Mad Catz announced today ahead of CES 2016 that it’s the first company to join the Designed for Samsung (DFS) program, with plans to create game controllers and related accessories for gaming on Samsung devices.
Square Enix has just announced that in 2016 Final Fantasy will be launched across Android, iOS, and PC. The announcement was for a Japanese launch of the game, but a US release usually isn’t too far behind.
Now is the time to get a mobile gaming controller if you don’t already have one. Power A’s MOGA Pro Power controller is available through Amazon for just $32, a discount of 60%. It offers full-size control for supported games and even has a built-in 2200mAh battery so that you can continue gaming even when your phone’s battery is begging for mercy. The controller connects to mobile devices via a Bluetooth connection, but you can place it into the controller’s stand for easy use.
NVIDIA has had a busy couple of days, its Shield Android TV box landing in the UK today, with the 16GB variant priced at £149 and the 500GB Pro version going for £229. Yesterday, NVIDIA also announced its new video game streaming service called GeForce NOW, with a £7.49 ($7.99) monthly subscription. And today, firmware update 2.0 is also busy rolling out to the Shield TV, bringing 4K gaming and other improvements.
Acer’s anticipated Predator 8 gaming tablet finally has an official release date and pricing, and it’s pretty reasonable for something that’s designed primarily to play games.
The Predator 8 sports an 8-inch 1080p display with an Intel Atom CPU and 2 GB of RAM, plus options for 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The screen is touted as being incredibly precise with a 100% NTSC color gamut rating, too. Acer has included four front-facing speakers on the aluminum frame of the device, plus enhanced tactile feedback for gaming. Read more
With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet. Read more
3D graphics have been moving very quickly in the mobile space, getting increasingly competitive with traditional home video game consoles and the like. That trend will continue now that Vulkan, a 3D rendering API, is coming to Android to improve the graphics experience on mobile devices.
Vulkan is a much more efficient API than Open GL ES that Android currently uses, offering a significantly lower CPU overhead and better tools for developers. A video showcasing a horde of gnomes was created to really show off the difference between the two APIs, and it’s incredibly apparent how much better Vulkan should be for mobile gaming. Read more
The Samsung Gear VR has a new game available that shows how virtual reality devices can be used in new, creative ways for game play. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a cooperative video game that requires at least two players – one wearing a Gear VR headset and one manning a bomb defusing manual. As a demo video for the title shows, getting a group together for some gameplay will work as well and may even add to the experience. Read more
There’s still a few months to go until Halo 5: Guardians launches on October 27th for the Xbox One. Until then, you can immerse yourself in the Master Chief’s universe by downloading and installing Microsoft’s Halo Channel app on your phone and tablet.