If you're one of the millions of people left out in the cold (literally) trying to obtain a next-generation gaming console last week, and you don't know any friends who had better luck, then the United Kingdom has your back. While the Wii isn't launching over in England for another two weeks (followed by a four-month wait for the PlayStation 3 in March), the Science Museum in London is hosting its Game On exhibition, highlighting games from the PDP-10 era to today's ultra-modern technology. Over 120 games will be available for people to play, so if you're still hankering for that Virtua Fighter fight or to see how weird the original Street Fighter was, head on over, since the exhibit will be running until the end of February. And if you live in the UK, the exhibit ends right before the PS3 comes out. Try before you buy?
Well, if you've had a yearning to buy a Wii but haven't gotten around to getting your pre-order(s) in, have no fear. Nintendo has confirmed that 4 million Wii consoles should ship between launch and the end of December, meaning the likelihood of you being able to walk into your local Wal-Mart and grabbing a machine off the shelf is pretty good. This means that Nintendo is also on-track to deliver its previously-promised goal of six million consoles by the end of their fiscal year (March 31, 2007) and they've even gone so far as to create a delivery system in which (they hope) none of the major markets will have to suffer shortages for long. So, get ready world; the Wii is coming.
There's a fond place in every gamer's heart for consoles of the past, whether an old GameBoy or a lesser known Sega Saturn. One modder gave that latter console, in particular, a luxury makeover, transforming it into a portable "laptop" made out of wood.
The changes coming with the next Xbox One update are now heading to all preview members, who will test them ahead of the update rolling out to all Xbox One gamers. Among these changes is the addition of DLNA streaming, though Microsoft says the preview version will only bring support for USB devices for the time being.
Android TV may be in the pipeline, but YouTube isn't letting the grass grow under its metaphorical feet, with an update to the streaming app to improve usability on TVs and consoles. Already headed to the Xbox One, and set to appear on other consoles, smart TVs, and set-top boxes, the new YouTube app aims to streamline content discovery.
It would seem that Samsung’s team-up with Oculus VR made their design department follow their team’s lead. The device you’re about to see would appear to be Samsung’s first virtual reality headset. As previously tipped, this device would work with a Samsung smartphone to provide its display.
If you’re all about an overhead battle between light and bloody meat, you’re going to be pumped about Alienation. This game is exclusive to PlayStation 4 (at least at launch) and will be rolling out later this year. Alienation was developed by Housemarque, the creators of Dead Nation and Resogun.
Gaming PCs may be nothing new, but Alienware is hoping to do something different with its new Alpha console: deliver the flexibility of a PC but with the turn-key convenience of a traditional console. Rather than waiting for Valve to finish SteamOS, NVIDIA opted to create its own Alpha UI so that gamers could control the console from their couch. It's an intriguing strategy, especially as consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 try to extend their own reach into multimedia and entertainment; read on for five Alpha highlights.
Changes are coming, and Microsoft has begun detailing some of the updates and tweaks that Xbox One owners can expect over the coming months. DLNA streaming, threaded messages and a new "Friends" section, and a new media player are all in the pipeline, with some consoles getting access as soon as September.