The 160GB model will go from $299 to $249 and the 320GB will drop from $349 to just $299. The news comes on the precipice of what's lining up to be quite an impressive and busy holiday gaming season.
With the new PS3 pricing, Sony is making the console-buying decision a little tougher for gamers in the second half of 2011. Now the difference in price between all three systems is just $100, with the Wii going for $150 (Mario Kart bundle) and the Xbox 360 starting at $200 (4GB standalone), going up to $300 (Kinect/4GB or 250GB standalone) and $400 (Kinect/250GB).
The new PS3 pricing goes into effect right now.… Read more
Patent documents filed by Nintendo suggest magnets could play an important part in its upcoming Wii U tablet-like touch-screen controller. A schematic diagram shows an integrated magnetic sensor (magnetometer) and flash memory on top of other standard components such as a gyroscope and accelerometer.
While a magnetometer is commonly used in smartphones for digital compasses, it could also support camera-free motion detection and other applications. The extra storage, on the other hand, could come in handy for running mini games on the controller's LCD screen.
Nothing is concrete at the moment, though the patent application (PDF) shows that Nintendo is apparently thinking out of the box for its upcoming Wii U console, a successor to the Wii, whose sales have been in decline. Besides the console itself, the upcoming platform--due in 2012--sports a new controller interface, which is where this technology could end up.
I sense something, a presence in coin collecting I have not felt since...OK, please forgive my horrifically altered Darth Vader quote.
The New Zealand Mint has unleashed an epic coin collection for "Star Wars" fans perhaps worthy of the Empire itself. In all, 48 coins featuring characters from the classic sci-fi movie series will be available to purchase this November as legal tender of Niue Island. The tiny country resides 1,500 miles northeast off the coast of New Zealand.
There are two pure-silver full-color sets of $2 coins, including a $391.62 (plus shipping) Darth Vader and Millennium Falcon collection in a limited mintage of 7,500.… Read more
A former Microsoft gaming bigwig is convinced that the growth of mobile gaming won't eliminate the demand for game consoles.
In an interview with IndustryGamers published yesterday, former Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Shane Kim said he "would never" say mobile titles could kill game consoles such as the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Kim believes that the gaming market is expanding, leaving room for titles dedicated to both game consoles and mobile devices.
Given Kim's history at Microsoft, some might believe that he has a vested interested in supporting consoles in their fight against mobile platforms. But it's worth noting that since leaving Microsoft, Kim joined the board of Zipline Games--a mobile-game development house.
"So will there be some impact on console gaming?" Kim asked in his interview with IndustryGamers. "I think it would be hard to say that there isn't any impact, but I would never say that it's going to go away completely. I think that the big console game manufacturers, they've all got plans for the next console generation. I think that they're all shooting to make sure that those next versions, whatever they look like, are going to be things that are going to be compelling for the kinds of gamers, especially hard-core gamers, who really enjoy that style of gaming."… Read more
Opinions vary over the value of a glossy device. Some like the sleek look, while others can't stand its tendency to show fingerprints and smudges. Prior to the launch of the Xbox 360 S, Microsoft offered white and black matte finishes on its console.
By transitioning to a matte finish, Microsoft is following a move Sony has already made. That company's first-generation PlayStation 3 featured a glossy finish that attracted fingerprints. However, the company's slim-line version, which it launched a couple of years ago, dropped the glossy finish to avoid that problem.… Read more
It's amazing to think how many comic book characters--some from decades ago--are still relevant to pop and geek culture today.
Lately, it feels like there's no end in sight to the surge in superhero-movie releases. In our gallery below, we look at the original comic depiction of several larger-than-life beings compared with their most recent movie equivalents. The differences are astounding, and truly indicate how far animation and artistic quality has evolved over the years.
While we didn't feature every comic book character who's had a makeover recently, we think you'll still enjoy our selections consisting of mostly Marvel (Stan Lee) and DC comic stars. The gallery includes Captain America, Thor, Superman, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Tin-Tin, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman. Think there's someone we missed that should be on the list? Leave a comment with your suggestions and we may revise the gallery down the line.
As we move further past the one-year anniversary of the first 3D TV sets launched in the U.S., it's clear 3D hasn't leapt to the forefront of consumer technology market. But it hasn't fallen completely into the background, either.
The recent announcement by Nintendo that it would dramatically cut the price of the Nintendo 3DS could be seen as another tough break for 3D products. In fact, Nintendo's newest handheld gaming system overcame two of the most commonly cited objections for 3D--high prices for hardware and the need to wear glasses.
Indeed, the most recent results of NPD's 3D 360° Monitor indicate that the 3DS helped raise the profile of handheld video games to become one of the most recognized 3D product categories.
As is the case with stereoscopy itself, though, there may be more to this picture than meets the eye. For example, Nintendo has traditionally priced significantly below its primary competitor, Sony, in both the home- and portable-console markets. The news that the forthcoming PlayStation Vita would debut at the 3DS' launch price of around $250 might have caused Nintendo to rethink what it charged.
Furthermore, Nintendo continues to contend with increasing gaming activity on the iPhone and other smartphone platforms, as well as a on a host of powerful tablets now vying for consumers' game-playing time.
There are other instances where the impact of 3D is difficult to ascertain. The arrival of "passive 3D" systems from LG and Vizio competing with "active 3D" systems from Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic has set off dueling marketplace claims regarding technical superiority and customer preference. … Read more
Customers who use AT&T as their Internet service provider are unable to connect to Xbox Live, Microsoft's director of programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb (better known as "Major Nelson"), announced on his Twitter account today.
"If AT&T is your ISP, you may have problems connecting to [Xbox] LIVE," Major Nelson wrote. "We're working to resolve."
Following that tweet, CNET received word from an AT&T customer confirming Nelson's claim. The person said that they are unable to "sign on [to Live] via Xbox or … Read more
Mad Catz is trying its luck with Rock Band 3 in the hopes that consumers might respond more favorably to the game this time around.
The company, which is best known for third-party game peripherals, announced earlier this week that it will handle a re-release of Rock Band 3 for the holiday-shopping season. The title, which features 83 songs, will come with a wireless keyboard controller and a wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar controller. In addition, Mad Catz will bundle the Fender Mustang Pro-Guitar controller, which the company says, will help people learn how to play a real guitar.