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8:00 AM on 08.10.2013

More details on the Amazon console surface

TechCrunch has heard from its own sources regarding the Amazon console, and they have quite a bit more info to share. The hardware Amazon is building could be powered by a Qualcomm MPQ chip, which is the Snapdragon processor ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 PM on 06.28.2013

The Order: 1886, Google's Console, & MGS1 in HD?

Hey hey! Here we are, another fine Destructoid show for you, about video game news. Tara's still gone, so I apologize about the scary bearded man who's guest-hosting. The news: Google might make an android console, Square lo...

Max Scoville

12:15 PM on 06.28.2013

Google reportedly working on Android-based console

Google is said to be building an Android-powered game console in part as a preemptive strike against Apple, reports The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, an Android wristwatch and revamped Nexus Q media-streaming device are ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 06.19.2013

Xbox One is terrible on Google, amazing on Bing

If you type "The Xbox One is" on Google, autocomplete will helpfully offer suggestions based on what the world is saying about it. Right now those suggestions are less than flattering. "The Xbox One is terrible," reads the fi...

Jim Sterling

5:00 AM on 06.13.2013

Play pong with Bob the Bear in Google Chrome's Cube Slam

Of all the news I expected to be covering during E3, I never thought I'd be typing the words "Google Chrome," "Pong," and "Bear" in the same sentence, but there you go. Google has launched another goofy in-browser experiment...

Chris Carter

2:45 PM on 05.15.2013

Google Play game services announced for Android and more

This week at Google I/O, the company announced Google Play game services, a collection of game-centric services for Android, iOS, and web platforms. Players running on the former platform in particular should be happy to hear...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 05.05.2013

Google brings on videogame vet as chief game designer

TechCrunch caught wind of Google's recent move to bring on Noah Falstein as their newly appointed chief game designer. Who is Noah, you ask? He's been in the industry since the 1980s and in that time he's worked at Williams E...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 PM on 03.11.2013

Jones on Fire ditches F2P model, releases on GooglePlay

Developers have always had to make hard decisions concerning the future of their products and brands. Even after weeks of planning and researching business models, what may have worked for one brand my not work for yours. Su...

Jason Cabral



Head of Xbox doesn't view Valve as a competitor photo
Head of Xbox doesn't view Valve as a competitor
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Valve's Steam Box is going to be a real big deal, but Microsoft's Don Mattrick, president of Xbox's Interactive Entertainment Business, doesn't think so. Verge reports that when asked whether he views Valve as a competitor during Microsoft's TechForum event, Don simply stated "no."

Don added that he thinks Valve is "doing innovative stuff" and that he loves Gabe, but he believes that "the scale of products and things that are being brought to market are probably a little bit richer when I look at Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and Google."

Gabe Newell, on the other hand, believes that Apple, not consoles, are their biggest threat.

The Verge piece also details how Don seems fine with keeping the Xbox platform as the way they have to third-party developers. A bad move given the openness of the PC market, and with what the PlayStation 4 will also be providing, especially to indies.

Microsoft's head of Xbox doesn't see Valve as a competitor, happy with curated apps [The Verge][Image]

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Wii Street U available in US eShop NOW for FREE photo
Wii Street U available in US eShop NOW for FREE
by Tony Ponce

The Google Street View app for Wii U, Wii Street U, is now up for Americans. As in right this second. Right now. Go download it for free (for a limited time).

I guess we gotta download something from the eShop. Unless you wanna pick up Ken's Rage 2, that is. But seriously, this could be fun for a bit, despite my pessimism.

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Wii Street U is Google Street View for (duh!) Wii U photo
Wii Street U is Google Street View for (duh!) Wii U
by Tony Ponce

Japanese Wii U owners can now download Wii Street U, which as the name implies is literally Google Street View adapted for use on the Wii U. The hook here is that the GamePad gives you a 360-degree view of the area, as demonstrated in the video above.

It looks lightly entertaining, but I'm sure like all Nintendo non-gaming apps, it'll get shuffled aside after a couple of days. Like, who even used the Everybody Votes Channel on the Wii, honestly?

Wii Street U is free through the end of May, after which users will be charged to use the panorama features. No word on when or if he app will hit our shores, but I'm sure it'll find its way. For a longer demonstation, check out Nintendo nut Daan Koopman's hands-on after the break.

Wii Street U launch trailer, footage [Nintendo Everything via GoNintendo]
Google Maps with Street View arrives on Nintendo Wii U in Japan, free for a limited time [Engadget]

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3:00 PM on 01.11.2013

Bungie.net integrates PSN accounts into new website

In the minds of most gamers, Bungie is still synonymous with Microsoft and the Xbox. But the studio appears to be broadening its audience with the recent update to its website. Bungie.net now gives players the option to log i...

Jason Cabral

6:30 PM on 12.18.2012

Zen Pinball HD now on Google Play, Marvel tables on sale

Zen Studios has announced today that Zen Pinball HD would make its way to the Google Play store today. Yes, I'm sure some of you have had it for awhile (myself included), but that's because we're running one of those sexy Teg...

Brett Zeidler

9:30 AM on 12.05.2012

Google Maps for Wii U? Why not?

Today's Nintendo Direct broadcast unveiled Google Maps running on the Wii U? Why would you need a map app for a home console? No idea, but Iwata seemed excited about it in his silly helmet. He says that the service is coming ...

Dale North

3:30 PM on 12.04.2012

Judge denies Motorola U.S. Xbox 360 ban

Motorola tried to shut down the sale of the Xbox 360 and other Microsoft products over a patent fees dispute, but it didn't stick. Motorola wanted somewhere near $4 billion a year for the use of some pretty standard tech...

Dale North

3:30 PM on 11.14.2012

Google v Microsoft patent license trial kicks off

Seattle is the battleground where Google and Microsoft will duke it out in a dispute over yearly licensing payment amounts. Google's Motorola feels that Microsoft should be paying somewhere around $4 billion a year for u...

Dale North