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.
Console price cuts are coming! Console price cuts are coming! That's the message from Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, who says it's high time for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to all three mark down their respective gaming consoles, CNet reports.
"After maintaining console prices at historically high points throughout 2010, all three console manufacturers appear to us to be poised for price cuts in 2011," Pachter wrote in a note to investors.
Despite sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console rising 40 percent year-over-year in 2010, Pachter says it's possible the Redmond outfit will drop the price of its 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle from $400 to $300. This, he says, would put the pressure on Sony to mark down its PlayStation 3 Move bundle.
It will be interesting to see if any of this comes to fruition. Nintendo so far has seemed content with the Wii's price point, while both Microsoft and Sony have played around with various storage options and slimmer form factors rather than reduce prices outright.
There's been some chatter that Sony plans to introduce cloud-based storage for its beloved PlayStation 3 console, and that chatter is starting to turn into a roar, Fudzilla claims. The news and rumor site says a number of sources have now confirmed that this "PS Cloud," a term Sony trademarked back in 2009, will ship as part of the upcoming 3.60 firmware update.
As the story goes, Sony will call the option "Save File Insured" and will offer it to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Other details are frustratingly non-existent, such as how much storage space subscribers will get and whether or not non-subscribers will have access (for a fee).
It's also been said that the next firmware will address the cracked code that's been floating around the Web, which allows gamers to play backed up (and pirated) copies of games.
Jennifer Zdenek lives in Seattle and has an 11-year-old son diagnosed with autism. One of the ways he copes with his disability is by logging time on Xbox Live racking up achievements. Little Julias Jackson signed on to play last week, and to his and his mother's surprise, Xbox Live had taken away his achievements (nearly 1,500 of them) and labeled him a "cheater," Seattle's local Fox News affiliate reports.
"It is pretty much his only outlet and his only friend, because of autism," Zdenek explains. "It disgusts me that they did this to my child... if you have no friends and have no life outside of your home and this is all you do, you know because of your mental illness, then this is pretty devastating to him."
Zdenek says she called Microsoft and spoke with two people, one of which was a supervisor, but neither was any help. She was then referred to Microsoft's legal department "by address only."
Microsoft says, "The only actions that we take are to correct the player's current Gamerscore, and to label the player as a 'cheater.' This label can be observed on Xbox.com and through the player's view of their Gamercard on a console or computer that is connected to Xbox Live. The player can still legitimately gain future achievements. The player's experience does not change in any other way."
Furthermore, HardOCP reached out to Microsoft, who explained that even though it might not have been Julius or his mother who fudged with the account, they feel certain that someone did in order to boost his gaming score.
Stephen Toulouse, Director of Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement at Microsoft, apparently confirmed that somone at the home was cheating on the account in question.
We've been shifting through rumors, speculation, and interviews since last year trying to figure out the launch details of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console, and thanks to today's press conference, we finally have some concrete info to share. Here's what you need to know.
The 3DS will land on store shelves March 27, 2011. Gamers will be able to choose from either "Cosmo Black" or "Aqua Blue" at launch, both of which will run $250 in the U.S. (pricing outside the U.S. is still being determined).
As we already knew, the 3DS will sport a glasses-free 3D display, which according to Nintendo is "like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth." Players will have some control over the 3D aspect by way of a 3D Depth Slider, which will also allow gamers to turn off 3D effects completely.
Other notable features include a new Circle Pad, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor, three cameras for taking 3D photos, support for MP3 and AAC music files, built-in parental controls, and an SD memory card slot (2GB SD card included).
Lots more to digest in the press release right here.