Thursday, June 7, 2012

New game gear coming from the Big 3

6/07/2012

The Big Three in the gaming game all had hardware news to share at this week's E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Sony introduced the Wonderbook, Microsoft revealed a technology called Smartglass and Nintendo delivered more details about the Wii U.


Sony Wonderbook

The new book-like peripheral for the PlayStation 3 uses a TV and the PlayStation Move system to enhance stories and games. The first titles to use the system will be a The Book of Spells from the Harry Potter franchise. Written in part by J.K. Rowling, the book will let users conjure up virtual spells by using the Playstation Move controller as a wand.

Sony also announced a racing wheel controller for Move driving games and a deal to bring PlayStation games to Android tablets and HTC mobile phone handsets.



Xbox SmartGlass

Microsoft's SmartGlass will allow users to control an Xbox 360 using a smartphone, tablet or PC. The technology connects the Xbox console to computers running Windows 8 and to Apple iPads, Android, and Windows phone devices.

While watching a movie or TV show delivered through the Xbox to your main screen, a connected device will serve as "second screen" displaying a cast list, production notes or interactive features. Some of Microsoft's partners that will deliver the extra content include Nickelodeon, Univision, Paramount and ESPN.



Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo revealed some more details about the Wii U, the handheld console that is scheduled to be available late this year. The U will be able to stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Amazon Video on Demand. The company also announced several new games that will take advantage of the U. Nintendoland will have games features characters from the Donkey Kong and Zelda lines, among others. There will be special versions of Assassin’s Creed 3, Mass Effect 3 and Batman Arkham City along with Zombi-U, a game that takes a picture of your face and turns you into the star of a horror movie.



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