Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 14, 2011

Multiple sources confirm new Nintendo HD console

Gamers have been waiting years for Nintendo to finally release its Wii successor, and Game Informer has heard from multiple sources that the company will unveil it at E3 this summer if not sooner.

It’s about damn time.

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April 4, 2011

PetitComputer

A BASIC-programmable computer, recently released on DSiWare in Japan. Completely pointless, but I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Xbox new disc format gains 1GB

A highly placed development source has confirmed to Digital Foundry that the new disc format being beta tested in a new dashboard upgrade adds 1GB to the storage of Xbox 360 game discs.

The maximum space allocated to game data on the current disc format is just 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual layer DVD, with over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors.

What’s most interesting about this news is what isn’t being said: allocating resources to improve the disc format of a five-year-old system suggests to me that Microsoft isn’t planning on announcing the successor to the 360 in a while. That, or the method described above can be adapted to whatever storage format the 360’s successor will have.