Ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference this week, Google Play Games, a social hub for gamers to compete against iOS’ Game Center and Windows Phone’s Xbox Games hub, has leaked on the Internet. Google Play Games will feature multiplayer social gaming, leaderboards and achievements. Additionally, users will be able to save game progress on Google’s cloud, which would be beneficial to pick up the game on any other Android device and resume game play at the same level, or continue the game even if a user needs to hard reset an Android phone.
Android Police managed to score a new APK file for the new Google Play Services, which Play Games is a part of. [...]
In under a week’s time, according to ZTE UK’s tweet, we should know more about an advanced gaming Android smartphone that will be coming from the Chinese smartphone-maker. In the past, Sony, then Sony Ericsson, had held the title for gaming-centric smartphones with its Xperia Play, and since that device was released we haven’t seen much to challenge the Xperia Play in the gaming space until now.
The teaser doesn’t give many clues, but Engadget is speculating that the device may be based on Qualcomm’s Adreno 320 graphics processor and may be tied to the Snapdragon S4 CPU.
We’ll have to wait just a bit longer before we really [...]
At the debut of the new iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cooks posited that the tablet would make a great replacement for dedicated home gaming consoles, like Microsoft’s Xbox or Sony’s Playstation, and Apple developer partner Epic Games thinks that Cook may be correct. With iOS already supporting AirPlay, a WiFi-based technology that allows users of OS X and iOS devices to mirror their screens onto a larger HDTV display when connected to an Apple TV set-top box on the same network, Apple is already positioning its iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad as a large-screen game-playing experience on its website. Through the AirPlay technology, users can play games and multi-player games with [...]
While Google and Apple have opted out of the industry-standard ESRB rating systems for game titles on the respective Android Market and App Store applications storefronts, Microsoft had opted in and now we’re beginning to see ESRB ratings being displayed alongside some game titles in Windows Phone Marketplace.
So far, Angry Birds and MathZia Free bear the ESRB rating E for Everyone in Marketplace.
The ESRB is an industry-wide independent group that rates games, typically for PCs and consoles, and the move to mobile may help keep consistent ratings between Xbox console and Xbox Live titles for mobile.
The way the ratings work is that the ESRB will rate games [...]
Gameloft is partnering with Verizon Wireless to bring voice chat to the company’s Android games, which will help to deliver a better experience for multiplayer gaming. Voice chat through MMO games have been a long-standing feature of more powerful systems, like on standalone home gaming consoles and on computers, and it’s nice to see the feature make its way to mobile systems thanks to advancements in technology in recent years. Thanks to faster mobile broadband networks, like 4G LTE, and multi-core processors and high resolution displays, the gaming experience on mobile handsets is quickly improving.
The feature was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show this [...]
Hackers have devised a successful unofficial port of the first person shooter game Counter Strike to Android devices, including smartphones and tablets. Additionally, users of the game-centric Sony Ericsson–now Sony–XPERIA Play Android smartphone with dedicated hardware gaming buttons will be able to use the device’s console-like buttons for the unofficial game port.
The game was built using the Unity3D engine and supports cross-platform multiplayer game play.
There are actually two versions of the Counter Strike game port at this time, depending on which Android OS your device is running at present. A series 5o port (download link) is available for [...]