Updated: Sony hopes $300 PS3 will boost sluggish sales

Sony has unveiled a slimmed down Playstation 3 at the Gamescom conference in Germany. The upgraded console will feature a 120GB HD and is expected to retail at $300 on September 1.

EA preps Bad Company 2 for winter deployment

Electronic Arts (EA) confirmed that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be deployed on March 2, 2010. EA studio DICE boasted that the title will deliver a level of destruction, vehicular warfare, squad play and open world environments "never before experienced" in a modern warfare action game.

Claim: Xbox 360 plagued by a 54 percent failure rate

A recent survey conducted by Game Informer indicates that Xbox 360 units suffer from a 54.2 percent failure rate. The publication also reported a 10.6 and 6.8 percent failure rate for the Playstation 3 and Wii consoles.

Gamers aren't all teenage geeks

The average age of adult computer game players in the US is 35, belying the image of gamers as spotty teenagers.

Microsoft claims victory as game sales plummet

A recent report published by NPD indicates that video game sales plummeted a whopping 29 per in July. Microsoft - which  remains unfazed by the alarming statistics - claims the Xbox 360 was the console industry's "sole bright spot" in 2009.  

Chipset helps blind people control their TV

Britain's Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has developed the world’s first ‘talking’ technology for televisions.

Games market goes into freefall

Video game sales are continuing to plummet, according to market research from NPD.

Music technology pioneer dies

Les Paul was not just about his guitar

Sega: Hard-core Wii games a 'successful niche'

Sega President Mike Hayes has defended his company's decision to develop additional 'hard core' titles for the Wii. Hayes also termed The Conduit a 'success,' but conceeded that MadWorld sales were 'very disappointing.'

Capcom resurrects classic titles for the PS3 and PSP

Capcom has confirmed plans to resurrect a number of classic titles for the PS3 and PSP, including Mega Man Powered, Dino Crisis, Resident Evil 2 and Street Flighter Alpha 3 Max.

Xbox 360 the 'most active console' amongst US gamers

Nielsen has proclaimed the Xbox 360 to be the 'most active console' amongst US gamers. Although the PS2 and 360 are currently 'neck and neck' in terms of minutes played per month, a six-month trend indicates that the Xbox 360 has taken the lead with the highest active users. 

Carmack: id Software to develop new rendering engine

John Carmack has confirmed that id Software will be developing a new rendering engine for the next generation of game consoles. According to Carmack, the updated platform would 'co-exist' with the current one, allowing id Software to design a series of 'cross-generational' games.

Microsoft invokes GoD to update Xbox Live

Microsoft has introduced a slew of new features for its Xbox Live service, including 'Games on Demand,' online manuals, an improved Netflix user interface and advanced avatar customization options.

Ozzy Osbourne at Blizzcon and for $40 on your PC

Bliizard today announced today that Ozzy Osbourne will be performing at the upcoming Blizzcon conference. If you are not among the 20,000 who already have tickets you can watch the event and Ozzy’s concert on your PC or TV for $40.

Turtle Beach upgrades Xbox 360 headset

Turtle Beach has introduced a retooled gaming headset for the Xbox 360. The third-generation X41 features digital RF wireless CD-quality sound, 3-D positional audio and an advanced chat booster.

Pachter: Console price cuts 'imminent'

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has predicted the 'imminent' implementation of console price cuts. According to Pachter, manufacturers made a strategic error by maintaining current price points for 'too long.'

Facebook jealously rears its ugly head

A team of Canadian researchers has published a study analyzing Facebook's alleged role in creating an atmosphere of jealousy and suspicion between romantically involved individuals.

Logitech retools key gaming peripherals

Logitech has introduced a retooled gaming mouse capable of reaching a maximum hand speed of 165 inches per second (ips) and a top acceleration force of 30 gs. The device features an "on-the-fly" adjustable-dpi that facilitates pixel-precise targeting (200 dpi) and lightning-fast maneuvers up to 5700 dpi.

OMG! Twitter falls in a heap

A coordinated denial of service attack has taken down trendy micro-blogging service twitter.

Activision postpones Starcraft II launch to 2010

Activision Blizzard has postponed the launch of Starcraft II to 2010. However, the company is still expected to release a number of new titles in Fall 2009, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero, Band Hero, Tony Hawk: Ride and Bakugan Battle Brawlers.