Category Archives: Videogame News

News stories on videogame titles.

Brand New PS3 Model?

New PlayStation 3 Model at 16GB, 250GB and 500GB

Images of a brand new PlayStation 3 model have been uploaded on a Portuguese website named Tecnoblog. The new models come in three flavours. We have the 16GB version, 250GB version and 500GB version. This will be the fourth series of PlayStation 3 releases, and appear to be currently available in black. It is unknown whether they will be released in alternative colours.

Alternative image views of the new PlayStation 3 model

It currently doesn’t look too appealing to me, but then this might still just be an early prototype. If anything, however, it does remind me of the most recent PlayStation Portable release which looked like it had been put together with glue and tape. I can’t see anything for the discs to slide in either, so perhaps the ridged section on the front of the body is where we’ll place our discs? 

It currently looks like a budget build, but it will also feature the largest hard drive capacity of any PlayStation system sold at retail to date. What do you guys think of this one? I personally can’t see myself gaming on this one.

It’s near the end of this console generation, and while Microsoft will be releasing a relatively nice looking Halo 4 skinned Xbox 360, Sony may be releasing this ugly looking device. It is rumoured that it will be announced formally at Gamescom next month.

Trailer: Return to Unova

Pokemon Black and White 2 image for brand new trailer on Gaming Advance

Whoops, a little late with this, but here’s the brand new English trailer for upcoming Pokémon titles Black Version 2 and White Version 2. The game sees a return to the Unova region previously visited in the last Pokémon adventure, and will be released on the DS platform this year in October (5th for US, 12th for EU). Trying not to be a complete rehash, the game will also feature brand new areas. Take a look at the trailer below.

Looks like I’ll still be returning to gaming on my DS.

Nintendo 3DS LL Announced And … It’s Pretty Silly

Nintendo 3DS LL XL Announced Size

During Nintendo’s Direct showing just last night, Nintendo showed off their brand new hardware to serve as an upgrade to the 3DS. The 3DS LL (or XL outside of Japan) features screens 90% larger than the previous handheld and longer lasting battery life. Details can be found after the jump.

The top screen will be a 4.88 inch screen, with the touch screen measuring at 4.18 inches. The 3DS itself will measure at 173mm in length, and 155mm in width. We can expect the new battery to last between three and a half to six and a half hours when using 3D, and six to ten hours in 2D mode. The 3DS LL/XL will launch without a charger in Japan and Europe, as Nintendo states that the vast majority of consumers who purchase their new hardware will be owners of the previous 3DS device.

In the US, the 3DS will retail for $199.99 (£128.31 GBP). We can’t expect to be so lucky here in the UK though, paying a total £179.99 ($280.54 USD). We’re actually paying more than the Japanese for a change. I’ve found nothing on the EU price yet, but I suspect €199.99.

Honestly, I think this is kinda stupid. Even the most hardcore Nintendo fans I know find the comment about the lack of a charger insulting, of course being the internet I expect to be criticised for that anyway. On top of that, the screen is 90% larger than the previous 3DS, but there appears to be no change in resolution. This means a significantly lower DPI (see 90% lower) that essentially indicates that, well… we’re going to have to get used to seeing a lot of bloated pixels everywhere. It’s not going to be pretty.

Nintendo 3DS XL LL Second Analogue Stick Announced News
See? It doesn’t look too hard to do!

What also gets me is the lack of a second stick. While many complain that this would split the userbase in half, I don’t see the point in launching a handheld clearly designed as an upgrade for existing hardware for previous adopters when you don’t do something like that. They said it themselves, that they expect current 3DS owners to purchase it. Why not give them the second analogue stick? It saves buying an extra accessory, which, now they’ll have to wait for another release of that too. Meanwhile, early 3DS consumers can just buy the accessory like they were expected to if they wanted to use the second stick anyway. The option is there. Instead, this just means we can’t expect much for the second stick at all – so long as it remains an accessory.

Anyhow, this is good news for anyone wanting to trade off portability and, relatively, clean graphics for either a larger screen or a longer battery life. Frankly, I’d rather wait for the next iteration. I’m also expecting a 3DS with a second analogue stick at some stage. It’d be a great way to manipulate consumers who bought both versions to purchase another 3DS. After all, isn’t that was this is really about?

CVG: Nintendo Unveils Nintendo 3DS XL

PlayStation Vita Sale

Sony PlayStation Vita for video game sale news

So, just in case you own your own PlayStation Vita and somehow still haven’t already played every Vita game on the market whilst waiting for more releases: Sony are pleased to announce a sale on their titles for the handheld. Read the list after the jump.

Army Corps from Hell
Was €39.99/£34.99 – Now €26.99/£21.99
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
Was €39.99/£34.99 – Now €26.99/£21.99
Little Deviants
Was €14.99/£11.99 – Now €10.99/£8.99
Modnation Racers: Road Trip
Was €14.99/£11.99 – Now €10.99/£8.99
Rayman Origins
Was €34.99/£29.99 – Now €24.99/£19.99
Reality Fighters
Was €14.99/£11.99 – Now €10.99/£8.99
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
Was €39.99/£34.99 – Now €19.99/£16.99
Touch My Katamari
Was €29.99/£24.99 – Now €14.99/£11.99
Unit 13
Was €34.99/£29.99 – Now €24.99/£19.99

It’s a small list, but the prices are fairly decent. I’ve not used my Vita for a while as I’ve been too skint to buy anything for it, so this will be a good chance for me to at least get Unit 13. I may actually pick up a couple more just to give my Vita more use as well. Is there anything that interests you guys? In particular, I heavily recommend Rayman Origins if you’ve not played it already. If I push it enough, eventually they might give me commission for the sales I make them!

PlayStation Blog (EU): PS Vita Sale on PlayStation Store Continues…