Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari has announced its intention to re-enter the console market, 23 years after its last platform, the Atari Jaguar, launched. The company has said very little about its plans for the hardware, and hasn’t even confirmed if its working on a retro game platform or if it actually wants to compete with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. Here’s what we know. At E3 last week, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat that the…

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Nintendo reportedly working on SNES Classic Edition console

Nintendo reportedly working on SNES Classic Edition console

Nintendo broke the hearts of many retro gaming fans last week when it announced the NES Classic Edition had been discontinued. It came as quite a shock, because not only was the NES Classic Edition extremely popular, it was in extraordinarily short supply constantly since it was launched late last year. Many people who wanted one were unable to find it, unless they wanted to pay huge markups to third-party sellers. A new report from…

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The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest-selling console ever, but don’t assume it will continue to hold that title

The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest-selling console ever, but don’t assume it will continue to hold that title

According to Nintendo, the Switch‘s sales on Friday and Saturday broke every record at Nintendo for the fastest, best-selling launch ever. Meanwhile, the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild set its own records for the bestselling title not included as a pack-in game, beating out even the legendary Super Mario 64. This news, from a tweeted NYT interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, follows reports that had turned a bit less positive on the Switch after…

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Nintendo Switch review roundup: A great portable, but questionable console

Nintendo Switch review roundup: A great portable, but questionable console

The other major launch this week, besides AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X, was Nintendo’s Switch console. We’ve talked about the platform, its theoretical capabilities, and the games Nintendo has showcased already. But there’s no substitute for hands-on time with the hardware. Ars Technica, Eurogamer, and Kotaku have all published their reviews of the platform, and they agree on a number of points. As we suspected, the Switch is at its most impressive when it’s operating as a…

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Nvidia announces revamped Shield console with smaller footprint

Nvidia announces revamped Shield console with smaller footprint

The Nvidia Shield Android TV box tries to emulate mainstream game consoles with game-streaming capabilities and an included controller. At CES, Nvidia announced it was pulling another common game console trick — the Shield is shrinking. The new Nvidia Shield is considerably smaller than the last one, and it has a new, more refined controller. The Shield is where Nvidia is putting all its Android focus lately. It hasn’t released a new variant of the…

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Minecraft blocks used to make virtual Atari 2600 console

Minecraft blocks used to make virtual Atari 2600 console

A YouTuber has recreated the Atari 2600 games console – by building a virtual version of the device’s hardware out of Minecraft blocks. Seth Bling, from Seattle, described his project online in a video. The ones and zeroes used by computers as the basis for all programming are represented by alternating blocks – either dirt or stone. However, the emulator is too slow to actually be playable – a single game could take months. Mr…

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Sony PS4 Pro review roundup: A great console, but not without its caveats

Sony PS4 Pro review roundup: A great console, but not without its caveats

After months of hype and online discussion, the PS4 Pro debuted this morning. A number of outlets have already published reviews of Sony’s new console, and the overall feedback is positive. Whether the PS4 Pro is a must-have upgrade over the standard PS4, however, will depend on which games you play and how quickly you intend to upgrade from a 1080p television to a 4K or 4K+HDR screen. We’ve rounded up reviews from CNET, Eurogamer, IGN, and…

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