Wednesday, 22 February 2012

UK Launch of PS Vita (Including a Look Inside the Console)

Today saw the release of the Sony PlayStation Vita, the electronic giant’s new handheld gaming machine, in the UK and there have been midnight store openings for fans to get hold of their machines.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Amazing Homemade Handheld N64

There are some very clever people out there on the Internet and one project which recently caught my eye was this...a homemade, handheld, fully working Nintendo 64!

Friday, 17 February 2012

The Mega Drive Power Base Converter

With today’s powerful consoles and fast Internet connections, gamers have the ability to download a wide range of games from years gone by via online game stores. All three of the major home game systems have the ability to download your favourite old games and enjoy them all over again. Some consoles also have the ability to be backwardly compatible with a previous console such as the ability to play Nintendo GameCube games on the Wii. There is a good demand from gamers who want to continue enjoying their older games but this isn’t a new thing though as consoles from the 90’s were capable of playing older games.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Different Generations of Zelda

The other week we took a look at different generations of Mario, showing how the platforming plumber has evolved over the years with each new console released and how the power provided by the CPU and PCB inside each one has allowed the games developers to create drastically improved games. Another of Nintendo's iconic characters is Link from The Legend of Zelda (LoZ) series and some fans wait for the latest adventure with more anticipation than Mario's adventures.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Monday Screenshot Quiz: Number Six

For this week's quiz we haven't just got a PCB sized screenshot for you to guess, we've made it a little trickier by removing the main character. Can you still get it right?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Wii Remote and Nunchuk

Following up the console spotlight on the Nintendo Wii, here's a look at the PCB inside the main controllers for the console; the Wii remote and the Nunchuk add-on.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Console Spotlight: Nintendo Wii

The release of the Nintendo Wii issued in the dawn of motion controlled gaming with many people blown away by the fun to be had playing Wii Sports and using the Wii remote to play bowling, golf and tennis. The Wii became the fastest selling video game system and targeted an audience that weren't used to playing video games. The console still had a great selection of "gamers" games though and so was very popular with a wide range of people. The architecture, PCB and CPU of the Wii included backwards compatibility with GameCube games and other older Nintendo console games were downloadable through the new online store.

Although Nintendo haven’t officially released the majority of technical details for the Wii, many key facts have been released by press and electronic manufacture fans since release.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

XBox 360 Controller PCB

I have never owned on XBox 360. I had the first XBox and there were plenty of games on the 360 that I was interested in such as the Halo, Fable and Forza series but for whatever reason I never ended up purchasing an XBox 360. That's not to say I haven't spent my time playing on them though and I'm very familiar with the 360 controller.

I've never seen any of its insides though so don't know what circuit boards and parts are in there...until now.