The Best Gear for Upgrading Your Video Game Console

Microsoft and Sony aren’t planning to upgrade their flagship consoles for a few months yet, but you can still improve your gaming experience with some well-chosen accessories—even if the hardware at the core of the system stays the same. Read More >>

Sony Secretly Fixed The PlayStation 4’s Annoying Hardware Quirks

What’s the most annoying thing about the PlayStation 4? Is it perhaps the jet-engine-like sound it makes, or the capacitive buttons that eject your disc at the slightest provocation? Sony’s latest PS4 solves those woes. Read More >>

Steam Machines are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn't believe it. When the rumours came true, I didn't think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last autumn, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it's happening. I've tried them. I'm about to eat my words. Read More >>

Nvidia Shield Console Hands-On: Yep, That’s One Sleek Set-Top Box

The first Nvidia Shield was a gaming handheld. The second was a powerful Android tablet. Now, Nvidia's going full game console. The new Nvidia Shield is a set-top-box running Android TV, but it's more than that. It's a game console powerful enough to play a port of Crysis 3. And at first blush, it feels like a solid piece of kit. Read More >>

What the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U Tell Us About the Future of Consoles

Most pieces of technology—like smartphones, TVs, and even computers—are replaced by new models every six or twelve months. Game consoles, on the other hand, are meant to last for at least five years. Which means that every generation is a true milestone of UI, gaming, and industrial design. So what does the latest crop tell us about the state of the console? Read More >>

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Meet the Man Who Invented Video Games

Before Angry Birds, Call of Duty, and Halo, there was Pong. And before that there was Tennis (cartridge 3) for the Magnavox Odyssey. And that machine was Ralph Baer's baby. An inventor by trade, Baer developed the first working prototype, "the Brown Box," in 1968, and just four years later, the Odyssey burst onto store shelves, jump-starting console gaming as we know it. Read More >>