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 @Gadgets4nowt on Twitter is running a free to enter competition offering one lucky visitor the chance to win a free Xbox 360.

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Gadgets4nowt giving away a free iPad!

2010-02-12T00:18:13.566+00:00 Unveils Free iPad Giveaway Online free gadgets site has today announced it is to offer its visitors the chance to pick up the new Apple iPad for free, ahead of its official UK release and just days after its launch at the Apple Keynote 2010. (30 January 2010) – - Online gadgets site has today announced it is to give away the Apple iPad for free for users signing up to its online service, ahead of the product’s official UK release and just a few days after it was unveiled by Apple at their 2010 Keynote speech. Users will be able to grab their own free iPad, simply by completing free online offers through the website, allowing gadget fans everywhere to jump on board with one of the hottest selling products of this year before the iPad release in UK. A spokesperson for said that by showing its visitors how to get a free iPad even before its official UK release, were continuing to lead the way in free online gadgets. “The Apple iPad looks set to take the tablet market by storm, and we’re forecasting high demand for the product when it finally goes live. Through our network of affiliate offers and advertisers, we’re already in a position to help visitors across the UK avoid the queues, and the price-tag, in getting an Apple iPad for free through completing a few basic offers online.” “We’re unbelievably excited to offer our visitors the chance to grab the iPad for free, a number of months before it is officially launched to the UK market. With demand set to be at an all-time high for the latest Apple launch, we’re proud to be offering our users the chance to get their hands on a brand new iPad for free, simply by signing up to and completing offers through our website.” helps visitors get the latest technologies for free, through completing online offers. The Apple iPad is expected to be released in the UK in June 2010. About: is a free gadget site, helping users pick up the latest gadgets for free simply by signing up and completing offers online. With a range of gadgets to choose from, including the brand new Apple iPad, is an easy way to get a free iPad before the iPad release in UK. < type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href=""/> [...]

Sony Sells 440,000 PS3’s During Thanksgiving And Black Friday


Source: SonyInsider It’s amazing the turnaround in response Sony is getting with the free PS3 these days – especially when SCEA’s Sr. Corporate Communications director Patrick Seybold revealed 440,000 PS3 consoles were sold to eager shoppers in the last month of November taking advantage of special holiday sales. Sony really had a good presence during Black Friday which fell within this week and accelerated sales greatly. Consumers jumped at the chance of any retailers offering PS3 bundles with several games or other accessories. I can only imagine the numbers Sony had for Cyber Monday as well, which many analysts have stated was a bigger draw for consumers then retail experienced during Black Friday.Perhaps it would be advantageous for Sony to bundle games or include vouchers for free game downloads to maintain this momentum. Now is the time to build the army.On another note, it’s interesting is that Sony didn’t offer word on that PSP sales looked like. Seybold merely stated, “The 2009 holiday season got off to an amazing start for PlayStation, with all key retailers showing a significant increase for free PS3, PSP and key holiday titles over Black Friday and the holiday weekend.”Nintendo announced that American consumers bought more than 1 million units of its Nintendo DS and DSi portable consoles during the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, along with more than half a million free Wii consoles — for the week ending November 28th.”Rival Nintendo offered sales figures as well by stating more than 500,000 Wii’s were sold, as well as 1 million units of its Nintendo DS and DSi portable consoles were sold in the same period. Microsoft’s Director of Product Management Aaron Greenberg stated the company saw the Xbox 360 console move two times as many units over the holiday week as the previous one, making it the biggest sales week on the year so far. Some reports have lauded that Microsoft may not have met the same numbers that Sony and Nintendo did.Very interesting, though – is it becoming more obvious that there is more value at this point and time (not discounting Natal, but it’s not here right now thanks) in a Sony and Nintendo console experience? I think the XBOX360 is a great value and has incredible community-driven features (including movie watching, social media, etc) and much more. However, I really think consumers are shifting to two things – motion control and simplicity in the Wii (as well as unique software IP’s), or HD gaming and movies with the PS3. The XBOX360 is a weird in-between of this. Maybe Natal will make it more relevant again, but if Microsoft doesn’t implement Blu-ray soon I think that sales will deteriorate faster than you think. Sure you can implement streaming 1080P, but Blu-ray games are also nice. Maybe Microsoft will do a power play and the next XBOX will have a humongous (1TB+) hard drive and you’ll just download everything. < type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href=""/> [...]

Netflix ready for PS3, free trial and streaming disc offered


(image) Netflix is officially ready to roll on Playstation 3 systems, and the partners are offering a free two-week trial which includes both home delivery and streaming services. But two weeks seems a bit stingy don’t you think? I guess you don’t gain any advantage being a PSN member, as this is the same offer any new Netflix member gets.

However, the two weeks will give you an idea of how the service works. And, you can try any of the three plans which allow 1, 2 or 3 DVD rentals at a time. Here’s the catch though. If you want Blu-ray Discs you’ll have to add $2.00 to whichever service plan you pick once you sign up to become a member. You’ll be billed the additional $2 after the two week trial for your free PS3.

For streaming content you get all their movies and TV shows, whether standard or high-definition, for the same price price. Right now about 30% of Netflix’s library is considered hi-def at 720p. The rest is 480p.

If you are a Playstation Network member you may have already received an email invitation. Once you sign-up Netflix will deliver the streaming disc for your PS3 within about 1 business day. Inserting the disc will allow you to stream movies instantly from Netflix.

The free Netflix trial is offered to new members and certain former members only. If you don’t like the service be sure to drop it within the two week trial period.

Source: HD-Report



Is FIFA 10 a PES 2010 beater?


(image) The demos are out and the early winner in this year’s football battle appears to be…..well, as ever, opinions are divided, it truly is a game of two halves!

Both look stunning on my free PS3 Slim!

What has perhaps surprised me talking to friends online is that some of the PES fanboys are talking about changing camps. One even went as far as saying, “I may have to buy FIFA 10 for the first time in 15 years, Konami have just stagnated with PES and its been below par since they made 2008.”

FIFA 10 has 360 movable players, its smooth and passing is precise, with some great subtle changes; even the referee moves out of the way of the ball and players stick a leg out to block.

Skilled dribbling is also another incredible advancement in FIFA 10. As another of my online friends, a FIFA fanboy said, “I can’t wait to use the arena once the game is out, the players are balanced speed wise and now you can build up play. The AI is better at defending and finally use skill moves as well as jockey.

• Messi is amazing.
• Chelsea has a brutish team.
• Xavi’s pass range is spectacular
• Klose and Toni are top dogs in the air.
• Lampard is finally always in and around the box.


I can’t argue with any of that but personally thought that the new PES 2010 looked much better than the last one and just “felt slicker” than FIFA 10.

The jury is out but I will take a lot of convincing, PES forever!



First 250GB Slim Bundle Leaked Ahead of Schedule


(image) With the Tokyo Game Show just around the corner, Sony is showing no signs slowing down as they attempt to reign supreme over this holiday season.

When we first brought you news of Sony’s plans to being an incredible bounty of free PS3 Slim bundles to the stage at TGS09, we were careful to call them anything but rumors. However, in light of a recent event where the image below decided to grace us with it’s presence, we’re just going to go ahead and remove that label.

Considering the existence of this bundled turned out to be true, we’d be hard pressed to say we’re not frantically filling out excessive amounts of credit card applications in anticipation of others that may be floating around the confines of various Powerpoint presentations set for next week’s show. Price and availability is still up in the air, but it would be unwise to expect this bundle anytime after the release of Uncharted 2 this October.

[UPDATE] Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, they just got worse. This afternoon, Engadget sent off on a quest to find direct confirmation of the leaked picture’s validity. When they spoke to a rep from SCEA, they were told that no bundles are planned for North America, but there was no mention of plans for other regions.

We might be trying to desperately hold on to something we only hope to be true, but despite the rep’s statement, by now we should all know how this works; Something leaks, Sony denies it, and then it’s announced shortly after. In the words of Kevin Butler, “come on!”

Source: Playstation Lifestyle



Sony PS3 Slim heralds new round in console war


(image) There is growing speculation that a price cut and a new, slimline version of the machine are imminent..the new free PS3 Slim

Microsoft and Sony look set for another bruising round in their console war, with both companies rumoured to be readying price cuts of their gaming machines.

Sony will make an announcement in Cologne at the Gamescom conference on Tuesday, but has dismissed talk of an imminent reduction in the price of its PlayStation 3 console as mere rumour and speculation.

However, industry watchers noted that retailers have been struggling to replenish their stocks of the console, sparking speculation that not only is a price cut imminent but that a slimline version of the machine is set to be released.

With the console priced at just under £300, a price cut could tempt more cash-strapped consumers into buying a PS3. Since its launch, Sony has sold almost 24 million of the consoles but still trails Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii in terms of units shipped.

Retailers in the UK say that sales of consoles have eased over recent months in line with a seasonal slowdown. The constraint in supply of new PS3 units does not appear to be related to demand, suggesting that the shelves are being emptied to make room for the new, cheaper PS3 Slim’s launch.

Yet Sony’s hopes of stealing a march on its archrival appear to have been stymied. Not to be outdone, Microsoft is thought to be lowering the price of the Xbox 360 after US technology sites revealed a shake-up of the company’s pricing structure. Rumours suggest that the software giant is preparing to cut the price of its Xbox 360 Elite console, which includes a 120GB hard drive, by £60 to £170. That is likely to spell the end of the more basic Xbox 360 Pro model that was previously sold in that price bracket.

As is the case with Sony, the rumoured price cuts are expected to come into effect at the end of the month.

Source: Times Online



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Report shows iPhone and iPod Touch dominate usage in April 2009


According to: Venturebeat, the iPhone continues to dominate the landscape for mobile applications, according to a report on mobile phone usage in April by analytics firm Flurry. The data shows the iPhone dominates the landscape for mobile apps usage at 56 percent. It is followed by the free iPod Touch at 28 percent and Google Android at 16 percent. That represents a slight slip for Apple and a gain for Android. In March, the iPhone and iPod Touch accounted for 87 percent of usage, compared to the combined 84 percent in April. In March, Android only had 7 percent of usage. Flurry measures the use of 100 apps across four platforms used by 14 million consumers. Games are a commonly used app on both the iPhone and iPod Touch. The latter represents a threat to the Nintendo free DSi, since the demographics for the iPod Touch are teens or younger, closely mirroring Nintendo’s demographics. Flurry says that 18 percent of users will upgrade an iPhone app they have downloaded within two months. When using their applications, consumers are most likely to do so using Wi‐Fi networks (see above). This is not just for iPhone games, but for all types of applications, according to Flurry. The use of Wi-Fi represents a threat to carriers who face competition with Wi-Fi. Likewise, users of the iPhone’s Skype application can circumvent carrier fees by making free calls over the Internet. The lifespan of an iPhone game (top chart) hovers around three months. Peak consumer usage is around 6 - 8 weeks. After that, users tend to replace the app with something else they download. A few classic card games with social components are the exception, but most apps stick to this trend. Apple announced last week that more than 1 billion apps have been downloaded from the AppStore. According to Mobclix, there are more than 41,049 apps in the AppStore now, including 9,115 free apps. Of the grand total, 9,002 are games. There are now more than 37 million iPhone contract and iPod touches in the market. < type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href=""/> [...]

10 things you need to know about the Nintendo DSi


According to: TimesOnlineThe latest version of Nintendo's handheld console has hit the shops in the UK and Europe. But should you buy one?As first reported in The Times in February, Nintendo’s new free DSi handheld console launched in the UK and Europe on Friday, April 3. The new console builds on the success of the DS brand by adding a host of multimedia functions.For the moment, the DSi is available in black or white. The white is shiny and sleek to the touch, the matt black has a slightly rougher finish, which makes it more pleasingly tactile.Owners of the existing DS Lite may be momentarily thrown by the changes to the volume and power buttons, but otherwise the DSi is pretty much business as usual. So, should you buy one? Here are ten facts that may help influence your decision.1. The DSi is the third revision of the DS console, the biggest selling games console yet made, with global sales of over 100 million, 9 million of these in the UK alone.2. Although it looks remarkably similar to the existing DS Lite, the DSi represents a bigger jump forward than that from the chunky original DS to the DS Lite. The new machine is slimmer, with slightly bigger screens and a faster processor, and is packed with new features.3. New feature one: the DSi has its own built-in operating system, modelled on the Wii system. The OS is stored on the DSi’s built-in memory. One of the practical upshots of this is that games are now “hot-swappable”, meaning you no longer need to power off and on your console when changing game cartridges.4. New feature two: the DSi comes with two low-resolution cameras, one facing inwards and one outwards. The cameras are complemented by a built-in application that allows you to distort the photos you take for humorous effect. They can also be used for video-chatting.5. New feature three: the free DSi comes with an SD card slot, where photos, music and digital media can be stored. Don’t get too excited by the music playback. The DSi only plays AAC files, not the more popular MP3. Why? Read our interview with Nintendo’s UK boss to find out.6. New feature four: if you want to play your old Gameboy Advance games, forget it. There is no longer a slot at the front. This is also bad news for fans of Guitar Hero, which uses the slot for its fretboard.7. New feature five: the DSiWare store, modelled on the Wii store, will offer games for download in exchange for Nintendo points. A web browser will be offered for free.8. New feature six: the improved internet connectivity means that the DSi firmware can be updated by Nintendo. This is bad news for game pirates, who are thought to have cost the company millions in lost revenue by making DS games available for download on to cards such as the notorious R4. The DSi will not recognise an R4 card.9. In its native Japan, the DSi sells for around 20,000 yen. One year ago, when the pound was worth 200 yen, this would have suggested a UK price of £100. Now the pound is worth 139 yen, which has bumped up the UK price to £149. Ouch.10. Nintendo has opted for a quiet launch for the DSi, perhaps in recognition of the fact that no DSi-only games exist yet, and the DSiWare store is poorly stocked. Still, the company reports pre-orders for the console at ten times the level of the DS Lite. < type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href=""/> [...]

Chart Topping Nintendo sell 435,000 DSi consoles in a week!


Nintendo has confirmed that it has sold over 400,000 of it's latest release, the revolutionary DSi handheld console, in the week from 5th April. That is almost double the equivalent sales of the DS Lite on its release.

"These numbers demonstrate that the Nintendo DS brand remains strong, and that consumers continue to look for the best new experiences on their portable video game systems," according to vice president of sales and marketing Cammie Dunaway.

Nintendo can seemingly do nothing wrong these days, with sales of the Wii and Wii Fit still going strong as well. That flies in the face of the credit crunch and demostrates that people are still willing to spend when the product is right. The alternative, for those who are even more savvy, is to get hold of a free DSi from reputable sites such as Gadgets4nowt.

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Sony PS3 jumps to top of sales charts


According to:

Sony may be going through difficult times when viewed from a wider perspective, but at least it got some cheer this week when it emerged that its PlayStation 3 has leapt to the top of the sales charts.

Admittedly, the charts in question are the Japanese hardware rankings, but Sony knows its machines need to do well at home before shining elsewhere.

DS going strong

The last week of February saw the PS3 sell 36,513 units, which was double what it managed the previous week. Nintendo's DSi and the Sony PSP came in close behind on 35,827 and 35,588 respectively, with the free Xbox 360 far behind on 11,795.

Nintendo's plain-vanilla DS Lite handheld sold 11,774 units, meaning the DS platform was really the most popular one, but we get the feeling that Sony will take a win however it all adds up.

Yakuza surge

The high PS3 numbers were due to the release of the third instalment in the Yakuza series of games, so it's likely there will be a return to normality when the hardcore fans have all snapped up the title.

Incidentally, the Yakuza line of games isn't known in Japan by that name – instead, it goes by "Ryu Ga Gotoku", which means "Like a Dragon" in Japanese. Don't say we never educate our readers.



Nintendo DSi: the ultimate lifestyle accessory?


According to: free Nintendo DSi, Nintendo’s latest DS console is destined to become a must-have gadget.Is there anything this little device cannot do? I refer, of course, to the Nintendo DS, the handheld games console that is the socially acceptable face of video gaming. Since the first Nintendo DS was launched in 2005, followed swiftly by a touch-screen version in 2006, almost 100 million of the pocket-sized gadgets have been sold across the globe.April sees the launch of yet another Nintendo console – the DSi. This gadget, broadly similar to the current DS Lite, has a built-in camera, a larger screen and the ability to download games straight to the device. Despite the current state of the economy, and the downturn in consumer spending, it’s expected to fly off the shelves.It’s not hard to see why. The DS is less a gaming gadget and more a lifestyle accessory. It has also fundamentally altered the way people view video games. Gaming is no longer the preserve of teenage boys hunkered down in darkened bedrooms for hours on end; it’s something enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities – a pick-up, put-down distraction to while away the morning commute. “It’s more than a gaming system, and more of a personal tool to enrich our daily lives,” said a Nintendo spokesman.The success of Nintendo’s DS and free Wii consoles is due largely to the formidable library of games that users can choose from. While some “traditional” gamers have carped at the lack of games to suit them, “casual” gamers and newcomers to the pastime have been quick to embrace new types of “games”, from those designed to hone mental agility to others that encourage users to take care of virtual pets.“Nintendo is the friendly face of gaming,” says Guy Cocker, who writes for Gamespot. “It’s proving popular with people who don’t even consider themselves to be gamers.”The DS is dozens of gadgets in one user-friendly package. Who needs an Amazon Kindle when the DS can double as an ebook reader? Last month, Nintendo launched the 100 Classic Book Collection, a “game” which didn’t involve racing cars or defeating enemies, but rather using the console as a portable novel, and ploughing through the likes of Oliver Twist and Alice in Wonderland.Likewise, you could give up your expensive gym membership and turn instead to the trusty DS to lick you into shape. The My Health Coach game comes with a free pedometer, which plugs in to a slot on the DS, and software to help measure, record and analyse your daily exercise regime. It even enables you to keep a tally of what you’ve eaten throughout the course of the day, and will suggest a nutritionally balanced menu for your next meal.There’s a yoga game too, as well as games designed to help improve your sight and reaction speeds, and quicken your mental sharpness. My French Coach can help you learn another language, while Stop Smoking with Allen Carr provides a step-by-step personalised program to help you give up the demon tobacco. I’m a big fan of Cooking Guide, a fantastically clever game that not only suggests recipes based on the ingredients you have in your cupboard, but will provide idiot-proof spoken instructions as you cook.Given the success and enduring popularity of the touch-screen DS Lite, Nintendo could be viewed as taking a risk with its newest handheld console, the DSi. Although it proved a smash-hit in Japan when it was launched late last year, selling more than 1.6 million units in the first two months, cash-strapped British buyers might prove harder to please. Despite the addition of a low-quality camera and music player, and a more svelte design, the DSi d[...]

amBX technology coming to PS3


Sony has signed a deal that will see PS3 games working with amBX technology in the future.

Billed as an "ambient experiences technology", amBX was originally developed in the UK by Philips Research. Special peripherals are used to create "real-world sensory experiences" by enhancing your gaming with light, colour, rumble and air flow.

The technology was developed with the PC in mind, but now Sony Computer Entertainment has now signed a tools and middleware licensing agreement for free PS3.

"This is a major milestone in the development of amBX as a ubiquitous standard for entertainment sensory experiences," said amBX's Jo Cooke. "The agreement with SCEI will allow us to bring amazing light, rumble, sound and air movement experiences to game users."

Sony has yet to name the first games to get the amBX treatment.

Source: Eurogamer



Gaming Chart - 'Call Of Duty' retains PS3 top spot


As announced by:

Call Of Duty: World At War has held on to the PS3 top spot for the fifth week running, with LittleBigPlanet its closest challenger in second.

Skate 2 makes its debut in third, ahead of fourth placed FIFA 09 and last week's number two Lord Of The Rings: Conquest, which drops to fifth.

Guitar Hero: World Tour re-enters the top ten in tenth, behind GTA IV and Need For Speed: Undercover, which swap places in eighth and ninth.

The top ten in full:

1. (1) Call Of Duty: World At War (Activision Blizzard)
2. (3) LittleBigPlanet (Sony)
3. (-) Skate 2 (Electronic Arts)
4. (4) FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts)
5. (2) The Lord Of The Rings: Conquest (Electronic Arts)
6. (6) Resistance 2 (Sony)
7. (5) Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks)
8. (7) Need For Speed: Undercover (Electronic Arts)
9. (8) Grand Theft Auto IV (Take 2)
10. (11) Guitar Hero: World Tour (Activision Blizzard)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2008 ELSPA Lt. Free PS3.



Win a Playstation 3 - Answer just one simple question!


In the third of a series of fantastic competitions, Gadgets4nowt is giving away a free Ps3 80GB* !

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PS3 Beats Wii on Internet Use


With more than 30 million Wiis sold into homes in its life to date compared to 16 million PS3s and both with Internet browsers, you might expect that Nintendo's family-friendly box to have a larger 'market share' on the Net than the former.

You'd be wrong. A new report from Marketshare indicates that PlayStation 3 owners like to use their console (sorry, Interactive Entertainment System) for Web use than those people playing with their Wiis in December 2008.

With Microsoft's Xbox 360 not having a browser, it doesn't figure in the stats.

The gap between the PS3 and Wii is huge. Nintendo's machine gets 0.01% of 'operating system market share' compared to the PS3's 0.04%. It might look small - but it actually means that PS3 users use the Internet four times as much than Wii users, despite having a smaller install base.

Neither compares to Windows' 88.6%, which still dominates. Apple's 9.63% of share is actually up 9% since November - a great deal of this is down to the free iPhone according to Fortune. That coverage also indicates that Microsoft's Windows has lost 1.1% of share in December.




How to Save the PlayStation 3


Sony finds itself playing a fierce game of catch-up with the competition. Here's how it can reclaim lost territory Last generation, Sony set the bar. Despite being the underdog in horsepower and built-in Internet capabilities, the PlayStation 2 shattered sales records and was the clear victor of the console war with Microsoft and Nintendo. This time, with the PS3, plagued by an expensive price tag and other issues, Sony finds itself playing a fierce game of catch-up with the competition. It's time for the company to reclaim lost territory. Here's how it can do it. The All-in-One BoxEven though Sony has its own movie and television studios, Microsoft was the first to launch a movie download service and most recently inked a deal with Netflix. Sony's online movie catalogue is still in its infancy, with even fewer movies available in HD, and the price is high for a digital-only copy of popular movies ($15 for Batman, really?). Sony should be the leader in this realm. It should work to reduce the cost of Blu-ray movies, especially considering the credit crunch. It should also implement its once touted IPTV here in the States and work fast to expand the PlayStation Store lineup. It will take a lot of work, but if anyone is capable of pulling this off, it's Sony. Home SickHome was supposed to be Sony's answer to Xbox Live. Arriving late and still in beta, this is not exactly what we hoped for. Voice chat is up, and then it's down. Avatars are slow to load. The amount of items to purchase is incredibly limited. We can't watch movies yet with our buddies. The only game we can launch from Home is Warhawk. In fact, despite Far Cry 2 having one of the few dedicated gamer spaces, its multiplayer is not synced with the Home software. Instead of a grand evolution of online connectivity, all we have is a glorified chat room. After waiting this long, Sony had better step up to the plate and make Home a compelling experience if it wants to compete with Microsoft's New Xbox Experience. There's still time, but we have short attention spans. Indie GamingIt's true that there are plenty of forgettable games released for Xbox Live Arcade and WiiWare, but new games appear almost every week. Now with Microsoft's realized XNA program and the cheap development costs of working with WiiWare, we're seeing a much greater number of games coming from independent and small game developers. On the PS3, however, new downloadable releases are rare, despite some of the best (flOw, Everyday Shooter) coming from small teams. Sony should stop flexing its muscles a bit and show more love to the little guys. Try Before You BuyAlmost every Xbox 360 game receives an online demo that allows players to get a taste before spending their money. Demos for downloadable games on the PlayStation Network, however, are nowhere near as plentiful. Yes, Microsoft stipulates that each game has a demo, but couldn't Sony require the same thing? People like free things, and if Sony would be more generous, people would probably open their wallets. Beyond this, there needs to be more betas. Sony has had a few good ones (Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 2), but there should be more, and they shouldn't be restricted to Qore subscribers. We Still Love the PS2Early adopters can play PS2 games on their first generation PlayStation 3s, but that doesn't help consumers purchasing new consoles. Sony made a horrible mistake by nixing ability to play PS2 games from the current PS3 models and needs to address this issue. It should[...]

The best games of 2008


According to: Again it's time to argue about the games that stood out this year. The video game industry had another good year in sales - Americans bought US$3b of games in November despite the recession (more people staying home and opting for in-home entertainment?) and the industry is on track to reach US$22b for the year (link to) A professor of popular culture (sounds a fun job) said at the weekend that the whole gaming industry is not only recession-proof, but it can thrive in times of recession as during the Great Depression, Hollywood thrived because it offered a cheap, communal escape from the gloomy times. But gamers appear to be getting more picky about what to buy especially as the higher prices for next-gen console games sting when you make a poor choice. There were plenty of games to enjoy but we seem to be demanding more in the way of entertainment as well as just burning up rubber or shooting at enemies. And so the game that my mates couldn't get enough of this year was EA's Rock Band. Until the also brilliant Guitar Hero arrived, I had never picked up a musical instrument. Now I'm hooked into having weekly garage band sessions, thrashing authentic-looking drums and guitars to famous rock anthems and fantasising about playing for a major band in front of major stadium crowds. For a great party game, this is a winner and it's interesting that anyone initially shy of participating soon joins in and finds they can do OK. I didn't get to try the Guitar Hero equivalent (World Tour) and there may be an argument over which is better, but Rock Band is my standout for the year and I can't wait for Rock Band 2 which is already out in the US. Here are my other standouts for 2008, and screenshots are here. Best PS3 exclusive: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Not just a great game to play, it's so polished, it showed how amazing next-gen console gaming can look. Best Xbox 360 exclusive: Gears of War 2 Brutal action and beautiful to see - visually stunning and a totally satisfying improved sequel. Best on Wii: Wii Fit Showing again while Wii is the family console with every grandmother able to have fun trying to keep agile. Best Karaoke: SingStar ABBA Free PS3 They're not my thing but the runaway movie success of Mamma Mia coupled with this shows the band just won't fade away. Best RPG: Fable II Charming, funny, deep, addictive. Creator Peter Molyneux wanted something unique and with version two, he delivers. Best Horror: Left 4 Dead As disturbing and claustrophobic as the best zombie movie, this relentless monster attack is fun and challenging and came to the genre delivering a fresh approach. Best online: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning It may not reinvent the MMO genre but it has all the right elements and makes it such an enjoyable game, it absorbs gamers for many nights into the early hours. Best action-shooter: Call of Duty: World at War This solid fast-paced shooter recharges the highly successful franchise with good missions and interesting multiplayer options and hardcore graphics to boot. Best game to call in sick for: Grand Theft Auto IV There was no escaping this one. The debate about the seedy aspects of the story masked its genius in being a commentary on consumer culture. Best Racing: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3) [...]

Blockbuster on PS3 vs Netflix on Xbox 360



We know that Netflix has partnered themselves with free Xbox 360, and is part of the new Experience, Sony do not want to get left behind, which has started of a number of rumors that Sony and Blockbuster will offer video downloads.

Sony PS3 and Blockbuster have already fought side-by-side before, as Blockbuster was a huge fan of Blu-ray and said that they would support the Sony format over HD DVD. Blockbuster has been backed into a corner, as Netflix has signed up big streaming deals with LG, Samsung and TiVo and Microsoft.

Blockbuster now has to look for someone else who supports Blu-ray and Sony and the free PS3 is the best bet. Blockbuster on-demand service is different to Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” feature; customers do not need to be subscribed to their DVD-by-mail service to take advantage of the service.



Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii vie for Christmas sales


According to: The Nintendo Wii looks set to be the biggest-selling games console this Christmas for the third year running, despite fears the Wii is in short supply in the run-up to the festive season. Sales figures from industry-tracking website VGChartz shows that more around 336,517 Nintendo Wii consoles have been bought in the last month, compared to about 190,440 Xbox 360 consoles and 88,561 PlayStation 3s. The release of games such as exercise title Wii Fit and child-friendly Wii Music are thought to have boosted sales of the Nintendo console, which has been credited with introducing a new generation to video gaming. But both Microsoft and Sony have mounted their own aggressive advertising campaigns in the run-up to Christmas, and have released a number of family-friendly games in the hope of tempting some consumers away from Nintendo. Microsoft has revamped its online portal, Xbox Live, introducing customisable avatars to the platform to allow players to create cartoon-like representations of themselves. It has also launched a "party zone" on the platform, where groups of friends can meet to chat online, play games over the internet, and even share photos. The company has also released a slew of games that will appeal to a wide variety of age groups, including the movie quiz Buzz, and karaoke title Lips. Sony, too, is hoping to win over cash-strapped shoppers with its free PS3 3 console, which combines high-definition gaming with a Blu-ray DVD player. According to analysts at Screen Digest, high-definition Blu-ray DVD players are going to be among the best-selling gadgets this Christmas, but many of the cheaper players are in short supply. Shoppers are therefore expected to opt for devices such as the PlayStation 3 which have multiple uses and offer better value for money. Sony, too, has released several family-friendly titles in the run-up to Christmas, including the innovative LittleBigPlanet, where players can build and share their own characters, platforms and environments with other LittleBigPlanet fans. The recent launch of rhythm-action party games, such as Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2, where players connect plastic instruments to their console and play along with the music, will also be key for Sony, as it bids to attract a wider user base to its platform. "Nintendo is currently riding high," said Steve Bailey, an analyst with Screen Digest. "We don't believe the Wii will be beaten by the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 consoles this generation." < type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href=""/> [...] adds Tiffany Jewellery to its range of free gifts!


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Review: PlayStation 3 (PS3), a superb gaming console


Source: CNNThere's general agreement that Sony stumbled out of the gate with the PlayStation 3.Months of intense hype were followed by a late launch (fully a year after the Xbox 360) and a staggering $600 price tag for the deluxe model. Even worse, the free PS3 didn't initially have any real must-have exclusive titles, and despite the power of its vaunted Cell processor, multiplatform games from third-party developers didn't look appreciably better than the respective titles on the Xbox 360.Since then, the company's been modifying the PlayStation product line to better fit the competitive market landscape. As of August 2008, a new "free PS3" is available with a larger, 80GB hard drive, and a "deluxe" model is due in November, doubling the capacity to 160GB.Both, however, lack backward compatibility with PS2 games and do not come with flash card readers. If those features are a must, it might be best to pick up the 80GB "Metal Gear" bundle version on eBay while they're still out there.If you don't want to opt for the new 160GB (that will also ship with "Uncharted: Drakes Fortune"), the 80GB version reviewed here might short you on space. Now that you can fill up that hard drive more easily with TV shows and movies from the PlayStation Store, it's much easier to do so.Still, for those on a budget, the $400 PS3 ups the hard-drive capacity from the older "budget" model and delivers nearly all the same gaming and home theater features as its more expensive sibling. The PS3's game drought has largely evaporated, with popular titles such as "Grand Theft Auto IV," "Rock Band," "Call of Duty 4," and "BioShock" all making their way to the console. While these titles are also available on the Xbox 360, the PS3 has exclusive dibs on "Metal Gear," "Uncharted," and "MLB 08: The Show," as well as the hotly anticipated "Resistance 2" and "Killzone 2" due to hit in upcoming months.Yes, the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii also have their own handful of exclusive titles ("Halo" and "Gears of War" on the former, and all of the "Mario," "Metroid," and "Zelda" games on the latter), but the PS3's HD graphics go far beyond those of the low-resolution Wii, and its stable hardware doesn't suffer from the Xbox 360's notorious red ring of death.Plus, now that Blu-ray Discs have become the de facto standard for high-def media, the PS3 is still the only console available to play back that format, and consequently is the best performing and affordable Blu-ray player on the market--a great option if you want to introduce yourself to high-def content.DesignLike the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, the PlayStation 3 can stand vertically or lie horizontally in an AV rack, though because of its curved top, it's not meant to have any other components resting on top of it. Early prototypes were shown in white and silver, but currently the PS3 is only available in black.The 20GB version (now discontinued) was all black, but the larger capacity (and all current models) are highlighted with chrome trim--and there's no way to customize its look as you can with the Xbox 360's interchangeable, if overpriced, faceplates. Judging from Sony's recent decision to bring out the PSP in more colors, we don't expect the company to stick to the black-only option for too long, especially since this system, like the PSP, is a fingerprint and smudge-magnet.As for its dimensions, the PS3 measures 12.8 inches wide by 3.8 inches high by 10.8 inches[...]