Although it has been barely two weeks since Microsoft unrolled the August update for the Xbox One, it is already releasing the September update for the console while we're still in August. This update brings a lot of user-requested features into the mix, including the ability to kick out people in the Party App, delete multiple recorded videos at once, and boot the Xbox One directly to the TV.
The hits keep coming for Nintendo, but not how they’d like them to. Ubisoft is now saying they will no longer support M-rated games (mature) on the Wii platform. Though Wii is a family-first platform, the absence of titles like Assassin’s Creed or Watch Dogs is likely to turn many customers away, perhaps for good.
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.
Alienware's Alpha console has gone up for preorder, no longer waiting for the delayed SteamOS and instead running Windows 8.1 with deep ties into the Steam game library thanks to a homegrown couch-friendly interface. Priced from $549, the Alpha runs a choice of Intel Haswell dual- and quadcore Core i chip, paired with a custom NVIDIA Maxwell GTX GPU with 2GB of its own memory, and up to 16GB of DDR3 system memory. That's all squeezed into a box that's compact enough to fit discretely under your TV.
Jealous of the game-themed special editions for the PlayStation 4 coming out of Japan but are more of an Xbox fan? Be jealous no longer as the Xbox One will soon be getting its due. French retailer Micromania.fr's short-lived listing just confirmed leaks that the fabled white Xbox One will really soon be available in players' hands, together with a copy of the upcoming Sunset Overdrive game.
When the Chinese government lifted ban of gaming consoles after having the restriction in place for almost 14 years, console makers have been gearing up for entries into potentially one of the world's largest gaming market. Microsoft says it will start selling the Xbox One in China starting Sept 23rd for a price tag of 3,699 Renminbi – round up about $599, making it more expensive than the one sold in the US.
Nintendo Wii U was picking up some steam in the quarter by selling 510,000 units; three times more compared to the same period last year – however the spike did not help Nintendo to avoid operating loss of 9.47 billion yen (about $92.4 million). Nintendo's popular handheld 3DS, which has a cult like following has stumble down by 41% in sales from a year ago. 3DS games are also down by 22%.
Ask any parent and they will most likely put "playing games in front of the TV", or even with a tablet, at the bottom of their list. But what if you could get kids learn while they're playing, and keep on moving while they're playing? This is the kind of thinking that led LeapFrog, who specializes in all kinds of electronics for kids, to develop LeapTV, a video game console, you can't really call it a "box", that is designed to get kids' bodies and minds moving.
The PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller just scored a bit of additional functionality, at least for those who own a PlayStation 3 -- wireless support on the older generation console. The news surfaced by way of Reddit user shafiggy16, who posted the update on the /r/PS3 subreddit.