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Over the weekend, a forum member at Assemblergames.com claimed to have access to an early Xbox Durango development kit. The user, who went by DaE, attempted to sell the box online for a cool $10,000, apparently believing that he had a better chance of pulling the sale off in a forum as opposed to putting it on Ebay. The original response to the ad was to slam it as a fake, but Eurogamer has heard from trusted sources that the kit was quite real. Need to strengthen your suspension of disbelief? Just look at this image 10x a day while chanting "It's real." Sources have confirmed that Durango is a 64-bit machine, that it uses DirectX 11, (no word on whether it supports DX11.1) and that the 8GB of... Read more...
Nintendo's second quarter financial report reads something like this: 'Thank you investors! But our revenue growth is in another castle!' The game company reported 84.8 billion yen (or about $1.08 billion) in revenue during its second fiscal quarter of 2012, which is a lot of money, but also representative of a 9.7 percent drop from the 93.9 billion yen it collected in the same quarter one year prior. All told, the numbers added up to a net loss of around $220 million. Decelerating hardware sales are largely to blame. Nintendo said it sold 710,000 Wii consoles last quarter, which is less than half of the 1.6 million units it moved one year ago. The company's 3DS sales didn't fly off the store... Read more...
Although mobile and social gaming is all the rage, gaming on a living room console connected to your TV has always been a thoroughly enjoyable way to while away the hours alone or with friends. In recent years, the Xbox (alone and with the Kinect), Wii, and Playstation have dominated living rooms. Now there’s another contender, the Ouya, which costs $99, runs on an open platform, and is built so that hackers and devs can tweak it and create for it. Here’s the group’s Kickstarter video: The team behind Ouya believes that game development for consoles is spiraling away from independent developers due largely to rising costs associated with game development. By producing a hackable... 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...
Sony's new chief executive, Kazuo Hirai, has a monumental task in front of him. He's been charged with reversing Sony's years of losses, even as problems continue to pile up in the wake of ex-CEO Howard Stringer's departure. The road back to profitability got even steeper today, with news that Standard and Poor's has slashed its long-term rating on Sony's credit to BBB+ -- two steps above junk bond status. While this has no impact on the company's existing financials, it means any future loans or financial terms Sony negotiates will likely carry higher interest rates and steeper penalties for missed deadlines. Sony's restructuring plan Like Stringer, Hirai remains resolutely committed to Sony's... 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...
Nintendo may be struggling to move a serious amount of 3DS handhelds, but this just might help. Hulu Plus is coming to the 3DS and Wii. According to a new release from the company, 3DS and Wii owners will soon have the ability to access even more of their favorite TV shows and movies: the Hulu Plus service will be added to both systems by the end of the year. Nintendo is also announcing new features being added to the Nintendo 3DS system, including the ability to record 3D videos, new musical artists coming to Nintendo Video and a new animated 3D video from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. Additionally, Nintendo 3DS owners will soon see four inventive downloadable Nintendo-published games and applications... Read more...
Nintendo and Hulu are teaming up to bring the Hulu Plus service to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The Hulu Plus service, which is available for about $8 per month, offers access to all episodes of the current season of popular shows as well as access to a library of classic shows and movies. Nintendo is also planning to bring new features to the Nintendo 3DS system. A system update that is scheduled for the end of November will enable the 3DS to record up to 10 minutes of 3D video. Nintendo is also bringing new musical artists to Nintendo Video, a new animated 3D video from DreamWorks Animation, and new games to the Nintendo eShop. Hulu Plus Coming to Nintendo Systems as Nintendo 3DS Preps for 3D... Read more...
Nintendo is refreshing its Wii console in time for the holiday shopping season -- Huzzah! It's going to sport a slimmer, sleeker design and be part of a holiday bundle that includes the New Super Bros. Wii game, a special Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD that isn't available anywhere else, a black Wii Remote Plus controller, and black Nunchuk controller -- double huzzah! It will be stripped of its ability to play Gamecube games, and it won't come with any kind of price cut to make up for it -- triple huzza... wait, what? Nintendo says the refreshed Wii console will no longer be compatible with Gamecube software and accessories, so take that into consideration if you're sitting on a library of... 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...
Nintendo's Wii U was one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but neither Sony nor Microsoft is going to be goaded into tipping their hands. Sony is apparently annoyed with certain game developers, some of whom have implied that the PS4 is none too far away. Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told Forbes the following: "PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. Technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through... Read more...
Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has a reputation for accurate sales forecasts and an ability to predict changes in console pricing. That said, Pachter may have gone a bridge too far with his bifurcated discussion concerning Nintendo's Wii U. While he praised the Wii U as "the most impactful reveal of the show," Pachter has declared the Wii U brand unimaginative and implied it qualified as a "worst ever." The real criticism, however, is reserved for Nintendo's hardware decisions. "We think that Wii U is arriving two years late, given that the other HD consoles already have peripherals for movement," said Pachter, reasoning that since Nintendo didn't get specific about tech specs, the... Read more...
E3's going on this week in California, and gaming's on the menu. But it's not just Nintendo making news, AMD's taking their opportunity as well. The chip maker has this week revealed that every single Wii U sold will also be a sale for AMD. The new Nintendo home console will rely on AMD for HD graphics, with a custom-made Radeon GPU to power the 1080p output. David Wang, corporate vice president of Silicon Engineering, AMD, had this to say: "“AMD shares Nintendo’s excitement for the new HD entertainment experience planned for the Wii U console. We’re proud to provide our leading-edge HD multimedia graphics engine to power the new entertainment features of the console. Nintendo... Read more...
ATI designed the original Wii's 'Hollywood' GPU and is handling the next-generation Wii U's graphics processor as well. AMD made its own announcement in the wake of the Wii U's debut yesterday, claiming that the custom Radeon HD GPU will enable "high-definition graphics support; rich multimedia acceleration and playback; and multiple display support." We suspect the new chip's 'multiple display support' refers to the new controller's 6.2" display rather than any multi-screen co-op gaming experiences. It makes sense for Nintendo to go this route--the less work that happens on the controller, the longer its battery life will be. The move to a "Radeon HD" GPU sheds some light on what we can expect... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its second-generation Wii console today, dubbed the Wii U, but said very little about the console's specifications. The company confirmed that the new system will support HD video, but devoted its press conference to discussing the Wii U's controller. Rumors that Nintendo would incorporate a touchscreen proved accurate, but the controller is more tablet-based than we expected it to be. The display is 6.2" wide and features dual analog controllers, two shoulder buttons, and a standard four-button layout to the right. One of the intriguing features of the Wii U is that titles can be transferred from the TV to the controller's display without needing to restart the game. This frees... Read more...
Nintendo's next-generation Wii console is expected to be one of the biggest unveils at E3 this year, but data from Nielsen suggests gamers aren't especially eager for the new system. The organization's poll data shows that while 27 percent of those polled are interested in a new Nintendo, 25 percent and 24 percent would also be interested in new systems from Microsoft and Sony. "Gamers interested in next-generation consoles" isn't the sort of headline that wins Pulitzer prizes, but Nielsen doesn't stop there. The organization's data suggest that the Wii's user base continues to resist attempts to analyze it strictly in terms of traditional console demographics, writing: "The sheer size... Read more...
Proving that patience is a virtue, Nintendo today confirmed earlier rumors of a Wii price cut by slashing the price of its flagship console to $150, but it doesn't stop there. Available in either black or white, the lower priced Wii is part of a new bundle that also includes the Mario Kart game and a matching colored Wii Wheel, replacing the previously included Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resorts games. "From the day it launched, Wii has let players of all ages and experience levels have fun with one another," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The new suggested retail pricing for both the hardware and select games will help create more of these magical moments for even greater... Read more...
Rumors regarding Nintendo's second-generation Wii have been circulating following news that the console would be demo'd at this year's E3. Unlike the Playstation or XBox 360, the Wii has never been significantly updated, which is part of why fans and gamers are curious to see what Nintendo has come up with. Although Nintendo has yet to formally announced anything, Kotaku has proven a reliable source of information in the past. According to current info, the Wii's successor (Wii 2?) will contain: 8GB of internal flash-based storage 25GB optical discs (Nintendo has not stated what types of discs these are) HD graphics support The limited storage space suggests that Nintendo has no plans to offer... Read more...
One thing you learn in Boy Scouts is that where there's smoke, there's usually fire. We bring this up because there's been a lot of smoke lately about Nintendo's second generation Wii console, and as we suspected, it wasn't unfounded. Nintendo today confirmed that, yes, it's working on a successor to the Wii, and yes, it will launch in 2012. "Nintendo Co., LTD. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011," Nintendo said. An exclusive first look at the Wii 2...sike! What you're seeing is a gold-plated Wii, produced by THQ and presented to the Queen of... Read more...
The rumor mill is buzzing with chatter about Nintendo's Wii console and whether a second generation device is on the horizon. It all started last month when Nintendo America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, made it pretty clear that the successor to the Wii would not adopt 3D, leading some to wonder if Nintendo was working on a new console. Things heated up recently when word broke that Nintendo was prepping a $50 price cut for the Wii next month, bringing the cost of ownership down from $199 to $149. Maybe Nintendo was mulling a price cut in order to regain an advantage over the HDD-less 4GB Xbox 360, which also sells for $199, or perhaps this meant that vendors were looking to clear inventory for... Read more...
PS3 gamers have been less than happy about Gran Turismo 5's load times since the long-awaited game launched a few weeks ago. Beyond3D forum member Phil was fed up enough to install a Corsair F120SSD in place of the system's traditional SATA hard drive and the performance difference is significant. We've graphed the data from Phil's load time tests below. Certain forum respondents expressed dismay that the load times are only twice as fast, but we've a feeling that firmware optimizations could improve transfer speeds. Load times have always been the Achilles heel of console gaming, but SSDs could dramatically improve the situation. When the XBox 360 / PS3 launched, SSD performance still varied... Read more...
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