PS4 consoles will come with the Playroom augmented reality application, Sony has confirmed. Designed to showcase the PlayStation Camera and DualShock 4's motion control LED beacon, the software includes a range of minigames including air hockey and the opportunity to interact with a legion of virtual robots. However, since the PlayStation Camera is not included as standard, you'll need to shell out an additional £44 for the privilege of using the app.
You can see the tech demo above, which shows attractive people getting perverse enjoyment out of abusing poor helpless little robots. Dealspwn.com does not endorse robot abuse.
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When I think of the name “Nintendo Land” my mind rushes off to a far off place, a magical place, full of childhood wonder. It would be a full of children and families, with workers wearing over-sized costumes of Diddy Kong and Link as they mingle with the guests. Everyone smiling from ear to ear as they wander through a theme park bristling with opportunities to be sucked into a world of fun and nostalgia, and all of this is set against the backdrop of the Peach’s Mushroom Kingdom Castle, amazing during the day, but full of awe and mystique when night falls and the fireworks begin. Yet, whilst this image is a blatant rip-off from Anaheim, California, there is a point to it. Although Nintendo Land the game, is nowhere near as grand as the initial image in my head, what it is hoping to achieve is something similar. It is hoping to restore wonder and joy to a fanbase in much need of resurgence. It is hoping to showcase an experience in the WiiU which is new, exciting and something people will want more from. The question is, does it achieve what it set out to do, or does it leave you feeling short-changed and striding for the exit?
For those not in the know, Nintendo Land is serving as the demonstrative launch game for the WiiU, with it being bundled in with Premium versions of the console in a similar way to Wii Sports was with the Wii. The game itself is set in the titular “theme park” where the attractions are 12 different minigames that showcase the different ways in which you can use the new WiiU controller. The 12 minigames are split into 3 different types; single-player games designed just for the WiiU controller, competitive multiplayer games where up to 5 players compete against each other (up to 4 players use Wiimotes with Wii Motion Plus), or co-operative multiplayer games where players work together towards a common goal. All of these minigames are based on Nintendo’s key franchises, with the likes, of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and Metroid all providing settings for your pleasure, with each displaying different features of the WiiU controller.Click here to read more...
In another bizarre turn, Nintendo have revealed yet another Wii U specific game outside of their press conference. Game & Wario will be a yep, you guessed it, minigame collection that draws on the classic Game & Watch series for inspiration.
To be honest, they probably didn't show it during the press conference because it might have been confused with Nintendo Land...another first party minigame collection.
The controversial Kinect Star Wars has released today (a Tuesday, madness), and Tesco Entertainment is currently the cheapest place to get it thanks to their magnificent EX-15OFF15-1 voucher code.
Whether you want to is another matter entirely. The critical grapevine is all over the shop at the moment, with some outfits suggesting that Kinect Star Wars is great fun while others pour scorn on unresponsive controls and mistreatment of the subject matter. And, you know, dancing Darth Vader. That could be a problem... or the best thing ever. Thanks to silkhuk at HUKD.
Is this the best multiplayer game on the Wii? Probably. WarioWare: Smooth Moves is a game designed to make you get up off your bum and make a fool out of yourself in front of other people. It's brilliant fun, an excellent party game, and a must for anyone with a Wii. We just wish it had the game modes from the Gamecube's slice of WarioWare action. ShopTo have it in stock for under a tenner at the moment, so make it happen!. Cheers Syzable!
Kinect Sports: Season Two is the next official minigame collection that shows off Kinect's capabilities as a refreshing casual platform. It's certainly very good at what it does, but it does somewhat draw attention to the fact that there's so little else out for Microsoft's languishing peripheral. Still, Amazon and ASDA have the best price around if you're looking for some fun family thrills this Christmas.
Codemasters were naturally keen to showcase the console versions of F1 2011 at their recent British press event, but they'd also brought the Vita version for us to try out. Since I'd already had a go over at E3 last month, I was keen to pin down exactly what we can expect from the handheld port. Codemasters' Andy Gray was on hand to answer some of my questions, which shed new light on the Vita version's functionality. They "just want to make a good F1 game" regardless of format - and with this admirable sentiment in mind, the handheld version will provide a refreshingly hardcore racing experience despite pressure from Sony to include absolutely every feature that the PS Vita has to offer.
See below for the brand new (and exclusive?) details, questions and answers - as well as new intel about the rear touch pad support and new bite-sized challenge modes.Click here to read more...
Every new console and piece of motion control technology needs a tech demo; a proof of concept that shows new players what to expect from the platform as it matures. Minigame collections tend to be the simplest, most accessible and plain cheapest way to go about it... so right on cue, Little Deviants is set to provide forgettable bite-sized gaming snacks that each showcase a separate piece of Vita functionality.
During my (admittedly brief) time with Little Deviants, I was able to try out three of the five games that the UK-based Bigbig Studios brought along in the preview version – and for the most part, they're fun, addictive if ultimately shallow diversions.Click here to read more...