NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood

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In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.

Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.

Source: Engadget

Spacetime Games announces Battle Command, a strategy MMO due out in November

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Spacetime Games has announced they will be releasing a strategy MMO for Android later this year titled Battle Command. It’s essentially a city building game where you’re tasked with managing a military base to build up structures and offensive and defensive units, complete with all of the traditional unit and resource management that’s typical of the strategy genre. It’s also an MMO, though, so you’ll be able to interact with other players and form alliances and enemies.

It sounds like an interesting take on the mobile strategy genre, and it’ll be available sometime in November. Who’s excited to try this one out?

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Mad Catz finally announces specs and price for M.O.J.O. console

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Mad Catz has already directly stated they were planning on jumping into the Android console market, they just didn’t give any details on exactly what that console was going to be. Today, they’ve revealed everything you’ve wanted to know about M.O.J.O. including specs, pricing, and a release date.

Under the hood, this thing packs a Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and a slot for microSD cards up to 128 GB, a full HDMI output, and two USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0 port. It’s running Android 4.2.2 and comes preloaded with NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone, as well as Google Play. No need to rebuy all of your games again! No word on if it’ll be completely stock Android, but it’s pretty likely we’ll see some type of custom launcher to work with the controller that’s boxed in with the console. Fortunately, the controller looks very well designed, although considering Mad Catz is a company that makes aftermarket controllers and accessories, that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’ll be available December 10th for $249, which is a decent date and price to set this thing up to be a hot holiday item. » Read the rest

Google Play vending machines arrive in Japan

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So you’re walking down the street and thinking to yourself that you would really like to find a new Android game to play later tonight. Well if you happen to be in Japan, you just might be lucky enough to walk past a brand new Google Play vending machine that offers 18 different games for your downloading pleasure. Of course, you can take a much easier route and tap on the Play Store icon on your phone. However, the vending machine seems just as easy since all you need to do is select a game, place your NFC-enabled Android phone on the tray, and your game will download in no time. The titles range from free-to-play to paid titles.

If you don’t have an Android phone, the vending machines offer a Nexus 4 for you to try out. Apparently Google employees will man the machines just in case you think it’s free and decide to walk away with it. The Google Play vending machines will be in front of the Parco department store in Shibuya. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring these machines to other countries, but I think you guys can handle it the old fashioned way. Hit the break for more images.

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MOGA Hero Power and Pro Power controllers go live for preorder on Amazon with a November shipping date

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If you’re interested in preordering the new MOGA Power series controllers on Amazon, the pages are officially live to place an order, with one drawback; they won’t be shipping until November 14th. That’s quite a bit later than the October shipping date for the controllers ordered through MOGA’s official shop by about a month. The upside is that you do get Prime shipping if you’re a member, and free shipping is always a plus.

The MOGA Power Hero is the updated version of the Pocket controller. It packs an 1800 mAh batter and refined analog sticks and a d-pad. The Power Pro is a beefier option with a 2200 mAh battery and a controller that rivals console input devices. They’ll run $59.99 and $79.99, respectively, which is par the course for nice controllers on consoles and computers.

Are you interested in shelling out that kind of cash for a controller like this for your device? You can check out the Amazon preorder pages below.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 2 goes live with six games

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If you love mobile gaming and giving back, then we have good news for you. Humble Mobile Bundle is back with a fresh set of games, all for the price of your choosing. Four of the games are available at the bare minimum of one penny; however, if you pay more than the average donation ($4.52 at the time of this writing), you’ll be able to pick up an additional two games.

While you can pay as little as a penny for the games, you should know that the money can be split between developers, charity, or Humble Bundle themselves. Also, you can use a slider to disperse the money in the direction you choose. If you want to give it all to charity, you can do so. If you want to support indie developers, there’s an option for that too. The charities partnering for Humble Mobile Bundle 2 include Child’s Play Charity and Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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NVIDIA releases “tear-down” (a.k.a. explosion) video for SHIELD gaming-tablet

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This ain’t your typical tear-down video. NVIDIA went ahead and created a video featuring a bunch of guys blowing up their brand new SHIELD gaming-tablet, humorously showing off the parts of the device as they flew across the screen in tiny bits and pieces. No use in me telling you about it, so go check it out for yourself below!

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7-inch game-pad from Wikipad to be released to UK on Sept. 27 for £250

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The 7-inch gaming tablet from Wikipad was released in the United States back on June 11, and the company noted that the device would be available internationally later in the summer. That day has finally come, as Wikipad has announced that the tablet will be released to the UK on September 27 for £250. The 7-incher will be available at a number of “well-known retailers” according to Wikipad, and should be widely available at the release date. We’ll just have to wait and see how the launch goes… Anyone in the UK interested in grabbing one? Hit us up in the comments!

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New MOGA Power Series mobile controllers go up for pre-order

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If you typically do a lot of gaming on your Android device, you know how frustrating some control schemes can be on a smaller touch screen. To remedy that, MOGA released their handheld Bluetooth game controllers for Android devices, which bring console-style controls to a portable device. As a follow-up to the original MOGA controllers, the company unveiled a new line of controllers at PAX Prime that bring a unique spin on gaming controllers for phones; namely, the ability to charge your phone while it’s cradled in the controller. » Read the rest

New report shows Google Play taking second place in mobile gamer spending

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A new analysis by IDC and App Annie shows that Google Play games have moved into second place during the second quarter of 2013 in worldwide spending by gamers on portable platforms. In moving up a spot, Google Play displaced dedicated portable gaming devices like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita. Google Play still trails Apple’s iOS App Store by a wide margin.

The growth in revenue for Android games is attributed to three primary factors by Greg Hartrell, Google Play’s project manager. First, Google Play has expanded into 130 countries compared to only 30 countries as recently as early 2011. This broader market serves the gaming community well as three out of four Android users play games on their devices. Developers have figured out new ways to collect revenue from games, notably through the use of direct carrier billing. Hartrell also thinks Google’s game services platform has contributed to the growth in revenue. By using Google’ game services platform to handle things like multiplayer function and saving to the cloud, developers can focus more on the actual games and producing better, more compelling titles that consumers are willing to pay for.

Like the growth in the number of countries where Google Play is available, the explosive growth of the Android platform is helping developers in the space for portable games. There are about seven times as many Android devices in the hands of consumers as there are dedicated handheld gaming consoles. The dedicated devices will probably still prove attractive to game developers though as they can generate more revenue per user.

In a related analysis, IDC also looked at the overlap between handheld console gamers and other devices they own. The analysis indicated about 40% of the owners of Nintendo and Sony devices also game on Android or iOS devices.

Do you think dedicated handheld gaming devices will go the way of the manual typewriter due to the ability of gamers to use their tablets and smartphones for gaming?

source: AllThingsD