At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who has the most RAM, jigglywatts or Kinections when it comes to gaming. It’s all about the experience that is earned from saving the day on the big screen. Right now though, you lot don’t care and want to see some numbers instead. FINE! Here ya go!
There’s no denying that the Xi3 is going to cost quite a bit of cash on launch. Over 9000 smiling Randelas to be exact. Still, for that price, you should get more than a small living room console with which to play games at resolutions higher than 320x480 (MY PC SUCKS!). Oh wait you will actually, because the Xi3 will space for upgrades.
Sony may not have shown the actual PlayStation 4 – but it did release some of the system’s hardware specifications – and they’re pretty damned impressive for console hardware. Of course, to any hardcore PC gamer the specs seem underwhelming at first glance – but what PC gamers always forget is that when it comes to consoles, it’s not an apples to apples comparison. The machine has fewer system overheads, and developers are granted low-level access to hardware – and are thus able to do so much more with similar specs. Let’s take a look inside the box.
Ok, no..not they’re not really – before any of you get your hopes up too much. While SEGA’s consoles; the Master system, the Mega Drive, the Saturn and my beloved Dreamcast will forever live on in memory, we likely won’t be seeing the company jump back in to the hardware race – instead, we can stare lovingly at these premium, SEGA-themed laptops.
2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year. And it had better pay off, because if weeks of rumours, confirmations, hints and clues regarding next-gen devices results in no concrete information regarding a Playstation 4 or Next-Box 360, it’s going to be the mother of all anti-climaxes. Strangely enough, those were the last words of my last girlfriend. Moving on, some newer details have emerged on Sony’s Playstation 4 console, details that list proper hardware, controller and account features. More after the jump.
What do you want out of your next-gen console? Do you want to impersonate Jeremy Clarkson and yell MOAR POWERRRR at the top of your lungs, or would you rather have hardware designers take a gamble and include some newer method of playing games? If there is one thing that gamers can expect though, it’s that future hardware is going to be a bit more floppy.
Valve, venerated software proprietors, Will soon be entering the hardware market with its Steam Box; initially by backing hardware makers like Xi3 with the Piston, and eventually with its own, Linux-powered hardware. It’s a brave and bold decision for a company that’s traditionally focused on software. Another company that focused on software but is now a major hardware player is Microsoft, who’s warned Valve that the hardware market is tricky business.
Christmas, a time for family, friends and goodwill towards your fellow man. Well testicles to that! It’s also a fantastic time for commercialism, much to the dismay of Buddha, and deals are out there, just waiting to be taken advantage of. Here’s a few specials that you can use and abuse.
When Nintendo released the Wii, they targeted the thing at people who hadn’t really played games before, nearly cornering that casual games market that hadn’t really existed. The unfortunate thing for them is that in doing so, they pushed away the “core” gamers that helped them become the behemoth they are. With their new console, the Wii U, they seem to be making a bold attempt at recapturing that segment, while at the same time trying to maintain that mass-market momentum.
Do you remember back in May when an ITC judge ruled that the Xbox 360 needed to be removed from shelves and banned from being sold in the United States? Well that never happened but the threat has been hanging over Microsoft since then while their legal case against Motorola has continued.
The next generation is coming! Batten down the hatches me hearties! All the cutesy cart-racing games we can develop won’t be saving us from this storm! While a next-gen wave of hardware and games may be on the horizon, it’s not something that actually benefits everyone. Publisher Take Two believes this to be the case, and while it may be smooth sailing in their book, quite a few third party studios might be facing choppy waters in the near future.
There have been rumours for roughly forever that Valve had started developing some sort of gaming hardware. since Gabe Newell’s public derision of Windows 8 and all those Steambox rumours, it’s not hard to imagine. From the sounds of it though, Valve’s hardware is more than you could imagine.
Sure, you might have the fastest CPU, GPU, RAM and other three-letter acronyms that money can buy, but there’s one aspect that often gets overlooked – storage. While you might squeeze higher frame rates from the rest of your hardware, your gaming and general computing experience will be significantly improved by opting for a shiny new SSD.
It’s not unusual for Nintendo to release revisions of its portable gaming hardware. The monochromatic 8-bit Gameboy made way for the Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Light and the Gameboy colour; The Gameboy Advance went micro before making way for the dual-screened Nintendo DS - and there have been numerous revisions of that particular system - so it hardly comes as any surprise that it’s newest handheld, the glasses-free, extra-dimensioned handheld is due a redesign. A year and a half down the line, it comes in the form of the 3DS XL. We’ve just gotten our mitts on one - so we’re here to answer any hypothetical questions you might have.