We arrived at CES earlier today, and Acer's pre-CES event was the first item on our agenda (yes, on a Sunday). The company unveiled a number of ultrabooks. a new cloud service, and briefly mentioned that it was bringing a brand-new Android tablet to market later this year - so briefly that we didn't even hear the name of the device mentioned (obviously, we later found out what it was called).
Who's ready for some old-school gaming action? If not, you better get ready - Sonic the Hedgehog and his homie Tails are making their way to Tegra-powered devices in 2012 for a sequel to the 2010 hit Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Episode 1 (which, unfortunately, is not available on Android).
Episode 2 will bring some enhanced features over its predecessor, including a completely redesigned physics engine, new character animations, and, most importantly (to us, that is), the arrival on the Android platform.
A new game listing hit the Tegra Zone earlier today, introducing The Dark Meadow – a sophisticated entry into the first person action/adventure genre, built on Unreal Engine 3 and optimized for your Tegra device.
Update 12/14/11: Official Android teaser:
Here's a trailer from the iOS version:
With The Dark Meadow, Phosphor Games Studio submerges players in a "dark fairytale world filled with fantastical creatures bent on destroying them." Certainly, dark is a bit of an understatement – the environments and characters look downright disturbing.
We knew that ASUS would be far from the only manufacturer working on a new tablet featuring the beastly NVIDIA Tegra 3 and Ice Cream Sandwich, and Engadget got their hands on some exclusive details of an upcoming Lenovo tablet that looks to give the Transformer Prime a run for its money. The tablet, said to be out by the end of the year, not only packs the Tegra 3, but 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a full-size USB port, a "fusion-skin body," and a fingerprint scanner/optical joystick on the backside, all powered by Android 4.0.
Looking to improve on Hockey Nation 2010, Distinctive Wireless' 2011 iteration puts special emphasis on utilizing the power of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor to allow for a wide array of graphic enhancements including specular maps, ice reflections, increased polygon count, improved skin meshing, and animated crowd behavior.
Besides a handful of visual boosts, HN 2011 brings with it a ton of gameplay enhancements. Instead of simply choosing from 14 international teams, the player now has the ability to select from 18 national teams from around the globe, 40 customizable city teams, and the option to choose from 6 exciting gameplay modes, including World League, Go for Gold, Shootout, Exhibition, Playoff and Practice.
The successor to the odd little tablet that is the Notion Ink Adam is set to hit the streets in December 2011 and will be featured at CES in January 2012 in Las Vegas, according to Notion Ink founder Rohan Shravan. Hardware details for the Adam 2 are pretty scarce right now, but we're hearing rumors that it could include the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and an updated Pixel Qi display that allows for better use in direct sunlight.
Yesterday we told you about an upcoming Tegra-specific game from Playbox called Bang Bang Racing. Today, we have a real treat for you - a sneak peak at three more upcoming games for Tegra devices that are sure to blow your mind (no less!).
The three titles in question are Riptide GP, a port of the popular aquatic racing game Hydro Thunder Hurricane; Galaxy on Fire 2, a space-based action RPG; and Pinball HD, a high-definition twist on an arcade classic.
CES 2011 was an occasion for manufacturers to flood the market with a plethora of Android devices, and powering many of them was NVidia's Tegra 2 chip.
Released late last year, the Tegra 2 chip uses the "system-on-a-chip" design to integrate an ARM CPU (1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor) and a NVidia GPU into one package. This allows faster communication between the cores and the integrated memory controller. Most of the tablets and smartphones, and other unique hybrids, launching in 2011 will be using the Tegra 2 chips.
While Toshiba's original attempts at an Android tablet running on the Tegra chip didn't exactly go down a storm, they seem keen to continue with Android devices, and brought a new tablet with them to CES. Artem got a video demo from one of their reps, and as you can see there are some attractive features to note.
Like the Motorola XOOM, the nameless Toshiba tablet (henceforth "Anon") has a 10.1" WXGA (1280x800) screen, which was unsurprisingly nice and crisp.