Critics and fans alike agree: Digital distribution – the ability to download games right to your PC, console or mobile handset – and connected devices are quickly reshaping the way we play. But what do online services like Steam, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network really mean to the industry, and where do alternative platforms like the iPhone and social networks such as Facebook and Bebo fit in
Even though the PlayStation 3 has been the most powerful console on the market since its introduction its sales have been equally as weak. Sony strikes back at Microsoft and Nintendo with the PlayStation 3 Slim. At only $299.99 and sacrificing only minor features from the original PS3, the Slim will undoubtedly give Sony a boast in the ongoing console wars.
The Sansa Clip line is the main competition for the iPod Shuffle and SanDisk has added some quality new features to the new Clip+ that set it apart. With the addition of a microSD slot SanDisk has given the Clip+ the capability of accepting an extra 16GB of external memory. A bright vibrant OLED screen is another new feature that should help the Clip+ continue the original Clip’s legacy.
The myTouch 3G is the first Google Android phone to hit the market since the G1. The myTouch 3G features a much sleeker form factor and ditches the keyboard for an all touch interface. However, the myTouch 3G falls short in some key areas and T-Mobile’s 3G coverage is spotty which doesn’t help its case.
Meet tomorrow’s game designer: Thanks to modern players’ unprecedented ability to create entire games and 3D worlds using titles’ built-in toolkits, he or she looks an awful lot like you. But what does putting fans in control truly mean for the industry – and where does the future of game development lie? From new approaches to interactive storytelling to unique sources of inspiration and easy wa
We’ve all heard the buzz surrounding indie gaming, as small, quirky and innovative titles are quickly displacing blockbuster outings as the hottest thing in interactive entertainment today. But just why do these games matter – and do they really herald a glorious return to the days of old, when creativity reigned supreme? Tune in this week as we find out what life’s really like for today’s most ad
Millions have voted, and it’s official: Video games are today’s hottest form of entertainment, and the world's most exciting new means of self-expression. Men, women, young, old - suddenly, everyone's getting in the game, and challenging conventional stereotypes about what it means to be a fan of the medium. Tune in as we take a closer look at the forces shaping the changing face of gaming, and th
Will Wright, Sid Meier, Shigeru Miyamoto… we all know the names. But how do today’s top designers always stay ahead of the game? Season 2 continues as we take a closer look at the qualities that define today’s most celebrated talents, and what it takes to make a hit in 2009. Join us as we discover how even living legends have had to adapt to keep pace with the constantly evolving game industry – a
Windows Vista was released a little over two years ago and garnered a fairly negative response for hogging resources and driver incompatibility. Windows 7 fixes the most agitating problems associated with its predecessor and takes a few steps forward, too, making it a great choice for anyone with a new PC to switch to. Whether you’re an XP holdout or a reluctant Vista user, it’s time to upgrade.
As losses continue to mount, price cuts remain slow to materialize and more and more blockbuster releases are delayed until 2010, the PC and video game industry finds itself at a crossroads. The big question: Will it power up in time to save itself from going the way of the arcade? With the stakes higher than ever, we ask the field's best and brightest what's causing the biz to short circuit, whet
Freefalling sales. Skyrocketing unemployment. Studios tanking left and right. Between the twin pressures of one of the worst recessions in modern history and a fundamental shift in the way today’s fans consume interactive entertainment, the PC and video game business is quickly coming up short on extra lives. As Season 2 of Players Only opens, we connect with the industry’s biggest names to cast a
Nokia’s flagship phone the N97 offers tons of upgrades of its predecessor the N96. The N97 features a high-resolution touch screen, takes photos on par with most point-and-shoot cameras and has a premium build quality. Even with its vast array of features we still feel the N97 still may be a tough sell because its $699 price tag in the States.
The Palm Pre looks to knock the iPhone off its throne as the top smartphone with its smaller form factor and full QWERTY keyboard. The Pre will appeal more to business users with its slide-out keyboard and features a fairly solid build quality. The Pre’s WebOS is slick and allows multiple applications to be open at the same time, setting it apart from the iPhone.
The Sony Vaio P netbook is one of the sleekest laptops out there, but its looks are not enough to overcome its anemic performance and premium price. With a 2-minute startup time and an inability to perform basic tasks like play YouTube videos, it’s hard to recommend the Vaio P to anyone looking to do more than surf the Internet.
The SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio player caters to people who prefer a more hands of approach to music. While we thought the build quality was sufficient the listening experience wasn’t. The player is well build and has a quality 1.5-inch LCD screen. Unfortunately the players build quality doesn’t make up for its poor listening experience and controls.
The Amazon Kindle 2 e-reader fixes many of the original Kindles flaws and adds some exciting new features as well. The Kindle 2 is slightly taller and significantly thinner than the original and also boasts excellent build quality. Also featured in the Kindle 2 is an e-ink screen which is much easier to read then a traditional LCD screen. The new and improved Kindle 2 is by far the best e-book rea
The traditional looking BlackBerry Curve 8900 may be easy to overlook, but it offers a great set of features at a compact size. While some may be turned off by its lack of 3G support, there aren’t any other significant downsides to the 8900. It features a sleek form factor, solid QWERTY keyboard, and offers excellent call quality.
If you are looking for a quality gaming PC for a excellent price, you may not need to look for anything else other than the HP Firebird 802 gaming PC. It's not the fastest gaming PC, but has a great design and offers an excellent value for its features. From its unusual power supply, notebook hard drives and GeForce 9800S graphic cards to its liquid cooling, there are plenty of features and comp
The 3rd generation of the Apple iPod Shuffle is the smallest version yet, but some usability is sacrificed by the new size. There are no controls other then the power switch on the Shuffle itself. Instead, the controls are available on the proprietary headphones. The voice over feature is a new concept from Apple, reading the song titles and playlists names out to you. For more information rea
The Flip MinoHD camcorder packing in 720p HD video into a super small form factor that is easy to use. The video quality is impressive for the small size of camcorder even though the color is lacking. If portability is important to you then the Flip MinoHD will fit the bill. But, for around the same price you can get a point-and-shoot camcorder with more features and better video quality. For