Shield is more of a tech demo for Nvidia processors than a mainstream product, so Ive wondered if GameStream might land on more devices with Nvidias Tegra 4 processor inside. On Sunday, Engadget reported that Mad Catz is in talks with Nvidia to enable GameStream on Mad Catzs MOJO game console.For an Android-based game console, M.O.J.O. is pricey at $250 , but PC game streaming could be a killer feature. Inevitably, when talk of PC game streaming comes up, some people wonder what the point is. (See the comments section of this Polygon story on Steam in-home streaming as an example.) I think the promise of this technology is clear: You only have to buy good enough gaming hardware for a single PC. Other laptops and set-top boxes can stay cheap and low-powered. The powerful PC rig can stay in a separate room, eliminating the need for a huge, noisy box in your entertainment center. No need to have a separate game library on a dedicated console, or to worry about backwards compatibility. The games you buy for PC become universal and not tied to a particular generation of hardware. I dont want to neglect what Sony and Nintendo are doing with the PlayStation 4 and Wii U, respectively. Sony has already announced that users can stream PS4 games to a PlayStation Vita handheld over a local network, and the Wii Us GamePad allows users to play certain games on the smaller screen while the television is being used for other things. But Sonys and Nintendos approaches share an inherent drawback: Neither console is designed around downloadable games like the PC is. The PS4 is more download-friendly than the Wii U, with 500 GB of storage and all new games being available as downloads from day one. But that storage space will run out quickly , and console gamers may still be conditioned to favor physical media (hence the brouhaha over Microsofts original disc-slaying plans for the Xbox One).
by Josiah Renaudin on 18th Nov, 2013 Follow @gameranx If youve been concerned that Star Citizen, an upcoming combat simulator set in the deep void of space, will be held back in order to satisfy the needs of home consoles, take a deep breath. Since a PS4 development kit was discovered on studio CTO Jason Spanglers desk, Star Citizen creator Christopher Roberts has come out to reiterate just how important the PC is to his games development. Star Citizen IS a PC game. It will NEVER be dumbed down for a lesser platform, he said on his forums . We will NOT limit the input options or supported peripherals to the lowest common denominator. We will NOT pass on features and technology just because they will only run on some hardware configurations. Even if PC is whats truly driving Star Citizen, there are a few conditions that would change Roberts mind on next-gen consoles. As far as consoles go, Star Citizen will never be on the PS3 or Xbox 360. As for the next-gen consoles, PS4 and Xbox One, we have NO CURRENT PLANS, but my stance remains open and is consistent with the many interviews Ive given, he continued. IF the platform holders (Sony and Microsoft) allow us to update the code and data without restrictions and odious time consuming QC procedures, IF they allow our community to openly interact with each other across platforms, then I would CONSIDER supporting them. The game has plenty of funding , as well as some serious fan support. If those who backed the game want PS4 and Xbox One versions, theyll likely get them down the road. Stories from around the web
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The title takes place during the year 2277 which is over three decade after the events of Fallout 2. Set in the Capital Wasteland which is a post-nuclear Washington, D.C., you venture out of the Vault 101 shelter in search of your father. On your search, youll encounter various helpful characters as well as hostile ones like a mutated species of creatures, super mutants, feral ghouls, raiders, slavers, mercenaries and robots. This open world release lets you decide on how to tackle situations and your decisions will have consequences. Theres also the SPECIAL Character System which allows you to enhance various attributes like Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck. The title lets you play in both, 1st- and 3rd-person perspective. 6. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV is certainly one of the finest youll find where fantasy games are concerned and Oblivion is another fine release in this segment. The title is the prequel to Skyrim which is at the top of the list and it takes place in the land of Cyrodiil. The story takes you on a journey to prevent the gates of Oblivion from opening which will stop the invasion and save Tamriel from Mehrunes Dagon. Like in other additions in the series, Oblivion is open world allowing you to freely roam the place. There are various side-quests available as well.
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Expect absurdly burly men (and ladies) hitting each other a lot in ever more creative ways, with the added bonus of being able to call in such everyday occurrences as black holes and plane crashes. Subtlety really isnt on the agenda here. Inversion Publisher: Namco Bandai Release: 2012 Inversion offers third-person co-op blasting in the company of the Grappler, a scenery-flinging descendent of Half-Life 2s Gravity Gun that is described as using a revolutionary gravity manipulation engine. Yeah, whatever. Youll use it to create cover and grab your enemies, a mysterious high-tech force known as the Lutadore. We are fairly sure that they are not Mexican wrestlers, but it is too early to say for sure. Tomb Raider Publisher: Square Enix Release: Summer This long-awaited reboot sees a younger Lara stranded on a Japanese island during her first trip overseas. What weve seen suggests a much darker, more violent game with a focus on survival rather than the improbable dungeoneering of yore. First impressions call to mind the excellent reboot of Resident Evil via Resi 4. But where does that leave Laras excellent platforming? Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City Publisher: Capcom Release: 2012 A class-based third-person shooter where you tackle Hunters, Tyrants and the Nemesis in the setting of Resi 2. Full four-player co-op support for the campaign makes this one to watch. Smite Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios Release: 2012 A mythological take on the DotA format from Hi-Rez, the folks behind Global Agenda and Tribes: Ascend. Its based on Unreal Engine 3 and will ditch the isometric RTS approach for plenty of over-the-shoulder twitch action. Ravensdale Publisher: Spellbound Release: 2012 A steampunk fantasy action game.