At the beginning of this month we talked about a new emulator being developed by the same folk who created the rather widely used fully working Wii emulator called Dolphin for PCs and that they were now working on building a fully functioning emulator called PPSSPP which would let you play all those favorite PSP games you still own. At the time of reporting on this, PPSSPP was only available for download through the developer's website.
A new emulator is currently being developed by the fine folk who brought the world the fully working Wii emulator called Dolphin for PCs. Apparently the developers got a hold of an Android device finally and decided to do what they do best, build an emulator. However, this particular emulator isn't another GameBoy or console emulator, which we have plenty of. Instead, this emulator, called PPSSPP, is a Playstation Portable emulator for Android.
Recently we reviewed the new MOGA gaming controller which, as a controller, is excellent and works quite well for pretty much any of your gaming needs whether it be on a phone, clipped into the MOGA, or on your tablet as a wireless Bluetooth controller. However, the MOGA controller requires you to use the Pivot app which, as an app, is rather nice but does have some issues. A recent update the other day fixed a few of these issues though.
A few days ago we reported on Microsoft and their plans to bring their Xbox Smartglass application to Android soon. Well soon turned out to be a lot sooner than we had thought as the application is now available on Google Play. Essentially what this app does is connect to your Xbox 360 allowing you to interact with it using your Android phone.
Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass has had it's cameo at a few events over the Summer and now we get to have a bit more of a solid release time frame for when it would be arriving to mobile platforms. That's right, platforms, as in plural. Not only will Windows 8 mobile be getting it but so will iOS and Android as well. Of course Microsoft products will get it first while iOS and Android are slated to get SmartGlass sometime in early 2013.
2K Games surpised us a couple of week ago when they decided to quietly release NBA 2K13 onto Android. Now they have gone a step further and have quietly released a companion application for NBA 2K13 called MyNBA2K. This companion app isn't really for the Android version of the game but instead extends your NBA 2K13 experience on Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii U. In fact it can connect back to the game regardless of what console you're playing it on.
Back in April of this year, Dialect released a tablet-only news applications that was focused on the entertainment industry with a bit more of a dedicated focus to gaming including that of Android gaming. The app was impressively made and featured a lot of dynamic content inside of it but unfortunately, if you only owned an Android phone, you were unable to get this app. That, however, is not the case anymore.
There are plenty of applications out there that deal with game discovering such as Hooked but there is a new one out now that basically turns game discovery into a game itself called Giftiz. Developed by Purple Brain, Giftiz is an interesting little game discovery platform where as you find and play games, completing missions, and you will earn experience points. Using these points, you will be able to level your account up.
Everyone loves old school gaming, and thanks in part to the magic of emulation, you can literally carry hundreds of retro games from consoles past right in your pocket. Unfortunately these emulators don't have much flair in the design department and loading a ROM boils down to a folder browsing experience. Functional but not pretty to look at.Thankfully, developers Jack Patrick and Shouvik Dutta created Gameshelf, an app that catalogs your ROM collections into an aesthetically pleasing interface.
Not too long ago Google rolled out the abilities to offer up subscriptions that users can sign up for and get charged a monthly fee. The subscription service is available as an in-app purchase where, for example, if you like a magazine, you could subscribe to it for a monthly fee, usually around $3.99. As of today, Google has rolled out the ability to try a subscription service before buying into it.
The much anticipated re-branded and expanded Playstation Suite, now known as Playstation Mobile, will be going live today for those of you in the Eastern time zone as of the time of writing this. The rest of us on the west will be waiting a few hours but regardless, Playstation Mobile will be going live along with all of its features.
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