• 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

  • Microsoft's Kim: Xbox still has four years of life, and it's not all about Blu-ray

    Stopping short of saying Blu-ray is coming to the Xbox 360 (hurry up, guys), Microsoft Games Studio’s head Shane Kim said that the Xbox 360 is expected to have a seven-year lifespan. That gives us about 4 years left on the console before we see a new Xbox. Kim was talking about the “long tail” expected of the 360, and it was noted that the PS3 has an expected 10 year tail. Read More

  • Microsoft representative denies new Xbox 360 in '09

    Despite rumor upon rumor of a slimmed down Xbox 360 appearing some time next year, Microsoft has now come out and said the following, according to Ubergizmo… “While we don’t normally comment on rumours like this, we can tell you that we have no plans to release a new console in 2009.” The rumors surfaced out of Taiwan that Microsoft will be releasing a console called… Read More

  • Crytek dropping PC exclusivity thanks to piracy

    In an interview with PC Play Magazine, when asked about the current state of PC gaming, Crytek president Cevat Terli said: “We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis. We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable. I believe that’s the core problem of PC Gaming, piracy.  To the degree PC Gamers… Read More

  • MTV: Wii-like controller coming to Xbox 360 for Xmas

    SIXAXIS is cool, but the Wiimote is by far the most revolutionary video game controller of this current generation of consoles. The Xbox team knows this, and MTV has it on very good, solid word that Microsoft has been developing its own version of a motion-sensitive controller for almost a year. It’s not a regular Xbox controller with motion tracking, but a more Wiimote-like controller… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Former Xbox exec predicts end of stand-alone video game system in next 5-10 years

    The future, Conan? Could this be the last generation for the stand-alone video game console? That’s what one of the key players behind the Xbox1 thinks. Sandy Duncan, who was in charge of Xbox in Europe, says that technology will make consoles like the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii obsolete. He makes an interesting point—how different is the Xbox… Read More

  • Rumor: Acer planning a game console?

    There’s a lot of loose talk being bandied to and fro concerning Acer and its supposed plans to build an “open” game console. I think that if Acer were to attempt to build such a system, it would be more or less a console-like PC that hooked up to a TV and played PC games while also featuring an open SDK, but that’s just me. Some comments by one of Acer’s senior… Read More

  • Console sales stats: 360 lags, PSP brings up the rear

    Drum roll, please! The DS and Wii accounted for almost half of all sales, then Sony’s black boxes took the next two spots. Considering you’ve got GTA IV and Metal Gear Solid IV coming out in the next few months, it’s not much of a surprise that the PS3 is thumping the 360, which came in 5th. The PSP actually has pretty strong sales, which I didn’t expect. Anyhow… Read More

  • Best Buy taking your old neglected console trade-ins

    Best Buy will take your old consoles and give you a gift card to use at one of its bajillion locations. The process is fairly straightforward and shipping costs are taken care of by Best Buy, not you. You provide some basic info about the current shape of your console, print the shipping label, and send it off. About a week after the item arrives at the shipping center, you’ll get a… Read More

  • Future 'RockStar' games to be exclusively on PS3?

    According to a recent article in Play Magazine, your favorite Grand Theft Auto developer might be going PS3-only from here on out. That seems downright silly, but there’s a quote from an article about GTA IV that goes a little something like this… “The game is both PS3 and 360, but Rockstar has suggested that all further game development is going to be PS3 exclusive.” Read More

  • Gen-X Console: NES + Genesis = Retro-awesome

    How come I don’t find things like this before Xmas? This is the Gen-X Dual station, likely the weirdest console I’ve ever met. It’s an NES and a Sega Genesis combined into one, but the thing is it doesn’t use ROMs; it uses the old cartridges you’ve got in that box in the back of your closet. Yes, this is real. Gen-X Dual station plays Sega Genesis and NES… Read More

  • Wii shortage might force Nintendo to pull ads in UK

    Nintendo has a problem. It’s a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. See there’s this video game system called the Wii that Nintendo makes and the company can’t seem to keep it in stock. It’s gotten so out of hand that company execs are talking about pulling TV ads for the Wii in the UK. The ads are mostly holiday-themed ads that would instead be run next year. Read More

  • Nice, fat Xbox 360 back-compatibility update

    Microsoft has updated the Xbox 360’s software emulation, allowing more than 80 Xbox “original flavor” games to be played on their big, curvy console. Personally, I’m happy as long as Barbie Horse Adventures works, but they’ve also brought one of my old favorites, Armed and Dangerous into the mix, along with the classic Freedom Fighters. I’m sure you can… Read More

  • Microsoft wants to keep Xbox 360 around for a while

    If Microsoft has its way, you’ll still be happily playing your Xbox 360 into the next decade. Mindy Mount, CFO of Microsoft’s entertainment division, wants to buck the traditional five-year shelf life trend when it comes to her company’s current console, hoping that it’ll perform similarly to the PS2 which has remained popular for the last seven years. Read More

  • New lighter PS2 consoles to hit Japan this month

    Sony’s set to launch a slimmed-down version of its 7-year old PlayStation 2 console in Japan on November 22nd. It’ll cost roughly $140 and weighs about a pound and a half thanks in part to the power cord that plugs directly into the unit, eliminating the clumsy brick apparatus. It’ll come in Charcoal Black, Ceramic White, or Satin Silver. Other than that, it’s a… Read More

  • Manhunt 2 launches tomorrow amid controversy

    How appropriate that Rockstar will be launching Manhunt 2 tomorrow during Halloween. The game has been under fire for months due to its extremely violent content. It was even banned in the UK and received an “Adults Only” rating from the ESRB originally, meaning Rockstar had to take some time to modify the title so it would receive a “Mature” rating instead. Says… Read More

  • GameStop no longer offering Xbox 360 replacement plan

    If the failure rate of the Xbox 360 doesn’t start improving soon, even Best Buy of all places will stop offering a replacement plan for the console. Normally, these plans are designed to increase profits for the retailer by offering an extended warranty to the customer for more money. However, as GameStop has quickly realized, this becomes more of a pain in the ass for a store when a… Read More