Category: Equipment


The Xbox Dashboard update came out yesterday as many of you will be aware. Already there are many problems like the inability to connect to Xbox Live.  The most serious of these problems are broken consoles. If you have a complant about the new update head to the Xbox status page.

In my opinion the new update looks sleek, it offers a new tonne of stuff and it really separates it form the Sony’s PSN system. I really like it and I really thought i wouldn’t. What do you think? And have you had any problems? Leave your answer in the comments:

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Xbox sells over Thanksgiving!

Over the Thanksgiving week in America the Xbox 360 had it’s largest sales spike in the consoles 6 year history. Consumers bought some 960,000 consoles throughout the week in the US alone. 800,000 of that was in a 24 hour period. With all the new updates and releases coming out soon Microsoft have it sorted. If Xbox 360s sell the most in December this year too then the have the prestigious title of the United States most loved console 2011.

Kinect in TVs?

Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect technology looks set to appear in next generation TVs. Microsoft are keen to push the Kinect into as many living rooms as possible, even those without and Xbox 360 gaming system. Will we be seeing TVs where you swing you arm to turn on/off a TV? Or will it involve the newer voice command that the Kinect has? Microsoft is already in the stage of licensing the technology to major manufacturers like Sony. We might see the PS3 with the Kinects’ technology.

Xbox or PS3

For quite a while now the ultimate gamers question has been ‘Xbox or PS3?’. I am a Xbox guy and have been for almost a year. I used to play on a PS2 and it was a good console, but how things have improved. Price – the Xbox is cheaper, however you are missing out on the blu-ray capability of the PS3. Feel – I really like the Xbox controller, it fits snugly in your hand and I would say, is a better choice for the more competitive gamer. PS3, I feel is for the ‘luxurious’ gamer (so to speak) for it has better graphics and not to mention the beautiful curvy black console (better looking than the Xbox). Games – there isn’t much between them, normally the games are released at the same time for both of them. Xbox live tends to get the map packs and additions to games first, PS3 network a week or two later.

In summary both are great consoles and I wouldn’t say no to either! But because I don’t need the blu-ray and I really do like the Xbox controller, I tend to swing towards Microsoft’s Xbox. You may be calling me bias right now but it is just my opinion. What are you? Xbox? or PS3? leave your answer in the comments:

Minecraft Xbox 360!

This weekend at MineCon fans and guests will be treated to a look at the Minecraft Xbox 360 game coming out in the Spring. They will also see a Minecraft Xbox 360. It is still unknown if this will be a limited edition thing with only a few around or mass produced.

MineCon is this weekend at Las Vegas. It will have lots of fun activites, there will be the Xbox Minecraft game, the full Minecraft Version and much much more!

Is the Wii up to real gaming?

Wii Console

When I speak to people now, I ask what console they have and what they play on. I mostly get Xbox or PS3 but never Wii. Why is this? Well when the Wii first came out we were all like ‘wow that’s amazing!’, but now with the greatly superior Xbox Kinect and the Playstation Move it looks to be out classes. So what will happen to the Wii? My guess is it will die out like so many other consoles before it, and with the new ‘Wii u’ on the way it looks increasingly likely. But do not sell it or throw it away yet, for it is so good for parties and get together. Plus with the likely withdrawal of the Wii, comes a great reduction in the prices of games!

Xbox 720?

Xbox 720, future advertising?

We all know another Microsoft console is coming. We don’t know when or what it will be called. However in ‘Real Steel’s trailer you can clearly see the Xbox 720 advertising high in the stands. The latest rumours suggest that it will be unveiled at E3 2012 but newer reports make it look more 2013! Some say EA already has next-generation console technology, EA denies these claims. Microsoft also pass no-comment on all these rumours. If the release of the Xbox 720 is in late 2013 then it will coincide with the predicted 2014 release of the ‘Unreal Engine 4’.

Battle Field 3

Today I was browsing YouTube and came across a ‘Gadget Show’ clip of a BF3 simulator where you are the soldier. You move – He moves, you shoot – he shoots … you get it. The full ‘article’ will be on Monday 24th October and looks a cracker. But the question must be asked, will there be a Modern Warfare 3 version? Watch the clip here.

Playstaion Vita

I don’t normally do Sony blogs but, good news! The release date for the greatly anticipated Playstation Vita has been confirmed as the 22nd February 2012 for North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. This is gaming platform is going to rival the generally rejected Nintendo 3DS, even though the Vita isn’t 3D! The console will be available as: a Wi-Fi only model (£229.99) or a combined Wi-Fi and 3G model (£279.99).

Playstation Vita

The new Playstation Vita is the follow-up from the ‘PSP’ which was a big hit, selling 70 million units worldwide. The New console has a five-inch OLED touch screen, a rear touch pad, rear and front cameras and two analogue control sticks. All games will be available to download from the internet, but some will be sold as a ‘slot-in-card’ sold in shops.

An impressive range of titles has already been reveled for the console including variations of Assassins Creed, Call of Duty and Little Big Planet. About 80 titles are already in production for the console.

The console has 4 social networking capabilities, a video chat, Facebook and Twitter access, and a close proximity data sharing service named ‘Near’ which allows Vita owners to communicate and automatically swap data. There will also be a compatibility with the PS3 to play games and communicate.

Gamers Kit list Part 1

Games own brand Play and Charge Kit

For a keen gamer certain things are accentual, such as the controller. But you can get extra accessories. One of these you should first be thinking of, is a charger. We’ve all been in one of those situations where you shooting someone and your batteries run out. It’s not good! So, I got a Venom Xbox 360 Play and Charge Kit, which allows you to play and charge at the same time. It is a super piece of  kit, you save money on batteries in the long run. You can but Games own brand Xbox 360 version of this up for around £7.98 on the game website.