consoles

  • The Console Market Is In Crisis

    The Console Market Is In Crisis

    Neither of the games industry’s new flagship boxes — the PS4 and the Xbox One — is selling well compared to previous generations of flagship home consoles. The console market as a whole appears to be shrinking significantly — and that’s having a knock-on impact on games studios and game development. Read More

  • Whither The Console: Is This The Sunset Of The Dedicated Game Machine?

    Whither The Console: Is This The Sunset Of The Dedicated Game Machine?

    After sitting through three major press events at E3 this year and wandering the hall, I began seeing comments regarding the viability of consoles in a constantly-changing tech landscape. First there were the memes that essentially suggested that this year’s E3 was a gift to PC gaming and then John Carmack, the granddaddy of FPSes, (and bear in mind Carmack is working on a virtual… Read More

  • Gift Guide 2009: Gaming Consoles

    [tab:Intro][flagallery gid=2 name="CrunchGear Gift Guide 2009"] Ah, gaming consoles. They pick up where TV left off. Back when TV was still entertaining, it served as the perfect babysitter. “You kids watch Full House and Urkel until your mom and I get home from our key-swapping party, okay?” “What’s a key-swapping party?” “Okay, gotta go!” Now… Read More

  • Analyst forecasts $50 Wii price cut

    Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter is prognosticating that the price of the Nintendo Wii will drop to $199 in time for the holidays, pointing out that the console’s supply has finally eclipsed its demand. Meanwhile, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently said that his company plans to introduce great games instead of lowering the price of the little white box. Read More

  • Circuit City gets one last laugh, sells broken used consoles full of personal info

    Not that ANY of you would ever sell your console without deleting all your personal files and credit card information off of it first but just in case, here’s a reminder why you should do just that. Apparently a refurbishment center bought up a bunch of Circuit City’s pre-owned consoles that were to be “in working condition, and with maybe a few components missing.” Read More

  • Sega Dreamcast + iMac = iCast

    In what may qualify as nostalgia overload, an enterprising Canadian has replaced the insides of an old all-in-one iMac with a Sega Dreamcast console. The end result is the iCast. Read More

  • Xbox 360 holds a lead over the PS3 by 1 million in Europe

    The Xbox 360 is currently leading over the PS3 by around one million lifetime sales across five major European territories – the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, according to data from Eurogamer that shows like-for-like sales of console hardware across October and November. The figures also show lifetime installed base figures, which indicate the one million lead. It’s not… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Nintendo Wii + Wii Fit bundle for $349

    Target is selling the Nintendo Wii console along with Wii Fit, balance board, and carrying case for $349.99 (online only, free shipping). It’s maybe not a “deal” deal per se, but the bundle appears to be in stock, so there’s that. I’d hurry, though. Wii Fit with Hardware and Bag Bundle for Nintendo Wii [Target.com via dealnews] Read More

  • Wii blows by Nintendo 64 in total sales

    On the game console superhighway, if there is such a thing, the Nintendo Wii just blasted past the Nintendo 64, stuck its left arm out the driver’s side window, and rigidly shot its index finger into the air to let the N64 know that the Wii, in fact, is now number one. Well, not number one, but it passed the Nintendo 64 in lifetime sales. To date, Nintendo has sold almost 35 million… Read More

  • Modder sends Xbox to fat camp, builds ‘Xbox Slim’

    Ooh la la, will you look at this? There’s an Xbox stuffed in that little white case. A modder over on the Xbox Scene forums turned his big, fat, portly Xbox into a svelte, nimble “Xbox Slim” and added some key upgrades: slim DVD/CD-R drive, 60GB 2.5-inch hard drive, Logitech wireless controller, integrated Wi-Fi connection, and more. More photos and a video after the jump. Read More

  • Immersion and dreamGEAR work together to one-up Dual Shock


    Immersion is one of the primary companies behind force feedback and haptics. They’re working with a peripheral maker called dreamGEAR to put out a wireless Dual Shock alternative called the Shadow. It will feature “advanced vibro-tactile, spinning-mass technologies,” which is about as real-sounding as Master of Orion 2’s “black hole generator”* &mdash… Read More

  • Europe to get Xbox 360 price cuts this Friday

    Price drops! To Europe! This Friday! For the three or four of you outside of the US who read CrunchGear.com, we thank you. Here are the numbers; according to Xbox360Fanboy, Xbox 360 Arcade consoles will drop “to £129 (€179), 60GB Pros to £169 (€239) and 120GB Elites to £229 (€299).” And again, that’ll all happen on Friday. Read More

  • Wii passes Xbox 360 to take top spot in U.S. sales

    Previously declared the leading next-generation console worldwide, the Nintendo Wii has now surpassed the Xbox 360 to become the leading next-generation console in the U.S. Last month, Nintendo sold over 666,000 Wii consoles versus 405,500 PS3s and 219,800 Xbox 360s, according to NPD Group, Inc. Wii games are also selling well, as NPD says that six of the ten top selling games last month were… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Refurbished Xbox 360 for $199.99

    Buy.com has the refurbished 20GB Xbox 360 for a mere $200 (free shipping too). It’s the non-HDMI version, so keep that in mind. But if you’re looking to get into an Xbox 360 on the cheap, this appears to be a pretty good deal. Microsoft Xbox 360 Premium System – Recertified [Buy.com via dealnews] Read More

  • Nyko announces cooling systems for PS3, Xbox 360

    Console running a little hot? Come September, you’ll be able to pick up Nyko’s Intercooler TS for the Xbox 360 ($24.99) or PlayStation 3 ($34.99). The PS3 version offers variable fan-speed control and both models feature TempSmart, which provides automatic cooling levels based on the ambient room temperature around your console. Both snap right on to the back of the console and can… Read More

  • Microsoft to drop prices on Xbox 360 consoles?

    More rumors swirling around that Microsoft will drop Xbox 360 prices next month, most likely at E3. Analysts seem to think it’s because Sony’s got some good momentum going with the PS3 now and that the new Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle should help push the console’s sales, causing Microsoft to drop Xbox 360 prices in order to compete. What analysts don’t take into… Read More

  • New Gears 2 shots; now with more dead bodies as shields!


    Say what you will about Gears of War, it was by any standard a great-looking game, especially on the PC. And this next one, while it will almost certainly share the problems its predecessor had, will look even better. As the consoles mature I’m sure we’re going to be stunned by just what is possible; much as God of War, Okami and Final Fantasy XII blew us away on the PS2 late in… Read More

  • Now people are turning busted gaming consoles into casemods. That's just crazy talk!

    Sure, they’re not as useful as some purpose-made cases, but these case mods are pretty cool. If your favorite gaming console bites the dust, you too could turn it into a PC with a little wire, glue, solder, duct tape and nerves of steel. My fave by far is the Game Boy hack, because using the screen for the fan input is just awesome. When someone figures out how to casemod my Blackout… Read More

  • Microsoft Games head Shane Kim prevaricates furiously in interview

    The problem with interviewing smart higher-ups like Shane Kim is they will always say exactly what they mean to say, and you’re never going to pull one over on them, as you might with someone lower down the ladder — like a loose-lipped coder. While he did say a lot of words, Kim essentially refused to comment on everything the interviewer brought up: differential console success… Read More

  • Xbox 360 hits the 10,000,000 unit mark

    Coming in first to the 10 million sold mark for current generation game consoles is the Xbox 360, beating the PS3’s 4.1 million and the Wii’s 8.8 million. The PS3’s high price tag is likely to blame for its third place showing, and the Wii would likely have sold more if they were ever in stock. But that won’t keep Microsoft from gloating at the annual Console Makers… Read More