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Tony Hawk Ride Coming With Wii Skateboard Accessory

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274w ago - Can you handle another Wii-related peripheral in your house? With so many plastic guitars, drumsets, Wiimote cases, Wii Zapper holsters, fishing accessories, etc.

Of course, the peripheral industry is a thriving one, and Nintendo's choice to add motion sensitivity to its latest console has certainly made third-party suppliers happy.

The latest piece of must-have hardware to surface is the skateboard you see above, which will come packaged with Tony Hawk's latest title. It has been quite some time since Mr. Hawk was featured in a skateboard video game, and really, could you imagine a better comeback story than this?

Taking the Wii Fit premise to all new heights will be Tony Hawk Ride, a groundbreaking game scheduled to be fully revealed at E3 early next month. Oh, and the best part? Wii owners won't be the only ones enjoying this, as we're told that it will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as well.

As you can likely imagine, Tony has been longing to create a peripheral-based skate title for awhile, but only now has the technology advanced enough to make it possible. Judging by the images alone, we'd say we're all in for quite a treat come early June.
 

Is Sony Computer Entertainment Making a Robot Accessory?

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283w ago - Think R.O.B. of the future! Sony Computer Entertainment patented a robot that works with a console like the PS3. The robot is designed with a camera to detect its surroundings and a display which can show images.

A microphone that reacts a user's voice and speaker allows the robot to respond to sound as well. Sony also plans to add a position detection sensor to the robot such as an acceleration sensor, gyro sensor, or possibly a GPS receiver.

To quote: Imagine playing a video game bundled with a tangible robot that rolls around on your carpet. Sounds unbelievable, but Sony Computer Entertainment filed a patent application for just that in June of last year.

The robot is designed with a camera (item 14) to detect its surroundings and a display (18) which can show images. A microphone that reacts a user's voice and speaker allows the robot to respond to sound as well. Sony also plans to add a position detection sensor to the robot such as an acceleration sensor, gyro sensor, or possibly a GPS receiver.

Unfortunately, the patent doesn't give any clues on how the robot can be used for a game. The document details the information processing system which lets the robot respond to commands even though a player's viewpoint is different than the robot's. Remember, if this is going...
 

Ferrari GT Experience

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356w ago - The latest racing wheel to come from the Thrustmaster stable takes full advantage of its Ferrari license and comes with the intent of offering "a unique experience by allowing them (that's you) to enjoy intense racing sensations with a racing wheel proudly bearing the legendary 'prancing horse' emblem... nothing less."

But let's get the most important question out of the way first. How much does it cost? Well seeing as though you asked the wheel comes in at £34.99. Which is pretty much the price of a game. Now that's out of the way, onto other equally important things.

So, nothing less then? Well it just so happens that we were recently behind the wheels of several different Ferraris at an event in Italy. Was the Ferrari GT Experience wheel exactly the same?

No, of course not, and you tell that a mile off. But after clamping the whole shebang to the desk, putting the pedals on the floor and sticking on Colin McRae: Dirt, we were suitably impressed.

The whole rig handled pretty well as we squeezed the life out of it going flat out round Dirt's bendy bends. We would have tried it with the racer of the moment - Project Gotham Racing 4 - but Thrustmaster's offering is only compatible with PS3, PS2 and PC so that was out. We say only...

Like any racing wheel worth its...
 
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