As Sony and Nintendo launch their newest gaming devices in the United States, the buzz is deafening. Yet the products are difficult to compare: While Playstation 3 is aimed at hard-core gamers as the most powerful console ever released, the Wii is far less expensive and targeted at the masses. Watch our video interviews with gamers and industry insiders who are handicapping the race.
ASUS, for the record, isn't just about Prada accessories and Lamborghinis. Showing that it can back up beauty with brawn, the Taiwanese computer maker late Friday announced two new laptops targeted specifically at hard-core gamers.
The G1 and G2 notebooks, with their respective 15.4-inch and 17-inch screens, are designed to take on even powerful game-oriented desktops. In addition to an Intel Core Duo processor, ASUS touts their advanced graphics, gaming hot keys, long-lasting batteries and various high-speed wireless options, including Bluetooth 2.0.
We just got the Nintendo Wii this morning, and so far it's pretty darn cool. After the standard unpacking, photographing (check out our slide show) and note taking, I managed to get some quality sit-down time with the Nintendo Wii.
Setup was surprisingly easy. Stick the Wii on a table, plug in the power, TV, and sensor-bar cords, and stick the sensor bar under (or on top of) your TV. Syncing the Wiimote controller was just a matter of pressing the Sync button on the device and watching the blue LED light up. The setup screen came on, and … Read more
At exactly 5 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 p.m. Pacific Time, those folks on the front edge of technology will be buying their new PS3 consoles in Japan. Here in North America, launch is set for November 17th. That's two days after the launch of Nintendo's Wii in the U. S.
Before you fly to Tokyo and pick up a new machine, check out the wise advice from our editor, David Carnoy. When will it be safe to buy you PS3, or Wii? For a comparison of the three top consoles, click on our video below.
IBM is bringing Microsoft Windows into the fold of its high-end graphics visualization system, but plans more sophisticated network abilities for its current Linux-based product in 2007.
IBM's Deep Computing Visualization technology, which uses Linux today, will work on Big Blue's Windows workstations as well in December, the company told customers Tuesday. Specifically, IBM will release Windows support for its Remote Visual Networking (RVN) software that lets geographically distant co-workers collaborate by sharing graphical images over an encrypted network connection.
IBM already offers a separate Linux tool called the Scalable Visual Networking (SVN), which lets a cluster of … Read more
This is something for those of you who really get into your games--maybe even a little too much--but can't afford a life-size cockpit.
NEC and Takara have teamed up to offer a laptop designed to look like a panel you'd find at mission control. It's a natural extension for Takara, which Akihabara News says has already made such troubling items as a "destruction button" to turn off your PC and a fan shaped like a rocket launcher. (And here I was worried about my son having a toy six-shooter to go with his Halloween cowboy … Read more
Gaming-geek, Web-comic superstars Mike "Gabriel" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho Brahe" Holkins have kicked off the third annual Child's Play charity drive. Child's Play sets up wish lists full of video games, toys, and other fun things to purchase and automatically donate to children's hospitals. Last year's Child's Play drive raised more than $600,000 for children's hospitals. With 28 hospitals participating worldwide so far, this year has potential to be even bigger.
Child's Play was originally created as a response to the public misconception that video games helped to … Read more
No big announcements stormed the Wii press event at Nintendo World Store in New York today, but I managed to glean answers to two Wiimote questions that gamers have been asking. Speculation has floated around various gaming blogs, but here's the truth, straight from the world of Nintendo:
Fact one: The Wiimote will have rumble. Yes, the remote itself it will have, and not the nunchuck. It wasn't the strongest feedback, but a good vibration could definitely be felt while playing some of the Wii games. Gunfire in Call of Duty 3 had the most noticeable effects, but … Read more
Earlier today, I wrote about the launch of EA Link, Electronic Arts' new digital distribution system for video games. The new service will allow gamers to buy and download to their PCs popular games like "The Sims 2" and "Need for Speed: Carbon."
But now word comes that in its earliest moments, the service is having some serious troubles. "EA Link thus far is a complete disaster," wrote a CNET News.com reader in an e-mail Friday. "I pre-ordered 'Need for Speed: Carbon'...The server was deader than a doornail...Since then, I … Read more
We know gamers are all about flair and sparkly accents. In fact most would rather have a PC and peripherals with pizazz over the kind that get the job done. Or is that 13-year-old girls? Anyway, it's a good thing this mouse has more than just interchangeable iridescent faceplates to tempt hard-core gamers.
Creative's HD7600L gaming mouse claims a resolution of 2,400 dpi, better than CNET Reviews' favorite mouse, but has a marginally slower tracking speed of 40 inches per second, and connects via USB to Windows-based PCs only. The mouse glides around on Teflon feet, allows … Read more