NVIDIA enters the streaming box market with the Android TV-powered Shield

NVIDIA_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014The set-top streaming box market is already pretty crowded, with nearly every manufacturer offering some kind of streaming dongle or device. NVIDIA has been a holdout, but now they’ve announced a new Shield device designed specifically for streaming content to your television. The company already utilizes streaming technology with their portable Shield devices, so this move makes perfect sense. Read more

Ingress ready to take over the wrist via Android Wear


Ingress, an augmented reality game produced by Niantic Labs, a company within Google, has announced support for Android Wear will be released next month. Users with smartwatches running the Android Wear system will have access to quickly see the locations of friendly and enemy portals on their device’s screen. Players will also be able to take actions to either defend or capture those portals as appropriate using the smartwatch interface. Read more

Kickstarter project ZRRO gives you a way to play any Android game on your television

ZRROThe market for Android-powered game consoles can seem pretty crazy sometimes, and with the mixed success of devices like the Ouya and Mad Catz’ MOJO, it doesn’t look like any company has the formula nailed down just yet. Google and Amazon are even taking a stab at it with their latest set top boxes, although gaming is not the first priority with either device.

The newest contender in this new market is the ZRRO, which is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The ZRRO differs from other boxes because it tries to offer a touch screen experience and full compatibility with any and every game available on Google’s Play Store. The device uses a fancy controller that utilizes patented “zTouch” technology; the input device actually tracks where your fingers are hovering over the screen (think Samsung’s S-Pen or Air View) and when you’re actually pressing the screen, which is supposed to allow you to be any Android game on your big screen television. Read more

Three more bonus games added to Humble Mobile Bundle 10


Humble Mobile Bundle 10 launched last week with three games (Buddy & Me, Lyne, and Doodle Kingdom) and three bonus games (Sorcery! 2, King of Dragon Pass, and OTTTD). As per past practice, they have added more games into the mix. Today’s additions include iPollute, Sorcery and the Tiny Bang Story.

If you already bought in above the average asking price ($3.94 at the time of this post), then you will receive these three new bonus games automatically. If you haven’t gotten in on this bundle yet, just pay over the average and grab all 9 games.

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HTC jumps into e-sports arena, sponsors teams and teases new home entertainment device


A few days ago, HTC announced on Twitter that it was heading off to the e-sports arena, particularly in League of Legends. It will be sponsoring three teams: TSM, Team Liquid, and Cloud 9. Each of the three teams have historically competed in Counter Strike and Dota 2 as well, but LoL is the only game mentioned by HTC.

Differing from other tech companies like Razer, HTC doesn’t really have any of its products that are associated with e-sports gaming. The Verge explains that after Q1 of this year, that may no longer be the case. Read more

[New Google Cardboard Game] Attack of the Teapotcopters VR is a 3D base-defense game


If you have Google Cardboard, you might want to check out a new game called Attack of the Teapotcopters VR. Hell, even if you don’t have cardboard, it might be worth a shot since it will still be playable.

Teapotcopters features stunning 3D graphics and is a helicopter flight simulator that was developed by XDA member agnu17. In fact, it’s his first game ever. The goal is to defend the base from enemy teapotcopters. There are 4 levels of play: Earth, Moon, Mars, and Ocean, and 3 helicopters to choose from. You can also collect CopterCoins for upgrades.

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What the Nexus Player could have been, Razer finally introduces an Android TV set-top box worth buying


Android TV in itself has a lot of promise, but the first major device, the Nexus Player, isn’t all that spectacular. It lacks an Ethernet port and doesn’t have enough storage to satisfy even the most casual gamer. When Android TV was announced at Google I/O, Razer was mentioned as a manufacturer that would offer an Android TV set-top box, and that time as finally come. They introduced Forge TV today at CES, and it looks very promising.

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