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.
Online shooter Destiny might be one of the hottest games this year, but not everyone is prepared just yet to take the plunge. A plunge that will cost them $60, provided they already have the compatible consoles to begin with. For these types of gamers, Bungie is providing a cheap, in other words, free, way for them to nibble at Destiny for as long as they want, given a few restrictions. And they can even save their progress and reclaim it if and when they decide to buy the game after all.
The days of gaming consoles fighting to get exclusive games is far from over, but it’s no longer the only battleground for consumers to be making their decision on which to purchase. Now that we’re in an era of endless streaming, gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One vie to be your only living room device (save for the TV). To that end, Microsoft has brought in a much needed boost for the Xbox One, as the console will now have native HBO Go.
In recent times some Grand Theft Auto V gamers on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have had trouble transferring over Online characters -- if they hadn't played since 2013, that is. Trying to play GTA Online with the Xbox 360 or PS3, then, resulted in a notice that Rockstar's service weren't available. Rockstar Games had responded to the concerns, saying that it was looking into the issue and would have more to say later on. That spawned a series of new updates today, ultimately leading to the now-available patch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles specifically.
Sony has just made an announcement that will give its gamers a lot more to chew on this coming holiday/gaming season. EA Games has just joined the somewhat still exclusive club of PlayStation Now streaming and as part of that new found friendship, it is making five popular titles for gamers to choose from. All five will be available starting December 2 on all consoles and markets supported by PS Now, for as little as a dollar a day for a whole week.
If you’ve been to an electronics retailer like Best Buy recently, you’ve probably seen a stack of Xbox One bundles peppered throughout the store. According to Microsoft, that’s helped them boost sales of late. Xbox marketing chief Yusef Mehdi took to the Xbox blog today, noting Microsoft’s game system has moved a massive quantity of units; nearly 10 million. At roughly $350, Xbox says they’ve been shipping more units than ever. This bodes well for them heading into the holiday rush, but Playstation has been there, done that.
Amazon is offering unlimited photo storage to all of its Prime subscribers, adding Prime Photos to the list of perks included in the shipping service. Launched first on the poorly-selling Amazon Fire Phone, Prime Photos automatically uploads images not only from the retailer's own handset and its Fire tablets, but from iOS and Android devices in general thanks to new apps for each platform. Desktop apps for Windows and Mac throw photos from there into the cloud too, and the combined gallery can then be accessed across multiple platforms including consoles and set-top boxes.