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September 11, 2007

Details on Sony's new PlayTV for Europe

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There are more details emerging all the time for the new PlayTV tuner and DVR announced for the PS3. The unit will apparently be coming to Europe "early in 2008" with other territories to follow. The new box will feature two 1080p tuners, which utilize the European Digital Video Broadcasting system (DVB-T) -- so that makes a US version unlikely. The system will allow you to store recorded broadcasts on your PS3 drive, and also transcode and transfer the saved files to your PSP. Additionally, you'll be able to use the PSP's "Remote Play" feature to program and watch your PlayTV away from home.

What we don't like is the amount of storage - we're talking maybe 5 hours or so of recording time. And why no US version? I'd really like to have this for my PS3 - besides Heavenly Sword or the upcoming games - it's just sitting there.

Via Engadget

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August 29, 2007

Play Tetris on your TV

Tetris Tv2

Japan’s Epoch company had taken the retro puzzler and jammed it into a set top gaming system. The controllers actually look like Tetris blocks and you even get a pink and a blue one. The updated version of the game comes with a variety of modes including a two-player side-by-side mode (thanks to the dual controllers.)

The Tetris TV game retails for ¥4,280 (appx. $36 USD,) but I’m not sure if and when you’ll be able to get one outside of Japan.

Via [technabob]

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May 24, 2007

Ultimate LCD TV Protection for Klutzy Wii Owners

If you're one of those unfortunate types who has a habit of flinging your Wii remote through your $2000 LCD TV, you might want to check out a new LCD Safety Shield from a Taiwanese company called LCDArm. According to Gearlog.com:

The Safety Shield fits 30-46" screens. Need more features for this super-sexy TV sneezeguard? Straight from the PR pitch's mouth:
  • 1. Protection strong impacted resistance.
  • 2. Light transmissive rate over 98%
  • 3. Invisible frame and transparency
  • 4. Protect Panel from scratches and dust.
  • 5. Reduces ultraviolet (UV) rays and health to human eyes ->option

Wow! That's about as sexy as the plastic cover on your $2500 leather couch. Oh well, what's a klutz to do? No details on availability or pricing.

At Gearlog.com

LCDarm's Website

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April 2, 2007

Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Elite

The experts said that we'd never see an Xbox 360 with a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port but Microsoft is about to prove them wrong. Microsoft has announced the Xbox 360 Elite which has an HDMI port and a 120GB harddrive. According to Xbox.com, the features include:

  • Xbox 360 Elite console: The Xbox 360 Elite is equipped with a premium black finish and three powerful core processors capable of producing the best in HD entertainment (up to 1080p, like any Xbox 360), 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound, HDMI output and DVD playback with upscaling capabilities right out of the box.
  • Xbox 360 120GB hard drive: The huge 120GB detachable hard drive allows gamers to save their games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, extra game levels, demos and other content available from Xbox Live Marketplace.
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (black): The sleek black finish of this high-performance wireless controller matches the style of the Elite Console. It has a range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of 30 hours on two AA batteries.
  • Xbox 360 headset (black): Now available in black, the headset lets you strategize while playing together online or trade taunts with your opponents. You can also send voice messages to friends on Xbox Live.
  • Xbox 360 HDMIcable: New to Xbox 360, HDMI lets you get HD video (up to 1080p) and multichannel surround sound, all from one cable.
  • Xbox Live Silver Membership: With this, gamers can chat with friends online, collect achievements and gamerscores, send and receive voice and text messages, and access Xbox Live Marketplace content such as game demos, HD movies and TV, as well as the best in downloadable games from Xbox Live Arcade.
  • One-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold: An Xbox Live Gold Membership provides a complete online entertainment experience. Subscribe to this premium service and engage in competitive online multiplayer matches, tailor your matchmaking via feedback and accomplishments, chat with more than one person at a time, and take advantage of unique privileges in Xbox Live Marketplace and Xbox Live Arcade.

Overall the PS3 is still a better deal but if you're an Xbox 360 fanatic, you'll want to check out the 360 Elite.

At Xbox.com

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February 28, 2007

No More PS3 Shortages by May According to Sony

For those of you who gave up on the PS3 and went out and bought the Wii, here's some news for you from RedHerring.com:

Sony is on track to ship 2 million PlayStation 3 consoles to North American stores by the end of March, and expects shortages of the video game console to have completely eased by May, a top executive said on Tuesday.

“April or May is when we feel like we’re going to catch up to demand and have product fully in stock across North America and stay there,” said Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America.

The article also states:

Consumers and analysts have praised the PlayStation 3’s graphical prowess and potential, but they have also raised concerns about its high price, a weak lineup of current games, and what has been perceived as arrogance on Sony’s part about the desirability of its flagship product.

“The PS3’s biggest opponent right now is itself. It’s really just competing against its own PR,” said Jeremy Dunham, PlayStation editor at entertainment web site IGN.

“The PS3’s problem right now is there have been a lot of broken promises. It has a lot of things to overcome, but the brand name, the franchises, and good exclusives ... all should generate interest," Mr. Dunham said.

I've got to agree with the last paragraph, Sony is selling a lot of consoles but I also they they've definitely built up quite a bit of ill will from customers. Now the big question for those of you who bought the Wii instead, do you start saving your pennies for a PS3 also?

At RedHerring.com

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January 25, 2007

Who Said a Wii was Just for Gaming?

For you hardcore gamers out there who are also news junkies (I'm sure there's a couple), you'll soon be able to get AP News on your Nintendo Wii. According to MSNBC.com:

Rabid video gamers could get some help keeping in touch with the outside world this weekend as Nintendo Co. launches an online news service through its popular Wii console.

The Wii News Channel, scheduled to debut Saturday, will primarily feature top news stories and photographs from The Associated Press.

Consoles with a broadband Internet connection and the Opera Web browser will be able to access the free news channel, which will offer AP news in multiple languages. Japanese-language news will come from a separate agency.

Now Gamers will be able to keep up with the headlines about how many people got bonked in the head by a Wii controller.

At MSNBC.com

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January 18, 2007

Get Blue Ray HD DVD and HD DVD Players the Fun Way

We've been toying around with how to get the best of both worlds in the new world of high definition DVD or HD DVD. There are two standards right now - Blue Ray from Sony and HD DVD from a slew of other companies. If you want to get a player that does both - we'll they're coming, but another good way is to purchase the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player and of course you'll need a Xbox 360 Console.

This gets you the first format - HD DVD. The easiest way to get a good Blue Ray HD DVD player? Buy a Sony PlayStation 3 of course! It comes with a Blue Ray HD DVD Player built in. All this is going to run you about 1100 bucks but in the end you have two of the next generation consoles and the both HD DVD formats.

So to sum up:

HD DVD = the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player and a Xbox 360 Console

Blue Ray HD DVD = Sony PlayStation 3

Now where did I put that credit card? Hmmm...

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December 27, 2006

Control your House with your Wii!

And you thought the Wii was just a gaming system? Check out what this guy did with his Wii:

This is my Nintendo Wii Controlled Smart Home. Using the Wii-Mote and my Nintendo Wii, I have an onscreen Flash User Interface that lets me control the following aspects of my home: Lights, Thermostat, Security Camera, Music Playback, Cable DVR, and more.

How cool! You can find basic instructions and a video (the video wasn't working for me at the time of this post) at his website.

At WiiHacks.Blogspot [via Joystiq]

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December 19, 2006

Nintendo to Recalling 3.2 Million Straps for Wii Remotes

If your recently bonked your best friend in the head with a flying Wii remote, you might just want to blame Nintendo. According to InsuranceJournal.com:

Nintendo is issuing a product recall for its latest video game problem over a Wii problem. The reception of Nintendo's Wii video game console has been enthusiastic -- too enthusiastic, apparently, for the straps that are supposed to keep the game controllers in the hands of players.

After widespread reports of controllers flying out of the hands of overly energetic players to cause a Wii bit of damage to TV sets, walls and bystanders, Nintendo is recalling 3.2 million straps to replace them with tougher stuff.

The article also states:

Customers can exchange the straps through their local Nintendo service centers, Minagawa said. The worldwide exchange is expected to cost the company several million dollars.

There even a class action lawsuit out there because of the faulty straps. Wow, people will sue for just about anything these days.

At InsuranceJournal.com

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December 7, 2006

ABC News' Ultimate Video Game and System Buyer's Guide

While the mainstream media isn't always the best source for Gaming Buying Guides, ABC News has a pretty decent Video Game and System Buyer's Guide. The article is broken down into the following categories:

  • Consoles and Handhelds
  • Video Games Galore
  • Understanding Video Game Ratings
  • Talk the Talk: Gaming Lingo

The article starts out:

Moms and dads listen up: A new line of video games and video game consoles have been unleashed for the holidays and we're here to help you sort through the games and gear your kids — and perhaps you yourself.

It's been more than 25 years since home video game consoles hit the mainstream with Atari's 2600. But we've come a long way since the days of Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Today's games run the gamut from interactive adventures that put you in the lead role of a Hollywood-style action movie to games that put you in charge of tens of thousands of medieval warriors laying siege to a massive castle.

Video game stores are stocked with hundreds of games for young and old alike, and it can be tough to know what's right, what's good and what's appropriate for the gamer in your life.

While this article is geared more towards novices and than gamers, the article is still worth a read.

At ABCNews.com

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