Marvell announced today that their ARMADA 1500 HD Media SoC is being used by OnLive in their app to provide high-end video games to Google TVs and Google TV devices. By using the app, users can avoid the use of a game console. The ARMADA 1500 chip is a dual-core CPU able to run at more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS with integrated Qdeo video processing technology, support for 3DTV, and full HD video running on a fan-less, small form factor.
According to Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, “OnLive’s focus is to make the highest quality gaming accessible to everyone,anywhere, and anytime they want it.” OnLive is able to deliver video games on-demand to PCs, Macs, TVs and tablets. With this latest move, their games will now be available on Google TVs.
OnLive and Marvell do not indicate specific Google TV devices that will include the ARMADA 1500 chip. Full press release after the break. Read more
In the next year, I’m expecting to see more and more Android-related media devices and set-top boxes such as the Nexus Q. Last week we told you about a new Android-based gaming console called OUYA, but we really didn’t know much about it. Well it just became a Kickstarter project so we have more details.
The concept and idea behind the project is to make it easier for developers to bring a console game to market. Every OUYA console is a developer kit and there won’t be a need to purchase a license or an expensive SDK. So basically no licensing fees, retail fees, or publishing fees so anyone can create the next big title. All games will have the freemium model so everyone will at least be able to try any of the ones they’re interested in.
One of the great things about Android devices is that well, you get to modify them and put them through unusual jobs, such as putting it to use as a topnotch gaming device. Okay, so many of you are looking perplexed, so let me explain: a crafty Galaxy Note owner realized the 5.3-inch screen of the device is too good to not be taken advantage of when it comes to gaming. So in having some time on his hands, the crafty developer went ahead and did the unthinkable— he literally gathered ports of popular games like Mario on his Galaxy Note, created an attachment terminal mount on his Playstation 3 controller, mounted his Galaxy Note to the controller and successfully configured the setup to allow his PS3 controller control the games. Impressive isn’t it?
Don’t take my word for it— check out the cool achievement in all its glory once you hit past the break.
A couple of days ago we mentioned that Dead Trigger would be available on the Google Play store beginning July 2nd. Due to last minute bug fixes, the game was delayed by one day and is now officially available for purchase on the Google Play store for a very, very low price of $0.99. This is a steal for such a great game so grab it while the sale is still going on!
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Sonic 4 Episode II is now available in the Google Play Store for the price of $6.99. This has been out since May, but was only available for Tegra 3 devices. Now it’s available for all devices running Android 2.3 or higher, so most of you can get your hands on this classic Sonic game. While the price may be a little steep compared to other high end 3D Android games, Sonic has always been one of those nostalgic games that everyone loves. Still skeptical on picking this game up? Head over to our review of the game which also includes a video to further see what game-play is like.
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Well here’s a novel twist to the openness of the Android platform. There’s a new game system called Ouya that’s gotten the attention of many Android fanatics and gamers. The special characteristic about the game system is the fact that the console is completely hackable— as in ready to be tinkered with. Created by Yves Behar, Ouya gives prospective buyers the chance to own a console that can connect to a TV, while including a high-concept developer ecosystem that’s completely free and open. Every customer will also be treated to a full-fledged developer kit which can be used to developer and publish games. We don’t know what’s inside the device, but the cost is certainly enticing as the game system is set to come in at $99.
Now that the Ouya concept is out, it’s now time for the games to start pouring in. It will be interesting to see what is created and developed from this uber cool piece of technology.
source: The Verge
Famed developer Rovio is out to show it can whip up games outside of Angry Birds fame. That’s why its gone out and released a brief teaser for its upcoming game called Amazing Alex, an intriguing game we told you a few months back. CEO Mikael Hed describes the background of the game as one that will feature educational elements and center around the Alex, “a curious young boy who loves to build things”. This physics-based puzzle game which will feature 100 levels and also 35 additional objects for all of you budding developers to go out and create your own levels and designs.
We’re certain all of you Angry Birds fanatics are ready for an encore— Rovio pledges the game will be out sometime in July. Hopefully there won’t be too much of an uprising before the game’s release, but in the meantime— why not check out the exciting trailer once you hit past the break? Read more
We just showed you a hands on demo of Frontline Commando on the Nexus 7 but figured we wouldn’t stop there. Many of you have questions about gaming on Google’s new 7-inch tablet and we have another demo video to show you how great the experience really is. Gameloft’s The Amazing Spiderman game just launched in the Play Store for $6.99 and looks awesome on the 7-inch form factor. Jump past the break to check it out and be sure to let us know what you think! Are you surprised to see such high quality games for the Nexus 7 already? Read more
As if there wasn’t enough racing games in the Play Store to keep your need for speed at bay for at least a year, Gameloft is gearing up to add yet another one to the mix. Asphalt 7: Heat will be available for download on June 25th and should provide you race fans another outlet to get your fix. This 7th installment in the Asphalt series will have 15 licensed tracks, 60 cars, and looks to have some improved graphics as well. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until next week to get in on the action but in the meantime you can check out the official trailer below to see what’s to come. Anyone interested?
As promised, Max Payne has been released in the Google Play Store. Those of you familiar with the Max Payne don’t need an introduction, but in case you aren’t, it was originally published by Rockstar Games in 2001. It’s a third person action-shooter and is famous for introducing the concept of Bullet Time in video games with its stylish slow-motion gunplay. Of course the dark and twisted stories didn’t hurt either. It completely redefined action-shooter games.
As to the story, it’s about Max, who is a fugitive undercover cop framed for murder. He’s hunted by other cops and the mob. Along the way he fights to clear his name as he struggles to uncover the truth about his slain family amongst many plot-twists.