After showing off a rough design update to its Steam Controller at its annual Steam Dev Days conference back in January, Valve has decided, definitively it would appear, to strip the touch screen from the handheld and replace it with a logo-emblazoned home button alongside start and select buttons. And new to the latest prototype design is a protruding d-pad and X, Y, A, and B button layout similar to that of an Xbox controller.
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- Your brain on audio books: distracted, forgetful, and bored.
- Check out this year's Game Developer's Conference!
SAN FRANCISCO--Who was the star character of video game mega hit Journey? Make that a what.
While you spend the entirety of the award-winning PS3 title playing as a nameless, mostly faceless humanoid with a very snazzy scarf, most of the oohs and ahhs come for what you're trekking across: sand.
It trickles down virtual dunes as it's stepped on. As the sun sets, it glows red and sets off a glassy sheen. And in the dark, blue light spills out over it, providing a (misplaced) sense of calm.
Like real sand, it's changing and flowing as … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--YouTube today added a way for developers to publish live videos from their mobile applications.
A new set of application programming interfaces, or APIs, introduced today by the company at the Game Developers Conference, lets developers push out a video stream of an app for live viewing.
In practice, this means game developers can add some code into their existing games, then publish gameplay live from a smartphone or tablet.
Such a system has been in place for a handful of desktop gaming titles, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of … Read more
Sony gave the press a peek at its upcoming next-generation console last month, and today did the same with developers.
The company was in San Francisco earlier today as part of the Games Developers Conference, and showed off some of the only hardware of the PlayStation 4: the new DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation 4 Eye camera peripheral. Both were behind an enclosed display case and marked as mock-ups on GDC's expo floor.
High-resolution photos of both pieces of hardware were released by Sony late last month.
Key among the new features in Sony's new DualShock 4 controller is a built-in touch pad that can be used to interact with games and on-screen menus. There's also a built-in microphone jack, and a share button nestled next to the trigger buttons that lets gamers stream their gameplay live to friends in real time. … Read more
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been announced at GDC, and it didn't hurt at all.
Speaking onstage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima said Metal Gear Solid V is Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain combined. Snake has been in a coma for nine years, and awakens in the hospital at the start of the game alongside Ishmael, the figure from The Phantom Pain whose face is in covered in bandages.
During the gameplay demo, which is set in the game's tutorial level, Snake … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--If you could play high-end, 3D games in your browser at the same speed as on a console, would you? Here at the annual Game Developers Conference, the maker of Firefox revealed a plan to get you to do just that.
Game developers on Facebook's platform generated $2.8 billion last year, Facebook executives told developers today.
The social network, in hopes of snagging more game creators, has been very vocal about wanting to beef up its platform with mid- and hard-core games -- the type of games in which players spend the most time and money. Executives said they are working on making Facebook a place for these committed gamers.
"Anywhere in the games business we are investing heavily," Facebook's Sean Ryan said at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Calif.
In addition to trotting … Read more
Hungry for more PlayStation Vita news?
A Friday Webcast hosted by Sony and titled "PlayStation Vita Game Heaven" will reveal "unannounced Vita titles, upcoming releases, Vita services, as well as new information about in-release titles," notes Andriasang.com.
A teaser video clearly hints at developer interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, but English-only speakers may have a hard time following.… Read more
Since Jeff can't attend the 26th annual Game Developers Conference on March 5 in San Francisco, we're doing the next best thing and bringing part of the show to him!
General Manager Meggan Scavio is our guest today and we're getting all the details on the upcoming show, like the split among console, PC, and mobile gaming, the rise of independent game developers, and sequelmania! We'll also rant about 3D games and the convergence of the film and gaming industries.
She'll also join us in the second half of the podcast where we'll run … Read more