CES 2011


Square Enix is bringing key games from its E3 lineup to San Diego Comic-Con, set to take place July 21-24. The Japanese game giant will also host two panels focusing on Dead Island and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, both of which will be playable at on the convention floor at booth 3829. San Diego Comic-Con will also mark the debut a total of five new DISSIDIA and METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER Play Arts Kai figurines.


When it comes to upgrading to a 3D home entertainment center for your gaming room, the new Vizio 65-inch Theater 3D Razor LED LCD HDTV is the way to go. In fact, a leading Sony game developer who’s tested all the 3D TVs on the market with their bestselling 3D game franchise said this Vizio is the one to buy. The 3D TV employs passive 3D technology, which means you can use the same glasses you wear at the movie theater. The co-founder of the company talks about this new 3D TV in this exclusive video interview from CE Week in New York below.


U.S. consumers purchased an estimated 1.75 million Blu-ray Disc 3D (BD3D) discs at retail during the format's first 12 months on the market, and brought home another 1.7 million units as part of hardware/software bundling deals, according to the new IHS Screen Digest report entitled “Life in 3D: BD3D's First Year of Sales,” from information and analysis provider IHS. These sales were spurred, in part, thanks to the free PlayStation 3 upgrade that turns any PS3 into a Blu-ray 3D player. The lower cost of 3D TVs from companies like Vizio is also helping sales.


The familiar scene of video game and consumer electronics journalists and assorted geeks walking the halls of CEA's annual CES show alongside porn stars is now a thing of the past. CES 2012 will take place January 10-13, while the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE), AVN Novelty Expo (ANE) and the AVN Awards will now be a week later January 18–21 and move to a new locale at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. AEE will run January 18–21, ANE will take place January 18–20 and the must-attend AVN Awards will be Saturday, January 21 in the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms. Porn star Dana Dearmond talks video games from CES 2011 in the video below, which is the type of interview that will become less common starting in 2012.


Research In Motion has consistently been known in the mobile industry for making safe and secure devices from both an enterprise and engineering standpoint. Devices that didn't really take risks, but opted to be designed for a crowd that wanted to read their e-mails and do it securely. Sure, over the years in order to compete with Apple and the Android OEMs, RIM has made the Blackberry a little more fun. But let's be honest--when making a choice for gaming, few would point their peers toward Blackberry. Will the Blackberry Playbook shift that stigma? Read on to find out.

Far from the days when the TV was content to sit on any table or open rack, consumers today are looking for fully-featured furniture solutions for their home theater to match the latest technology. In a year where 3D TV and Internet-connectivity have gained ground in homes, home theater furniture design continues to evolve to maximize the potential of cutting-edge displays, electronic components and features. Furniture manufacturer BDI is an industry leader in home theater furniture that is designed to seamlessly integrate technology into the home.
Driven by a pronounced change in marketing and promotion strategies as well as price declines and an increasing availability of content, worldwide shipments of 3D TVs will catapult by a spectacular 463 percent to reach 23.4 million units in 2011, according to IHS iSuppli research. The strong push from Sony Computer Entertainment in the 3D video game arena with hit franchises like MLB 11: The Show, Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4.
Rick Dean, a senior vice president at George Lucas’ THX Ltd. and resident 3D guru, spoke at the annual spring Digital Hollywood Conference in Los Angeles. He discussed how he sees the future of 3D unfolding a pioneers like James Cameron and Vince Pace push new 3D technology into the space, and new movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Thor hit theaters this summer. THX is currently involved in the 3D re-release of the Star Wars films, which will hit theaters early next year.

People of the World--there is an Angry Birds infestation. It's invaded your smartphones, your computers, and your gaming consoles. And now, the evil geniuses at Rovio have joined forces with the legion of Google to bring you Angry Birds in your Chrome Web Browser--for free.

The International CES announced that 31,677 industry professionals from outside the U.S. attended the 2011 International CES January 6-9, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Up 30 percent from last year, international attendance at the 2011 CES set a new record for the show’s 45 year history.  An independent audit, performed by Veris Consulting LLC, confirms CES’ status as the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow and North America’s largest annual tradeshow of any kind. Overall, the 2011 International CES welcomed 149,529 technology attendees during its four day run.
New processors and advanced graphics are always a hit at GDC 2011, but digital audio companies like Cakewalk, Dolby and DTS also had a presence at the convention. With new PC games starting to take advantage of Dolby 7.1 surround sound -- and DTS’ unveiling of 11.1 surround sound with DTS Neo:X technology at CES 2011 -- sound is playing a more important role in today’s video game landscape.
Rachel Marie Oberlin is best known to the mainstream world as one of Charlie Sheen’s live-in goddesses. She recently moved back in with the fired “Two and a Half Men Star,” after leaving. To others, she’s known as adult film starlet Bree Olson. She burst onto the scene four years ago at the age of 20 and took the porn industry by storm. The actress was recently in Las Vegas for the AVNs in tandem with CES 2011. She talks about her love of Wii and Nintendo video games in this exclusive video interview.
Sony Computer Entertainment America is introducing online storage for game saves exclusively to PlayStation Plus subscribers, allowing gamers to back up their save data to the cloud.  Online storage for game saves will be available with system software update (v3.60) for PlayStation 3 (PS3), coming on March 10, 2011 and will be automatically enabled for PlayStation Plus subscribers once users install the update.
As consumer confusion continues in the 3D TV market, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has stepped in. The CEA is the nation’s largest technology trade association, representing more than 2,000 technology manufacturers, retailers, service providers and installers and is best known for hosting events like CES 2011. The organization is seeking proposals for standardizing 3D active eyewear that uses an infrared (IR) synchronized interface from consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers. The organization has launched the 3D Technologies Working Group to work through submissions. More consumers, especially gamers, are migrating to 3D with Sony PlayStation 3 and NVIDIA pushing active 3D.