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January 19, 2012

Video Gaming News: Vita, Kinect, Alienware

PS Vita

Sony has come out and confirmed the full launch day and launch window lineup for its PlayStation Vita, as well as the pricing on all launch accessories. The Vita arrived in Japan on December 17 and it’s still on track to arrive in the U.S. and Europe on February 22.

Launch day:

  • Escape Plan (PSN Only)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  • Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
  • Little Deviants
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip
  • Super StarDust Delta (PSN Only)
  • UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
  • wipEout 2048
  • Army Corps of Hell
  • Asphalt Injection
  • BEN10 GALACTIC RACING
  • Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND
  • Dungeon Hunter Alliance
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • F1 2011
  • EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer
  • Lumines Electronic Symphony
  • Michael Jackson The Experience
  • Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only)
  • Rayman Origins
  • Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
  • Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only)
  • Touch My Katamari
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition

Launch window:

  • Gravity Rush
  • MLB 12 The Show
  • Reality Fighters
  • Unit 13
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
  • NINJA GAIDEN ∑ PLUS
  • Ridge Racer
  • Silent Hill Book of Memories
  • Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted

Also, AT&T has announced they will be offering two wireless data plans for the PlayStation Vita console when the handheld launches on February 22. According to the company, neither of the two monthly plans will require a contract.

The first plan will go for $14.99 and provide 250MB of data for use in one month. The second plan will cost $25 and will provide 2GB (8x more than the other plan) of data. These plans come on top of the price of the actual system, which is $249.99 for the Wi-Fi only model or $299.99 for the 3G model.

Not only will you get the data, but anyone who activates their Vita on an AT&T plan will get a voucher for a free game from the PlayStation Store and they’ll also get free access to over 29,000 AT&T WiFi hotspots around the U.S.

Check out G4’s handheld impression’s of PlayStation Vita here.

Kinect for Windows

Kinect For Windows Coming On February 1

Microsoft confirmed during CES 2012 keynote that the official Kinect for Windows release is happening on February 1.

There’s no price announced, but Amazon pegs the number at $249.99 (via Major Nelson’s Twitter). That’s a full $100 more than the MSRP for the console version of the peripheral. The PC version of Kinect was confirmed last year to be an improved take on the Xbox 360 release, highlighted by an ability to detect objects in close proximity to the camera lens.

 

The New Alienware X51

Alienware X51 Puts Gaming Desktop Power In A Console Shell

[via G4]

UPDATE: Hey all– I just got off the phone with Alienware and I’ve got some additional information now about these X51 desktops. I speculated in my original post that upgrades might be tough with them, since the amount of physical space inside a pint-sized PC casing like this is at a premium. It turns out that upgrades — particularly for graphics cards — are a snap. It’s one screw and a release latch to get the outer casing off and the actual graphics card sits inside of an easily accessed tray. I hope that clears up any concerns!

ORIGINAL POST: True PC gamers will almost certainly chime in with comments about how it’s always better (read: cheaper) to build your own PC by hand — and they won’t be wrong — but Alienware tends to give pretty decent tech for your dollar. The just-announced Alienware X51 serves up a new kind of gaming PC, one that looks an awful lot like a gaming console.

Prices start at $699 for the Xbox 360-sized gaming desktop, though the top-level $1,149 unit is probably what you’ll want to get for the best possible Battlefield 3 experience. The Alienware website even says so, with the product listing proudly touting that it is “capable of playing Battlefield 3 at 50+ frames per second with 1080p Full HD resolution.”

Of course, the danger with highly specialized and compact designs like this is that you spend all sorts of money and then don’t have the ability to swap out parts as they become outdated. If you’re okay with spending a large chunk of money on a gaming PC that will play the latest games for the next few years — at increasingly lower graphics settings — then the X51 looks like a good choice. The compact size makes it perfect for those who want a PC connected to their TV.

The two lowest price models, available for $699 and $899, respectively, both come with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 GPU installed. The cheaper option has half the RAM, at 4GB vs. 8GB. The big difference, however, is the CPU: for $699 you get an i3-2120 3.3 GHz and for $899 you get an i5-2320 3.0 GHz.

The two high-end models ($949 and $1,149) also share the same GPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555. The RAM difference is 6GB vs. 8GB. The cheaper model uses the same CPU as the $899 option, while the more expensive one packs in an i&-2600 3.4GHz processor. Be aware that hardware customization is limited with the X51; pretty much everything except for the optical drive is standard.

Source: Alienware

December 20, 2011

Handheld Game Consoles: PlayStation and Nintendo

PS Vita

The Japanese launch of the PlayStation Vita has been a moderate success, with the new handheld console from Sony pushing 321,000 units in the first two days.

To put it in perspective, the rival Nintendo 3DS sold 371,000 units in the first two days. While the Vita lags behind the 3DS in terms of launch sales, the original PSP was wildly popular in Japan, so time will probably be the test as to whether the Vita’s feature set will push it ahead of the 3DS.

The North American launch of the PlayStation Vita isn’t until February 22, 2012.

 

Wii U E3 2011

Gamers will get another early look at the Wii U as Nintendo brings the hardware to CES 2012. Announced at E3 2011, the Wii U is the next generation console from Nintendo that features a touchscreen controller, as well as full 1080p high-definition graphics.

While a prototype was shown at E3 2011 in conjunction with the announcement, we still haven’t had a chance to see the full capabilities of the device, and hopefully what’s show at CES 2012 will give us some more insight into exactly what the Wii U can do.

CES is in full swing on Jan. 10.

[viaG4TV]

#NerdGirls will try to post as much as we can and as quickly as we can dealing with CES in Jan. So keep an eye out.

December 20, 2011

‘Doctor Who’ Post

Catching you up on Who news from the last week.

Steven Moffat has announced at the Press Screening today that the Ponds will leave in Season 7 and that a new companion will join the Doctor on his travels.

“The final days of the Ponds are coming during the next series,” he said. “I’m not telling you when or how, but that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end… Then The Doctor will meet a new friend.”

Moffat added that he believes River Song (Alex Kingston) will make a return appearance, though it is unknown if the character will be involved in the couple’s exit storyline.

Matt Smith stated: “The show will miss the Ponds, brilliantly played by Karen and Arthur, but the great thing about Doctor Who is its ability to change. We had the most incredible journey. We took over the show and we’ve really had to hold hands and help each other through it. So it’s very disappointing, but one has to remember that this show is about change and regeneration, and that’s what galvanizes it and pushes it forwards.”

As yet no-one has been cast as the new companion.

Doctor Who: Worlds In Time video game

BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games today announced the open preview launch of Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, the new browser-based, free-to-play multiplayer online game.
At DoctorWhoWIT.com, fans and gamers everywhere can enjoy the mystery and community of Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, which draws on the rich mythology, locations and excitement of the beloved television show. The game is designed for devotees of the show looking for a quick pick-up-and-play game, and life-long gamers and sci-fi enthusiasts seeking increased social engagement. Players choose among four races and endless possible character combinations to create their avatars.

They can join together in missions identified by the mysterious Time Lord to defend civilization by undertaking interventions against infamous villains bent on creating chaos and destruction in the universe. Throughout the game, players will explore deep immersive worlds (e.g., Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) featuring iconic monsters (e.g., Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels), delivering the authentic experience of being part of the Doctor Who realm.

While the game is free-to-play, revenue is generated through micro-transactions. Players can enhance their experience and accelerate their progress in the game through the purchase of Chronons, which will help them to complete missions, customize their avatars, build new contraptions and more.


Doctor Who: Worlds in Timewill launch commercially in the first quarter of 2012.

Lastly, ever wonder what the exact timeline is for the whole Doctor Whoseries, well here’s a little graffic showing it all to you. Just click on it to see the full size.

[via Blogtor Who]

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December 8, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlist: WoW Games

world of warcraft sale

Blizzard is holding a rsale right now for their World of Warcraft products until December 19. The World of Warcraft: Battle Chest is just $5 (reg. $19.99) and it comes with the original game, The Burning Crusade expansion, and a free first month of the massive MMORPG. They’ve also got both of the other expansions on sale too. The Wrath of the Lich King expansion is only $10 (reg. $39.99) and the Cataclysm expansion is just $20 (reg. $39.99). Meaning for just $35 you can get sucked in to everything that World of Warcraft has to offer, and that’s an exceptionally great deal if I do say so myself.

On top of the game being on sale, Blizzard has also discounted the adorable Pandaren Monk companion pet to $5 (reg. $10) and the epic Celestial Steed Mount to $10 (reg $25).

Definitely worth purchasing if you or someone you know has been eying any of these games.

December 8, 2011

Be Charitable! Buy MW3 Xbox Live Avatar Accessories

Modern Warfare 3 Xbox Live Avatar Sales To Go To Charity

Proceeds from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s themed Xbox 360 avatar accessories will got to charity. From now until December 16, all 30+ MW3 additions to your Xbox Live avatar will be donated to Call of Duty Endowment. Two new avatars have been added: American Special Forces and Special Ops Juggernaut.

You can check out all the MW3 content here to donate to this great cause.

 

[via G4TV]

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December 8, 2011

#NerdGirls On The Go: Xbox Live iOS App

To go along with the sweeping changes Microsoft implimented on Xbox Live yesterday, the company has released an iOS companion app that allows you to keep track of your friends, send messages, update your profile and gaze longingly at your gamerscore while you count the hours until you can return to your 360. The Xbox Live app is free.  Here’s the app store link.

If you’re a Windows 7 Phone user, there’s love for you, too. The Xbox Companion for Windows Phone 7 is live as of yesterday, and that application lets you do everything the iPhone version does, but also lets you control content from your Windows phone. Amazing…and also, free.

 

[via G4TV]

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December 7, 2011

Skyrim + Kinect = Awesome

 

Info about how the got it all to work is on the youtube page’s info.

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November 24, 2011

Steam’s Autumn Sale

Steam's Autumn Sale Begins Today -- We're Thankful For Valve

From now until Sunday, Steam has PC/Mac games on sale for your downloading enjoyment. Many are old favorites like Portal 2 and LA Noire that are now 50% or more off. So go ahead and purchase a game today!!!

Visit Steam HERE!

November 24, 2011

A Nerd Chrismukah Wishlist: MW3 Branded Gifts!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the hottest game right now, so what do you get that gamer that already has MW3 for Chrismukah? Well, here is a list.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Jeep Wrangler

Just like last year, the Jeep brand is back to promoting the latest Call of Duty game. The auto maker’s special edition Wrangler is available in two-door and four-door varieties, sporting a black or silver paint job. You’ll find Call of Duty logos emblazoned everywhere, on the interior and exterior, but no live ammunition. Prices start at around $36,000, so I hope you started saving for this one last year.

Turtle Beach MW 3

Turtle Beach Ear Force Call Of Duty Headsets

Turtle Beach released a line of four Call of Duty-branded Ear Force headsets for this holiday season. The Foxtrot, Charlie, Bravo and Delta models sell for $99, $129, $179 and $299, respectively. The higher the price, the more robust the featureset: the Foxtrots are stereo audio cans; Charlies are packed with eight speakers to deliver in-ear 5.1 surround sound; Bravos add a rechargeable battery and built-in Digital Signal Processor to the mix; and Deltas are the best-of-the-best, with Dolby 7.1 sound and Bluetooth support.

Modern Warfare 3 Console

Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 Console

The Call of Duty fan you’re gift-shopping for almost certainly has a gaming console already. If that person happens to be an Xbox 360 user, you might want to consider the MW3­-branded limited edition console from Microsoft. The console and pair of included controllers are skinned to look like they’ve been through a warzone. The package also includes exclusive downloadable avatar items and a standard edition copy of the game, which the gift’s recipient can easily trade in for credit toward a Call of Duty Elite subscription. The whole package will cost you $399.

Modern Warfare 3 Wireless Controller

Modern Warfare 3 Wireless Controllers

Depending on which console you do your Duty on, you’ll have different options on the wireless controller front. On the Xbox 360 side, you can buy the same gamepad included in the Modern Warfare 3 console bundle (above) on its own, for $59.99. PlayStation 3 owners can instead look to third-party peripheral maker PDP, which is selling an MW3-branded controller equipped with night vision green LED lights for $49.99.

Modern Warfare 3 Wireless Xbox 360 Headset, With Bluetooth

Modern Warfare 3 Wireless Xbox 360 Headset, With Bluetooth

This is a cool one for Xbox 360 owners. You’re looking at a wireless Xbox 360 headset that also doubles as a Bluetooth headset. Not only can it be used with any Bluetooth-enabled phone or PC, it’s also one of the only wireless Xbox 360 headsets that will also play nice with a PlayStation 3. You’ll get eight hours of talk time from the headset’s rechargeable battery; there’s also a packed-in code for an exclusive Xbox 360 Avatar item. All for just $69.99.

Logitech MW3-Branded Gaming Keyboard And Gaming Mouse

Logitech MW3-Branded Gaming Keyboard And Gaming Mouse

These two items aren’t available in a bundle, but they do pair well together. Logitech’s Modern Warfare 3 toys include a specially designed G105 keyboard and G9X mouse, available for $79 and $99, respectively. Both peripherals are wired and feature Call of Duty branding. The keyboard features six programmable keys and all of the usual bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end gaming keyboard. The 5700 dpi mouse offers up nine programmable buttons and internal memory that is capable of storing up to five different gaming profiles.

Munitio Special Edition Billets 9mm Headphones

Munitio Special Edition Billets 9mm Headphones

Munitio’s special edition Billets offer high-end audio performance at the low-ish price of $69.99, but that’s not why a Duty fan might covet them. The MW3 branding helps, but the real draw here is the design; the two earbuds are built to resemble actual 9mm bullet shells. The cans also feature a built-in mic, so you can take calls in between rocking out.

FPS Freek Elite

FPS Freek Elite

There technically isn’t any Call of Duty branding on KontrolFreek’s new FPS Freek Elite thumbstick attachments, but it’s clear from the packaging that you’re meant to think of Activision’s FPS when you buy these. For $13.99 you get two snap-on thumbstick extenders that offer improved control over your in-game thumb twiddlings. One size fits all for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 official controllers, though KF’s website notes that the FPS Freek also works with “many” third-party options as well.

Mountain Dew And Doritos Fun Pack

Mountain Dew And Doritos Fun Pack

Give any Call of Duty-loving gamer the gift of double XP with specially marked packages of Mountain Dew and Doritos. Codes packed in with these items can be redeemed for an in-game double XP bonus that applies to Modern Warfare 3‘s competitive multiplayer mode. For those who are serious about being a cheapskate during the holiday season, there’s no better gift for a Call of Duty fan.

[via G4TV]
November 21, 2011

Life Size Mario Karts

Life Size Mario Karts Make An Appearance At The LA Auto Show

Nintendo made an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show and they brought life size Mario karts with them. The karts, based off of the series Mario Kart, were created by West Coast Customs. There were two custom, life size karts, one for Mario and one for his brother, Luigi. Both karts are giant representations of the actual karts from the upcoming 3DS game Mario Kart 7.

Life Size Mario Karts Make An Appearance At The LA Auto Show

If you want to check out these karts for yourself head to the LA Auto Show where they will be on display until November 27th. I’ve looked into it and they won’t let you drive them, but you can take pictures with it. That’s almost as cool and I needed a new facebook profile picture anyway.

The life size Mario karts will eventually be given away to members of the GameStop PowerUp Rewards program. Winners will be announced in February.

[via G4TV]