Turns out Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld console has a few more tricks up its sleeve. In addition to a 3D display -- the 3DS's flagship feature -- Nintendo announced two upcoming collaborations, one with AT&T that will allow the 3DS to automatically connect to more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots, and another with Netflix to stream movies and other content on the gaming device. Suddenly the 3DS looks a lot more appealing.
Microsoft is doing its part to clean up the virtual environment. As of yesterday, the Xbox 360 console maker has begun picking up old Gamertags that have been tossed aside and is recycling them, Xbox Live's Major Nelson announced in a blog post. That means if you've been wanting to use a Gamertag that was already snatched up but since abandoned, there's still hope it can be yours.
It turns out Microsoft was more than a little modest when it forecast worldwide sales of 5 million Kinect units in 2010. The actual number was much higher, with Microsoft selling 8 million units to retailers by January 4, 2011. The sell-through to consumers was 6.35 million units, according to data provided by market research firm iSuppli.
Sony over the weekend dropped the price of its PSP handheld console from $170 to $130. At the new price point, Sony is hoping the PSP can finally topple Nintendo's DS in weekly sales, a feat that should be possible with the 3DS just around the corner. In addition to the price cut, Sony also added a handful of new titles to its "Greatest Hits" and "Favorites" libraries.
Nintendo's 3DS handheld console is a hit, at least in Japan where customers waited in line to purchase the next-generation game player, Bloomberg reports. There were around 2,000 anxious gamers waiting outside Yodobashi Camera Co.'s store in Akihabara, Tokyo, all wanting to get their mitts on the console that had sold-out on preorder and at other electronics stores. Fans had begun lining up 10PM the night before it went on sale.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.
Ruh roh, Sony. In retaliation to patent infringement claims Sony has made against LG, the latter is pleading with the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports of PlayStation 3 consoles, Bloomberg reports. The reason? Also related to patent infringement. According to LG's complaint, all Sony products with a Blu-ray player, including the PlayStation 3 console, infringe on four of LG's patents. Can LG really get the PS3 banned from the U.S.?
We're not going to spark a debate over consoles versus PCs (not intentionally, anyway), but without question, one of the big advantages of PC is the keyboard. Trying to type with a control pad simply stinks. The solution? Suck it up, because it comes with the territory of being a console gamer. Alternately, you can shell out for a third party peripheral. Turns out there's another way to make typing on a gamepad less painful.
As Netflix looks to move further away from DVD-by-mail rentals and focus more attention on its streaming service, GameFly is taking the exact opposite approach and continues to beef up its games-by-mail operations. The videogame equivalent of Netflix (minus the streaming capability), GameFly is adding a fifth distribution center to help serve its expanding membership. This newest one will land in Seattle.
Mad Catz, one of the biggest players in the third-party peripheral market, just scored a major win by convincing Microsoft to let it produce and sell audio headphones co-branded under Mat Catz's Tritton and Microsoft's Xbox 360 brands, Mad Catz announced (PDF).
Under terms of the deal, Mad Catz has the worldwide rights to manufacture, market, and sell licensed, co-branded wired stereo headphones and exclusive rights to produce licensed, co-branded wireless stereo and Dolly 5.1 headphones for the popular console. The new line of headphones will ship in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season, and incidentally, Mad Catz claims it will mark the first time that licensed and co-branded wireless cans will be available for the Xbox 360.