But again, not a replacement
Back in October, I had the chance to test out the new Alienware Steam Machine's mid-range model (i3 Dual Core, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD), and was fairly pleased with the results. As the hardware manufacturer even noted before launch...
I put it to the test
For weeks now, readers have been asking about the CronusMAX Plus. With its grand claims of using "almost any controller on any console," a lot of people wanted to know if it worked, especially given the pricey $50 price tag for what essentially amounted to a fancy dongle.
After some initial issues, it ended up taking me by surprise at how well it worked.
Looking for a bargain?
Amazon has detailed what games will be discounted during its upcoming Black Friday promotion.
While prices have yet to be disclosed, what we do have is a list of the games that will be on offer over the course of today, tomor...
I like this PlayStation Vita design even more than that metal slime PlayStation 4.
They share a similar theme, but it's the little touches that matter -- the custom d-pad art, the liquid metal slime accessory for the headphone jack, the slick box the system comes in. All great.
Backward compatibility to follow
November is flying by me. It's nearly time for the new Xbox One dashboard update, and you know what that means: backward compatibility! The initial list of supported Xbox 360 games falls short of my expectations, but it'll im...
The Steam Link sounds intriguing
Today is a big hardware day for Valve. The Steam Controller ($49.99), Steam Link ($49.99), and Steam Machines (starting at $449.99) have officially launched in North America and Europe.
Impressions of those devices have been ...
May the PS4 be with you
The Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 DualShock controller will be available in Europe from November 18, 2015, and November 19 in the UK.
Sony confirmed the news on the official EU and UK PlayStation twitter accounts.
Available at Meijer
While Nintendo has slowed its Wii U release schedule to a drip feed, there are still upcoming games that look promising (Xenoblade Chronicles X and Star Fox Zero among them), and more importantly, there are a bunch of fantas...
At least partially
Real or fake, I was fascinated by that so-called Nintendo PlayStation.
The system, a sort of Super Nintendo with a CD drive, was produced through a partnership with Sony but never saw a commercial release. The machines are ex...
Works with free Xbox controller promo
If you're hankering for a new Xbox One: GameStop has an offer that just might tempt you. If you bring in a qualifying PlayStation 4 or Xbox One before November 15, 2015, the retailer will give you $250 towards the cost of a n...
In the US
If you're going for an Xbox One this holiday season, you'll probably want to try your luck on Black Friday, but if you can't wait until then, there are some notable deals this week.
Depending on when and where you buy, you ca...
Phil Spencer confirms reveal date
Microsoft will confirm the first 100 Xbox 360 games available via backwards compatibility on November 9, 2015.
Phil Spencer confirmed the news via a tweet yesterday.
Plug and play on Windows 10
Finally -- Microsoft is releasing the wireless Xbox One adapter for PCs. After years of waiting I can eschew all of the wires that have been sitting in my desk drawer, or more specifically, four micro-USB cables to hook up fo...
It has issues though
I try not use too many remotes in my household. It's already bad enough having so many different controllers lying around, and having to juggle multiple devices beyond that gets pretty annoying. It's why I try to control most...
SteamOS has a ways to go
PC gaming is in the midst of a cultural shift. No, not necessarily the "Steam Machine" revolution, which Valve is trying to heavily push, but a movement away from the tether of a dedicated platform into the living room.
In a ...
Wait for the next version
PC gaming has come a long way since I first witnessed it in the '80s. There were hundreds of peripherals, from first- to third-party controllers, joysticks, proprietary flight sim devices, to full-on vibrating vests for games...
Cute pixel art
If I owned a New 3DS, I'd be all over this Super Mario Maker cover plate.
Lotta Splatoon and Animal Crossing love packed in, which makes me wonder what the process was for selecting characters. They made room for Tingle and t...
You have a pricey decision to make
At this point in time, I've had a full week to experiment with the Xbox One Elite controller, and I'm still at a crossroads. On one hand, it's likely the best controller of this generation, and one of the best of all time.
On the other, it's $150.
$299 bundle with Fallout 4 and more
A 500GB Xbox One + Fallout 4 + Gears of War: Ultimate Edition + a second controller for $299.99. If this upcoming deal from Dell is any indication, it's going to be a productive Black Friday.
The online-exclusive deal begins ...
Right now, I'm happy with my $50 Steam Link streaming box. It works exactly as it should, and the quality is impeccable. It helps that the thing is first-party after all and is designed to work with Steam.
The controller, on the other hand, is taking a little while to acclimate to.
It's likely a console/mobile hybrid
Nintendo has started sending software development kits for its next video game platform, NX, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sources tell the outlet that the system will "likely include both a console and at least one m...
I'm surprised how painless it is
Although the Steam Controller and Steam Link aren't going to be available in wide release form until November 10, anyone who pre-ordered directly through Valve (myself included) is set to get them today.
I immediately unpacked my shipment this morning and put them through the paces, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how the Link turned out.
They'll also require GeForce Experience
Here’s a quick rundown of how development on big PC games often works. When a developer is working on a AAA game, a team or a person from graphics card producers Nvidia or AMD will often be embedded into the studio to h...
But still worth picking up
Readers have become skeptical over the years regarding the blogosphere's opinions on Amazon, mostly due to partnership links and the like. I can't speak to anyone else, but my affinity for Amazon pre-dates my game writing car...
Releasing this month for $29.99
I've long since learned that as soon as I skip past all of the previews and everything else that gets in the way of watching a movie, it's time to turn off the DualShock 4. If I don't, someone or something will invariably tou...
Issues and some fixes here!
[Update: A Harmonix spokesperson reach out to us to issue the following statement:
“The Rock Band experience is as important to Harmonix as it is to our players. We are passionate about Rock Band, and we'll suppor...
GameStop, EB Games, and Game UK
In a strange twist, it has been announced that Valve has partnered with GameStop in the USA, Game UK, and EB Games in Canada to be the exclusive non-digital retailers for Steam Controllers and Steam Machines through the holid...
Shipping Q1 2016
I remember hearing chatter that Microsoft's augmented-reality headset, HoloLens, would cost significantly more than an Xbox One. While we probably won't know the exact price tag for quite a while, the company has begun taking...
Better late than never in North America
If you've been thinking about upgrading to New 3DS but don't want the XL model, today is the day. The standard New 3DS is out now in North America along with some swappable cover plates.
For the time being, the only way to ge...
And a proper gamepad
There's a new game-centric Fire TV bundle on the way and it sports a familiar controller.
The Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition packs in Shovel Knight, DuckTales: Remastered, a 32GB microSD card, and a wireless gamepad for $139.9...