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Kinect HD Rumors: Could Cheap Xbox TV Be Coming Sooner Than We Think?

Rumors are floating around about a new Kinect HD, or a Kinect-based set top box for 2012. Slash Gear, who created the prototype image above, mentioned this could be the beginning for Xbox TV and the Kinect HD might offer streaming multimedia content with a voice and motion controlled UI. "Xbox, watch G4!"

The device currently has a few codenames including the "Live Xbox", "Kinect Box" and "Kinect HD". The Daily thinks that the set top box will basically resemble what the current Kinect looks like now, with a larger base to accommodate power, HDMI, and USB ports. As of now there's no word as to whether the device would integrate WiFi or if it would have to be wired. My guess is in this day and age it would use wireless technology.

According to anonymous sources, Microsoft is aiming for a sub-$200 price tag in the region of about $150. Other rumors have mentioned Microsoft is looking around for an ex-TV executive who could help them create their own shows and content. But since Microsoft just announced their deal with Fox, XFinity, and Comcast to offer many networks and original content on Xbox Live, it seems like a good match.

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Innovations from CES 2012 That Could Change Gaming In The Future 

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show brings the latest and greatest technical innovations together under one roof. In some cases, the products shown are far-off concept demonstrations, designed to help us invision what our lives might be like using that type of product in the future, and others are things that will be on store shelves in a matter of weeks. Regardless of the timing, CES always gets us excited for what's to come, whether it be right around the corner or tens of years in the making.

While we're still waiting on flying cars and a food replicator that will make you a hamburger out of nothing, there were still a lot of very impressive gadgets showcased at CES 2012. While most of these were aimed at improving the household or enhancing entertainment offerings, it got us thinking about what would happen if they were applied to the world of gaming. Below, we've compiled a list of CES 2012 innovations which, if utilized correctly, could change the gaming industry in the future.

Echo Nest Teams With Twitter
 

What It Is: Echo Nest is the company behind the popular music app Spotify. They've teamed up with Twitter in order to integrate tweets into music apps. For example, if you were listening to The Decemberists, you might get tweets from lead signer Colin Meloy.

What it could mean for gaming: Imagine that while you're downloading the latest Gears of War map pack, you're seeing tweets from famed Epic developer Cliff Bleszinski, or even other game devs who are tweeting about Gears. Sony and Microsoft seem keen on cramming Twitter in wherever they can, and this is just about the most useful application of the service we can think of. It's targeted, relevant, and actually helpful, all things that Twitter is generally not known for. See? We're already making strides towards a utopia!

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I admit that I was extremely skeptical about Razer's Project Fiona PC gaming tablet when I first heard about it, but after seeing it run The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim on ultra high settings I must say that I'm really impressed. Tech blog Destructoid got a video of the tablet playing Skyrim on ultra high settings at 1280x800 resolution and while it did have a few framerate issues, once they turned the game down to high settings it ran perfectly. Just watch this video for confirmation.



I still think that the design of the tablet is a bit whack, but I'm almost speechless to see the device running such a demanding game so flawlessly. I've definitely taken a new stance on Project Fiona after seeing this impressive tech demo.

If you want to know more about the PC gaming tablet, check out our own hands-on impressions of Project Fiona from CES 2012.

Source: Destructoid via VG247

Origin’s Genesis PC: “The Fastest Computer You Can Buy”

I’m going to tell you a story about an impressive, overclocked computer for gamers that I saw at CES 2012, so sit back and enjoy the tale of Origin’s new Genesis PC, a computer so powerful, it bends both space and time. Well, maybe not that powerful, but definitely powerful enough to play Crysis 2 at full settings. 

Boasting 12 Gigs of RAM, an EVGA 3GZB GTX580 graphics card, and running an Intel Core 3960X 3.3 GH Hex-Core processor overclocked to 5.3GHz-5.7GHz, the Genesis is one powerful machine. So powerful, it’s cooled to -40 degrees by Origin’s “Cryogenic Liquid Cooling” system, presumably to prevent it from spontaneously bursting into flames.

In trying to express the power of the PC, Origin COO and co-founder Hector Penton, and CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewski quoted stats and benchmark test numbers that were surprisingly impressive.

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Unit 13

One of the PlayStation Vita launch window titles that I'm most excited about is Unit 13, a third-person modern warfare shooter from SOCOM dev Zipper Interactive. The game is very on-the-go-play friendly, serving up a large number of bite-sized missions that you can play through multiple times to level up the game's various soldier classes. You can get a better sense of how it all works in our Unit 13 hands-on preview from last month.

The game had originally been revealed as a launch window title, and it was clear to me when I saw the game in December that it would be very close to the Vita's February 22 launch, based on how content-complete it seemed to be. Turns out that it's REALLY close. Like 'two weeks later' close. Sony confirmed at CES this week that Unit 13 will arrive on March 6, a Twitter update from @PlayStation reveals.

So go ahead, mark your calendar and put aside a little more of that hard-earned cash as another hot-looking Vita launch lineup game firms up.

 

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50 Cent loves high quality audio like a fat kid loves cake. The latest rapper to get into the headphone hardware business (behind Dr. Dre and Ludacris) showed off Sync by 50 Cent, his new line of premium headphones at CES 2012.

Via a partnership with SMS Audio, the rapper has been able to bring to life his vision of wireless headphones that would allow you to link up to four pairs to a single audio device. They're also unbreakable. I'll allow fiddy to explain while I go and enjoy a refreshing Vitamin Water.
 

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Ultrabooks are all the rage at CES 2012, and in this video, Attack of the Show's Kevin Pereira looks at the HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook. The Envy is made from real glass front to back, and it's only 20 millimeters thick. As if that wasn't enough, it has Beats by Dre audio built in.

But. . .but that's not all! Kevin also checks out the new iHome iDM5 iPad dock with a built-in keyboard. Watch the video to get all the details.
 

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Our intrepid reporter Jessica Chobot is extremely dedicated to her job. We sent her to CES 2012 with one mission: to help us showcase the latest and greatest gadgets the tech industry has to offer. So far, she's done a bang-up job, and in this segment, Jessica takes a look at the new android phone the RAZR MAXX, the Samsung Super OLED HDTV, and an LG refridgerator that has a blast chiller that will cool down a warm soda in only five minutes.

Jessica also gets her hands on the PlayStation Vita, Sony's new handheld console due out in February. She and Sony's portable devices have a torrid past. Will Jessica's love affair continue with the Vita? Watch the video to find out!
 

Jessica Chobot Does RAZR, OLED, Vita and Smart Fridge at CES »


 

With so many streaming entertainment options flooding the marketplace, Sony is trying to make its mark with the NSZ-GS7 Media Player with Google TV. Boasting a host of features including web browsing and picture-in-picture, the media player's real strength lies in the impressive Google TV remote. Equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard, a touchpad that supports gestures, and a microphone for voice commands, the Google TV remote may be a streaming accessory to be reckoned with.

Don't believe me? Watch Kevin explain the features in the video below, live from the floor of CES 2012. He also takes a look at the new Toshiba Excite X10 Tablet, which is on the the thinnest and lightest tablet offerings ever, and a steal at under $600.

If you're not impressed with both of these products, I'll eat my shoes.*
 

Sony's NSZ-GS7 Media Player & Toshiba Excite X10 Tablet »


*I like my shoes very much, but not enough to actually eat them.

Attack of the Show's Jessica Chobot is tearing it up at the Consumer Electronics Show, roving the floor to find the most amazing products that CES 2012 has to offer.

In this video, she looks a very special collection of products. Sony's Tablet P is a new multi-use tablet that has an e-reader built in, while DishTV's Hopper DVR is gearing up to revolutionize your home, with it's multiroom recording abilities and hard drive that will hold up to 2,000 hours of content. Also, get a peek at two amazing HDTVs: Toshiba's glassesless 3D HDTV and Sharp's Ultra Light HDTV.
 

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CES 2012 Show Floor Photo Gallery -- Gadgets, Booth Babes And Clowns

CES 2012 is underway right now from beautiful, and probably freezing, Las Vegas. CES is the most exciting tech convention of the year. Attendees get the chance to check out the latest products, gadgets and services before anyone else. If you didn't make it to this year's show then you're missing out on the madness. To make up for it, we made this sweet photo gallery from the CES show floor.

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Hands-On Impressions Of The ROCCAT Kone Mouse And Isku Keyboard From CES 2012

As someone who can hardly tell the difference between a keyboard and a typewriter, German peripheral developer ROCCAT’s newest keyboard and mouse are more hardware than I can handle. But if you want—no, need—an unbelievable amount of customization in your PC gaming experience, it’s a dream come true. We got to check out the ROCCAT Kone[+] mouse and the Isku keyboard at CES 2012 and walked away very impressed.

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CES 2012 is moving right along this year and luckily Kevin Pereira is on hand to give us a look at some of the sleekest looking devices coming out of the show. In the video below, Kevin gets to check out the Sony Experia Ion, Sony's first 4G LTE Android smartphone, and the Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock that brings analog and digital sound together in a way like never before.

 

CES 2012: Sony Experia Ion and Samsung DA-E750 Audio Dock »


Stay tuned to G4TV.com for everything from CES 2012 that you need to know about.

 

Kevin Pereira and the Attack of the Show! crew got to check out the CES 2012 keynote from Microsoft, and according to them, it was a pretty awesome address to tech lovers everywhere. While there wasn't much gaming news out of Microsoft at CES, the company did unveil a bunch of new things like the Nokia Lumia 900 phone, Windows 8, and the introduction of Kinect for PCs and portable devices.

Microsoft Keynote Revelations from CES 2012 »


Be sure to check out all of our CES 2012 content to find out about the latest and greatest tech products being introduced this year.

G4's Attack of the Show is at CES 2012 right now, demoing all this year's must-have tech. Kevin Pereira got his hands on the Lytro Light Field Camera. For those of you who don't know, the Lytro Light Field Camera is a camera that shoots light in all directions in a scene. This results in "living pictures."

Kevin Pereira Demos the Lytro Light Field Camera at CES 2012 »


I don't know about this camera. I mean of course it looks amazing and futuristic but does it have an Instagram app?

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