The Sony vs. Microsoft console wars are the equivalent of a fighting game (Mortal Kombat, say, or Street Fighter II) played by two evenly matched opponents, always brawling to a standstill despite their enormous skills. Microsoft claims it sold roughly…
Microsoft has confirmed the release date of the much awaited successor to the Xbox series. The Xbox One will be released to consumers on the 22nd of November 2013 and we will be able to see whether it would surpass the PlayStation 4. The new PlayStation…
The world of gaming has always been the perfect escape for children of all ages. As a little kid, I remember day dreaming that I was Mario, able to jump and get stars to overcome whatever came my way. I’m a little older now, and Super Mario has turned into games such as God of War, Split Second, and Amalur (when time permits). Still, those few hours of playing games provide much needed respite from the daily grind.
Kids today would probably only think of the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii when the subject of gaming consoles come up. Those of us who are a little more advanced in years will certainly tell kids that they are lucky to have these consoles, for, back in the day, while there were awesome devices, there were also a fair amount of really, really bad ones.
And, just for fun – and to add to our appreciation of the onsoles we have today – here are some of the worst gaming consoles ever made.
Come on now, you’re not really surprised are you? After all, most – if not all – electronics manufacturers do experience delays every now and then. Sony and Microsoft are pretty much the same way – why not Nintendo?
Anyhow, news about the Nintendo 3Ds has been going around for a while now, which, of course, has excited many a Nintendo fan. The improved version of the Nintendo handheld gaming console promises a 3D experience to every gamer without having the neeed for 3D glasses. Now isn’t that something?
Unfortunately, Nintendo just announced that we are not going to see the new console by Christmas. This is, of course, a disappointment to the fans who have been dreaming of getting a new portable gaming device from Santa this year. On a more practical note, this move also means big losses for Nintendo. But who cares about their losses when you can’t have your wish for the holidays?
There’s not much that you can do about it, though, except to wait for March if you’re in the United Kingdom – and the rest of Europe. If you’re in Japan, then the wait is a bit shorter, as the console will be released by February. The reason for the delay?
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president says: “At first we thought it would be desirable to launch the 3DS within the year, so we made our forecasts on that basis. At this point it is clear that if we launch within the year, we will not be able to supply enough units.”
Whether or not it’s the real reason, you might want to save some of your Christmas money for February or March, whichever the case may be.
No one can deny just how much Nintendo has changed the face of the gaming landscape, thanks to the Wii. It was only a matter of time before other manufacturers developed something similar, and lo and behold, we are about to see Sony’s answer: the PlayStation Move. News about this game controller platform started circulating mid last year, but now, we have something more concrete.
This time next week, PlayStation Move will be released. Testers have already tried out the platform, and it seems that Sony just might beat Nintendo in terms of hardware. This is hardly surprising, as hardcore gamers have always looked down on the capabilities of the Nintendo Wii. The big drawback to PlayStation Move, however, is the lack of games that will entice people to line up for it on the first day of its arrival.
Hardware-wise, PlayStation Move is very responsive and easy to use. It makes use of the PlayStation Eye, which will serve as the sensor to detect your motions when you use the controller, which is eerily similar to the Wii-mote. For gamers who complain that you can excel in Wii Sports without much difficulty, you might enjoy the need for accuracy when playing Sports Champions on PlayStation Move. Based on reports, even a slight flick of your wrist will make a difference in the outcome of the game! (Needless to say, Sports Champions is much like Wii Sports – no surprise there.)
There isn’t much by way of other game titles as of now, but if anything, we know that Sony’s game consoles tend to start out as slow as a turtle. My bet is that Move will soon catch up. Who knows? It might even replace the Wii!
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