Sony PlayStation 4

Sony PlayStation 4

Every dog has its day and thankfully, by the time the day arrived for the PS3, its creators pledged to give you the Sony PlayStation 4, a console gaming system that delivers where it matters most; graphics, performance and games. Unlike other systems that want to involve the whole family or be something other than a game console, Sony sticks to improving the core components that made the previous PlayStation console rock-solid, while adding new features to enhance your game experience. With the PlayStation 4, consider everything that made the PS3 great, upgraded. The PS4 has more processor power (thank you AMD 8-core x86-64 chip), amazing graphics and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. If you enjoyed the Dualshock controllers before, you’ll love them now with the multi-touch pad, built-in speaker and headset to immerse you in your games completely.

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Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Virtual reality has come a considerably long way since the Lawnmower Man and early Virtual World centers. Now, looking towards taking virtual reality and interactivity considerably further is a company by the name of Oculus with their Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset. Featuring a compact design, high resolution display, wider viewing range and practically zero latency this stereoscopic 3D headset is looking to change the industry. Speaking of industry, it appears that gaming and tech insiders are getting behind Oculus as it has potential to transform the gaming industry, game play possibilities as well as the interactive landscape as a whole. The real good part is the price. It’s only $300 for a development version before commercial release. Pricing includes an Oculus Rift headset, an Oculus ready version of Doom 3 and their SDK.

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Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

As a follow up to the industry changing Nintendo Wii console that completely redefined console gaming, Mario’s company is releasing the Nintendo Wii U come the 2012 holiday season. Powered by an IBM multi-core processor and AMD HD graphics, the compact, front loading system has a much hyped controller that practically doubles as a separate gaming system. The Wii U Gamepad has a 6.2-inch touchscreen, front facing camera, built-in speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, NFC support, is a TV remote, digital storefront, can stream movies, supports video chat and lets you surf the web. Besides stuffing everything but the kitchen sink into the controller, rolling out with the Wii U at launch along with a bevy of other titles is Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3 and of course the New Super Mario Bros. U.

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Nintendo Wii Balance Board & Zapper

Nintendo Wii Balance Board & Zapper

E3 is here and while some gun happy snipers are showing mixed eMotions about the unveiling of the Nintendo Wii Zapper, everybody who failed to lose weight for New Year’s should be happy about the new Nintendo Wii Balance Board. Whether you like it or not, Nintendo is living up to expectations and is continually developing products for the whole family.  The Wii Balance Board (photo) is rolling out with the upcoming Wii Fit title and looks promising. The board can detect weight, balance and determine your body mass index. The Nintendo Wii Zapper, looks like it will do the job, and will house both the Wiimote and the Nunchaku. Stand alone pricing for the Wii Zapper is $20, Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board ($TBA).

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80GB Playstation 3 (Korean)

80GB Playstation 3 (Korean)

There were many rumors regarding this, but patience paid off for gamers in Korea, who had to go without a PS3 for what seems like forever. Sony said a larger hard drive was being considered, and the 80GB PS3 is confirmation. Expected price is 518,000 won / $557. This raises a few ineresting questions regarding Playstation 3 pricing (current 60GB model is $599), suggesting that this may be a sign that larger hard drive models may be heading towards the US and with a reduced price. However, Sony has vehemently denied any 80GB PS3 launch outside of Korea. In the meantime impatient users can add their own drives at a fraction of the current cost. The 80GB PS3 is due June 16th.

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Xbox 360 Elite

Xbox 360 Elite

After months of speculation and plenty of hype, the long awaited Xbox 360 Elite is ready for purchase at select online retailers and stores like Target, Best Buy, Circuit City and EB Games. Hurry because reports are coming in that the XBox 360 Elite is selliing out pretty fast.

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The HotSeat Flight SIM

The HotSeat Flight SIM

Hotseat Inc unveiled new gaming chassis during CES 2007. the latest is the HotSeat Flight SIM. Complete with 6 speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 surorund sound speakers, subwoofer warming your buns and providing some thump under your seat, 3 audio inputs, flight controls, flight stacks an integrated power strip and most importantly a cup holder.

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Nintendo DS Lite in Black and Pink

Nintendo DS Lite in Black and Pink

Sat on this for a while, mainly because I didn’t want to send mixed signals after the Sony PS2 / PSP color announcements. September 13th is the date that has been set for the US release of the Nintendo DS Lite in the ever popular colors, black and pink. Soon to be known by new DS Lite owners everywhere as Onyx and Coral Pink. Europe gets the Noble Coral Pink version of the high-selling Nintendo DS Lite on October 27th.

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