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Sega Saturn cracked to load games from USB, after 20 years

Sega Saturn cracked to load games from USB, after 20 years

As of last week, the Sega Saturn turned 21 years old, at least if you start counting from its EU release. Although it enjoyed an initial surge of popularity, the Saturn was quickly left by the wayside in the console wars that left only three companies standing. Like any old, obsolete console, the Sega Saturn has its own share of loyal fans. Now those fans can take their consoles out of storage. At long last, the Sega Saturn's DRM has finally been cracked and the console can finally load and play games off a USB stick instead of a CD.

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Xbox One background music arrives August 2

Xbox One background music arrives August 2

In January, a tweet suggested that we’d see background music support arrive for the Xbox One this summer, and now we finally have a date: it’ll arrive on August 2 with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, according to Microsoft. The Anniversary Update will bring changes to both the Xbox One and the Xbox app on Windows 10; in addition to the background music support, owners will see Language Region Independence and more.

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GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

We're already well into the era of Xbox One and PS4, but if you somehow managed to miss out on the previous console generation entirely, GameStop has a new console bundle directly targeted at you. The massive games retailer has announced that it will bundle the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii together, putting a price tag of $160 on the package. Obviously, this is meant to help GameStop clear out its remaining stock of these increasingly obsolete consoles, but it's not a bad deal for someone looking to pick up these older consoles on the cheap.

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PlayStation Neo tipped to land this year to usher in 4K gaming

PlayStation Neo tipped to land this year to usher in 4K gaming

While Microsoft was only too happy to tease the E3 2016 crowd with its Project Scorpio console, noticeably missing from the showroom floor and news was the PlayStation Neo, a.k.a. the PlayStation 4.5. Even Nintendo name dropped its NX console in announcing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Fresh Air the Wild. Apparently, there is a reason for that. According to insider sources, Sony's "and a half" console might actually launch later this year, so Sony is merely reserving the PR for when that happens.

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This special edition Xbox One was customized by Iron Man

This special edition Xbox One was customized by Iron Man

Microsoft has released custom, limited edition Xbox One consoles to celebrate the releases of games like Forza 6 and Halo 5, but now they've let the one and only Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, have a turn at designing one. Just in time for the release of Captain America: Civil War in theaters, a white Stark Industries version of the console has debuted, complete with its own arc reactor.

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“Playstation 4.5” codenamed NEO, hardware specs leak

“Playstation 4.5” codenamed NEO, hardware specs leak

So it seems that Sony is indeed prepping an minor update to the PlayStation 4, but it won't be as dramatic, sensational, or even significant as others perhaps hope it would be. Sure, there will be CPU, GPU, and even RAM upgrades but they could be very minor in the long run. And yes, there will be 4K support, but this half next gen PS4 won't be making it a key focus. And no, it might not even be a refresh aimed at better support PlayStation VR, though the added muscle definitely helps.

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Upgraded PS4, Xbox One consoles ‘a pain,’ says BioWare co-founder

Upgraded PS4, Xbox One consoles ‘a pain,’ says BioWare co-founder

While the rumors about an updated PlayStation 4 console — tentatively referred to as PlayStation 4.5 or PlayStation 4K — have been quiet for the last week, or completely dispelled when it comes to a new Xbox One model, retired BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk has spoken out against the idea, stating that it would make life very hard for game developers.

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Analogue celebrates 30 years of Zelda with 24k gold NES

Analogue celebrates 30 years of Zelda with 24k gold NES

This year marks Zelda (and Link's) 30th birthday. You might have already celebrated with Google's Maps tribute or the not so official 3D rendition of the game right in your web browser. But if you're still aching for more and have money to burn, why not try Analogue's suggestion. The popular "re-maker" of NES/Famicom consoles is offering a very special limited edition of its "Analogue Nt" console, all plated in 24k carat gold. Of course, the console also comes with an copy of the original copy of the first Legend of Zelda game, in gold painting, not plating.

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Paraplegic gamer gets to skydive, courtesy of NVIDIA SHIELD

Paraplegic gamer gets to skydive, courtesy of NVIDIA SHIELD

As part of its marketing campaign for its SHIELD Android TV console, NVIDIA partnered with Loot Crate to send out a special "Mega Crate" to some lucky random Loot Crate subscriber. That crate naturally contained a host of NVIDIA goodies, like a SHIELD console, a year's subscription to GeForce Now game streaming, Netflix, and, wait for it, a skydiving experience. Georgia resident Tim Schultz happened to be that lucky subscriber, but his luck seemed to be even greater than hoped for. Little did NVIDIA know (or maybe it did) that Tim is a paraplegic.

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Coleco Chameleon, now just Chameleon, vanishes

Coleco Chameleon, now just Chameleon, vanishes

Almost true to its namesake, what was once looked upon as a hero in the retro and indie gaming scene has seemingly faded into the background. But unlike the lizard, this Chameleon has truly vanished, at least as far as the Internet goes. Coleco Chameleon, or should we just say Chameleon now, and its parent group RetroVGS, have disappeared without a trace, after a barrage of accusations and controversy. Though no formal statement has been given yet, it is probably safe to presume that the Chameleon is dead.

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Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo fans, you've likely already heard the news from yesterday's Direct livestream that some of the best games from the Super Nintendo console are coming to the New 3DS handheld. But Japanese version of the announcement also had something extra: a limited edition New 3DS XL featuring a Super Famicom-themed design, complete with the colored buttons for A, B, X, and Y. The Super Famicom was Japan's domestic name for the SNES, which looked a tad different from the one on our shores.

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer assuages fears of console, PC merger

Xbox’s Phil Spencer assuages fears of console, PC merger

Microsoft's announcement of Quantum Break's PC availability, and the eventual pull out of the game from the Windows Store, has been something of a mess. While it is great news (though not completely) for PC gamers, those on the Xbox side of the fence have started murmuring and questioning. Is Microsoft's stronger PC gaming push and its equally strong Windows 10 push on the Xbox a sign of troubling times for the console? Is Microsoft unifying the console and the PC? Phil Spencer says "no", though a bit ambiguously.

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