Only known official online premiere for latest entry in franchise
Apple has confirmed that the first official trailer for next year's new chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens, will debut online on Friday on iTunes. Disney, which now owns the rights to the franchise, had previously said that only 30 cinemas in the US would be screening the trailer on Friday, implying a wider release later. Rumors began shortly afterwards, however, that there would be an online debut as well.
Sound bar with dedicated subwoofer brings 5.1 surround sound to the desktop
Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced that it is readying a new sound bar for the living room and desktop. The Razer Leviathan is a 5.1 channel surround sound bar, which the company states can easily fit under a monitor or console setup. The Leviathan features Dolby technology, including Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II and Virtual Speaker. The unit also comes with a dedicated 5.25-inch down-firing subwoofer that Razer says is "tuned to produce distortion-free lower tones."
Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team force choked by Disney
Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has suddenly discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store, with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement.
Assassin's Creed Pirates for iOS and Android adds new map area
Ubisoft has announced that its game Assassin's Creed Pirates has been updated for iOS and Android devices. The update includes a new map area and campaign missions, with three new secondary missions and new treasures and diaries available for collecting. Each map features its own "survival mission," where players can fish and hunt whales for food. The update to Assassin's Creed Pirates is free for existing users.
Fate of existing titles uncertain, Disney retains limited social gaming rights
The Walt Disney Company and developer Electronic Arts on Monday announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines for the "core gamer audience." Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles, spanning all platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
DraftSight update released
Dark Resurrection: Volume 0, a fan-made science fiction movie based around the Star Wars universe, used the iPhone 4 as part of the post-production phase. The models of spaceships and environments were all photographed with the iPhone 4, which returned an optimal size and kept all of the models in focus. The device was also used to overdub a number of the actors in their homes, helping the producers to reduce the films budget. The 40-minute film can be viewed on YouTube in its native Italian with English subtitles.
Xbox 360 LE Kinect Star Wars brings 320GB drive
Microsoft confirmed a recent rumor by unveiling what might be its most elaborate special edition Xbox 360 yet. The Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars pack includes an elaborately color-matched set of hardware that includes the core console in R2-D2 skin, a wireless gamepad in gold chrome like C-3PO, and a first-ever white Kinect camera. The system is also Microsoft's first to pack a 320GB hard drive and has custom R2-D2 power-on and eject sounds.