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Posted October 27th, 2007 in Gaming, Geek Toys and Miscellaneous

Now your Nintendo DS Lite can get the metal treatment with this set of 24-karat gold decals.

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The SGP Metal kit for the DS Lite is a complete set of self-adhesive gold-plated trim. The decals add metallic details on the cover, around the screens, joystick and buttons of the console. Silver (nickel) version available.

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Sony has announced some changes in PS3 prices! The 80GB model now costs $499, instead of $599. The lower-end model with a 60GB drive was for $499. So the new 40GB one will debut on November 2 for $399. The new 40GB one won’t be able to play games made for the PlayStation 2. The 40GB model has been much anticipated after Sony announced it for Japan and Europe. So the PS3 is cheaper but not the cheapest.

The Xbox 360 costs $350 and Nintendo’s Wii is $250. Sony has sold 5 million PlayStation 3s since they went on sale in November last year.

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LucasArts confirmed that a Star Wars game based on use of a Light Sabre is going to be on Wii. The Wii’s controller is using as a Light Sabre as its motion-orientated controllers will be able to “bring the game to life.”

Wii Light Sabre will be shown at the GameCity festival, between 24 and 28 October.

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Belkin showed its new n52te SpeedPad. Designed to be equally adept at FPS, MMORPG, and RTS games, the SpeedPad has 15 fully programmable keys that are “built for speed,” along with a programmable 8-way thumb pad and a removable joystick. It also has some nice blue backlighting on the keypad and scroll wheel, as well as some software from Razer.

It launches in November, for $70, although 50 gamers will get a chance get one for free as part of Belkin’s “Proud to PWN” contest, which requires submitting a video that “showcases dominance in multiplayer, online PC games.”

I can send some awesome video of playing Atomic Bomberman or dominating in Sailor Moon another Story jrpg.

Posted January 15th, 2007 in Gaming and Media Players

psp-champagne-gold.jpg Sony announces Japan’s release for the end of February 2007 of a new PSP Champagne Gold to celebrate 20 million PSPs sold by Sony all around the world.

That noble-colored device will be 20790 Yens or about $135 and there will be no bottle of Moet & Chandon with it to celebrate the event.

iPhone iPhone

One of the most overhyped gadgets ever.

I’m not impressed with the iPhone. As a PDA user and a Windows Mobile user, this thing has nothing on my phone. It sure is good at what it was designed for, a phone that entertains and talks… other than that, I don’t see much potential. How am I supposed to put appointments on the phone with no stylus or keyboard?!

No keyboard is a bit worrisome. Apparently many people don’t realize how bad of an idea a touch-screen is on a phone. I foresee some pretty obvious and pretty major problems here.

I also wonder about the software stability. They are not letting people touch them at MacWorld, rather you can only see it in a glass case. This leads me to believe they have a lot of kinks to work out in the software, which makes me question their June schedule.

Resolution is 480 x 320, given 16:9 aspect ratio, 3.5 inches and “160 pixels per inch” (jobs). I’d say “highest resolution” is a big lie. Its funny how people are “orgasming” when you haven??™t even seen it being used or a real presentation of it just a mockup graphic on the screen.

PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 was one of the most anticipated products in the gaming market. Yet we are calling it one of the top 5 failures because the hype didn’t lead to a huge launch.

Well, the launch was “huge” for those that attended the events and waited in long lines. We think they mean “huge” in shock, scale and massive unit sales.

First, one can only move units if one can get their hands on units, right? TechDiversions.com was unable to get any high volume of units to justify selling them. The same goes for many large retail outlets - some using certain stores as the launch platform for over 100 units.

Yet, in the end, Sony failed to deliver a large enough count to satisfy even the hardcore Sony fans. This is highly disappointing and grinds the hype wagon to a halt.

According to IBM’s white pages, the cell processor being used in PlayStation 3 is considerably less powerful than what it has been hyped up to be.

Sony’s stupid move was in putting spyware on thousands of PCs. Sony’s copy-protection experiment has failed miserably and pissed off a lot of people. Sony employed a piece of software from First4Internet to protect music on CDs, but the technology, hid itself on computers by using root-kit technology and even worse it opened a remote access connection that called out to Sony which not only violates the user’s right to privacy, but it also exposed users to worms that take advantage of the stealth technology. In fact, Breplibot.c is one virus already that attempts to hide itself using the Sony root kit.

Motorola Q

As appealing as I found the overall look of the Q I was disappointed by its design in several aspects. The keyboard’s lack of a backspace button among the QWERTY keys proved problematic for me. I also found the click-wheel a bit stiff, and the soft key panel surprisingly tough on my fingers to navigate - in part because of the width of the unit (as compared with the more palm-friendly Palm Treo 700), and in part because I found it annoying to move over the deep rim surrounding the five-way nav control to the two upper soft keys. Those soft keys, to the right and left of the five-way nav control are integral for navigation. And given the unit’s lack of a touchscreen, how your hand responds to the feel of the buttons will determine how much you enjoy using the Q.

Another gripe: The position of the mini-USB port. I know I’ve often used a cell phone while it’s tethered to an outlet, getting its necessary juice. However, the mini-USB port - which doubles as the power port–is awkwardly situated on the lower left of the Q. This is incovenient if you try to use the device in your hands–either for reading content, or putting it up to your ear.

Video iPod

I think it’s pretty clear that Steve Jobs wanted it to suck.

Everyone’s criticisms of the video aspects of the iPod are valid and all of them with the exception of battery life (which they’ll clearly improve over time) are most likely management decisions. Steve is clearly biding his time. He owns digital music right now, and the next logical step is video. If you look at what the company’s done in the last year or so, they??™ve got their ducks so accurately in line, everyone else in the industry, including Microsoft and Tivo had better watch out.

See Steve knows that you have to combine a great device with great content. And there is no digital video available for legal download right now. Why? Because the studios are scared shitless. So what does Steve do? He compells them to take a baby step that in no way could possibly be threatening to them (320?—240 is a ridiculous resolution, after all). And he adds them into the iTunes Store so he can arm himself with some sales data.

Eventually Video iPod makes so little sense. It’s hysterical when I see someone trying to watch one of those microscopic screens. Is there really anyone over the age of 14 who would sit around watching music videos on that thing? Or anything for that matter.

Toshiba Gigabeat S

So it’s basically Microsoft’s version of the iPod? Same video problems (lack of formats, tedious conversion), same audio issues (lack of customizable EQ, weak sounding presets), low video output quality, poor battery life and so on.

Posted December 20th, 2006 in Displays and Gaming

I don’t normally make it a habit of lugging my Xbox 360 around to other people’s houses, but should the desire ever arise (or if you have a car to do the lugging for you), MojoPlay’s MP-920XB is at your service. It’s a 9.2-inch traveling display that connects to your 360 and lets you play games when someone else is hogging up the TV. The screen has an 800×480 resolution along with built-in speakers and dual headphone jacks. It’s out today for $170 with PS3 and Wii equivalents slated for next year, though personally I wouldn’t wanna play any console games on a display smaller than 26-inches.

Source: Electronista