For almost as long as there's been a rumor of a next-gen Apple TV, there's been a rumor of an Apple game console. In a year where Apple's product portfolio has been conservative -- to be kind -- it feels like new products, like the fabled iWatch, might be sliding off toward 2014.
So what, if anything, could Apple surprise with? Of all the new products Apple could release this fall, a revamped Apple TV/game console would be the easiest to make...and could deliver a huge unexpected disruption to the upcoming next-gen game consoles from … Read more
Amazon could dive into the video game arena with its own Android-based gaming console, according to the folks at Game Informer.
Citing information from sources with "knowledge of the in-development hardware," Game Informer said on Thursday that the console could reach consumers by the end of the year, mostly likely by Black Friday. The console would come with its own dedicated controller, say the sources, and would serve as a platform for the digital games already offered by Amazon through its Web site.
How likely is Amazon to cook up its own console? So far, this item seems … Read more
Owners of Sony's PS Vita will find at least one cool new feature in the console's latest update.
Released on Tuesday, the Vita software update version 2.60 lets you play games and other content from a PS3 console or a computer without having to copy those items to the Vita. To access this feature, simply select the connected device from a list of categories and then choose the content you wish to play. Grabbing media from a PC or Mac requires you to first download and install Sony's Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation software.
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Ouya, the open-source console maker that became a smash hit on Kickstarter, was forced to apologize over the weekend to some of its most important backers.
In an e-mail sent to Kickstarter supporters, noted on Sunday by Mashable, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said that "it wasn't OK that some of you -- our most loyal supporters -- didn't get your Ouya until after it was on store shelves." Uhrman was referencing her company's promise that those who supported the console on Kickstarter last year would receive the console before it hit store shelves in June. … Read more
Companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft may soon be able to sell their game consoles in China -- though there are a couple of catches.
The Chinese government is expected to terminate its 13-year-old ban on the sale of game consoles, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday. Lifting the ban is part of an overall strategy to create a "Shanghai free trade zone" in order to open up the Chinese economy to other countries, the Post said.
However, console makers who want to do business in China must agree to certain rules, sources told the Post. … Read more
If you’ve come here wondering whether you should buy the Ouya, let me answer that straight away: no, you shouldn’t. At least not yet.
Instead, let the hacker-types, tinkerers, and the extreme hard-core gamers be the guinea pigs for the Android-based console, because it currently needs all the testing it can get.
With any luck over the next six months, the Ouya's software library will grow to a much more compelling state, bugs will get fixed, the interface will have much-needed features added, and native nongaming content will be released. Harder to address will be the cheap … Read more
Google appears to be boosting both its wearable tech and its gaming status. According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the tech giant is working on developing both a video game console and a smartwatch that could run on Android.
Last year, Google unveiled a Web-connected media-playing console, dubbed the Nexus Q, but it never sold it to the public. The spherical device featured glowing LEDs that responded to music. The Q also streamed content directly from Google Play Music, Google Play TV & Movies, and YouTube, using an Android phone or tablet as the controller. However, a couple … Read more
Just when you thought it was out, they pull it back in. Nvidia has delayed its Shield portable gaming console just one day before its original June 27, 2013 (that's tomorrow for you skimmers out there) shipping date to an as-yet undetermined date in July.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the company cites a "mechanical issue" as the culprit:During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a third-party component. We want every Shield to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July. We'll update … Read more