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It took 75 tries before MS decided on the Xbox One design

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In a recently posted story on Microsoft’s site, the designer of the Xbox One, Carl Ledbetter, revealed that it took 75 prototypes before Microsoft settled on the current console’s design.

75 3D-printed models were made of the system, 100 just for the kinect camera, and over 200 for the Xbox’s controller. It just goes to show how much thought goes into not only the technical specs of a console, but its aesthetics as well.

Ledbetter says that the goal of designing the latest iteration of Microsoft’s popular console was to blend classic Xbox looks with the idea that the system would be an “always on” multimedia powerhouse. Read more »

‘Cook, Serve, Delicious!’ for iOS and Android game review

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a restaurant sim. You are given charge of a new restaurant and it’s your job to turn it into a place worth of a five star rating.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! has you taking orders from customers and then crafting those dishes in the kitchen. Along with catering for your customer’s appetite, you also have to look after the place, manage your inventory steadily increase your restaurant’s rating. Sounds interesting? Let’s take a closer look at it then. Read more »

Nintendo admits Wii U sales are grim

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Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the sales of it’s latest console, the Wii U, have failed to reach the video game giant’s goals:

“We failed to reach our target for hardware sales during the year-end, when revenues are the highest,”

The numbers are so dismal, that Nintendo has cut their projected sales figures 70% by the end of March. Read more »

Google Play Store debuts Final Fantasy VI today

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One of the most beloved iterations of the Final Fantasy series is coming to the Google Play Store today: Final Fantasy VI.

Originally debuting for the Super Nintendo on April 2nd, 1994 (in Japan), Final Fantasy VI was an instant hit with fans and was one of the most critically acclaimed games of its time. Even today, it stands as one of the most memorable role-playing games to have ever been released. Read more »

Seven Disney games are now free on Windows Phone

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Seven of the most popular Disney games are now available for free at the Windows Phone Store. They won’t stay free forever though, so you should download them as soon as possible.

Two Disney games were already free over the Store, as well as the Avengers Initiative since Disney bought Marvel. So, if you want a bunch of quality games for free, now is the time to get to a fast Wi-Fi and start downloading. Read more »

Microsoft outs a duo of new Xbox One promo videos, check them out

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Microsoft released a duo of new Xbox one promo videos on YouTube. The clips are focused on the gaming prowess of the console, as well as the accolades it received from both users and the press.

The first clip is entitled “Immersive Gaming” and highlights the realistic gameplay which the Xbox One provides. Read more »

‘Lost Toys’ for iOS game review

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There is no shortage of well designed puzzle games for iOS. We have seen several ones in the past and today we are taking a look at the newest one, Lost Toys.

Lost Toys has you solving Rubik’s Cube like puzzles where you have to rearrange pieces of toys to fix them. The game has already won awards and accolades for its design. Let’s see what the gameplay is like. Read more »

Huawei shows Android-powered Tron console

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Every tech company seems to be making smartwatches, but also Android-powered game consoles. At CES Huawei unveiled the Tron – despite the name, it looks more like a coke can (or a Mac Pro) rather than something to have come out of the neon and black movie.

Anyway, the Huawei Tron is powered by a Tegra 4 chipset, similar to the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. but will reportedly cost around half as much (about $120). Read more »

Sony announces PlayStation Now cloud gaming service

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After having acquired Gaikai, a company that specialized in streaming games over the internet to your device, it was obvious that at some point in the future Sony would be adding the feature to its PlayStation line. It would allow users to go beyond the limits of native compatibility and do things like play PS3 games on their PS4 or PSVita.

That dream has now finally coming to reality with the launch of the PlayStation Now service. With this, you will be able to stream PS3 games to your PS4 and PS3 at first and on to the PSVita at a later date. But that’s not all. You will also be able to stream games to compatible 2014 Sony Bravia TVs and smartphones/tablets. Read more »

Sony sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 units in 2013

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It was not long ago when Sony last updated us on the sales numbers of its PlayStation 4 gaming console. However now that Microsoft announced that it has sold more than 3 million Xbox One units in 2013, the Japanese were eager to show that they have topped that number.

Today, Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, took the stage for a brief moment during Kaz Hirai‘s CES 2014 keynote to announce that the company had managed to sell more than 4.2 million PS4 gaming consoles. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra K1 graphics demo impresses

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We stopped by the NVIDIA booth at CES for a quick demo of the company’s new Tegra K1 chipset. In case you missed it, the K1 is more graphics oriented than the already powerful Tegra 4. It uses the Kepler architecture NVIDIA uses for its desktop GPUs and the K1 has a whopping 192 cores.

For comparison, the Tegra 4 had 72 cores (older generation too). Read more »

Microsoft sold 3 million Xbox One units in 2013

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Microsoft announced that its latest gaming console, the Xbox One managed to achieve 3 million sales from 13 countries before the end of 2013.

The Redmond gaint’s launched its newest gaming console on 22 November and was available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, New Zealand, UK and the US. Read more »

‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ for iOS and Android game review

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Rockstar has been porting old Grand Theft Auto games over to the mobile platform for the past two years. Back in 2011 they ported over the popular Grand Theft Auto III, which was followed by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in 2012.

Last year, Rockstar ported over the much awaited Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed games in the series, over to iOS and Android (with a Windows Phone 8 version arriving later). Today we will be taking a closer look at this game. Read more »

‘Tomb Raider I’ for iOS game review

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The original Tomb Raider game was a milestone in the world of gaming. You could say it singlehandedly created the third person action, adventure genre and made it what it is today. Even today, it remains a benchmark in terms of level design and masterfully combining action, platforming and puzzle solving elements all in one game.

Seventeen years after the original game debuted on the PC and consoles, Eidos (now Square Enix Inc) has ported the game over to iOS. The mobile version features the complete first game, along with the extra levels found in the 1998 re-release, Tomb Raider: Unfinished Business. Let’s see how good this port is. Read more »

‘Cut the Rope 2′ for iOS game review

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The original Cut the Rope is one of the all time great games on the mobile platform. Featuring simple yet challenging gameplay and lovable animation, the game won many hearts around the world and ended up being downloaded millions of times on various platforms.

Now, after releasing several variations of the original game, ZeptoLab has released a true successor in the form of Cut the Rope 2. With new characters, new gameplay mechanics and updated visuals, Cut the Rope 2 seems ready to reinvent the game. Let’s see how well it manages to achieve that. Read more »