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Sony PlayStation 4 Officially Unveiled In New York

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Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 console at an event in New York City yesterday, and even though we weren’t in attendance (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail), we’ve got the goods on Sony’s new offering.

Seven years after the PlayStation 3 debut comes the PS4. The new console lets users stream and play video games through their Cloud Service, which they hope will stem their dwindling user base, pre-empt the Xbox 720, and help propel it back to the top spot.

But the PlayStation 4 has it’s work cut out for it, competing against the Nintendo Wii U and the upcoming Microsoft Xbox 720, not to mention tablets and smartphones (which now account for 10% of the gaming market).

We hoped for some radical changes with the PS4, but it looks more like incremental changes were made to the console. Despite the beefed up hardware, the games shown didn’t look much different than PS3 games. Though I will say that Driveclub looks awesome!

DualShock 4 Controller

The DualShock controller makes a return as well. The DualShock 4 shares the same general design as before, but now includes a touchpad in the middle, a share button, a headphone jack, and a light bar that’ll track movement with a PlayStation Move-style controller. No need for a separate wand to wave around.

On a brighter note, the PlayStation 4 will still be able to play second-hand games, despite rumors last month to the contrary. A firestorm ignited after a recent discovery of a new Sony patent that “tags” individual games to your account, making them impossible to sell on the secondary market. Thankfully, Sony realized that using such technology could potentially alienating consumers and therefore lower sales rates.

No official word on pricing just yet, but a reported leak leads us to believe that the price points will be $429 and $529.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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  1. Sujeet

    February 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    The guys at VideoGamer had a unique take on yesterday’s event:
    http://youtu.be/0rJDn0jRnUQ

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The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month

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Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.

The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.

And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.

Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.

Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.

Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!

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PocketSprite Brings Retro Gaming To Your Keychain

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Feast your eyes on PocketSprite, an impossibly small retro gaming device that can play your favorite Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, or Game Gear games.. provided you’ve got tiny fingers.

It’s hard to believe that something as small as a Zippo lighter could do so much, but this shrunken Gameboy boasts a 240 MHz processor, 520 KB of RAM, a smooth OLED display, an 8-bit speaker, Wifi, Bluetooth, player-tested buttons, and a rechargeable battery. Pretty amazing, right?

PocketSprite

With the PocketSprite safely tucked in your pocket, you’ll be able to relive your childhood playing games like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog whenever you like. Sorry Candy Crush, it’s been fun, but I’ve found a new way to amuse myself on the subway (and on the toilet)..

But wait, there’s more! While the PocketSprite comes with built-in emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear, the device runs open-source software, allowing savvy coders with skills to get creative and load whatever they want on it.

PocketSprite

If you want to purchasing this ultra-tiny retro gaming device for yourself, it’ll set you back a very reasonable $55. You can reserve a PocketSprite from Crowd Supply, with shipping to begin on May 15th.

Are you planning on getting a PocketSprite?

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‘Session’ Is The Skateboarding Sim Fans Have Been Waiting For

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As someone who grew up skateboarding, I instantly fell in love with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and EA’s Skate series when they came out, playing the games for hours on end as I pulled off sick tricks that I couldn’t really do in real life without risking life and limb.

Sadly, EA stated that they aren’t working on Skate 4, leaving the skateboarding community without a game to play.. until now. Developer Creā-ture Studios has spent the past two years working on Session, the spiritual successor to Skate, and they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the game to fruition.

Speaking to Game Rant, Marc-Andre Houde, the game’s creative and artistic director and the co-founder of Creā-ture Studios, explains the thinking behind the game and its realism:

The way we see the game and how we want to make it is really we are targeting a niche market and we are trying to serve it as well as we can.

Sometimes [developers] try to do too much to please everyone so they make a lot of compromises and they make sure the experience is available for every skillset. It restricts the experience for more advanced gamers or more hardcore people. So, we decided to take it the other way for Session.

The game might appeal to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater audience but we are more targeting the Skate audience.

Unlike other games, Session does away with points/scoring, with the primary goal of you experiencing what skateboarding really is; a sport where there are no goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.

Session has blown past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, so barring any delays the game should be released on PC (and Xbox One) in July 2019. Fingers crossed!

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