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Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor's combined Xbox 360 and Kinect control scheme will let players convey the feeling of controlling an imaginary tank.
In a world where game developers are doing their best to minimize the number of devices cluttering a gamer’s room, a tank simulator game like Steel Battalion can be questionable. However, Capcom revealed at the Tokyo Game Show 2010 that Steel Battalion’s next release – the Heavy Armor – will harness the power of Kinect. This could mean that the game will let players convey the feeling on controlling an imaginary tank.
In Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, you will portray Lieutenant Powers’s role, fighting around the world from the comfort of your Vertical Tank. As for the game controls, the game apparently involves a hybrid of Xbox 360 game pad and Kinect motion controls. The physical controller is used for navigation, bringing destruction to your enemies. On the other hand, the Kinect will keep track of your “upper body gestures” in firing up your tanks, when using the scope and switching over the vehicle’s gun turret.
The Kinect would also be used when interacting with your crew, which means that Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor would offer a co-op component of some sort. However, there are still plenty of details to disclose before its planned 2012 release. So just stick it here at GADG for more update.View Article Source »
Xbox 360 took the lead in July 2011 even if they have a low game sales.
A new NPD data has given the Xbox 360 the lead in a market that was the worst since October 2006. Microsoft’s console moved 277,000 units in July, a half of what it managed back in June. However, it was still enough to beat the sales of its competitor like Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii.
Microsoft said that while NPD didn’t have a hard data for the other consoles, the lead was going to the greatest year in the Xbox’s 10-year history.The Xbox 360 was helped greatly by the Kinect, and the relative freshness of the slim Xbox 360 design that was released a year ago. On the other hand, the sudden drop in the console’s sales just revealed its poorer game sales. The total sales was down to 26% and saw just eight games got more than 100,000. A year ago, 19 games had broken the same milestone.Read the rest of the article »
Microsoft kicks off this year's E3 with new games, features and announcements.
Microsoft kicks off the E3 2011, announcing that Modern Warfare 3 is set to arrive this year. Next on the list is the unexpected demo of Tomb Raider, where Lara Croft finds herself trapped and escaped from the holding area, and navigating the dungeon filled with enemies and puzzles. After that is Cliff B of Epic Games, demonstrating the latest Gears of War 3 level.
Following the game demos, EA Sports, Ghost Recon Future Soldier and Mass Effect 3 announced their Kinect-ability. In addition to this, the Mass Effect 3 announced its Speech Recognition capabilities in Kinect, wherein gamers can give their squad basic commands and select conversation options using voice. Other Kinect titles that were revealed are Fable Journey, Disneyland Adventure, Minecraft and Forza 4 that is set for an October 11 release. Next in the Kinect game announcements is the FunLabs. The software was unveiled to scan real-life objects and people, and bring them into a virtual world.Read the rest of the article »
The console wars begin anew as Nintendo Wii will most likely heat up the competition with their next generation home console.
With less than two months away until the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 2011 kicks in to rock the video game industry, many people are already wondering what’s going to happen and what surprises are in store for our Xbox360s, PS3s, Nintendo 3DS, etc.
E3 has always been a mini-barometer on how gamers react to a gaming company’s platter. If one line is way longer than the other, that only means that company A is doing much better than company B. Sony, Ninendo and Microsoft have already given hints to what they’ll bring into the console wars during their more or less two hours of unadulterated attention, and it looks like we’ll be seeing more of what we already know, but let’s hope it won’t be a snoozefest.Read the rest of the article »
Is Nintendo really bringing Wii's price down to $150? Do we really even care?
Rumor is brewing around the gaming industry that Nintendo is finally going to drop the Wii down to $150 from its much overdue $200 price tag. According to reports from a “trusted source” via Engadget, the price slash is coming May 15th, less than a month before E3 2011.
Even though Wii is sitting on the top of the gaming console food chain year-after-year, the price cut is a much welcome move to consumers. However, that wouldn’t probably change the fact that Nintendo Wii still needs good titles to survive.
The Nintendo Wii has been around for a long while now, and with the rise of the Xbox 360 Kinect and the PlayStation Move, it seems like the revolutionary movement-based console is starting to lose its steam to the competition. Will the Nintendo Wii price slash be enough to nail the console’s dominance in the sales charts?View Article Source »
Looks like US President Obama should've invited Microsoft in his meeting with Facebook, Apple and Google CEOs after all.
If you think Steve Jobs and his Apple iPhone and iPad are the fastest selling devices in the world, then you thought wrong! According to the Guiness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect beats the Apple for the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device throne as it has successfully sold an average of 133,333 Kinect units per day between November 2010 and January 2011.Read the rest of the article »
Listen gamers! A non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit will be out this spring. Good news, right?
This Spring, Windows gets Kinect-ed!
As it turns out, “the right time” for Microsoft to release an official non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit is Spring time. The report was revealed during Microsoft’s “show-and-tell discussion” also known as TechForum. The company’s chief research and strategy office Craig Mundie, along with Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick, revealed their plans to release the SDK as a free download this Spring. The projects is a “collaboration” between Microsoft Research and IEB and promises to “give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system — such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself.”
As quoted from the official Microsoft Blog:
“This morning, Craig and Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), announced plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit, or SDK, this spring.”
Are you ready for some Kinect-filled Spring?View Article Source »
Microsoft is set to unveil a driver support and an SDK in the coming months that will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the Kinect sensor when plugged into a PC.
Microsoft’s motion-control interface, the Kinect, has been wildly popular even to hackers. The hacker communities use the Kinect to control all kinds of unexpected apps excluded in the XBox gaming system.
However, Microsoft was reportedly preparing an official Software Development Kit (SDK) that will allow third parties to build any Windows software for the Kinect control support.Read the rest of the article »
"We predicted we'll sell about 5M of Kinect sensors... We beat that... We sold over 8M sensors worldwide." ---Steve Ballmer
Congratulations Kinect! Despite the issue with regards to the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft need not to feel down. Why? Their gaming console, Kinect, sold 8 million units.
Steve Ballmer boasted that Kinect surpassed their predicted sales of 3 million. “We predicted we’ll sell about 5M of Kinect sensors… We beat that… We sold over 8M sensors worldwide,” he said.
It seems that the sales is still surging up and the company reported sales of 2.5 million units in less than a month. According to Microsoft’s big boss Steve Ballmer, the company has already sold 8 million Kinects all over the world.
Additionally, the company also revealed Kinect’s newest feature. The fresh feature called Avatar Kinect lets users control their avatar via Kinect’s motion sensing camera. He also said that Netflix and Hulu Plus will soon land on Xbox 360.View Article Source »
"The Avatars will have a separate area, much like the Nintendo's Mii Channel, that will allow for users to control them using Kinect and interact to watch content or play games." ---Glimpse Dog
Microsoft is rumored to unveil a Google TV competitor at CES. But aside from that, there are rumors spreading that a new Avatar Kinect function is said to come out for Xbox 360 at CES 2011 too.
Glimpse Dog provided some snapshots of a leaked slide from Microsoft’s CES keynote event showing off the so-called “Avatar Kinect.” It is widely believed to give the Kinect owners the ability to interact with one another using their avatars just like Sony’s Home.
Plus, the site also speculated that “the Avatars will have a separate area, much like the Nintendo’s Mii Channel, that will allow for users to control them using Kinect and interact to watch content or play games.”
Let’s see what happens. See you at CES!View Article Source »
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