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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Aging Consoles Finding New Life as Video Streaming Devices

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:00 AM

http://hothardware.com/News/Aging-C...eaming-Devices/

"Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is six years old. The Nintendo Wii is five years old, and so is the Sony PlayStation 3. All three are due for an overhaul (can you imagine gaming on a PC that's half a decade old, or more?), and while they're still popular gaming platforms, consoles are really starting to shine as streaming media centers."

Makes sense to me - I have an Xbox 360 and I'm using it for more video streaming that I ever could have guessed a few years ago. Of course, part of that is me living in the USA now, but if I were back in Canada I'd be streaming Netflix off it for sure. Now I also have the option to stream Hulu Plus, among others. If there were only a way to get my Xbox 360 to play ISO or MKV files...then I'd really be a happy guy! Until then, my Boxee Box performs those tasks quite well.

Do you game on your console more than use it for other reasons? Or vice-versa?


Monday, December 6, 2010

Choosing the Right Console

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.wired.com/reviews/2010/1...gamingconsoles/

"Game consoles traditionally have a five-to-10-year shelf life, and we’re right in the middle of that span now. That means the current generation of game boxes from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all been out awhile, and you shouldn’t expect major upgrades any time soon."

What do you mean you do not have a gaming console yet? The next thing you will tell me is that you do not have a Facebook account, or use Twitter. Consoles are great forms of entertainment and much more than gaming machines. Streaming videos, music and even exercise buddies. Being the gift giving season, if you know of a friend or relative who does not have a console, now might be a good time to pick one out for them so they are no longer laughed at. Wired has a handy, if not simple summary of all of the cosoles, but take my advice, if you intend on getting one, ask the giftee which one they want. While many share similar games, some games are exclusive to particular consoles, and while the giftee might appreciate you getting them a Wii, they will not be able to play Halo on it.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Netflix Streaming Coming to the Wii

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/t...twt=nytimestech

"Owners of the Nintendo Wii can finally stop waving their video game controllers in the air and sink back onto the couch. Nintendo is bringing Netflix’s online streaming video service to its Wii gaming console, the most popular in the industry, the companies plan to announce Wednesday. The service lets subscribers choose from a catalog of generally older movies and television shows and watch them instantly."

I can't imagine Microsoft is pleased. From everything I've read, they had an exclusive agreement with Netflix for streaming software on the console. Apparently, there was a loophole as long as the software ran from disk. So now the PS3 and Wii are going to be giving away for free a feature that Microsoft charges for. I've had a Roku box for well over a year and we moved it to our bedroom after we got the PS3 software. I'll probably get the Wii disk for grins, but since it is hooked up to the same TV as my PS3, there is not much point since the PS3 has HD.

Tags: hardware, wii, netflix

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wii-Style TV Remotes My Be Coming Soon

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 AM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2009/02...or-tv-browsing/

"Research firm, Strategy Analytics, has published a new survey report titled “Consumer Imperatives for Digital TV Media Browsers” which found that Wii-style, motion-sensing TV remotes may be the next big thing for browsing media applications in next generation TVs."

Thinking about the concept of being able to point to something on the TV and click a button to "activate" it seems like such a simple concept. Well, actually, it's what we've been working with for computers for a long time. But TVs seem to have been avoiding this for a long time. Perhaps there are some technical reasons behind it, or cost, or both. Either way, I think the market would greatly welcome being able to navigate channels, etc. by point and click, instead of a conceptualized "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, select"

Tags: hardware, wii, remote, tv

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