Feeds

GameCube launches (in US)

GC on shelves, Xbox cut open

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Nintendo's GameCube hit US retail shelves yesterday (officially, anyway), just three days after the debut of Microsoft's Xbox console.

Some gamers have been thumbing the controller to Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 and Luigi's Mansion a little earlier though, as various stores leaked consoles before the due date.

The arrival makes the competition tougher for the three main players. GameCube (GC) is priced $100 cheaper than its two big rivals: Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox, putting pressure on them to drop prices (and sell at an even greater loss than they do already).

GC launches with just 12 titles in the bag (Xbox has 19), which pales in comparison to the PS2 with over 100 titles and many more when you add earlier PS1 games.

While the consoles provide an engine to run on, it's the content that matters (and attracts gamers' dollars). Sony's got a big lead, having come out first; Xbox is only just getting going; but Nintendo, although the starting list doesn't do it much credit, is renowned for its top titles in gaming circles on earlier console platforms (think: Pokemon, Mario Bros., etc.).

Game on.

Xbox guts

Meanwhile, back in Xbox land, Icrontic has followed TechTV's lead and has cut into the console's chest to reveal its guts. The site confirms that the device is definitely modifiable; it's just a matter of time before some boffin figures out how to jump over the various hardware hurdles erected by Microsoft. ®

Related Stories

PlayStation emulator developer Bleem folds
Comdex cars, Radeon drivers, Itanium issues
Piracy stops Xbox in China
Xbox lands

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.