Speculation mounts over next-gen console after Sony teases special Playstation event
In the unlikely event that you don’t spend most of the year playing through the titles on Maximum PC’s list of the “most anticipated PC games of 2013” and have some time to spare for other, lesser gaming machines, at least make sure you spend it with a proper eighth-generation console — the “proper” is meant to exclude the Wii U — and not the ones that are about to turn eight. But where are the eighth-generation consoles, you might ask?
Sony discontinues the PlayStation 2 after nearly 13 years on the market.
After more than a decade, it's finally time to bid farewell to Sony's PlayStation 2 console, assuming you haven't already. Sony discontinued the PS2 today, announcing that shipments in Japan have come to a halt, a Japanese language website reports. Once those are depleted, there will be no new PS2 consoles available for purchase, thus ending a pretty remarkable run that spans nearly 13 years (Sony released the PS2 on March 4, 2000).
Best of luck to anyone trying to snag a Wii U console to plop under the Christmas tree this holiday shopping season. It's "essentially sold out of retail," though less desirable avenues remain, such as paying inflated prices on eBay or Craigslist where $100 premiums are commonplace. Since launching just over a week ago, Nintendo has sold 400,000 Wii U consoles, topping the original Wii, which added another 300,000 sales last week.
Nintendo on Sunday launched its Wii U console in the U.S., and though it's sold out at most places (good luck finding one without an inflated price tag), that didn't stop Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech from carving into his like a Thanksgiving turkey. He got his mitts on the 8GB Basic Set (a higher priced 32GB Deluxe Set is also available) and posted several pictures of what makes the Wii U tick.
Microsoft will soon give gamers the option of paying just $99 for an Xbox 360 console with 250GB of storage when they agree to sign up for a 2-year Xbox Live Gold membership at $14.99 per month. It's the same deal Microsoft rolled out for its 4GB Xbox 360 console with Kinect motion camera a few months back, and is one of three subsidized pricing options gamers will have to choose from.
Listen, this is Maximum PC, not Maximum Xbox 360 or Maximum Console, so obviously we're a little biased when it comes to which platform is the best for gaming. So is boutique builder Digital Storm, for that matter, but as Shakespeare wrote, "Truth is truth, no matter how much console gamers disagree" (it's pretty amazing he had the foresight to write about consoles way back when, isn't it?). So pardon Digital Storm for stating what we consider the obvious, and enjoy the company's infographic detailing exactly why PC gaming rules.
Hey look, Sony is launching a new PlayStation console! Before you wet your pants with excitement, this isn't the new PS console you're looking for, young Padawan, provided you've been looking high and low for news of a PS4. No, the new console you're looking at is still a PS3, albeit slimmer and lighter than before, just as the PS3 Slim was slimmer and lighter than the original.
As we reported in August, Neo Geo is booking a comeback tour in the form of the Neo Geo X, a handheld console that will go on sale in December. At the time, we said it would cost $200 for the Gold edition and come with 20 pre-installed games to celebrate the console's 20th anniversary, but we now know there will also be a less expensive version, one that runs $130 and will also come with the same collection of games. So, what's the difference?
Handheld consoles don't seem to be the hot commodities that they used to be back before everyone owned smartphones, but don't tell Archos there isn't a market for such a thing. Not only does Archos believe there is, the company is betting big on it by launching its Android-powered 'GamePad' device with a 7-inch capacitive display and physical gaming control buttons and analog sticks.
With the holiday shopping season not far off in the distance, you might be tempted to put off purchasing an Xbox 360 console (assuming you're in the market for one to begin with) in hopes of taking advantage of a price cut. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear Microsoft is planning to lower the cost of its console, at least not for the rest of 2012, though there's a good chance it will launch another holiday bundle this year.