Yesterday NVIDIA’s Mike Rayfield spoke in Seattle about the evolution of the PC towards a more mobile device. For example, several years ago a PC meant a display that measured at least 11-inches, a physical keyboard, and a network connection. Now it’s anything with a display of at least 4-inches, a touchscreen replacing a keyboard (or supplementing it), and an always on connection.
NVIDIA obviously knows the PC side as they’ve spent a number of years designing graphics that powers desktops and notebooks. Now NVIDIA has invested a ton in mobile computing.
Android gaming is one step closer to becoming even more sweeter than it already is folks. Sony promised we would see an open beta for its Playstation SDK Suite this month, but we hadn’t seen anything about it until now. That means not just select developers in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, but all developers around the world can get right to it and use the program immediately. Developers will be able to find the tools needed at www.playstation.com/pss, which will give them the ability to create apps and games for Playstation-certified Android devices. The open beta is available now for all developers for the not-too-shabby price of free, though developers will have to sign a contract and pay a fee to use the Playstation SDK Suite after the open beta ends.
If you’re a developer and are interested in creating some snazzy apps and games through Sony, hit the source link for additional details. I’m sure there are more than a few owners of Sony devices who are eagerly awaiting the first creations from you all.
Earlier this year at CES, we test drove Sony Mobile’s latest high-end Android offering to be named the Sony Xperia S. This HSPA+ device is already currently available in other areas of the globe and has finally made its way to Sony Mobile Stores on Canadian soil. Sony has only provided our neighbors with a limited supply for the phone’s initial launch in an attempt to create high demand and popularity. Fast acting and interested buyers can pick one up for $99 on contract for Rogers service or shell out $499 sans contract renewal. The Sony Xperia S will have a 4.3 inch Reality Display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 12 MP camera that is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos, 1.5 dual-core processor, 32 GB of internal storage, NFC and will have Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Let’s not forget that the Xperia S will also come with PlayStation Certification, allowing users to enjoy PlayStation games modified for mobile performance as well as other PS content offered through their PlayStation Suite. Despite the fact that it’s not coming with Ice Cream Sandwich, though slated for it later this year, the custom UI is extremely smooth and very different from anything else that is currently available on the market. Are there any Canadians planning on snatching up one of these at their local Sony Store?
Looking over my Android apps that received an update today, Temple Run is one of the more notable ones along with the Chrome browser. The uber popular game has already been downloaded over 10 million times and has only been available in the Play Store for just over three weeks. It is pretty amazing how fast this game has spread and the developers obviously want to keep the millions of users happy.
Today’s update brings Twitter integration as well as a few bug fixes such as; a bug that made it difficult to score points, a bug that caused the runner to accelerate too fast, and a few spelling errors. On top of making the app run better for users, the Twitter integration allows you to tweet your score after completing a run through the Temple. This may prove beneficial to some of you, and more of an annoyance to others. I dunno.
If you have yet to receive the update or haven’t even tried the game, go ahead and hit up one of the links below. The game is free and has almost been perfected at this point. Now if I could only perfect my hand-eye coordination and I would be set!
Google Play Store
Yay! Zombies just made it’s way to the Google Play Store. It was originally available for iPhone users, but this is drahtwerk’s first offer for Android. If shooting and slicing ragdoll zombies flying in the air is your thing, you’re going to love this one. All you have to do is tap to shoot your MP5 or swipe your finger to cut the zombies to pieces. If you dissect all limbs, you get a humiliation bonus and you can earn combos by slicing multiple zombies at once. You will also find running hands that you can grab that will give you power ups such as “Freeze.” Sounds easy right, but the only problem is there are various bombs flying around, and if you hit any one of them, your done.
Yay! Zombies is free and comes with two weapons: an MP5 and a butcher’s knife. You won’t be able to use the MP5 until you can hit 1,000 points. You will also find two gaming modes: Classic and Blitz. Classic is basically playing until you lose, while Blitz gives you 60 seconds to get as many points as you can. If you hit a bomb in Blitz mode, you will lose 5 seconds. There are plans for a paid version that will provide more weapons and modes, but it’s not available yet. They do say it be for the cost of a candybar. What are you waiting for? Grab the download after the break and start slicing and dicing some zombies.
The original Angry Birds is getting ready for summer early with a new update. Version 2.1 adds 15 new tropical levels and a beach theme for some more laid back pig smashing. Grab it from the Play Store link or QR code below.
Play Store Download Link
We’ve been hearing about Spacetime Studios latest MMO, Dark Legends, for a few months. It’s finally available now as a 2 week exclusive in the Google Play Store and Chrome Web Store (PC, Max, and Linux). Dark Legends is the third title from the Legends franchise, which also includes Pocket Legends and Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles. Dark Legends puts you in the role of a sired vampire who must battle humans, hordes of the undead, packs of werevolves, covens of warlocks, and legions of demons.
This launch marks an industry first in that it’s the first MMO to launch across both mobile and desktops simultaneously, which means people can play the same game together on desktops, smartphones, and tablets.
Sorry iOS fans, you will have to wait until the 2 week exclusive period is up to get your chance to play. It’s a free app, but you can purchase enhancements through microtransactions and virtual currency.
Hit the break for a quick promo video, download links, and full press release
Madfinger games is looking for fans to come up with the next badass for Shadowgun. All you have to do is like them on Facebook and give them your idea about the next arch enemy of John Slade. You will have to state their name, provide three powers or abilities they possess, and a short history of your badass all in 100 words or less. They will pick the top three entries and give them a fantastic original Shadowgun t-shirt. If you aren’t familiar with Shadowgun, check out our review. Hit the break for download links for the game and the source link to get started.
Looking for yet another way to kill some time on that Android device of yours? Well you’re in luck because EA Games has officially released Pogo Games for Android. The app allows you to play tons of free puzzle games like Poppit!, Word Whomp, Turbo 21 and Sweet Tooth 2. The neat things about Pogo Games is that the concept is somewhat similar to OpenFeint– you create a profile and try to attain personal bests while comparing your scores against other profiles and users worldwide on the leaderboard. If you take a step up in Pogo membership as a Club Pogo member, you’ll find that membership gives you 100% Ad-Free gameplay, access to premium games like World Class Solitaire and exclusive Weekly Badge Challenges.
The app is available for all Froyo+ devices, so make sure you give it a shot and try your hand at some of the games available. You can find the Play Store link and QR code after the break.
From the ones who brought gamers everywhere hits like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto, popular game developer Rockstar Games aims to bring the familiar hit Max Payne to Android users everywhere with Max Payne Mobile. Experience the classic PC Max Payne that has been optimized for Android and iOS devices. The game is said to support HD graphics, high resolution textures, Social Club connectivity and user-customizable controls. Rockstar Games has stated that they will soon release a list of compatible Android phones ready for their April 26 release. Seeing as how Grand Theft Auto III for Android is currently $4.99 in the Play Store, we can assume that Max Payne Mobile will follow suit. Whether you feel the price, if any, will be worth it or not, one has to applaud the level of quality and standard that Android gaming and development has acquired within the last year.
source: Rockstar Games