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Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) Xbox head Phil Spencer puls back the curtain on 'Project Scarlett,' the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers 'the power they need to bring their creative visions to life'

PROJECT SCARLETT. Microsoft Xbox head and executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer announces the new Xbox Project Scarlett console at their press event ahead of the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles on June 9, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

'PS5' details emerge: AMD chips, SSD, 8K graphics, backwards compatibility

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:04 AM

Sony's next console is starting to take shape

PLAYSTATION. The PlayStation logo appears at E3 2018 held in June in Los Angeles, USA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Sony enables PlayStation Network ID changing

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:39 AM

By the end of April 11, PlayStation Network account holders will finally be able to change their usernames on the service

PSN ID CHANGES. You'll soon be able to switch your PlayStation Network ID! Image from Sony

Nintendo to release 2 new Switch models in 2019 – report

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:39 PM

One version is reportedly more powerful than the base Switch, while the other variant is said to be the next in line to the 3DS throne

NEW SWITCHES? People wait in line to play Nintendo Switch games at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles, California on on June 12, 2018.File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP)

Japan makes console modding, save editing software illegal

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Japan's amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act also bars the reselling of game serial codes or other software product keys

FIGHTING UNFAIR COMPETITION. Image from http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/economy/chizai/chiteki/index.html

Nintendo first-half profit up 25% on Switch console sales

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'Nintendo Switch hardware continued to be quite popular, reaching 5.07 million units sold' in the April-September period, the company says

NINTENDO. Mario attends the Bloomingdale's launch of an exclusive collection with Nintendo on March 8, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Bloomingdale's/AFP

Nintendo to make new version of Switch console for 2019 – report

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The new hardware is reportedly slated for a Summer 2019 outing

NINTENDO SWITCH. Kids enjoy playing tunes on a Toy-Con Piano as Nintendo of America hosts the ultimate family-fun battle where families compete in 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge during San Diego Comic-Con at Marriott Marquis & Marina on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. File photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nintendo/AFP

Sony reaches 500M PlayStations sold milestone

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A cultural force, Sony has now sold over 525 million PlayStation consoles since the debut of the original in 1994

ORIGINAL PS. The first PlayStation boasts a run of 104 million units sold. Screenshot from Sony


Microsoft reportedly working on next-gen, streaming-only Xbox

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The console is said to have just enough local computing power for controller input, image processing, and collision detection

Photo from Microsoft


Sony's next PlayStation may be at least 3 years away

May 24, 2018 - 3:18 PM

'We want to use the next 3 years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,' says PlayStation CEO John Kodera

PSX. Gamers wait outside the main show hall of PlayStation Experience 2017 held in Malaysia. Photo by Nadine Pacis


Global games market expected to hit $137.9 billion in 2018 – report

May 01, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Newzoo projects about 2.3 billion gamers worldwide in 2018, with around 51% of all gaming revenues – around $70.3 billion – coming from mobile

POKEMON GO. Local gamers play Pokemon Go at the Beitou Park in Taipei on August 23, 2016. Hundreds of local gamers gathering at a local park to chtch the Pokemon Go. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Nintendo announces new Mario Kart game for smartphones

Feb 01, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Nintendo also confirms that the Switch will be getting its online subscription service by September of this year

MARIO KART. Mario is getting his second game on mobile! Illustration from Nintendo


[OPINION] Why the Nintendo Switch is winning hearts

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:44 PM

A steady stream of good games packed into a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use gaming machine makes Nintendo's Switch a winner

NINTENDO SWITCH. Photo by Evan Amos at Wikipedia.

Nintendo nearly doubles net profit forecast on Switch console

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:13 PM

The company now says it expects to sell around 14 million Switch consoles in the current business year, up from an earlier 10 million forecast

NINTENDO'S SUCCESS. Nintendo now expects profit of $748 billion for the fiscal year to March 2018. Screen shot from YouTube.

Nintendo returns to profit on the Switch

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Nintendo launches the Switch game console with a price tag of 300 It sold 2 7 million units by the end of the month and is now seen as a new pillar for the company s earnings

NINTENDO. This file photo taken on January 13, 2017 shows the logo of Japan's Nintendo Co. displayed at a presentation to unveil its new Switch game console in Tokyo. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Nintendo releasing SNES Classic console with 21 games

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The SNES Classic console will come out on September 29 and will cost 80

SNES CLASSIC. The Super Nintendo returns! Image from Nintendo.

[E3 2017] LOOK: The Microsoft Xbox One X, taken apart at E3

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Microsoft took apart their new console and displayed its components at the games show

SCORPIO UNPACKED. Microsoft showed what's inside their new console, the Xbox One X, at E3 2017 in Los Angeles, USA. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

[E3 2017] LOOK: Microsoft's new Xbox One X on display at E3

Jun 12, 2017 - 7:34 AM

The Xbox One X will be launched worldwide November 7 and is priced at 499

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Apr 28, 2017 - 11:39 AM

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Nintendo eyes sale of 10 million Switch consoles in 2018 fiscal year

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The creator of the iconic Super Mario character launched the Switch in March 2017 and said it sold 2 74 million of the consoles in that month alone

NINTENDO'S SWITCH. Will the Switch change Nintendo's outlook? Screen shot from Nintendo.com

What to expect in Sony's upcoming PS4 Software Update 4.50

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The update – currently in beta testing – will bring external hard disk drive support for the console as well as a boost mode for the PS4 Pro

HDD SUPPORT. Sony's PlayStation software update 4.50 will allow users to extend the storage on the console. Image from Sony.

Nintendo Switch pricing, games, release date detailed

Jan 13, 2017 - 12:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Nintendo s Switch has a 299 price point and is slated for a March 3 worldwide release Learn more about the console the Joycon controllers and some of the announced games and their trailers

2017's BIG SWITCH. A graphic of the Nintendo Switch. Screen shot from livestream.

Nintendo reboots with new Switch game console

Jan 13, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Nintendo would not comment on the price and only said it would be first announced at the Tokyo briefing scheduled to start at 1:00 pm 0400 GMT; 12:00 pm Manila time

NINTENDO'S SWITCH. Will the Switch change Nintendo's outlook? Screen shot from Nintendo.com

Here are the games that will be optimized for the PS4 Pro when it launches

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Sony says 44 titles will take advantage of the console s enhanced processing prowess at launch

Nintendo to end Wii U production on Friday – report

Nov 02, 2016 - 5:27 PM

UPDATED Nintendo which had shipped around 13 36 million Wii U consoles as of September 30 denies the report despite not knowing the particulars of the article

WII U. A customer plays a video game of Nintendo's Wii U at an electric shop in Tokyo on May 7, 2015. File photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Nintendo gives sneak geek peak at new portable console

Oct 21, 2016 - 2:18 AM

Nintendo unveils a hybrid machine that can be played at home and on the go thanks to a removable screen like a tablet with the controllers attached

SWITCH TO THE SWITCH! Screen shot from Nintendo.com

Sony to debut redesigned standard PlayStation 4, high-end model – report

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The Japanese tech company makes their PlayStation plans public on September 7 at the PlayStation Theater in New York

READY FOR BATTLE. Sony's reloading for the next stretch of their console war against Microsoft. File photo by Victor Barreiro Jr/Rappler

Xbox Play Anywhere to arrive September 13

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:20 PM

Windows 10 and Xbox One machines need to have specific updates installed before they can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere when it launches

XBOX PLAY ANYWHERE. The new Xbox One S is presented at the Xbox press conference prior to the start of the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 13, 2016. File photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Sony confirms PlayStation 4.5, says it won't be at E3

Jun 10, 2016 - 10:23 PM

Sony s Andrew House says the new console is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4

20 YEARS OF PLAYSTATION. Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 4 20th anniversary edition video game console is displayed at Sony's showroom in Tokyo on December 4, 2014. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

The evolution of gaming: Meet the new player

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Virtual Reality takes the gaming experience to a whole new level

Sony’s PlayStation 4 sales top 30.2M units worldwide

Nov 25, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Sony says the PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history

30.2 MILLION UNITS. Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 4 20th anniversary edition video game console is displayed at Sony's showroom in Tokyo on December 4, 2014. File Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Sony’s PlayStation Now heads to PS3 on May 12

May 06, 2015 - 5:55 PM

PlayStation Now is a subscription cloud gaming service that allows players to stream specific video games on the PlayStation 4 and soon on the PS3

PLAYSTATION NOW. Image from PlayStation Blog.

Great video games for summer

Apr 05, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Here are some console video games you may want to check out

Germanwings cockpit lock, solar energy, young innovators | SciTech4u

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Technology – a double edged sword in the Germanwings crash solar energy in PH homes and groundbreaking prototypes from the De La Salle University s Innovations and Technology Fair

Sony and Spotify's PlayStation Music going live

Mar 30, 2015 - 10:32 PM

New Spotify users as well as users of Sony s Music Unlimited service – which the company phased out and replaced with PlayStation Music – can earn some free Premium time

Microsoft to add new features to Xbox One

Aug 13, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Aside from new social features updates to existing features and region specific accessories and services will make their way soon to Microsoft s Xbox One

MICROSOFT AT GAMESCOM. Screen shot from YouTube.

Sony to sell PlayStation in newly opened China market

May 26, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Sony s gaming consoles are heading to China with two joint ventures between Sony and Oriental Pearl to spearhead the push to Chinese gamers

PLAYSTATION 4. Image from Sony's Playstation website.

Microsoft unveils arctic camouflage controller for Xbox 360

May 20, 2014 - 1:29 PM

The Special Edition Arctic Camouflage controller for the Xbox 360 will retail for 54 99 when it arrives this June

Nintendo shares fall as hard-hit firm sticks with consoles

Jan 30, 2014 - 3:13 PM

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a share buyback plan and a pay cut for Iwata following a dive in earnings

APOLOGIES. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says he will slash his salary in half after announcing a 30% dive in 9-month profits on weak demand for its new Wii U video game console. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Samsung launches GamePad for Android devices

Dec 18, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Samsung wants to reinvent the smartphone as a gaming console with the release of its new device the GamePad controller for Android

PlayStation 4 PH launch set for January 2014

Dec 13, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Sony Philippines offers a number of preorder options for interested buyers

PLAYSTATION 4. You can now preorder the PlayStation 4 ahead of its January Philippine launch. Screen shot from Sony

Xbox One launch heightens video game console war

Nov 21, 2013 - 1:26 PM

This is the beginning of a new generation of games and entertainment and a new generation of smart TV says Microsoft exec

NOVEMBER 22. The Xbox One is coming on November 22 in 13 launch markets. Screen shot from Xbox.com

WebHits: Console music mix

Sep 18, 2013 - 8:03 AM

YouTube user liltommyj creates a catchy music mix using sounds from different video gaming consoles

Sony announces new PlayStation Vita, Vita TV

Sep 10, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Sony announced a new PlayStation Vita and the Vita TV miniconsole

THE VITA TV. Sony's miniconsole will come out in Japan on November 14. Screen shot from YouTube

Xbox One coming November 22

Sep 05, 2013 - 11:15 AM

Microsoft announces the launch date and launch countries that will get first rights to buying the Xbox One

NOVEMBER 22. The Xbox One is coming on November 22 in 13 launch markets. Screen shot from Xbox.com

PlayStation 4 release date, launch countries set

Aug 22, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Sony finalizes the launch date and countries that will get first rights to buying a PlayStation 4

COMING IN NOVEMBER. The PlayStation 4 gets its launch countries and official release dates. Screen shot from PlayStation Facebook

Valve, Xi3 at odds over Piston console

Mar 13, 2013 - 7:58 PM

Valve and Xi3 appear to be at odds over the Piston what it represents and their ties

PISTON PROBLEMS. Xi3 and Valve currently at odds over ties. Photo from Xi3 website.

Sony announces PS4 for 2013 holidays

Feb 21, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Sony announces its next generation console

IT'S REAL. Sony announces the PlayStation 4 gaming console. Screen shot from livestream.

Ouya gaming console sets release schedule

Feb 05, 2013 - 6:35 PM

The Ouya gaming and entertainment console has announced its release schedule for backers pre order buyers and general release

OH YEAH FOR OUYA. The Ouya entertainment console announces its release dates for backers, pre-orders and general release. Photo from Ouya.tv

PS3 takes console crown from Xbox 360: report

Jan 10, 2013 - 9:15 AM

The number of PS3 units shipped by Sony hits an estimated 77 million units topping Xbox 360 shipments by approximately a million

A man tries a game for Sony's game console Playstation 3 at the Asian Game Show 2007 in Hong Kong. AFP Photo