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All posts tagged "console"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Xbox One round-up: what the web thinks of Microsoft’s new console

    Microsoft’s Xbox One is set to launch 22 November in North America, and a few lucky gaming sites managed to get an early hands-on of the gaming console slash media entertainment hub. Though we already have a buyer’s-guide, what do the critics say? One thing that has stood out about the Xbox One is the fact that it not only tries to be an improvement of its predecessor, the Xbox 360, but something entirely new, forward-thinking and revolutionary, say the reviews we rounded up. Design and controller Let’s start out with its looks. The Xbox One is meant to be a...

  • PS4 round-up: what the web thinks of Sony’s big black box

    Sony’s PS4 is set to launch 15 November, and a few lucky gaming sites managed to get an early hands-on with the big black beast of fun. There are four areas of Sony’s next-gen console that requires our attention. That includes the design, controller functionality, UI and performance, and then its new features. Below is a round-up of some of the things that stood out most about the PlayStation 4. Design The design should be by now, of little surprise to any of us. We’ve practically seen the PlayStation 4 inside out. Literally. Nonetheless, the 11″ wide black box is sleek and actually...

  • PS4 first impressions: amazing tech in a handsome package

    Everywhere you looked at mega gaming expo rAge this year, PlayStation had a hefty presence. A massive Playstation stand, adorned by the much-loved PS symbols, and filled with excited gamers, contained not only the PS3 and PSVITA, but also the much-anticipated (and as yet unreleased) PS4. Gamers could marvel over the sleek design through a glass display case at the front of the stand (and it is incredibly pretty), but more importantly, they could play on a (limited) number of machines. The queues to get hands-on time were, to put it mildly, insane. And with good reason. Not only were...

  • The case for Gamestick: is mobile gaming on TV still an attractive feature?

    Let’s face it, consoles are expensive. Damn expensive. With the PS4 slated at a projected retail price of R6 299 and the Xbox One price as yet unannounced, gamers everywhere are getting ready to bite the proverbial bullet for the latest next-gen consoles. But what about those people out there who will probably never be able to afford next-gen? What about those people who are tired of playing the mainstream games and are looking for an alternative, are there other options? At the moment there aren’t too many alternatives. Perhaps mobile, portables such as the PSP or 3DS or even maybe...

  • New Destiny trailer ‘Law of the Jungle’ crams epic fairytale down our throats

    Activision and Bungie together with Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau are expected to release this prelude trailer of the highly anticipated Destiny console game. We’re expecting to see gameplay 10 June during Sony’s PlayStation E3 press conference. Until then though, we can only dream. But from the creators who brought us Halo and the publishers of Call of Duty, this title is expected to be tear apart the very fabric of the gaming universe… hopefully. The Law of the Jungle, as the trailer is called, opens with actor Giancarlo Esposito (or “Gus” from Breaking Bad). He teaches his son an important...

  • PS4 interface revealed and it looks slick as hell

    Just a quick one for now. Sony, care of Edge.com has released screenshots focused on the user interface of the upcoming PS4. While we didn’t get to see much of the interface at the PS4 launch event two weeks ago, we certainly are spoiled for choice now. Here’s our selection of the juiciest PS4 user interface shots and a brief explanation for each one. Relish. This is the tablet version of the PS4 UI, which looks exactly like the fully fledged version. That’s because the interface will be the same across all platforms. This is the new user profile screen, and...

  • Ouya the Android-powered console launches June for US$99

    Remember Ouya, the Android console seemingly gifted to us from the geek-gods? Well it’s coming June 2013 for US$99 and it’s available for pre-order right bloody now. Kickstarter was its origin and the creators of Ouya asked for a humble US$95 000. The project was a runaway success, with current funding at an astonishing US$8 596 474. Just, wow. And all that for an Android-powered console. This video nicely sums up the secrets of Ouya’s Android-goodness. So, while the console and gamepad will cost US$99, adding an extra controller will set gamers back US$50. Still not a bad deal for...

  • Leaked specs for next Xbox reveals blu-ray drive, 8GB ram and 8-core CPU

    This site reports that it is has supposedly received the leaked system specs for the next-gen Xbox. The site also reports that in the coming weeks it will leak the system specs for Sony’s new console, codenamed “Orbis”. Both consoles are rumored for a March launch. Currently, the favoured name for the new Xbox is “Durango” (the D is silent) and without wasting any time, these are the rumored specs for Microsoft’s latest console: CPU: x64 Architecture 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache each module of...