NVIDIA has announced the Project Shield, a portable game console powered by NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip (quad core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and 72 custom GPU cores).
Created with the philosophy that gaming should be open and flexible, Project Shield flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. As a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home.
The portable console provides a full console-grade controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, left/right bumpers, left/right analog triggers, Start/Back/Home/Volume buttons, and a multi-function NVIDIA/Power button. A lid flips up on the top to reveal an integrated 5-inch (1280x720) HD touchscreen display.
Shield is expected to ship in Q2 of 2013. It will first launch in the US and Canada, with a worldwide rollout to follow.
Microsoft has launched this tuesday the XBox 360 Arcade, which includes five family games: PAC-MAN Championship Edition, Uno, Luxor 2, Boom Boom Rocket and Feeding Frenzy. The arcade doesn't have a hard disk drive, but comes with a wireless controller, a HDMI connection and 256 MB of memory. Suggested price: USD 279.99.
Sony announces that the 60 GB Playstation 3 will no longer be available in USA once it has sold out. The company has recently announced the USD 100 drop price on this model, and it has launched the new 80 GB model. Who thinks it is a strategy to help jumpstart sales?
Sony announced a new 80GB model of its Playstation 3 to be launched in August. The new PS3 model will be available in USA for a suggested retail price of USD 599 and will be sold with the online-enabled racing game MotorStorm.
The company has also announced a new price for its 60 GB model, which will be available for USD 499, o USD 100 below the original launch price.
In a pre-opening E3 event, yesterday, Sony for the first time demonstrated its upcoming PlayStation 3. The company also confirmed the console will sell for USD 499, with a 20 GB hard drive, and USD 599, with a 60 GB HD. The PS3 will be launched on November 11 in Japan and six days later in the U.S., Europe and Australia. It is based on a multicore Cell processor and Nvidia’s RSX graphics chip. Features include a Blu-ray drive, four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, wireless controls, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), HDMI output and three-in-one card reader (SD, CF and Memory Stick), but some of them will be available only in the high-end model. Sony is also preparing a free online service.
Nintendo this week revealed the official name of its next-generation console known until now as Revolution. The chosen brand, Wii, is both a reference to the word “we” and, graphically, to two people playing together. Based on a PowerPC-derived processor and ATI GPU, the machine features a new one-handed controller, which Nintendo see as capable of changing current gaming concepts. The Wii is expected to be formarly introduced during the E3 expo (May 9-12).
A Sony executive reiterated this week, at the Taipei Game Show, that the PlayStation 3 will launch this year. However, in spite of Asia director Tetsuhiko Yasuda assertion, the company disappointed attendees who were eager to see working machines and displayed only mock-up consoles. Sony still expects to demonstrate real videogames at the E3 expo (May 9-12) in Los Angeles. The PS3 will feature a multicore Cell chip, XDR memory, optional hard drive, keyboard and mouse.
Nintendo has unveiled a smaller version of its portable double-screen DS console dubbed Lite and introduced services that might attract users interested in more than games. The new model, to be launched in Japan in early March, measures 133x73.9x21.5 mm and weighs 218 grams. Additionally, Nintendo expects to launch an Opera browser developed for the console in June, costing the equivalent to USD 32. Users will be able to see any detail of a site on the top screen and the traditional window on the lower one. The company has also unveiled plans to offer a digital TV tuner card by the end of the year.
Sony said that worldwide shipments of PlayStation 2 surpassed 100 million units this week. Launched in March 2000, the console needed five years and nine months to reach the mark, while the original PlayStation took almost ten years to do so. The company plans to unveil the PlayStation 3 sometime next year. It will battle Microsoft’s recently unveiled Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s upcoming Revolution.
After months of expectation, Microsoft today launched its Xbox 360 console, hoping to guarantee a comfortable head start over rival Sony’s PlayStation 3. As anticipated, the videogame is available in two versions, a basic Core System (USD 300) and a premium edition (USD 400), which includes a wireless controller, a 20 GB HD, an Ethernet cable, a headset, chrome finish and a limited free media remote. There are more than 50 titles available at launch. The Xbox 360 is based on a Power-like CPU featuring three separate cores running at 3.2 GHz. It uses a custom ATI GPU clocked at 500 MHz and sports 512 MB of RAM.