Google+ Product Manager Punit Soni promised today, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, that Google will combine it’s multiple gaming platforms into a single unified platform, making developers’ lives much easier.
“By next year, we will not be here talking about Google+ Games, Chrome Web Store games, Games for Native Client and Android games. We will be talking about Google games.”
Doing this will give developers a much larger audience to target, making developing for Google more lucrative. Technically, this will entail using technologies such as HTML5 and Google Chrome Native Client, which enables browser games to take advantage of 3D graphics hardware, for easier and higher performing cross-platform compatibility.
Google+ will serve as the social layer supporting and helping games get noticed. With already more than 100 million active monthly users spending more than one hour a day on the site, Google+ will certainly attract gaming companies. Game developers are excited to have a Facebook alternative, but want Google to provide more promotional opportunities for their games. Google is starting to do this already with a new notification system to promote games to your Google+ circles.
Gaming is about to get a smidge better, no matter what your platform cup of tea is. In a “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-?” moment, gaming service FTW has brought the ability to play one game on something like your iPad, save it— and then continue the game’s progress on your Android. The way FTW works is developers would integrate FTW into their apps/games and then FTW will sync your game’s progress across all platforms.
I’m sure you’re all excited and asking the question, “where can I sign up at?” Well, the service is not quite ready yet kids. While FTW is still in development, the necessary APIs can’t be found in games at the moment, though they are hoping for a launch within the coming months for both iOS and Android— with Mac and Windows to follow shortly after. In the meantime, FTW is urging gamers to send emails to their favorite game developers to have them jump on board with FTW by including the service into their apps and games. Don’t wait kids— make sure you email your favorite developers today. You’ll be especially thankful later.
Remember the news about the PlayStation SDK from September? It entered closed beta in November, and it looks like the open beta is finally coming in April. This means any developer can create content for the PlayStation Suite, which would become available to all PlayStation certified Android devices. This news could hopefully bring the PlayStation certification to more handsets. Obviously Sony’s products are (mostly) certified, but other manufacturers might soon jump on board. For example, HTC might already have plans for the second half of the year.
The official (out of beta) version is still slated for later this year and will carry a $99 yearly subscription with it. However, the open beta is free for anyone to use. It think this is solid news to wake up to for gamers. What do you guys think?
Full press release after the break:
The next great MMORPG game is almost here folks! Spacetime Studios recently teased us with an intro trailer for Dark Legends, but now the developer wants us to drool even more by showcasing some of the awesome action found in the game. In addition to the fluid and smooth look of the gameplay, you’ll be able to see details such as blood, fallen limbs and just plain gore goodness. But don’t take our word for it— check out the gameplay trailer in the video below.
We talked plenty about Sony’s Xperia line of phones over the past couple months, the Xperia P and U, Xperia S, Xperia Ion, Xperia Play2 and the Hayabusa(?). Now, it’s time to see what the Xperia name can really do… on the racetrack. The Reckless Racing 2 racetrack. In real life even!
The crazy people behind the Xperia Studio have taken a couple of MGF cars and completely automated them to be driven entirely by the physical buttons of the Xperia Play and the touchscreen of the Xperia S. I don’t suspect this is anything that you think about when shopping for a smart phone, let alone will attempt to do, but it’s pretty bad-ass nonetheless. What you are about to see is a couple of grown men playing with some seriously cool toys. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
If you want to see more on this Xperia Studio experiment and others, be sure to hit up the source link.
source: Xperia Studio
via: Xperia Blog
We had a chance to see the Splashtop THD app at CES back in January. We were totally excited then and today we’re even more excited because it’s now officially available in the Android Market.
With Splashtop THD you can play 3D PC games from your PC on your Tegra 3 tablet. We are talking 60 frames per second. Other things you can do include:
- Fully access your applications on your tablet such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
- Watch videos / Flash content streamed from your computer in any format
- Listen to music on your computer in any format
- Access your full computer browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) including your bookmarks, favorite plug-ins, and extensions (Flash, Java, etc.)
Splashtop specificially says that this is only compatible with Tegra 3 tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, but in the “about app section” they have it listed as requiring Android 3.1 and higher. We suspect that you will indeed need ICS, which makes this only compatible with the ASUS Transformer Prime. The cost is $6.99 and seems well worth it. Hit the break for our CES video and download links.
We have some exciting news for all you retro gamers: Lester is back!! DotEmu will release Another World 20th Anniversary for Android on March 16. Another World was originally released in 1991 on the Amiga, which brought on a huge cult following. If you aren’t familiar with Another World, you play Lester, a genius physicist. He’s enslaved by humanoid aliens and in a subterranean prison. Your goal is to simply escape, but it really isn’t that simple.
This version features:
- The ability to switch between Original/HD graphics by using 2 fingers at any time
- New intuitive touch-based controls or classic D-pad.
- 3 difficulty modes: Normal, Hard and Hardcore.
- 100% remastered sounds and effects.
- OpenFeint support with more than 10 achievements
- Compatible with Zeemote joystick, connected via Bluetooth.
- Game available in 5 languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish).
DotEmu already brought the 1987 classic R-Type to Android back in September, which is a great rendition, so we are so excited for this one. Hit the break for the trailer and full press release.