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The new 60GB version of the Xbox 360 and the price reduction for the Core (Arcade) version of the machine that has no hard drive will hit shops this Friday in the UK. The releases have been highly anticipated and, as expected, the price of the Premium package including the upgraded 60GB hard drive (rather than the 20GB drive you currently get) will remain the same at £200 although a couple of websites are offering it cheaper at £180. The Arcade Xbox 360 package does not include any hard drive and instead offers a next to useless 256MB...

It’s quickly becoming the week of graphics card news, with AMD announcing the launch of the fastest graphics card ever made that is seriously hardcore and not really for the average online BBC iPlayer watcher. The ATI Radeon HD4870 X2 and the name unashamedly eludes to is the combination of 2 Radeon HD4870 graphics cards and has a staggering 2GB of dedicated memory. Fortunately, ATI hasn’t just relied on the pot of super glue or Bostik to stick them together either. An advanced cross-GPU connection means that you actually gain...

Posted on Aug 10 2008 - 3:56am by Richard Sharp
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I’ve been holding out on the purchase of a PS3, as yet. They do represent the only truly worthwhile way of entering the Blu Ray market and Home, when it’s finally released looks like it is going to be quite an accomplishment. Until then, it’s a lot of money. However, the good news is that PlayStation Home is one step closer to completion. Home has entered a closed Beta testing stage in Japan and existing, regular European users should expect to receive an invite to the testing soon. For those that don’t know, Home...

We’ve featured a couple of gaming chairs recently, but I think we may have excelled ourselves this time (well, OK, some credit should probably go to T3 where we actually saw it). Regardless of who gets the credit, though, the Octane 120 is is a suitably named gaming chair because it combines various features that should be considered “must have” in any self respecting gamer’s choice of seating. 120 games are included in he Octane 120 game chair, and can be beamed onto the 10ft screen. 5.1 surround sound immerses you further...

Posted on Jul 25 2008 - 11:01pm by Richard Sharp
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Game chairs have never really been my thing, which is quite peculiar really, because gaming most definitely has. They never look quite as comfortable as the old fashioned armchair with arm rests, and coffee table for drinks. And, to be honest, the sub woofers on the TV will generally do the trick for most games. Then, there’s the seeming lack of comfort; they just don’t look very comfortable. Perhaps sitting with your knees tucked under your chin as though you’re assuming the crash position is the best gaming position...

Posted on Jul 20 2008 - 10:37pm by Richard Sharp
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Not so much cutting edge as retro geek chic, you can buy a range of Nintendo wall vinyl stickers to adorn your kid’s or your own, if you’re brave enough to own up to it, walls. I’m not quite sure how well the design would work in the front room or the dining room, but there’s always a place in the home for Mario and Donkey Kong. The vinyls can even be removed and put up on another wall should the fancy take you and because they’re stickers and not rolls of actual wallpaper you can design your own Mario mash...

The latest Alienware laptop is, as you might imagine if you know of Alienware, a mighty powerful beast that is designed specifically with hardcore gamers in mind. The Area 51 laptop is heavy in various departments weighing more than 5kg and costing nearly £1,500 for a bog standard edition but you do get some hefty power for your pound. As seems to be the trend when knocking one of these up lately, it’s based around the Core 2 Extreme processor from Intel and it utilises two of the most powerful Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX graphics...

And so the E3 wheels keep turning. Through the space of the day today, we learned plenty of stuff that we already knew – the Wii is the most popular next gen console and that’s because of innovation. Apparently, though, even Nintendo staff were a tad surprised at just how successful the Wii has proven since its release, easily outselling both the Microsoft Xbox360 and the Sony PS3. Sales figures have an almost unbelievably high 200,000 units every week since its release and when you consider that virtually as soon as any major...

Posted on Jul 16 2008 - 1:25pm by Richard Sharp
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Events like E3 are a bit of an odd mixed bunch really. For the most part they do little more than confirm the news that everybody pretty much already knew with the occasional bit of “ground breaking” news thrown in to whet our appetite. All talk this year has been regarding whether Microsoft will offer a Blu Ray player and whether Sony will change its stance on UK owners getting a bigger hard drive. Well, official news confirms that Microsoft won’t be adding a Blu Ray player to its Xbox 360 console. Whether they’re spitting...

While they didn’t announce that they would come round and fix the laser on my Xbox 360 drive, Microsoft did nevertheless have some pretty good news for gamers today. The E3 annual conference started with a keynote speech from Microsoft, which was as well attended and highly anticipated as you might imagine. Amidst the glitz, glamour, and serious bigging up of the Microsoft unit, a new easy access dashboard was announced, the 60GB model of the console was confirmed, Netflix videos will be available over Xbox Live Marketplace, and...