CES 2010

Live from CES 2010! Boxee Box, LG eXpo Phone & More »

When most people descend upon Sin City, it's for the gambling and girls. When nerds visit, it's probably because the International CES show is going on.

This explains why Chris Hardwick and Olivia Munn discover Kevin Periera having way too much fun in Las Vegas. Here he has a first look at the long awaited Boxee Box, a cool LG eXpo projector phone, the 60 gig Canon HF S21 camcorder and...A LAMP! (No, really.)

Attack of the Show's coverage of CES 2010 will be back tomorrow, Jan 8th at 7:00p.

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Looking for ANOTHER reason to destroy your buddies on Xbox Live? Microsoft and developer, Slick Entertainment, show off their fast-paced, top-down racer, Scrap Metal, for Xbox Live. 

Hone your skills with 60+ single-player missions, over 20 customizable vehicles, and a "slew" of outrageous weapons to wage online vehicular war on Xbox LIVE in:

  • Demolition Derby
  • King of the Hill
  • "Gasoline"
  • and "Tank War"

Interested? Check out the screens here and the new trailer below.

Scrap Metal CES 2010 Trailer »

Before writing this article -- and before yesterday’s Sony CES press conference, really -- I didn’t know much about 3D television. Nor did I care. I saw James Cameron’s Blank Check on a 3D screen and thought it was visually satisfying. The added depth brought by the 3D really did make a difference for me, and I can’t wait to see it used in a movie with better writing. But after seeing Super Stardust HD presumably being played in 3D, I began to wonder if it’s something that will belong in my living room. In an effort to answer that question, I set out on a fact-finding mission that will hopefully shield me from the onslaught of 3D TV hype emerging from CES. If, like me, you don’t know much about the topic, then please join me on this fantastic journey of discovery. Just put on these special glasses…

Key Terms:

Stereoscopy/Stereoscopic -- The base concept for 3D. Humans have two (stereo!) independent eyes (scopic!) that mix their respective visual information in the brain which spits out an image that has depth.

Anaglyphic -- Two images super-imposed to create a 3D effect when viewed through these things:

3D glasses

Old school!

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Capcom is coming to CES 2010 with the strongest lineup of any publisher by far. Luckily, Brian Leahy and I are headed to the show later today to check out what Capcom's showing.

What are they showing? Glad you asked. Here's their impressive lineup:

  • Super Street Fighter IV
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Dark Void on PC
  • Mega Man 10
  • Final Fight/Magic Sword
  • Monster Hunter Tri
  • Tatsunoko VS Capcom
  • MotoGP
  • Ace Attorney Investigations

Mega Man 10! Oh my, I am fainting.

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Project Natal

While the biggest industry buzz at CES 2010 seems lasered in on 3D TVs, the show, which opens today, also serves to reveal much more about Project Natal. After over six months of speculation, Microsoft revealed yesterday that the motion-sensing device will hit store shelves this year.

In addition to yesterday's news, word has gotten out via Tech Radar that Project Natal will use at least a tenth of the Xbox 360's processing power to fuel its camera and voice-driven tech. According to the article, Natal lead developer Alex Kipman has been providing demos during CES and revealed a few choice details. Besides the information regarding Natal's resource usage -- one of the biggest struggles was balancing resource-hogging mo-cap with software that can run on existing hardware -- Kipman also mentioned that the team processed "terabytes" of data of people posing in various gameplay positions.

The Natal team fed the information into software running on a cluster of powerful computers. Eventually, the software evolved into a program that can recognize 31 different body parts moving at 30 frames per second. That's your detected body movements, not the game, by the way.

Quoth Kipman: "When we train this 'brain' we are telling it: this is the head, this is the shoulder. And we're doing that over millions of frames. When it sees a new image it can tell you the probability it's seeing a certain body part based on that historical information."

I'm excited that Natal has sophisticated means of reading our movements, although I can't help but to wonder how much existing games can be retrofitted for use with Natal. I have no metric for how much today's Xbox 360 games use the console's CPU resources, but it's making me wonder if my demo with Burnout Paradise will become an on-the-couch reality for millions, or if it'll just be the happy memories of an awesome tech demo.

Is that a concern for you, or are you more interested in what Microsoft has up its sleeve for Natal's launch?

Source: Tech Radar


CES 2010 NOTE: Follow Brian Leahy (@bleahy) and Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) on Twitter as they'll be going hands-on at Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV Fight Club tonight @ 7:00PM PST. 

Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV demonstrates the new features coming your way, including: new alternate costumes, ultra combos, rival battles, and even a MECHA ZANGIEF!

New batch of screens are available here, and two new gameplay videos after the jump featuring Adon and Cody kickin' butt.

Super Street Fighter IV New Features Trailer »

Click through for Adon vs. Ken and Cody vs. Ryu!

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New Study Shows Xbox 360 Is Least Reliable Console, Failures Declining

Welcome to Morning Hangover -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from our editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world.

I sort of touched on this in yesterday’s post about the Xbox 360 being named the most used console in the United States, but seeing as both Sony and Microsoft brought up their respective consoles during each of their keynote addresses as CES 2010 last night, it seems fitting to find out more about how you all use your consoles of choice.

Obviously, if you’re reading this then gaming is most likely your primary concern, but even so, do you also spend significant time/money on video content as well? For instance, I’ve had my 360 since launch  yet I haven’t purchased or rented a single movie via the video marketplace. However, I do stream Netflix on a regular basis. Are you using your consoles as the all-around media powerhouses they are designed to be? Or do you mainly stick to gaming?

Microsoft Game Room CES 2010 Announcement Trailer »

It seemed unlikely the Microsoft video leaked earlier today was an elaborate CGI fake, but hey, I like to be thorough. Microsoft entertainment and devices lead Robbie Bach took the stage at his company's CES 2010 keynote tonight, however, and confirmed the Xbox Live Game Room exists.

Game Room is a retro-themed environment for your Avatar to roam around and interact with classic games from Activision, Atari, Konami and others. More than 30 games will launch with Game Room (including Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe and Super Cobra), with more than 1,000 games over the next three years. Microsoft will bulking that list up by adding more games to Game Room on a weekly basis.

If you purchase some nostalgia in Game Room, it will be playable through both Xbox Live and Games For Windows Live. You don't need to purchase the game twice.

Additionally, Microsoft is incorporating both achievements and leaderboards.

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Alan Wake Dev Fears Spoilers And Contemplates Hiding The Ending

Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft will finally deliver the long-awaited action-thriller Alan Wake on Xbox 360 this spring, but when the end credits scroll, that's not the true "end." Alan Wake will have additional downloadable episodes after launch, revealed Microsoft's chief of entertainment and devices, Robbie Bach, during his part of Microsoft's CES 2010 keynote.

Bach did not reveal any other details on the downloadable episodes.

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Microsoft Expects More Regular Xbox 360 Updates Going Forward

Xbox 360 has sold more than 39 million units worldwide, Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer revealed during the opening moments of the company's annual CES keynote this evening.

Balmer also noted more than 500 million pieces of software have been sold worldwide between Xbox and Xbox 360.

This follows on the heels of Sony's own CES announcement that PlayStation 3 sold 3.8 million hardware units worldwide during the holiday season. Earlier this week, Nintendo announced they sold more than 3 million units of Wii hardware the same period in the United States alone.

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PlayStation Network

With the infrastructure to host, pay and deliver movie and TV content already firmly established on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 users, Sony announced an initiative at CES 2010 this afternoon to bring the service's "premium video offerings" to other Sony devices.

PlayStation Network's video database will eventually be expanded to various Sony-produced TVs, laptops, Blu-ray drives and assumedly other devices, as well. Sony is also implementing a unified ID and wallet to avoid confusion if consumers are hopping from platform to platform.

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PlayStation 3 PS3 Slim

Sony didn't actually discuss PlayStation 3 and PSP very much during its mostly yawn-worthy CES 2010 press conference, but they happily released this number: PlayStation 3 sold 3.8 million hardware units worldwide during the five-week holiday period following Thanksgiving.

Nintendo announced earlier this week that Wii sold in excess of three million units during the month of December in the United States alone. No doubt worldwide figures are much higher.

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Sony Shows Off Super Stardust HD In 3D

Sometime next year, PlayStation 3 will receive a firmware update to display 3D movies and video games. Avatar: The Game is one of the first 3D-enabled games to arrive at retail, but it won't be the last and it's possible that publishers could release patches to add 3D to already released games.

Like, for example, Super Stardust HD.

Sony briefly showed a clip of Super Stardust HD, the popular PlayStation Network downloadable twin-stick shooter, in 3D during their CES 2010 press conference. It appeared to be on the CES show floor, too, which means we should have a chance to check it out this week, too.

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Terminal Reality Already Working On Project Natal Game

Microsoft has been cagey about a release date -- or even a release year -- for their entry into the motion gaming space, Project Natal. A leaked CES 2010 promotional interview with Robbie Bach, Microsoft's head of entertainment and devices, appears to have spoiled that surprise: Natal is coming holiday 2010.

Okay, sure, no one is shocked, but it's something.

The leaked video has since been ripped down in anticipation of Microsoft's annual CES keynote. It's expected the video, and by extension Project Natal, will be part of the keynote tonight.

"I think [Natal] is going to revolutionize how people think about the gaming business and actually turn it into an interactive entertainment business," said Bach. "I think we're finally going to get there where people can break the mold of gaming and get to real entertainment."

We'll find out more later tonight. The keynote kicks off at 6:30 p.m. PST.

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Microsoft Video Leak Reveals Retro-Themed Xbox 360 Game Room

It's not Home, but it's a step in that direction. Microsoft's long-rumored environment for Avatars is first coming to fruition through the retro-themed Xbox Live "Game Room," a concept confirmed in a leaked (but now removed) video with Microsoft head of entertainment and devices Robbie Bach. It's assumed the video is tied to a CES 2010 announcement, as the event's mentioned in the clip.

The images above are expected (but not confirmed) to represent Game Room.

"Game Room is in some ways a retro approach and it's interesting," says Bach. "There's a generation of people -- my advanced, mature age -- who grew up with a set of games like Centipde that are favorites. They look almost like casual-fun games today. At the time, they were high-end, edgy games, so Game Room was the idea of bringing that back to the market and bringing that to a very broad audience and I think what we're going to find is when people can get 30 or more of these types of games, they're going to love it for the experience."

It's unclear what Game Room actually encompasses other than a virtual arcade stand for Centipede. Are these games free, a new addition to the Xbox Live Gold membership?

"It's sort of like, my daughter going to watch Journey," says Bach, discussing the potential for Game Room. "I'm like, 'that's a band that was playing when I was growing up' and she thinks it's a cool band and I like the music. I think you're going to have the same phenomenon with game room, where I'm gonna enjoy the games and they're gonna think it's cool.

We'll likely find out more tonight during Microsoft's keynote address at 6:30 p.m. PST.

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