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Netflix took a beating this week as they raised prices without actually providing a fundamental improvement in their offerings, but at least there's some bright news in the Netflix camp to focus on. Netflix streaming is now available on one of the most popular handheld gaming consoles out there: Nintendo's 3DS. Starting now, 3DS owners in the U.S. and across Canada can download a free application that allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix. Interestingly, there's actually not any 3D content on Netflix to enjoy just... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation Vita is the next big thing from Sony's handheld gaming department, but if you're curious as to how the long-lived PlayStation Portable line is doing, here are the numbers. Sony has just revealed that a whopping 70 million PSP handhelds have been sold globally up until now, starting way back in December of 2004. That's a big, big number, no matter how you slice it. It's important to note that Nintendo still holds the overall gaming handheld crown, but they effectively started the trend way back with the Game Boy. Their DS line alone has sold well over 100 million units to date,... Read more...
And now, we know the name for Sony's Next Generation Portable. The NGP, as it's called, will now be forever known as the PlayStation Vita, and unlike the PSPgo launch, it's looking more and more like Sony may just get this one right. The Vita will be sold as a standalone handheld gaming console (with Wi-Fi), or as a 3G device exclusively from AT&T. Sony Ericsson and AT&T have a longstanding relationship, so it's possible that the Sony roots there assisted in making this one available only to America's most hated network. The PS Vita will sell for $249 (Wi-Fi) or $299 (3G), and the name... Read more...
Nvidia announced today that it's acquiring the fabless semiconductor design firm Icera. The UK-based company specializes in soft modem chipsets for a variety of devices, including laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. The two companies have a history of cooperation; Icera announced Tegra-compatible wireless chipsets back in 2009. Nvidia's Phil Carmack writes: "This is a significant step forward in NVIDIA’s strategy to be the processor company for the post-PC era... Icera’s baseband and RF technologies span 2G, 3G and 4G networks... Icera’s programmable baseband processor... Read more...
Well, at least no one can complain about the price tag on Sony's PSPgo any longer. Or wait... can they? When Sony's disc-free PlayStation Portable launched, the reactions were mixed. But almost everyone had a reaction of some sort. Some said it was the future of gaming. Others said physical media wasn't dead yet. Over the years, it has been proven that disc-free is still a little ahead of the curve, and while digital downloads are on the rise, people still aren't ready to give up media altogether when it comes to gaming. Now, Sony has dropped the price on the device to $150, which is quite a fall... Read more...
Black Friday is quickly approaching, and companies are throwing out suggestions for consumers at a near-rapid pace. But this year, it seems like some companies are doing more than simply discounting existing products. Like Nintendo. Nintendo is actually introducing two new products for Black Friday, so if lowered prices don't entice you to hit the shops, maybe new colors will. The popular DSi handheld gaming system will debut in orange and green this Friday, and they will both come bundled with Mario Party. They'll only be available while supplies last, so if you like what you see, you better grab... Read more...
Windows CE 5.0 may not be the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet right now, but there's still a place for it on certain devices. Certain devices like Eurotech's new rugged family of handhelds. The HRC-4200 and the HRC-3100 are both running Windows CE 5.0 and are based on the low power PXA architecture, and both of them can connect to the Eurotech/Isidorey cloud platform so customers can create end-to-end data solutions that provide immediate data visibility throughout their organization without the need to buy, set up and maintain an IT infrastructure. The HRC-4200  is a rugged... Read more...
It's a fact: the world isn't ready to give up on physical media entirely just yet. Well, it's not really a "fact," but it's fairly clear that at least this is true in the video game world. CD sales have been in decline for years, just as iTunes sales have been on the rise. With music, people seem to be okay with downloading digital copies. But with movies and games, it's still comforting to hold onto a physical copy. Sony's PSPgo was an experiment of sorts to see if people were truly ready to do away with physical game discs and go digital-only. The PSPgo lacked a UMD disc slot (that still exists... Read more...
There probably aren't as many Peek handhelds in use as there are BlackBerry devices. Or iPhones. Or Android smartphones. But quite a few are out there, and the company has managed to build a rather loyal following. The Peek Pronto and Peek Classic were both hits back in their day (to some extent, anyway), and in particular when sold with "lifetime" service plans. That plan was for the life of the device, but what happens when service dies for good... even after you've paid for a lifetime service plan? That's not a hypothetical question. Over the weekend, lots of older Peek devices hit a connectivity... Read more...
Early on, the Peek was an email-exclusive handheld device. The selling point was its simplicity, as it only did email and nothing more. It was simple in every respect. Somehow, Peek has now broaden their horizons by offering the Peek 9, which is said to be 9 times faster than the Peek Pronto and capable of many, many more tasks. Over the years, Peek's devices have slowly but surely added features rather than simply refining the original formula. The guess was that some people wanted a simple way to check their email on the go, but communication has morphed so rapidly over the past few years that... Read more...
A new gaming handheld? In a world dominated by Sony and Nintendo? Believe it or not, it has happened before. Pandora, a small startup, has captured the hearts of emulation lovers by creating an self-branded handheld gaming platform that mainly focuses on playing ROMs from consoles that have long since been retired. And now, there's another company hoping to fill yet another portable gaming niche: Ocosmos. It doesn't really roll off of the tongue, but it's probably a name you won't soon forget once you see what they've produced here. The OCS-1 handheld is a slider-type device that looks a lot like... Read more...
Now, here's a tactic you don't see very often. In fact, we hesitate to even call it a "tactic." Most companies are deathly afraid of letting impending price drop information leak before the drop actually happens, primarily in fear of the information slowing existing sales. Not so with Nintendo, which just announced quite boldly that they will be dropping the price of their Nintendo DSi and DSi XL systems nearly 2 weeks from now. In other words, this is the moment when you put a hold on your DSi/DSi XL purchase and wait for September 12th to roll around. Nintendo's gaming handhelds have long since... Read more...
When you think about portable gaming handhelds, you probably think first of Nintendo and Sony. Which is perfectly logical given just how important the Game Boy line was in the history of gaming and just how popular the PSP line is today. But the handheld gaming world is much, much bigger than just two giant companies. All sorts of smaller firms are also vying for your business, with GamePark being one of the underground leaders when it comes to producing emulator-ready handhelds. The company is best known for their GP2X and Pandora efforts, but a new device is looking even better than the one's... Read more...
It's true: Nintendo is entering the 3D world. With Sony already announcing that a number of future PlayStation 3 titles would support 3D, Nintendo has been quick to follow in order to keep pace. Microsoft is taking a slightly different route by focusing on mainstream tactics and a new all-body motion sensing technology, but we have to confess that taking 3D to the portable space makes a lot of sense. Not everyone will be eager to spend $2000+ on a new 3D HDTV, but spending a few hundred on a new portable handheld device is a lot easier to swallow for most. The Nintendo 3DS will ship with a 3.53"... Read more...
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