Nvidia made some pretty big announcements today. For example, the 7-inch Transformer Prime tablet, or the fact that ICS is available for the 10.1-inch Transformer Prime today (seriously, download it now). Well that doesn’t mean that the news has stopped as Nvidia and Madfinger Games announced Shadowgun: Deadzone. Excited yet? No? Well, Deadzone is slated to bring multiplayer awesomeness to your mobile device. Imagine, playing console quality multiplayer action on your Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet. As the Madfinger team puts it:
“Each of us loves multiplayer games such as Battlefield or Modern Warfare 3, and we wanted to bring that same console gaming experience to mobile devices.”
The game is set to release quarter one of this year and sadly will be debuted exclusively on Tegra-3 devices. You can challenge up to seven friends in four different environments. There will be several game modes that include, deathmatch, team deathmatch and so on. Deadzone will also bring new control elements like sprint and roll, wider arsenals with the ability to be upgraded based on character’s rankings and it will support the use of game pads and voice chat.
So there you have it, if you are looking for multiplayer goodness on your Tegra 3 device then you’ll only have to wait a little bit longer. If you aren’t excited yet then maybe you should check out the video of Shadowgun optimized for Tegra 3 here. Otherwise, hit the press release below to get the full details.
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Fresh off of the announcement of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming today to the Transformer Prime today, Nvidia decided to announce a 7-inch Transformer Prime with Ice Cream Sandwich for the price of $249. There are no details but it will be a Tegra 3 device. I don’t know about you but I want one and I want it now. We will let you know as soon as we know and you will have to let us know what you think, and as always, stay here for your CES news.
During the Nvidia CES press event it was announced that the brand new Transformer Prime will be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich today! That’s a whole three days sooner than we thought. Before you go spam your system firmware update tab know that a friend of mine checked his and it’s not live yet, at least as far as we know. However you can hit the system firmware update under the about tablet section of the settings menu. If you are lucky enough to have it download and install please let us know how amazingly awesome it is in the comments section. Keep it here for more CES news.
**Update – For those of you wanting ICS no (and who doesn’t right) you’ll be happy to know that the update will be made available tonight. So there you go!
It’s a joyous week for folks, as we have voiced our complaints about certain tactics used by big name technology companies and that they listened to the little guy. As you know, Verizon redacted their $2 convenience fee a few days after they announced it. Well Asus is following suit after folks voiced their complaints about a locked bootloader on the Transformer Prime. Today they released their official response to these complaints we told you about yesterday. You can hit the break to read the full press release but here is a bit of it:
“Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.”
For those of you that are still waiting for your Transformer Prime to ship you may be a little more reluctant on signing for your package when it arrives. Folks and users who were able to successfully get their hands on this fancy new Tegra 3, quad-core device are starting to report issues pertaining to the device’s GPS. Asus’ official take is for you to turn on WiFi for extra location assistance, however a few folks smell what could be a coverup as Asus pulled previous mention of a GPS feature on the tablet from their official site. While the Prime was updated to fix some bugs, those customer complaints weren’t addressed and there is no telling when they will be. This is interesting news considering the WiFi issues it was rumored to have that also the the supposed reason the tablet was rumored to be delayed.
ASUS has done it again with the Transformer Prime. The original Transformer was very hot, and if you remember, it was very difficult to get your hands on one when it first launched. Now the Transformer Prime is going through the same issues.
If you’re in the market for one, head over to Best Buy online right now because they have the 32GB gray version available right now for $499.99. They even listed it as leaving the warehouse within one business day. We’re not sure how many they have or how long it will be available, but if you want one, you better grab one fast. Hit the source link to order.
[via best buy]
A new firmware update has been released by Asus for their original Transformer tablet PCs and is now available OTA as version 188.8.131.52-20111216. (This device should not to be confused with its successor, the Transformer Prime.) The update addresses HDMI problems some owners experienced while operating the tablet with newer HDTVs and it enhances stability and incorporates input lag reduction fixes too. The Android version remains the same and it is said that this will be the final such firmware update until the big jump to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you live in the US, UK, Taiwan or Germany the update is now available for you and any Transformer devices with generic WW SKU.
In other exciting news, there are some very lucky individuals in Canada and the US. Those who were fortunate enough to have pre-ordered the quad-core Transformer Prime will have an early Christmas gift thanks to Tiger Direct and Amazon. The above image shows that Tiger Direct Canada is starting to ship the Transformer Prime to customers who pre-ordered. Further proof below shows they might be able to play with their shiny new toy by this Wednesday, December 21.
We’re also hearing that Amazon is contacting customers who pre-ordered letting them know they expect to ship as early as next week.
What we can’t say is how many of these pre-orders will be filled. Our guess is it won’t be many and don’t expect to see much supply in the retail channels. This is going to be the same situation as the original Transformer release. Most people probably won’t get their hands on one until February. I hope I’m wrong. For those of you who actually get filled, congratulations, and please let us know in the comments.
[via Phandroid and Mobile Syrup]
Well, as expected, the Asus Transformer Prime has been slightly delayed for Italians everywhere per Asus’s official Facebook page . Sorry folks, you won’t be able to purchase one as a gift for Christmas however, you’ll be able to reel one in as an after New Year’s present. The Transformer Prime has been delayed until after the holiday season and should be available sometime by the end of January. The company also has plans to release a 3G version of the monster quad-core tablet in addition to a WiFi version. One slight morsel of info that should assist in the long drawn out wait is the fact that the company touts the device will hit the market running with Android 4.0 (ICS) on board. So, as it was once thought that the device was delayed due to WiFi issues, it seems that plans for an OS update was more like it. But don’t worry for those of you in the U.S of A. as our version of the device is still slated for release during the week of December 19th. Feel free to drop a word or two in the comments section below.
Last night I told you about the possibility of a delay for the ASUS Transformer Prime. According to Canadian online retailer, NCIX, the Transformer Prime was being delayed due to some Wi-Fi signal strength issues. As much as we didn’t want to believe the news it was starting to look somewhat plausible with the amount of people who reported receiving the email. Because we got the news during the weekend, it has been near impossible for us to get a response from ASUS, but luckily the Verge had better luck. In a response given to the Verge, an ASUS spokesman had this to say about the supposed delay:
I am trying to confirm who released this statement and for what purpose right now. At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19. I will provide an update once I have additional information.
Who knows who this spokesman is or whether or not they would even be privy to the delay information, but I sure hope he is right and this was just a big fluke. I would think that Amazon would have gotten the delay news and thankfully they haven’t sent out emails regarding any delay. I am hoping we still might actually be able to enjoy this amazing Android tablet on Christmas after all. Have you been naughty, or nice?
[via The Verge]