When Sony’s PlayStation Network service was hacked in April and the company was forced to take it offline until earlier this month, there were many gamers out there that were upset to see it go. Those gamers had been playing online titles for quite some time on their PlayStation 3 devices, and if they didn’t have an Xbox 360, they didn’t have a worthwhile online-gaming experience to turn to.
In the video game industry, there have always been debates among gamers over which company delivered the best hardware on the market. Years ago, that debate raged on between Sega and Nintendo fans. After Sega was knocked out of the market, the attention shifted to Nintendo and Sony.
Nowadays, we have our work cut out for us. We need to decide which console -- the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, or Microsoft Xbox 360 -- is the best of this generation.
At the I/O Conference this week, Google said that it will be bringing Android 3.1 to Google TV later this year. In addition, the company said that developers will finally have the SDK they need to start delivering Google TV-based applications.
For those who currently own Google TV-based devices, like the Logitech Revue, that’s good news. Right now, those folks are using a platform that, by and large, has done little to justify its price. Worst of all, for months, it seemed that Google had turned its back on the platform, allowing it to languish on store shelves.
When news first broke of Osama Bin Laden’s death, where were you? Were you on your computer refreshing your browser to find the latest news? Were you glued to your television set watching your favorite cable news channel? Were you checking for updates on your smartphone?
For generations, we have spent our days and nights in the living room being entertained.
Once upon a time, we had books to read. Then, we were able to turn on a radio and hear some music and shows. Televisions launched to provide us with even more enjoyment. And now, we have computers, tablets, and smartphones that afford us even more opportunities to sit back, relax, and allow entertainment to wash over us.
When it comes to being entertained in the living room, there are some things that practically all consumers are looking for. They want a device that’s affordable, offers a nice selection of content, and can survive the next few years without becoming obsolete.
I was recently sitting in my living room, thinking about what my next column topic should be here on SlashGear. I considered a discussion on Microsoft’s Kinect. I thought about talking about my experience with set-top boxes that have clunky menus. But then I remembered the iPad 2 is now on store shelves. And it quickly became clear that it was the perfect time to talk about my issue with Apple’s tablet.
The video game market finds itself in a rather interesting place. Its consoles are still selling exceptionally well, some of the best games released in a long time hit store shelves in 2010, and yet, consumers, pundits, and analysts are wondering when Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will be announcing new consoles.
Whenever I talk about game consoles here on SlashGear, much of the discussion reverts to arguments over which console - the Nintendo Wii, Sony’s PlayStation 3, or the Xbox 360 - is best. And in many cases, gamers pick their favorites and defend it to the bitter end.