Wii U Controller Could Have HD, 3D Output

New details have emerged from patents filed late in 2011 about the potential capabilities of the Wii U’s controller. The mic embedded in the controller could be used for voice recognition software that would allow players could give voice commands in-game and the camera in the controller could be used for facial recognition.

Video phone features are also mentioned and detailed (sounding not unlike Skype) and there is potential for peripherals like a gun or a keyboard. Perhaps most excitingly is the possibility of a touchscreen on the Wii U controller having a HD resolution and outputting 3D images.

Source: Kotaku.com

Highlights From Shoot My Truck

The recent “Shoot My Truck” social installation for the new Twisted Metal game allowed users to fire a military-grade machine gun at a set full of explosive laden objects after connecting using Facebook or Twitter. Check out a highlight reel of the fully commentated live-streaming 2 day event, with 100,000 bullets, thousands of people and a real M249-SAW machine gun in a battle to the death of a truck.

SCEA President — We’re Not Thinking About The PS4 Right Now

The Wii U is set to launch in 2012 and the next version of the Xbox is expected to come out some time in 2013. However Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO and president Jack Tretton says that while Sony is always thinking about the future, they’re focused on the PS3 and PS Vita for right now.

“In terms of when you talk about [the next generation] and when you announce it, it really depends on the health of the existing platform and the other things you have going on,” said Tretton. “And right now, we’re focused on PlayStation 3, and I’ve got another platform (PlayStation Vita) to get out the door in seven days, so I don’t want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology anytime soon. I want to focus all our energy on our console business, which is really just hitting its stride, and Vita, which really deserves a dedicated push from us.”

“I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year,” he added.

Source: IGN {link no longer active}

Sony Ericsson Becomes Sony Mobile Communications

Sony has finalized the acquisition of Sony Ericsson, henceforth known as Sony Mobile Communications. The re-branded company will be headquartered in London, with R&D sites in Beijing, Lund, Silicon Valley and Tokyo, headed up by President and CEO Bert Nordberg overseeing 8000 employees.

“This acquisition makes sense for Sony and Ericsson, and it will make the difference for consumers, who want to connect with content wherever they are, whenever they want,” said Sony’s Howard Stringer at the time of the acquisition announcement. “With a vibrant smartphone business and by gaining access to important strategic IP, notably a broad cross-license agreement, our four-screen strategy is in place. We can more rapidly and more widely offer consumers smartphones, laptops, tablets and televisions that seamlessly connect with one another and open up new worlds of online entertainment. This includes Sony’s own acclaimed network services, like the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network.”

Interplay Veteran Eyes Wasteland Kickstarter

Brian Fargo has confirmed that he will try a Kickstarter in the next month to help fund a new Wasteland game. Currently the CEO of inXile Entertainment, he helped develop Wasteland, its spiritual successor Fallout, and A Bard’s Tale.

Wasteland

He indicated that any new incarnation of the franchise would be, “100 percent faithful to its roots. [It] would be focusing on top-down, probably isometric, party based, skill based — where if you’d just finished playing Wasteland and moved onto this you’d feel comfortable.”

Fargo seemed excited because “this process means we don’t have to do it like the publisher wants” and that it will be “more like the old days…totally creative.”

Source: IGN.com

Shanda Buyout By CEO Completed

Shanda Interactive Entertainment has announced that it has finished its previously announced buyout. Shanda’s CEO Tianqiao Chen has bought out the company for $41.35 per share.

Chen’s wife and non-executive director of Shanda Qianqian Luo, and Chen’s brother, COO and director Danian Chen, helped fund the buyout. 87.3 percent of the shareholders backed the move, which valued the Chinese social game developer at $2.3 billion, and saw the company removed from NASDAQ stock exchange.