Online reports suggest Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console may be able to detect when users try to play an illegal flash cart on the device. In such a scenario, Nintendo could implement special firmware that would disable the console from working, basically bricking your $250 mobile gaming system. More than a theoretical possibility, at least one website is reporting that's exactly what Nintendo intends to do.
It seems like every few weeks Microsoft thumps its chest over how many Kinect motion control cameras it's sold, and now we're being told that number is 10 million. If there was any remaining doubt that Kinect sales have been an "overwhelming success," as Microsoft put it, the rapid rise to double digit sales earned kudos from the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. So much for the naysayers.
Microsoft may be looking for help developing a successor to the Xbox 360 console. The Redmond outfit posted a job notice on its Careers website looking for a graphics hardware guru in its Interactive Entertainment Business division. News of the position has been spreading like wildfire through cyberspace, prompting speculation that Microsoft is starting to put the pieces together for an Xbox 720, or whatever the next generation console might be called.
If you were to march into your local Best Buy to purchase a non-refurbished modern gaming console for the least amount of skrilla, you'd have to decide between a $299 PlayStation 3, $299 Xbox 360, and $199 Wii. That doesn't include gimped systems, like the $199 Xbox 360 with the hard drive stripped out, but the core models from each of the big three. What's interesting about this is that the price is the same now as it was 18 months ago, and at least one analyst thinks something has to give.
When it comes to electronics, we love good old fashioned teardowns just like serial killers can't enough episodes of Dexter. The tech equivalent of Showtime's pathological superstar is iFixIt, the online source for do-it-yourself repair guides and parts. Their latest victim is Nintendo's 3DS handheld console, which they expose not only for our voyeuristic pleasure, but also to learn how easy or difficult it might be for the average Andy to perform in-house repairs.
Sony's PSP Go might be the red-headed stepchild of handheld consoles. The reason we say that is because Sony just permanently slashed $50 off the price of the PSP Go, which now carries an MSRP of $150, but the console maker did so without making a peep. No fanfare, no ballyhooing, not even a curt press release. That's in stark contrast to Sony championing a new lower price for the regular PSP console just one week ago, news of which was announced on Sony's official PlayStation blog and various marketing materials.
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.