Say goodbye to Zune, folks. Microsoft has just announced its brand new Xbox Music service during its big E3 presentation. That brings with a library of more than 30 million tracks, which you’ll be able to access across all of your Microsoft devices, including your PC, Windows 8 tablet and Windows Phone in addition to the Xbox 360 itself. Expectedly, that all comes wrapped in a Metro-style interface, but it appears to basically be a Zune rebrand beyond that, with few other surprises to be found (at least for now).
Xbox 360 software at E3: FIFA 2013 / Madden 2013 gaining Kinect voice commands; Halo 4, Fable, Forza Horizon and Gears of War showcased
No new hardware for Microsoft at E3? No problem. Clearly, this year’s all about software for the Xbox 360, with both FIFA 2013 and Madden 2013 confirmed for release with Kinect support. Aside from letting you flail to and fro in order to make plays, both titles will also support voice commands, right down to understanding multiple dialects in the former. As for Madden? There’s some pretty intense voice integration, enabling one Joe Montana to actually call plays and direct the huddle with his voice here at the E3 stage. The demo was unsurprisingly awesome, and we’re told to expect it on store shelves on August 28th. For those who aren’t exactly “sports-inclined,” there’s also Fable and Halo 4 — two titles that’ll supposedly make this year the “best ever” for Xbox 360 software.
GAEMS has partnered with Microsoft to create a new G155 Sentry Xbox 360 suitcase, which they will be showcasing at the E3 gaming exhibition later this week. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, run from June 5th to 7th.
The GAEMS G155 Sentry Xbox 360 suitcase has been created to allow gamers to carry and enjoy their Xbox 360 console whilst on the move, and is a “self-contained personal gaming and entertainment environment” says GAEMS.
“GAEMS recently partnered with Microsoft and will unveil the new G155 Sentry, a Microsoft-licensed device that provides individuals and families with a completely customizable personal entertainment solution to enjoy games, DVDs or even stream media like Netflix*, HULU* or YouTube* anytime and just about anywhere.”
At E3 this week GAEMS will also unveil three new accessories enabling users to transport their consoles. The Sentry Sling, the PGE Battle Bag and the PGE B.O.T. As well as announcing their latest creation, code named Project Vanguard.
It seems Microsoft is not content to let Apple build out their purported living room strategy in peace and quiet and is looking to throw a wrench in the works. Microsoft Smart Glass is an AirPlay-style application that allows music and film streaming from tablet and phone devices to the Xbox 360, and subsequently the largest screen in the house.
If Engadget is to be believed, iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices will all be able to use this app, though exactly what content is able to be streamed is still unclear. Now Microsoft just needs to figure something out on the game streaming front as well, whenever they can be bothered to find the time to worry about video games again.
Doom fans might be pleased to know that a remastered Doom 3 BFG Edition has been announced by id Software, that brings with it DOOM, DOOM 2, DOOM 3, and DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil, together with the ‘Lost Mission’.
Within the new Doom 3 BFG Edition, Doom 3 has been remastered for PS3 and Xbox 360, providing gamers with 3D support for an even more terrifying FPS experience. John Carmack, Technical Director at id Software explains:
“Doom 3 was enthusiastically embraced by gamers worldwide at its release,”-”Today, the full experience has been enhanced and extended to be better than ever, and is delivered across all the platforms with a silky smooth frame rate and highly responsive controls. New support for 3D TVs, monitors, and head mounted displays also allows players to experience the game with more depth than ever before. We think shooter fans everywhere will love it.”
Other features in the Doom 3 BFG Edition include 5.1 surround sound, new achievements for on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 trophies, in-game enhanced rendering and lighting, and a new check point save system. The new Doom 3 BFG Edition will be arriving in the fall, price has now been released as yet.
Source: Toms Hardare
Amazon has today launched their Amazon Instant Streaming service on to Xbox 360 consoles. Amazon Instant Streaming is now available from the Video Apps Marketplace on Xbox Live, and provides Amazon Prime members streaming access to over 17,000 movies and TV episodes, via Prime Instant. With another 120,000 movies and TV episodes to rent or purchase, for non-Prime and Prime members.
All movies and TV episodes you’ve already purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available directly from your Xbox 360. Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller has also been enabled for the Amazon Streaming service, allowing you to control playback from the comfort of your armchair using gestures.
The Amazon Instant Streaming service arrived on Sony’s PlayStation 3 console back in April, providing a similar service.
Microsoft bought Skype in May last year for the large sum of $8.5 billion, but not much has come of the acquisition so far. A Skype application has made the jump to Windows Phone, which was met with mixed reactions, but so far the VOIP service hasn’t found its way into Microsoft’s ecosystem. Skype is said to be coming for the Xbox 360, but the crucial detail is when. Turns out you may not see it until next year.
The New York Times took a closer look at the relationship between Microsoft and Skype recently, and uncovered a few tidbits in the process. First, Skype for Xbox 360 is coming, but it’s “not likely” that consumers will see it this year. As for the Windows Phone application and its lack of properly multitasking, a spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed that the company is working on the issue, and that the “shortcoming would be addressed in a future version of the software.”
Microsoft is firmly committed to the acquisition, though, with 400 new job openings currently on offer at Skype. Indeed, a recent job listing indicated the company was looking for a “Skype for Xbox Program Manager”, which included “enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox.” Other job listings have pointed towards a Skype web app that would run in browsers using HTML5.
Driving fans might be pleased to learn that a new demo of the upcoming DiRT Showdown that launches tomorrow is now available and ready to download. To promote tomorrow launch Codemasters have also released a new launch trailer providing you with a glimpse of what you can expect from the full game. DiRT Showdown will be arriving tomorrow for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
DiRT Showdown is the new arcade racing game from the team that brought you the award-winning DiRT series, and includes demolition Derby events, Hoonigan events and no holds barred racing events. Watch the trailer below to see it in action.
Source: Lazy Gamer