**Hangouts had a hiccup, so the video for this episode is split into two parts**
CES 2014 came and went, and as everyone expected, 4K (UltraHD) has replaced 3D as the ‘must-have’ tech that nobody wants. TONS of amazing gadgets were shown, and tons of useless ones too.
Google Glass app for iOS
Bendable TVs from Samsung & LG.
But where is Microsoft? (They left in 2012 -Paul)
Razor chucks out another prototype with Project Christine.
The BattleBox: I seriously thought of this years ago.
Let he H.265 vs VP9 wars begin.
Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion
NSA can snoop any iPhone and Obama wants it to stop.
Oculus prototype adds head tracking and OLED screen.
Cooler Master HAF Stacker.
Is Dave’s laptop a ticking timebomb?
Xbox One trolling.
Steam Machines shown in public.
New controller design revealed.
Order of War becomes first game erased from Steam ecosystem existence.
More GFWL games converting to Steamworks.
Titanfall will be 6 v 6 online.
Alien Isolation, could it be good?
It can’t be done, no offline mode for Sim City. Ok go on then, here it is.
Weird Random News:
How did we not try this last Christmas?
Robot handjobs for everyone.
The little miracles of 3D printing
US Medicare wasted $172 million on penis pumps. DAVE??????]]>
It’s a year-end Widget. What were the big tech and gaming things of 2013 that actually mattered? Also: stuff.
AT&T offers $70/month gigabit home service… with a catch.
FBI has been monitoring you for years.
NSA monitoring Xbox Live and Warcraft activity for ‘terrorists’.
Cracks the Chinese market in 2014. Potential 760 million users on offer.
New Mac Pro released. Fully maxed out Mac Pro goes for $9,599 (Paul’s getting 2)
2.7 GHz 12-core, 30 MB L3 Cache
64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
1 TB PCIe Flash Storage
Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
IOS 7.04 untethered jailbreak released.
Samsung and LG to show 105” curved TV’s at next month’s CES.
£30 tablet to launch in the UK.
First 3D printed metal guns on sale.
USB Type-C Connector Unveiled.
Amazon drones to take over the world……eventually.
‘Your Free Proxy’ software secretly turns your PC into a bitcoin mining machine.
Avegant Glyph looks to challenge the Oculus Rift.
“A Virtual Retinal Display uses a micromirror array and a combination of optics to reflect an image directly onto your retina, effectively using the back of your eyeball as a screen. The resulting picture is extremely sharp and vivid, unlike anything a conventional display can produce. In particular, the 3D images are exceptionally clear.”
PS4 is the fastest ever selling console in the UK.
PS4 surpasses Wii-U worldwide sales in hours.
More PSN hack problems reported.
Want a dev kit…or a brick?
Project ‘Threshold’ to unify One, Windows & Phone development.
Yoshi’s Island in Sonic. My 12 year old self is shocked.
New Yoshi’s Island game coming to 3DS.
New Mario Kart 8 trailer but no release date.
Steam OS Beta released by Valve
Valve joins the Linux foundation.
iFixIt tears down the Steam Machine.
Lists VR search category for Oculus Rift.
Razor to release an IOS controller for iPhone?
Battlefield 4 updates continue & continue & continue. China also bans the game.
Sonic 2 restored for IOS with long lost Hidden Palace Zone.
Just Cause 2 developers embrace the modding scene for online multiplayer mode.
How about controlling a game with your tongue?]]>
The next-gen is here! Time for us to talk about PC gaming.
Apple buys Kinect technology creator PrimeSense for $345 million
OCZ declares bankruptcy.
PS4 released. Day one sales top 1 miiilllion units! Muwahahaha (Dr. Evil voice)
New PS4 owners report Blue Light of Death?
Foxcon employees claim they sabotaged PS4 production
Twitch cracks down on “questionable” PS4 streams
Analog sticks wearing out.
PS4 with Vita bundles coming before Christmas.
Pro/Cons of Horizontal/Vertical mounting.
Xbox One released. Day one sales top 1 miiilllion units! Muwahaha (Dr. Evil voice)
Early adopters report Blu-ray drive failures.
Excessive profanity results in XBL bans
Xbox One thermal results.
Super Mario 3D World released
iBuyPower Steam Machine prototype shown.
MOGA Ace Power iPhone gamepad released
Batman Arkham Origins PC patch released. 3.1GB’s of patch.]]>
The next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony are almost upon us! Just in time for all of us (including Dave) to jump ship to the loving arms of the superior PC gaming side of things.
LG release the G Flex curved phone.
Dell’s new killer feature. Laptops that smell of cat pee.
PS4 FAQ guide from Sony.
So no media love for the PS4, at launch at least.
Titanfall won’t be coming to PS4 according to EA.
Nintendo just can’t stop selling Wii-U’s flying off the shelves.
Valve declares Steam is now bigger than Xbox Live.
Command & Conquer cancelled.
Games start migrating from GFWL to Steamworks before GFWL closure.
SNK, Tommo and the Neo Geo X drama.
Street Fighter 2 development tidbits released by lead developer.
I tell ya: you go away for 5 weeks, and suddenly, everyone has shiny new products that just came out of nowhere (well, except Apple). Valve, Sony, AMD… these are interesting technology times that we live in. Everyone wants to turn the market on its ear. Let’s see who manages to do it.
Valve -The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014.
Game Sharing service.
PC game sales on Steam up 76% year on year.
“The R9 290X also sports Ultra-HD graphics at native 4K resolutions, this is beyond anything you will see on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and the 290X is aimed at running those native resolutions at 60 frames per second. This is a benchmark in home gaming.”
Also targeting Creative Labs and Asus with their new True Audio Processor built into the R9 and one R7 -
AMD ‘Mantle’ aims to take over Directx. It’s OpenGL/DX all over again.
Teams up with Raptr for Gaming Evolved App, an alternative to the nVidia Geforce Experience.
iPhone 5 guts in a new plastic shell (5 colors)
$99 (16GB), $199 (32GB)
A7 64-bit ARM SoC (2X faster than A6)
M7 motion-tracking co-processor
Camera upgrade with burst mode, 120 fps video
Fingerprint authentication “Touch ID”
Already defeated by “fake finger” technique
New gray and gold colors along with silver
v7.02 released to combat privacy bug.
9 million iPhone 5c and 5s sold in first weekend
Galaxy Gear watch, Galaxy Note 3 for $299 each
Ballmers ‘emotional’ time of your life farewell.
Buys Nokia for $7.2 billion
Cash for iPhone offer goes live.
Announces Surface RT 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Reports massive second quarter loss, on the verge of being sold has gone private with a single investor. This is not a good thing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/blackberry-sale_n_3976373.html
Tesco launches budget tablet called the Hudl.
Phonebloks modular phone.
GTA 5 rakes in $1 billion in first 3 days of sales
Nintendo 2DS announced for $129
Long-time president Hiroshi Yamauchi dies
Archos launches the Gamepad 2
Hyperkin launching the Retron5.]]>
Gamescom 2013 has give us yet another round of punches between Sony and Microsoft, each trying to convince us that they are the next-gen king. Meanwhile, Nintendo stands in the corner looking sad. And from his mighty tower, Paul looks down on all of them with a jaded eye…
Steve Ballmer announces retirement plans
Get your ‘Champagne Gold’ iPhone 5.
John Carmack joins Oculus VR as CTO
Wine-like emulator “Darling” runs OS X apps under Linux
Google & Microsoft have a lovers tiff over YouTube app.
Pirate Bay Browser released. Even in the Google Play Store.
Microsoft Dreamcast 2
Major Nelson’s Xbox One unboxing reveals headset included after all (of course!)
Marc Whitten reveals Xbox One WILL work without Kinect
Europe gets a free digital copy of Fifa 14 with every pre-order.
50 games listed for the console.
ID@Xbox for developer self publishing revealed.
Northern Europe, Russia won’t get Xbox One in 2013
PS4 launching in the US on Nov 15th and Europe on Nov 29th.
Remote play on the Vita demonstrated with Assassin’s Creed IV.
Minecraft comes to PS4 at launch and PS3 and Vita later.
$199 PS3 with no HD, 12GB flash.
Sony apologise for GTAV story leaks.
Hard life for Sony execs at game conferences.
nVidia & Ubisoft partner up for PC games.
Infinity Wards says COD Ghosts on PC looks the best.
PC gaming hardware not in decline like the overall industry.
Games for Windows Marketplace to close.
Origin Humble Bundle on last three days of sale.
IGN concerned about BF4 on PS4.
Pathetic quarterly Wii U sales of 160,000 units
Need for Speed Rivals runs at 30fps.
One of those crazy weeks where new stuff comes out, and the Internet seems to go insane. On one hand, you have Google dropping their low-cost plan to take over your living room, and Microsoft pulling another 180 on their publishing policies. On the other, you’ve got a ‘gamez opinionist’ attacking a developer to the point where he rage quits the industry, and yet another Kickstarter project failing to materialize. Fun times.Topic of the Week:
Tim’s Japanese doll building empire FTW!
New Nexus 7 with faster processor, more RAM and retina-class display starting at $229.
Chromecast allows streaming to your TV from computers and mobile devices for $35.
Developer web site hacked and taken offline for 8 days.
iPhone 5C packaging revealed?
Smartphone share reaches three year low.
Surface RT prices cut by $150 and MS takes $900 million hit on Q2 earnings.
Teases 4.5w SDP haswell chips for tablets and ultrabooks.
Board game cancelled one year after raising $100,000.
Asus (PQ321Q) and Dell (Ultrasharp 32) launch 32” 4K monitors.
Samsung enters the 1TB SSD market with the 840 Evo.
Paypal credits a US man with 92 Quadrillion dollars.
Mojowijo launches the wiimote vibrating ‘body massager’.
Phil Fish cancels Fez II development abruptly.
Microsoft allowing indie self publishing.
Nintendo bans Japan indie development.
Mad Catz to release Ouya competitor called the Mojo.
Michael Biehn reveals all about Aliens Colonial Marines development.
Activision not forgetting the Wii-U just yet.
Capcom announces Strider HD.
EA finally pays original Madden developer.
EA planning to up next gen gaming prices to £54.99 in the UK.
Battlefield 4 Battlelog details revealed.]]>
Hello, NSA. We hope you enjoy the show. We know you’re big fans. The least you can do is email into the show and ask a question or two.Topic of the Week:
Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 consumer preview.
Data storage development fits 1000TB on a 12cm optical disk.
Andscientists develop “5D” nano data storage on glass for 360TB on a dvd sized piece of glass.
Two major security flaws in Android discovered.
nVidia release the GTX 760.
Intel releases the haswell bases 4xxx series.
Logitech releases the Harmony hub for control of via IOS and Android.
BBC cancels 3D indefinitely.
Volkswagen show off 300mpg hybrid car, the VW XL1.
Giantbomb’s Ryan Davis passes away aged 34.
Tweets on the day of his death :
@DavidEllis I’m on day three, I’ve gotten collectively maybe 10-12 hours. It’s not like I’m gonna die, but C’MON. VACATION.
Don Mattrick out at Microsoft. Goes to Zynga. All about the money, money, money.
Ballmer reorganizes at Microsoft. Former Windows boss Julie Larson-Green now in charge of not only the XBox division, but all hardware, game devices, and entertainment.
Microsoft mixed messaging and online petitions to return Xbox One features.
Microsoft touting Xbox One business features.
Nintendo officially cancels the vitality sensor.
Ouya finally releases.
GTA V gameplay video revealed.
The game every girl (and Dave) has been waiting for.
Deus Ex for iOS gimped on jailbroken devices… But Square Enix caves and now says they will remove the restriction.
Oh yeah, the Steam Sale started.]]>
Another E3 has come and gone, and with it, a new console war is ushered in. Couple that with WWDC 2013 taking place in the same week, and you have a Widget packed full of heated discussion.
iOS 7 unveiled with re-designed Jony Ive UI (buh-bye green felt!).
iOS 7 developer guide hints at support for dedicated MFi game controller.
iTunes Radio streaming music service.
New Mac Pro, finally! Neat design, but who’s going to buy this? No price or release date announced.
Haswell-based MacBook Air.
New Airport Extreme. WAY too expensive ($199) for a bare bones 3-port router. Apple should stop making network gear.
Xbox One $499 price point… Ouch!
Xbox Live Gold will follow PS Plus and give away 2 free games a month beginning in July with Halo 3 and Ass Creed 2.
Xbox Live coverage will be limited when One launches
Twitch TV streaming built into the console.
Microsoft Spacebucks begone.
Exclusive games: TitanFall, Project Spark, Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Fantasia, Halo 5, Crimson Dragon, MineCraft, Quantum Break, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Sunset Overdrive, Kinect Sports Rivals & World of Tanks for the 360.
Xbox 360 redesign
PS4 $399 price point… Game over?
PS4 hardware shown
No online requirement, activation or check-ins for disc-based games for first party games. Third party can do it.
500 GB HD is upgradeable.
Current Playstation Plus will carry over and include PS4 at launch.
Playstation Plus now required for online multiplayer. Not required for other online services such as Netflix, etc.
Also, publishers can opt in or out of PS Plus requirement for free to play games.
Cloud service coming for playing PS3 games on PS4.
Camera will be $60 optional add-on.
Exclusive game: The Order 1886, Drive Club, Infamous: Second Son, Knack, Killzone
Nintendo – “PLAY THE GAME”
Mario Kart 8
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
New Smash Bros. w/Megaman and OMFG, the Wii Fit Trainer!!!!
Super Mario 3D World
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Also shown by EA: Mirror’s Edge 2, FIFA 14
Activision demos Call of Duty: Ghosts with Riley the Dog, Destiny
Ubisoft shows off The Crew (MMO racer), Assassin’s Creed 4, Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s The Division
Warner Bros. Interactive shows Batman Arkham Origins, Mad Max
Metal Gear Stealth Horsey 24 Edition. “Dammit Chloe”
Final Fantasy XV
Fighting games are going F2P. Killer Instinct and Tekken first ones out of the gate. The business model for Tekken harkens back to the way arcade gameplay used to work.
The next-gen war has officially started. Let the rampant fan wars commence! So with all the major console manufacturers tipping their hands prior to E3, we now know what to expect… sort of. I mean, you wanted to watch sports through your XBox One, right?
Topic of the Week:
Watching TV is the new video game craze
Seiki bring 50” 4K plasma TV to the US for $1500.
Blackberry opening up BBM to Android & IOS.
Porn app in the works for Google Glass.
Samsung develop mobile 5G gigabit.
First 3D printer made gun fired in the US.
nVidia launch the GTX 780 3GB ($650/£560) and GTX 770 2GB ($400/£350) graphics cards. Shield comes in June for $350.
Intel launch the 4770K (Haswell $350) with HD 4600 IGP and Z87 (LGA1150) motherboard.
Microsoft launch Surface Pro for $1000/£719.
Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button. Of sorts.
AceTrax digital download source to close.
Razer announces the Blade 14” gaming laptop. Packing some decent specs in a ridiculously small form factor. Tim is smitten with it.
Xbox One Reveal – Holy shit… And we thought the PS4 event was bad
No CPU/GPU specs, but it does have 50 kagillion transistors!
No price announced
No major gameplay reveals
Giant fucking spy camera… er, Kinect 2 required for Xbox One to work
And speaking of giant, Xbox One is about the size of a 1970s VCR
Internet connection required… um, sort of… but not all the time… WTF?
Mandatory game installs to 500 GB non-removable HD
Used game situation still unclear
When pressed on the issue of requiring internet “check-ins” for deployed military, Microsoft waffled and said “we’ll figure something out”
Bad news for Nintendo as 3DS appears to have been hacked.
Industry legend Warren Spector cautions “Underestimate Nintendo at your peril”
Oculus Rift dev kits released. Gamejam develop a guillotine demo. Inventor and co-founder Andrew Reisse killed on June 1st hit-and-run.
New Sonic arcade game wants to see how fast you are.
Sonic 1 IOS updated to 2.0.
Unreal Engine 3 ported to HTML 5.]]>