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Now more than two years in the making, the Atari VCS is finally coming together in a literal sense—pre-production of the retro game console is underway, and at least for the prototype build, a printed circuit board (PCB) with an AMD Ryzen APU installed exists, as shown in the photo above. It has been a somewhat long and turbulent road getting to this point, or an "ongoing journey...filled with plenty of twists and turns," as Atari describes the situation. First revealed as the Ataribox at E3 in 2017, the Atari VCS is finally "nearing mass production," though Atari is not yet ready to change its status on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo from "Prototype" to "Production." The implication there... Read more...
The retro gaming market is hot right now, mostly because people have fond memories of growing up playing old school Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and SNES games. It's not just Nintendo that is trying to cash in, though. SNK today introduced the Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro with a bunch of retro games preinstalled. This is somewhat of a unique device—the design is based on the controller for the Neo Geo CD that was released back in 1996, but it's not a carbon copy. The new Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro is larger, measuring 430 x 215 x 125 mm (WxDxH), has more buttons, and overall looks to be better suited for playing fighting games. There are two modes users can choose, including Arcade Stick... Read more...
Remember those sketches of an unnamed "electronic device" that turned out to be a PlayStation 5 devkit? Well, if you thought the design looked wild, wait until you see some nifty renders based on those black and white drawings. It is still a funky (and futuristic) design, but to our eyeballs, these renders look absolutely stunning. If this is all new to you, here's a quick recap: Sony has already revealed a few details about its upcoming PS5 console, including the fact it will run on a custom SoC from AMD pairing Zen 2 CPU cores with Navi graphics supporting ray tracing. It will also feature fast solid state drive (SSD) storage to hopefully drastically cut down on load times. Earlier this week,... Read more...
Remember that funky-looking sketch we reported on yesterday, which appears to be a concept image of a PlayStation 5 console? Well, it appears as though it was the real deal. Well, sort of. Some people surmised the sketch was a pre-release devkit, and following the media exposure it gained, a game developer confirmed the theory on Twitter. Drawn images of the mysterious console appear in a patent application Sony recently filed. The patent application lists it as a Class 14.02 category device, a category that includes "data processing equipment and peripheral equipment." Game consoles typically slot into the same category, so it seemed pretty obvious that the sketches were depicting a PS5. Matthew... Read more...
We still have a way to go before Sony releases its PlayStation 5 console. Word is it will likely launch towards the end of next year but in the meantime, leaks and rumors abound. The latest info comes by way leaked patent drawings. As depicted, the design is drastically different than any previous PlayStation console. Source: LetsGoDigital It appears as though Sony's technical director Yusuhiro Ootori conceived the design, as shown in the image above. As for the patent, Sony submitted its application in Brazil back in May. More recently, it got published on August 13, 2019 at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), where it is listed as an electronic device. There is little doubt the images... Read more...
You might be kicking yourself for having recently purchased a Nintendo Switch console, only to find out Nintendo is now shipping revised models with longer battery life. D'oh! The easiest solution is to return your Switch and purchase a newer SKU, but if a retailer is giving you grief, Nintendo may lend a helping hand. Users on Reddit report being able to exchange a recently purchased Switch console based on the 'old' hardware with a new model, free of charge. "Called to ask about the possibility of sending in my launch day Switch to get the battery upgraded (long shot of course) and they said they could only exchange for the new model if it was purchased after July 17th. They also told me it... Read more...
A new generation of game consoles will be unveiled next year, namely Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's next flagship Xbox codenamed Project Scarlett. Little by little, we are learning additional details about these consoles. As it pertains to the latter, Microsoft tipped one of its primary focal points, which is to deliver high frame rates. A big boost in performance is also going to be the expectation from gamers, given the time that has elapsed between console generations. Both the PS5 and Project Scarlett will feature custom silicon from AMD inside, with Zen 2 CPU cores and Navi graphics working in harmony. While the precise specs are not yet known (and probably have not been finalized),... Read more...
Nintendo hit a home run with its hybrid Switch console, despite it not rocking the same class of hardware as Son's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles. As companies are prone to do, Nintendo is offering different variants. There is a new Switch Lite console, and a revised version of the original Switch, both of which are internally exposed in a couple of FCC listings. These listings are teardowns of sorts, in the sense that we get to see some of the innards. These listings primarily focus on the wireless hardware, but we also get a glimpse of part of the PCB and several components. There are also shots of the undercarriage, with the bottom panel removed. Here's a look at the inside... Read more...
Nintendo on Thursday confirmed it is launching a Switch Lite console that will coexist with (and not replace) its regular Switch system. Following months of rumors and speculation, which had been kicking into high gear lately, we now know some key details about the upcoming console, including whether it will have a bigger or smaller display. Rumors and renders had pointed to both, but it will in fact be smaller. Simply put, the Switch Lite is designed to be a more portable version of the Switch, and as such, it is smaller and lighter than the regular Switch. Specifically, it measures 3.6 x 8.2 x 0.55 inches (HxLxD) and weighs 0.61 pounds, versus 4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches and 0.88 pounds on the bigger... Read more...
Rumblings of a Mini Switch console are getting louder by the day, and it seems a release is inevitable at this point. Interestingly, however, it might actually debut with a bigger display than the regular (i.e., current generation) Switch. The handheld game system would still be smaller as a whole, but offer up more screen real estate to gamers, according to a leaked silicone case design. E3 would have been a good time to announce a new Switch, but that did not happen. Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa actually made that clear ahead of E3, though he did concede that the company is "always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it." Now, however, images of a case... Read more...
We first heard about Nintendo possibly launching a smaller, more portable version of its Switch console two years ago. Nothing has yet materialized, but the rumors keep coming, and seem to be hitting a fever pitch. It appears more likely than ever that a Switch Mini is in the cards, just do no expect Nintendo to comment on the rumored console until it has something to unveil. Apparently Nintendo does not want to ruin the surprise, based on supposed comments made during the company's 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Japan. That is standard procedure, of course—only rarely do companies comment on rumors and speculation. Usually the non-comment comes by way of a matter-of-fact... Read more...
One thing that is a given whenever a new game console comes out is that it will have upgraded hardware that is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation—it comes with the territory of riding a console for several years before introducing an entirely new model. That is again going to be the case when the next Xbox arrives, but what will it look like? We do not know yet, but according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, expect something "cool looking." The design of the next Xbox—codename Project Scarlett—has not been finalized yet, which is not surprising since it is more than a year away from launching. Nevertheless, Microsoft at least has a general idea of the overall design,... Read more...
There is something strangely cathartic about seeing an old piece of hardware that has suffered the fate of time and neglect, get restored to its original glory (or close to it). Maybe on a psychological level, this plays to our recognition of our own mortality. Or maybe it's just the nostalgia. Whatever the case might be, there is a video making the rounds of an old, beat up Nintendo Game Boy being lovingly restored, and it's worth taking a coffee break to watch. First released in 1989, the original Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld console that predates the Nintendo Switch by nearly three decades. It was a hugely popular system for its time, selling over 1 million units in the US alone during the... Read more...
Retro gaming fans who have been awaiting the release of the Atari VCS (formerly known as Ataribox) are going to have to wait a little bit longer. Atari announced that it is pushing back the release again, this time until the end of the 2019, though the final product will be faster, cooler, and quieter thanks to a platform upgrade. Barring any further changes, the Atari VCS will ship with an embedded Ryzen processor with Vega graphics. It's essentially an APU (accelerated processing unit), though AMD has shied away from using that nomenclature. Nevertheless, the new chip is apparently a brand new SKU that AMD has not yet announced. Atari is not divulging all of the details at the moment, but did... Read more...
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