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Microsoft cues next-gen Xbox for Crimbo 2013

Microsoft will release the next-generation Xbox console in time for Christmas next year, sources claim. While World+Dog could come up with a 2013 'Xbox 720' prediction, this latest claim comes by way of "people familiar with the company's plans", according to Bloomberg at least. The firm has apparently yet to decide whether …
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2012
Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

Intel insists Mac Mini HDMI fix inbound

Intel says it has addressed the Mac Mini flickering HDMI issue and informed those affected that Apple will configure a firmware fix having now been provided with amended drivers. A growing number of owners have complained of poor colours, snow-like interference and display blackouts when connecting a Mac Mini to an external …
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2012
2001: A Space Odyssey

Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Computers used to be our loyal servants. But slowly and surely, we've let them control us. I used to believe these machines had the ability to positively change the world, but after the 56K modem invented Dubstep in the 1990s, I've been somewhat sceptical. So have film makers. Boost a PC with a new processor these days and …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
Bungie logo

Bungie talks up 'genre-defining' Destiny shooter

Halo and Marathon developer Bungie has officially confirmed its next project will be called Destiny, a futuristic shooter with "a universe as deep as that of the Star Wars franchise". Details of the game were splashed across the web when a blabbermouth leaked the project write-up to IGN after getting his mitts on Destiny's …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012 C.4 contemporary

Black Eyed Peas star pitches pricey iPhone cam add-on

Black Eyed Peas frontman has revealed the "" case for iPhones, which launches next month for those with more money than music taste. The will come in two iPhone 4/4S flavours at first, with the basic "C.4 contemporary" model, setting punters back £199. This features interchangeable lenses for standard, …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
Xbox 360 250GB

Sinking Xbox 360 sales still stymies Nintendo numbers

Microsoft shifted three quarters of a million Xbox 360 consoles during "Black Friday" week in the US. While that works out at 22 per cent fewer units than it managed to shift this time last year, the figures remain impressive for a console nearing the end of its lifecycle. To be fair, overhauling 2011's Xmas Xbox sales would …
Caleb Cox, 28 Nov 2012

Take-Two praises release breaks for Grand Theft Auto's healthy figure

Some 125 million copies of Grand Theft Auto games have shipped since the series' introduction, publisher Take-Two Interactive has claimed. While it would be easy to celebrate that such figures means GTA easily challenges Tetris for fifth place in the world best-selling franchise table - behind Mario, Pokemon, Wii Sports/Play/ …
Caleb Cox, 28 Nov 2012
Nintendo Wii Mini

Nintendo shrinks Wii for Crimbo

Nintendo has officially unveiled a new version of the original Wii console, a smaller, top-loading model that shows the Japanese firm hasn't quite given up on its old tech yet. While many expected Nintendo's focus to shift following the arrival of the Wii U, the company clearly believes there's still a market for standard …
Caleb Cox, 27 Nov 2012

Steam stats show surge in honest PC gaming

PC gaming is on the rise… if the popularity of Valve's Steam platform is anything to go by, that is. Over six million people were simultaneously logged into Valve's digital distribution service this past weekend, the highest number it has ever seen. Steam statistics 2012 The five million mark was reached in January 2012, a …
Caleb Cox, 27 Nov 2012

Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has doubts over the long-term success of the Nintendo Wii U, after admitting he doesn't get the tablet-controlled console. "I actually am baffled by it," said the Pong creator in an interview with the New York Times. "I don't think it's going to be a big success." Bushnell - often hailed at the …
Caleb Cox, 26 Nov 2012
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Ten Xbox 360 games you may have missed

Games Round-up Our second helping of our console game roundups, caters for those playing on Microsoft's Xbox 360. Sure you may be preoccupied connecting up smartphones through the new SmartGlass feature, but we wouldn't want you to be caught out for Christmas and be lost among the hundreds of new titles, unsure of what to purchase. So …
Caleb Cox, 24 Nov 2012
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Ten PlayStation 3 games you may have missed

Games Round-up While summer was a fairly dry time for games releases, this autumn has gone haywire in the build up to Christmas and as a result, it feels like more titles are being handed out than knighthoods. As usual, we've sifted through the good and the bad to compile a list of any worthy ones you may have missed. While the following ten …
Caleb Cox, 24 Nov 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Apple LTE iPad Mini release slips back in Blighty

Apple's fourth-generation iPad with retina display is now available in the UK, but those who ordered the 4G iPad Mini may end up waiting longer for their shiny new slate than they expected. The Cuperino firm had previously pledged to deliver the iPad Mini LTE to British buyers by the end of the month, but after the US launch …
Caleb Cox, 23 Nov 2012
Huawei G330

Huawei hawks hundred quid handset hupdate

Huawei's refreshed sub-£100 Android phone, the Ascend G330, will be available in the UK from early December, the manufacturer said today. The Chinese company will attempt to build upon the G300's success in the budget Android market through the next-gen model, which steps things up a notch from its highly-rated predecessor. …
Caleb Cox, 23 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Man strives to shatter Call of Duty world record

We all know gamers spend too long on their consoles, but even the craziest of enthusiasts tend to hit the sack when the sun rises. Bedtime, however, was the last thing on one madcap Australian's mind this week, as he attempted to set a world record for the longest videogame marathon known to man. Retail worker Okan Kaya played …
Caleb Cox, 23 Nov 2012
Starwars Lightsaber

Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

Disney's plans to dramatically expand the Star Wars franchise may concern stringent Jedi enthusiasts, but the fact that it has now signed up Lawrence Kasdan - co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, not to mention Raiders of the Lost Ark - to script one of its forthcoming films, will surely be music to fans …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012

Nickers nab Assassin's Creed cache in Benelux blag

Thieves made away with a lorryload of Assassin's Creed 3 copies bound for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg this week. Most gamers who pre-ordered the title will still get their game. Ubisoft has released more stock for distribution. But customers from those countries who had pre-ordered the limited 'Join or Die' edition …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

Microsoft has an Apple TV-style set-top box in its labs, it has been claimed. The gadget it said to be an inexpensive Windows 8-based unit designed to provide access to Xbox Live entertainment services and run casual games rather than major releases. XTV "Multiple sources" who claim to be close to the matter say the …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012

EE touts 4G Sim-only tariffs

EE - currently the UK's only 4G network provider - has launched Sim-only plans touting one-year contracts for as little as £21 a month. While that does come with unlimited calls and texts, the package's data allowance is capped at 500MB, which could be gobbled stupendously fast on the firm's speedy network - should users be …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
Wii U

Wii U disassembly reveals unusual innards

Nintendo launched Wii U Stateside this past Sunday and while some users have complained of slow performance and freezing issues - something the firm has since addressed - teardown reports suggest potential hardware breakages should be relatively cheap to repair. The heatgun and screwdriver equipped iFixit team cracked open the …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK

Sony has launched an indie-focused portal for developers that includes access to the now-out-of-beta PlayStation Mobile software development kit. The PlayStation Mobile SDK has been available in beta form for quite some time, but Sony has now officially given it the green light and slapped on a $99 (£62) annual usage fee. …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012

Apple falls as rivals shake green tech tree

Apple, which likes to tout its eco-credentials, has dropped to sixth place in the annual Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, after allegedly failing to organise a take-back programme in India or set targets to reduce emissions by 2020. Apple does top the charts, along with HP, when it comes to its minimal use of conflict …
Caleb Cox, 19 Nov 2012
Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

HDMI hitch hounds Mac Mini holders

The latest generation of Mac Mini appears to be facing HDMI hiccups, with disgruntled owners complaining about poor colours, "snow-like interference" and momentary display blackouts. While the Mini's alternative video outputs - Thunderbolt and Mini Display Port - appear unaffected, those who extend their desktop to a secondary …
Caleb Cox, 19 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

Activision gloats that its Call of Duty franchise is again the "biggest entertainment launch of the year", after revealing a return of $500m (£316m) from day-one sales of Black Ops 2. The figures come compiled from three sources: Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through information, and internal company estimates. We're …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012
Sony PS3 Even Slimmer

Sony surges past 70 million PlayStation 3 sales

Sony is commemorating the shipment of 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles this week. Reaching the milestone essentially puts it neck and neck with Microsoft's Xbox 360 in terms of overall global lifetime sales. The figures relate to the number of consoles shipped to retailers rather to than customers, so we have little idea how …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012