A barely belated 'Happy birthday' goes out to Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which turned 5 years old yesterday (or a week ago today if you prefer to celebrate its Japan launch rather than its release in the U.S.). The PS3 has been through a few changes since it debuted half a decade ago and shed much of its baby fat, but is mostly the same console overall.
Nintendo isn't accustomed to losing money on an annual basis. In fact, it's never before happened, at least not in the last 30 years in the electronics business (Nintendo's history actually dates back to 1889 as a playing card company). Be that as it may, Nintendo now expects to lose 20 billion yen, or about $264 million, for its fiscal year ending on March 31, 2012, the company said.
With all the bugs and graphical glitches plaguing the release of Rage, it’s no surprise to hear that John Carmack’s getting frustrated. On the other hand, the console versions of the game don’t rely on updated Nvidia and AMD drivers and they’ve had a remarkably smooth ride. Maybe Carmack was thinking of that when he recently said that iD, the classic PC developers responsible for the paradigm-shifting Doom and Quake series, will be creating games with a console-first focus going into the future.
Nobody likes being labeled a cheat, fraud, or no-good hooligan, especially if none of those things are true. So you can imagine the outrage when an untold number of upstanding Xbox Live gamers found out their consoles had been erroneously banned for supposedly being modified or otherwise tampered with. Oops!
Have you never met a Street Fighter IV opponent you couldn't hadoken into the ground with a few well-timed combos? Or maybe you're a fancy-pants modder with a following. If so, Razer wants your help in designing what it hopes will be the ultimate arcade stick for the Xbox 360 console.
Nintendo is as guilty as anyone of buying into the 3D hype, not because it released a 3D handheld console, but because it grossly overestimated how much mobile gamers would be willing to pay to see Mario and Co. jump around in a third dimension. There exists a market for the 3DS, just not a very big one at the $250 launch price. But what about at $170?
First, a confession: I'm an absolute Xbox 360 fanatic. I stream music and video from my computer to my TV almost every hour of every day using the thing, and I've dropped some serious cash on add-ons and accessory packs. I'm one of those suckers who bought Oblivion's "Horse Armor" pack. Unfortunately for my wallet, Major Nelson says the console's new update makes it even easier to spend money by allowing users to purchase Microsoft Points using PayPal.
While the announcement may not strike a chord with Xbox Live users who've already linked a credit card to their account, it's sure to bring joy to gamers who use disposable Microsoft Points cards to refill their virtual pockets. No more running to Wal*Mart at midnight just because you're 20 points short for a new Avatar accessory.
Apple on occasion will give students heading back to school a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac. That's swell and everything (at least until you dance with the digital devil known as iTunes), but let's be real. Would you rather have a Mac and an iPod touch, or a Windows PC and Xbox 360 console? We'll take the latter, thank you very much, especially when you can buy one and get the other for free. Say what?
According to a leaked internal GameStop memo, Nintendo has decided to discontinue its popular DS Lite console, which also puts an end to Game Boy Advance support for the game maker's handheld systems. The memo instructs GameStop stores to remove DS Lite displays once their inventory runs out, and gives them a heads up that they won't be receiving any more stock of the now defunct console.
Out of all the modern game consoles, none is in need of an upgrade more than Nintendo's Wii. It doesn't have a hard drive, the online multiplay sucks, it can't do Full HD, and the graphics look dated compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A recent price cut, along with another rumored cut next month, prompted speculation that a Wii 2 is in the works and could be released as early as this summer. That's all well and good, but what kind of upgrades can we expect?