Wednesday, August 24, 2011

N-Control Avenger PS3 Controller Accessory Now Available for Pre-Order

N-Control AvengeriControl Enterprises, one of the top gaming accessory manufacturers in the world, has just released its highly anticipated accessory for Sony's PlayStation 3 controller which, according to the company, is "guaranteed to provide users with the ultimate gaming advantage."

Known as The N-Control Avenger, this controller add-on claims to be "the most sophisticated secret weapon in the gaming industry." The N-Control Avenger is an external adapter for the PlayStation 3 controller designed to enhance your skills as you play. The Avenger grips the controller's exterior tightly, giving you an immersive gaming experience through an intuitive user interface.

According to David Kotkin, Lead Designer of The N-Control Avenger, "It enhances the gamer's manual dexterity and situational awareness by improving accuracy and reaction time. This sophisticated accessory is specially engineered for those who want to push their gaming abilities to new heights."

The Avenger allows for rapid, fluid movements between the thumb sticks, face buttons, shoulder buttons and triggers of the PS3 controller, allowing you to access nine functions simultaneously. The Avenger also comes equipped with a stabilizer tripod, high-precision straps, hair triggers and sensitivity adjusters, which are able to be fine-tuned "like a precision weapon" according to iControl.

The N-Control Avenger is shipping with a perfect release date this fall when a cornucopia of games are coming out that will benefit from the enhancements this accessory has to offer. This accessory is perfect for shooters like the upcoming Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3 and Resistance 3 but is also perfect for other types of games like the NFL simulator Madden NFL 2012 or the action/adventure game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

The N-Control Avenger will be shipped worldwide in limited supply and only 5,000 gamers out there will be able to get one. You can pre-order your PS3 model N-Control Avenger now on the N-Control website for $48.99, but you will have to wait to use it until it officially ships on November 8th. Oh, and if you prefer to game on an Xbox 360, you will be pleased to know that iControl has an Xbox 360 version of the Avenger as well.

Source: Engadget - N-Control's Avenger for PS3 begins pre-sale, officially debuts November 8th

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.70 Update

PlayStation 3 Home ScreenSome new news about Sony has just hit the internet and, thankfully, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the PSN outage that devastated the console just a few short months ago. No, this announcement has to do with the newest firmware update for Sony's gaming console, the PlayStation 3, and all the nifty little things it has added to make your PlayStation experience that much more enjoyable.

Firmware 3.70 was released Tuesday night by Sony, and it added and fixed a lot of things that should please and entertain most users of the console. The update, which is required and will be automatically updated the next time you log onto your system, adds multiple new things, including a section to the XrossMediaBar and a host of new features for subscribers of PlayStation Plus.

Now, I'm not a PS3 owner, I like to rock the Xbox 360 myself, but that doesn't mean I am a stranger to system updates. If you are like me (and most other gamers I would imagine), then you probably completely and utterly despise system updates for the sole fact that sometimes they can take an egregiously long time to download. It comes as no surprise to any gamer that watching a download bar is about as exciting as watching Bob Ross paint yet another mountain landscape.

If you want the firmware update as soon as possible, and you don't want to rely on shady PS3/Internet service to download it, then there is another option. You can download Firmware 3.70 directly to your computer and then save it on a USB drive and put the update on your PlayStation 3, drastically reducing your download times. Here's what ya gotta do:

Step 1: Download Firmware 3.70 from Sony and save it directly to your desktop.

Step 2: Put the .pup file into a folder and name it "Update".

Step 3: Put the "Update" folder into another folder and name it "PS3".

Step 4: Put the "PS3" folder onto the flash drive.

Step 5: Plug the flash drive into your PS3.

Step 6: Go to "Settings" on your PS3 and select "System Update".

Step 7: When asked, select "Update via Storage Media".

Step 8: Begin the update.

Step 9: Complete the update.

Step 10: Enjoy.

That's all there is to it. Follow these steps and you will be enjoying the PlayStation 3's Firmware 3.70 update in no time. If you want to know a little more about what exactly the update does, head on over to IGN and catch the PS3 Firmware 3.70 video detailing everything new that comes with the update.

Source: IGN - PS# Firmware 3.70 Is Cool, Here's Why

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Nintendo Drastically Drops the Price of Its 3DS

On Thursday, July 28 Nintendo announced that it would drop the price of its 3DS hand-held console in the United States. Starting Friday, August 12th the console’s price will drop from $249.99 to $169.99.

"For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now," Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. "We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games."

The price drop will also occur in other countries sometime between July and September. Nintendo said in its earnings statement that the price drop is intended to "create momentum for the Nintendo 3DS and accelerate its market penetration toward the year-end sales season, when the lineup for the applicable software shall be enriched."

So ,what if you have already bought the 3DS? Wouldn’t you feel slightly cheated having had to pay plenty more than the new retail price for the device? Well, Nintendo hasn’t forgotten about you! In a statement, the company said that customers who already own a 3DS are “some of Nintendo’s most loyal customers, and we’re rewarding you for getting in on the action early with not one, not 10, but 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop!”

If you ask me, that is a pretty good way to make up for the extra cash that you had to shell out for the device. Nintendo said that it will be easy for 3DS owners to download their new games. Here is what you will have to do.

“The 20 free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.” The statement goes on to say that the program has two different elements:

The first element starts “September 1. Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.”

The second element of this program that Nintendo will offer to their “loyal customers” will be available “by the end of 2011. Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.”

Nintendo said that more details about the program will be made available soon.

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