A Michael Jackson video game that allows users to emulate the singer’s iconic dance moves will be released in time for the holiday season, Ubisoft announced today at E3. The still-untitled game will ship for multiple gaming platforms, including the Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360. For its controls, the game reportedly takes advantage of each platform’s motion-control systems, like Microsoft’s newly announced motion-detecting camera system Kinect and Sony’s Wii-like Move.
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Google has unveiled plans to invade yet another one your electronic devices: your home television. On Thursday, the Internet powerhouse announced that it’ll be integrating its Android cellphone software and Chrome Web browser into select televisions and Blu-ray players, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Video should be consumed on the biggest, best, and brightest screen in the house, and that is a TV,” said Google’s project leader Rishi Chandra. Sony’s Bravia line of televisions will be the first to include Google TV this fall. Example features of Google TV include being able to pull up a NBA game’s box score while watching the action in picture-in-picture mode, or following American Idol Twitter updates while enjoying the show. Users will also be able to pull down a search box, type in (for example) “House,” and be presented with a list of all the House episodes available on USA and Fox, Hulu.com, and Amazon.com.
Amazon.com’s Kindle e-reader is being upgraded, the online retail company has announced, and access to Facebook and Twitter will be among the new enhancements. Coming soon after the release of Apple’s iPad, a prime competitor, the features will be part of a software upgrade downloaded directly to existing devices. Amazon expects all Kindle users to have the upgrade by later this month.
Nintendo announced Tuesday that it’s working on a new handheld system with 3-D capabilities that’s tentatively called the Nintendo 3DS. The system, which will launch in Japan by March 2011, will allow gamers to view 3-D images without the need for special glasses. Although Nintendo hasn’t released details regarding how it’ll achieve this 3-D effect, one possible solution would require placing a film-like screen (called a “parallax barrier”) on top of the actual LCD screen. The parallax barrier would split the LCD’s light so that different patterns are directed to the gamer’s left and right eye, thereby simulating a 3-D image.
Nintendo hasn’t announced when the 3DS will be released in North America, although it’ll presumably be after the initial Japan release. The system is intended to succeed the immensely popular Nintendo DS series, which has sold more than 125 million units worldwide. The 3DS will also be backward compatible with software designed for both the Nintendo DS and DSi. Nintendo plans to fully unveil the 3DS at this year’s E3 gaming convention on June 15.
EA Sports denied rumors today that the company was seeking legal action against South Park for a recent episode that contained reference to Tiger Woods PGA Golf 10, one of the company’s major games. “The reports that EA Sports plans to sue the creators of South Park are completely false,” a rep tells EW.
Jason Priestly is set to host this year’s International Digital Emmy Awards ceremony in Cannes on April 12, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other notable attendees include Dog Whisperer star Cesar Millan, who will co-host, and Heroes creator Tim Kring, who will receive the Pioneer Prize.
Palm’s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus smartphones will be available from AT&T in the coming months, the companies announced today. The announcement comes on the heels of disappointing sales for both devices; as of Saturday, Palm shares had dropped more than 60 percent this year.
Google, Intel, and Sony are joining forces to create Google TV, according to the New York Times. The open-source Android-based platform will integrate web functions onto a user’s TV screen, and could be available “as soon as this summer.”
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