PC gaming on a HDTV in a living room has long been a goal of many companies. Currently consoles like the PlayStation 4 and XBOX One dominate gaming in this environment. The reason why PC gaming has not succeeded here is because of the costs. Having another PC with the ability to play games costs a good deal more. What if instead of putting another PC or even a Steam Machine you could get a small streaming console or box that could let you play your PC games at 1080p resolution but cost half as much as the major video game consoles? That is precisely what NVIDIA and Valve have planned. Continue reading
Last week, Sony released their PlayStation 4 game console and this week Microsoft will be countering with their Xbox One. It is no surprise that the companies release them just before the busy holiday season so as to maximize the hype for them and the pressure on parents to buy one for their kids. Of course these consoles are not cheap with the PS4 base systems costing $400 and the Xbox One at $500 without any games or extra controllers. With supply issues always a possibility and the high prices of the consoles, it isn’t likely that many people will be buying both consoles. So if you can only get one, which of the two should you get? Continue reading
As more and more people move to smartphones and tablets, there has been an explosion in gaming on these devices. This has put both Sony and Nintendo in some trouble for their dedicated mobile gaming devices. Android is the primary operating system and now a number of companies have put together mini-consoles that are based around the operating system to provide inexpensive and accessible gaming. This article takes a look at a few of the devices available now or coming soon. Continue reading
Nintendo has been facing a lot of pressure in the mobile gaming market with the rise in smartphone and tablet sales. Their 3DS portable gaming system has done well when compared to the Wii U but it has the problem of being just as expensive as many 7-inch tablets. Add to this the cost of the games for the system being around $40 compared to many games being free to play on Android and iOS or being under $10 and the system looks downright expensive. To combat this problem, Nintendo has released the new Nintendo 2DS which is priced at just $130. Many people may scoff at the product release but I actually think that this was a very shrewd business decision especially to capture more of the younger demographic.