Fry's to sell $1080 PS3 bundle, Circuit City schedules midnight launch

Chicago (IL) - If you are already planning on spending $600 for the Playstation 3 and few extra dollars on or more games this package should not be much of a sticker shock: According to this ad (PDF - 2.9 MB), which we found through a post on the FatWallet forums, Fry's will require PS3 buyers to buy at least eight games with their new console.

Hide your television behind your art with TV Coverups

Showcasing the latest model of itsart-over-TV product, TV Coverups is on hand at the Electronic House Expo with one of the more artistic showings. The company now offers a more affordable, manual mechanism that allows consumers to flip between a large-screen TV and a framed piece of artwork, in addition to the automatic, remote control-based model.

Ferrari busts out $20K home audio speakers

One of the more interesting things we found at Electronic House Expo is a full-room home speaker tower from Ferrari. The elegant and expensive car maker wants to make the speakers as luxurious and exclusive as possible, and at a $20,000 standalone price, it meets that depiction.

Stealth Acoustics' nearly invisible speakers clean up the home

Speakers are usually big and ugly boxes, but Stealth Acoustics wants to change that with their invisible in-the-wall speakers. All the components are housed inside the dry wall and the speakers make sound by vibrating the wall and surrounding wood studs.

Update: Microsoft announces Halo 3 beta

Microsoft and Bungie Studios today said that the first multiplayer public beta of Halo 3 will be released in spring of next year.

Taiwan gets 500 PS3 consoles for launch, U.S. PS3 allocation reduced again?

Chicago (IL) - And you thought the supply of Playstation 3 consoles in the U.S. was tight: Digitimes reports that Sony has allocated a total of 150 game consoles for its major launch event in downtown Taipei on November 17. An additional 350 consoles will be sold through 35 selected stores, according to Sony's Taiwan branch.

Toshiba launches second-generation HD DVD players in Japan

Toshiba today announced the launch of its second-generation HD DVD players in the Japanese market.

Ziff Davis axes Playstation Magazine

In an announcement that came just three days before the widely anticipated PS3 release, Ziff Davis today said that the official US PlayStation Magazine, one of its properties, will shut down publication, tagging the January 2007 issue as the final one.

PS3 has trouble with some older games

Sony's Playstation 3 game console, which went on sale in Japan over the weekend leading off a global launch, can't play some of the older games for the original Playstation and the upgrade Playstation 2 , a company official said Tuesday.

Microsoft re-releases BSOD screensaver

Microsoft has re-released the infamous Blue Screen of Death screensaver from Sysinternals. The screensaver simulates the trademark Windows error message and even fakes hard drive activity.

Nintendo to release DVD-enabled Wii in 2007

Nintendo of America has confirmed that a DVD-enabled Wii is indeed coming to the U.S. Previous reports suggested that this may have been a Japan-only promotion. Sonic Solutions will be providing the DVD navigation software for the Wii.

Best Buy boots Burbank PS3 line - Updated with Picture

Best Buy Burbank has given the boot to the ten people waiting for the Sony PlayStation 3 launch. According to our sources in the line, Best Buy kicked the group off property on Friday afternoon November 10. This comes almost four full days after they initially started lining up. Sign posted at the Best Buy store entrance

Sony gets strong PS3 start in Japan

Tokyo (Japan) - Over the weekend, the hotly anticipated PS3 console made its worldwide debut when it launched in Japan on Saturday, November 11. The console was virtually a sell-out within hours of store openings on Saturday, setting the pavement for the increasingly fervent North American launch this week.

Second Life gets its own reality TV show

Big Brother, the hit television show where contestants are stuck in a house, is coming to Second Life's virtual world. Fifteen players will stay in a glass house with one being voted off each week. The surviving player will get a virtual island with the game.

IBM expands into Second Life

IBM plans on holding town hall meetings in Second Life's virtual world. Sam Palmisano, Chairman and CEO of IBM, will virtually meet more than 7000 employees in the game this Tuesday. He even plans on visiting more than 250 on IBM's virtual island.

PS3 fans quit jobs and postpone engagement to wait in line

People are willing to go through hell to get the upcoming Sony PlayStation 3 console and there are already lines forming for November 17th launch. Watch our video as one guy explains how he quit his job to stand in line, while another won't be buying his girlfriend an engagement ring anytime soon. Extra: Video and Image Gallery

The Sims 2 gets holiday makeover with new expansion

Further expanding on the popular PC game franchise, Electronic Arts today announced the availability of The Sims 2: Happy Holiday Stuff expansion pack, marking the release of the first standalone expansion for the series with a specific holiday theme.

Sonix to start shipping video controllers to Nintendo in December

Despite monthly revenues slipping by 17% on month, Sonix's prospect in the fourth quarter should remain positive with its video controller ICs for Nintendo slated to start during year-end of 2006, according to industry sources.

PS3 buyers turn to Craigslist to find line waiters

Serious PlayStation 3 buyers are turning to Craigslist to find people to wait in line for them. One guy is paying $150 to three to four people who are willing to camp out with him and his friends. He can even provide transportation. The poster said his group will purchase a few PlaySation3s. He will give people who stand in line the money to purchase the console and $150 will be paid after the console is purchased. The first paragraph of the ad reads,

PS3 firmware update required out-of-box

Early adopters for Sony's next-gen console will need to upgrade their systems if they want to access Sony's proprietary online service, dubbed the Playstation Network.