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  • Mystery North American PS Vita shortage revealed: blame consumer demand

    Sony's wunderkind console, the PS Vita, has been surprisingly absent from U.S. store shelves, reports almost every gaming publication ever. Polygon though, delivers a fuzzy answer thanks to a reply from a Sony representative. The lack of physical PS Vita's in the U.S.  -- there's also only limited stock available online -- happened because the machine is such a damn hot property all off a sudden. "We're seeing healthy consumer demand for PS Vita globally, particularly in markets like Japan. The U.S. launch of the slimmer and lighter PS Vita has generated strong interest among gamers, and we're working to...

  • 13 near-useless video game accessories

    This list could be as long as the internet itself. For every console, there's an utterly useless peripheral that came with it. In light of the Xbox One's recent separation from the (in our opinion) gimmicky and barely useful Kinect, we've singled out the various gaming consoles most embarrassing controllers, cameras and peripherals ever made. Cover your face in shame, we're going in. Nintendo Gameboy Printer - Did you anyone know this existed? Way back in 1998 Nintendo created a black and white printer which effectively transforms your Gameboy into an old-school dot matrix sticker maker or mid-nineties till machine. It didn't sell...

  • The updated Xbox One vs PS4 buyer’s guide

    Of course the age-old (not really, but it sounds better) rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation is still alive and well. But six months down the line, what exactly is the current situation in terms of sales and potential peripherals? Umpteen announcements have been made, and with E3 fast approaching, no doubt we’ll see even more of them in the upcoming weeks, attempting to persuade the public why they should buy a specific console. Of course, the first thing to remember is that unless you’ve imported it, the Xbox One still isn’t available in some territories, with South Africa...

  • Analogue Nt is the $500 aluminium NES you always dreamed of

    It's designed from a single block of aluminium. It runs games in 1080p. And it supports four player local co-op. Is this another next-gen console that's slipped under the radar? No, it's a reboot of a 31-year old console, the NES. Gamers rejoice, for the Analogue Nt is here. We teased the Analogue NT a few months ago, but today it's a pre-order reality and for US$499, rich gamers can stick one under their equally expensive flatscreen TV and enjoy Ducktales, Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Castlevania in 1080p and with stereo sound. This handsomely crafted NES (abbreviated from Nintendo Entertainment System) is fabricated...

  • Microsoft wants to trade in your old PS3 for $100 store credit

    If you were thinking about getting an Xbox One but were skittish of the price, you can now trade in your older console and receive US$100 store credit. The deal, which will run until 2 March, is encouraging gamers to bring in their PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E to Microsoft retail stores. "To receive maximum trade in value, you must purchase an Xbox One at the same time." This isn't the first time Microsoft urged people to ditch its competitor devices and completely convert. Last year Microsoft offered to give people US$200 for their iPads. The...

  • New Ouya costs US$129, available now with 16GB storage, ‘refined’ controller

    The Ouya gaming console, which all began with a Kickstarter project back in August 2012, has a new version out now that notably doubles the storage space, promises to have an improved controller, and costs US$30 dollars more than the original version. Thanks to Kotaku, we now know that this US$129 Ouya is available with the following improvements: 16GB storage up from 8GB Latest firmware Boosted Wi-Fi A "refined" controller The most exciting aspect of the new version is the "refined" controller, as many notable publications and tons of users expressed dissatisfaction with the initial controller. On Engadget alone the original controller received a 5.8...

  • Do we even need Steam Machines?

    While the world continues to mourn the lack of information on Half-Life 3, Valve has decided that it hasn't quite finished playing with our hearts. Though it's decreed 2014 a big year for gamers, it’s not quite for the reasons we’d hoped (read: more Half-Life). No, Valve has instead unveiled a machine that combines the power of the traditional PC with the portability of the everyday console. Except Valve isn't going to make it -- at least not entirely. So let’s get this straight. Valve is readying the Steam Machine, a console that works on its proprietary Steam operating system....

  • Huawei Tron, the Mac Pro-looking Android console [CES2014]

    In an effort to compete with the growing popularity of mini consoles (Gamestick, Ouya, Onlive), Huawei has unveiled a new mini gaming console called Tron. The Chinese tech giant showcased the cylindrical canister, micro-console running Android 4.2.3 at CES this week. Has the Mac Pro kicked off the cylinder shaped gadget revolution? One of its greatest selling points, and one that would most likely set itself apart from something like the Ouya, would be the fact that it's cheap and supposedly quite simple. There are two colour variants available, one white and one black. The console itself is a simple...

  • 2013’s console of the year: Sony PlayStation 4

    The release of the PS4 was one of the most anticipated moments for gamers in 2013. Since the release of the PS1 back in the early ninties the Playstation has grown to become the most sought after console of all time. With the recent release of the PS4, it isn't showing any signs of backing down. History lessons The PlayStation name has firmly cemented itself within the minds of gamers all over the world. And to think it almost never existed. The idea for the Playstation was born back in the days when Sony (together with Phillips Electronics) developed a CD...

  • Gearburn’s greatest gadget of 2013

    Gadgets. What are they good for? Absolutely everything. 2013's been an exceptional year for gadget lovers, with new tablets, phones, computers and games flowing from the digital tap with reckless abandon. But only one gadget can be the best of the year. The task was difficult, but we've picked the four best gadgets of 2013 to compete for gadget of the year. The contenders, are below. The contenders: iPad Air Apple's had a good year. Scratch that, Apple had a great year. With the 2013 Retina Display MacPro, iPhone 5s and iPad Air, Apple fans had little to complain about. And...