Posts Tagged ‘consoles’
Nintendo haven’t released a decent console since the N64, and even that didn’t capture the imagination like the SNES. And so, in a bid to stay in the market after everyone collectively shrugged at the Wii and Wii U, they’ve decided to go budget.
For £80, you will be able to get your hands on a Wii Mini from March 22nd. For your buck, you’ll get a scaled-down console with a Wii Remote Plus and nunchuck.
What is a Wii Mini though and is it worth £80? Well, for starters, the exact same device costs around £60 overseas, so it seems a bit of a swizz from the off. Is it worth a punt if you’re a gaming n00b? This new console doesn’t connect to the internet (so no iPlayer or downloadable content from the Wii Store) and there’s no games bundle.
For another £40, you’ll be able to buy a proper Wii, which allows you connect to the internet and comes with a load of games. With the amount of packages you can buy you can have a fully functioning Wii and a bundle of other stuff, thereby making the Wii Mini look pretty useless.
The rumours around the PS4 (or whatever Sony decide to call it) are really ramping up now, with the best news being that the console could be pretty cheap in a bid to maximise sales.
One report suggests that Sony are looking at flogging the PS4 for just shy of £300 when it launches. Compared to the £425 price-tag of the PS3 when it came out, that’s a big drop.
Another reports says that the price could be as low as 40,000 Yen, which in sterling, is around £275, which is frankly brilliant and a boon if Sony want to destroy the competition of the next-gen Microsoft Xbox.
There’s also strong rumours that the console will allow gamers to take their games to smartphones, tablets and PS Vita.
“Sony’s new console may also allow users to compete against others using different hardware, such as smartphones and other portable devices,” the report said.
This comes from Sony’s acquisition of cloud-gaming company Gaikai, which basically means that games would stream from the internet, with CNET saying: “Imagine playing a core PlayStation…[game] on your console, then picking the game up exactly where you left off on your cell phone or tablet.”
What this means for you wanting to play your PS3 games on the new console is anyone’s guess, but things are definitely heating up for Sony’s announcement later today.
Here’s a thing. If you’ve bought a Nintendo Wii U and live somewhere in Europe, then you may or may not have discovered that your new console has a watershed.
European Wii U consoles now restrict access to PEGI 18-rated games until after 11pm.
Basically, the Wii U online store won’t let you buy adult games unless you’re awake between 11pm and 3am. If you work nights, tough. Of course, this watershed won’t stop you playing games whenever you feel like it, because that would be commercial suicide for Nintendo.
An email from Nintendo says: “Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries.”
Other console developers have not said they’ll be joining in with this and, to be honest, it seems incredibly unlikely that they will want to.
Strap on your safety equipment! The next generation of consoles are coming! UK games industry boffins MCV are claiming to be ‘in the know’ and they’re saying that both the brand new Xbox AND PlayStation consoles will be shown off at the popular E3 gaming pow-wow in June.
MCV’s online editor Ben Parfitt said: “Obviously we can’t reveal our sources. But you have my personal word on this – the source is exemplary, 100% concrete, ultra high level.” Which is one step up from ‘the bloke in the pub’ and is therefore more than good enough for us.
Having subsequently spoken to the bloke in the pub, we are led to believe that it won’t be a complete reveal of the consoles, but rather an announcement with a few hints about features. The announcements will also serve as a distraction from Nintendo’s Wii U, which is expected to be shown off along with a release date and pricing info at E3.
Better start saving up for one, two or all three of the new consoles then… although the bloke in the pub says he can get us all of them next week for just £400.
Gaming nerds! Get this – the next-gen Xbox is apparently going to see release in 2013, according to a source who is said to be working within Microsoft’s Xbox team.
Even though Microsoft have long talked about their ten-year plan for Xbox 360, launched in late 2005, it isn’t stopping them from playing with a successor.
According to European Xbox boss Chris Lewis, he said in August:
“We think we’re a little over halfway with the life cycle of the console, but that’s not to say there won’t be an overlap. I’m not going to announce specifically or talk about timing. But you could imagine there could be overlap, it depends. We’re not being specific about the next generation at this stage.”
Thankfully, there’s blabbermouth ‘sources’ there to give everyone big fat clangers about future projects.
It’s thought that Microsoft will be making their first official announcements about Xbox 720 at the CES expo in January 2012.
We love playing console games and generally using software. After all, who the hell doesn’t? But we’re spending less time having fun and more time carefully reading 6,933-page user agreements every time they’re updated.
A worrying trend is that more and more EULAs are riddled with clauses that prohibit users from taking part in class action suits if they handle your data in a negligent and crappy fashion, as some of them have in recent times.
The little-known workaround is that you can normally opt-out of these clauses by sending a letter. It would be much easier to just tick a box or send an email but no, you have to send a letter. Which you probably won’t bother to do. Which is probably the point.
Thanks to a collective of gamers called Gamers Opt Out, those opt-out letters can be written and sent for you – they’ll do it all on your behalf at no cost to you. If you like what they do, you can donate to them but they’re happy to do it for free.
There’s a lot of fuss over the next-gen Nintendo Wii (Wii 2 for the purposes of this article) and there’s been a video leaked showing it off. Sorta.
The console will get an official unveiling at E3 next month on June 6th, but if you can’t wait, here’s some footage of snapped on a hidden camera which shows a controller with an inbuilt screen.
Sadly, there’s no sound on the video and the spec isn’t clear (what? We’re wasting your time now? Charming) but there is a controller with a large inbuilt screen that can be spotted throughout the clip and the finish on the new console seems to be made of metal, which is meaner than the original.
Anyway, there you go. A tantalising look at a future big hitter.
You might have noticed Tesco’s pretty special instore launch offer for the Nintendo 3DS a few days ago – get the console for only £175 when you buy it with a game for £34.90.
If you went along to get one but found that they’d sold out, it might have been the case that GAME staff had got there first and bought a few of them to sell in their own shops, at a profit.
A leaked memo shows that GAME’s head office authorised staff members to go to Tesco and buy up to five of the bundles per trip, which they would then re-sell as pre-owned consoles, at the same price as brand new ones (£219.99). With the huge demand across the country for the 3DS, these it’s fair to say that these ‘pre-owned’ consoles won’t have stayed on the GAME shelves for too long.
A GAME spokesperson told Eurogamer: “Some of our stores wanted to move quickly last weekend to build their pre-owned stocks of 3DS at the same time as their local competitors, so we gave them a process to do that. It was not mandatory, and happened in small volumes.”
However, a GAME staff member told Eurogamer that the store he works at was reprimanded for not taking part.
So if you missed out on the Tesco offer, you could have gone round to your nearest GAME and got a 3DS there. Probably too late now though…
Let the Nintendo 3DS price war begin!
Retailers stocking the 3D handheld are all trying to undercut each other and the lowest price currently stands at £187 with Dixons selling it for that much after Morrisons kicked off the price cut battle.
Dixons require you to pay a £10 deposit up-front and the balance before the launch when you receive a phone call, which all sounds deligtfully clandestine.
More interesting is that the Dixons pre-order suggests that their price could actually end up being lower than the £187 advertised.
Amazon.co.uk are touting a similar deal, although with them, you’ll have to pay the £187 up-front. Again though, you could end up paying less: “If the Amazon.co.uk price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you’ll be charged the lowest price”.
The 3DS launches on 25th March and reports suggest that the 3DS has broken all UK pre-order console records, shifting 100,000 units already. Amazon are saying that the Nintendo device has beaten the PS3′s pre-order sales by 20 per cent and the Wii by 56 per cent.
It’s Valentine’s Day! And, like, who REALLY gives a toss? Not us – we’re dancing to St Valentine’s pan pipes of love EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR. So with that in mind, there is no romance whatsoever attached to today’s bargain round-up.
More icy cynicism and scorching offers can be viewed dispassionately over at HotUKDeals…
At the weekend we rocked your collective world with the news of a 20% off offer on gaming consoles. Now things might be about to get a helluva lot betterer. Word on the street (street = HotUKDeals.com) suggests that the offer is spreading like some kind of crazy virus.
Our source suggests that the offer will also include games and accessories from tomorrow (Tuesday) onwards. That’s right – 20% off ALL gaming stuff. We should stress that this is an UNCONFIRMED deal, and there’s been much snorting an pooh-poohing of it, but it’s well worth a heads-up for tomorrow morning.
Next, one for all of you who suffer from RSG because of your laptop-using habits. What is RSG we hear you ask? Why it’s Repeatedly Scorched Genitalia – caused by having a hot laptop nestling in your ‘special area’ for hours on end. Yeah, that’s you isn’t it?
Now all of that can be a thing of the past and you can laugh openly at other sufferers who you spy standing awkwardly at bus stops. That’s because you can get a Belkin Cushtop delivered for only £8.49. It’s like a desk that perches on your lap and will keep your bits and bobs away from the ferocious heat produced by your laptop.
Finally, a piece of state-of-the-art technology that will allow you to listen to your favourite songs from the hit parade while on the move around town, on a bicycle or just cooking or standing still in your house, home, grotto or hovel.
It’s a Sony Walkman and it operates using the latest cassette tape format. Better still, it’s down from £24.99 to only £10.99. What with all of that and its Mega Bass & Groove sound enhancement, it all adds up to a package that is sure to dominate the lives of youngsters and oldsters for decades to come. And look! Some hip young popslinger has already recorded a cash-in single!
(deals found by HUKD members MissGemgem, windhoek and hotdealsuk)
Be careful out there people – there’s some VERY convincing fakes around…
More to see over at BuzzFeed.
Start your engines, gaming fans – tomorrow sees the shiny new Xbox 360 250GB hit the UK. Microsoft are hoping to lead you away from the Nintendo Wii and turn you to the dark side of gaming, just in time for the launch of Kinect in September.
GAME are opening many of their stores at midnight for the launch, but where will you get the best deal? Well it’s not Sainsbury’s, despite the internet chatter that stores would be selling the first two for under £150. It depends whether you’re paying in hard cash, collecting points or have your old console to trade in:
Tesco Direct – £189 plus double Clubcard points
Zavvi – £189.95
Amazon – £189.99
HMV – £199.99 plus 19,999 pure HMV points
Play.com – £199.99
We’ll update this list if we hear of any lower deals – let us know in the comments if you spot any other deals online or on the high street.
If you’ve got a spare couple of hundred quid flip-flapping about in your pocket and you’re looking to invest in a games console this bank holiday weekend, there’s a red-hot deal for each of the big three available right now.
First up comes the Xbox 360 Elite bundle for £199.99. As well as the console, you’ll also get Resident Evil 5, Fight Night Round 4 and an extra wireless controller. There’s free delivery and the possibility of another £10 off if you’re eligible to use the 5% off code that you’ll find at HotUKDeals.
You can also pick up an official Xbox 360 play and charge kit for the unfeasibly cheap price of £4.99 right now. So you should.
If you’re of a Wii-type of an animal, you can get the stand-alone Wii console, which comes with Wii Sports, a Wii remote and nunchuck for only £139.97 delivered at the moment. Something here for voucher fans too – an extra tenner off if you use the code that’s waiting for you at HUKD.
Finally, there’s the PS3. Prices are dropping ahead of the launch of the PS3 Slim, but there’s nowt wrong with the good old 80GB PS3. If you fancy one, you can nab one right now for just £199. No vouchers and no bundled games with this one, but if it’s game offers you’re after, get over to Dealspwn and see what they can do for you.
If you prefer to spend the bank holiday in a more traditional way, you can come round to BWHQ and mow the lawn for us. It’s about seven feet high and in serious need of a scalping. Vince went out to tackle it a couple of weeks ago and we haven’t seen him since…
* Bag of chips used in comparison weighs eight tons.
Buying little Johnny a PS3 for Christmas, for him to satisfy his pre-teen homicidal urges in Slasher Maniac VII: Blood Thru the Ages? Better remember to unplug the bloody thing after he’s finished gutting those Victorian whores. The frankly terrifying graph below says it all.
US environmental action group the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has tested the energy use of popular games consoles, and found that at the top end of usage, a 2006 model PS3 costs 10 times more in terms of electricity if left switched on when unused. NRDC estimated the annual energy cost of the console when in use to be just $15 a year; leaving it on continuously ramped the bill up to a neck-craning $160.
It’s blindingly common sense, really. Leaving something switched on still uses power, but most people probably don’t realise to what extent. In these tough times when every penny counts, it’s time to start following them. Phone chargers, entertainment systems, PCs – if you’re not using them, switch them off. Sorry to sound like your mum, but it’s for your own good.