New MOGA Ace Power leaks, but will it fit Android devices?

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An image of a new portable gaming device from MOGA surfaced today thanks to @evleaks showing a new direction for the form factor the company may be heading down. Unlike previous devices that were similar in style to traditional gaming system controllers with a mobile device mounting to the top side, the new MOGA Ace Power puts the mobile device in the middle with the buttons flanking that. Also noteworthy is the fact that it is coming equipped with an 1800 mAh battery that can be used to recharge a mobile device similar to the rest of the MOGA Power Series controllers.

The downside, if you are not put off by the change in the form factor, may be compatibility with Android devices. The leaked image shows the MOGA Ace Power with an iPhone. Considering how the controller appears to cradle the device, it seems like it will be a challenge to produce the new controller in a way that takes into account all the different Android powered smartphone sizes and shapes.

source: @evleaks

Augmented reality game “Windy Day” coming to Moto X on October 29th

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Motorola has released a YouTube video showing off an augmented reality game created by Motorola and Jan Pinkava, who has done quite a bit of directing work and created a short film titled “Windy Day” for a Qualcomm conference not too long ago. The short was basically a demo for new Pixar technology called OpenSubdiv, a real-time animation process. Motorola was interestingly listed as a client for the Windy Day project.

The video description seems to hint that the Moto X will be the only device Windy Day will be available to. It’s a pretty short minute video with a glimpse at what looks like an augmented reality game at the very end, captioned “Windy Day only on Moto X.” Cool marketing tactic, or weird gimmick thing?

Regardless, we only have to wait a few more days to see what this really is. It’s slated for release on October 29th, so if you’ve got a Moto X, keep an eye out.
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Dead Trigger 2 now available via Play Store

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We’ve known for over a month that Dead Trigger 2 would be launching on October 23. Guess what day it is? That’s right, the new first-person shooter that places you right in the middle of an ongoing zombie apocalypse is now available in the Play Store. Graphics are immensely better than the original Dead Trigger, and also, the sequel takes place in “real-time.” The game supports controllers and on-screen touch controls, and the Nvidia Shield handheld Android console will be able to use pre-configured controls.

Check out screenshots, a promo video, and of course download links past the break.


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Plants vs. Zombies 2 now available in the Play Store

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If you’re a fan of mobile gaming, then we have great news for you. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available in the Google Play Store! While they teased a launch for tomorrowPopCap has gone live with the game. The iOS version, just like the original, was released a few months ago before reaching Android and the Play Store. This time around, the wait has only been about two months.

In case you’re unaware of PvZ is, we’ll fill you in. It’s essentially a tower defense game in which you control, you guessed it, plants that are trying to stop hordes of zombies. The depth of PvZ 2 is quite incredible. Just like the original, there’s a ton of plants to unlock and control and there are just as many zombies to keep the game fresh. Also, this sequel is free-to-play, so you only pay for upgrades if necessary. If you’re interested in Plants vs Zombies 2, hit the break for download links.
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Rovio Updates Angry Birds Friends For Halloween and Kicks Off New Tournament Tomorrow (Video)

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Everyone’s favorite furious flying fowls have gotten yet another update by Rovia in Angry Birds Friends. Fast on the heels of an update to Bad Piggies, Rovio is pushing the Halloween theme out just in time for the holidays. In their latest, you’ll now find plenty of zombie pigs, skeletons and other spooky game play.

In addition, the game comes in time for a new Halloween tournament breaking ground which the company is starting tomorrow, Oct 23rd. Aside from the normal game play, the update has more Halloween, in app purchases for new sling shots for added power and  a few other scary surprises for you as well. As mentioned above, the tournament begins tomorrow and here are some of the details involved:


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Humble Bundle with Android 7 adds four new games

humblebundleWe’ve discussed Humble Bundle, a great pay-as-you-want bundle of games, on numerous occasions here at Talk Android. They keep adding new features, and today they’ve added four new games: Anomaly Korea, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut and the Ticket to Ride Europe DLC. The old bundle featured four games: Ticket to Ride and the USA 1910 DLC) Greed Corp, Incredipede and Anodyne, in addition to the soundtracks for Ticket to Ride, Greed Corp, and Anodyne.

Remember, with Humble Bundle you can pay whatever you want and decide where your money is allocated, whether it’s to charity or the HB team. Paying over the average will get you The Bard’s Tale and Worms Reloaded, in addition to the new additions mentioned above.

Source: Humble Bundle

NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood

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In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.

Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.

Source: Engadget

Oculus Rift dev kit to be available soon, consumer model expected to run Android

 

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The revolutionary Oculus Rift virtual gaming system should be making waves when it’s released— it markets itself as the one true virtual-gaming  headset that immerses the user in the experience.

Oculus’ CTO, John Carmack, (the lead programmer on many pioneering video games including Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, etc.) said, “The way I believe it’s going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that’s basically like what you have in mobile phones.”

While the company plans to release their consumer version at some point next year, a new dev kit will be available soon. We’re looking to see how this new project pans out— it looks like it’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. Check out a video after the break.


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NVIDIA to consolidate game streaming technology as GameStream brand, includes NVIDIA Shield and GRID streaming

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NVIDIA used their game streaming technology as a major selling point for the NVIDIA Shield, and now they’re taking that one step further by consolidating all of their streaming technology under a single brand: GameStream. It doesn’t fundamentally change how anything works, so you’ll still be able to stream PC games to the Shield (if you have a proper NVIDIA graphics card). Now, any streaming done from PC to Shield or from NVIDIA GRID (their own cloud based game streaming solution) to PC/Shield will be titled GameStream.

The Shield will be getting a few extra tricks thanks to this rebranding, though. NVIDIA is introducing a new microconsole mode that will allow the Shield to be connected to an HDTV while having PC games streamed to it, complete with BlueTooth controller support and 1080p support. 108op streaming requires extra bandwidth, though, so if you’re planning on doing this over the Shield’s native 720p streaming, it’s going to require some type of hard-wired USB connection.


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Spacetime Games announces Battle Command, a strategy MMO due out in November

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Spacetime Games has announced they will be releasing a strategy MMO for Android later this year titled Battle Command. It’s essentially a city building game where you’re tasked with managing a military base to build up structures and offensive and defensive units, complete with all of the traditional unit and resource management that’s typical of the strategy genre. It’s also an MMO, though, so you’ll be able to interact with other players and form alliances and enemies.

It sounds like an interesting take on the mobile strategy genre, and it’ll be available sometime in November. Who’s excited to try this one out?

source: Droid Gamers