Samsung has partnered with cloud gaming provider Gaikai to make games available on Samsung LED 7000 series Smart TVs. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, E3, in Los Angeles.
Every year, once E3 rolls around, most gamers know what to expect. Almost anyone setting foot in the LA Convention Center already knew there is going to be a new Call of Duty
, a new Halo
, a new Assassin's Creed
, more Kinect dancing games, and this year, the Wii U. But then there are those announcements which made a huge splash because, up until the show, almost no one had any idea they even existed.
Following an E3 press conference that was relatively light on hardware revelations, Nintendo has confirmed a fuller spec list for its forthcoming Wii U games console, confirming 1080p output and multi-core processor.
Every E3 brings a fresh crop of video game trailers, each with more impressive visuals than the last. A new tech demo from Square Enix however may have blown them all out of the water in terms of graphics, and even give the KARA
demo from a few months back some competition. The demo, titled Agni's Philosophy
, was created with a new engine from Luminous Studios that depicts real-time graphics on par with pre-rendered CGI and will likely be used in a future installment of the acclaimed Final Fantasy
is in full swing right now, and while there haven't been any new game consoles announced, that doesn't mean there aren't some new ways to play video games being revealed. Cloud gaming service, OnLive
has announced that its library of instant-play games will soon be available both on LG's line of Smart TVs and through almost any PC or Mac browser. In addition, the company will be rolling out a new MultiView spectating mode along with several new games being featured at the show.
All eyes are currently on the E3 2012 gaming expo in Los Angeles. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all already held keynote speeches, with new games proving to be the order of the day. Nintendo revealed more about the Wii U (including the Pro Controller
), Microsoft teased its SmartGlass
technology and while Sony placed its new Wonderbook
augmented reality device front and center, it also quietly announced the new PlayStation Move Racing Wheel.
Sony is looking to get real estate on more screens with HTC becoming the first non-Sony handset manufacturer to join its PlayStation Certification program. The program is designed to ensure handsets are capable of delivering PlayStation quality graphics and sound on games and other content branded from Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). The move to partner with HTC will expand the circulation of Sony content on Android-powered devices.
Sony has unveiled its new Wonderbook Augmented Reality PlayStation 3 peripheral at E3. The folding, book-like device is an Augmented Reality pad that works in conjunction with the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Eye and PlayStation Move motion controller to render superimposed computer graphics over the image of the Wonderbook and user on the TV. Targeted as an educational tool for children, the device will launch with J.K. Rowling's Book of Spells
Microsoft used its E3 press conference to unveil its new SmartGlass technology that will use handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets as both an Xbox control device and as a second screen for the display of dynamic, rich information. Head of Xbox Live, Marc Whitten, confirmed that in addition to working with Windows 8 phones and tablets, SmartGlass would be compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The technology will also finally see the arrival of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser to the Xbox 360 before the end of the year.
Nintendo recently held an online press event known as Nintendo Direct, at which the gaming giant revealed more information about its next game console, the Wii U. Among the announcements was the introduction of the WiiU Pro controller, a device catering to more traditional gamers.