Gaming Consoles News - Page 95
E3 2013 - During our visit to Nintendo's booth at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles California, we took a moment to stop by the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U demo, and were quite impressed to say the least. The Wii U version was running alongside the original version as to show off the advancement made in graphics between the two systems.
The game will be played like all the other Legend of Zelda titles, where players run around an open world, carry out quests and interact with the townsfolk and environment. The game has a very traditional look and feel to it, which should appease Zelda fans all over the world. The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker will be available this coming October for the Wii U.
E3 2013 - The original Xbox 360 design was attempt at making a stylish, sleek gaming console that would fit into the decor of any living room. In reality what happened was Microsoft designed a massive heat trap that eventually wound up killing many of the consoles after just a few months of use.
On Monday Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 would be receiving its third redesign in an effort to more closely align the 360 with the aesthetics of the new Xbox One. We finally got a good look at the new 360 design thanks to our friends over at Gizmodo. The exterior refresh is a drastic step away from the Xbox 360 we have seen in the past, with a two-tone color scheme similar to the Xbox One.
The new Xbox 360 also appears to have ditched the power ring for a more modern machined metal design alongside adequate cooling vents placed in the side of the case. The vents appear to be placed directly over the CPU heatsink and additional vents have been placed on the top of the box. If you pick up one of these redesigned Xbox 360's post some pics on our Facebook wall!
E3 2013 - Trace Hagan stopped by Nintendo's Wii U booth at E3 to check out the upcoming Mario Kart 8, which is set to debut sometime in 2014. Fans of the series now have the option of using Wii U's motion-based controls or the conventional versions to participate in the better than ever on-track chaos. Motorcycles have returned to the mix of vehicles, as well the ability to get above ground with hovering karts and an anti-gravity feature that occasionally flips tracks upside down.
The whole game has been refined, but still retains its familiar feel gameplay is fast weapons are hilarious and the courses seem to get easier the more you have time to learn them. It appears that the entire range of characters have returned including Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Yoshi and Mario.
As someone with a business degree, I know that the main objective of a business is to get your latest and greatest product into the hands of the consumer. Apparently no one at Microsoft bothered to go to business school, or at least no one bothered to listen to anything that was taught.
In an interview with GameTrailers, Microsoft's Don Mattrick addressed consumer concerns about the Xbox One and those who have little or no access to broadband internet. When asked what gamers with no internet should do, Mattrick said: "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," he continued "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."
He went on to attempt to empathize with US service men and women by saying:
"Seriously, when I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted there was a person who said, 'Hey I'm on a nuclear sub.' And I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection. But hey, I can empathize; if I was on a sub I'd be disappointed."
E3 2013 - Sony finally displayed the final form of the upcoming PlayStation 4 at this year's E3. We couldn't wait to get some close up eyes-on content for our readers, so that's just what we did. We turned our camera towards the pink-eraser-shaped PlayStation 4 and investigate just what ports are present and how the system looks. Because it was behind glass, the focus played games.
Microsoft has the Xbox One front and center at their booth at this year's E3. We took a quick walk-around on video so you can see it from all angles. Front-panel and back-panel are both covered in the video, so you can see all of the inputs and the layout. The device does look decent, but we still have reservations about some of the concerns that Microsoft has yet to address.
E3 2013 - We got a chance to speak with MadCatz about their recently revealed Android gaming console known as MOJO. Alex Verrey, a MadCatz spokesperson, walked us through the main features and benefits of their Android console and what sets them apart from other consoles such as the Ouya.
E3 2013 - Yesterday I posted the first images of Project M.O.J.O from Mad Catz, and promised to follow up with the hardware specs when I knew more. This morning Mad Catz has officially announced M.O.J.O at the E3 expo, and along with the announcement comes a list of hardware specifications.
Mad Catz M.O.J.O is an Android based micro-console the features a NVIDIA Tegra-4 processor, 16GB of storage, integrated Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Smart 4.0. Mojo also features a pair of USB ports, HDMI out, and audio out as well as a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Possibly the coolest addition to M.O.J.O is the inclusion of Mad Catz Xbox-like C.T.R.L.R Bluetooth gaming controller. Since the micro-console features a Tegra-4 it is possible that you could stream games from an NVIDIA-equipped PC, such as NVIDIA's project Shield does. Mad Catz has not yet released pricing but seeing as how it's up against $100 micro-console such as the OUYA, Game Stick and Gamepop, we are hoping that it will be similarly priced. Mad Catz says that we can expect to see M.O.J.O for sell this holiday season.
We all know the Microsoft Xbox One is an NSA spy box for your home, well, I do anyway, and so do a lot of people now - but the PlayStation 4 Eye is set to be a separate device. The PS4 Eye will be a $59 add-on to the $399 PlayStation 4.
I think it's great that Sony aren't forcing the camera on you, as personally I wouldn't buy the camera unless it was for some crazy next-gen game that made me just want it. The camera should always be an optional accessory and I think Sony's move with the Eye being an add-on shows that they aren't just forcing people to have these things unless they actually want to buy them. Good move, Sony.
Have you been wondering when NVIDIA should ship their portable gaming console, Shield? Wait no longer, people of the world, as NVIDIA are shipping Shield this month still, and will give pre-order consumers a limited edition Shield t-shirt and have included the shirt in the package for your pre-order.
When can we expect Shield to ship exactly? Late June is what most are hearing, so we still have a couple of weeks to go. But right now there is so much gaming content flowing through us that I'm sure the various news pieces and trailers of next-gen games can tie you over until the end of this month.