With the last two generations of gaming consoles, it’s become a common practice to release periodice updates to the hardware. Sony did this with the Playstation 2 and their incremental updates to the Phat line and then the announcement of the PS2 Slim. Microsoft has done this as well with their processor upgrades for the Xbox 360, which was one way of trying to solve the Red Ring of Death problem that plagued the first iterations of the console. The 360 then changed the chassis altogether with its “slim” lineup. [Read more…]
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The Electronic Entertainment Expo is much anticipated not only by gaming industry professionals and gamers, it is also a haven for the gadget fans who can drool over the latest electronic gaming gadgets and equipment that are usually previewed in this event. In terms of gadget surprises, Nintendo has captured the attention of E3 followers worldwide for the second year in a row. Last year they announced the Nintendo 3DS and this year the announcement of the successor to the hugely popular Nintendo Wii has everyone talking. [Read more…]
Whether you’re a Wii fanatic or prefer pocket-sized fun with the DS, you’re likely to find something worth getting excited about as Nintendo today announces its Autumn/Winter collection of games and other software titles, hitting stores from tomorrow, through Christmas and into the new year.
First up, Wii Fit Plus will hit European stores at the end of October, offering a range of new exercise features including personalised yoga and strength training routines, lifestyle routines, calorimeter, and a range of new training regimes.
On 20th November, Super Mario Bros arrives on Wii, featuring a fully-fledged adventure that up to four people can play simultaneously.
Not wanting to be overshadowed by Microsoft’s announcement that Project Natal is gaining support from a number of major games manufacturers, Sony has declared that its motion controller for the PS3 console will be available early next year.
Linking up to a PlayStation Eye camera, the system allows face, voice and body movement recognition in order to control games in a completely different way.
This motion controller (which doesn’t have an official name yet) is equipped with two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes accelerometer that can detect the controller’s angle and movement held in the user’s hand.
Logitech has today announced two new music game controllers designed for use with music games on the Nintendo Wii.
The Wireless Guitar Controller for Wii is constructed with a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and metal frets, so it both looks and feels more authentic.
It features a noise-dampening design and fret buttons, plus a touch-sensitive slider on the fret board.
That slimmer PS3 rumor from a couple of months ago has finally come to pass, with Sony announcing that a new PlayStation 3 will be released in September.
The new PS3 will feature a 120GB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, new system software (version 3.00) and BRAVIA Sync (for tying up to your Sony TV). It’ll cost $299.
Sony’s making a big thing of the re-branding, changing the name from PLAYSTATION 3 to PlayStation 3 (note the capitals — I’ve obviously been getting it wrong all these years as I’ve often referred to it the “new” way) and introducing a “PS3” logo to be engraved on the surface of the new console.
According to a city analyst (not that they ever get anything wrong mind you), there’s rumours abound that Sony is to announce a price cut for their hardware, along with, perhaps, a non-Blu-ray version of the PS3.
“Recent channel checks indicate increased speculation for a PS3 price cut announcement from Sony in the next couple of days” said Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey on Tuesday. (source – Edge).
One of the easiest ways to reduce the price of the PS3 would (naturally) be to cut the expensive Blu-ray player feature out of the machine, resulting in (potentially), a saving that could be passed on to the consumer to the tune of around $100.
However, this move would seem unlikely given the fact that all current PS3 retail games are produced on the higher capacity discs rather than the older format of DVD. Moving to a two-tiered console base would require Sony to produce two variants of each game – something that they are unlikely to move to. Perhaps then Sony will announce a console that requires an add-on to play Blu-ray movies such as a dongle of some kind?
It’s my guess that a price cut might well arrive, but I can’t see it being at the expense of the Blu-ray player. Perhaps instead they’re working on a killer IP that will actually help to sell their console in larger numbers than they are currently achieving. One or two killer exclusives would cement the console into the homes of many.
Nothing makes the gaming experience complete than to actually view the game in 3D. Well, taking from Spatial View’s terms… view it in 3Dee 19 inches! If you like games such as:
· Call Of Duty 2
· Counterstrike Source
· Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
· Need for Speed – Most Wanted
· Moorhuhn Kart
· Transformers – The Game
· Unreal Tournament 2003
· Unreal Tournament 2004
· World of Warcraft
you’d better grab Wazabee’s 3Dee to view it in a blowout(!) video mode. Yeah, games these days are kinda plump with visual acrobatics, but to actually see your play “leap” out of the box and get you the “I’m in the game” mode Wazabee’s 3Dee is the trick.
Check out these specs:
Woke up today to a Walmart ad about tens of thousands of Wii consoles available for US$249. Take note that those are only basic console sets (console and a controller)… should it come with an extra controllers, games and other bundled items… the price becomes US$329. While I’m not totally a Wii fanboy, I’d say this deal comes perfectly during the holidays. I’m sure parents will take note of this and line up for one. I do hope PlayStation 3, the Xbox and some other stuff follows suit.
I’ve always looked for deals around this time of the year. Walking around BestBuy, Target & Game Stop, I always see product bundles top shelf. The key is to check the papers, cut the coupons, surf the internet… generally be keen at following through where the discounts are. While it IS a job in itself, you’d be thankful your wallet at least remains a little “fatter” after the holidays.
“We’re thrilled to be able to provide more customers the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Nintendo Wii this Christmas,” said Kelly Thompson, Walmart.com chief merchant. “Based on the success we’ve seen with Wii Fit and Nintendo Wii, customers recognize that Walmart.com is the online destination for the strongest values and best selection in video games this season.”
As usual, these offers are only available while supplies last, and given how popular the Wii and Walmart both are, we’d expect these supplies to go pretty quickly. If you’re looking to get a Wii for your loved ones this holiday season, give it a try.