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LAS VEGAS -- Major product launches from more than 3,100 exhibitors and keynotes from the leaders of Qualcomm, Mercedes and Intel launched the 2012 International CES on Tuesday. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CES 2012, the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology, runs through Friday, January 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gaming was also prevalent with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all showing content. NVIDIA continues to push portable gaming and tablet pricing with Tegra as seen in the video below.


When it was announced a few months ago back at E3, the UFC on Xbox Live service sounded like a dream for fans of the fighting league.  Featuring live interaction between fights, interactive pools and other cool features, it was going to introduce a new dynamic for the service come December 1st.  Unfortunately, some minor setbacks have forced both UFC and Microsoft to come up with a new release date...but you won't have to wait too long.


A lot of sports programs are slowly seeping their way into our favorite game consoles.  Microsoft has ESPN integration nailed down to a science, even though crucial football and basketball programming is missing; Sony has NFL Sunday Ticket, courtesy of DirecTV, as well as the more affordable NHL GameCenter, which lets viewers check out their favorite hockey teams; and now UFC is getting into the action, ready to debut its Xbox Live channel starting December 1.  We managed to get a quick peek as to what it’s all about.


Hot on the heels of our speculation article wondering what services would be available for it, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb revealed the first official details on the streaming TV channels that would be coming to Xbox Live as part of next month's dashboard update.  And though the services may not be to everyone's liking (like ESPN), there's still plenty here to watch.


There have been rumblings over the past few weeks in regards to Xbox's proposed streaming TV service, which is supposedly part of its latest system update that's taking place later this year.  Today, we talk about what possible services could be coming to the system, along with the possibilities of it becoming a replacement to your conventional cable box, and, best of all, a date when it could all happen.


For quite some time now, Microsoft has been looking to expand the media services for its Xbox 360 console.  So far, it's done a good job, between the availability of programs on Zune, the Netflix streaming service, ESPN and the recent addition of Hulu Plus.  But it now it looks as if the company is serious about taking the next step, as it's talking with two major companies about possibly using its game system for something bigger -- in the form of a cable box.


Sony is slowly but surely expanding their PlayStation Network to a variety of users, introducing movies, TV shows, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus and great sports channels like MLB.TV and NHL GameCenter Live.  Today it took an even bigger step by announcing DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket as an available service this fall to all PSN users.  It's looking like a pretty sweet deal for football fans, but there are things that need to be taken under consideration.


Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have their fair share of streaming services available, including NHL GameCenter (just wait till next season!), ESPN, Hulu Plus and Netflix.  But HBO is about to join the fray, as HBO CEO Jeff Bewkes has announced that the HBO Go service will be coming to consoles sometime in the near future, along with high-definition televisions.  Several users out there are complaining that this plan doesn't make much sense, but in the long run, it really does...just as long as HBO performs one small move to solidify its plans.


Making a video game isn't easy, but it's hard work that truly pays off if the right effort goes into it.  Just ask Alex Howell, associate designer for the just-released EA Sports game NCAA Football 12.  To commemorate the game's release, Alex and his team worked closely with the folks at ESPNU on a four-part documentary that covers the making of the game, both through the highs and the lows.  While we wait for the first part of the four-part series to air on July 14th (on ESPNU), we chatted with Alex about the documentary.

 If you happened to watch the Dallas Mavericks take on the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, then you were in for a bit of a treat. During a commercial break, the first ever gameplay trailer of Modern Warfare 3 debuted on ESPN, the channel hosting the playoff game. The trailer featured some highly explosive action, but there are a few elements within the trailer that will have some people stirring.

I recently had the opportunity to try out NCAA Football 12. While there, I spoke with Jean Adams, art director of NCAA 12, and Ben Haumiller, the producer. What I learned has me more excited for NCAA 12 than I thought I could be. More info after the jump.


LeBron James picks… The Miami Heat. The superstar told Jim Gray on “The Decision” live on ESPN in front of the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut that he was leaving his hometown to join fellow superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach with the Miami Heat. "This fall, I'm going to take my talent to South Beach and join the Miami Heat," said Lebron James. The Akron-born James left his hometown club that drafted him No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft. Rumors swirled all week since free agency started on July 1st and even before that for the last two years. Teams like the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat cleared salary cap space and dumped players to make a play for James. Six teams made pitches coming to Cleveland to present their best reasons for James to come to their teams.