Popular mobile game titles on your TV, using your phone as a controller
BlueStacks, which is best known for letting users run Android apps on Windows and Mac computers, is going in a completely different direction with the introduction of a new gaming console called GamePop. But the console is just half of the story — GamePop also encompasses a monthly subscription service that lets users play as many games as they want on the console with no additional charges. The console itself is running Android, and can be connected to your TV and controlled from either your phone or a dedicated game controller. Outside of that, we don't have any details on the internals of the device, although the design certainly looks interesting.
To make sure there's a good selection of games to choose from, BlueStacks has partnered with some of the biggest mobile developers out there right now. Names like Halfbrick, Glu Mobile, OutFit7, Intellijoy, Deemedya and many more are all on board to bring their titles over to GamePop. From the developer's perspective, they will receive 50-percent of the subscription price per user — based on gameplay time — for having games available on the platform. Additionally, BlueStacks will not take a cut of any in-app purchases if developers choose to have them in their games. Hopefully this generous revenue sharing model can help boost the number of games that come over to GamePop.
GamePop is available for pre-order starting today, and interestingly will be offered for free with a monthly subscription of $ 6.99 during the month of May. After the initial May pre-order period ends the console will have an up-front cost associated with it, however, which hasn't been specified. Given the quick rise in number of users of its desktop software to run Android apps, we have to think BlueStacks may be onto something. Does it have what it takes to challenge competitors like OUYA though? We'll have to see going forward. Stick around after the break to see a nice introductory video and a full press release for the device, and follow the source link if you're interested in pre-ordering a GamePop console.
Japanese internet service provider NTT Plala announced a TV set-top box (STB) that runs Linux or Android on an STMicroelectronics dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The Hikari TV Smart TV STB supports DLNA and OTT (over-the-top) services, can run HTML5 apps, and is optimized for NTT Plala’s Hikari TV cloud-based gaming service. The Smart TV STB [...]
Unity Technologies has announced that it has dropped support for Adobe Flash from its cross-platform Unity game development toolset, citing the declining popularity of the technology among developers and inconsistent support from Adobe. “As of today, we will stop selling Flash deployment licenses,” Unity founder and CEO David Helgason wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. “We will continue to support our existing Flash customers throughout the 4.x cycle.”
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Japanese internet service provider NTT Plala announced a TV set-top box (STB) that runs Linux or Android on an STMicroelectronics dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The Hikari TV Smart TV STB supports DLNA and OTT (over-the-top) services, can run HTML5 apps, and is optimized for NTT Plala’s Hikari TV cloud-based gaming service.
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There has been some debate and consideration in recent years about when the Linux gaming platform will officially gain ground. Critics and market skeptics have wondered when it will really take off and when it will be Linux’s turn to procure large portions of the market share. New games and gaming consoles geared toward this system have left many asserting that 2013 will finally be the “year of Linux.” But why?
As a follow-up to the launch of its 10-inch gaming tablet in conjunction with Gamestop, Wikipad is taking the wraps off of its 7-inch offering today. The concept here is to have a powerful tablet that is also capable of being slotted into a proprietary controller case for added functionality. We're looking at the same specs as before, but that's not a bad thing — Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 1280×800 IPS display, 16GB of storage (with microSD slot) and a front-facing camera. As for game support, the 7-inch Wikipad is running Android 4.1 with full Google Play access, NVIDIA's TegraZone and is also Playstation Certified. There will be no shortage of games available on this device.
While the device has the same controller layout and specs inside, the 7-inch model should be notably easier to carry around and use than was the 10-inch. The new, lower price should make some folks happy as well. The 10-inch retails for $ 499, but the 7-inch will be only $ 249, which is quite impressive. Wikipad says the new smaller tablet will be available at major retailers in the Spring, but no specific dates are given at this point.
OUYA today in an e-mail announced that its upcoming Android-based gaming console will be sold by several big-box retailers as well as by OUYA itself. A few we already knew — Amazon's a new addition to the list. Its unclear whether you'll be able to get one in stories, or if it's online only. Preorders are available now — Target and Best Buy current have live listings — and prices are as previously listed: $ 99 for the system and a single controller, $ 49 for another controller.
If you are a hard core gamer, there is a new gaming platform coming up this year just for you, and that is the good old social networking site, Facebook. Yes, Facebook is going serious about gaming this year with dedicated games being developed for the platform. The social network already has a number of games in its arsenal and is working hard with third party developers in developing more engaging and entertaining games.
Facebook does not develop any games by itself, but it partners with third party developers who design and develop games for the social network and then pay 30% of the revenue they make with in-game purchases. The social network is expecting to come up with at least 10 new high quality games this year, according to a report on Reuters. And these games are expected to deliver features such as full screen gaming, strong plots, quality graphics and flash, and yes, you see such features in gaming console games.
Facebook has given CNET a list of examples of the types of games that it is expecting this year. And the list is as follows:
- Offensive Combat, a multiplayer first-person shooter game by U4iA launched on Facebook last month. The app reached more than 1 million monthly active users in a test run over the holidays, according to Facebook.
- Rumble Entertainment, is currently testing its game KingsRoad, a medieval adventure game.
- N Way, a game developer founded by the creators of games like Crackdown and Grand Theft Auto, is testing an action role playing game, ChronoBlade.
Sean Ryan, director of games partnerships, said in October during a press event that Facebook will be diversifying the games offered on its network and give importance to such action and adventure games. “Role playing games, strategy, core or mid core games, that’s what we expect to see next year for the explosion of genres,” he had said. CNET writes, “Facebook had 226 million players across all its genres at the time.”
So, are you one of the many who are waiting for such games on Facebook?