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New generation systems certainly show how far the video game industry has come since the days of Pong.
Why, just the last generation was simple enough that you could just ask for one of the three consoles (Nintendo GameCube, Sony’s PlayStation 2 and Microsoft’s Xbox) without any further specification.
With the latest generation, there are several purchase options, which go far beyond an extra controller or video game. you can now ask for a hard drive with bigger storage capacity, different front skins, type of controllers, internet connectivity, etc.
Unfortunately, this also means that there are more things that can break down with your console. This in turn means that it’s more difficult to identify where the problem lies.
In order to help identify the problem, the Xbox 360 has a system that allows for easier identification of problems. This system uses the lights that appear around the start button to tell the technicians where the problem is.
When only 1 of the 4 green lights that are located around the start button flashes red and the screen flashes an error code number, it means that you’ve got the Xbox 360 1 red light message.
If you get the Xbox 360 1 red light message, it means that the problem is either with the DVD drive, or with the hard drive.
Fortunately, the Xbox 360 1 red light message is not something that you should worry about. in order to identify which of the two drives the Xbox 360 1 red light messages is referring to, just look the code number that the screen displays. DVD drive errors are identified with the codes E64, E65 and E66, whereas hard drive errors are identified with codes E67, E69 and E79.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron pre-order incentives announced « GamingBolt.com: Video Game News, Reviews, Previews and Blog
Activision has today announced UK pre-order bonuses for the rather swish Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
Those pre-order from Game (UK only) will receive an unlock code for the G1 Retro Pack, allowing fans to play as the legendary G1 Optimus Prime from the original 1980s animated television show, in both single and multiplayer. Players will also be able to get their hands on the powerful G1-inspired Megatron gun and shockwave blast cannons in single player campaign.
Play.com offers the ability to command aerial destruction in multiplayer mode, unlocking Swoop, the Dinobots’ air ace. That’s a dinosaur, combined with a flying dinosaur. That breathes fire.
Fans of the Combaticons can pre-order the game at various other independent retailers, unlocking the G2 Bruticus skin, available for the single player campaign.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is out on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on 24th August in Europe and 21st August in North America. We previewed the game last month and guess what? We loved it.
In the gaming world, there are several options to choose from when it comes to the platform the game is being played on. There are PC games, and there are console games. the difference lies within the way the game is played.
Gaming is literally a lifestyle choice so each person prefers a slightly different approach when it comes to the way they play a game. some like computer games, because computers allow them to customize the way they play the game along with certain tweaks in visual details and controls.
Consoles don’t demand that you make such tweaks, since they’re built with only games in mind. so when a game comes out and it’s destined for PlayStation, then, if you own such a console, you’re certain you can play that game.
But when a game comes out and it’s made for PCs, then you have to check on what the system requirements that game has in order to be played properly. since games rely heavily on the specs, or hardware of the console they’re run, for PC users this would mean there’s a constant struggle to stay ahead of the gaming developer world and build or purchase the ultimate gaming computer.
In certain cases, it’s a lot easier to escape this struggle by purchasing a console and not having to worry if your system meets the necessary minimum hardware in order to run a game.
The downside to consoles is, in my opinion, the lack of precision in movements and control. For instance, if you were to play a shooter game or FPS for short, it would be really hard to aim at the opponents using a game pad.
On the other hand, when using a computer, it’s really easy to aim using your mouse at the opponents since you can fine tune the mouse sensitivity and actually get the mouse to work at what speed you require.
Some peripherals allow you to adjust that sensitivity right in the gaming environment and those are called gaming peripherals. these are built only with PCs in mind.
Consoles on the other hand have developed in recent years to create a more engaging environment for the player.
We have seen a lot of new advancements in this area from the Wii remote, allowing you to physically swing a golf club, or in the Kinect world, actually detecting your body movements to interact in the gaming world. this means that a console user might get a bit more exercise than a regular PC gamer.
Also, there are certain games which might not work on consoles, like strategy games. these games rely heavily on the use of a computer mouse for unit selection and issuing commands.
There are a lot of advantages to PC gaming as well as console gaming, and there are specific games that can be played on both platforms, without the possibility of moving from one type to the other. It’s a matter of level of engagement or immersion that each gamer requires that he get from the game itself.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 7:06 am Category: News, PlayStation 3, Spider-Man, Video Games
We all know the Mass Effect 3 ending has been somewhat controversial. It’s been a little troublesome to discuss while avoiding spoilers as the game is still new. Late last week Arse-bot decided it was time to blow this wide open, and spoilers be damned. If you’re ready to hear the ending (his version at least, which was very similar to mine) and discuss the controversy he’s got two great articles. The first simply describes the ending as he saw it and will let you in on the questions he had as it happened. The second is a little more in-depth about why so many people are disappointed with the ending and includes a few theories about what’s really happening. Remember though, both of these are chock full of spoilers. If you’re not done yet and you don’t want to how it ends, don’t read them.
Other than that, this weekend’s news was solid, if not prolific:
If you dig the fantasy genre, reading or gaming, you’ll want to check out Mistborn: Birthright late next year on PS3, 360, PC, and Mac. Little Orbit, who is also working on a Young Justice game, is developing this prequel to Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn saga of books. Sanderson is writing the story, which takes place four hundred years before the first novel about metal eating wizards. Yeah, it sounds a little bizarre, but it’s a very creative world and one of the reasons Sanderson has been called “one of the most popular new fantasy writers to emerge in the last ten years.” In addition to Mistborn, he’s also written the successful Stormlight novels, handled story development on Infinity Blade II, and is finishing the final novel in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.
Battlefield 3 will be getting a stout patch on PS3 today. Patches for PC and 360 will be detailed soon. for the full rundown, check Battlefield’s site as this thing is far too massive to cover completely in this space. If you don’t need all the details, suffice to say I counted 21 general gameplay fixes, 67 vehicle fixes, 71 weapon tweaks, 11 scope adjustments, three bipod, five heavy barrel, four IRNV, two foregrip, two laser sight, four suppressor, three flash suppressor, 21 gadgets, seven team deathmatch, and four on squad death match. In addition, you’ll now be able to turn off anti-aliasing on the PS3 to reduce lag, and the minimap will now be more clear. this update will also include the “rent-a-server- program mentioned a few weeks ago, which allows PS3 players to host their own servers with their own rules, similar to the PC options that have been around for years.
At least three different editions seem to be coming for Assassins’ Creed III this October. The “Freedom Edition” looks to be top dog with a 24cm Connor figurine, steelbook case, George Washington’s notebook about the Templar/Assassin war, lithograph, two single player missions with additional weapons (Lost Mayan Ruins that unlocks Captain Kidd’s sword, and Ghost of War that unlocks the Pontiac’s War Club), and the multiplayer Sharpshooter package (new character, one relic, one emblem, special picture, and the title of “The Jester”).
The “Join or Die Edition” has a little less of the good stuff, but still looks great. this one includes Connor’s medallion, George Washington’s notebook, the Ghost of War mission, and the Sharpshooter package.
Finally, there’s the “Special Edition.” this one is fairly basic, coming with a special package and a bonus mission, “A dangerous Secret,” that scores you a Flintlock Musket. It’s worth noting, as you’ll see the PEGI 18 rating logo in the pics, that I got the assets from a UK announcement. Ubisoft didn’t bring the specials from Revelations to the US, but this game is set in colonial America so I’m expecting some form of each of these will be available in the US as well. If not, serious collectors may want to import. Also, while pricing was not announced I’d like to make my predictions (in US dollars). The “Special Edition” will likely be a free upgrade for preorders, meaning the bonus mission and Sharpshooter stuff is actually going to be unlockable with the online pass. The “Join or Die Edition” strikes me as a typical $80 package. That 24cm figurine is what’s going to boost the cost on the “Freedom Edition.” I’d expect $120.
If you’re a Call of Duty fan (despite internet bitching, the sales numbers would indicate you probably are), you might be interested to know that the Robert Bowling announced he’s moving on yesterday. Bowling was the Creative Strategist for Infinity Ward and was generally the public face of Modern Warfare. Making the announcement on Twitter, Bowling said “Today, I resign from my position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, as a lead of Infinity Ward, and as an employee of Activision.” he didn’t mention where he’s headed or what’s next in his career. Activision responded in a positive manner, stating “We sincerely thank Robert for his many years of service. He’s been a trusted and valued member of the Infinity Ward team. We wish him all the best on his decision to pursue future opportunities.” Seems like an amicable departure. It will be interesting to see where this move takes Bowling and the franchise that’s benefited from his contributions.
Cover art for the film tie-in of The Amazing Spider-Man has been revealed. That little graphic in the top corner quietly announced something Beenox hadn’t mentioned yet, move compatibility. I can’t confirm Kinect compatibility, but it stands to reason. right? If we don’t get details first, we’ll find out exactly what the compatibility means (punching, swinging, silly dance numbers with Gwen Stacy?) when the game launches on June 26th.
Don’t forget, it’s time again to vote for the cover athlete on this year’s Madden NFL 13. Voting is going on now at ESPN.com. Ticelli Bot has more details on the process, who’s in the running, and a clever mock-up of what the cover would be if ALL of the finalists made it.
Finally, with April just around the corner, Sony has announced the month’s PlayStation Plus bonuses. It’s not the best month I’ve seen, but it’s still a good offering. First, you’ll get a demo for House of the Dead 4 and early access to the closed beta on Ghost Recon Future Soldier. There’s also Shank 2 (PSN), Shift 2 Unleashed (PS3), silent Hill (PSOne), and Frogger Returns (PSN) for free. In the minis department, Canabalt, Farm Frenzy, and Mystic Garden will be available. As usual, there will be a pile of avatars, themes, discounted DLC, and several full game trials – including Saints’ Row: The third and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition.
PlayStation games make great gifts. If there is one thing that all gamers can never get enough of then its new games – and more games. If you are not a gamer yourself then its probably hard to believe that PlayStation fanatics spend as much as 6 hours a day playing their favorite games. often, buying gifts for teenagers can be tough. Its hard to tell what they would like. the answer? buy them games – if they have a PlaystStation or similar console off course. If you are still in two minds as to whether its a great gift or now, here are 3 reasons that I’m sure will convince you and help you make up your mind.
1. Its Inexpensive
PS games vary greatly in price and depending on the age of the game it can be more or less expensive. you can probably get a cool game for about $60 which is really not that expensive. If you think about your options and what other gifts you can give for that money then its really not bad at all.
2. It’s Thoughtful
Most adults are completely disconnected from teenagers. there is a complete mismatch in their understanding of what’s cool and for most adults gaming is not even on their radar. Buying a teenager his favorite or the latest game will show that you do get them and that you do understand teenage culture. If you want to be really thoughtful you can fish out what their favorite game is and buy them something similar.
3. it keeps On Giving
Lets face it, most gifts we get just plain suck. We get it, look at it and then never really use it or even look at it ever again. Games on the other hand truly are gifts that keep on giving. One game can keep someone entertained for your and most hard core gamers will play a game for months on end. hardly the kind of gift that gets shelved.
All the main games outlets have experts working in the store. If you are stumped for a choice of games simply ask them. these guys know all the latest games and they will be more than capable of recommending a great game. With that being said, its important that you always keep your receipt in case the person you are buying the game for wants to return it in exchange for something else.
The Playstation Vita goes on sale in one of the most important video game markets today, but if you actually want to take advantage of the system you’ll need some extra cash.
One thing that consumers around the country are realizing today is that the Vita does not come with a memory card. Here’s the problem – a memory card is required to do just about anything on the device.
Want to play a game that you bought at the store? You need a memory card, even if you don’t want to create a game save file. want to test out the camera? You need a memory card, even if you just want to see what the camera app’s controls are like. want to download an app or game from the Playstation Store? You need a memory card.
There is a minimal amount of storage built into the system but this is only enough to power the firmware and other incidental functions. if you want to do anything at all with your Vita, you’ll need a memory card.
The other problem is that Vita memory cards are proprietary. so don’t expect to just pop in a microSD card you have lying around. in other words, that $250 sticker price you see in the store is misleading. some stores, like best buy, are charging as much as $20 for a measly 4 GB card, and up to $100 for a 32 GB card.
So if you want all that the Vita has to offer, expect to pay upwards of another hundred bucks. It is perhaps a bit misleading, especially since the relatively low $250 price point was touted as one of the system’s most attractive characteristics.
The Vita has a lot of questions to face, not the least of which is whether or not there is actually a place in the market for a dedicated gaming device in a world of iPhones and tablets.
FORTUNE — will the departure of CEO Howard Stringer, whose stumbles have come to epitomize the struggles of the once-great Sony Corp., turn things around for the media-and-electronics conglomerate?
It’s impossible to know, of course. Stringer’s replacement, Kazuo Hirai, has a good reputation. (Stringer will remain as chairman.) what can be said unequivocally is that things have not gone well at Sony (SNE) over the seven years of Stringer’s tenure. the company that was once on the cutting edge in gaming with the PlayStation and in music with the Walkman, is now widely regarded as prone to cluelessness or, worse, arrogance. It stumbles, and then when it comes time to explain itself, it stumbles again. besides the public relations missteps, there’s the business itself. Sony’s ADR receipts are trading at about half what they were worth when Stringer took the helm in 2005.
The nadir came last year, when the PlayStation network got hacked in what has been called the largest data security breach in history. Sony waited a week before telling customers that their credit-card information might have been stolen. It wasn’t until the next month that Stringer himself spoke up on the issue, issuing an apology that was criticized as too little, too late.
The Kodak lie
Stringer’s troubles started early. in 2005, a few months into his tenure, it was discovered that Sony’s joint-venture music division, Sony BMG, had secretly planted potentially malicious software code, called a rootkit, into its CDs in an ill-advised attempt at copy protection. the company lied, then hedged, and then, finally, apologized. This occurred just weeks after Sony BMG had paid a $10 million fine for being caught up in a payola scandal.
In 2006, Sony had to recall 9.6 million laptop batteries because some of them tended to burst into flames. that cost the company millions. in 2008, Sony BMG paid a $1 million fine for exposing the personal data of minors who used its Web sites.
Those are just the lowlights, though — the embarrassing stumbles. When it comes to actual business strategy, Stringer’s record is mixed. He’s cut costs and turned around the gaming and movie divisions.
But even the successes were hard-won. Stringer had been in charge for a year when the PlayStation 3 was released in 2006, only to bomb in the marketplace against the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360. the product’s fortunes have turned around since then, but that has come at the expense of profits. Sony has had to lower the price considerably just to hold on to market share.
Next-generation gaming? It may already be here
The biggest problem Sony has at the moment is in one of its core businesses — television sets. that division has lost money throughout Stringer’s tenure, and things still look bad. with the likes of price-cutters like Vizio on the rise, Sony looks moribund at best. That’s not surprising then you consider that Stringer pinned many of his hopes on 3-D TV. in 2010, he told the Wall Street Journal that “it’s pretty hard to ignore us in the 3-D world.”
Unfortunately for Sony, he appears to have been right about that. But for the wrong reasons.
If your Ps3 is not working it can be caused by a few things. Something as simple a cable being loose to something a little more sinister but it is possible to fix them all with a little bit of know how. There are five main ways to get your PS3 back on its feet and to get you gaming as quickly as possible.
1. Sending your console back to Sony for repair could be a no brainer for most people but you need to be aware of a couple of things. they will carry out the repair on your console for free as long as your ps3 is still under warranty. Sadly if it is not then you could end up paying around $150 for them to do it. There is also a time issue as in a majority of cases you could be without your PlayStation 3 for about 6 weeks. it has been known that hard drives get wiped when a console is sent to Sony so you would lose all your saved information. in some circumstances you don’t even get your original console back but a reconditioned one.
2. Try disconnecting the console from the mains, check that all the cables are in securely. Are the cables damaged? if not turn the console back on. if there has been a power surge this can knock your ps3 out but performing this simple test can rectify it.
3. Overheating is a problem for your PlayStation 3, is your console hotter than usual? Are there any places that feel warmer in particular? Have a look at the vents on your console sometimes these can get blocked with paper or dust. if there is a blockage remove it as this restricts the airflow to the ps3. if your console has been running for a long time and the problem occurs you may want to switch it off for about an hour so it can cool down. if this problem persists you may need to consider buying an external fan unit for the console.
4. Removing the hard drive can often fix a ps3. before you get worried about taking screwdrivers to your console do not panic it is easily done. Sony even let you know how to do it in case you ever wanted to upgrade your memory. There are instructions on how to perform this all over the internet so you should find the help you need there. Remove the drive a couple of times and reconnect it.
5. Okay if you are still having problems then this could be an issue with the motherboard. if you want you can still fix this issue at home but you may need help. the help I am talking about is a PlayStation 3 repair guide, as it contains all the know how to get your ps3 up and running quickly.
Rob Sheffield has written such a guide that with the help of videos makes repairing the yellow light of death much easier than ever before. the instructions themselves are step by step and lead you through the process with a minimum of fuss. if you are looking to fix your console yourself and avoid costly bills I suggest you take a look at it.
Sony is taking orders for a 9.4-inch, Android 3.1-based “Sony Tablet S” it will release next month, and says a folding, dual 5.5-inch display “Sony Tablet P” model (with Android 3.2) will follow later this year. both models are equipped with 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, and the Sony Tablet S costs $499 with 16GB of storage or $599 with 32GB, according to the company.
Sony announced its Sony Tablet Android tablet pair in April as the Sony Tablet S1 and S2, but offered few details. on July 13, Sony demonstrated the models on CNBC, and tipped a few more tidbits of information.
Sony Tablet S
Now, however, the Sony Tablet S (above) is available for pre-sale, with shipments and store sales happening in September, says Sony. the dual-display Sony Tablet P (below), formerly called the Tablet S2, will go on sale "later this year" at an unknown price.
Sony Tablet P AT&T will have an exclusive on the 4G version of the Tablet P, says Sony. Many more software details common to both tablets, including PlayStation certification, were released, and are detailed farther below. Sony Tablet S
Although the Sony Tablet S is nowhere as unusual as the Sony Tablet P, it offers a number of design innovations to help it stand out from the Honeycomb crowd.
As noted in our previous coverage, the tablet features a wedge-shaped design that thickens toward the top of the screen. the tapered design of the 1.33-pound tablet is said to increase ease of grip, as well as to offer a feeling of stability and lightness.
The taper also makes the tablet’s screen easier to read when the device sits flat on a lap or table, Sony claims. Total dimensions are listed at approximately 9.5 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches, although the latter dimension is presumably for the thinnest part of the tablet.
Sony Tablet S, front and back (Click on either to enlarge) the Sony Tablet S offers a slightly smaller screen than the typical 10.1-inch Android 3.x ("Honeycomb") tablet. the 9.4-inch tablet provides 1280 x 800 resolution with capacitive technology and 10-point touch detection, says Sony.
The tablet offers Sony’s "TruBlack" display technology, which Sony claims reduces reflection and glare "for high-contrast visibility both indoors and out." In addition, its quick view and quick touch firmware are said to allow for faster loading of web pages and improve touch response, respectively.
Like almost all Honeycomb tablets to date, the Sony Tablet S is equipped with the dual core Nvidia Tegra 2, clocked at 1GHz. the tablet ships with 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a standard SD slot instead of microSD. (Full SD card support has begun to show up on recent Honeycomb tablets, including the Toshiba Thrive.)
The Snoy Tablet S provides a five-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing, 0.3-megapixel VGA webcam, says the company. Other features are said to include a micro-USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a microphone, and a 5000mAh battery. DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) support is mentioned, but there’s no reference to an HDMI port.
The Sony Tablet S lacks 3G or 4G capabilities, although the design is said to support those features for possible future models. the tablet is further equipped with 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and aGPS, says Sony.
One novel feature is a IR receiver, enabling the tablet to act as a universal remote control for multiple home entertainment components, from Sony and other vendors, says the company. the Tablet S (and Tablet P, too) is also said to be compatible with the Media Remote app designed to control Sony devices via Wi-Fi.
A range of accessories is available, including a charging cradle, AC adapter, LCD screen protector, carrying case, a USB adaptor cable, and a Bluetooth keyboard, says the company.
Sony Tablet S unboxing video Source: Sony (Click to play) Sony Tablet P
Available later this year, the Sony Tablet P, formerly codenamed the Tablet S2, sports a folding design with dual 5.5-inch displays. the displays can be combined to form a single display or can be used for different functions simultaneously. for example, users could play a video on one screen, while reading email on the other, says Sony.
Sony Tablet P the unusual design is somewhat similar to that of the Kyocera Echo Android phone in that two smaller screens can be combined into one, with a bezel between them. Resolution on the Sony TruBlack screens is listed as 1024 x 480, presumably meaning that 1024 x 960 pixels are in play when both screen images are combined.
The thickness of the device is listed at 1 inch (26mm) closed or 0.47 to 0.53 inches (12-13.5mm) open. the 0.83-pound (370-gram) device is said to run on a 3080mAh battery.
Sony Tablet P, closed up like a cosmetic compact the Sony Tablet P will run Android 3.2 on a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and will be further equipped with 4GB of internal memory and a full-sized SD slot, says Sony. the tablet provides a five-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing 0.3-megapixel VGA webcam, says the company. Other features are said to include a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sony Tablet P from the side in a clamshell configuration the tablet provides both 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 radios, and a model exclusive to AT&T will offer 4G cellular capability, says Sony. DLNA support is offered, but there’s no mention of HDMI. Accessories are said to include a rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter, LCD screen protector, carrying case, and detachable panels. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available.
Software on both tablets
Software available with the Android 3.1 powered Tablet S and Android 3.2-equipped Tablet P include PlayStation gaming titles such as "Crash Bandicoot" and "Pinball Heroes," says Sony. In fact, the new Sony tablets are the first Sony PlayStation certified tablets, says the company.
The tablets also provide Sony’s network entertainment services including Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited. the latter, which won’t be available until October, is said to offer access to a global catalog of over 10 million songs. A six-month trial basic membership from Music Unlimited and a free movie download from Video Unlimited come with the purchase of each device, says Sony.
Both devices also offer access to Sony’s Reader Store, offering more than 2.5 million ebook titles. the reading interface includes bookmarks, highlights, and font adjustments, says the company. one free eBook download is said to be available for free.
A free Personal Space service, meanwhile, enables sharing of pictures and videos captured on Sony Tablet devices. one can also access albums that were previously uploaded from other devices, says Sony.
The Sony Tablet devices provide Google mobile services and applications, including Google Maps, Google Voice Search, and Android Market. Sony also offers its Select App site which highlights Android applications recommended for Sony Tablet devices.
Finally, access to Chumby’s push information service is available on the Tablet S, designed primarily for use with the charging stand, says Sony. Chumby provides access to over 1,500 mini-apps.
The Sony Tablet S device is available now for presale in both a 16GB and 32GB version for $499 and $599, respectively. the tablet will ship and go on sale in September 2011 at Sony Stores including online and other authorized retailers nationwide, at similar prices.
the Sony Tablet P will ship later this year, and will be available on AT&T’s 4G network at an undisclosed price. it appears that a Wi-Fi only version may also be available, although the company is none too clear on this point.
Pre-sales for the Sony Tablet S and more information on both tablets may be found at the Sony Store, as well as this separate Sony Tablet feature overview site.
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