E3 2009

Sony EyePet gets new screenshots, video demo

Sony EyePet gets new screenshots, video demo

Anybody who has physically brought a live monkey into their home will know that it can be one of the more fraught experiences.  Happily Sony's EyePet game is still on track to make that monkey virtual; the company may not have made much mention of it in their E3 keynote, but a new video demo and screenshots confirm that it's still on course to be one of the PS3's most unusual titles.

Sony EyePet video demo after the cut

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Sony Motion Controller for PS3 unveiled

Sony Motion Controller for PS3 unveiled

It's not just the PSP Go!; Sony have also got something new for PlayStation 3 owners, too, in the shape of their own take on a motion controller.  A mere day after Microsoft announced their "Project Natal" system for Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation Motion Controller offers 1-to-1 recognition by tracking a glowing purple ball on the end of a controller stick, using a PS Eye camera.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony PSP Go! gets official at E3

Sony PSP Go! gets official at E3

Sony have officially announced the PSP Go!, and as expected it's the smaller, entirely-digital sibling to the PSP-3000.  Rocking a sliding form-factor with a 3.8-inch LCD display, 16GB of onboard memory, WiFi and Bluetooth and a M2 Memory Stick Micro slot, the PSP Go! drops the UMD slot from previous versions and as such is 50-percent smaller than the original PSP and 40-percent lighter.

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Nintendo Wii Vitality Sensor revealed at E3 2009

Nintendo Wii Vitality Sensor revealed at E3 2009

The Nintendo press event at E3 2009 is done and over now but we're still giving you the scoop on what went down. We got a look at the Wii Vitality Sensor today, which is a new gadget that's meant to complement the Wii Fit line up.

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Wii Fit Plus announced at Nintendo E3 2009

Wii Fit Plus announced at Nintendo E3 2009

Nintendo had their press event at the E3 2009 conference today and they announced their brand new Wii Fit Plus game. The new game is set to be released this fall by itself and bundled with the Wii Balance Board.

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New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo Wii announced

New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo Wii announced

Nintendo E3 2009 is going on right now and we just heard that the game maker will be releasing a brand new version of their classic, Super Mario Bros, but this time for the Wii. This version is called New Super Mario Bros. and it's sure to be a trip down memory lane for many.

The new game will be in the classic 2D style and will be a side-scroller. You will have the ability to play four-player co-op. New power-ups and game play features have bee added as well, which is pretty cool for those of us that enjoyed the original game.

Also included is an auto-zoom feature that pans around and zooms in to make it possible to keep all four players on the screen at once. That's good news for those that tend to get lost in co-op mode, but might be a bit distracting--we'll just have to wait and see. You can expect New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii to be released by Christmas.

Logitech force-feedback Flight System G940 announced

Logitech force-feedback Flight System G940 announced

Logitech have announced their first force-feedback flight sim controller, the Flight System G940.  Comprising a joystick with realistic force-feedback, dual throttle control and rudder pedals, the G940 summons up a huge number of programmable button options and is compatible with most PC flight simulators.

 

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Xbox 360 Games-on-Demand coming August

Xbox 360 Games-on-Demand coming August

Presented, seemingly, as almost an aside to their full E3 keynote, Microsoft's last revelation might in fact make the biggest difference to Xbox 360 gamers.  "Games on Demand" is launching in August, initially offering a range of 30 titles that can be bought with a credit card and downloaded directly to the console. 

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Microsoft Project Natal motion-controller for Xbox 360 [Video]

Microsoft Project Natal motion-controller for Xbox 360 [Video]

In addition to the Xbox LIVE updates, Microsoft also announced their much-rumored motion controller at E3.  Named the Microsoft Xbox 360 Project Natal - pronounced "nuh-tall" - it combines an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor all in one compact bar, which can track gamers' movements in 3D space as well as respond to verbal commands.

 

Update: Video after the cut

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Xbox LIVE 1080p video store, Facebook, Last.fm & Netflix browsing

Xbox LIVE 1080p video store, Facebook, Last.fm & Netflix browsing

Microsoft have announced updates for the Xbox LIVE service, including 1080p high-definition downloads in the Video Marketplace, Facebook and Last.fm integration and even Twitter.  Netflix has also received a usability boost, with full catalog browsing now possible instead of merely viewing your existing movie queue, and Movie Party - which allows you to collaboratively watch the same title, and chat either through IM or voice, with friends in different locations - is now confirmed.

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