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Nintendo is hoping to make a splash in the game console market with its forthcoming NX system, one that can generate the kind of the reception the original Wii did rather than the Wii U, but just how big of a splash is anyone's guess at this point. We're still trying to figure out what "brand-new concept" it will bring to the table, which apparently won't include virtual reality technology. It's a little surprising that Nintendo isn't more interested in VR, considering how many view it as the next big thing in gaming. There's an eager market out there, and that would especially be true if Nintendo... Read more...
Don't expect Nintendo's next generation game console codenamed NX to trump upgraded game systems from Microsoft or Sony. That's our takeaway from comments made by Nintendo America President Reggie Fils-Aime, who downplayed the importance of "teraflops" and "horsepower" in a response to a question about how the NX will compare to Microsoft's Project Scorpio and Sony's PS4 Neo."For us, it's not about specs, it's not about teraflops, it's not about the horsepower of a particular system," Fils-Aime told Bloomberg in an interview. "For us, it's about the content. Nintendo is a content focused company,... Read more...
There's been a lot of chatter leading up to E3 about more powerful gaming consoles designed to take advantage of the growing number of 4K televisions in the wild. Turns out the rumors were true, or at least some of them. In addition to teasing an upgraded version of the Xbox One known as Project Scorpio, which will be four times faster than the original Xbox One, Microsoft unveiled its most compact Xbox model yet, the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, a feat that's made even more remarkable by the fact that Microsoft was able to cram the power supply inside... Read more...
Nintendo's been remarkably tight lipped about its next generation NX game console, speaking up about it on occasion only to remind people it is in fact coming, and to throw cold water on rumors. Otherwise it's been almost all speculation up to this point, save for some supposedly inside information saying it will run on NVIDIA hardware. Short and to the point, Nintendo insider Emily Rogers (Arcade Girl) told NeoGAF's NateDrake, "NVIDIA is involved with Nintendo's future hardware." She didn't say to what extent, but the easy assumption is that NVIDIA will power the NX's graphics, which could be... Read more...
Nintendo's been working on a mysterious new game console codenamed NX, one that's been the topic of various speculation and rumors over the past year. As if any additional intrigue was needed, Nintendo revealed in its quarter financial report it will launch next year and that it will be a "brand-new concept." Let the guessing games continue. "For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed 'NX' with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally," Nintendo stated in a blurb that was buried on page three of its quarterly... Read more...
For many people, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) helped define their childhood with games Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. If it helped define yours, you might find it a punch in the gut that the NES is three decades old, having been introduced in the North American market on October 18, 1985. Time flies, doesn't it?Two years prior, Nintendo released the same console in Japan, only it was called the Famicom. However, the North American launch of the NES is a more significant blip in the history of gaming because it came during the tail end of the video game crash that rocked the... Read more...
Unless you've found a spectacular deal, there's really no reason to buy a game console that doesn't come with bundled extras, usually in the form of a free title or two. Sometimes the game bundles come in digital form, which means you won't find them at GameStop. That's because GameStop has made it a policy to not sell console bundles with digital games. The games retailer will only carry game bundles with physical copies, and if only a digital bundle exists, it will work with companies to include one. This is what took place when stores were selling Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles with a digital... Read more...
I'm the first to proudly admit I'm a PC man. Normally when I hear about "customized" gaming consoles my first response is "Hey, every PC I've built is customized." But there's something special about Microsoft's newly announced Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition 1TB bundle.  No, snarky reader, it's not merely the $500 price tag.  Microsoft's limited edition Xbox One console, which releases this October a week prior to the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, sets my hardware lust (an internal meter which dictates how much cash I'll irrationally spend with complete disregard for logic... Read more...
Microsoft made quite the impression at this year's E3. The company unveiled a fancy (and expensive) new Xbox One controller that you can customize to your liking, and even more appealing, Microsoft announced that it's adding native support for hundreds of Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. Even so, gamers in Japan were largely underwhelmed by it all, as they collectively purchased just 100 Xbox One consoles two weeks ago. That's not a typo, folks. Media Create, a Japanese-language website that tracks video game software and hardware sales in Japan, pegged the Xbox One's sales at... Read more...
Father's Day is just around the corner, and if pops is a gamer, Best Buy has an offer that you might find is too good to refuse. It involves wiping the dust off your PlayStation 3 Slim or Xbox 360 250GB console, grabbing the power cable, and making sure it fires up. If so, you can trade in either of those consoles and receive $175 towards an Xbox One console. That slashes the price of an Xbox One in half, provided you're opting for a 500GB model. For example, Best Buy currently sells a special white edition of the Xbox One with 500GB hard drive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection... Read more...
Your existing game console is about to be behind the times. That's because all three major console players - Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony -- have something new up their respective sleeves. Starting with Microsoft, the company is planning to release a revised Xbox One console that comes with 1TB of onboard storage and a tweaked game controller. We learned a little about the new controller just over a week ago when Microsoft updated one of its support pages to reflect the addition of a 3.5mm audio port. Microsoft revealed that it would be available on controllers released after June 2015, but didn't... Read more...
It doesn't happen very often, so you'll have to excuse Microsoft if it savors the moment after its Xbox One console outsold rival Sony and its PlayStation 4 system last month, according to data collected by NPD Group. The Xbox One was the best selling game console in the U.S. in April, a month in which overall hardware sales decreased by 4 percent. Microsoft needed a win. Since launch, the PS4 has been pretty consistent in outselling the Xbox One, which no doubt played a role in Microsoft's decision to sell the standalone console without a second generation Kinect motion control sensor. Microsoft... Read more...
Considering the long gaps that sit in between console upgrade cycles, it's a bit early to declare any winners or losers among the latest generation of gaming systems. However, we can make predictions based on early trends, and if you ask Ed Fries, the man who was in charge of the team that created the original Xbox, he'll tell you that Sony's PlayStation 4 is likely to keep its lead over Microsoft's Xbox One. It won't be a landslide victory, though Fries sees the PS4 winning "by a nose" if things continue the way they have been. After jumping out to an early sales lead, the PS4 at last count had... Read more...
You know what they say about one man's trash being another man's treasure, and if you're sitting on a collection of old school game consoles that you want to get rid of, GameStop will soon accept them as trade-ins. The pilot program will kick off in two of GameStop's markets, New York City and Birmingham, which include around 250 store locations.Beginning April 25, 2015, GameStop stores in those markets will accept retro game consoles, games, and select accessories for systems dating back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. That means you'll be able to trade-in and/or purchase systems... Read more...
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