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TGS 2012: Sony Announces New, Slimmer PlayStation 3

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In the opening minutes of its Tokyo Games Show press conference, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House took the stage to announce a new, slimmer version of the PlayStation 3.

The new PlayStation is available in “charcoal black,” but Japan gets the super-special “classic white” option. House said that the internal volume and weight of the new model is less than half of the original system — it’s 20 percent and 25 percent less volume/weight compared to the current slim.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 5

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Apple has unvieled the next generation iPhone. Apple vice president of marketing Phil Schiller took the stage at an event in San Francisco to announce “the newest, largest, fastest iPhone,” the iPhone 5.

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Schiller. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”

The iPhone 5 is the “thinnest smartphone in the world,” and features “an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S.”

Apple promises that the device will feature a strong battery life, suggesting a “8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 30 hours of video and 225 hours of standby.” They have also updated the camera.

Last but not least, the iPhone 5 will be available  either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model.

Microsoft Patents “Holodeck” Technology

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According to Patently Apple, the device will be fitted with a 3D depth camera that keeps tracks of the player’s movements using an enhanced version of the same basic techniques uses in Kinect.

In the system outlined in the patent, “An immersive display environment is provided to a human user by projecting a peripheral image onto environmental surfaces around the user. The peripheral images serve as an extension to a primary image displayed on a primary display.”

The patent also suggests that the technology would work in tandem with Microsoft’s supposedly planned shutter 3D glasses — which appeared in the Microsoft design document that was leaked in June. In addition, for reference, the technology is indeed reminiscent of the Holodeck in Star Track.

Apple Awarded $1B in Samsung Patent Lawsuit

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The verdict in the infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has been reached. A Californian jury has ruled that Samsung devices have infringed on Apple patents, and that Apple should be awarded more than $1 billion in damages.

However, the Jury didn’t recommend awarding Samsung any money in its counterclaims that Apple has also violated some of its patents. “This is a huge win for Apple,” Mark Lemley, a Stanford law professor, said to CNN. The settlement “is just large enough to make it the largest surviving patent verdict in history.”

This is most likely not the end of the case. However, an appeal is almost certain.

 Apple Awarded $1B in Samsung Patent Lawsuit

DayZ Goes Standalone

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DayZ, the popular Arma2 mod, has taken on a life of its own, and will now become a standalone product. Arma2 lead designer Dean Hall will remain on the project, and developer Bohemia Interactive will be the publisher.

“That’s right, this is actually happening,” Hall wrote on the DayZ blog. “This is the fairy-tale outcome for a mod that many would have said impossible four months ago.”

In addition, Hall said that development on the mod will occur alongside development of the game, so those currently playing the mod can continue to enjoy it. Hall compares the development process of the full DayZ game to that of Minecraft, meaning that the game will be released very early in the development cycle for a discounted price.

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Microsoft Unveils Surface Tablet

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Moments ago, Microsoft announced its own Windows-based tablet, The Microsoft Surface, “a whole new family of computing devices from Microsoft.”

“We designed Windows 8 for the world we know, in which most computers are mobile,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Today we want to add another piece to that Windows 8 story.”

The device will feature a touchscreen and gesture technology, a scratch-resistant case and even a built in stand. It will also feature familiar Windows programs like Office, and will be able to interact with Xbox.

In addition, the Surface will include a cover that interacts as both a cover and a multi-touch keyboard. The Surface supports digital ink, allowing you to mark up documents with a stylus.

Things I Can’t Game Without

For some overly complicated reason, throughout gaming, there has been a distant line between the graphical user interface and the user — especially when it comes to typing anything. However, all that changed when Microsoft the introduced the Chatpad, a device which merges the keyboard and controller seamlessly into one.

In this article, I’ll be addressing why I can’t game without accessories like the Chatpad, and why they’re so important to my gaming experience.

Since I’ve been gaming with the Chatpad, it’s no longer a daunting task to type a message, especially when you’re in need of the full 140 characters. Personally, I can’t game without the Chatpad device around, especially when I’m online. Because, not only is a great device for messaging, it makes using Facebook, Twitter and even navigating the dashboard much easier on the consoles.

I also can’t game without any controller in hand. You see, I’m not particularly fond of the keyboard gaming experience; the only possible way I can even game on PC is with a controller. It’s funny because I find that the console experience has spoiled me a bit, even if there are more options available when using a keyboard.

In addition to a controller, I also can’t game — especially online — without my Turtle Beach Ear Force PX21 headset around. The headset is a universal headset, works on both consoles and PC. The headset rivals any home entertainment system, especially in games like Call of Duty and Gears of War where the sound is an intricate part of the overall experience. This headset is heavy at all and, once you have placed it on, it’s like gaming in your own personal space, which is nice if you’re living with other people.

These are the three things — the Chatpad, a controller and my Turtle Beach Ear Force PX21 headphones — I can’t see myself gaming without. These devices are critical to my gaming experience because they both enhance and give an element of ease when I’m gaming.

Baldur’s Gate Is Headed to iPad

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Overhaul Games today announced that Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be heading to the iPad this summer, alongside a PC release.

The iPad and PC remake will include all the improvements and additions in the original version — including the full integration of the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. The Enhanced Edition will be running on a “re-forged” version of the Infinity Engine, allowing for a better visual experience. In addition, Overhaul has promised brand-new story content including more quests and a new party member.