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Sep 17 2013

Reminder: Grand Theft Auto Release!

Tarndeep

GTA VOver half a decade in the making, the wait is finally over – Grand Theft Auto, arguably one of the best and most controversial (Rated M for Mature 17+) video game in console history, has finally been released (on the East Coast; those of you on the West Coast are going to have to wait a couple more hours!) Although there are only two months remaining until the release of the PS4 (Nov. 15) and Xbox One (Nov. 22), sales are expected to go strong. It’s been predicted that the game will net over $1 billion dollars retail in the first month alone while selling through 6.5 million release day copies netting $400 million USD. Looming releases of the two new consoles are clearly not a concern for Rockstar (creator of the popular series) and nor should they be. The sheer amount of detail, time, and effort that went into the making of Grand Theft Auto is incredible and should be more than enough to sway a weary buyer – it’s been estimated the game cost a staggering $260 million dollars to produce, but when Rockstar was asked about this, they declined to comment. To put that into some perspective, the same amount of money is put into the making of some Hollywood blockbusters (the Spider-man & Harry Potter franchises.) Continue reading


Jan 17 2012

CES 2012: XPAND Shows the Ultimate Industry Changing Shutter Glasses

Adam Shear

viagra sales>While 3D shutter glasses provide the only way to experience full 1080p HD 3D in the market, there is a huge problem between the manufacturers of shutter glasses. If you buy a 3D TV which uses shutter glasses, you usually are stuck buying glasses specific to the brand of your TV. If you have a Samsung TV and want to watch something on your friend’s Panasonic TV, you would need a different pair of glasses. Thankfully, the major players in the industry realized that this is not ok. During the Summer of 2011, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, and XPAND announced a collaboration called the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative. The goal of this collaboration was to create a standard for 3D shutter glasses so that eventually every pair would work with every TV. The glasses you see above are the XPAND YOUniversal 3D shutter glasses. They are the result of this collaboration and thanks to XPAND, I got to try out a pair.

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Jan 17 2012

CES 2012: PlayStation Vita Hands On

Adam Shear

With the launch of PlayStation Vita a month away, Sony took the opportunity at CES to show a majority of its PlayStation Vita launch titles as well as the system itself. During my time at the Sony booth, I tried out plenty of PlayStation Vita games and played around with its home screen. I won’t say many facts about PlayStation Vita, simply because you can check out our in depth launch guide here which gives you all the information on PlayStation Vita you need. Here are my thoughts below.

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Dec 25 2011

The Ultimate PlayStation Vita Launch Guide

Adam Shear

Generic cialis without prescription width=”603″ height=”402″ />Christmas time is here and many gamers are probably saving up their Christmas money for the next big thing in gaming, the PlayStation Vita. Sony recently unveiled everything one would need to know before buying the system when it releases in February. I have taken all of that information and put it in one place. Whether you are unfamiliar with the PlayStation Vita or know all about it and want to plan out what games and accessories to buy, we at TripTronicTech are here to help you out.

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Nov 2 2011

Rockstar’s GTA V Trailer Debut! Coming Soon To The PS3 & Xbox 360 On 10 Discs?

Tarndeep

The much anticipated Grand Theft Auto Five trailer was released today, and boy are people amped up. Personally, I’m extremely excited for this game. Grand Theft Auto is one of my, if not most favorite video game franchise of all time. I remember purchasing my first Grand Theft Auto game like it was yesterday, in fact, I still have the poster on my wall – Grand Theft Auto III. I received a $20 dollar Blockbuster gift card, so I decided I’d buy a video game. Grand Theft Auto always looked appealing to me, so I thought I’d finally get it for my PS2. This was less than a year after its release, and I had to pay a mere $25 dollars, considerably less than today’s prices. Too bad I was underage when this game came out, but luckily, my mother came inside the store and told them it was okay, and bought it for me. Yes, I played Grand Theft Auto as a pre-teen, and I think I came out okay.

Now, the question is, how many discs will GTA V come on? For the PS3, I think the maximum is 2 blu-ray discs, but the Xbox 360 is a whole other ball game. Unfortunately, the Xbox is using the outdated dual layer DVD format, which doesn’t have nearly as much space as blu-ray discs. In fact, LA Noire, also from Rockstar, released on three discs for the Xbox. Now, with these huge free roam Grand Theft Auto games, I can imagine it being on 7 discs, if not more! I’m okay with that because I want the amazing graphics, long and fun game-play, and no missing features due to size! As long as I don’t have to switch discs every so often, I should be fine. Once you install all discs, you should only be required the first disc to play. That’s just my opinion, though…

 

 


Jun 7 2011

PlayStation Vita Revealed, Powerful and Affordable

Adam Shear

At Sony’s E3 press Conference, Sony blew the lid on new details of their Next Generation Portable which is now officially named PlayStation Vita.  PSVita did not change in terms of features since we saw it last.  It still has a five inch OLED multitouch display, a rear touch panel, front and rear cameras, Sixaxis motion controls, and of course the dual analog sticks.  Vita’s powerful quad core processor has games running fairly close to the power of PlayStation 3.  PS Vita can do many interesting things revealed for the first time tonight like cloud saving and being able to pick up a saved game on a PS3 as well as competitive multiplayer between PS3 and PS Vita users.

So what games are coming to Vita?  Sony showed off Uncharted: Golden Abyss which looks spectacular, a new action RPG called Ruin which allows players to save game data in the cloud and pick up where they left off on a PS3, and an all new ModNation Racers game that allows you to draw new tracks with your fingertips as well as import all of the over two million ModNation Racers tracks from the PS3 version to the PS Vita version on day one.  LittleBigPlanet was also announced for PS Vita and will utilize all of the new capabilities of the new portable system including the touch screen, rear touch panel, and motion controls to help players create incredible levels. In terms of third parties, Ken Levine from Irrational Games, the creators of Bioshock and the upcoming Bioshock Infinite teased on the Sony stage that an original Bioshock title is in development for PlayStation Vita.  Additionally, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono was on stage to show off the first gameplay of Street Fighter X Tekken on PlayStation Vita and it will even include Cole from inFamous as a playable character.

Now for the details we all want most, when and how much.  PlayStation Vita will be out worldwide by the end of 2011.  The Wi-Fi only version of PlayStation Vita will cost only $249 while the Wi-Fi + 3G version which will use AT&T’s 3G network will cost $299.  This is a much lower price than expected.  PlayStation Vita looks amazing and it clearly has a software lineup to prove it.


Jun 4 2011

Adam Shear’s E3 2011 Predictions Part 2: Sony

Adam Shear

Now for part two of my E3 predictions, Sony. Sony is easily the most open out of the big three. They were not at all afraid to reveal the majority of their 2011 lineup by the end of 2010. Even with all we know, there still are surprises. Not only is Sony’s press conference about PS3, it is also about NGP, Sony’s next portable system which they unveiled earlier this year. Just remember that these are all predictions and everything I am writing is just my opinion based on fact, not actual fact.
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May 26 2011

PlayStation Network Users: Get Protected

Adam Shear

As promised, Sony is delivering to every PlayStation Network member, up to one million dollars in identity theft protection.  Sony Computer Entertainment has partnered with Debix to offer AllClear ID Plus to any PlayStation Network and Qriocity users who are concerned that their information might have been stolen from the hackers who took down PlayStation Network.  Any PlayStation Network user who has been a member since April 20th qualifies for the service and just has to provide Sony with their email address.  The email address you provide must be the same email address associated with your PlayStation Network or Qriocity account.  Users will have until June 28 to get their free identity theft protection. Continue reading


Apr 26 2011

The global PSN outage caused by?

Tim and Former TechFrom10 Team

If you’re a frequent PlayStation 3 user you have no doubt noticed that the PlayStation Network, used by gamers to play online with each other amongst other features, is currently offline and users haven’t been able to connect since mid last week.

It is obviously no small matter when a major online infrastructure is inexplicably down for longer than a day. Sony themselves have offered several, and unsurprisingly information sparse responses to why the PSN is down, ranging from simply “outage” to “external intrusion.” Why is the PSN still down? We’ll we’ve scoured the net and found a reasonable explanation.

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