Nintendo Will (Finally) Begin Developing Games For Smartphones

nintendo-mobileUsually denying the concept of developing games for mobile, Nintendo is seeing the prospect in a new light, courtesy of a press release sent out by the Japanese gaming company this morning. Using Nintendo intellectual property, the company has paired up with another Japanese company, called DeNA, to produce games for mobile platforms.

Nintendo had the following to say regarding what kind of games we’ll see:

“Only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.”

Sounds interesting. This also comes off the heels of another announcement: Nintendo is working on its next console, codenamed “NX”, due for unveil next year.

Via: Businesswire (Nintendo)

ASUS’ G501 Is The 4K Screen, GTX 960M Boasting, And 0.81″ Thin Gaming Ultrabook

G501_lighting_01-copy-980x621That doesn’t sound quite right, but it is: the ASUS G501 is technically, a gaming ultrabook. It’s a svelte .81 of a inch thin (or thick, depending on how you look at it), sports the newest GTX 960M graphics chip form NVIDA. A 15.6-inch true 4K IPS screen with pixel density 282 PPI in a case that’s 4.54 pounds.

The aluminum body contains a 512GB SSD with up to 1400MB/s data transfer speeds, all of which benefits from ASUS’ Hyper Cool tech (two fans and copper heat-pipes) for the starting price of $1,999 — cheaper than a Razer Blade, mind you.


The New Chrombook Pixel: $999 And Up, Rocking USB-C

Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 2.22.05 PMThe new price tag of the Chromebook Pixel is still rather high for any Chromebook: $999. At that price, you can get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8G RAM, and 32GB SSD or for $1,299 a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 64GB SSD. Efforts have been made to increase battery life as well, to 12 hours.

The same industrial design of fame from two years ago persists, but with a new USB-C port, also serving as the charger port, and becoming part of the industry push to standardize the better laptop port.

Oh, and in case you forgot: with wider color gamut, the 3:2, 2560 x 1700 pixel screen makes a magnificent return. Even if it’s running the constricting Chrome OS, the Pixel sounds like a great laptop.

Via: Google Store

The New 12-Inch Apple Macbook: Thinnest And Lightest With Retina Display

new-macbookIt measures 13.1mm at its thickest point, and comes in space grey, silver, and in gold, starting at $1,299.

But the coolest parts of the new 12-inch Retina Macbook run deeper: a completely redesigned and individually-backlit keyboard, the new Force Touch trackpad (all around haptic feedback and customized sensitivity) and a single (that’s right, just one) USB-C port for USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, power, and VGA tethered connectivity. The only other port? A 3.5mm headset jack.

Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac make for wireless capabilities. Meanwhile, the fanless design is made possible by Intel’s Core M series, so speed, quiet and energy efficiency can all exist, happily.

Via: Apple

It’s Okay To Lust Over The Nvidia Titan X, The World’s Most Advanced GPU

titanxThe Titan X will receive its own conference on March 17-20, but Nvidia is willing to shed some preliminary details on their most powerful, and arguably the world’s most advanced, graphics processing unit (GPU). Pop this into your desktop PC (with a large enough power supply) and you’ll most likely be able to render, draw, game, or visualize anything — and then some.

Featuring a whopping 8 billion transistors (a billion jump from the 7 billion in last year’s Titan Z), the Titan X is powered by new Maxwell architecture, and with it integrates a healthy 12 gigabytes of VRAM (video random access memory).

Pricing yet to be announced, but considering Nvidia’s previous top-of-the-line graphics cards pass the thousand mark, expect the Titan X to break new ground in costs as well.

Via: Nvidia

The Nvidia Shield Is Now Also A 4K TV Streaming Console

nvidia-shield-consoleFor $200, Nvidia will sell you the Shield (which in the past, was a tablet, portable game console, and now, also a console). In it, you’ll find a Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, a 256-core Nvidia Maxwell GPU with 3 GB RAM, and Android TV, allowing it to support 4K output and a new class of Android games. However, besides TV and movies streamed into your monitor or TV in HD or 4K, it also supports Nvidia’s Grid service; a feature which lets you stream PC-quality games.

And, it’s so sleek.

Via: Shield

Sony Refines Project Morpheus To HD Screen, With 2016 Launch

16085757124_b04aa77d55_zVirtual reality has a future in reality — that we know. The PS4 VR headset now has a launch date in early 2016, with many updates to its existing frame and features. First off, the new 5.7-inch OLED 1,920 x 1080p HD screen, so clarity and detail can more easily be achieved. Lots of improvement for just the second publicly-unveiled prototype, no?

The 120Hz refresh rate, coupled with lower latency less than 18ms means that games can be rendered at 120fps with fluid movement that amplifies the feeling of immersion. Three extra LEDs, one front and two at the sides, making for a total of nine, improve the tracking capabilities. Lastly, the headband and process of putting the Morpheus on is much easier.

Launch date? Sometimes in 2016.

Via: PS Blog

Sony Celebrates 20 Million Sold Mark With The PS4

ps4Now holding the PlayStation brand in higher regard than ever before, thanks to slumping sales and uncertainties in other divisions, Sony is happy to report that since launch, the PS4 has reached 20.2 million sold units — not simply shipped, but sold.

Sony has been ahead in the next-generation console war since the start, and while its current array of exclusives are still in their early stages, 2015 includes an immensely popular franchise selection, including the likes of Uncharted and Bloodborne.

Here at LM, we’ve switched out our own Xbox One for a PS4. Seems like the way to go, but only time will tell.

Via: Newswire (Sony)