Sony Dual-Screen eReader Netbook With Game Console Characteristics?

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Sony is working on a portable computer that will serve the purposes of an eReader and netbook while also sharing its characteristics with its current line of hand-held gaming devices.

While no other information has been divulged either by WSJ’s sources nor by the company, the speculations are in line with our report back in May this year when we had pointed out a patent application filed by Sony that sought to bring a portable dual-screen device that will perform eReader and netbook functions. We had written,

“The application further notes that the eReader shall be fitted with an accelerometer so that users may change the device orientation so that the device may now resemble a laptop. The user can now choose to continue using the device as an eReader or use the necessary toggling controls to turn the lower screen into a touchscreen based QWERTY keyboard laptop.”

Now with more information available on this piece of hardware Sony is working on, it will be interesting to see when an official announcement is actually made.

Nintendo Wii GameCube Dual Shock Controller Offers Realistic Gaming

A gaming peripheral manufacturer claims to offer realistic gaming experience with the release of the Nintendo Wii & Gamecube Dual Shock controller. The controller comes with standard buttons and controls including the dual analog joystick, D-Pad, four fire action buttons and the three shoulder buttons.

In addition to this, the dual shock controller for Ninendo consoles will also come with a vibration mumble that will provide haptic vibration feedback on the controller that will provide a much higher real-time feel to the games.

Like already mentioned, the controller is compatible with both the Nintendo Wii as well as Nintendo Gamecube. Wii users will need to connect the controller pad to the connectors located on top of Wii (available beneath the flip open plate). At present, the controller is available only in white and retails at $8.65.

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Personalized Xbox 360 And Controllers From Colorware

There is nothing like personalizing your favorite gadgets with the colors of your choice. Colorware is a company that has been offering personalized skins and colors to popular electronic gadgets for a long time. The company has now announced that they have now included Microsoft XBox 360 S to their list of gizmos that they personalize.

You can now pick the color of your Xbox 360 from over 46 different color combinations. You may individually pick the color of your XBox’s body, faceplate, top, eject button, disc tray, accents, power button, USB door and controller.

And the price? Well, if you already own Microsoft’s XBox 360 S, then it is going to cost you $175. However, if you would like to order an XBox directly from Colorware, then the console is going to cost you $500. Not much if you think how much color these consoles can bring to your lives.

Nyko Raven Controller For PlayStation 3 Price And Features

Nyko Raven Gaming ControllerNyko is best known as the manufacturer of third party peripherals for gaming consoles and devices. The company has now launched a new gaming controller that is targeted at the Sony Playstation 3 gamers. The new Nyko Raven controller is more like a standard Sony PS3 controller in its form factor and design.

Nyko is also coming up with an alternate controller. This one, as pictured here in this article, will resemble the XBox 360 controller and is targeted at those migrating from XBox to PS3 or those looking for alternate controllers simply to feel different.

Eitherway, if you are looking out for the Nyko gaming controllers, you may have to wait. The device is launching in Summer and shall cost $35 a unit.

Will you be interested?

Nintendo 3DS eReader App In The Works?

Nintendo 3DS may continue to keep its wireless connection via Wi-Fi active when the game console itself was in sleeping mode. This connection could be used to download timely news and information – This was revealed by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata in a recent interview to Japanese newspaper Nikkei thus triggering speculations that an eReader application could be in the works for the upcoming portable console.

Nintendo unveiled its latest 3D supported gaming console at E3 recently and has tipped the device to launch during the Christmas holiday season. The device is expected to come with an onboard storage system allowing users to install games locally. The latest speculation is built over these existing speculations that will allow users to download news and other ebooks to their local storage to use the Nintendo 3DS game console as an eReader as well.

With tablet PCs like the iPad encroaching on the territories of eReaders and gaming consoles, these portable device manufacturers too have been found looking for ways to expand the horizon of their offerings to remain competitive. It will be interesting to see how this competition pans out in the long run.

[via Andria Sang]

New Sega Game Console In The Works

Sega has announced a new partnership with United Kingdom based Imagination Technologies to provide a “very high-tech image of the next generation console”. This announcement has triggered rumors that Sega is in the process of building a new generation gaming console that can finally offer a fourth alternative to gamers who have by now been drawn up only to consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

Sega’s earlier ambitions to penetrate the game console market was not entirely successful with the Sega Dreamcast not faring well. The latest speculations could thus imply that the company is working on some real new technology and games that can provide the big three a run for their money.

Having said that, these are still speculations at this point and it will be interesting to see if something actually comes off this.

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Black Nintendo Wii Launch Date Announced

Rumors last week about a black colored Nintendo Wii launching in May were quite on the mark. It has now been confirmed that the gaming console shall launch in the American market on May 9th.

UberGizmo writes,

“The Black Wii will come with Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus accessory (for games like archery) – This is like a 20% accessory + game bonus. Note that the bundles will also be available with the white Wii, starting on May 9th.”

The price of the console has been confirmed to be $199.99 by resellers and Nintendo.

[via UberGizmo]

PS3 Background Downloading Of Game Patches Coming Soon

One of the biggest gripes gamers have had about their consoles is that games need to be manually updated which means users will have to wait for the new version of the game to be downloaded. That could be a thing of the past if a new rumor doing the rounds is to be believed.

According to a recent update on TSA, Sony Playstation 3 could soon be introducing a background downloading feature that will install game patches when a game is not being played. TSA writes,

“TheSixthAxis cannot verify the information but if the PS3 can figure out which games you own (or at least, have played recently) and automatically grab the latest patches in the background whilst you play another game then this would make at least one person very happy indeed.”

It is still a vague rumor at the moment and so take it with a grain of salt.

[via TSA]

Apple TV To Become A Gaming Console?

Apple has always maintained that its foray into TV is nothing but a “hobby” and their ambitions have always stayed on innovations in the mobile device front. But that could change in a couple of years, says Michael Patcher from Webush Morgan Securities in a note to investors.

According to him, the iPhone OS with its vast array of gaming applications may help Apple graduate to a level where the company’s relationship with third party gaming providers will be leveraged to provide a comprehensive gaming console system on Apple TV. He says

“I think Apple’s going to be a serious gaming company, the difference between Apple and Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft is, Apple is not known for internal software development. So I don’t think you’re going to get an Apple Games Group like you have Microsoft Games Studios making games you’re certainly never going to approach the quality of games you get out of Nintendo. So Apple’s going to be solely dependent on third parties to support their console in the future.”

Sounds very plausible. What do you think? Do you see it coming?

[via Distorted Loop]

PSPgo Price Drop Imminent?

Sony’s much hyped PSPgo hasn’t lived up to the expectations and sales have been moderate at best. One of the primary reasons behind this is touted to be the price.

Sony PSPgo is priced at close to $100 more than the other models in the segment and with price being one of the crucial factors in this segment, it is likely that Sony drops the price of the gaming console to try and increase the market share.

This apart, a marketing blitz is also likely. Sources close to GamerVision have told the website that Sony is planning a heavy marketing campaign to get the customers interested in the gaming device once more.

What do you think; will a price drop offer the turnaround that Sony is desperately looking for? Tell us what you think.

[via Gamervision]