Giving fodder to rumors of the retail giant's excursion into the gaming industry, Amazon has just acknowledged news of its latest acquisition. However, its purchase of game developer Double Helix may not necessarily be evidence of its rumored game console ambitions.
The App Annie 2013 Retrospective report has recently been published and it is showing some interesting trends in terms of mobile gaming. The first deals with the types of devices players are gravitating towards and the second deals with the freemium model. We often associate the freemium model with gaming, however the report also shows this is also growing on the non-gaming side.
Gameloft had been talking about immersive mode back in December, however at the time there wasn't anything firm in terms of when the game updates would begin. Immersive mode was a new API that arrived with Android 4.4 and essentially, it just removes some of the distraction from the screen.
The hype surrounding the OUYA game system seems to have settled down quite a bit. Of course, that isn't to say the OUYA team has been slacking. To that point, the "Abominable Snowman" update pushed in the later months of 2013 and brought quite a few key changes and improvements. But moving forward, it seems the OUYA team is going to be down one member.
Android gaming, and consequently Android consoles, is on the rise, we said. But it seems that there are some who are trying to squeeze out all that they can from an Android device and be almost everything to everybody. One such example is the Xtreamer Multi-Console which is a gaming console, media hub, and mini PC all rolled into one convenient box.
It has been quite some time since a new release of RBI Baseball has been available. In fact, this title was perhaps best known when it was available on the original NES. The last release came back in the mid-90's when RBI Baseball 95 was released for the Sega 32X. History of the game aside, it seems Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) has a new release in the works for later this year.
Google has just announced this year's first major update to Google Play Services. While the new features in Google Play Services 4.1 are more directly addressed to app developers, the benefits, of course, trickle down to end users as well, especially those that rely on the cloud for their gaming and data storage needs.
Android gaming consoles have grabbed quite some headlines last year and Huawei wants to cash in as well. Here at CES 2014, the Chinese manufacturer has just unveiled the oddly named Tron console, it's own take on the OUYA gaming console.
The Mad Catz MOJO is one of the more recent Android game consoles. The teasing for this began back in June and the console arrived for sale in mid-December. Mad Catz was showing the setup here at CES which gave us an opportunity to check it out in person and also spend a few minutes playing some games.