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Nintendo on Thursday confirmed it is launching a Switch Lite console that will coexist with (and not replace) its regular Switch system. Following months of rumors and speculation, which had been kicking into high gear lately, we now know some key details about the upcoming console, including whether it will have a bigger or smaller display. Rumors and renders had pointed to both, but it will in fact be smaller. Simply put, the Switch Lite is designed to be a more portable version of the Switch, and as such, it is smaller and lighter than the regular Switch. Specifically, it measures 3.6 x 8.2 x 0.55 inches (HxLxD) and weighs 0.61 pounds, versus 4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches and 0.88 pounds on the bigger... Read more...
Rumblings of a Mini Switch console are getting louder by the day, and it seems a release is inevitable at this point. Interestingly, however, it might actually debut with a bigger display than the regular (i.e., current generation) Switch. The handheld game system would still be smaller as a whole, but offer up more screen real estate to gamers, according to a leaked silicone case design. E3 would have been a good time to announce a new Switch, but that did not happen. Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa actually made that clear ahead of E3, though he did concede that the company is "always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it." Now, however, images of a case... Read more...
We first heard about Nintendo possibly launching a smaller, more portable version of its Switch console two years ago. Nothing has yet materialized, but the rumors keep coming, and seem to be hitting a fever pitch. It appears more likely than ever that a Switch Mini is in the cards, just do no expect Nintendo to comment on the rumored console until it has something to unveil. Apparently Nintendo does not want to ruin the surprise, based on supposed comments made during the company's 79th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in Japan. That is standard procedure, of course—only rarely do companies comment on rumors and speculation. Usually the non-comment comes by way of a matter-of-fact... Read more...
One thing that is a given whenever a new game console comes out is that it will have upgraded hardware that is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation—it comes with the territory of riding a console for several years before introducing an entirely new model. That is again going to be the case when the next Xbox arrives, but what will it look like? We do not know yet, but according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, expect something "cool looking." The design of the next Xbox—codename Project Scarlett—has not been finalized yet, which is not surprising since it is more than a year away from launching. Nevertheless, Microsoft at least has a general idea of the overall design,... Read more...
There is something strangely cathartic about seeing an old piece of hardware that has suffered the fate of time and neglect, get restored to its original glory (or close to it). Maybe on a psychological level, this plays to our recognition of our own mortality. Or maybe it's just the nostalgia. Whatever the case might be, there is a video making the rounds of an old, beat up Nintendo Game Boy being lovingly restored, and it's worth taking a coffee break to watch. First released in 1989, the original Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld console that predates the Nintendo Switch by nearly three decades. It was a hugely popular system for its time, selling over 1 million units in the US alone during the... Read more...
Retro gaming fans who have been awaiting the release of the Atari VCS (formerly known as Ataribox) are going to have to wait a little bit longer. Atari announced that it is pushing back the release again, this time until the end of the 2019, though the final product will be faster, cooler, and quieter thanks to a platform upgrade. Barring any further changes, the Atari VCS will ship with an embedded Ryzen processor with Vega graphics. It's essentially an APU (accelerated processing unit), though AMD has shied away from using that nomenclature. Nevertheless, the new chip is apparently a brand new SKU that AMD has not yet announced. Atari is not divulging all of the details at the moment, but did... Read more...
Do you have an old GameCube console sitting around that you're not using anymore? If that is the case, and you also own a Nintendo Switch, you can literally hack (and saw) your old GameCube and give it a second life as a dock for your Switch, complete with working ports. That's exactly what someone did, and it looks awesome. Image Source: Reddit via Littlewolf128 Sure, it's bulky for a dock. But the fact that the front ports work is what ascends this mod from 'neat' to 'wow, that's really cool!' territory. It's also a well-timed modification, with Nintendo having recently launched Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch. The alternative is to buy a knockoff GameCube controller adapter and call... Read more...
There is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the high-end console scene, in terms of what kind of upgrade paths Microsoft and Sony might be considering. What we've seen with the current generation of consoles is a series of incremental upgrades, like the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. That said, there are plenty of rumors pointing to true successors, namely a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett. At least one developer believes these next-generation game consoles will ship with less than 16GB of RAM. Faster hardware is a given—we fully expect next-gen consoles to come equipped with burlier graphics chips and upgraded processors, especially now that 4K resolution gaming has been thrown into the... Read more...
There was plenty of pre-launch skepticism regarding Nintendo's Switch console, a hybrid game system that can sit in a dock connected to a big screen television, or be played on the go like a mobile device. However, there's now little question that Nintendo made the right the decision. Lest there be any lingering doubt, chew on this—the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 units since it launched in March 2017 through November 2018. That number is likely even higher now that we're midway through December. Regardless, the Nintendo Switch is outpacing sales of every other current-generation game system in the US during the same point in their respective life cycles. That means the Switch... Read more...
Just as Microsoft previously started rolling out its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 PCs (and then paused it to investigate reports of missing files), there is also a new system update available for Xbox One consoles that is packed with new features. One of them is an Xbox skill for Cortana and Alexa. To celebrate the latter, Microsoft has teamed up with Amazon to bundle a free third-generation Echo Dot with select Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. "Anyone who buys a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will also get a new Amazon Echo Dot, but don’t wait too long because this offer is only available while supplies last," Microsoft says. The deal is supposed to go... Read more...
The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro will not be the last of the PlayStation console. While that may seem like an obvious statement, the push to streaming services and gaming from the cloud have, well, clouded the situation. Even so, Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed that will be a new generation console at some point. We presume that to mean a PlayStation 5 is on the roadmap, and probably already in development. Yoshido stopped short of referencing a PS5 specifically, but in an interview with the Financial Times, he did acknowledge that "it's necessary to have next-generation hardware" product at this point in the game. What and when are the questions. We are an interesting point... Read more...
To celebrate the launch of Marvel's Spider-Man, the hotly anticipated game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony released a limited edition PS4 themed after the arachnid super hero. Themed consoles are nothing new, though this one seems to have struck a cord with gamers. Every time a retailer replenishes its inventory, it sells out faster than Peter Parker can change from an unassuming teen to a web-slinger in tights. Lucky for me, I was able to snag one at my local Walmart, which for a brief period of time claimed to have exactly five units in stock. I placed my order online, picked it up, and promptly sold it... Read more...
When Atari first announced the Ataribox  last summer, gamers that are into all things retro were rightfully excited. The forthcoming console even looked like the Atari that gamers of the '80s grew up with. Not long after, likely many folks got a bit worried when pre-orders were delayed in December, with some fearing the entire project could be nothing more than vaporware. However, as the Ataribox draws a bit closer to prime time, it has undergone a name change to the Atari VCS. We already knew that the Atari VCS would have an AMD APU inside with integrated Radeon graphics and would offer a "full PC experience,"  as well as built in retro classic titles. This means the ability... Read more...
For a long while, it was incredibly difficult to find a Nintendo Switch in stock. The game console was flying off store shelves quicker than retailers could stock them, and there are cries of an artificial shortage on Nintendo's part as a ploy to drum up demand. I've been skeptical of that theory from the outset because the of the numbers, the latest of which pegs the Switch as the fastest selling home videogame system in U.S. history. Since launching 10 months on March 3, 2017, Nintendo has sold more than 4.8 million Switch units in the U.S. alone, according to the company's internal record keeping. No other console has seen higher sales figures in the same time span, not even the original Wii,... Read more...
Almost everything that was cool or hip a long time ago eventually comes back in style. So it goes with retro gaming, and no company knows that better than Nintendo, which has been rebooting classic games with miniaturized versions of legacy consoles, including its original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES Classic Edition) and Super NES (SNES Classic Edition). So what's next? Perhaps a reborn version of its Game Boy, one of the industry's first handheld gaming system. Fun fact: Milton Bradley's Microvision released in 1979 is actually the first the handheld game console to use interchangeable cartridges (and it was also featured in the movie Friday the 13th: Part II). But while Nintendo does... Read more...
Sony has taken various stabs at handheld gaming over the years. Remember the PlayStation Portable? How about the followup PlayStation Vita? Now would be a good time to introduce yet another handheld console, if that was the direction Sony wanted to go. But with smartphones now both powerful and ubiquitous, Sony sees little reason to go down that path, even with the Nintendo Switch proving incredibly popular. Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), touched on the topic of mobile gaming and the Nintendo Switch in an interview with Bloomberg at last week's Tokyo Game Show. Image Source: Flickr (MiNe-5DII_105-3350U) "The Nintendo device is a hybrid device and... Read more...
For anyone wondering why the Nintendo Switch is still hard to find now six months after it launched, the answer is the same as before—Nintendo just is not able to produce Switch consoles fast enough to meet demand. While there will still be some who contend that it is an artificial shortage, consider that the Switch was once again the best-selling game console on the market in August, according to The NPD Group. It is the second month in a row that Nintendo Switch sales have come out on top of the competition. After outselling both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in July, the Switch was able to maintain its sales lead in August.. "The Nintendo Switch was August's best-selling hardware platform,"... Read more...
Nintendo is still not producing enough hybrid Switch consoles to meet demand. We would say this is where you are supposed to feign surprise, but who are kidding, this is hardly shocking. What will be surprising is if Nintendo is able to get a handle on the situation in time for the holiday shopping season. History tells us not to hold our collective breath, though Nintendo says it is kicking up production. "We're doing everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to buy a Nintendo Switch system can do so," Nintendo said in a statement. "We will ramp up production for the holiday period, which has been factored into our forecast." Despite rumors to the contrary, this is not a case of Nintendo... Read more...
Microsoft is looking ahead to its Xbox One X console that will deliver true 4K game play and is ready to move on from its original Xbox One system. In fact, it already has, for the most part. A peek at the Microsoft Store shows that Microsoft is no longer selling the original Xbox One in the United States, save for a refurbished unit with a 500GB hard drive. Otherwise, there are no other listings. In the United Kingdom, the landing page for the Xbox One shows it as being "out of stock." That is probably a permanent thing, considering that Microsoft discontinued production of the Xbox One a few months ago. With no more units being made and the Microsoft Store depleted of stock, it appears that... Read more...
Microsoft announced at Gamescom 2017 over the weekend that pre-orders are now open for the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. There will be a limited number of these first-run consoles with the Project Scorpio branding that pays homage to the system's codename. The guts of the console are the same as the upcoming standard edition, though there are some other things that the Project Scorpio Edition apart. Larry Hryb, otherwise known as Major Nelson, posted an unboxing video of the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. One of the first things you will notice is the fancy retail packaging—not only does it sport the Project Scorpio branding, it also features an imprint of an "X" that is reminiscent... Read more...
Part of the reason why new game consoles are in short supply is because scalpers gobble up as much inventory as they can afford and then jack up the price on second-hand markets (eBay, Craigslist, and so forth). Well, Amazon has decided not to be a part this practice, at least in regard to Nintendo's upcoming SNES Classic. The online retailer is refusing to honor bulk orders and reducing such requests down to a single system. "We're writing about your Amazon.co.uk order [number redacted], which includes more than one Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Unfortunately, there's been a change to the availability of this item on Amazon.co.uk. As a result, there is now only... Read more...
Are you still having trouble finding a Nintendo Switch console in stock? Well, if it is any consolation, Nintendo is awfully sorry about the inconvenience, or so the console maker says. And in a recent interview with Arstechnica, Nintendo Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta pushed back against the conspiracy theory of an artificial shortage to drive up demand. "It's definitely not intentional in terms of shorting the market," Scibetta says. "We're making it as fast as we can. We wantto get as many units out as we can to support all the software that's coming right now... our job really is to get it out as quick as we can, especially for this holiday because we want to... Read more...
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