Behind closed doors at CES, Microsoft Research detailed a concept called IllumiRoom. The technology uses Kinect and a projector to augment the area surrounding the television screen with projected visualizations.
The developer describes IllumiRoom as an experience that can “change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.”
Out of left field, Nvidia announced a dedicated gaming handheld, of all things.
Code-named Nvidia Shield, Nvidia announced the device at its CES press conference. The device features lithium batteries that have 38 hours of battery life with a clamshell design, and is based on the Terga 4 mobile chip.
Nvidia Shield is an Android-based device. In addition to an HDMI port, the system also has a micro SD slot, micro USB slot and a headphone jack. On the controller itself is a HD touch screen that is based on a clamshell design.
As well as Android apps and games, The Shield will also allow gamers to access games installed on their home PC for play on the Shield’s screen.
LG has announced a partnership with Gaikai to integrate the cloud gaming application into its televisions, filling the gap between console and television.
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, there’s an active demo of the program, and it showcased a solid input rate — although there are some issues because of artifacts.
But, a Gaikai spokesperson did inform us that the programs still in the early stages of development. With that said, LG hasn’t solidify a release date and price for the service. The service will permeate LG Cinema 3D televisions.
Sony said that it doesn’t expect to announce a new console at this years Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Sony division head Kaz Hirai said that they’ve always expected the PlayStation 3 to have a decade long life cycle, and he doesn’t see any reason to rush and replace it with a new system.
During an investors roundtable at the trade show, a reporter questioned the possibility of new console announcement. The head of Sony’s video game division, Andrew House, said that there would be no announcement at the show.
“Andy [House] is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3,” Hirai added, reports The Wall Street Journal. “I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.”
Intel has moved beyond the era of the personal computer — to the era of “personal computing.”
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini said that, as the devices themselves become “less relevant,” the question becomes who can craft the better experiences.
Otellini emphasized the importance smartphones — an area where the company has been trying to gain traction. He then introduced the Lenovo’s new K800 smartphone, which will be coming first to China.
Liu Jun, senior vice president of Lenovo, then appeared on stage with the device in hand. “This is only the first step — I firmly believe Intel and Lenovo will achieve great success is the mobile market,” Jun said.
After detailing the device, Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility, came on stage to show its support for Intel’s mobile hardware. “We’re thrilled” to build high-performance mobile products based on the mobile Atom hardware,” Jha said — announcing a multi-year partnership with Intel.
“Intel coming into the mobile business is a good thing,” Jha said. “It brings in a new perspective.”
AT&T has revealed its pricing and availability dates for the PlayStation Vita — through its partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment.
When the PlayStation Vita launches, costumers of the carrier will have their choice of two data plans. There will be a $15 a month plan for 250MB, and a $25 plan for 2GB a month. Both plans will be month-to-month and will not require any long-term contracts.
Location-based application “near” will allow users to find out what other PS Vita owners in their vicinity are currently playing and what titles are most popular in the area. “near” also enables location-based gaming features such as “gifting,” in which a user can access virtual game-related items that other users are sharing by checking in at geographic locations. For example, in the popular kart racing series ModNation Racers: Road Trip, PS Vita users will be able to collect rare gift items provided through the game when visiting specific points of interest in 45 major cities around the world. They can then share them with other PS Vita owners through the “near” application.
“LiveArea” is an interactive interface for each PS Vita software title in which users can access the latest information for games through PlayStation Network.
In addition, a variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, Flickr, foursquare, and Twitter will be available on PS Vita.
PS Vita systems with an active AT&T data plan will also take advantage of software functionality developed specifically for the 3G-enabled model that allow users to game at the speed of their mobile lifestyle, including turn-based, asynchronous multiplayer gameplay, instantly updated rankings and leaderboards, immediate access to the latest downloadable add-on content, and real-time community news.
Alex Mercer may not remember if he was a hero or a villain, but do you remember the trailer that was ‘leaked’ a month ago? Well, it looks like that trailer has found its way to CES, in Las Vegas, this year and, as I digress into this matter, that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
At the end of the trailer (shown below), there was a simply advert saying that newest release target for Prototype, which reads ‘Summer 2009’. That’s it. That was the newest release target for the title, but also in the trailer it revealed some powerful, and rather painful, powers that haven’t been shown before, here take a look.
Sony has revealed some very impressive things at CES this year, but when you head over to the Sony boot, on the show floor, you will see one of the most impressive displays of 3D this generation, which just happen to be on the PlayStation 3.
“Don’t get caught up with specs,” the Sony representative told Arstechnica. “We’re not going to talk about specifications. This is just a look at what 3D could look like if Sony decided to move in this direction.”
Anyway, Arstechnica were shown Wipeout HD in 3D and they say that, “[they were] ready to whip out [their] credit card right there” and buy the system. But, sadly, the showing was just to see if people would want that kind of technology in their home.