It was bound to happen sooner or later: The Sims 3 is headed to games consoles. Now you'll be able to take a little virtual girl or boy, buy them a little virtual house, furnish their little virtual house…
Sony has seen fit, 9 years after the release of the Playstation 2, to finally bring the price down under $100. The world’s best-selling console ever will be available for $99.99 in the US within a month.
Europe’s seeing a similar discount – from €129.99 to €99.99, but SCE UK is refusing to budge on the UK’s £93 price point. It won’t bother most people – you can get one for £20 on eBay – but it does seem a bit odd that we’re not getting the same reduction.
Nintendo’s got a new controller for the Wii, in addition to the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combo and the ‘classic’ controller, used to play retro console games. It’s called the “Pro”.
It rejects some of the differences between the classic controller and most other gamepads, adding back in the ‘legs’ and moving the wire back to the top of the device. The shoulder buttons are also made more accessible, and the whole thing’s put on some weight, too.
Unfortunately, there’s “no plans” for a European release, let alone any pricing. I wouldn’t chuck away your classic controllers just yet.
Would you wear this? Even if it was 1987 and the console was at the height of its powers? No, nor me. You’d get a smack in the face just walking down to the corner shop. But it’d be awesome to wear to a fancy dress party. Wait… how much? $200 (£135)!? You can sod right off, even if it does have a thermal-insulated lining.
80s Tees (via Technabob)
Here’s a new home cinema speaker setup from Teufel. It’s designed for computers and consoles, though it takes phono inputs, so you’ll need some conversion cables. It consists of a subwoofer, centre speaker, and four satellites, and can pump out a rather loud 450 watts.
There are two colour options – midnight black and matt silver – and it comes with an infrered remote for volume control, but the best feature of this setup is that it’s only £160 (€189). That’s bargaintastic for a full on 5.1 surround system. It won’t be the highest-fi system you’ve ever heard, but for pumping out Halo, Mario Kart, World of Warcraft, or a DVD in full surround, I couldn’t think of a finer device.
There are a number of variations on the old ‘do-something-complicated-to-turn-off-an-alarm-clock-so-that-by-the-time-you-manage-it-you’re-properly-awake’ concept, but this is one of my favourites. The brilliantly-titled Gun O’Clock requires you to use a light gun to shoot a target before the damn thing stops beepily interrupting your dreams of Slave Girl Leia.
To make things a little more complicated, there are two modes. The first will adjust the ‘snooze’ time based on how quickly you’re able to hit the target. The quicker you hit it, the longer you’ll be able to sleep for. The second mode – ‘hard mode’ – requires you to hit the bullseye five times before the alarm will stop.
Unfortunately it’s only available in Japan. Damn. But if you’re sneaky, you might be able to get one from Geek Stuff 4 U.
(via Akihabara News)
A bloke in California isn’t happy about Microsoft’s handling of the “Red Ring of Death” issues that plague the Xbox360. Reshelle Cable of Folsom, California, is alleging that an excessive number of Xbox 360 consoles have failed and that Microsoft concealed the excessive failure rate of its Xbox 360 consoles so that it could get into the market ahead of Sony and Nintendo…
This is Swinxs, and it’s sort-of like a games console, but not really. I suppose it’s the logical extension of the Wii’s “getting people active” push. It’s a brightly coloured box, with armbands containing RFID chips, that lets you play a bunch of traditional party games, but with actually-quite-awesome technological extras…
Nintendo doesn’t often do too much with the DS. Since the Lite was released there hasn’t been anything new except for the odd new colour here and there, so it’s nice to hear that the big N hasn’t forgotten its little console with a zillion rubbish games…
You can complain all you want about the Wii being just a party gaming machine that doesn’t cater to the ‘core gamers, but at the end of the day it is a GREAT party gaming machine that doesn’t cater to the ‘core gamers. However if you want to have a proper Wii party, you’ll need
three other noobs a full collection of Wii remotes. The trouble is, they will invariably run out of batteries mid Kart race and you’ll be left desperately searching for fresh ones inside old TV remotes and that ‘massage’ device your wife keeps.