Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft was seeing strong sales of its home videogame console, the Xbox 360. So strong, in fact, that Larry Hryb (or Major Nelson, if you prefer) was told that Microsoft had literally "run out" of the consoles. With stock supposedly tight in January and February as well, Major Nelson was quick to note that if they didn't get first place in console sales from the NPD group with their results today, it would be due to strong sales, and not the opposite. Microsoft has released the NPD's highlight reel for the 360, and sure enough, Microsoft's console is doing very well.
Even if some people may be bored with the first-party titles that Nintendo has released for the Wii videogame console, there's no doubt that the Nintendo-branded consoles have a way of flying off the shelves and into the homes of millions of people. In the United States, Nintendo is happy to announce that they've managed to continue their sales strengths with not only the Wii console, but also the DS handheld videogame console.
OnLive has announced that pre-orders of its on-demand gaming system have begun shipping, together with the debut of its flat-rate PlayPack video game plan beta to OnLive Game System owners. Put up for pre-order in mid-November, the $99 OnLive MicroConsole will give early adopters free access to PlayPack until the service's formal launch on January 15 2011, after which point it will be a $9.99 per month subscription.
While Black Friday is over and done with, and we're knee-deep in the savings that come with Cyber Monday, it looks like Nintendo made a killing off the Black Friday week. They sold plenty of consoles, which include members of the DS family, as well as the Wii home console. They sold enough, in fact, that the company feels like a formal press release is the right thing to do. Some may call this bragging, but then again, when you've sold as many consoles as Nintendo did, there might be a little room to do that.
There's no doubt that publisher Activision has been on a bit of a roll as of late, especially with mega-hits like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and more recently, Call of Duty: Black Ops breaking records in the entertainment market. But, that's obviously not going to stop them from focusing on the future, and one way to make sure that you have a strong library of titles coming down the pipe is to secure strong developers. Bungie, the makers of Halo, were picked up by Activision not too long ago, and now it looks like Bungie's ready to go multi-platform, more than likely thanks to a big push from Activision.
Is there a better use for an old Pepsi R2D2 promo shell than stuffing it full of eleven consoles and a projector? If there is, we can't think of it; Brian DeVitis's droid has been a labor of love over the past three years, and currently contains a GameCube, N64, NES, SNES, Atari 7800, PSP, DreamCast and several other consoles along with a liberal splash of LED lighting.
We know that Sony's gung-ho about 3D, and Microsoft's obviously knee-deep in the motion-controller market now, but according to the former Boss of Sony Europe, David Reeves (who now works at Capcom), all of those new things are just stopgaps to what's actually coming. Speaking with GameIndustry.biz, Reeves suggests that both Sony and Microsoft are already looking at the future of their next console, even as they both prepare to launch the next big thing in the coming months.
One of the coolest and geekiest things I have ever tried at CES was back in 2007 and it was called the 3RD Space vest by TN Games. The thing looks like one of the tactical vests that a solider would wear. The difference is that the 3RD Space vest is filled with air bladders that puff to simulate bullet impacts.
Got a first, second or third-generation Sony PS3? Step away from the console, unless you want to run the risk of permanent data loss; that's the message from the official PlayStation blog, who are addressing the persistent PlayStation Network issues affecting all but the PS3 Slim. If you're seeing 8001050F errors, along with messages warning of being unable to sign into the PSN, unable to reset the clock or unable to play back rented movies, you could run the risk of losing your hard-earned trophies.
Sony have attempted to discretely push two new PlayStation 3 Slim variants through the FCC, under the auspices of their Sand Design Enterprise cover company. The CECH-2101A and CECH-2101B represent a minor SKU tweak over the current-gen CECH-2001A and CECH-2001B, and of course the FCC filing is singularly unhelpful in describing what exactly the changes are. WiFI b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are both onboard, just like the current consoles.
It used to be when it came time to upgrade a supercomputer we were talking about adding more nodes, processors, and other hardware. At least in one of the supercomputers used by the DoD when it comes time to upgrade it means buying more Sony PS3 game consoles.