We’ve all seen what cloud gaming on Android looks like with OnLive, and from what I’ve seen, it looks pretty good. However, gaming service Gaikai, recently acquired by Sony, is likely going to bring cloud gaming to the next level. Currently available through PC browsers, an Android client is on the way, and it promises to be an exceptional gaming platform.
So what makes Gaikai so special? First, it’s speed. Harnessing the power of NVIDIA’s GeForce Grid technology moves the service way beyond what OnLive can do now… and the faster the game can stream to you, the more it feels like a traditional console. Improved responsiveness in a game can be the difference between life and death, and hardcore gamers will appreciate the advantage this provides.
The other night I started playing 3D Mini Golf Masters and I couldn’t put it down. Created by DMW Media, 3D Mini Golf Masters is a miniature golf game where the courses are in the sky so the views are stunning and the 3D effects are really cool.
Each course features challenging obstacles, slopes, turns, ramps, and beautiful wooden bridges. Trust me, this isn’t your local putt putt, these courses get hard pretty quickly. Thankfully the controls are easy in that you only need to worry about the direction and speed of your shots.
Yesterday we reported on an example of someone using a Google Nexus 7 tablet for an in-car entertainment system. Today we have another example of using an Android powered device for a purpose other than as originally designed. This time the tablet is used as the focal point for a homemade arcade cabinet. Readers who grew up in the age of arcades will certainly appreciate the sense of nostalgia of playing a video game on such a piece of “hardware.” Read more
It’s no secret that Ouya is set to revolutionize gaming and XBMC is primed to revolutionize how we consume and manage our media— but what happens when you get both hyper cool concepts and mesh them together? You get a joint collaboration of course. Both XBMC and Ouya announced their agreement to ensure the media app runs smoothly on the gaming console. To ensure the app runs smoothly and at an optimal level, the XBMC team will receive early prototypes of the console and will undergo vigorous testing to ensure the app has an open, DRM-free media functionality.
The Ouya console just seems to look better and better by the day, doesn’t it?
source: The Verge
The description for a new game from Gameloft, Monster Life, starts out, “Join the cutest (and fiercest) monsters ever, in a thrilling adventure! Discover a magical world of cute monsters and exciting battles!” Monster Life is a “papercraft” game where users collect and raise monsters for eventual battle against bad guys. While not your typical hardcore gamer title, it still shows promise and puts an interesting spin on a familiar storyline. The app only requires Android 2.2 and the price is free. So it may be worth a spin, especially if you have a gaming fan looking for something “cute.” Hit the download link to access the Google Play store to grab Monster Life.
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Owners of the HTC One X, one of the top smartphones on the market, have discovered that game apps may not perform up to their expectations. The hackers at XDA pinpointed several issues that affect the performance and figured out how to get around the problems. However, doing so involved several manual steps to several different settings. To change that, some XDA members combined forces to put together the RENOVATE Gaming Boost app. Read more
Now this is a great idea. With the latest crop of superphones like the HTC One X series and Samsung Galaxy S III, Android gaming has gotten a shot in the arm with console quality games. Games such as Shadowgun, Grand Theft Auto III, and Dead Trigger are fun, but the on-screen controls are sometimes clunky.
With a simple OTG USB cable, however, some phones can be connected to game controllers for more precise, and traditional, control schemes. The GameKlip is a plastic tray that easily snaps onto a DualShock3 controller and holds your phone in the perfect position for gaming on-the-go.
There are two versions of the GameKlip. One is for phones that can connect to a DualShock3 controller wirelessly (requires a rooted phone) for $15, and the other is for a wired USB connection, OTG cable included for $23.
Hit the break for pictures and a video of the GameKlip in action.
Ouya is not missing any beats as they’ve announced a partnership with Square Enix who will have Final Fantasy III available on the Android-powered gaming console in March. You may be thinking about the current $15.99 price tag on the Play Store version, however, Ouya promises there will be a free demo available so you can try it out! They also had this to say about the launch: “This will be the first time gamers outside of Japan can play FFIII on their televisions through a console.” Final Fantasy III was actually Japan’s Final Fantasy VI, this explains why the jump to Final Fantasy VII was so major and why it was referred to as one of the “missing pieces” in FF.
As an avid gamer, I’m stoked to see Ouya making such a huge splash and seeking developers of console games. They have made a commitment to “deliver Final Fantasy III like you’ve never seen it before…” Well, we only have about 8 months to wait! What should we do till then?
Old school gamers with Android devices may want to get ready to part with $6.99. That is the price for the original Final Fantasy game just released for Android devices. If you remember what it was like to engage in the turn-based battles guiding the Warriors of Light on their quest, then you will probably appreciate being able to play Final Fantasy again with improved graphics. If you are too young to remember Final Fantasy or only played some of the sequels, now is your chance to try something from the early days of video gaming. Hit the break for the download link if you are interested. Read more
OnLive has officially announced that their service will be available on the OUYA console at launch next year. If you’re not familiar with either products, you can check out our coverage on both the OUYA and OnLive. OnLive on the OUYA console should be a wonderful pairing as it allows future users a broad library of games to enjoy. Are you a current backer of the OUYA project? According to OnLive, here’s what this will do for you:
- OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
- OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
- Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.