Archive for Apr 22, 2008

No demo coming for Fallout 3

When you know that a major game will be coming out, you'll usually wait around for a demo to come out a short while before the actual game does. You'll usually get enough of a taste of the game to leave you wanting more, and thus play it over and over. However, if you're hoping for a demo of Fallout 3, you can stop, because it isn't happening.

Sony’s Home gets delayed, open beta coming in the Fall

If you've been getting excited about Sony's Home service for the PS3, I might suggest taking your excitement down a notch or two. No, it's not that the service won't live up to your expectations or anything, it's just that you'll have to wait even longer. Hit the jump for the official word from Sony on the Home delay.

Get your leaked Wrath of the Lich King screens here

I have a confession to make, I recently started playing WoW again. I thought I had managed to kick the habit, but unfortunately I just wasn't strong enough to stay away for good. I'm sure that I would have faltered once Wrath of the Lich King made its way to my desk. Speaking of the upcoming expansion, we have a few leaked screenshots that you might be interested in viewing.

Rumor – Guitar Hero IV to include more than just guitars

When Rock Band was announced last year, the first thing that drew everyone in was the fact that not only could you rock out to your favorite tunes with a guitar, but you'd also have drums and a mic as well. According to a recent interview with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, they are planning to do the same thing for Guitar Hero IV.

XBox controller rapid-fire & macro mod

Obviously SlashGear doesn't condone cheating in games, but if you're like me (and rubbish at them) then, when playing casually against friends, you might sometimes wish you had a bit of extra help. AcidMods may be able to arrange that; their tutorial shows you how to add pre-programmed macro chips to your XBox controller, together with the new buttons to control them. That means shortcuts like rapid fire are a single press away.

SleepPhones – keep your tunes going all night

Anyone who has slept around or with someone who snores knows how hard it is to get to sleep with that obnoxious noise in the background. I stayed in a hotel once where the person in the next room snored so loudly that I could hear it through the walls. I feel truly sorry for their significant other. These SleepPhones are a much more comfortable solution as opposed to sleeping with earbuds or even earplugs in to block out the noise.

Sony deny rumored PlayTV July launch & pricing

TV addicts looking for PVR functionality on their PS3 will have to wait a while longer for Sony's PlayTV device, is the official statement from the company.  PlayTV, which is a twin-tuner accessory compatible with over-the-air digital TV - such as the Freeview system in the UK - was first announced at the Leipzig games show in Germany last year. recently put up a pre-order page for the gadget, pricing it at £59.99 ($118.82) for a July 31st launch; however, that has since been taken down.

NES system squeezed into original game cartridge

I don't know how good French gamer Kotomi is at actual gaming, but when it comes to case mods I'm impressed.  Taking an original Super Mario Brothers cartridge, the stripped down guts of a "NES on a chip" clone system was squeezed inside, making for one of the most compact (and cool) NES systems I've seen.  It's all functional too, with the obvious cartridge slot, power and reset buttons together with composite video, stereo audio and not one but two joystick ports.


Western Digital VelociRaptor VR150 – insane performance from 2.5-inch drive

Western Digital know how to make a decent drive, and with the VelociRaptor VR150 they've shown they can create an eye-catching one too.  Proclaimed as the world's first 2.5-inch Serial ATA drive with a 10,000rpm spindle speed, the unit sits inside a mean looking "IcePAK" drive caddy that performs double duty as a heatsink - courtesy of the thirteen cooling fins - and as an adaptor to make the VR150 compatible with standard 3.5-inch bays.  A good thing, too, as the $300 drive wouldn't be much good in a laptop: at 15mm thick it's almost double a standard 2.5-inch notebook drive.  Tech Report have been putting the VelociRaptor through its paces, to see whether the drive lives up to Western Digital's performance promises.

Lenovo opts for widescreen-only in mainstream notebook range

Lenovo has hammered another nail into the 4:3 laptop display coffin with the quiet removal of its standard ratio T61 from its online store.  It means that all of the company's mainstream notebooks - whether in the ThinkPad, IdeaPad or 3000-series lines - are only available with widescreen LCDs.  The X61 - in Lenovo's ultraportable range and produced in standard and Tablet PC versions - is now the only remaining 4:3 option.

ASUS Eee 10-inch version coming later this year

According to CEO Jerry Shen, Asustek is planning another version of the low-cost ultraportable Eee series featuring the notebook's largest screen yet.  Having recently released the Eee PC 900, with its 8.9-inch display, ASUS is working on a 10-inch version that could be ready for release later on in 2008.  Shen cites customer demand for bigger LCDs and a desire for increased usability as being behind the company's decision.

"The feedback we've received from users has been great. Many have asked us for bigger screens and better usability. That's what made us start developing the Eee PC 900" Jerry Shen, CEO, Asustek

Pioneer AVIC-F car entertainment – voice recognition, Bluetooth & XM radio

Pioneer have released a number of high-end in-car entertainment systems for their AVIC-F range.  The three models - AVIC-F700BT, AVIC-F900BT and Premier branded AVIC-F90BT - all feature XM and satellite radio compatibility, Bluetooth with conversational voice recognition that can be used to control navigation, voice control of a connected iPod and a 5.8-inch WVGA touchscreen.  The latter two models also have DVD playback and a built-in MSN Direct tuner.