The image above is unmistakeable: 3D gaming on an Xbox 360 with the help of an LG 3D television. From the looks of the Korean press release, LG and Microsoft have entered into a memorandum of understanding to jointly market LG’s new 3D telvisions along side 3D-capable Xbox 360 games in South Korea, then later expand the partnership throughout the Asia Pacific region. If we’re reading this correctly then it appears set to begin by bundling Xbox 360 3D games with LG 55/47LX9500 LED televisions sometime at the end of June. In other words, we’re not seeing anything specific claiming new Xbox 360 hardware, just like we’ve seen on the PS3.
Nintendo’s been doing a bit of digging and it turns out it’s already won the console wars. If we’re only talking about the ladies, that is. A whopping 80% of American female primary gamers (the person who primarily uses the console rather than the occasional dabblers) do their thing on the Wii, which we see as a clear indication to the graphics-obsessed Xbox 360 and PS3 developers that women prefer their games to be fun to play, rather than just look at. Maybe if we also stopped dressing female characters in swimsuits, they’d find non-Wii games relatable too — that’s just a guess though, probably wrong.
Microsoft Statement on Sky Player for Xbox 360
The Sky Player on Xbox 360 service did successfully launch early this morning, it has subsequently been suspended due to an unforeseen technical issue. With so much excitement and interest in the service, we’d much prefer to ensure that our customers enjoy the highest possible quality of service. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to our customers who have attempted to access the service today. Sky Player engineers are hard at work to resolve the problem – we expect to have the full service available tomorrow.
Although up until now they have been more or less just niche products, designed to be used solely in certain specific situations, the popularity of KVM switches might actually increase in the future, due to IOGEAR’s innovations in this field. Thus, at this year’s CES, the company, a traditional manufacturer of various connectivity solutions and adapters, launched a brand new series of switches, which, besides all of the features we’ve already grown accustomed to, provide HDMI 1.3b and HDCP support.
Besides the HDMI interface mentioned above, the new 2- and 4-Port HDMI KVM Switches support video resolutions of up to 1080p (full HD), as well as Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, which makes them especially suitable to be used with gaming consoles (allowing gamers, for example, to easily add keyboard and mouse functionality to their video gaming consoles, which, in essence, are nothing more than computing systems).
Furthermore, the fresh switches also feature IOGEAR’s Display Emulation Technology that memorizes a certain display’s parameters in order to preserve video resolution when switching between PCs, as well as two USB 2.0 ports for adding various peripherals.
Aside from the two gaming-oriented products mentioned above, IOGEAR also introduced the 4-Port DualView Dual-Link DVI KVMP Switch, a device meant for graphic designers. The switch allows graphic designers to easily work from DualView displays, while viewing pictures in resolutions even above 1080p, and can prove equally beneficial for special effects artists.
The fact that these products might actually represent a serious step forward for the field of KVM switches is also confirmed by Miranda Su, executive vice president at IOGEAR, who declared that “IOGEAR was founded on our revolutionary KVM technology and we continue to expand this product line to meet the needs of all types of consumers. These products’ innovative features allow gamers and graphic artists to create seamless, multi-computer workstations that support the best resolutions and highest-quality audio.”