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  • New Rockstar game coming to Xbox One, PS4 before March 2015

    Rockstar Games will release a title for next-gen consoles before the end of March 2015, parent company Take-Two Interactive's CEO Strauss Zelnick, has said. This comes after Take-Two's sterling 2014 financial figures were released, with Grand Theft Auto V leading the way. The title has shipped an impressive 33 million units since its launch last September equating to nearly US$1 billion in sales. As a result, Take-Two also reported a (Non-GAAP) net revenue balloon of 97% year-on-year. On the back of this success, Zelnick, during an post-financial investor call, commented on the upcoming plans of its subsidiary. "Rockstar Games is hard at...

  • Finally: Xbox Live Gold paywall for Hulu, Netflix to die off

    The much-hated Xbox Live Gold paywall may soon be relaxed, allowing all Xbox Live users access to premium content, ArsTechnica reports. Currently Netflix and Hulu Plus are only accessible to premium Xbox Live Gold members, on top of additional service-specific costs. But a move by Microsoft could see all 48-million Xbox Live users reap the benefits of these services without paying an additional Live Gold fee. This would include users of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. ArsTechnica has also suggested that other services could be put behind the paywall as replacements including, to many gamers renewed vexation, upcoming productions from...

  • Parrot’s Bebop drone features virtual reality Oculus ‘Skycontroller’

    Parrot, the French manufacturer behind the AR Drone range, has unveiled its latest flyer, the adorably-named Bebop. The hand-sized red and black drone is equipped with a full HD, fully movable 14MP camera with a 180° viewing field, a GPS that allows self-adjusted hover mode without the need for user control, and 8GB storage. Sadly, the Wall Street Journal reports that the battery life is an inadequate 12 minutes. But the real kicker is the controller. Parrot allows consumers the option of a wireless Oculus Rift unit called the "Skycontroller." It's an impressive piece of kit. The First Person View glasses (the...

  • LG debuts 7, 8 and 10.1-inch G Pad tablets

    LG has revealed three new G Pad tablets. These tablets join its 8.3" tablet. The new devices will ensure the Korean company gets a firmer foothold in the rather overcrowded tablet market, competing with the likes of Samsung, Apple and Sony. The company will add a trio of tablets: 7.0", 8.0" and 10.1" models will be added thanks to LG's response to consumer needs says Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO LG “Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability. Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all. So we designed...

  • Air-doodling LIX 3D pen shatters Kickstarter funding goal

    3D printing technology has taken off in a big way recently. Last year, the world saw the first useful 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler. It set Kickstarter alight by reaching its target four hours after its launch, and raised over US$2.3-million in total. A year later, London-based startup Lix has seen its rendition of a 3D pen completely funded just two hours into its own campaign. Just like the 3Doodler, Lix's 3D pen allows the user to draw multidimensional works of art, by and melting and manipulating ABS or PLA plastic. The heated material is fed through the device's internal mechanism,...

  • Xbox One-exclusive ‘Sunset Overdrive’ wreaks havoc in first gameplay video

    Insomniac Games has finally published its much anticipated first-play video for Sunset Overdrive, its exclusive Xbox One title. And it's absolutely insane. Sunset Overdrive, announced by Insomniac at Microsoft's E3 last year, isn't just a typical, dull zombie shooter with a narrow focus. In Sunset City the gamer makes the rules in a vast post-apocalyptic fun land, say the eager press releases. The Xbox Wire couldn't explain the game any better. "The fictional world of Sunset City might seem like a nice place to grab a drink with friends, but it most certainly is not. In fact, as home to the world's largest...

  • Nintendo teases mystery ’emerging market’ console by 2015

    Nintendo has announced plans to introduce a new console especially for emerging markets by as early as 2015. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's president and CEO, told Reuters that the company will focus on developing a platform for markets with lower average income and lesser levels of gaming experience. This comes after the Japanese company released its dire yearly financial report earlier this week, that saw its third successive yearly loss. The Wii U, the console Nintendo hoped would revive the company, hasn't been its saviour. Nintendo reported losses of US$457 million, selling a meagre 6.17 million Wii U consoles since its launch 17...

  • Kneel, Xbox: PS4 ‘will be’ the lead platform for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Will the PS4 be the quintessential platform for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Yes, says one reputable insider. Kevin Spacey, star of the Advanced Warfare trailer, is not the reason why the upcoming warfare-based game is causing controversy. The trailer features Spacey sauntering through a few well-stated lines regarding power. But Ahsan Rasheed, a venerable gaming insider, has delivered an interesting tweet, reigniting the age-old console war. Also I want to say one thing to all the Xbox One fans that keep telling me COD is X1 lead platform. It's not. It's a marketing deal. — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) May 4, 2014   That's right....

  • GoPro-killer CENTR captures 4K panoramic video from a doughnut

    What happens when a few former Apple employees unleash their creative license? They build the ironically-named CENTR, a palm-sized panoramic video-camera that makes the GoPro seem rather ordinary. http://youtu.be/ZKAzyTB_-Kw The US$399, stately designed black and white digital doughnut houses a "4K resolution panoramic camera" able to capture surroundings in real time 360° detail. It should be noted that CENTR's "4K" is not the traditional 4K associated with current screens. The device cleverly employs four 5MP cameras, effectively 20MP in total, to shoot 6900x1080 and 4600x720 panoramic video, in 1080p and 720p modes, respectively. If panoramic mode isn't needed, CENTR's individual camera selection...

  • No more mouse: Microsoft Research invents Leap-like gesture keyboard

    Microsoft Research's intuitive designers have developed an augmented reality mechanical keyboard - or more concisely, a keyboard with touch and gesture ability. The "Type-Hover-Swipe" project integrates "a low-resolution matrix of infrared (IR) proximity sensors" dotted among a set of a standard qwerty keys. Not only does this keyboard allow the user to type (or what you'd traditionally expect from a keyboard), it also gives the user the power of gesture and touch commands, much like Microsoft Surface 2's interface or the Xbox Kinect system. By gently caressing the keyboard or waving a hand above it, the user can change between text...