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Thanks to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders over the last year, gaming has seen a massive uptick. However, traditional consoles and even PC components have been hard to come by due to the global semiconductor shortage. Amidst this console-supply vacuum, though, handheld consoles like the Nintendo Switch have achieved record sales, and now hardware and software company Valve may want in on the action. On Tuesday. SteamDB creator and data miner Pavel Djundik found a reference to a device codenamed “Neptune,” within the Steam Client beta. He further explained on Twitter that this “Neptune” controller is named “SteamPal” and has a list called “SteamPal... Read more...
While people cannot go out and about with friends to events or to catch a movie, anyone can sit inside and play some video games. According to metrics collected by SuperData, that is precisely what many people did. It turns out that in November, digital games earned $11.5 billion, which is the highest monthly revenue ever. With the data gathered, the most popular game ever in terms of monthly players has been found, and it likely is not a one you would guess. Gaming is a great option to remain entertained and can provide multiple hours of content continuously. Moreover, new consoles and computer parts hit the market in November, creating a spike in game sales. You can see where top games fell... Read more...
It is once again time for a new console generation and Microsoft has two shiny new products ready for the holiday 2020 shopping season. Continuing its tradition of sometimes fuzzy model branding, we have the new Xbox Series X and Series S, which succeed the previous-gen Xbox One X, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the console formerly known as Xbox. This time around, Microsoft is focused solely on the gaming and entertainment experiences – there is no Kinect accessory or multimedia hub with HDMI input. The Xbox One X is all about improving the core gaming experience and all that comes with it. The two-tier console launch approach is unique this generation, with the Series X being the full-blown next-generation... Read more...
The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles launched last week, but it looks like Bud Light felt left out? The design team at Bud Light decided to whip up a new console that combines two of our favorite things: beer and gaming gear. The BL6 is the “world’s first ever self-cooling six pack that also plays video games,” which is “½ koozie, ½ projector & ½ gaming console.” While we are not sure the math checks out there, it is still an interesting piece of tech that you could get your hands on soon. Bud Light did not give many details on their webpage for the device, but what we know is that the BL6 is a console, projector, and two-can... Read more...
Remember the little yellow handheld console called PlayDate? It is an adorably sized game system with a monochrome display and unique hand crank, and it is still being developed for an eventual release. While we wait, the company behind the PlayDate, Panic (the same company that published the popular Untitled Goose Game), bombarded Twitter with a bunch of videos showcasing the console in action. "Hello. We’ve been working non-stop to finish up Playdate, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a small update on our Playdate Developer Preview," Panic said. "It's a lot of fun news." According to Panic, actual PlayDate units are now in the hands of 250 people around the world, presumably... Read more...
Gamers who have been holing out for prices on the Xbox One X to go down before they jump into 4K gaming might want to take advantage now. Newegg has the Xbox One X bundle that includes a single controller and a copy of the maligned Fallout 76 game for $349.99, which is a $150 discount off the normal $499 price. That makes this Newegg deal significantly better than the best price we saw during Black Friday at Walmart for $399. The only caveat is you have to be able to live with paying Bethesda some loot for the stinker of a game that is Fallout 76. Bethesda is still working on the game, but so far no significant improvements have been seen. Bethesda has promised better communication with fans... Read more...
Earlier this week we talked about a new game console that the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios, Ian Bell, was teasing called the Mad Box. We came away from that teaser with a lot of questions and a promise from Bell that renders of the console would be coming in the next few weeks. With the buzz around the console, Bell and his crew wasted no time providing renders and they look very interesting. Two of the renders show a console with glowing lights running around the flared legs of the stand and "M" on top of the console. Bell notes that the internals are purposefully blurred because they are still in talks with hardware vendors. Bell has also tipped some more details of the console in his many tweets.... Read more...
If you are a fan of games like Project CARS 2 or Need for Speed: Shift, you are familiar with the work of Slightly Mad Studios from London. The studio was founded back in 2009 and is mostly known for racing and driving sim games along with its cross-platform Madness engine. The CEO of Slightly Mad Studios is Ian Bell, and he recently registered for a Twitter account and used that account to tease a new game console that his studio is working on. The new console is called The Mad Box, and Bell notes that it will be a stand-alone console along the lines of the PS4 or Xbox One. The launch of the console is very far away with Bell stating in his tweets that the console is about three years away from... Read more...
The C64 mini is a tiny, retro-console, in the same vein as devices like the NES and SNES Classic Editions and the Sony PlayStation Classic. The C64 mini, of course, is designed to mimic the beloved Commodore 64, which was the best-selling, single model personal computer, of all time – but in a much smaller package. After a couple of firmware updates, the C64 mini has generally been well received. The diminutive system includes a host of games and offers the ability to program or run your own as well. The keyboard on the mini is not functional, however, so you’re forced to plug in a USB keyboard, and figure out which keys are mapped to some of the original Commodore 64’s proprietary... Read more...
Retro gaming fans who have the Sony PlayStation Classic at the top of their Christmas wish list will be thrilled to learn that Sony has unveiled the full list of 20 games that will land with the console when it launches in the U.S. and Canada on December 3. When the console was initially announced, Sony revealed a handful of games that would be preinstalled including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. The full list of games includes: Battle Arena Toshinden Cool Boarders 2 Destruction Derby Final Fantasy VII Grand Theft Auto Intelligent Qube Jumping Flash Metal Gear Solid Mr Driller Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Rayman Resident Evil Director’s... Read more...
The first details of a new Intellivision game console came back in May when the pending unveil of the system was teased via a press release. Intellivision Entertainment has now announced that the Amico console, billed as a family friendly console that will have exclusive games, will launch on October 10, 2020. Pricing for the Amico console is pegged at somewhere between $150 and $180, and it will launch in North America and Europe. Since Intellivision Entertainment designed the console to be family friendly, there will be no hardcode M rated games that let you blast your way through waves of enemies; all Amico games will be rated E for everyone or E10+. The console will have no physical copies... Read more...
There are plenty of exciting games coming this fall, and one of the titles that gamers are looking forward to is the Rockstar-produced, western-themed game Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). Last month a brand-new gameplay trailer turned up for Red Dead getting the masses excited for its launch. A tidbit about RDR2 has surfaced that isn't good news; if you have lots of content on your console and storage space is at a premium this may be a huge problem. RDR2 will be the biggest game in terms of sheer storage space needed that has ever landed on the PS4. An image of the back of the PS4 Pro RDR2 bundle shows requirements for the game: 105GB is required for the install. Start planning what you can live... Read more...
Nintendo's stock may have taken a beating of late but the company still has some of the coolest hardware and games on the market. One of the big successes for Nintendo has been the small retro consoles that it has been reissuing for nostalgic gamers to enjoy like the NES Classic Edition that recently came back in stock. Gamers wondering what the next retro goody might be from Nintendo will be glad to hear that a GameCube classic is a possibility according to a new rumor. Nintendo has filed for three separate trademarks that all have to do with the GameCube in Japan. The trademarks are for game software and video game hardware. None of the trademarks relate to merchandising. The trio of new trademarks... Read more...
Microsoft has announced the launch of a pair of special edition console bundles to celebrate two very popular video games. The first is the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle. Microsoft says that the console celebrates the over 8 million players for PUBG since the game debuted as an exclusive for consoles in the Xbox Game Preview program. This bundle includes an Xbox One X with a 1TB HDD, Xbox wireless controller, full download of the PUBG game that is enhanced for the Xbox One X. The bundle also includes a month-long Xbox Game Pass trial and a one month trial of the Xbox Live Gold game service. The Xbox One X PUBG bundle will land later this week for $499 at most major retailers... Read more...
This is most definitely the era of the retro console with Nintendo, Atari (the Atari VCS is up for pre-order now) and others in on the retro console action. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is considering stepping into that retro console realm as well with a revival of the PlayStation One console. Word of the possibility of a retro console from Sony comes from a source that should have a very good idea of what's in the pipeline. That source is SIE president Takeshi Kodera. His translated tweet reads, "Our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it. There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are." A revival of... Read more...
Retro gaming has been a very big deal for the past few years with Nintendo really kicking things into high gear with the NES Classic Edition console. Nintendo followed that up with the SNES Classic Edition and the success of the consoles spurred other companies to make tiny versions of consoles from back in the day. We ended up with things like the Commodore 64 Mini and the Mega Drive Mini from Sega. Another small retro console is set to launch and this one is based on something that arcade gamers from the '90s might remember -- the NEOGEO. KOF World has announced on Facebook that the NEOGEO mini is in the works. The company won't say how much the console will cost or when it might launch, but... Read more...
Retro gaming is huge right now and the resurgence in tiny versions of classic consoles is mostly thanks to Nintendo starting it all with its NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition consoles that were huge successes last year. Sega now wants to get into the retro gaming action with a smaller version of its classic console the Mega Drive. Gamers in the U.S. who were lucky enough to have one of these back in the day will remember it as the Sega Genesis. During the SEGA FES 2018 stream Sega announced the Mega Drive Mini console to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the platform. Three decades -- that should make people that bought one of these back when they launched... Read more...
We have previously talked about the Nintendo Switch 5.0.0 software update, and it seemed to be a rather standard release adding parental controls and more social media hooks. What we didn’t know is that added code in the update appears to be bricking consoles that are using third-party accessories. Reports are coming in that after updating to the 5.0 update, some consoles are unable to charge and boot. It appears that the consoles unable to boot or charge are using unlicensed third-party accessories such as the Nyko Portable Docking Kit or the YockTek USB-C converter. The only comment that Nintendo has made about the bricked Switch consoles is "don't use unlicensed third-party accessories."... Read more...
The gaming industry has been doing quite well in recent months, with much of that strong performance coming thanks to the Nintendo Switch which is still dominating sales. The NPD Group keeps track of the industry and according to its numbers, hardware sales doubled year-over-year for January. While Nintendo might have the hottest console out there right now, NPD says that Sony and Microsoft also benefitted from the boom in hardware spending. "Hardware spending in January 2018 grew 119 percent when compared to a year ago, to $278 million," NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. "Spending gains were driven by Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 hardware sales growth." NPD says that this is a sign that... Read more...
With Christmas right around the corner, you might be sweating what to get the gamer in your life. If a SNES Classic Edition retro console might be the ticket to holiday happiness for someone on your list, Walmart will have more coming and could potentially deliver the goods. You will have a chance to order one starting at 11 am PST daily from November 15 through the 17th. It's not clear how many of the consoles will be available.What we do know is that you can hit the page here and see if they have stock. As of writing, there is no stock listed, but that can change so keep checking. Walmart is limiting people to one console per order, so scalpers can’t buy them all up and sell them at a markup.There... Read more...
What's that sound? Oh, it's just the collective sound of Fallout fans who'd rather not game on mobile platforms letting out a collective "Finally!". That's right: Bethesda's super-hot mobile game based on the Fallout universe, called Fallout Shelter, is coming to Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PCs. Sorry, PlayStation fans. This is one of those times where you can hear about an announcement and not have to wait forever and a day for it to come to fruition. Microsoft says that Fallout Shelter will hit both of its platforms on February 8, and like the mobile game, it's going to be free to download, but will have in-game purchases to peruse (the Android version shows these prices can range from... Read more...
Retro gaming made a major resurgence this past holiday season, with the release of Nintendo’s ultra-hyped NES Classic, a scaled down clone of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Out of the box, the NES Classic has thirty preloaded game titles, though some recent hacks exposed a method for uploading more if you're willing to mess with it. That's all well and good, but if you weren’t able to get your hands on one this past holiday season -- like the majority of people -- getting your retro-gaming fix isn't happening any time soon, unless you fork out an unreasonable sum, paying hundreds to scalpers, for a product that retails for $60.But, why not roll your own? The Elusive NES Classic... Read more...
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