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Here’s the Steam Controller

27 Sep

steam controller

Yes, after the recent announcements about Steam OS and Steam Machines, Valve is back with the Steam Controller. Citing from the official site this is a new kind of controller:

“We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system. But that still left input — our biggest missing link. We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology — one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we’ve arrived at something worth sharing and testing with you.”

The Steam Controller is designed to work with all the games on Steam: past, present, and future. Even the older titles in the catalog and the ones which were not built with controller support.

steam controller

The controller was designed from the ground up to be hackable. Just as the Steam Community and Workshop contributors currently deliver tremendous value via additions to software products on Steam, they believe that they will meaningfully contribute to the design of the Steam Controller. Valve is planning to make tools available that will enable users to participate in all aspects of the experience, from industrial design to electrical engineering.

We’re not really sure about the total lack of analog sticks, but you’ll never know. We’ll see, stay tuned! In the meanwhile, here’s the suggested example configuration for Portal 2.

steam controller

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Meet Xbox One

21 May

xbox one

Yep, this is it! The brand new Microsoft game console, the XBOX ONE (nice name, no really). And below you can admire its brand new shaped controller.

xbox one controller

Here some more details:

• 8 gigs of RAM

• USB 3.0

• Wi-Fi Direct

Blu-Ray disc drive (wondering how much is Sony’s bill for this)

• 64-bit architecture

Wired (that tried the new Xbox) reported that Xbox One will NOT require an always-online internet connection, but due to an installation of every game on the HDD and a registration on the Xbox site required, Microsoft confirmed with that while installations to other hard drives are allowed, users will need to pay an unspecified fee to do so. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? So I need to pay even if I borrow a game from my friend. Thanks.

The Xbox One won’t play any existing Xbox 360 games, said Microsoft’s Marc Whitten in an interview with The Verge.

“The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective.”

Microsoft’s Harvey Eagle told IGN another super good news (see: irony). In fact seems like your Kinect will need to be connected in order for the Xbox One to function:

“Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes.”

xbox one kinect

Xbox One will hit the stores this fall, but still no release date.

SEGA launches Segakawaii

8 Apr

segakawaii

After the incredibly cool series of laptop themed on all the SEGA’s consoles presented few months ago, now the Japanese ex-hardware-but-still-software house launches a new “project” called Segakawaii (you know, kawaii in Japanese means “cute”).

Basically Segakaii is a series of accessories themed on SEGA goods, like consoles and pads. For example on April 25 will be available (obviously only in Japan) the first item…a giant Dreamcast pad backpack! Later on will be released other stuff, including a very cool Dreamcast t-shirt!

segakawaii

segakawaii

Now you can use the Wii U Controller on PC games

5 Feb

We always love people making an improper use of licensed hardware, especially when it’s not about cracking or piracy, but just opening a new world of possibilities. And this is the case of this guy, Chris Manning, transforming the Wii U game pad into something you can use on a PC.

This video also shows how you can re-map the pad in order to make it works with lot of stuff on your PC, like DirectInput games and emulators (including Dolphin and most Steam games).

We know that you’re wondering about the touchscreen and all the cool stuff you’d like to do with it on your PC. Chris also said that a touchscreen support in on the work, and you’ll be able to use the pad as a graphical tablet or similar stuff very soon.

For now, you can download all the stuff you need to make it works here.

Keep it up Chris (and watch your back from Nintendo)

OUYA is available for pre-order via Amazon.com

5 Feb

ouya amazon june

After last night’s announcement (from this Wall Street Journal interview with OUYA’s CEO Julie Uhrman) that OUYA will be released on next June, the Android game system is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

As said before, the OUYA will cost $99.99, it comes with one joypad, but you can get the second for an extra $49.99 (and we hope they WON’T keep the currency exchange 1:1 with € and £).

So, if you’re interested in buying the OUYA you can check this Amazon’s feature article or just go for the pre-order here.