console en Alienware Alpha PC Game Console is Now Available to Pre-Order in the U.S. <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/alienware_alpha_angled.jpg" alt="Alienware Alpha" title="Alienware Alpha" width="228" height="154" style="float: right;" />Configurations start at $549</h3> <p>In an alternate reality, Dell is launching its <a href="">Alienware Alpha</a> PC game console as its official Steam Machine. In this world, however, Valve threw a wrench into every OEM's plans by delaying the launch of its Steam Machine platform until next year, as it wanted more time to tweak its Steam Controller. Fair enough, though not all system builders are willing to put their PC console plans on hold. Enter <strong>Alienware, which today announced it's taking pre-orders for its Alpha console</strong>.</p> <p>"Gamers can now secure their gateway to the entire Steam library on a system that was engineered to provide an immersive PC gaming experience, custom-tailored for the living room," Alienware said. "The Alienware Alpha merges the open ecosystem and flexibility of PC gaming with the ease-of-use and intuitive interface of consoles. This enables gamers to choose what and how they want to play, whether it’s a competitive online FPS with the bundled Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless controller for Windows, or having their friends bring their controllers of choice for a fragfest in the newest indie side scroller."</p> <p>Systems start at $549, though you can configure a higher priced machine with more potent hardware. That includes the availability of Intel Core i7 processor options, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Nvidia Maxwell-based GPU options. All systems come with a Microsoft Xbox 360 controller to boot.</p> <p>As an added bonus, Alienware Alpha machines will also come bundled with Payday 2, Magicka, Magicka: Dungeons and Daemons DLC, and Gauntlet Helm.</p> <p>Alienware Alpha systems will ship in November, just as <a href="">previously promised</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> alienware alpha console dell Gaming Hardware OEM rigs News Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:49:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 28331 at Microsoft Squashes $350 Xbox One Rumor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_controller.jpg" alt="Xbox One Controller" title="Xbox One Controller" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />That ad you saw for a €349.99 Xbox One? It was posted in error, Microsoft says</h3> <p>Console gamers had reason to be excited when an online ad depicted the Xbox One getting a price cut to €349.99, which hinted at a global price cut. Unfortunately, that excitement was short lived. <strong>Microsoft threw a wet blanket on the rumor and confirmed with our sister site, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Tech Radar</em></a>, that the Xbox One listing with a reduced price was made "in error"</strong> and that it doesn't have any current plans to lower the price.</p> <p>Microsoft already lowered the price of the Xbox One this year by removing the Kinect motion control sensor as a mandatory part of the package. In doing so, Microsoft has been able to offer the standalone console for $399 instead of $499, putting it on par with Sony's PlayStation 4.</p> <p>There have also been rumors that Microsoft will release some Xbox One bundles in the near future, including one on August 26th that will package Madden NFL 25 with the $399 Xbox One.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console games Hardware microsoft xbox one News Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:38:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28309 at Bragging Rights: PC Gaming Market Maintains Sales Lead Over Consoles <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dream_machine_2013.jpg" alt="Dream Machine 2013" title="Dream Machine 2013" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />PC gaming hardware is a $21.5 billion market</h3> <p>At the end of the day, we realize it doesn't matter if you get your gaming fix on a PC, console, tablet, or whatever -- we'll fist bump any gamer, regardless of platform. That said, we're of course partial to PC gaming ourselves, and as it turns out, our platform of choice is still the dominant one. According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the <strong>PC gaming hardware market is more than twice as large as the console gaming hardware market</strong>.</p> <p>JPR defines PC gaming hardware as personal computers, upgrades, and peripherals used for gaming. With that mind, the PC gaming hardware market stands at $21.5 billion, which is big enough to lap the console gaming hardware market, and then some.</p> <p>"We continue to see a shift in casual console customers moving to mobile. While this is also occurring in the lower end PC gaming world, more money is being directed to mid and high range PC builds and upgrades by gamers," <a href="" target="_blank">says Ted Pollak</a>, Senior Gaming Analyst at JPR. "Committed PC gamers are generally not interested in pure content consumption platforms. They are power users and pay thousands for the ability to play games at very high settings and then do business, video/photo editing, content creation and other tasks with maximum horsepower at their disposal in a desktop ergonomic environment."</p> <p>Moving beyond dollars and cents, the PC platform has an obvious power advantage. If you assemble a machine with an enthusiast grade CPU, high end GPU, SSD, and fast memory, it will "absolutely trounce the computing power and gaming capabilities of the newest console generation," Jon Peddie says. And he's right. While the newest consoles are still pushing pixels at 1080p, high end (and ultra expensive) PC platforms are pushing the envelope at 4K.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> computer console Gaming Hardware Jon Peddie Research jpr pc News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28214 at LeapFrog's LeapTV Console Will Get Your Kids Moving to Educational Content <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/leaptv.jpg" alt="LeapFrog LeapTV" title="LeapFrog LeapTV" width="228" height="227" style="float: right;" />An active gaming console for little kids</h3> <p>LeapFrog, the company behind the popular LeapPad for kids, once again has the little ones in mind with its new LeapTV console. Billed as the first educational, active video gaming system, LeapTV was designed from the ground up for kids ages three to eight years old. LeapFrog's grand vision is to change the way kids learn by combining activity and movement with educational curriculum.</p> <p>LeapTV comes with a specially designed game controller that's been molded for small hands and is suitable for limited dexterity. Classic game play is possible in its regular configuration, but with the press of a button, it transforms into a motion controller and LED pointer. There's also a motion controlling camera that puts kids in the game.</p> <p>"It is shocking that less than one percent of the tens of thousands of video game titles are rated appropriate for children under the age of six years. We know that young children want to experience new ways to play through technology earlier than ever, but parents quickly discover that there are very few solutions that are developmentally appropriate or educational for young children," <a href=";p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1947644" target="_blank">said Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos</a>, director of LeapFrog's Learning Team. "At LeapFrog, we built LeapTV from the ground up to make it the best first video gaming experience for children. From the simple user interface to the innovative controller with a built-in 'hint' button and a world-class Learning Library all designed or approved by our Learning experts, LeapTV gets children's minds and bodies moving while engaging in learning fun."</p> <p>LeapTV offers up access to over 100 game cartridges, game downloads, and videos designed by LeapFrog's team of gaming and learning experts. The console itself has 16GB of built-in memory and Wi-Fi connectivity.</p> <p>LeapFrong says its LeapTV system will be available this holiday shopping season for $150 MSRP; game cartridges will run $30 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console education games leapfrog leaptv News Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:40:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 28174 at Microsoft Entices Last Gen Console Owners with $75 Credit to Upgrade to Xbox One <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_promotion.jpg" alt="Xbox Promotion" title="Xbox Promotion" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The upgrade pot just got sweetened</h3> <p>Are you clinging tight to your Xbox 360 console? Microsoft hopes to loosen your grip with an upgrade offer that it's been sending out to some last generation console owners in hopes that they'll upgrade to an Xbox One.<strong> For users who receive the message on their last generation console, they'll receive a $75 promotional code with the purchase of any Xbox One</strong> or Xbox One bundle.</p> <p>A screenshot of the promotion appears on a <a href="" target="_blank">forum post at <em>Neogaf</em></a>. According to the text, the code can be used for games, add-ons, movies, and more.</p> <p>Microsoft's been pulling all kinds of tricks out of its sleeve to make the Xbox One a more attractive option than the PlayStation 4. Earlier in the year, Microsoft rolled out a Xbox One with Titanfall and Kinect bundle, and more recently, the Redmond outfit has begun offering just the console itself (no Kinect sensor) for $399.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console Gaming Hardware microsoft Xbox 360 xbox one News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28129 at Rockstar Finally Confirms Grand Theft Auto V for PC, Coming Fall (Also to PS4 and Xbox One) <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gta_v_2.jpg" alt="GTA V" title="GTA V" width="228" height="139" style="float: right;" />It's about flipping time!</h3> <p>Quick, pinch yourself to make sure this is really happening. After months and months of basically dodging questions about when Grand Theft Auto would release to PC, Rockstar Games finally acknowledged that it would happen, and even gave a general time frame. Announced at E3, <strong>Rockstar Games said GTA V will ship to PC this fall</strong>, along with versions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.</p> <p>These releases won't be simple ports from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Instead, Rockstar promises that GTA V will take full advantage of the next generation console and PC hardware with "across-the-board graphical and technical improvements" for added detail. You can expect improvements such as increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions.</p> <p>"The new generation upgrades also extend to Grand Theft Auto Online, an ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe. Rise through the criminal ranks by banding together to complete Jobs for cash, purchase properties, vehicles and character upgrades, compete in traditional competitive modes, or create your own content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto community," <a href="" target="_blank">Rockstar says</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><iframe src="" width="620" height="348" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>Rockstar's release for PC and next gen consoles will also include all the content and gameplay that's been added to the original version since launch, including new jobs, weapons, vehicles, and so forth.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console games Grand Theft Auto V gta v pc playstation 4 ps4 rockstar games Software xbox one News Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:57:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27976 at Hey Look, Portal and Half Life 2 Now Available on Nvidia Shield <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hl2_portal.jpg" alt="Half Life 2 and Portal Shield" title="Half Life 2 and Portal Shield" width="228" height="107" style="float: right;" />Grab a Shield handheld console for $199 (for a limited time)</h3> <p>Nvidia keeps upping the ante for its promising Shield console in hopes that you'll put your chips in and cash out as a converted gamer. The latest attempt at making you take that leap is the addition of two popular titles -- as of today, <strong>Half Life 2 and Portal are both available to Shield owners in Google Play</strong>, Nvidia announced. Both run natively on Android, and according to Nvidia, the utmost care and attention was paid to every detail to ensure they both deliver the full PC experience.</p> <p>"Nvidia has done a remarkable job bringing both Half Life 2 and Portal to Shield," <a href="" target="_blank">said Doug Lombardi</a>, Vice President of Market at Valve. "We're playing both games here on our Shields and fans of both franchises can expect the same game play they've come to love on the PC."</p> <p>Half Life 2 and Portal join a growing catalog of Shield supported Android games, of which there are more than 300 available. The newest releases also come hot on the heels of a <a href="" target="_blank">recent update</a> that, among other things, added the ability to remote stream games.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Half Life 2</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Portal</a> are both available now from Google Play for $9.99 each. And as previously announced, Shield is available for $199 for a limited time.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console games half life 2 Hardware hl2 nvidia portal shield News Mon, 12 May 2014 14:55:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27793 at New Mexico Dig Unearths E.T. Cartridges and Other Atari 2600 Hardware <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/atari_cartridge_bucket.jpg" alt="Atari Cartridge Bucket" title="Atari Cartridge Bucket" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />An urban legend in video game lore turns out to be true!</h3> <p>After sitting in a landfill covered with concrete for 30 years, <strong>numerous unsold "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges for the Atari 2600 console have been dug up</strong>, confirming reports of their fate form the 1980s. Largely considered by many the worst game of all time, legend had it that truckloads of E.T. cartridges, along with other Atari 2600 hardware, were dumped in the landfill, but the story was never confirmed until now.</p> <p>Filmmakers working on documentary and excavators received permission to dig up the Alamogordo landfill, which took place over the weekend. Twitter updates kept the Internet community in the loop, and interest heated up when an old and dusty Atari 2600 joystick turned up. After that, the excavators found an E.T. cartridge, box, and manual, followed by several more.</p> <p>According to Microsoft's <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Xbox Wire blog</em></a>, there are "a lot more down there," though the exact number isn't yet known.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/et_dig.jpg" alt="E.T. Dig" title="E.T. Dig" width="620" height="418" /></p> <p>"But at this point, we can safely report that those long-buried cartridges are actually, 100 percent there. Crazy, isn't it!? And it sounds like some other games are down there, too: Centipede, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and possibly more. 'Lots of boxes' is what we're hearing," <em>Xbox Wire</em> says.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The working title for the documentary featuring the dig is "Atari: Game Over." It will focus on the rise and fall of Atari, the latter of which E.T. may have a played a role.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> atari 2600 console e.t. games Hardware News Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:12:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 27706 at AnTuTu Benchmark Supposedly Spills the Beans on Nvidia's Shield 2 Console <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/shield_2.jpg" alt="Shield" title="Shield" width="228" height="214" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>What could be Nvidia's second generation Shield console makes a benchmark run on AnTuTu</h3> <p>It's been a little less than nine months since Nvidia released its <a href="">Shield handheld game console</a> to the public, and while there have been software updates since then, there's already talk of a second generation model with improved hardware. While this hasn't been confirmed as the real deal, news of a <strong>Shield 2 making a benchmarking run at AnTuTu</strong> is making the rounds. Care to venture a guess about its hardware?</p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">benchmark stats</a>, which was first noticed by <a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a>, the supposed Shield 2 wields an Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a Kepler GPU comprised of 192 CUDA cores. The System-on-Chip (SOC) is flanked by 4GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.</p> <p>The screen resolution is listed at 1440x810, which could indicate that 90 pixels in height are taken up by the on-screen navigation bar. Rounding out the spec sheet is a 0.3MP front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device scored 44,500 points in the AnTuTu benchmark.</p> <p>A typo in the spec sheet on AnTuTu gets our BS meter tingling, so take this one with a dash of salt.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> antutu console Gaming handheld Hardware mobile nvidia shield shield 2 News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:53:44 +0000 Paul Lilly 27679 at Microsoft Reaches 5 Million Xbox One Console Shipments <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/xbox_one_titanfall.jpg" alt="Xbox One Titanfall" title="Xbox One Titanfall" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />Xbox One is selling well, though not as well as Sony's PlayStation 4</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft let the world know that it's sold 5 million Xbox One consoles</strong> since launching back in November of last year. That's a strong start, expecially compared to the Xbox 360, the latter of which saw 60 percent fewer sales during the same time period when it launched many moons ago. However, Xbox One console shipments haven't been keeping up with Sony's PlayStation 4, which has notched 7 million unit sales to date.</p> <p>The other thing worth noting is that Microsoft was careful with its wording, saying that 5 million Xbox One consoles have been "<a href="" target="_blank">sold-in to retailers</a>." In other words, that breaks down to 5 million shipments -- it's not clear how many units have actually been sold to consumers.</p> <p>Regardless, the Xbox One appears to be doing well, especially in the U.S. According to data from NPD Group, Microsoft sold 311,000 Xbox One consoles in the U.S. in the month of March. Software sales are averaging 2.9 games per console. And according to Microsoft, gamers are spending an average of five hours per day on the Xbox One, which collectively have added up to more than 1 billion hours spent in games and apps on the console.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> console games Hardware microsoft xbox one News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:22:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 27660 at AMD Rides Next Generation Console Launches, Posts 28 Percent Bump in Revenues <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_1.jpg" alt="AMD building" title="AMD building" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales contributed to a 118 percent jump in semi-custom SoC revenue</h3> <p>Propped up by next-generation console launches by Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony (PlayStation 4), <strong>AMD today announced first quarter revenue $1.4 billion</strong>, which is a decrease of 12 percent sequentially but up a whopping 28 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Unfortunately for AMD, the jump in revenue still amounted to a $20 million loss, or $0.03 per share, though the Sunnyvale chip designer feels good about where it's at.</p> <p>"AMD continued our momentum by building on the solid foundation we set in the second half of 2013, further transforming the company," <a href="" target="_blank">said Rory Read</a>, AMD president and CEO. "Backed by our powerful x86 processor cores and hands-down best graphics experiences, we achieved 28 percent revenue growth from the year-ago quarter. We are well positioned to continue to grow profitably as we diversify our business and enable our customers to drive change and win."</p> <p>It's been a rough run all around for traditional PC sales, which resonated with AMD. Its Computing Solutions segment saw an 8 percent sequential decrease in revenue and a 12 percent decline year-over-year, both of which AMD attributed to decreased client unit shipments.</p> <p>Revenue from AMD's Graphics and Visual Solutions segment decreased 15 percent sequentially, but ballooned 118 percent year-over-year. This growth was driven in large part by AMD's semi-custom SoCs, which are primarily used to power game consoles. AMD also notes strong demand for its Radeon R7 and R9 family of products.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd console graphics Hardware playstation 4 ps4 revenue xbox one News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:26:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27659 at Delayed Dig for Atari E.T. Cartridges Clears Regulatory Hurdles <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/et_screenshot.jpg" alt="E.T. Screenshot" title="E.T. Screenshot" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />The search for millions of unsold copies of E.T. will proceed</h3> <p><strong>Environmental regulators in New Mexico have given Microsoft, Lightbox Entertainment, and Fuel Entertainment the green light to dig up a local landfill that might contain millions of unsold E.T. cartridges for the Atari 2600</strong>, along with other games, peripherals, and even consoles. The proposed dig had been put on hold when the New Mexico Environmental Department deemed that the initial excavation plan was too vague, but whatever concerns the agency harbored have now been settled.</p> <p>We read a copy of the NMED's approval letter, which lays out a handful of conditions, one them being that the agency must be notified at least five working days prior to the dig.</p> <p>E.T. is considered by many to be the worst game ever made. It suffered from a rushed production time as Atari tried to capitalize on the feature film, and while branding alone helped spur initial sales of around 1.5 million copies, word of just how atrocious the game was effectively halted further sales.</p> <p>There are reports of truckloads of unsold cartridges and other Atari gear being hauled to the desert and dumped into the landfill, which has since been covered with concrete. If the legend proves true, there could be millions of E.T. cartridges buried beneath the ground.</p> <p>The excavation will be filmed as part of a documentary about video game culture.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> atari cartridges console e.t. games News Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:40:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27567 at Atari E.T. Cartridge Dig Hits an Environmental Snag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/et_0.jpg" alt="E.T. Screenie" title="E.T. Screenie" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Red tape stands in the way of finding out if millions of E.T. cartridges are buried in New Mexico</h3> <p>E.T. may have hitched a ride to another galaxy after phoning home in the 1980s, but the search for unsold Atari 2600 cartridges loosely based on the Extra-Terrestrial's Hollywood hit continues. <strong>Legend has it Atari dumped up to 20 truckloads of cartridges, consoles, and other electronics into a New Mexico landfill site</strong>, which is where many believe most of the 3.5 million unsold copies of E.T. for the Atari 2600 ended up. After all these years, production company Lightbox Entertainment decided to dig up the landfill as part of a documentary, but environmental concerns could delay the project.</p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>CNET</em></a>, Lightbox's excavation plan was approved by city officials in Alamorgordo last June. However, environmental officials have the final say and they decided to reject the plan last month. Jim WInchester, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Environment Department, claims that Lightbox has yet to submit a new proposal.</p> <p>So, is it game over for E.T.'s resurrection? Not quite. According to an <a href="" target="_blank"><em>AP</em> report</a>, Lightbox is insisting that the search hasn't been halted. The company is working with a local waste-management consultant who filed an excavation permit and is working with the New Mexico Environment Department to address their concerns.</p> <p>E.T is considered to be one of the worst games of all time. It was only allowed a short window for development, and while it quickly sold 1.5 million copies piggybacking on the success of Steven Spielberg's film, sales came to a screeching halt, resulting in a $500 million loss for Atari.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> atari console e.t. games lighthouse News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:52:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 27515 at Nvidia Sweetens Shield Console with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Price Drop to $199 Through April <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_shield_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield" title="Nvidia Shield" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />OTA update adds new and enhanced features to Nvidia's Shield handheld</h3> <p>Owners of Nvidia's Shield console are in for a treat. On April 2, <strong>Nvidia will begin rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update that upgrades the device's Android platform to Android 4.4.2 KitKat</strong>, though that's not the only feature upgrade. It also adds a bunch of GameStream enhancements, including some beta goodies such as notebook support, Wake on LAN, and remote login support, which will allow users to log into a locked PC remotely from Shield.</p> <p>This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Following the update, you'll be able to use a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse to play games on your big screen TV in Console Mode. While still on the topic of GameStream, Shield owners will be able to add unofficially supported games to their GameStream list from GeForce Experience, use a USB Y-cable to charge the Shileld when using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y cable, and manually set the bitrate, FPS, and optimal settings preference in TegraZone.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/tegra_zone_pc_games.jpg" alt="TegraZone PC Games" title="TegraZone PC Games" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>There's a new user interface for TegraZone that's intended to help gamers have an easier time organizing and discovering games, as well as give them access to an integrated news feed for the latest Shield and TegraZone articles. To date, there are over 140 games in TegraZone</p> <p>Still on the fence? To give potential buyers a nudge, Nvidia is temporarily dropping the price of Shield to $199 from today through the end of April.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android android 4.4.2 kitkat console Gaming Hardware mobile nvidia shield News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:00:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27500 at Score an Ouya Android Console and $25 Game Credit for $85 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ouya_controller.jpg" alt="Ouya Controller" title="Ouya Controller" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />Lowest price yet for Ouya</h3> <p>Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ouya's developers have been trying to drum up interest in its Android-based micro console by offering different color options and, most recently, a model with twice the amount of storage. Color and storage options are nice, but if it's all about the price, here's a heads up that <strong>you can purchase an Ouya console for $85</strong> from StackSocial's website.</p> <p>A wireless controller and AA batteries come standard with the console, though in this case you'll also receive a $25 digital coupon for purchasing games. That's not a bad deal considering Ouya normally sells for $99, and that's sans the $25 games credit.</p> <p>The Ouya console that's up for grabs at StackSocial comes with 8GB of storage, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port. There are over 650 Android games for Ouya, all of which are free to try.</p> <p>Be advised that all sales are final -- there are no refunds. If you're still interested, head over to <a href=";utm_source=maxpc" target="_blank">StackSocial's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android console games Hardware micro console ouya stacksocial News Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:14:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27261 at