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Google Play Games revealed: Android gaming gets serious

Google Play Games revealed: Android gaming gets serious

Details of Google Play Games, the Android alternative to Apple's Game Center, have leaked, with suggestions that the cloud-syncing, leaderboard-scoring, and multiplayer-matchmaking system will debut officially at Google I/O this coming week. Evidence of the refreshed gaming component was unearthed from a prerelease version (v3.1.36) of the Google Play Services APK, with Android Police sifting through the shared files to discover a new "Play Games" feature intended for managing gaming on the Android platform.

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OUYA reveals exclusive game Soul Fjord

OUYA reveals exclusive game Soul Fjord

The OUYA team has made a chipper announcement, unveiling an exclusive game called Soul Fjord, which isn't yet available but will be in the near future. In case the game's name and logo aren't suggestive enough, the game has a distinct musical-aspect to it wrapped up in a fantasy-land shell that forms a mashup of styles not often seen together. We've got a trailer available to watch after the jump.

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OUYA hits 10,000 developers worldwide

OUYA hits 10,000 developers worldwide

OUYA announced today that they have reached the 10,000-developer mark with their portable Android-powered gaming console. The console made its public debut at the Games Developer Conference last month, where it also began shipping to Kickstarter backers. During that time, OUYA had around 8,000 developers signed on.

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Xbox 720 AMD heart tipped as backward-compatibility cut

Xbox 720 AMD heart tipped as backward-compatibility cut

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox may sacrifice backward-compatibility for 360 games in favor of easier cross-platform development for Xbox and Windows PC games, sources claim, following Sony in jumping to AMD chips. The unofficially titled "Xbox 720" will ditch IBM Power PC processors for AMD's x86-based chips, Bloomberg reports, bringing greater hardware parity to Xbox and PC, and allowing game developers to more easily release titles for both platforms. However, those upgrading from an existing Xbox 360 to the new console may be less impressed.

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OUYA production goes full steam: shipping has begun!

OUYA production goes full steam: shipping has begun!

As the OUYA Android gaming console hits the first tier partners and Kickstarter funders, the team behind production has made it clear that starting next week, they'll be building and shipping market-ready units 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the standard OUYA unit, you'll be seeing a grey console and grey controller the manufacturing process will hit full steam, while Kickstarter exclusive units and units with more than one controller will be produced soon after standard production is up and running.

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Sony Computer Entertainment merges Japan and Asia divisions

Sony Computer Entertainment merges Japan and Asia divisions

Sony Computer Entertainment has merged its Japan and Asia divisions, creating a new management unit - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia - under SVP Hiroshi Kawano. The restructuring is part of Sony's continued efforts to streamline its business and pare back any unnecessary expense and duplication; current SCE Asia president Hiroyuki Oda will now be deputy president of the unified Japan-Asia division, based out of the Asia headquarters.

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Ouya online multiplayer to launch by end of the year

Ouya online multiplayer to launch by end of the year

Julie Uhrman, the founder and CEO of Ouya, states that the gaming console will not support online multiplayer when it launches. She hopes that the the developers will be able to get the feature up and running by the end of the year. But fear not, local multiplayer will still be supported, so you'll be able to play side-by-side with your friends (presumably up to 3 of them). Uhrman hopes to bring back the era of "back-couch" game play.

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