When we saw the glasses-free 3D of the original Nintendo 3DS
back in 2011, we were suitably impressed, and then promptly disappointed when the effect kept breaking and left us suffering headaches. Now, Nintendo is back with the New Nintendo 3DS consoles
which promise to fix that with super-steady 3D, while also offering a power upgrade and better controls. Gizmag recently spent a week with the XL version of the new portable console, to see if it's worthy of your gaming thumbs.
Arcade machines are not generally known for their portability – the thought of moving one around is enough to cause a back ache. Nanoarcade pushes those notions aside with a device that looks like a classic arcade machine, but scaled down to 1/10th the size.
Nintendo has revealed a significant hardware revision for its popular 3DS
and 3DS XL
handheld gaming systems.The update adds several new physical controls to the device, while switching storage type and adding NFC functionality.
Sony is doing its best to revitalize its struggling PlayStation Vita portable with two new models
, and now it's bringing back its first attempt at a portable gaming console, the PocktStation, in app form. The app, which will be free until December 3rd for Japanese PS Plus subscribers who own a PS Vita, will restore the PocketStation functionality that has been missing in around 70 PlayStation games available on its digital store.
The PlayStation Vita, Sony's latest portable gaming console, has had a rough start in life. According to VGChartz, it has only sold about 5.7 million units worldwide since launch compared to the 33.5 million units sold by its primary competitor, the Nintendo 3DS. Down but not out, the Vita may soon get a new lease on life thanks to two new models announced by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCEI) in its pre-Tokyo Game Show conference today, one of which abandons portability entirely in favor of an Apple TV-like living room experience.
When Nvidia unveiled its Tegra 4
mobile processor at CES in January, it also unveiled Project Shield
, a handheld gaming console that would be powered by said chip. The “Project” has now been dropped and Nvidia has announced Shield will be available in June for US$349.
There's an avalanche of new gaming devices coming our way, from tablets with controller attachments
to Android-based consoles
that can fit in the palm of your hand. On top of that, there's a growing class of devices best described as portable emulator machines, built to capitalize on older gamers' nostalgia, with the latest called the Game Consoles Worldwide (GCW) Zero.
Taking to the stage at this year’s CES
, graphics hardware giant NVIDIA has announced Project Shield: a portable gaming console that plays both Android games via Google Play and some
PC titles – provided there’s a PC located on the local network to stream the game from.
ARCHOS has announced the price and release date of its new GamePad device that brings physical controls to Android gaming. That price is €149.99 (US$196) and that release date is now – provided you live in Europe. Mobile gamers in North America will need to wait until early 2013.
Sony's downward spiral isn't being helped by its PlayStation Vita portable game console, which is being pulverized by its primary competitor, the Nintendo 3DS, in the electronic giants' homeland. Last week the Vita sold just 4,201 units while the Nintendo 3DS sold 187,077.