Years back when Sony launched the PS3 one executive made the prediction that the PS4 would probably not have a physical drive for disc games like the current PS3. After the massive fail that was the PSP Go and its download only catalog Sony has rightfully rethought the download only market.
Sony's Kaz Hirai has stated that the PS4 will have an optical drive and support physical media. He told MCV, "We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn't as robust as one would hope." Hirai continued saying, "There's always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium. To think everything will be downloaded in two years, three years or even ten years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme."
Both AMD and Intel have been talking about new CPU/GPU combination processors for a long time. When we first heard of the combination processors chipmakers were predicting that they would be the end of the discrete GPU. Whether that will play out remains to be seen, but I doubt it. We would have expected the first CPU/GPU hybrid to come from Intel or AMD, but Microsoft has beaten both to the punch.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 team unveiled the new SoC that will power the coming slim Xbox 360 250GB gaming console. The SoC is built by Global Foundries on the 45nm process and combines the GPU and the CPU onto one chip. The goal Microsoft had in mind was making the construction of the gaming console cheaper in an effort to eek all the profit it could out of the console.
If you are a PS3 fan in the UK that has been waiting to buy a new console for whatever the reason may be, you might want to start shopping now. Any geek knows that the time to get some good deals on hardware is when new replacements are announced and the old stuff is on clearance.
The current 120GB and 250GB PS3 consoles are being phased out according to reports in the UK. The consoles will be replaced with new 320GB and 160GB units. If you can live without that extra storage space, you may be able to find some closeout steals on existing consoles.
If you were so inclined, you could hack your PS3 right now to allow you to play games from the HDD or install homebrew software that you might want. The catch is that most of those hacking solutions involve opening up the case and voiding your warranty. That can be a big hassle for a lot of gamers.
A company called PS Jailbreak has announced a new hacking solution that doesn't require you to open up your PS3 or add any chips to the machine. It will work with the old fat PS3 and the new PS3 Slim as well. The device is a USB flash drive that you plug into the PS3. Once plugged in a GUI launches and walks you through the setup of the software.
I would bet that many gamers out there have seen the amBX setup that Philips unveiled a long time ago. The system had fans, lights, and speakers that were designed to increase your immersion in games by making the room glow the colors of the computer screen. The little fans would blow in your face when you flew or drove for more immersion as well.
Mad Catz is a big maker of gaming gear for consoles and for computers with the Saitek brand under its wing. Mad Catz has announced that it has some new gear coming that uses amBX technology. One of the products is a pair of lights that glow to match the game environment, which honestly seems boring.
A date has been set for the launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect addon in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It will hit shelves in these countries on November 10, just six days after the U.S. release and will carry a £130 price tag (in the UK specifically).
So there you have it; ample time to get your hands on one ahead of Christmas.
The Sony PS3 Slim has been on the market for a while now and if you have been waiting to buy one or to upgrade your existing fat console, this may be the time to do it. I know I am eyeing one of the new PS3 slim bundles after my first generation 60GB fat PS3 died a premature death recently. Sony is offering a free game bundle good now through August 21 if you buy directly from Sony online.
The games that you can choose from cost up to $59.99 on their own. Titles you can choose include MAG, Uncharted 2, White Knight Chronicles, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Heavy Rain, and ModNation Racers. Those are all some of the better titles that have landed for the console in a while. The price for the bundle with any of those games is $299.99.
Activision is pulling out all the stops when it comes to the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise. The game publisher has already announced that it is investing more in the launch of Black Ops than it has ever invested in a game. Naturally COD: Black Ops will get the obligatory collectors editions for gamers to buy.
Typically, the collector's editions come with some stuff that is cool, but that stuff doesn't compel most of us to grab the special version of the game up. Things like free DLC, art books, and metal game tins don't really grab my attention. When you start throwing in sweet remote control cars though, my interest is piqued.
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robots have been around since I was a little kid. My brother and I used to play them a lot and frequently you never knew who won because the heads would just pop up of their own accord.
A couple designers have cobbled together a high tech version of the game using an old school plastic game along with some servos and other gear to make a motion control version. The controls use Chronos watches packed with sensors.
If you have ever been to a big amusement park and rode one of those simulation type rides that make it feel like you are on a rollercoaster or something, you are probably familiar with the work of this robot arm. Some engineers have used the thing to make a really cool F1 racing simulator.
The supposed point of the awesome racing simulator of a Ferrari F1 car is to study the interaction of humans with motion. Let's be honest though, these engineers are probably gamers and were sitting around trying to figure out how to get someone else to pay for the coolest racing simulator ever.
The first video game bar in Australia, Mana Bar, opened its doors to the public in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane back in early March of this year and clearly it's been attracting big crowds with plans today coming out that the owners are expanding not only to Sydney and Melbourne, but also internationally.
"After only four months of being open, I can confirm that we will be expanding and opening up Mana Bars in metro Sydney and Melbourne, as well as internationally" said owner Guy "Yug" Blomberg earlier today.
"It's all kicking into gear within months ... very very very f***ing exciting. People like to drink cocktails and play video games, and now we get to prove that all across the world."
The PC game StarCraft II launched recently and was one of the most anticipated PC games in a long time. The game has now set day one sales records according to Blizzard.
The game sold more than 1 million copies around the world making it the best selling game of 2010 within the first 24 hours on the market. In the first 48 hours the game was available it sold 1.5 million copies.
Fans of the StarCraft franchise are undoubtedly excited today with the StarCraft II game hitting the market. The downside is that the game lacks support for a basic graphics element to prevent jaggies in the game.
Blizzard chose to not implement anti-aliasing in the game for some reason. The lack of AA in the game gets a work around via NVIDIA drivers for those using NV hardware.
Around 2,800 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you what type of gamer are you?
Who was it that said PC gaming was dead or dying? A massive 83% of TweakTown readers claim to be PC gamers, while only 8% voted to be console gaming. You would probably expect that from a website that has a strong and rich history in delivering mostly PC based tech content, but it's still an impressive number.
Only 1% said that they are portable console gamers and phone or mobile device gaming scored a very lowly 0% of the votes. 2% said they play old school games such as cards and 5% said they don't have time to play games.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know who makes the best quality computer speakers? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Saitek is a big name in the computer peripherals market. The company has all manner of controllers and keyboard as well as some of the best flight sim gear out there.
Saitek has unveiled several new flight simulation items that will significantly add to a hard core enthusiast's realism. The new gear includes a multi panel with LED display, a backlit information panel, and a radio panel.
We already saw most of the sweet Razer Tron branded peripherals a while back when they were first unveiled. What we didn't have a good indication of was when we could buy the gear.
Razer has announced that its full line of Tron peripherals will land in the US and around the globe in Q4 2010. My money says that the gear lands in October so we have plenty of time to buy for the holidays.
The folks over at InsiderX have gotten the scoop on an upcoming Xbox 360 bundle hitting Aussie shelves on September 15 which looks real decent.
This is dubbed the Limited Edition Halo Reach bundle, sporting not only the Halo Reach game title, but a LCE silver Halo Reach themed console, two LCE silver Halo Reach wireless controllers, a headset and a 250GB hard drive.
Another nice touch that was mentioned is when you first turn the console on, it makes a Halo-themed sound and also the shield power-up sound is made when you press Eject.
Price? Microsoft are looking to launch it at $549RRP.
I have long said that I will not play shooters on a console because I don't like playing with a controller. I prefer to control my games with a mouse and keyboard. You might recall that a while back Microsoft was talking about a new system that would let Windows and Xbox 360 gamers play head to head.
I have often wondered what happened to that plan after such along time with no word from Microsoft. Raul Sood from Voodoo PC claims that he hears that the reason it was cancelled is that console gamers were massively powned by their PC brethren.
Kinect is the talk of the town for Xbox 360 owners and families looking to enhance their in-home entertainment experience. As many of you would have seen, it was demonstrated at E3 not very long ago and since then it's been confirmed it'll be hitting the U.S. market on November 4.
However, while us aussies haven't been told by Microsoft's Aus Xbox division what date exactly it will hit shelves down under, they have said it will be available 'around Christmas time'. It will go on sale locally for $199 which includes one supporting game title, Kinect Adventures.
Microsoft has made the rumored $149 USD price tag official in an announcement today. Rumors had the price swirling anywhere from $80 to $200, but this announcement solidifies the price for all the preorder jumpers out there.
An Xbox 360 bundle with the Kinect, Xbox 360, and Kinect Adventures game will be available for $299. This Xbox 360 will be replacing the original Arcade console; sporting 4GB of Flash memory and a matte finish to differentiate the console from the glossy new Xbox 360 unit. All other specs will remain the same including the front and back USB ports, a Kinect-specific I/O port, and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The new Microsoft Kinect motion controller system is rolling around the country for demos to lure gamers and families into buying the new accessory for their Xbox. The Kinect system turns your body into the controller and looks very interesting.
The Kinect system lands in retail stores on November 4 and if you want to play it before the launch, the Kinect Experience mobile tour will be making its way around the country over the next 14 weeks. There are tons of stops hitting many major US cities.