After keeping us waiting for a few months, Sony has finally unveiled the PlayStation 4 console. It looks similar to the Xbox One, actually. I like it — in a way, the two consoles actually compliment each other. Both would look mighty fine sitting on my entertainment center. No word on what the console will cost, but there’s still plenty time left in Sony’s conference to reveal that crucial bit of information. Watch the reveal after the jump.
Tomorrow morning, Microsoft will reveal their follow-up to the Xbox 360 — and yes, I’ll be here to excitedly fill you in as it happens. Sony knows this, so to lure some of the spotlight away from their biggest competitor they’ve unveiled a brief tease of an impending unveiling of what the PlayStation 4 console will look like. Sure, that sentence made sense.
The console’s design was surprisingly absent when Sony first unveiled it back in February, leaving many of us to wonder whether it’s design would mess with the delicate balance of our living room’s feng shui. Unfortunately, we still don’t have an answer to that. What we do have is a batch of close-ups and a blurry teaser, both of which you can enjoy after the jump.
How does a gaming console the size of a USB thumb drive sound? Good? How about one that you can plug directly into your TV’s HDMI port (it outputs at 1080p), costs roughly as much as a limited edition of a video game ($79), and uses an open Android platform so developers can self-publish their games? Sounds pretty great, right? I agree. After the Ouya’s insanely successful Kickstarter campaign, it was only a matter of time before someone else used the platform to get their console idea out into the world. This time it’s the GameStick, a tiny gaming console that promises another revolution in the living room. It’s intriguing, that’s for sure. More after the break.
A few days ago the rumors of a VALVE CONSOLE came about, but those were quickly shot down. According to KOTAKU Valve isn’t even close to anything along the lines of making hardware. That sucks to hear, it would have been cool to have a compact extreme console gaming machine I could use for PC games, but alas, we shall wait.
What they ARE working on is the Steam Big Picture Mode UI. What that does is makes it easier for people who want to play PC games through their computers onto TVs. Which sounds awesome enough. Seems like Valve has always got something up their sleeve. Don’t forget, just because they aren’t currently making a console, doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the future. READ MORE
The internet is buzzing this weekend with the talks of a possible console being released by powerhouse Valve. If you read this INTERVIEW Penny Arcade had with Valve’s Gabe Newell, you’ll see that it’s an incredibly small portion of the conversation. I think as we play telephone and the news floats from site to site the story grows more and more. Gabe says “Well, If we have to sell hardware, we will.”
Website THE VERGE has posted new “information” regarding Valve’s top secret console project. If the rumors reign true it looks like the box will basically be a console for computer games. Instead of having to build yourself a top of the line PC to play games you can do it right from your Valve console. I presume the console will be connected right to Steam and your account so you can play all those many games you bought right form your fancy new box. I don’t know if I feel this is true yet, what do you guys think? READ MORE
Did you hear? Nintendo’s next console has been unveiled and it’s capable of some pretty cool things. Sure, it looks like a Wii with rounded edges and its controller doesn’t look like the most confortable thing you could hold for hours on end – if you’re focusing on those things than you’re missing the point. The Wii U is Nintendo’s attempt at satisfying us, the hardcore market, and with the lineup of games the system has for it so far (more on that later), it looks like they might be on the right path to capturing the hearts of people who aren’t soccer moms, retired or can’t legally drive.
We’ve covered some of the important features and the many ways you can play it, but there’s still plenty we haven’t discussed. I’m talking about the games you can expect on the console and the specs, or at least the ones Nintendo has revealed so far. Head past the break to get in the know. READ MORE
Earlier this morning Nintendo’s followup to their hugely successful Wii was unveiled with the monicker Wii U and it’s pretty exciting. Arguably the most innovative thing about it is its controller, which is great if you have to share a television since it allows you to continue playing on the controller’s screen should you have to give up the TV. Oh, and it’s backwards compatible with the Wii’s games as well as its peripherals, so that’s pretty great too.
One thing we didn’t touch on when covering the console’s reveal was the myriad of ways to play the Wii U. If you head past the break you can find all of the ways you’ll be able to experience your games (I’ll give you a hint: there’s more than six ways) when it violently breaks down retail shelves sometime next year. READ MORE
Nintendo’s E3 press conference just wrapped up and it ended with a bang: the reveal of their next console, the Wii U, and specifically its controller. It confirms the rumors that their next console had a controller with a massive (6.2″) touchscreen on it, as you can see below. Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata said Nintendo’s goal is to appeal to both the casual and hardcore markets, “The goal of innovation is to serve every player, then though each brings to video games an individual appetite, a personal passion and a distinct gaming history.” Nintendo is definitely trying to address the concerns of core gamers, a majority of which never warmed up to the family-friendly Wii console.
The Wii U’s controller might not be the most attractive thing on the market, but its large touchscreen, twin analog sticks, a front-facing camera, and gyroscope are still easier for my mind to wrap itself around then that Wiimote, which after years of using controllers for the PlayStation and Xbox, it just never felt quite right. The rumors that you could take the Wii U controller on the go, making it a portable gaming device, were squashed. However, if someone wants to use the TV you can switch the screen to the one on the controller and continue your gaming uninterrupted. Head past the break for some of the console’s announced games, a look at the console itself, and when we can expect this exciting new device. READ MORE
If a brand new wanted ad from Blizzard looking for a lead designer, lead programmer and senior producer for its Diablo 3 team based here in the states is anything to go by, there might just be some hope for a console version of Diablo 3. Blizzard has said in the past, adamantly one might add, that they are first and foremost a PC and Mac centric developer (with an emphasis on the former), and that’s the reason their recent titles like World of WarCraft and StarCraft 2 haven’t seen any console ports. With the Diablo franchise however, things might change.
As I said these positions are for Blizzard’s US-based Diablo 3 team and in their ad they said, regarding a console-based Diablo game, that “with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project.” This is all very exciting but should in no way be considered a confirmation of a long requested Blizzard title on home consoles. I haven’t had that scratch itched since StarCraft released on the N64 a decade ago so the thought of a Diablo game on my Xbox 360 (or PS3) is damn thrilling. Hit the jump for the full post, in all it’s rumor-rousing glory. READ MORE
I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of people out there that have a serious excess of time. Lucky for us these individuals don’t choose to spend their time thinking up creative ways to murder people or learning how to create bombs out of household supplies; instead they use their extraordinary talents to fabricate incredible console mods.
But since there’s a slew of lists counting down the most amazing xbox/ps3/wii mods I decided to scour the vast and knowledgeable interwebs in search of the craziest, most disturbing and deliciously twisted console mods I could find. What follows are the ten I think stand above the rest. READ MORE