Sony says that worldwide sales of its PlayStation 3 consoles reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011. In addition, sales of Sony's PlayStation Move surpassed 8 million units worldwide as of April 3, 2011, the console maker announced. Both are impressive numbers, though it's worth noting that even though Sony calls them "sales," these are really shipment numbers to retailers, not necessarily to end-consumers.
According to rumors, Nintendo is gearing up to drop the price of its Wii game console in the middle of May by $50, dropping the cost down to $150. We'll have to wait and see if that happens, but in the meantime, both Best Buy and Toys R Us marked the motion-controlled console down to $170. Is it worth rolling the dice, or will you be kicking yourself in a month?
Now that both Microsoft and Sony have added motion controls to each of their respective consoles, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo may have lost a bit of its competitive edge. The Wii is no longer the only console in town that lets you control the on-screen action by flailing around in your living room. And until the upcoming price cut takes effect, it no longer trumps all other modern consoles at the register. Could these be clues that at Wii 2 is on the horizon?
We're still a long, long ways off from living out a Minority Report lifestyle, but the next time you turn on your Xbox 360 console, you'll be prompted to accept an update that adds even more razzle dazzle to your Kinect, if you have one. The update adds Kinect support for Netflix, so you no longer have to grab your controller to sort through titles and fire up movies in your queue.
The Nintendo Wii has always held a pricing advantage over its two main competitors, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles. That's no longer the case with Microsoft now selling a 4GB Xbox 360 for $199, the same price as the Wii. To regain its competitive edge at the register, rumor has it that Nintendo is going to knock another $50 off the Wii on May 15th.
If you were expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight between Sony and PS3 jailbreaker George "Geohot" Hotz, you'll have to settle for an anticlimactic ending instead. As our own Nathan Grayson reported yesterday, Hotz agreed to never again spread any technology that "circumvents any of the TPMs in any Sony product" and is forever banned from assisting in such activities. That's not exactly the end result Hotz's supporters were hoping for, and now the former PS3 hacker is taking heat for running from the fire.
Sony CEO Jack Tretton didn't mince any words when discussing Nintendo's Wii and DS gaming consoles. He isn't concerned about the recently released 3DS, nor is he losing any sleep over third party numbers, which has the PlayStation 3 sitting in third place with 49.2 million PS3's sold globally, compared to 86.3 million Wiis. If you ask Tretton, and CNN did, Nintendo builds 'babysitting tools.'
Let's forget for a moment that watercooling a Nintendo Wii console is about as useful as putting racing tires on a Pinto. After seeing what one looks like (a watercooled Wii, not a Pinto), we don't care. The final result is a thing of beauty that makes for a great conversation piece, even if it won't make Super Mario Galaxy load any faster.
Some things you definitely should not try at home, like microwaving electronic components. Leave it to the professionals and the crazies to take on such tasks, of which Kenny Irwin might be a little of both. Irwin operates the Microwave Show, a YouTube channel dedicated to popping various electronics into microwaves and recording the carnage. His latest experiment is Nintendo's 3DS handheld console.
When Microsoft's Major Nelson announced a public preview of an "updated Xbox 360 disc format," the Internet was immediately abuzz with speculation that Blu-ray was finally coming to Redmond's flagship console. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but that isn't the case. As has been the case with every previous rumor suggesting the Xbox 360 is getting a Blu-ray drive, it's not happening, and it probably never will. Want to know what this new format is? Hit the jump.