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It's kind of a curious thing that Nintendo is the only console maker out of the big 3 to have announced a new generation model, the Wii U, which will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Microsoft and Sony so far have preferred to keep their next-gen console plans close to their respective chests while they squeeze out a few more sales out of their existing hardware. For Sony, that may mean releasing yet another PlayStation 3 console. Sony has filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that reveals a 4000 series (PS3 CECH-4001x) model, which is believed to be a super slim version to supersede the current 3000 series. There are reports that Sony will announce the... Read more...
Do you enjoy the sound of your own voice? Don't worry, we're not here to judge, and truth be sold, we sometimes feel the same way. The exception to our vanity is when we're playing a game and yelling at our teammates through a headset. That became a problem when Sony rolled out its v4.10 for the PlayStation 3, which enabled you to hear your own voice through the company's new Wireless Stereo Headset, a feature many users complained about. Sony heard you loud and clear and is getting ready to roll out another firmware update, v4.20, which will give you the option to select one of five levels of microphone audio to tone down the effect, or turn it off altogether so that you're not yelling in your... Read more...
When it comes to Star Wars, the gaming industry has a long history of cranking out titles of uncertain quality. For every brilliant title like Knights of the Old Republic, we've seen several clunkers (Kinect Star Wars anyone) and a few outright failures like Republic Heroes. LucasArts demonstrated a new Star Wars game at E3 this week -- Star Wars: 1313 -- and despite the brand's uneven history, we're cautiously optimistic. The 1313 moniker refers to a specific level of Coruscant that's a haven for criminals, bounty hunters, and crime lords. You take on the role of a bounty hunter looking for information on an unspecified criminal conspiracy who descends to 1313 in search of data. This will be... Read more...
We all know it’s just a matter of time before the next generation of gamers has no idea what a DVD looks like, but that change may be coming sooner than some expected. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Sony nearly decided to build the PS3’s successor without an optical drive, instead going with a download-only console. According to the sources, the primary reason Sony decided to keep the optical drive was concern that inconsistent Internet speeds worldwide could be problematic for end user performance. In other words, the only thing keeping Sony (and reportedly, the competition) from eschewing discs for gaming consoles altogether is a performance roadblock that... Read more...
Bethesda Softworks, designers and distributors of normally excellent titles, are bringing out a "new" version of Doom 3, Doom 3: BFG. The new package includes "remastered" graphics (more on that gem in a moment), the Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil add-on, seven new levels thrillingly titled "The Lost Mission" and support for 3D, 5.1 surround, a checkpoint save system, some improved lighting, and the first official implementation of the Duct Tape mod, which allowed you to simultaneously see the game and shoot things. You also get Doom and Doom 2. Be still my heart. If you're one of the six people who game in 3D, wanted to play Doom 3 on a PS3 but never got the chance, or need a 5.1 speaker surround... Read more...
Game designer Richard Browne has come out swinging in favor of the rumored antipiracy features in the next-gen PlayStation Orbis and Xbox Durango. "The real cost of used games is the damage that is being wrought on the creativity and variety of games available to the consumer," Browne writes. "The real cost of used games is the death of single player gaming." Browne's comments echo those of influential programmer and Raspberry Pi developer David Braben, who wrote last month that "pre-owned has really killed core games... It's killing single player games in particular, because they will get pre-owned, and it means your day one sales are it, making them super high risk. I mean, the idea of a game... Read more...
Sony has constantly hawked the PlayStation 3 as being not only a gaming system, but also an entertainment system. First, there was Blu-ray support and DLNA media streaming, and now there's yet another reason to just stay home this weekend and cuddle with your PS3: Amazon's Instant Video is now available on the PS3. his makes the PS3 system the first and only video game console system to offer Amazon Instant Video. Customers can access Amazon Instant Video on their PlayStation 3 system for free by installing the Amazon Instant Video app directly from the TV/Video Services category on the XMB (XrossMediaBar). The Amazon Instant Video app can also be found in the PlayStation Store, under the Media... Read more...
Rumors about next-generation consoles like the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) and the PlayStation 4 have been milling about for several months, but the Sony side of the equation has just gotten a significant update. New information suggests that the PS4 is codenamed Orbis, will be built around an AMD x86-64 CPU and GPU, and will require all new games to registered with a PSN account. The codename likely means something to Sony; the orbis.scedevnet.com address resolves correctly whereas ps4.scedevnet.com does not. Let's tackle the report, starting with the hardware specs. Rumors that AMD would provide the GPU tech behind all three consoles date back to last June. Of the three, only Nintendo has... Read more...
If you grew up playing on an Atari 2600 or ColecoVision, your parents may have shrugged off your obsession with videogames as nothing more than a fad. They couldn't have been more wrong. Videogames are more popular than ever, as evidenced by more than half -- 56 percent, to be exact -- of U.S. households laying claim to at least one modern generation game console, according market research firm Nielsen. Not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds of consoles are located in the living room, which underscores that these devices are not just adept at playing games, but also serve double duty as media centers. What some might find surprising, however, is that the Nintendo Wii leads the way in the living... Read more...
With all the recent discussions of future consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we've decided to tackle one of the most significant questions--should future consoles be upgradeable? Historically, console add-ons that boosted the performance of the primary unit haven't done well. Sega's Mega-CD and 32x additions to the original Genesis both failed; Nintendo's attempt to boost the performance of the N64 through the use of a RAM expansion pack saw only a limited amount of success. Any attempt to upgrade a system's core performance risks bifurcating the user base and increases the amount of work developers must do to ensure that a game runs smoothly on both original and upgraded systems. Sega's 32X expansion... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is six years old. The Nintendo Wii is five years old, and so is the Sony PlayStation 3. All three are due for an overhaul (can you imagine gaming on a PC that's half a decade old, or more?), and while they're still popular gaming platforms, consoles are really starting to shine as streaming media centers. According to market research firm Nielsen, streaming video on game consoles is up over last year. Xbox 360 owners now use their consoles to stream video 14 percent of the time, which is almost as much as PS3 users (15 percent). But it's the Wii that sees the most time as a streaming device, with Wii owners using their consoles to stream video a third of the time.... Read more...
Do you remember the eve of the PlayStation 3 launch? Feels like just yesterday, but in reality, it was five whole years ago. This week a half-decade ago, gamers were gearing up for the launch of an insanely powerful console, the PS3. It's a pretty important achievement. In fact, the PS2 is still being produced, and Sony has made clear that they're on a 10-year track for the PS3, too. In other words, we're halfway there. So, PS3 owners -- celebrating with anything special this weekend? Picking up any games to celebrate the halfway point? Let us know in comments.... Read more...
Grim news and missteps dominate our console news this week. Sony advised investors that it was headed for its 4th straight year of posting an annual net loss. The company's underperforming TV business (now eight years in the red) was a significant drain on the company's finances. The company blames "a decrease in LCD television sales, reflecting price declines due mainly to deterioration in market conditions in the US and Europe and unfavorable foreign exchange rates." Hardware revenue declined "reflecting a strategic price reduction of PlayStation 3 hardware in advance of the year-end holiday season," while software sales have been markedly down for all platforms the last three months. Sony... Read more...
The consumer love affair with 3-D technology has waxed hot and cold for the last century, and current data indicates that's not going to change. A surge in 3-D movie ticket sales several years ago jump-started the film and display industries' most recent attempt to push the technology  but consumers simply aren't biting. A recent report from Slate catalogs a fresh year of data as a follow-up to an August, 2010 piece on slumping 3-D ticket sales. 12 months later, things have only gotten worse. A few years ago, theatre owners who invested in 3-D screens were realizing a substantial return on their investments thanks to significantly higher revenues on a per-screen basis. Now, those gains have... Read more...
Someone needs to send Sony the book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" because the company clearly isn't getting it. We can point to the whole rootkit fiasco, but who needs to look back that far when Sony's shenanigans never seem to stop? Following that big mess with the security breach to its PlayStation Network (PSN), Sony is trying to force PS3 owners to waive their rights to join a class action lawsuit, even if such a request might not be enforceable. Here's what you'll find nestled in the latest mandatory system update: ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052—plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism—were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling... Deus Ex: Human Revolution: A Sequel We Always Wanted... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052—plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism—were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling. Welcome to Detroit, circa 2027. All screenshots taken from in-game unless otherwise noted Deus Ex: Human Evolution takes place 25 years before the first game. Mechanical... Read more...
Sony has confirmed the specs on the company's upcoming PlayStation Vita handheld. The new device will use an OLED screen at a resolution of 960x544. The system will use a quad-core variant of the same dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 that powers Apple's iPad 2 with 128MB of dedicated VRAM and 512MB of main system memory. It's a significant step forward compared to the PSP.  Sony is holding firm on the $249 entry price, despite the Xperia Play's failure to catch on at market and the 3DS' own price cut. Sony's marketing indicates that this is somehow a desirable outcome. We don't get it either The $249 price point for Vita is a bit stranger given that Sony has just cut the price on the PS3 to $250.... Read more...
Wow. Wow! The world's most multifaceted Blu-ray Disc player just got a lot more impossible to resist. Sony's PlayStation 3 is the only Blu-ray player that's also a game console, and if you've held off long enough, now's the time to buy in. As the console wars devolve into pricing wars, Sony has announced today that the 160GB PS3 will fall to 24,980 yen (including tax) for Japan, $249 for North America and euro 249 for Europe/PAL territories. That places is into the 'budget console' territory, and while the Wii is still markedly cheaper, the functionality you gain here is nothing to scoff at. The company's also planning to lower the price of the 320GB model. It's currently available at a RRP of... Read more...
id Software's long-awaited FPS Rage is set to ship in October. When it launches, it'll be the first game to feature id's newest graphics engine, dubbed id Tech 5. With expectations running high in the wake of the latest game trailer shown at QuakeCon last week, we've put together an article to examine the merits of both the game and the technology behind it... Rage: The Tech Behind Id Tech 5... Read more...
id Software's long-awaited FPS Rage is set to ship in October. When it launches, it'll be the first game to feature id's newest graphics engine, dubbed id Tech 5. With expectations running high in the wake of the latest game trailer shown at QuakeCon last week, we've put together an article to examine the merits of both the game and the technology behind it. Note:  Some of the big images in this article are quite large. This was done to make certain texture detail and rendering quality weren't adversely affected by JPEG compression. The Game     Vehicular combat is a major part of Rage. The engine doesn't support tessellation, but character detail is good... Read more...
Sony announced today that its upcoming PlayStation Vita, the updated handheld slated to replace the PSP, won't launch in the US or Europe until early 2012. That's a bit surprising considering that electronics sales seasonally slump in the first quarter. The company also stated that it has no plans to sell its television manufacturing business, despite losing money on that market segment for the past eight years straight. "Televisions are a core business for Sony and it would be unthinkable for us to shrink that business," executive deputy president Hirai said at the company's Tokyo head office. While it's true that TV's remain a high-visibility area for Sony products, the company has struggled... Read more...
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