Gamer Gadget Lust: The Razer’s Edge

Posted in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Mobile Games, mods, Next Generation Portable, Open World Games, PC Gaming, RPGs on January 9th, 2013 by thelonegamer

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Are You Prepared to Walk…The Razer’s Edge?

This past CES showcased a ton of gadgets and gizmos that we techies will be lusting for in the coming months (and some, just weeks). I definitely want the Seagate Wireless Plus, that mobile hard drive that will let you stream media from anywhere, on-the-go. But for gamers in particular, several surprising new names have come up, such as Steam’s Steambox and Nvidia’s Shield. But me, I’m much more interested in the Razer’s Edge AKA Project Fiona. Basically, this is something I’ve been wanting for months- a gaming tablet that has the smarts and brawn to play titles like Dishonored, which it incidentally plays flawlessly at the CES demos. The base machine is a hefty but still-manageable tablet PC, either Core i5 for the default version and i7 for the more premium model. It’s loaded with Nvidia graphics, so it should be able to handle many of the more graphically impressive PC games.

Now THIS is what I want. Full PC gaming, wherever I want (for a while, at least- battery life isn’t iPad-great), not some Android player which I already have with My Phone. I wanna be able to access my Steam library on the go- to play Skyrim or Diablo 3 on a taxi, or Streetfighter X Tekkken or Super Streetfighter IV AE at the office pantry, or X-Com: Enemy Unknown during lunch in a resto, or Civilization V while killing time before heading home from the day job. Oh, and all that without a full laptop or desktop. That’s what Razer’s Edge is, and I’ve been wanting something like it for a long time (and I suspect a lot of other gamers too). For a while I’ve been thinking that the Surface Pro could have given this, but- nah, it doesn’t have the brawn. THIS does.
Granted, the price tag is pretty high ($1,299 for the i7), but if this proves to be a winner in terms of performance and does all that it promises… that may be worth the price, and a viable choice to consider in lieu of just getting another laptop upgrade (which I may do eventually, even if my current i5 game laptop is still fine). We’ll see then, once the Edge comes out and reviews start trickling in. More on this as I get it!

Gazing Into My Crystal Ball: Future Fighting on NGP

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, Next Generation Portable, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on January 27th, 2011 by thelonegamer

I’ll just throw this one into the air. Pure speculation on my part.

Sega will announce Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for Sony’s Next Generation Portable.

Sega is a third party dev for the system, and NGP needs solid fighters to make up the lineup of games, like how the 3DS already has SSFIV, DOA and Blazblue off the bat. One of the titles in the NGP’s lineup of launch titles is something called ‘Reality Fighters’, but that’s certainly not to the level of any big fighting game.

One more guess. Namco-Bandai will port a Tekken title on the Next Gen Portable as well. I’d be happy with an arcade-or-console-perfect port of Tekken 6, but perhaps going further maybe it’ll be a port of the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Or maybe even Tekken X Streetfighter. Either it’ll be an actual version specific to the NGP, or the PS3 titles will be compatible on the portable system.

These are just guesses/wishes/hopes on my part. I just really, really, really want a home verson of VF5FS already. And my Tekken fix as well. If these do happen, remember, you read about them first HERE.

Moving on…

PSP2 AKA "Next Generation Portable" Unveiled in Japan

Posted in Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Next Generation Portable, PSP2 on January 27th, 2011 by thelonegamer

NGP?? Neo Geo Pocket? Ninja Gaiden Perfect? Not Gonna Pan (Out)?

Right at this very moment, Sony is holding it’s Playstation 2011 Meeting in Tokyo, and presenting to the world it’s new portable gaming device- referred to right now simply as the Next Generation Portable (and not the PSP2, as many have been calling it). Well, it still certainly looks like the PSP, or at least, the PSP Go. But the similarities are only skin-deep, as supposedly this new portable is as powerful as a PS3. WHAAAT? When I read that, my mind began running images of an pixel-and-framerate-perfect, feature-complete Tekken 6, in my hands, on a taxi, coming home from work. Is that possible?

Anyway, this new toy comes with rear panel touch controls, rear cameras, gyroscope/accelerometer, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, built-in 3G and more. The NGP’s community will congregate through the game’s new interface/portal, called LiveArea, where you will be able to chat with friends live. Sony franchise games such as Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone and Little Big Planet are confirmed to be coming to the NGP. It’s not known yet if these titles will be PS3 ports, or all-new versions of these games. It’s also known that digital downloads of existing PSP games will also be compatible with the NGP- backwards compatibility ROCKS!

What about third-party games? The list of supporting third parties for NGP includes Q Entertainment, Ubi Soft, Rockstar Games, Activision, Capcom, Konami, Namco-Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, Level 5 and so on. At this point anything can happen, but at the very least, the event had Hideo Kojima show off a cutscene from Metal Gear Solid 4 playing on the NGP. MGS Next on the NGP? Who knows. We should be finding out more soon as the new device is set for release in Japan by the 2011 Holidays. Looks like Sony’s set to take on the 3DS head-on.

Check out images and spec info for the NGP/PSP2 over at Engadget.