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Eating salad

Microsoft adds white Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle


Eating salad
May 20
// Steven Hansen
Ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft already attempted to both make and sway Chief fans with an Xbox One bundled with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a box with pictures of Master Chief on it. Now, Microsoft is over de...
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Oculus

Oculus has something to show us in June


Step into the Rift
May 20
// Vikki Blake
Oculus is inviting selected press to a special event in San Francisco on June 11. The plain invites merely bear the words "Step into the Rift" and an image of an Oculus Rift headset. What exactly the event will cover remains ...
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Nintendo TV

That time Sharp built an NES into a television


Cool controllers
May 15
// Jordan Devore
A television set with a built-in Nintendo Entertainment System sounds like the sort of extravagant purchase I'd make if, as a youngster, I was nearly run over by a bad man and he handed me a blank check that I could then pro...
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Deals

PlayStation TV price cut in half at GameStop


$39.99 "Vita" time?
May 13
// Dealzon
Remember when the PlayStation TV was selling for $99.99 back around its October 2014 release date? Well now it's all the way down to $39.99 today in a seemingly random half price deal at GameStop. PlayStation TV is $39....
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HoloLens demo

Microsoft HoloLens looks like the future


Make your games follow you!?
Apr 29
// Jed Whitaker
Holy shit! Call me a nerd, but this makes me excited for the future. Picture this: yours truly walking around the house naked while my videogame follows me -- a virtual pet here, a leaderboard of my friends scores there, a l...
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OUYA for sale

OUYA now available for purchase (the company that is)


Get it while it's hot?
Apr 28
// Jed Whitaker
OUYA, the microconsole that was a $15 million hit on Kickstarter, is in financial trouble. According to a confidential email obtained by Fortune, OUYA is deep enough in debt that it's going to be put up for sale. This coming ...
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Deals

Groupon Spring Sale: PS4 for $342, Xbox One for $315, New 3DS XL for $180


Eighth-gen console with your spa deal
Apr 27
// Dealzon
Pretty hot deal today on Groupon for various console bundles, from PS4 to Xbox Ones. In addition to a $20 instant discount on the PS4 from $399.99 to $379.99 there's a 10% off Groupon code you can enter in at checkout an...
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PlayStation Vita

Is this the next PlayStation Vita?


Sure looks that way
Apr 21
// Vikki Blake
A Twitter bot may have spilled the beans on as-yet-unannounced new PlayStation Vita design. The tweet, published on the weekend by @trademark_bot, shared details of a patent filed recently by Sony Computer Entertainment for "a portable LCD screen game machine controller." That's right -- LCD. Not OLED. 
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New 3DS

What if the New 3DS is Nintendo's last 3D handheld?


3D or not 3D, that is the question
Apr 13
// Jonathan Holmes
I was there when Nintendo first announced the 3DS. It was back when the company did actual press conferences at E3. As its presentation wrapped up, Nintendo sent droves of models into the audience, each with a 3DS tethered to...
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Deals

NewEgg discounts PS Vita and Wii U bundles up to $40 off


Can't sell consoles on your own site? Dump them for cheap on eBay
Apr 10
// Dealzon
Sure, NewEgg is mostly known as a computer parts retailer, but this weekend it is selling some cheap consoles on its eBay Store page. There is the Wii U Deluxe Bundle with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land discounted by $40, along with the Borderlands 2 PlayStation Vita Bundle slashed by $30. Two decent discounts for two systems that don't get quite enough love.
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More Xbox 360 storage

More space! Xbox 360 to support 2TB external drives


My patience finally pays off
Apr 09
// Jordan Devore
I can barely recall a time when my Xbox 360 hard drive wasn't full of games and DLC. It would've been before Rock Band, certainly. And the situation has only gotten more chaotic since Microsoft starting pumping out regular Ga...
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Extended value

Microsoft discontinues Kinect for Windows


'We recently extended Kinects value'
Apr 03
// Steven Hansen
Until today, you could buy a PC compatible, standalone Kinect v2 (the Xbox One one) for use with your PC or tablet. Microsoft just announced it will no longer be producing the Kinect for Windows sensor. If you still want to u...

Contest: Win a Titan One and a controller of your choice!

Mar 24 // mrandydixon
*Controller choices limited to Xbox 360, Xbox One, DualShock 3, and DualShock 4
Titan One contest photo
Use any controller with any console with this cross-compatibility device
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Fabio Teixeira, Topken, and TroyFullbuster!] Destructoid has once again joined forces with our friends at ConsoleTuner to offer another awesome contest for the Dtoid community! This time aro...

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Xbox org shuffle

Remember Kudo? He's now looking after a bunch of studios at Microsoft


Yes, yes, I've included the 'WELL BAM!' video
Mar 09
// Jordan Devore
Kudo Tsunoda, the guy who demonstrated Project Natal (now Kinect) at E3 2009, has been off working on Microsoft's crazy holographic headset HoloLens. He's going to keep at that but will also now lead a bunch of Xbox teams, i...
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Steam hardware

Steam now lists Steam Machines and other hardware


These things sure are pricey
Mar 05
// Jordan Devore
In its push to expand the "Steam universe," Valve has added store listings for Steam Machines as well as the finalized Steam Controller and also Steam Link, a PC-to-TV streaming device. All of this stuff will become available...
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Xbox One PC adapter

Xbox One controller adapts, goes wireless on PC this year


No more cables!
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
At GDC 2015, Microsoft announced plans to release a wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers on Windows later this year. Great news, but we need dates, Phil Spencer. Specific dates! I had terrible luck with my wireless adapter for the Xbox 360 gamepad -- damn thing was spotty at best, non-functional at worst -- so here's hoping these new ones are an improvement.
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Steam Controller

Oh hey, this looks like the final Steam Controller


Available this November for $49.99
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Weird as it might still look, you have to admit that Valve's Steam Controller has come far. Remember this photo? Or this more recent one? It's like leafing through your worst yearbooks. Given that I play PC-centric games with...
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Titan X

Let's guess how much the Nvidia Titan X will cost


Screw it, I'll just burn my money now
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
During an Unreal Engine panel at the Game Developers Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed up to announce the Titan X before handing the video card over to Epic's Tim Sweeney. Presumably, yesterday's Nvidia presentation was just too packed full of Nvidia Shield talk. The Titan X has a 12GB frame buffer and 8 billion transistors. How much is this thing gonna cost?
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Valve in 2015

Valve: Steam Link game-streaming device, controller, free Source 2, and VR in 2015


Announce ALL the things, just not Half-Life 3
Mar 03
// Jed Whitaker
Valve just announced a number of new products for 2015 along with some pricing details. (Leave it to Valve to reveal hardware with dates and pricing at the same time.) This year, the company will release: Steam Link, Steam Ma...
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HTC Vive

HTC Vive VR headset announced in partnership with Valve


Consumer version this year
Mar 01
// Jed Whitaker
HTC is partnering with Valve on a VR headset, revealed today as the Vive. The Vive will be "powered by Steam VR," which seems to be a software solution created by Valve for VR headsets. It is unclear at this time if Stea...
Valve VR hardware photo
Valve VR hardware

Valve is showing its 'SteamVR hardware system' next week


New Steam Machines and the final Steam Controller, too
Feb 23
// Jordan Devore
Here I was expecting to find out about Steam Machines and the finished Steam Controller at next week's Game Developers Conference -- sure, that's fine -- but the company also has a surprise in store for the San Francisco show...
Delta Six controller photo
Delta Six controller

Backers of crowdfunded Delta Six controller hit by friendly fire


It's all fun and games till someone shoots their eye out
Feb 21
// Jason Faulkner
The Delta Six controller is the latest entry in my inadvertent series on crowdfunding drama. Hot on the heels of news that The Stomping Land was abandoned by its development team, details have emerged of project mismana...
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Deals

$349 PlayStation 4 available from NewEgg on eBay


Year of the goat sale, dude
Feb 18
// Dealzon
Here's a random Wednesday morning hot deal. NewEgg is offering the PlayStation 4 for $349.99 with free shipping. We're not sure why it's giving a discount today, but perhaps it's a sale for Chinese/Lunar New Year? (NBD, just ...

The hunt is on today for the Majora's Mask New 3DS XL, here's what I found

Feb 13 // Chris Carter
As you can see in the gallery below, there were plenty of standard New 3DS units in stock, with more in the back to sustain all-day customer traffic. If you want to see off-hand if any stores in your area have a unit, check this website with the following DCPI number -- 207-01-0402. Good luck! None of the Target representatives or managers I spoke to had any information on restocking opportunities, but as always, any updates we obtain on the situation will be placed here. Rest assured though stores are getting some stock, so it never hurts to call. In other online related news my Best Buy order is preparing to ship, so many of you out there who didn't have yours canceled already may have a package on the way later today.
Majora 3DS hunt photo
Only a few in stock at each store
[Update: Target seems to have some extra stock online from dropped pre-orders. Check now (try the mobile link too) and throughout the day to see if anything pops up. GameStop is also taking orders on a $250 bundle w...

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Deals

Xbox One bundle going for $315 on Groupon


Xbox Live Gold discounted too
Jan 28
// Dealzon
Groupon is running a sweet promotion this week with a two-day-only coupon that discounts 10-20% off select items. Spa packages aside, there's a hot deal on the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle, which got discounted back...
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Deals

Wii U 32GB bundle returns to Black Friday price


Your amiibo companion system awaits
Jan 27
// Dealzon
If you missed out on Wii U sales during the holiday season, your second chance has arrived via Rakuten's eBay store page (aka the retailer formerly known as Buy.com). The Japanese-owned retailer is carrying about 2,000 units ...

Review: New Nintendo 3DS XL

Jan 23 // Chris Carter
New Nintendo 3DS XLManufacturer: NintendoRelease Date: February 13, 2015MSRP: $199.99 Look and feel As a whole, the New 3DS XL feels a tad lighter than the original XL. It's only 0.03 ounces less in reality, but it may have to do with the shifting of internal bits to give it a more centered feel. It also doesn't "creak" when I hold it like a few of my old XLs did, so perhaps the frame is sturdier. Just to get it out of the way, this doesn't come with an AC adapter, so if you don't have one, go ahead and tack $15 on top of the $199.99 price point. It's also a shame that the US isn't getting any "non-XL" units, so say goodbye to those face plates. In terms of general use, it's easily my favorite model yet. I love that the home button is now the only input in the middle of the bottom touch screen (that original melded style and even the slotted old XL style weren't ideal), and the face buttons feel better in general. The power button is now located on the bottom of the device, along with the stylus and the slot to insert cartridges. This is definitely an upgrade, as there's no fear of accidentally popping out a cart while playing or rubbing up on the stylus hole. The most noticeable change is the integration of the entire Circle Pad Pro with a more graceful design. I'll get to the second analog stick (nubbin) later, but the addition of two triggers at the top of the 3DS feels great, and any Circle Pad Pro functionality is already built into previous games which is convenient. It isn't easy to accidentally bump the new ZL and ZR buttons, in case you're worried about that. The only part of the physical hardware I dislike outright is the MicroSD situation. It's fine that Nintendo wanted to switch the memory solution up from standard SD (32GB cards are $20, and it is still better than proprietary Sony crap like the Vita), but you have to unscrew part of the 3DS to actually change it out. That's not really a problem for me since I'm happy with a 32GB card, but it's not particularly user friendly, and it will be annoying if you're the kind of person who switches cards often. It comes with a 4GB MicroSD ready to go inside of the unit if you aren't picky. Extra features The hardware has also been upgraded as a whole, and software boot times are 5-10 seconds faster on the New 3DS compared to past models. There's an extra auto-brightness feature as well, which operates similarly to mobile phones and tablets, gauging the general light in the room and adjusting itself accordingly. You can turn this feature off if you want, which is something I did immediately. Of course, the marquee upgrade is easily the enhanced 3D feature, which now works at practically any angle. The way it operates is that it essentially tracks your vision and instantly makes the 3D easier on the eyes, rather than in the past where you had to hold your 3DS at a "certain" viewpoint to really get the full effect. So does it work? Absolutely. I was skeptical of it before trying it out, but unless you have your 3DS at a really weird angle it will work, and the 3D does look sharp. Just know that it's not magic, and that it will take 1-2 seconds to adjust if you do shift your unit around more than a few inches. If for some reason you don't like this feature, you can also turn it off. The New 3DS has its own built-in NFC feature that supports amiibo at launch by way of the bottom touch screen, but since no games have been updated to actually support it at this time, I can't comment on it. Expect plenty of coverage going forward though, including Super Smash Bros. and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. functionality. Also, keep in mind that Nintendo is going to release an adapter for older models, so you don't need the New 3DS to utilize amiibo figures. At least, that's the plan. The nubbin Ah, the nubbin. The ire of many fans who thought that the 3DS didn't need a second analog stick like the Vita. I've always been a fan of options, and the nubbin allows just that, but without using a percentage of the portable's processing power like the Circle Pad Pro has in the past. As a result, you're likely going to be seeing more games that use it, and given the retroactive support of old CPP titles, it's a win/win addition. Having said that, the nubbin is not a perfect solution. It's a lot more rigid than I thought it was going to be. In fact, the actual nub doesn't move -- it's kind of like an old school laptop ball but without the rolling sensation. It feels weird, but thankfully it doesn't take up a lot of space, make the 3DS look bad aesthetically, or get in the way. If you don't like it, you don't have to use it. My experience using it in-game varies drastically depending on the title. With a game like Majora, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, or Monster Hunter 4, it was perfect for swinging the camera about. For games like Resident Evil: Revelations, where the nubbin is used for precision aiming, it's not so great. I'm glad it exists, but it's not a game-changer, and you shouldn't upgrade just because of the nubbin. Haha, nubbin. Software support Right now buying a New 3DS strictly because of software  is a grim prospect. There is one -- count it -- one New 3DS exclusive announced so far in Xenoblade Chronicles. Because of the enhanced processing power the ability to create Wii ports or more graphically intensive games is there, but we aren't quite at that threshold yet where anyone besides Nintendo has stepped up to announce anything. And even then, this is seemingly a direct port we're talking about with very minor additions. There are a few slight differences right now with at least one new game -- Monster Hunter 4. As a general rule when I compared it side-by-side with an old and New 3DS XL, the latter seemed to have a more consistent framerate, and the 3D effect looked sharper in general. That's not to say that the framerate is bad by any means on the old model, it's just very fluid on the New unit. Slight improvements are the name of the game right now in the New 3DS' lifespan, and that principle permeates throughout the philosophy of the New 3DS as a whole. As a side note, I did test cross-generational play, and was able to play every multiplayer title I owned with an "old" unit -- so don't be worried about segmenting yourself if your spouse or child doesn't pick up a New 3DS right away. [embed]286495:57004:0[/embed] Verdict Only hardcore Nintendo fans need to adopt the New 3DS right now. All of the improvements outside of the enhanced 3D feature are marginal, and even though the feeling of picking up new hardware can be exciting at first, you may even start to feel underwhelmed on your first day. It does feel like an upgrade overall, but Monster Hunter 4 and Majora's Mask play just fine on the older models. Additionally, with a planned amiibo adapter coming out at some point in the future, you should be good to go in March for Code Name S.T.E.A.M., and the only true exclusive in sight is a port set for an April release. Lastly, although bulky, the Circle Pad Pro will technically net you all of the benefits from the added triggers and nubbin for now outside of Super Smash Bros. 3DS. As you can clearly see, this is an "only early-adopters need apply" situation, since a lot of solutions exist, or will exist to accommodate old 3DS users. On a personal level I am enjoying the upgrades and have purchased one myself in addition to this review unit, but the real payoff just isn't there yet for me to make a full recommendation. [This review is based on a retail build of the hardware provided by the publisher. The reviewer did not attend the Nintendo event.]
New 3DS XL review photo
A nice, but nonessential upgrade
Nintendo has an interesting history in terms of portables. Outside of the rare add-on like the expansion pack for the Nintendo 64 or the Game Boy Player for the GameCube, they play it rather conservatively when it comes ...

Bloodborne PS4 photo
Bloodborne PS4

These Bloodborne PS4s are kind of lazily done, but I want them


Why did I just get a Destiny PS4
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
My launch PS4 died a few months ago. Yep, just up and died. So I had to pick up a new one, and figured hey, why not the Destiny white PS4 -- it's the same price, and I can give the pack-in game away. It was a good idea a...
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Xbox One back at $349

Hah, wow: Microsoft drops Xbox One back to $349


'Communication'
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft sold the Xbox One for $349.99 during the holiday season, which worked out well for sales. The system became "the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December," according to the company. But that wasn't ...
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Mad genius makes a PS4/Xbox One combination laptop


You know, for those enormous laps we all have!
Jan 14
// Mike Cosimano
Eddie Zarick, the Doc Brown-esque craftsman behind those cool PS4 and Xbox One laptops, has gone one step beyond: he's put both current-generation consoles into one big shell. Apparently, the PS4's capacitive power button ha...

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