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  • November 4th, 2012

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 22:13
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    2. PC News,
    3. Android News,
    4. Apple iPad
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    Three months is a long time in tablet-land, it seems. Since we last brought you a buyer's guide, a few things have changed. In fact, this is probably the biggest shake-up yet, with not only the long-rumored iPad mini making an appearance, but also new offerings from two other big guns -- Microsoft and Google. Oh, and that means there's a whole new species of device altogether. With Windows RT finally shipping, there's new hardware to go with it, and we expect to see more popping up on the list in the months to come. This is all good news for you prospective tablet owners, as more competition can only mean more choice. With more options, though, comes more confusion. That's where we come in, armed with a few notable picks. Read on to find out what made the cut this season.

    10-inch tablets

    No, it's not the new iPad. It's the newest iPad. Or, to avoid any confusion, the fourth-generation iPad. Whatever you want to call it, it was a pleasant -- and wholly unexpected -- surprise to see the still relatively young Retina tablet get a refresh. What's new? Well, mainly that A6X processor, which blew our socks off when we tested it, but there's also an improved front-facing camera, and that tiny littleLightning 2 port. Battery life is longer than before, to boot. Fortunately, this fourth-gen iPad costs the same as the previous iteration. That's great news -- unless you just bought the old "new iPad," that is.
    When Microsoft announced the Surface for Windows RT tablet, Windows fans took a collective gasp of excitement. In addition to this version of Windows, tailored for ARM-powered devices, prospective buyers will enjoy a minimum of 32GB of storage, an optically bonded, 10.6-inch, 1,366 x 768 display and some solid in / out options (full USB, SD card reader, HD video out). The apps available might not reach the same levels of the competition just yet, but with most of Microsoft's big hitters (Word, Excel,SkyDrive, Internet Explorer) pre-installed, and with more and more big titles coming to the platform every week, this won't be an issue for long. In fact, if you're already on board with Surface for Windows RT, the biggest problem is likely what color Touch Cover keyboard you might want to treat yourself to.
    The third big name to launch a new slate in almost as many weeks? That'd be our friends at Mountain View. If there is a tablet-making rulebook, please don't ever send one to Google. What does the new Nexus 10 have to say for itself? New OS? Check, 1.7GHz processor? Yup. Mind-melting 2,560 x 1,600 resolution -- oh lordy. It's real, and it's here. Well, almost. You'll have to wait just a few more days until the official November 13th release, but once that date rolls around, you can get yourself a whole lotta tablet for a not-unreasonable amount of money.
    ASUS clearly created a winning formula with its Transformer Pad series of dockable tablets, with at least one making an appearance in every tablet buyer's guide we've published. The TF700 stands on the shoulders of its predecessor, jacking up all the key specs. The quad-core Tegra 3 chip now purrs along at 1.6GHz (and up to 1.7GHz with single-core performance); the resolution jumps from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200; and a little design tweaking promises to sidestep any antenna issues. So, good news all-round? Definitely. So much so that it remains one of the top Android slates out there.

    7-inch tablets

    When Google rolls into tablet town, you know the rest of the market takes a collective inward-breath. The Nexus 7 made a splashy debut at the company's opening I/O keynote, setting nerds' hearts aflutter the world over. The Nexus 7 has been a huge success, and the family continues to grow. With the 8GB version banished, you can snap up this 32GB varient for the same price as the original 16GB edition. With a 1.2GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 1GB of RAM and that 32GB of storage, this isn't all that different from some of its larger and more expensive competitors. Add in the latest version of Jelly Bean with all its buttery-smooth performance and Google Now goodness, and you've got one formidable package.
    Apple was a long time coming to the 7-inch(ish) party, that's for sure. However, when it finally showed up, naturally it did so in its own inimitable style. That means an extra 0.9 inches on the screen size of its peers, front and rear cameras (a relative rarity on tablets this price) and 16- 3- and 64GB storage options. That 7.9-inch display has a 1,024 x 768 resolution and, while the chipset isn't quad-core as on the Nexus 7, that dual-core A5 SoC still delivers smooth performance. A new size also means a new price point and, as you might expect, it's not the cheapest in its class. But if you fancy iOS, or just don't need any additional screen real estate, you can get in on the game from $329.
    Barnes & Noble lost its place in the 7-inch tablet section when certain other big players entered the market, but new hardware means another bite of the cherry. The Nook HD is definitely new, and in almost every regard. Taking a quick tour of its feature list, you'll find a new design, a 1,440 x 900 ...
    by Published on November 5th, 2012 22:09
    1. Categories:
    2. Apple iPad

    Double whammy attack by the wi-fi versions of iPad 4 and iPad mini.
    The wi-fi only versions of the iPad 4 and iPad mini hit stores on Friday (November 2nd), and Apple says the devices have already notched up three million sales between them.
    Comparatively, the figure doubles the 1.5m wi-fi only iPad 3 units sold over three days back in March.
    Tim Cook, CEO, said: "Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad.
    "We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand."
    Demand for iPad mini exceeded initial supply and some pre-order customers will have to wait until later this month to receive their shiny 7.9-inch tablets.

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 22:06
    1. Categories:
    2. PC News

    RIM’s 3G version of its BlackBerry PlayBook has launched in the UK, with a whopping £420 price tag.
    With a 1.5GHz processor, 7-inch screen and 32GB of space, the PlayBook has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 3MP front facing one.
    The tablet’s price is not far off Apple’s 32GB 4G LTE-enabled iPad Mini, making this 3G only device quite pricey. The fact that it is almost £200 more expensive than a 32GB 3G Google Nexus 7 doesn’t help matters either.
    With LTE now available in the UK, those interested in getting their hands on a PlayBook may decide to hold out until RIM’s 4G LTE version makes it’s way across the pond.

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 21:53
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    2. PC News

    The Command & Conquer beta will begin during the first half of 2013, EA has announced.It will be the longest-running beta in Command & Conquer history, C&C global community manager EA_CIRE wrote on the Command & Conquer blog."Now, we know you have a lot more questions about the new Command & Conquer and you may be wondering why we are so silent about it," he said."We've decided to actually let the game speak for itself, instead of starting the typical marketing noise you normally would expect. That being said, it might be a few more months before we reveal more information - we don't just want to tell you about the game, we want to show you."The new Command & Conquer, in development at BioWare Victory, has divided the series' loyal fanbase. It began life as Generals 2 but was changed to free-to-play, and is described by EA as a platform and service for PC. The Generals universe represents "the first of many free offerings" within the franchise planned to launch with C&C.EA_CIRE acknowledged the negativity around free-to-play and singled out Command & Conquer 4 as being a game in the series that didn't live up to expectations."The team here and I know that previous Command & Conquer titles had issues - some less, some more. C&C4 (yes, I just named it!) was especially far below the expectations and standards a lot of us had for C&C games. So we know how you guys feel - and I am talking a lot with our design team to discuss the game mechanics, features and meta-game of our new Command & Conquer in development."We all have the big picture in our mind where we want to go with this new Command & Conquer, making a great RTS game that can wear the C&C logo with pride. Yes, the direction is new and many probably would say that this is not a 'true' C&C, just as many did when the original Generals came out."For me, Command & Conquer isn't just about Tiberium, Kane and the crazy Yuri. It's been more about fun to play, engaging, and high quality RTS experiences. And that's what we're aiming to deliver, just in a different way."So looking at where we are right now with our game and the ongoing service that comes with Free 2 Play games actually makes me believe that this game can become a great Command & Conquer. And we will be working together with you - The Fans - to make it better and better. "

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 21:51
    1. Categories:
    2. Xbox 360 News

    The Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has leaked onto the internet a week ahead of release.The game appeared on the usual websites for these things last night eight days before its 13th November release.Now, YouTube is packed with gameplay videos, most of the new expanded Zombies mode.SPOILER WARNING: One of these is below.Streams have also emerged. Responding, Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar took to Twitter to say: "If you are going to live-stream the game early, which I don't remotely recommend, you could at least be good at it. :P"Then, "I'm really glad people are excited for the game. Legit streams coming up later this week and early next. Watch this space."The news comes a week after reports claimed Black Ops 2 was sold early in Slovakia, although the Xbox 360 leak is thought to have originated from the US. Halo 4, out midnight tonight, leaked nearly a month before release.Activision declined to comment when contacted by Eurogamer this morning.

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 21:30
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    2. Wii U News
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    The first Wii U game reviews have been published in the latest issue of GamesMaster, which is with subscribers now and on sale officially from Tuesday, November 6.
    The magazine offers verdicts on bothNintendo Land (86%) and New Super Mario Bros. U (82%).On Nintendo Land GM says there's "a heck of a lot more to it" than merely showing off the new GamePad. It calls the Lugi's Mansion, Mario Chase and Animal Crossing games in particular "some of the most innovative, raucous and party-fuelling fun we've ever had with a console."
    While the single-player content might not be as memorable, GamesMaster says Nintendo Land is ultimately "an essential purchase for party lovers".
    On New Super Mario Bros. U GM says it was "surprised" by the amount of innovation on show in its later levels, and despite being an easier franchise entry concludes that NSMBU "bodes well for Mario's future Wii U outings".
    The verdicts are part of a monster Wii special in GamesMaster 258, which you can buy online now and have delivered to your door, or purchase digitally via iOS and Android.
    Nintendo has confirmed a Wii U release date of November 18 in the US, and a Wii U release date of November 30 in Europe.
    The company has set the US Wii U price at $299 for the basic model, while the UK Wii U pricestarts at £230.

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 21:08
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    2. DCEmu
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    Games industry analysts have weighed in with US sales predictions for the month of October, ahead of the NPD Group's release of official market data this Thursday.
    Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter and fellow analyst firm EEDAR expect Xbox 360 sales to top those of PS3 and Wii for the 22nd consecutive month.They also predict further underwhelming monthly Vita sales of between 40,500 and 45,000 units in October.
    Pachter said in a research note distributed this afternoon: "Combined PSP and PS Vita unit sales were down 23% in the PS Vita's eighth month [September]. In our view, the PS Vita is highly unlikely to gain traction, even if Sony decides to cut price later this year."
    Last week Sony lowered its annual sales forecast for Vita and PSP from a combined total of 12 million units to ten million. Those predictions are down from 16 million units forecast in May.
    On the software front, Pachter expects October sales to be led by Skylanders Giants, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Pokémon Black & White 2.
    Wedbush / EEDAR October hardware sales estimates (change year-on-year):

    • 360 - 305,000 (-22%) / 315,000 (-20%)
    • PS3 - 226,000 (-9%) / 225,000 (-10%)
    • 3DS - 220,000 (-12%) / 250,000 (0%)
    • DS - 105,000 (-42%) / 115,000 (-36%)
    • Wii - 85,000 (-66%) / 135,000 (-46%)
    • Vita - 40,500 (n/a) / 45,000 (n/a)
    • PSP - 7,500 (-89%) / 6,000 (-92%)
    • PS2 - 1,000 (-94%) / (n/a)
    • Total - 990,000 (-30%) / 1,091,000 (-22%)

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...ling-analysts/ ...
    by Published on November 5th, 2012 20:57
    1. Categories:
    2. PS3 News,
    3. Xbox 360 News,
    4. Wii U News
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    Pre-orders for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5 have launched across the US and Britain, the company has announced.
    Retail giants such as Amazon, Gamestop, HMV, Play.com and Zavvi have begun a co-ordinated pre-order campaign for what is widely regarded as one of the biggest games of the current generation.The new marketing move comes one week after Take Two revealed it has pencilled in a Spring 2013 GTA 5 release date for the title.
    Rockstar's next crime opus will launch first on PS3 and Xbox 360. However, it is still unclear whether GTA 5 will be ported to the Wii U, and details on the PC edition have not been revealed.
    The official Rockstar Games Newswire has provided links to the retail pre-order pages.

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 20:28
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    2. Wii U News
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    With the Wii U launching in under two weeks on November 18, Nintendo of America is kicking its marketing into the next gear. In addition to new TV spots that show "How U Will Play Next" the company is introducing 5,000 Wii U kiosks to retailers like Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Toys 'R' Us.GamesIndustry International actually already saw one of these at a New York Best Buy this weekend.
    Some of the Wii U kiosks will enable consumers to get a hands-on game play experience while others will supply specially created video content that highlights Wii U's games and features. Some of the titles being spotlighted at retail include Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Sing Party, ZombiU and Rayman Legends.

    The consensus from analysts is that Wii U is likely to sell out this holiday season, but as the console enters 2013 and Microsoft and Sony look to further cut prices, Nintendo could be under much greater pressure.

    by Published on November 5th, 2012 20:23
    1. Categories:
    2. Xbox 360 News

    Xbox product marketing exec Matt Barlow boasts about 360's momentum and talks strategy going into this holiday against PS3 and Wii U



    Following our interview with PlayStation executive John Koller about the company's holiday positioning, GamesIndustry International got on the phone with Microsoft to see what the competition's game plan is. The Xbox 360 is entering its eighth holiday season now, and the platform and Microsoft's approach have both evolved quite a bit over the years.
    As Xbox 360 nears the end of its life, Microsoft not only wants to retain the hardcore gamer with titles like Halo 4 and Forza Horizon, but the company is hoping to capture more and more of the broad base with cheaper bundles, better Kinect titles and the introduction of SmartGlass for a dual-screen experience across games and all sorts of entertainment.
    Matt Barlow, general manager of product marketing at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, told us all about how he believes this holiday will shape up for Xbox. Hint: he's super confident.
    Q: Xbox 360 has spent 7 years on the market. It has to be a challenge for the marketing team at this point in the lifecycle. How do you get new users during this holiday season and how do you have to approach it differently from when the 360 felt fresh?
    Matt Barlow: When I look at that 7 years to the end of the lifecycle here, I'm excited that we're that one console that's been actually defying gravity. I do think we have a lot of help with Kinect coming into that. We built off that strong core base and then brought in that controller free gaming benefit with Kinect. So to your point - how can you position this thing later in the life cycle? - it's actually a neat place that we happen to be. We think we're the one console that's out there that speaks to everybody and delivers their entertainment and makes it more amazing.
    And if you look at what we've got, if you're a core gamer, and you haven't stepped over to our box yet, there couldn't be a better time with the games we've got - we just shipped Fable and Forza Horizon and Halo is shipping in a week or so, and then we've got Gears of War coming up the first part of next year and then content for Call of Duty exclusively first on Xbox Live. We're seeing tons of people becoming dual console owners, especially at this stage in the lifecycle if they haven't already jumped into 360. With a starting price of $199, you might as well jump right into our box.
    If you're a casual fan, we've got Dance Central 3, Kinect Sports Ultimate, and then Nike+ Kinect Fitness, which is going to be shipping. Great things available for people to play controller free if they are a fan of the Wii or if they're a little intimidated by the controller, we've got something for them. The entertainment offerings that we announced over the past couple of weeks, whether it's Xbox music, movies, or TV, the sports partnerships we've got with NBA, major league baseball, ESPN, on top of the games that we're bringing, is amazing. And then you look at what we're doing across all screens with Xbox SmartGlass, whether it's with Windows 8 PCs or phones, tablets, on top of the TV, being able to have that supplementary experience or flip content back and forth is an amazing thing for people who are looking to get more from that experience.


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