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
The 2012 Game Developers Conference is in full swing right now, with video game companies clamoring to show off their newest tech. But while there are plenty of impressive demos of the latest in graphics software, none have stood out quite as much as Quantic Dream's short film showing off its innovative motion capture technology. Aside from an expertly crafted narrative, the seven-minute video, titled KARA
, shows one of the most powerful performances from a virtual character to date, which is even more extraordinary given the fact that each jaw-dropping frame is rendered in real-time on a PlayStation 3.
This Valentine's Day won't just mark the time of year when people the world over scramble for heart-shaped candy and restaurant reservations – it's also the release date for the highly-anticipated Twisted Metal
video game on the Playstation 3. The game features crazy vehicles decked out with weapons all trying to destroy each other, so what better way to promote the occasion than by unloading a machine gun into an ice cream truck like one featured in the game? Rather than just doing it themselves, however, the promoters of the game have set up ShootMyTruck.com, a website that will let users take a shot at the truck remotely using their computers.
Home video game consoles can provide endless entertainment, but sadly aren't the most portable of devices and can be fairly fragile to boot. Traveling gamers know what a pain it can be to try and haul gaming equipment around for long trips, and that's without trying to find a TV to use wherever they go. GAEMS, Inc. may have a solution, though, with its rugged G155 case that can secure an Xbox 360 or PS3 along with the provided HD LED screen in one tidy, portable package.
When you're playing your favorite car-racing game, are you having trouble getting yourself to believe that you're really behind the wheel of a state-of-the-art race car? Well, perhaps it's because of the actual wheel
that you're using ... it could also have something to do with the fact that you're sitting on a couch with a bowl of chips, but we'll leave that one for now. Anyhow, gaming gear company Thrustmaster has just unveiled its new Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On, which is a full-size replica of the 150° Italia racing wheel used by real Formula 1 drivers.
After investing in a powerful gaming computer for yourself and a console for the family, you may not have enough cash left to grab yourself a set of Tiamat 7.1
or Psyko 5.1
gaming headphones to allow the game to continue while others are gathered around the TV. Speedlink has just announced a possible solution to your cashflow woes - the new XANTHOS Stereo Console Gaming Headset is not only compatible with three gaming platforms, there's a handy fold-away microphone boom for in-game chat.
We've written quite a bit about the first virtual-to-real racer, Lucas Ordonez, and his continuing exploits as a successful professional racing driver. The winner of the first Playstation Nissan GT Academy in 2008, Lucas is now racking up first class results in the incredibly competitive ILMC series, finishing second in class in the Le Mans 24 hour last month. Now the legitimacy of the entire experiment has gained further credibility with the immediate success of the second Academy (2010) winner Jordan Tresson. Competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series, Jordan finished fourth at Monza in his first outing in the series and last Sunday, the RJN Motorsport GT4-class Nismo Nissan 370Z he shared with Alex Buncombe and Chris Ward won its class at the 24 hour race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium's Ardennes region. The third (2011) GT academy winners are also shaping up as international class too.
When Sony began restoring the PSN earlier this week - albeit in limited form starting with gaming, music and video services - many believed the end was in sight for the problems facing the network that had seen it offline for nearly a month after the details of 77 million users
were stolen. In yet another hiccup for the service, Nyleveia.com
yesterday revealed a hack had surfaced that allowed attackers to change a user's password using the email address linked to the user's account and the user's date of birth - exactly the kind of information that was compromised in the original attack on the service that saw it taken offline in the first place.
PlayStation 3 owners in the audience will likely have noticed an inability to connect to the PlayStation Network (PSN) over the past week, though Sony today made an announcement revealing that things are much
worse than a week without access to online multiplayer gaming. At some stage between the 17th and 19th of April, a hacker gained access to Sony's systems. Sony believes the hacker was able to retrieve the personal information of 77 million PSN accounts, and say it is possible that credit card details were also retrieved.
One of the big criticisms leveled at rhythm-based guitar games like Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
was that they don’t actually teach you to play guitar. Ignoring the fact that this was never the intention of the games and not necessarily a bad thing ... it’s true. With the curtain recently brought down on the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises
, Ubisoft has stepped onto the stage with Rocksmith
– the first videogame that lets players use any real guitar and is designed to teach them how to actually play it.