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Planning on getting a new Nintendo 3DS XL handheld console? First you'll have to clarify if you mean a new model from the existing line, or if you mean a new "New Nintendo 3DS XL," which is a different beast. Also, it's not yet available to purchase in the U.S., though it will finally make its way to our shores on February 13, 2015 for $199.99 -- Valentine's Day gift, anyone? Uh oh, we see that glazed over look in your eyes. Let us clarify -- the New Nintendo 3DS XL is an upgraded version of the original Nintendo 3DS XL. That's surely going to cause some confusion when little Billy hands grandma... Read more...
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios used the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan to announce that Forza Motorsport 6 is currently in development and will race over to the Xbox One console as an exclusive sometime this year. Not only that, but it will also feature the newly unveiled Ford GT as its cover car. Ford and it's newest vehicles will be featured prominently in Forza Motorsport 6. In addition to the Ford GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will also allow games to drive Ford's Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor, both of which Ford debuted earlier today at the auto show. "Just as... Read more...
In the race to sell the most game consoles, Sony suffered a slight setback when Chinese officials asked that it make adjustments to its PlayStation 4 (PS4) system before launching it in China. Sony originally planned to release the PS4 in China on January 11, 2015 (this Sunday), but has now postponed the launch to a date that's yet to be determined. "The government asked us for final adjustments, which will take some time, so we decided to delay the launch date," said Kaede Bun, a spokeswoman for Sony. As for when the new launch date will be, Bun said Sony would offer up more details at a later... Read more...
Console gamers continue to flock to Sony's popular PlayStation 4 console with sales to date topping 18.5 million units, the Japanese company announced today. During the holiday season, various sales and promotions helped the PS4 notch more than 4.1 million unit sales globally en route to becoming the fastest selling PlayStation hardware of all time. Microsoft has yet to release current sales figures that take into account the holiday shopping period, but barring any surprises, it's likely the PS4 will still come out slightly ahead. That's been the trend in the current generation console wars, save... Read more...
We first caught wind on the Alienware Alpha in the lead-up to Valve’s Steam Box announcements, prior to the Consumer Electronics Show. If you’re unfamiliar with the Alienware Alpha, it is a sleek, small form factor gaming PC, designed specifically for gamers. Valve is not quite ready with Steam OS or the Steam Controller, so the whole Steam Box angle is on hold for now, but that didn’t stop Alienware from re-tooling a bit and shipping the Alpha with Windows 8.1 instead. There are a number of Alpha configurations currently available. The machines have a starting price of $549 with the entry-level... Read more...
Nintendo's famed Shigeru Miyamoto hinted that the Japanese game company is already looking ahead to its next major console release even though the Wii U is just a couple of years old. Nevertheless, it's also behind the technological curve compared to Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, both of which were released in November of last year. In an interview with the Associated Press, Miyamoto said that it's focused on bringing more games to the Wii U in the coming year, but that multiple groups within the organization have also been brainstorming new hardware.Image Source: Flickr (Greg... Read more...
You may not elfin' believe this, but if you missed out on numerous opportunities to pick up an Xbox One console for less than retail -- Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and extended holiday shopping sales -- you have yet another opportunity to bag one for Christmas (or Kwanza or Hanukkah or just because). Here on the third day of Microsoft's "12 Days of Deals" promotion, the Redmond outfit has marked down its Xbox One bundles by $50, plus you can pick out an additional free game. The promotion really applies to two bundles: the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect, and the same offering... Read more...
There’s something about limited editions that triggers the win-at-any-cost instinct in some people. Sony recently put just more than 12,000 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4s up for sale, prompting a mad rush to the PlayStation site by would-be customers. That was immediately followed by mind-boggling bids on eBay as early buyers auctioned off their newly-purchased consoles. Bidding on the few available consoles has been fierce, but hit the roof in one auction, which is sitting at $15,100 after 32 bids.Image Credit: SonyWhether the buyer really ponies up $15k for the anniversary PS4 remains... Read more...
Microsoft has begun doling out its October update for the Xbox One to preview program members. It's a pretty big update with somewhat of a heavy focus on improving Snap support. After applying the update, the Snap Center will include faster access to Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator when playing a game. A double tap of the Xbox button brings up the menu and allows you to open a new app in snap mode, close the current snapped app, or switch focus between your game and your running snapped app, Microsoft says. In addition, you'll be able to access your friends list and take... Read more...
Here's a friendly heads up that if you're planning to purchase an Xbox One console, do yourself a solid and wait until next week. Waiting sucks, we know that, but in exchange for your patience, Microsoft will reward you with a free game. It's part of a promotion that runs from September 7 (Sunday) through September 13 (Saturday). If you purchase an Xbox One from a participating retailer during that week, you'll get a free Xbox One game of your choice. And by your choice, Microsoft really means it -- you don't have to make your selection from a crappy assortment of pre-approved titles. The only... Read more...
Sony today reported a 95.7 percent year-on-year increase in sales for its Games & Network Services division. Driving by red hot demand for its PlayStation 4 console, Sony's Games & Network Services arm collected $2.5 billion during the company's fiscal first quarter ended June 30, 2014. After paying the bills, Sony was left with a $43 million profit, compared to a $159 million loss in the same quarter a year ago. "This increase was primarily due to the contribution from sales of PS4 hardware which was launched in November 2013, as well as a significant increase in network services revenues... Read more...
Nintendo can't seem to catch a break. The game hardware and software maker reported 74.7 billion yen (~$730.5 million) in revenue during the three-month period ended June 2014, down 8.4 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. And despite tripling Wii U console sales during the quarter, Nintendo ended up with a 9.9 billion yen (~$97 million) loss compared to an 8.6 billion yen (~$84 million) profit in the same quarter last year. Even though Nintendo sold 510,000 Wii U consoles during the April-June quarter compared to just 160,000 unit sales in the same quarter a year ago, the Wii U hasn't... Read more...
AMD reported its second quarter results today, and the stock market is anything but happy with the numbers -- in the past hour, the stock has shed more than 18% of its value, plunging from $4.57 to $3.86 as of this writing. Given the size of the plunge, you'd think the company had just announced its own imminent collapse. In reality, the company had a reasonably good second quarter -- total revenue rose 24% year-on-year, to $1.4B (up from $1.16B). Shifting Revenues Part of what the market seems to be reacting to is the continued decline of AMD's APU business. Sunnyvale's Computing Solutions revenue... Read more...
It’s been a rough summer for Nintendo. First, Sony’s console sales exceeded Nintendo’s, breaking a decade-long winning streak, and then Philips won an important patent infringement case against Nintendo related to its Wii U controllers. Now, Nintendo is facing a new competitor in a segment of the game console market that Nintendo has traditionally dominated: games for kids. The challenger is LeapFrog, which announced its new LeapTV console today. LeapFrog's new LeapTV console, geared towards kids ages 3 to 8. It has a motion camera for active games. LeapFrog has been making LeapPad... Read more...
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