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Nintendo Switch Beats PlayStation 4 Initial Sales in 6 Months Since Debut

By Radu Iorga

Ever since the Nintendo Switch first came out in March we’ve been hearing great monthly news about the device’s sales and shipments. Some were official, some not, but it’s clear that the console is a hit and nobody can contest that. Today we learn that the Switch even beat the PS4 in Japan.

Nintendo’s flagship console moved over 1.5 million units in Japan since the debut in March and the comparison with the PS4 we mentioned in the title actually refers to the initial Sony console sales. Interestingly, after a strong launch, the PS4 started dropping in sales over the next few weeks after the debut. The Switch meanwhile kept selling and selling and selling.

Numbers actually increased for the portable console. The sales data covers the first 26 weeks of each device’s lifespan. Basically the Sony model moved 665,760 units, while the Switch got up to 1.527 milion units in half a year. To get an even bigger picture of this race, the PS4 needed 69 weeks to reach 1.5 million units in Japan. To make the figures even more impressive you should know that the Nintendo Switch had some supply chain problems and a general lack of availability.

Exclusives are also a big deal and I’m looking at stuff like Zelda, Mario, Splatoon and ARMS here. The Switch has the big advantage of being a cheaper platform in terms of development costs. There was a bit of a worry over the past days, when we learned that FIFA 18 may lack some features on the Nintendo machine, but we’ll discuss that once the game debuts on the 29th of the month.

What’s sure is that Sony seems to be losing the battle with Nintendo and it’s only getting worse.

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Unlaunched NVIDIA Shield Portable 2 Console Found Laying Around in Pawn Shop

By James A.

Sometimes we get to see pictures of products that haven’t been launched, that have been cancelled or simply forgotten. They cause nostalgia 99% of the time and make us wonder “what could have happened?”. The latest such occurrence involves the unlaunched NVIDIA Shield Portable 2.

The gaming device was found laying around in a pawn shop and it was bought by one lucky customer. Nvidia has had quite a few Shield devices under its belt already, like the Shield tablets, Shield TV box and the Shield Portable. That one was also known as the Nvidia Shield, being the first of its kind and all. That device was a real handheld gaming console, feeling like an Xbox controller mixed with a Nintendo DS.

A follow up never came and Nvidia moved on to other formats, but apparently one successor was in the making and it’s pictured above. Redditor FwrigginRwootbeer found the device in a pawn shop in Canada and it’s supposed to be a prototype for developers apparently. The user traded in his first gen Shield Portable for the machine and found that the second gen model has minor changes in the physical design area. Specs are more powerful, though.

They include a 1.91 GHz quad core ARM Cortex A57 CPU, most likely the Nvidia Tegra X1. There’s also 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, plus a 5.9 inch 1440 x 810 pixel display. The OG Shield had a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and a 5 inch HD screen. Of course the prototype could be buggy, but we have no idea if it actually plays games fine. Nvidia’s Shield series in general doesn’t seem to be ready to churn out new models, as the Tegras have been offered to the automotive biz.

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HP stuffed the best gaming desktop perks into the 10-pound Omen X laptop

By Valentina Palladino

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HP gave its Omen gaming line a big boost before this year’s E3 with the launch of new gaming PCs, peripherals, a GPU accelerator, and a VR backpack. While the company wants to provide devices for all kinds of gamers, its newest launch targets enthusiasts who don’t want to compromise power when choosing a portable device. The new Omen X laptop is a behemoth gaming notebook, measuring 16.73 x 12.88 x 1.43 inches and weighing 10.69 pounds. All that space is for good reason: the Omen X trades svelte for substance as it features a bunch of perks typically only seen in stationary gaming PCs.

One of the biggest things HP emphasized about the Omen X laptop is its overclocking abilities. The Omen X laptop can be configured how you’d like and you can choose to get it with Intel’s 7th gen Core i7-7820HK CPU, which is factory unlocked for overclocking. Gaming enthusiasts (and general PC enthusiast as well) are more likely to experiment with overclocking their devices to get the most performance out of the CPU as possible. However, that would normally be taxing on the entire system and the processor in particular since it produces extra heat.

As such, HP designed the internals of the Omen X laptop differently from those in its previous Omen laptops to better handle the heat produced by overclocking. HP also claims the design reduces thermal throttling that can limit the overclocking affects. The company removed the optical drive and included higher-performance fans that allow for more airflow through the machine than in the existing Omen laptops. With the help of an integrated vapor chamber and bottom vent holes, the internals better move heat away from the important stuff (CPU, GPU) and expel air through the back and sides of the laptop (which also keeps the heat away from you, the user).

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Nintendo Getting Sued for Switch’s Detachable Controllers, That Apparently Copy Some Other Tech

By James A.

The Nintendo Switch is without a doubt one of the most successful pieces of hardware in 2017 and while it may seem like an original machine, it’s certainly not the first tablet with gaming controllers. This has also prompted parties to actually sue Nintendo for violating a patent or two.

The folks of Wikipad, who have a gaming oriented slate are ready for a suit against Nintendo. The whole idea of add-on controllers is in the mix here. They claim that the Switch and the removable Joy-Con controllers are too similar to the Gamevice approach for a detachable game controller, with a “flexible bridge section”. The party is asking for damages and a ban on Switch sales.

Gamevice hasn’t commented on the lawsuit and Nintendo neither. The Wikipad team had plans for a gaming tablet back in 2012 and it promised high end and unique features, like glasses free 3D and game streaming. Sadly, the product didn’t work out fine, on account of delays and a revamp and rethink of the device. The end result did get some traction, but Gamevice dropped it in favour of the gaming add ons for phones and tablets.

Of course one may argue that even Razer and Archos have ground to sue Nintendo because they have similar tablets, but the Switch is so much more. It’s a dockable machine, also a desktop console and a portable one. I say this case tilts in favour of Nintendo.

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Kanex GoPlay Sidekick is a Portable Joystick What Works Great with iPads, Apple TV and More

By Radu Iorga

People prefer to snap joysticks onto their iPhones nowadays and also gain some battery life. However, others prefer to use a separated gaming joystick, like the Kanex GoPlay Sidekick for example, a portable joystick that works with iPads, Apple TV and more.

This machine was announced earlier this year at CES 2017 and it has been launched finally this summer. It plays nicely with iPhones, iPads and Apple TV and it’s been certified by Apple itself as a “made for iPhone” controller. It’s a pocket sized accessory that works via Bluetooth 4.0 and also has a Lightning connector for charging the iPhone or iPad. In spite of being so tiny, the device offers 20 hours of game play on a single charge.

One of its features is the included clamshell carrying case, that also works as a stand for the iPhone or iPad, something you don’t get with rival products. Kanex GoPlay Sidekick comes with a “patent pending protective clamshell case”. Everything fits in a bag or pocket and there’s a console-level set of controls here, like dual analog sticks, trigger buttons, a D-pad and pressure sensitive buttons even.

Kanex GoPlay Sidekick is available right now priced at $60.

 

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