We saw more indications that the not-quite-bulletproof-but-close BlackBerry Q10 will be receiving a lower-cost QWERTY cousin soon, and some more information to boot. The R10 looks to share plenty of DNA with its recently reviewed portrait predecessor, but with half the storage, a poorer camera and what looks to be a less-sophisticated chassis.
OUYA's Julie Uhrman indicated that the company is delaying the retail release of its little, boxy Android gaming console by a few weeks. June 25th is the new shipping date for those who didn't get in on the Kickstarter edition, but those who already have theirs shouldn't get too cocky. The retail version will be receiving at least one significant upgrade: buttons that don't stick! Yes, OUYA is working on revising the controller faceplates to fix one of the most annoying issues with that edition, and we're hoping the company does something to help out those early backers with sticky inputs. OUYA also picked up an additional $15 million in funding and a new board member: former EA exec Bing Gordon. What exactly it's going to do with all that cash remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Gordon's previous employer gave Nintendo another kick while it's down. EA announced this week that games made using its next-gen Frostbite engine will not be coming to the Wii U. Game devs at the company tested the engine on Nintendo's latest and found the results to be unsatisfactory. This means major titles like Battlefield 4 and Madden NFL, along with 13 others, will not be ported here, putting a significant damper on the system's credentials as a general-purpose gaming machine.
Things are looking better at Sony, for a change, with the company posting its first profits since 2008 -- that's nearly as long as the PlayStation 3 has existed, if you're keeping count. Hirai's house managed $458 million in profits despite sagging TV sales. But, smartphone sales are starting to show some growth, and software revenue is increasing as well, helping to swell that bottom line. Sony's surely hoping its PS4 doesn't prove to be quite the burden its predecessor turned out to be.
Sony's surely hoping its PS4 doesn't prove to be quite the burden its predecessor turned out to be.
In this week's Distro we're looking back at 10 years of the iTunes Store, a service that started off as an annoying music player and ultimately reshaped the industry. We also have reviews of the new Fitbit Flex and the purely coincidentally named Sony VAIO Fit 15. We have an interview with the recently knighted and soon-to-be astronaut Sir Richard Branson, Ross Rubin talks about the challenges of not being able to wear Google Glass, Joshua Fruhlinger relives a high-tech childhood rivalry and Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman does the Q&A. Now, who wants cake?
This piece originally appeared in Distro #82.