The Acer Revo 100 is both slim and practical for any living room with a Blu-ray drive, removable touch pad controller and Acer's clear.fi program that makes connecting to other network device and television as easy as ever. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey take a close look at the $549 home theater PC.
The Samsung Conquer is ready to take over your 4G network with Android's Gingerbread OS, a next generation 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.5" screen and more for $99.99 with a contract. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the smartphone for Gadget Pr0n.
Find out if the $99.99 HORI Tactical Assault Command 3 keyboard and mouse controller and the $34.99 HORI Fighting Commander Pro are worth your hard-earned money in this edition of Tech Junkies with Morgan Webb and Blair Herter.
The HTC Status is the perfect smartphone for those social media savvy users with its dedicated Facebook Share button. Top that with a 5 megapixel camera, Android's Candy Bar OS and 512 MB of RAM, this $49.99 phone could be an affordable option for you. Find out what Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey rate this smartphone.
The second analog nub-adding 3DS Slide Pad that we first heard about from a Famitsu report last week has become more official, with a newly updated peripheral page from Nintendo on its website. The attachment will start selling in Japan on December 10, for 1,500 yen (roughly $20) on its own or $6,900 yen (roughly $90) for a bundle that also includes Monster Hunter 3G.
Nintendo confirmed that support for the add-on is built into a number of previously released and upcoming 3DS games (via GamesRadar), including Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Resident Evil: Revelations, Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble and Dynasty Warriors VS. The attachment also requires a single AAA battery to work, as it doesn't draw power from the 3DS.
Anyone want to start placing bets on when the first 3DS redesign will be coming?
There's only one analog stick-style control adorning Nintendo's 3DS, though that's all the device really needs. Right? No, not really. Not from Nintendo's perspective, anyway.
Activision has announced a limited edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 themed Xbox 360 bundle. The bundle was designed to fit the "battle worn style" of the CoD series. It sports a Xbox 360 console with a massive 320 GB hard drive, two wireless Call of Duty themed Xbox 360 controllers, and a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In addition to the console you also get a one month Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as exclusive avatar items to show off that you own this MW3 console. To make the console even more amazing, the system will play custom Call of Duty sounds, like the Night Vision powerup, when you turn the console on or eject a disc.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 bundle will launch on November 8 for $399.99, and you can now pre-order the bundle at participating retailers.
Will you be picking up this CoD: MW3 Xbox 360 bundle?
The Olympus PEN Series E-Pl3 DSLR packs a TruePic VI image processor, 12.3 mega pixels and 1080P HD video, all for $700. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review the digital camera for its Gadget Pr0n rating.
PDP has announced a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 themed Wii Headset and a Wireless PS3 Controller. "The Call of Duty community is among the most passionate in the world and deserve the highest-quality gaming accessories," said Bill Otte, SVP of Marketing and Sales for Performance Designed Products. The peripheral company hasn't announced any other Modern Warfare 3 items just yet, but these two look really nice.
The controller has gun-metal and carbon-fiber details, along with a satin finish on the handles and bottom of the controller to improve a player's grip on the pad. The pad also comes with a night-vision style power button that illuminates nighttime sessions, and it also features a "gamer-preferred concave analog stick caps for improved accuracy with a full-cross D-pad."
For more details on the Wii headset check after the break.
Sony has announced they will be releasing the first in their line of Android-fueled PlayStation tablet computers in September.
The Sony Tablet S will come complete with a 9.4-inch touchscreen and weigh 1.3 pounds. The S will come in two models: a 16 GB version for $500 and a 32 GB version for $600. The other model, the Sony Tablet P, is coming out in November. This device looks looks somewhat similar to a Nintendo DS and will be the first tablet designed to use two screens.
Tablet S and Tablet P features include TruBlack display, web browsing, a full on-screen keyboard, built-in infra-red Universal Remote, built-in DLNA media apps, Android apps and games, Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited and the Reader Store. Tablet S uses Android Honeycomb 3.1, a Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor, includes a 5 megapixel camera and has an eight-hour battery life.
Earlier this year at CES, Sony revealed a cool piece of tech with a lousy, lousy name. The "Headman" has thankfully dropped its somewhat off-putting moniker, but the tech is still as potentially sweet as it ever was, and it'll be available in Japan starting November 11, a press release confirms (via Engadget).
Looking for a good racing wheel or fighting stick but finding the sticker prices a little ridiculous? Then HORI gaming accessories might be for you. X-Play Tech Junkies Morgan Webb and Blair Herter weigh in on three HORI Products, the Racing Wheel 3 and VX and V3 Fighting Sticks.
Do you own anything by HORI? What do you think? Good bang for the buck? Or would you rather just shell out for something higher end that delivers in all areas?
Razer, the high end PC gaming peripheral company has kicked off their "PC gaming is not dead" campaign with an ad in the Wall Street Journal, as well as promo site complete with countdown timer on pcgamingisNOTdead.com. The company promises to revolutionize PC gaming on August 26, the first day of PAX Prime 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The ad in the Wall Street Journal is addressed to "our friends Xbox, PlayStation and Wii", insisting that "rumors of [PC gamers] untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated". We're thinking it has something to do with the Switchblade, one of the most impressive devices to come out of CES 2011.
Here's the description of the official PC Gaming is Not Dead panel from PAX Prime:
Join Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan for a live presentation of Razer's new, groundbreaking project for PC Gamers worldwide. If you were impressed with Razer's Switchblade concept, which won the Best of CES 2011 People's Voice Award, wait until you get a load of what Razer has in store for you at PAX Prime. Don't miss this opportunity to experience first-hand, the hottest thing to redefine the industry. The official worldwide announcement will be made during this session at PAX Prime, and don't miss your chance to win epic Razer gear! Q&A session to follow the presentation.
Whatever it is, it sounds like it's going to be a big deal. Read on to see the full ad that was in the Wall Street Journal.
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Australian tech company Euclideon is impressing some parts of the internet today with a new video that purports to demonstrates the company's "Unlimited Detail" graphics engine. The graphic engine allows previously impossible levels of detail to be rendered in video games. According to the company, they have "found a way to give computer graphics unlimited power."
Check out their technology in the video below:
Impressive, right? But are the claims of the company's (slightly pompous) narrator too good to be true? As you can see in the video above, Euclideon claims their technology will allow games to become 100,000 times better by doing away with the flat planes of polygons in favor of "tiny little atoms," allowing for much more detailed graphics in games.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and these claims are pretty damn extraordinary. According to Minecraft creator Notch, who knows a little something about how game engines work, the impressive video you see above can't possibly represent technology that can be used for making a game. On his blog, Notch says the company's video is a scam.
Kinect hacks are all the rage with the kids. Or so I've been told. That's why X-Play went to Levi's Film Workshop in downtown Los Angeles to scope out Eric Medine - known in the art world as MkUltra - and his work with Kinect. While the Xbox 360 accessory might seem more destined to make people dance to mimic cartoons than it is to make Art, Medine is confident in the little gadget's capabilities.
Check out the video below and see what he means!
I've always found the Kinect pretty cool, mostly because it seems like we're just scratching the surface of what it can be used for. But what are your thoughts?
Oh, and extra points for anyone who noticed the surprise appearances by your favorite writers on the Internet, the incomparable Stephen Johnson and yours truly!
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