Microsoft has announced its most affordable Windows Phone to date -- the Nokia Lumia 530. The mid-level phone will be available in "select markets" for $114 beginning next month. The low cost device is equipped with a 4-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display and powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.
Selfie fans will not be happy about the lack of a front-facing camera, but the phone does sport a rear-facing 5MP shooter. It also of course ships with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software which gives user access to Microsoft's version of Siri, Cortana, a WordFlow swipe keyboard and other Windows/Nokia bloatware. The phone will be available in orange, green, white and dark grey and feature interchangeable back panels. You can check out a video demo of the Nokia Lumia 530 below.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and Wi-Fi controller. The WiFi-only tablet is available for pre-order through retailers such as Amazon.com and Gamestop for $299. The optional SHIELD wireless controller is $60 and the cover/stand is $40. That's a total of $399 for the tablet and all of its accessories, which works out to be around the same price as a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is for gamers who want PC-quality gaming on the go.
"If you're a gamer and you use a tablet, the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet was created specifically for you," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA's CEO. "It delivers exceptional tablet performance and unique gaming capabilities to keep even the most avid gamers deeply immersed, anywhere they play."
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Frogger and more classic video game characters will take on Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage in the upcoming movie Pixels on May 15, 2015. The company announced a partnership with several video game companies including Atari, Nintendo and Konami. Director Chris Columbus (Home Alone) said the deal was necessary for the film to be made.
"They are as important to the film as the roles that Adam [Sandler], Kevin [James], Michelle [Monaghan], Peter [Dinklage], Josh [Gad] and Brian [Cox] are playing," Columbus said. "It was a real thrill to see everything come together exactly as we envisioned it, and we're grateful to have all of these fantastic companies on board."
Pre-orders for Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Packs open today. So far Toys R Us is the only retailer that has any listed on their website, but only for the Wii U. You can sign up for Trap Team Dark Edition email or mobile alerts (iOS ony) here. This website will notify you when more pre-orders become available, or you can bookmark and keep checking our Trap Team exclusives page. We will be adding the Dark Edition Starter Pack since it is a special edition.
The Dark Edition ships with an exclusive Ultimate Kaos Trap, exclusive black and silver Food Fight and Wildfire figures, two additional traps and limited edition posters, stickers and so on. The Dark Edition will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is $99, compared to $75 for the normal Trap Team Starter Packs.
Disney Interactive has announced that Tinker Bell and Stitch will be joining the Disney Infinity roster of playable characters in version 2.0 of the game. Disney 2.0 will be available this fall for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The first wave of characters include the Marvel super heroes Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye.
Disney said Tinker Bell and Stitch were the two most requested characters by fans. Stitch's in-game powers will include a cosmic blaster and Tinker Bell will come equipped with pixie dust and the ability to fly. You can see both characters in action in the preview video posted above.
Destiny: The Ghost Edition pre-orders are sold out at every major retailer including Gamestop, Amazon and Walmart, but there is still hope you will be able to get your hands on one when the game is released. The Ghost Edition ships with a motion-sensing Ghost replica, other Destiny related items such as a field map and exclusive DLC for $149. While this is a limited edition set and will eventually sell out for good, other limited edition pre-orders have sold out and been restocked in the past. You can sign up for free Destiny: The Ghost Edition alerts here.
This free website will send you an email or mobile alert (iOS only) every time the Ghost Edition becomes available at any retailer. This way you don't have to sign up for email alerts from several different sources. The app is also great, because it will send a notification to your iPhone or iPad so you can be notified when you're not at home. The service is free, safe and there is not catch!
PopCap Games has announced that Plants vs. Zombies Adventures will be pulled from Facebook on October 12, 2014. The company did not give a reason as to why the game is being retired. PopCap also noted that the game is finished for good, and it will not be ported to any other platforms such as iOS or Android.
"This game was created for Facebook only, and there are no current plans to bring it to alternate platforms. However, there is still lots of fun to be had in the ever-expanding universe of Plants vs. Zombies!"
Nintendo and Team Sora announced today that Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Captain Falcon from F-Zero will be part of the Super Smash Bros. lineup for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. This brings the total roster to 36 characters so far. Fire Emblem: Awakening was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, and the futuristic racing game F-Zero was released for the SNES in 1990. The announcement was made on the official Smash Bros. website.
Super Smash Bros. will be available for the Nintendo 3DS on October 3, and the Wii U version will launch sometime later this year. You can pre-order the 3DS version now from Gamestop and Amazon.com. The Nintedno 3DS version SRP is $39.99 and the Wii U version will set you back $59.99.
UPDATE: The Wii U version is now available for pre-order through Amazon. This will be a hot item during the 2014 holiday shopping season, and it could potentially sell out. Be smart and pre-order it now, just in case!
Customers who pre-order Alien: Isolation now will receive the Last Survivor and Crew Expendable DLC when the game is released on October 7, 2014. It was recently revealed that most of the cast from the 1979 film Alien has returned to reprise their roles and voice their original characters in the game. The Last Survivor allows players to play as Ripley, voiced by Sigourney Weaver, as she tries to save Lambert and Parker, and in the Crew Expendable players can choose to play as one of three surviving crew members, Ripley, Dallas or Parker, moments after Brett's death.
Set in 2137, the game follows Ripley's daughter Amanda, who goes to the space station Sevastopol to investigate her mother's disappearance. The events of the game take place between the movies Alien and Aliens.
Sony has unveiled its "PROselfie smartphone", the Xperia C3. The new smartphone is equipped with a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera with Superior Auto mode and a soft LED flash for taking the perfect selfie in any situation. The Xperia C3 is also loaded with several photography apps for retouching your duck faced self-portraits. You can see a complete list at the bottom of this post.
The Xperia C3 is powered by a Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 (KitKat) and a 2500 mAh. It is also equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5.5-inch HD display and Sony Surround Sound technology. The 8GB (expandable up to 32GB) phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, 4G/LTE, HSPA and GLONASS.