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Hordes of retro gamers woke up yesterday excited to preorder the Analogue Pocket retro game console. The Pocket was highly anticipated by retro gamers, and preorders kicked off at 8 AM PST yesterday. However, gamers were unable to complete entering their payment details before the console was sold out only eight minutes after preorders started. It's unclear how many units Analogue had available to sell, but it is clear they went very quickly. For many people trying to preorder the portable console, they could add the device to their cart, and enter their address. When the shopping cart tried to calculate shipping costs, the loading swirl on the screen just spun because the device had sold out... Read more...
Nintendo this week released its fiscal year earnings statement and tucked away inside all the data were sales numbers for the Nintendo Switch family of game consoles. Nintendo sold 21.03 million Switch family consoles during its fiscal year spanning April 2019 through March 2020. Switch sales for the fiscal year pushed its lifetime total to 55.77 million units. The sales numbers do include sales of the Switch Lite, which sold 6.19 million units out of the 55.77 million total since it launched in September 2019. With 21.03 million units sold, hardware sales increased 24% year-on-year. Nintendo did point out in its earnings report that the coronavirus pandemic has led to production and shipping... Read more...
Microsoft has been showing off some details and talking up its next-generation Xbox, and it is expected to land for the holiday 2020 season. When the console was unveiled, it sported a very different look (vertically oriented) from current consoles and was announced as the Xbox Series X. The new game console was part of the lineage of Microsoft hardware that started years ago with the Xbox leading to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One generations. However, some may have noticed something about the announcement of the Xbox Series X name last week. The official images of the console has "The New" in small print. The "Xbox" name was in large print with "Series X" in a medium-size font. The implication was... Read more...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sony is flattering the heck out of Nintendo. Back in 2016, Nintendo first rolled out its NES Classic Edition console that was plug and play with more than two dozen classic games packed inside. Sony is now getting in on the classic console action with the PlayStation Classic landing December 3. That will put this retro console on the market just in time for holiday shopping and with a $99.99 price, it will certainly be appealing to gamers. Sony notes that it has been nearly 25 years since that original PlayStation landed, with it eventually becoming the first game console in history to ship 100 million units globally. Any gamer around... Read more...
Sony announced earlier this month that it was tossing a very cool and limited edition PS4 Pro console onto the market to celebrate the sale of 500 million PS4 consoles since launch. The limited-edition PS4 offering is translucent blue with copper-colored accents, and it looks very cool. Anyone hoping to get their hands on this console, of which only 50,000 are available, didn’t get all the details that they wanted when the console debuted. The key bit of information that was lacking with the announcement was how much the console would cost. Sony's translucent limited-edition console carries an MSRP of $499.99. For the price gamers get the same stuff they would get in a normal PS4 Pro bundle,... Read more...
We may well be in the heyday of retro gaming. There have been several retro console launches to let old-school gamers enjoy many of the games they grew up on in a more modern package. Nintendo was up to bat first with its NES and SNES Classic Editions, helping to push spending on gaming hardware. Earlier this month NeoGeo announced that it would be selling a retro console complete with its own screen and controller in a tiny arcade cabinet. Now Intellivision Entertainment has announced that it will be bringing a new console to market. The Intellivision was a big deal back in the late '70s and through the '80s selling millions of units. Intellivision had lots of firsts to its credit including... Read more...
Scuttlebutt has been going around for months now that suggest Sony could be getting ready to plop its next-generation game console onto the market this year. Other rumors have suggested that it might be several years out, 2020 to be exact, before the PlayStation 5 breaks cover. Sony is still selling PS4 consoles like gangbusters and it hasn't been long since the PS4 Pro launched making 2020 more likely. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has now announced that its 7nm CLN7FF chips have gone into volume production throwing more fuel on the PS5 rumor fire. In a chat with AnandTech, TSMC president C.C. Wei said, "More than 50 products tape-outs have been planned by end of this year... Read more...
Not long ago, we learned about Walmart's plan to expand its consumer electronics offerings. The big-box retailer is not alone. Target also has a system-wide plan to upgrade its TV, gaming, and digital imaging sections and product offerings.  The rollout began last month and should be completed by June. With the new CE department design, Target stores will get an updated TV wall that should make it easier for consumers to compare TVs across brands. Along with the display, Target plans to offer clear signs that highlight product features, making it even easier to compare models. The display also will present models in "a more realistic in-home presentation." In addition to a change in display... Read more...
When it comes to downloading software applications, music, video, and other entertainment content from mobile devices other than home computers, iPhone and iPod Touch users lead the pack. According to the NPD Group’s "Entertainment Trends in America" update, 75 percent of iPhone and iPod Touch users are connecting to the Web to download entertainment content and apps. By comparison, only 19 percent of game console users and 17 percent of Blu-ray Disc (BD) set-top product users are downloading content. “It’s not surprising that Apple users are ahead of others when it comes to downloading Web-based content, given the breadth of the company’s app catalog and the head start... Read more...
The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. When it comes to Supercomputing, historically, the top dog on the circuit has been IBM's BlueGene/L with its 478+ teraflop (trillions of floating point ops/sec) horsepower, at the ready for solving some of the world's most critical problems and calculations.  Applications, like those being researched at the US Department of Energy, take enormous resources.  As is the case with the DOE's research in simulation of how nuclear materials will age... Read more...
As consoles once again start looking a lot more like PCs in terms of functionality and capabilities, they are going to need anti-virus protection.  At least, that's what Tokyo-based Trend Micro wants PS3 owners to think just about 5 seconds before said PS3 owners buy their new anti-virus software for the PS3.“The company bills the software as the first of its kind for a home gaming system. It was released earlier this month as part of a PS3 upgrade and will be free until April.Some industry experts wonder whether consumers will leap for the technology the way they snap up security products for the more vulnerable PC and whether protection for video game consoles is really necessary.”We're... Read more...
According to a recent study done via the Internet, it seems that the number of women who own gaming consoles is actually higher than men.  While the test audience is a bit small at barely 1000, and there are some large questions about the methodology of the test and the demographics of the respondents, the results could also be due to broader appeal of modern games:“While women are only a small percentage of the audience for violent blockbusters like "Halo," the newsletter said, they are increasingly taking part in dance and music games, making them a fast-growing segment of the gamer population. "The idea of gaming being just for the 18-34 male set is now out of date," said Ann Mack, director... Read more...
68 million people played video games on a console last month, and an astonishing 42% spent that time playing on the last generation Sony console, the Playstation 2. Nintendo's Wii has garnered a lot of press for its explosive sales and fun, intuitive controller; but if you add sales of the Playstation 2 and Playstation 3, they add up to about the total number of Wiis sold last month. People won't stop buying and using Playstation 2s. The numbers suggest that older machines remain popular despite last November's high-profile debut of Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3, which had 4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Nintendo's GameCube ranked fourth with 5.8 percent.... Read more...