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Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

Videogame giants will soon be able to make and sell consoles in China, after Beijing confirmed plans to lift a ban first instituted in 2000. Rules were relaxed in the country in 2014 to allow for the production and sale of "gaming entertainment" in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now, according to the Wall Street …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2015
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O2 offers Xboxes instead of phone upgrades

O2 has become a games shop. The one-time mobile phone specialist said today it will allow its subscribers to upgrade to an Xbox 360 and Kinect add-on instead of a new phone. Pay-monthly customers can take the Xbox upgrade if they cough up £190. That nets them a 250GB console, Kinect and a choice of either Dance Central, …
Tony Smith, 10 Nov 2010
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Stay at home and watch telly, trade bodies urge Brits

In a desperate application of herd-mentality tactics, home entertainment trade organisations are once again trying to persuade us to buy more kit and content by telling us that's what almost everyone else is doing. Today, for example, the British Video Association (BVA) highlighted an online survey conducted by pollster YouGov …
Tony Smith, 1 Nov 2010
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Nintendo 3DS misses Xmas launch window

Nintendo's upcoming 3D handheld console, the 3DS, won't debut until next year, the videogames pioneer has admitted. Result: a lot of kids will get 'old' tech as presents this Christmas. Nintendo's global roll-out kicks off on 26 February with the Japanese launch, with the gadget arriving in the US and Europe early in March - …
Tony Smith, 29 Sep 2010
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Ads watchdog: PS3 graphics 'discernibly' better than Xbox

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week announced that the PS3 produces better quality pictures that the Xbox 360 - at least in Final Fantasy XIII. The conclusion follows a complaint from a punter which alleged that an HD-broadcast ad for Final Fantasy XIII on the Xbox 360 was misleading because developer Square …
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2010
Xbox Kinect

MS to Kinect up UK in November

Microsoft's Kinect will come to Blighty on 10 November, the Xbox maker revealed this morning. Xbox Kinect The announcement, made at the Gamescon show, says it all - you know the rest: Wii-style motion control for Xbox 360 with added webcam-filmed put-you-in-the-game and player tracking elements. You get voice and gesture …
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2010
Nintendo

UK bans Nintendo DS homebrew code installer

The R4 card, a Nintendo DS add-on that allows users to transfer Rom code to the handheld, has been banned in the UK. The high court in London ruled that the gadget may not be imported into the UK and sold here, and it must not be advertised here either. The court agreed with Nintendo's claim that the device contravenes laws …
Hard Reg, 28 Jul 2010
Microsoft Natal

Natal out in October - Microsoft exec

Microsoft's Project Natal - the Wii-plus motion control system for the Xbox 360 - will launch in October. So said Syed Bilal Tariq, the head of Microsoft's marketing activities in Saudi Arabia, in an interview presented by Gamertag radio. Microsoft has already indicated a pre-Christmas debut. and will announce formally the …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2010
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Microsoft rolls out Xbox 360 USB update

Microsoft has begun pushing the latest Xbox 360 firmware update, allowing upgraded consoles to use any connected USB Mass Storage devices. Up to 16GB of any connected drive can be assigned for the Xbox to use and allocating the storage to the console won't zap data already on the drive provided there's sufficient free space …
Tony Smith, 6 Apr 2010
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PS3 update to rid all consoles of Linux support

Sony will release the next PlayStation 3 firmware update this week, the company has announced. But the software - version 3.21 - will disappoint Linux buffs. It will remove the 'Install Other OS' option from older consoles. The update goes live on 1 April. A fair few Linux fans will hope Sony's announcement is an early April …
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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Tech gadgetry brings about pet-o-geddon

The nation's pets are at risk of coming a cropper through run-ins with the latest tech toys, according to shock new research. A survey of 3000 irresponsible morons pet owners conducted by Petplan pet insurers found that careless gadget fans are injuring their animal companions on a daily basis with their expensive plastic …
Sarah Bee, 17 Oct 2008
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Surgeons to turn to Wii to sharpen their scalpel skills?

Next time you’re about to go under the knife, you might want to ask your surgeons how much Wii training they've had to boost their medical expertise and manual dexterity. According to a report in New Scientist magazine, researchers at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona have found that its surgical …
James Sherwood, 17 Jan 2008

Wii buyers follow French Connection for consoles

If you’re after a Nintendo Wii this Christmas then you’d better get your credit card out - and maybe start brushing up your French too. A report by the Daily Mirror claims that British shoppers are donning their best French accents and sailing over to Calais, where the console’s reportedly ready to be had for just £150 (€210/$ …
James Sherwood, 11 Dec 2007

Nintendo kills Wii ads due to console shortage

Nintendo is replacing a series of ads for its Wii console this Christmas, despite the games machine being the subject of the most searched for term on eBay. A spokesman for the company told Marketing Week that demand for the console is already too high and that it wants to take a “responsible stance this Christmas and not fuel …
James Sherwood, 10 Dec 2007
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Nintendo DS to get movie, TV download service

Japanese gamers will soon be able to watch movies on a Nintendo DS, thanks to the creation of a movie download service for the handheld console. DS_Lite_cards DSVision: download and watch films on your DS Lite It’s to be called DSVision and will, upon its launch next year, carry around 300 films, e-books, TV programmes and …
James Sherwood, 30 Nov 2007
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Gamer takes Microsoft to court over Halo 3 'errors'

A Californian gamer has filed a class action lawsuit demanding damages in excess of $5m against Microsoft and software developer Bungie, all because his copy of Halo 3 allegedly doesn’t work properly. Halo3_disc_unreadable2 UK gamers have complained of an unreadable error, when playing Halo 3 Whereas most gamers would …
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2007
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Retailer reveals Wii Laser Sword

For die-hard Star Wars fans, the Lightsabre is probably the film series' coolest asset. So thank your lucky Death Star that a Lightsabre peripheral for the Wii remote has been unveiled. Wii_Light_Sword The Wii Light Sword Dubbed the Wii Light Sword, the add-on has just cropped up on online retailer Play.com’s website. The …
James Sherwood, 22 Nov 2007
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Nintendo takes shine to golden DS Lite

Nintendo has unveiled a pair of DS Lite bundle packs, just in time for the Christmas rush. No doubt Nintendo’s aiming each bundle pack at some specific gamer groups, given the choice of either a golden handheld or a more feminine metallic pink version. Nintendo DS The pink one? The gold-coloured console comes with a copy …
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2007

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