Forza 4 to Get Head-Tracking via Kinect

Forza 4 on the XBox will feature head-tracking. The system will work by using the Microsoft Kintect camera to track where a user is looking and with that data, the screen will then adjust to show you what you are looking at. The system is demonstrated in the video below and shows a driver testing a car around a track with it enabled.

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Nintendo DS Lite Price Dropped to $100

Nintendo is dropping the price of the DS Lite in the US. The new suggested retail price is now $99.99 and will go in to effect on June 5th.

Nintendo has also announced that six of its popular titles will feature new packaging to make them stand out a little more on the shelf.

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Nintendo Could Unveil Next Gen HD Wii This Year

Today, reports are hinting that a new Nintendo HD could be launching this year. The new console is expected to be announced at E3 this year, and perhaps earlier from what we also hear.

What we expect to see with the new console is of course, HD – high definition graphics. Although the Wii defined a different type of gaming experience a few years ago, one of the problems with it was the lower resolution graphics when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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3DS Black Screen of Death Starts Appearing

The Nintendo 3DS launched a few days ago in the UK and it seems that reports of what is being described as a “black screen of death” are now appearing on line.

The error message, available below, says “An error has occurred. Hold down the POWER button to turn off the power, then turn it on and try again. If the problem persists, please contact your local customer support centre. For contact details, check the Operations manual or visit support.nintendo.com.” [Read more…]

Amazon Confirm Nintendo 3DS is Biggest Pre-Ordering Console

Amazon in the UK has confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS is their most pre-ordered console ever. This was confirmed in a tweet sent out yesterday:

Nintendo 3DS, biggest pre-ordering console on Amazon.co.uk ever! Pre-order for just £187 now,

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Survey Hints at Sony NGP Costing $250 and $350 for Non-3G and 3G

Official pricing for the Sony NGP hasn’t been released yet, but what we are hearing today is that the pricing could be $250 and $350 for a WiFi only and 3G version respectively.

We already knew that two versions were being made available thanks to a few details being mentioned. What we didn’t know is the pricing structure and realistically, we still don’t know for sure as the details have been provided by a survey that was done on behalf of a games developer. [Read more…]

Nintendo 3DS Teardown

The Nintendo 3DS will be launching in Japan in the next few days. Somehow, someone managed to get hold of one early to tear it down and see exactly what Nintendo have crammed inside the case.

As you might already be aware, the Nintendo 3DS has a glasses free 3D screen allowing gamers to be more immersed in the action. Unfortunately, there is no detailed breakdown of the screen other than seeing it embedded in the casing of the 3DS, but expect over the coming weeks we’ll see a more indepth breakdown in regards to the screen. [Read more…]

Sony NGP Features Dropped To Keep the Price Right

Although we think the Sony NGP (AKA PSP 2) is packed full of features that actually make it very “cool”, we learn now that it could have been better. Sony said in a recent interview that not everything they intended has made it to the PSP 2 so that they could keep the price down to an acceptable level. What that means is that you still will get the NGP you saw a few weeks ago, but had Sony not restricted it to a certain (unknown) price point, it would have been packed with even more features.

Sony doesn’t mention what those features are though unfortunately although a few lessons can be learned from the original PS3 when compared to the new one. Sony originally added a lot of features to the PS3 and gave it everything, basically you could say they “overcooked” it. Then, they realised that a huge loss was being made and when new models were launched, various features started dropping such as backwards compatibility to name one thing. [Read more…]

PSP 2 Could get OLED Screen and 3G Connectivity

We heard rumors recently that indicated that the PSP 2 would be as powerful as the PS3. We also now hear that Sony want to put both 3G connectivity inside it as well as an OLED screen.

Other than the quick rumors of the OLED screen and 3G, not much else is known about the device other than we hear that it might be officially announced this week on January 27. If so, we should hear a number of new details about the device such as the release date, price and what runs inside. [Read more…]

Nintendo 3DS Battery Life is Just 3 to 8 Hours

One thing that gave the original Nintendo DS a boost was the fact that it could get up to 14 hours on a single charge. When the DS Lite launched, that further jumped to a healthy 19 hours of gaming between charges. What we are hearing now is that the new Nintendo 3DS will get just 3 to 8 hours per charge with the 8 hours been reserved for those older DS games.

For those playing newer 3D games, this is when battery life drops to just 3 to 5 hours per charge. This is now around what the original Sony PSP got per charge which isn’t particularly good at all. [Read more…]

AngryBirds for PSP Launches

Today will see the launch of Angry Birds for the Sony PSP. The game is a port of the classic iPhone and Android game that has had a tremendous sales record since it launched. The game has sold in excess of 50 million from what reports indicate.

As for how close the game is to the iPhone version, on the PSP you get just 63 levels which is way off the 360+ that are currently enjoyed on the iPhone. We’re not sure at this point in time if Rovio plan to provide updates to the PSP version, or if the handheld console users will be stuck at the 63 levels. [Read more…]

Gran Turismo 5 Update Now Available

Since the launch of Gran Turismo 5 on the PlayStation 3, a couple of updates have arrived to fix the odd problem here and there. This new update is rather large though in that it’s a 600MB download and brings a number of new features to the game.

The 600Mb update brings more realism to the game and also adds the GT academy. Seasonal events are now part of the game as well as a new hot car dealer. [Read more…]