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BlueStacks GamePop Mini aims to pick up where original console left off

BlueStacks GamePop Mini aims to pick up where original console left off

When a company such as BlueStacks introduces a product with a non-traditional pricing structure (like the one we're seeing with their gaming console "GamePop"), it's not the easiest thing in the world for the general public to accept. "You're giving me a piece of hardware free, but it doesn't do anything unless I pay a subscription fee?" This bit of bafflement was given a re-up today with the second machine in the GamePop series of devices (before the first hits the market, mind you).

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Key Lime Pie console and smartwatch showcase could demo Android’s UI expansion

Key Lime Pie console and smartwatch showcase could demo Android’s UI expansion

We heard yesterday of rumors that Google is preparing a host of new devices, including their own Android-powered game console, smartwatch, and a refreshed media streaming device, similar to the Nexus Q. One of the more interesting tidbits, however, is that these devices could be running the next version of Android: Key Lime Pie, which could tell us a lot about Google's plans to expand the Google's own Android UI past smartphones and tablets.

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Xbox One backtracks on game sharing and always-connected internet

Xbox One backtracks on game sharing and always-connected internet

As the Xbox One suffered a significant amount of negative feedback from those that, thus far, weren't happy with the machine's rules surrounding disk sharing and always-connected internet, Microsoft and the Xbox team have turned over a new leaf. This afternoon straight through Microsoft's own Xbox Wire portal, Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, made it all clear. The Xbox One will not need the internet, nor will it have any limitations on buying, selling, lending, or gifting disks.

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Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O. hands-on

Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O. hands-on

Though we're still back in the prototype stages here with the Mad Catz Android-based gaming console called "Project M.O.J.O.", we've still had the opportunity to take a look at the basic build here at E3 2013. This machine aims to do battle with the few similar products on the market today, namely OUYA, for starters, and remains without a set of solid innards: they MIGHT be going with NVIDIA Tegra 4 for their final build, for example.

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NVIDIA SHIELD as mini game console: hands-on with Nyko PlayPad Pro

NVIDIA SHIELD as mini game console: hands-on with Nyko PlayPad Pro

The folks at Nyko have made a surprise one-two hit today with a variety of accessories that are aimed in the public eye directly at such next-generation devices as NVIDIA SHIELD. What we're seeing right here is the functionality described in our first presentation of their new SHIELD dock, but without the dock. Here we've got NVIDIA's SHIELD working as a miniature Android-based game console attached to an HDTV with a Nyko PlayPad Pro as a controller connected with Bluetooth.

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Xbox One’s Ryse: Son of Rome live gameplay eyes-on

Xbox One’s Ryse: Son of Rome live gameplay eyes-on

As Sony's presentation last night appeared to center on the game Destiny, so too are we seeing Microsoft bring the heat today with the game Ryse: Son of Rome. This game is developed by the folks at studio Crytec, the same folks that brought the world Crysis. Here with Ryse: Son of Rome, Microsoft's Xbox One boasts high-powered graphics and a third-person perspective with the gamer taking control of one of history's most infamous warrior tribes.

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Nintendo E3 2013 keynote presentation recounted: franchise after franchise

Nintendo E3 2013 keynote presentation recounted: franchise after franchise

As titans like Microsoft and Sony brought forth new waves of games for their next-generation consoles coming later this year, Nintendo brought on an E3 2013 presentation with franchise continuations for the console they'd already had on the market for months: Wii U. Showing up via live video feed from Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto, President and CEO of Nintendo Satoru Iwata spoke on the future of the Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, and all games in-between. Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, and Monolith Soft bring the power to this conference.

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The Order 1886 brings steampunk exclusive to PlayStation 4

The Order 1886 brings steampunk exclusive to PlayStation 4

This week at E3 2013, the folks at Ready At Dawn studios have shown a title that'd been just whispered of before today - The Order: 1886. This game will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive title and will follow a band of steampunk-like characters heading in to battle with what appears to be an age-old stagecoach. Once they reach a bump in the road, on the other hand, a bit more appears than meets the eye.

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PlayStation 4 console hardware official: lean back

PlayStation 4 console hardware official: lean back

This week the folks at Sony have made the console official for the PlayStation 4 - not just a box, but something a bit more sharp. This machine doesn't take on any new specifications here at the start of the week at E3, but here with the reveal of the machine, the keynote just got a whole lot more interesting. For those of you just joining in on the PlayStation 4 journey, this is the second PlayStation 4 keynote address of the year but the first in which we've seen the device.

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Mad Catz Project MOJO Android gaming console aims at OUYA with Tegra 4

Mad Catz Project MOJO Android gaming console aims at OUYA with Tegra 4

This week the folks at Mad Catz have made it clear that they'll be joining the Android In The Living Room fad with a gaming console known as Project MOJO. This device will take on a form not unlike the gaming console known as OUYA and will also be going into competition with the BlueStacks machine GamePop. Each of these machines have one thing in common: they're relying on Google's mobile operating system Android to do the software work.

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