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.
This week the folks behind Google Music’s acquisition of Songza have let it be known that Songza has officially joined the party. They’ve been a part of the Google company for a while now, but just this week they’re appearing in the Google Music app for the first time. Just like Rdio did with TastemakerX, Google did with Songza, adding a new layer of interest to their music service. With this boost comes Songza’s "concierge" music feature, the piece of the puzzle that tells you what’s best to listen to at what time of the day.
Tired of sitting around at home all day but don't really want to be separated from your favorite console game? That wouldn't be a problem if you were of the Xbox One gaming type and could a afford an "xbook". But now even PlayStation gamers can enjoy partial mobility, thanks to Ed Zarick and his latest innovation, the PlayBook 4, that gives you a portable PS4 in a laptop form. Well, not exactly a laptop and not completely portable, but "PS4 Luggage" is a less than marketable name.
This release of Sleeping Dogs is the big-time re-up the game needed for the current generation of consoles: Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It still doesn’t look as fantastic as it does when you’re topped-out on a high-end PC, but Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition never looked better on a console. This game was fun and entertaining in an evolved old-school way when it was first released, and it’s all the more entertaining now.
With Microsoft having just recently begun selling its Xbox One in China, Sony isn't about to let its PlayStation 4 be too far behind. While things haven't been finalized yet for the Japanese game console manufacturer, paperwork recently filed by Sony in order to get Chinese government approval shows that they looking to begin sales in December of this year, possibly shipping 200,000 units annually to begin with.
For once, this isn't actually about Apple actively blocking legally questionable apps from setting up shop in the iTunes App Store right from the start. This is about emulators for popular gaming consoles and handhelds no longer working because the upcoming iOS 8.1 update will finally plug up a vulnerability previously in place that allowed such apps to thrive. While good for security, it leaves users of such gaming apps out in the cold, with no way to get back in to enjoy older games again.
Microsoft last week unveiled the long-awaited Windows 10. Well, it was long-awaited for those corporate customers suffering under the weight of Windows 8. But for the rest of us? Well, I’m not sure we really cared. I remember a time when Windows launches were big things. Back in the 1990s and even early-2000s, whenever Microsoft would hold a special event announcing the new Windows and showing it off, we’d be drooling over the possibilities.