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Samsung at CES 2012: Smart And Pretty HDTVs Now With 100% More Angry Birds

Samsung always has a strong presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, and this year is no different. Samsung at CES 2012 is focused not only on the TVs we own, but how we interact with them. Samsung wants to change the way we think about our HD sets.

While both Samsung's LCD and Plasma lines have been revamped and improved, Samsung's new HDTV crown jewel is the Super OLED TV.

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Microsoft LogoIt's no secret Microsoft will release another gaming console eventually. That's what companies do, they release better, faster, usually more expensive, versions of their products at a steady rate. Rumors have been circulating for the past few weeks about Microsoft's plans to announce said console at this year's CES.

Microsoft has yet to announce anything on the console front but it has been announced they will be working with Amtel to launch a new generation of touchpad controllers. Gamers, meet the maXTouch S. The maXTouch S is said to be Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 certified. The controller series will offer an intuitive touchscreen, "diagonal for products including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, e-readers and other applications." Could those other applications be gaming?

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AT&T Announces Wireless Data Plans For PlayStation Vita

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.

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AOTS Live At CES Starting January 10th!

CES is just around the corner, and we've already made plans for Attack of the Show to bring you two full days of live coverage from the event, January 10th & 11th, 2012. We know, we know...what better way to start off our last year on Earth than to hang out in Las Vegas, looking at the gadgetry that makes up the 'Tech For Tomorrow?'

Answer? There is none. Sure, the Mayans might have predicted the end of our society, but we're going to make sure you get two awesome days of CES coverage, live from Las Vegas, before that happens.

Watch this space for more details as we get closer to the event, and prepare yourself for awesome tech, and the end of the world!

 

AOTS Live from CES - Starts Tuesday 7PM ET »


 

 

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While CES technically wrapped up last weekend, our coverage of the event has been rolling in all week in the form of videos of mind-blowing (and head-scratching) new technology for gaming. Everything from an experimental form-factor for PC gaming to a game about dogs playing football! Check out all of our CES content right here.

We also made our usual slate of exceptional web shows:

  • Feedback looked back over CES and made many funny jokes.
  • Sessler's Soapbox: Adam Sessler looks back on how he got his start in gaming.
  • The MMO Report: Casey Schreiner looks deep inside The Secret World.
  • Fresh Ink: Blair Butler takes a look at Secret Six, Thor and more!

And now the news...

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While the Mad Catz has become synonymous with third-party peripherals in itself, you might not know they they also own the Saitek, Tritton, Eclipse, Cyborg, and other brand names. The result of a company that makes a ton of stuff. At CES 2011, we were able to get a sneak peek at some items, including some exclusives. 
 
Check out the video to see their amBX lighting system, a gigantic flight controller (that is entirely awesome), and a look at the MIDI controller for Rock Band 3, which is finally available now. Yes, it's real, and we got to play with it. Watch the video for all of the highlights.
 

Mad Catz Pro Guitar, Ambx Keyboard, Pro Flight Preview »





Razer's new Hydra motion controller uses electromagnetic Sixense technology to make games like Portal 2 more awesome. Sixense is a separate company from Razer, and their technology will be powering the Hydra controller, which has a base station that emits an electromagnetic field (don't worry, it's weak ... you won't be rendered sterile) to recognize the two handheld motion units. As you can see in the video, using it in a game like Portal 2 is innovative and awesome.

Sixense worked with Valve to create Hydra-specific levels that will be available in a bundle with the controller, hopefully in April. The Hydra is currently PC-only, but if it catches on we hope it makes the leap to consoles as well. Sixense plans on working with other developers to implement the controller, so look for it to appear in future titles as well. Check out the video below to see what it looks like in action.

CES 2011: Razer Sixense Motion Controller First Look »


You know who would hate Jerry Rice and Nitus' Dog Football? Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. In the game, you play as dogs engaged in a game of football, and while we seriously doubt our canine friends can understand the nuances clock management during late fourth-quarter, no-huddle offense, it still a cool idea for a game. Plus, you get a bone shaped Wiimote sheath, so bonus!

Check out the video below, in which Dan Meuller, CEO of developer Judo Baby Inc., shows off the game. It actually looks really fun.

Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football »


 

You know what stands between me and being a pro-gamer? Weak wrists. If I had stronger wrists, I'd be at the top of the leaderboards for every game out there. Luckily for me, Dyna-Flex has created the Powerball Gamer, a device that uses centrifugal force to exercise your gaming wrists. It also lights up for maximum sex-appeal to ladies.

Sure, this is a wild idea, but it might be wild enough to work!  (You know, or not.)

 

CES 2011: Powerball Gamer First Look »


 

The future of play might be here with a new alternative gaming system called Sifteo. The alternative gaming system is a bunch of blocks that sense other blocks and join together to form interesting, multi-system games that aim to bring what's great about classic games like Mah Jong and Chess to the digital gaming world.

A video, though, is worth a thousand words, so click "play" on the video below in which Jeevan Kalanithi, CEO of Sifteo, guides you through an in-depth demo of this hardware.

 

CES 2011: Sifteo - The Alernative Gaming System First Look »


 

Ever wanted to turn your iPad into a full-functioning arcade cabinet? With the iCade, you finally can. What's really unique about the iCade is that it started out as an April Fool's joke from ThinkGeek. But like the Tauntaun sleeping bag and the 8-bit tie before, this faux product is also becoming a reality.
 
The iCade is a retro-styled arcade cabinet that can hold your iPad in landscape or portrait mode, and uses Bluetooth to tie into the joystick and buttons below. It also comes with a suite of retro Atari classics to get you started. Watch as ION Audio product manager Fred Galpern shows off the features in this video.
 

CES 2011: iCade - An iPad Arcade Cabinet First Look »


 
 
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Capcom threw a completely awesome Marvel vs. Capcom 3 party at CES this year, providing pizza, beer, and even cookies (the gamer's staple diet, basically) to Unity members and giving them the chance to square off against each other in the latest build of MvC3. While there was a stellar view of the Las Vegas Strip available through nearly every window, these people were here to pit Felicia against Iron Man, not ogle the landscape.

 

Capcom Talks Marvel vs. Capcom 3 At CES 2011 »


We spoke with Capcom's Jason Allen at the event about the link between Marvel and Capcom, how they decide what alternate costumes to put on characters, and how the game will change e-sports. Check out the interview above, and start blowing the dust off of your fight sticks because this game is imminent. After about 487 more character announcements.

CES 2011: Hands-on Full House Poker, Beyond Good & Evil, Torchlight, Bejeweled Blitz, and Hard Corps: Uprising

One of the video game highlights of CES was the Xbox Live Arcade House Party kickoff event that introduced us to the titles Beyond Good & Evil HD, Bejeweled Blitz, Torchlight, Full House Poker, and Hard Corps: Uprising that will be occupying our spring this year. Like the Summer of Arcade before it, House Party stands poised to dominate the XBLA charts this coming spring. 

All five games were on-hand for hands-on at the House of Blues with actresses Shannon Elizabeth hosting the evening. I admit, it was a headscratcher for me as well until I found out she's a mainstay on the Celebrity Poker Tour. While I did go up against her in Full House Poker, there was no head to head action. Ultimately, I placed out sixth out of twenty which means one thing: no money. 

But we did play all of the XBLA House Party titles, and you can read what we thought about them down below. House Party launches February 16 with Hard Corps: Uprising kicking things off.

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CES 2011: The Video Games of the Microsoft Booth - Fable 3 and Age of Empires Online

Located almost directly opposite the Sony booth at CES 2011, and separated by a distance of more than a football field, Microsoft's booth at the show was primarily focused on tech and software innovation, with only a tiny sliver devoted to gaming. Some front-facing aquarium bubbles provided access to people playing Kinect, and there was quite a long line to demo games that are already on store shelves. Beyond that, pickings were extremely slim. There was one Xbox 360 showing off their newly announced Full House Poker coming to Xbox Live Arcade and Windows 7 phones, and that was about it as far as its console hero was concerned. 

Microsoft did host an XBLA event that we attended, more on that shortly, but the only other games it was showing at the booth were Fable 3 and Age of Empires Online, both for the PC. Fable 3 has been available for the Xbox 360 for some time, but the PC counterpart is "still in development", and no one from Lionhead was on-hand at the booth, and Microsoft had no idea about a release date other than it's "coming soon." I played the game for about a half-hour, although was chastised for checking out the in-game menus to see what resolutions it could pump out. "Please don't do that," a spokesperson asked me, "It took us forever to get that running in full-screen mode." They must have missed the "Run in full-screen mode" checkbox right there in the options.

But how did it play? Read on and find out.

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Of the literally thousands of high tech products on display at last week's Consumer Electronics Show, the most impressive to us was Razer's Switchblade. The concept-computer aims to change gaming by replacing the traditional mouse and keyboard with multi-touch screen, dynamic tactile keyboard, and an user interface that adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based on game content and user requirements. It's pretty slick, but you need to see it to really understand how slick.  Luckily, we've got a video for ya:

Razer Switchblade Exclusive Hands-On Demo »


I'm sure you're wondering where you can get one and how much it costs. Sorry. There's no price, and no word on when it will actually be for sale. We can only hope it'll be soon.

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