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[Deal Alert] Amazon Discounts Speedy SanDisk MicroSD Cards: 64GB For $34.95, 32GB For $16.99, 16GB For $9.99

Google and Motorola don't seem particularly interested in MicroSD cards these days, but most of the other manufacturers have at least some phones and …

4 Reasons Video Games Are Good For Your Health (According To American Psychological Association)

A new paper in <i>American Psychologist</i>, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association, looks at the positive effects of video game play.<p>I’ve already written about the 5 reasons I’m buying my kids a Wii U this holiday season. In a way, this post offers 4 more reasons, emphasizing some …

Galaxy S5 may arrive with a 64-bit processor, report says

A new report from South Korea says that Samsung and ARM have “fine-tuned” their plan to equip the Galaxy S5 smartphone expected to be launched next year with a 64-bit processor.<p>While the news is certainly not surprising, it’s not official either, as it’s based on sources familiar with the matter …

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Xbox designers review Sony's PlayStation 4

Design consultants Teague were responsible for the green and black monolith that was Microsoft's original Xbox. Now two designers from the firm have used their console-creating experience to review the aesthetics and ergonomics of Sony'sPlayStation 4 for <i>Fast Co. Design</i>. They judge its positives — …

Why livestreaming is the definitive next-gen feature and why you won't escape it

Livestreaming is a self-indulgent, narcissistic pastime of the millennial generation, which is to say it's the most important thing happening in video games right now.<p>It's possible you've never heard of livestream-a-ma-jig. If that's the case, enjoy these final moments of serenity, before your …

This is what the original Xbox design team thinks of the PS4

Design consultancy firm Teague — the company behind the original Xbox design — offered its critique of Microsoft's next-generation competition, the PlayStation 4, in a feature on Fast Company's Design page.<p>According to Teague, while the PS4 is more beautiful than its predecessors and the controller …

Valve to reveal virtual reality prototype, big plans for Steam support

If the Steam Controller and Steam Machine don't have you convinced that Valve's serious about getting into the gaming hardware business, how about throwing in a virtual reality headset as well? The company's Steam Dev Days event, scheduled for mid-January in Seattle, includes the tantalizing …

PS4 hardware issues, and what you can do to resolve them

Sony managed to sell more than 1 million units of the PlayStation 4 within the first 24 hours of the console's North American launch last Friday. Amid reports of technical problems prior to launch, the company told Polygon that hardware issues were isolated incidents that comprised approximately …

Battlefield 4 updates to address PS4 crashes and more

A series of <i>Battlefield 4</i> patches due out in the coming weeks will address a host of issues on multiple platforms, according to a thread updated today on the game's official forums.<p>The post begins by acknowledging that developer EA DICE is "aware of the frequent crashes in <i>Battlefield 4</i> on …

Study Says Gaming Has No Negative Effect On Kids' Behavior

A large study undertaken in the UK concludes that playing electronic games had no negative impact on kids’ later behavior. Television, on the other hand, predicted “a small increase in conduct problems.”<p>The folks over at gamesandlearning.org have directed me to the UK study that asks: “Do …

Xbox One Vs. PS4: The Console Wars Are Just Getting Started

It’s quite possible that all that momentum Sony's had leading up to the launch of the PS4 will dry up now that the machine is in the wild. System issues, faulty HDMI ports, and a real lack of compelling first-party games all work against the next-gen console.<p>Meanwhile, the Xbox One is still out of …

Sony Sells A Million PS4s Within 24 Hours Of North American Launch

We’re now getting our first look at how quickly the PS4 has sold since launch with some actual quantitative data. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida took to Twitter to excitedly announce that a million PS4s have been sold within 24 hours of the North American launch of the system on November 15th.<p>President and …

A Weekend With The PS4

After UPS dropped my PS4 off at 7:45 PM Friday night, 15 minutes before the “you’re not getting it” deadline, I managed to spend all weekend with Sony’s new console, and believe I’m ready for a ”first impressions” type feature that covers what I’ve experienced with the system so far.<p>I did not …