Stories by Matt Peckham

  • The Sorry State of Windows 7 Gaming

    Windows 7 is finally upon us, leaping off retail shelves in little blue- and green- and black-lined plastic containers in a matter of hours. With the critical plaudits, expect enthusiastic midnight sales, curious micro-throngs of buyers, and swollen message boards deluged by "impressions" confessionals from first-timers who somehow missed the endless betas and previews and release candidates foisted on us like fistfuls of Halloween candy. No Rolling Stones or Jerry Seinfeld this time, true, but that's all part of Windows 7's unassuming shtick -- less whiz, more bang.

  • Facebook and Twitter for Xbox LIVE

    Microsoft's next Xbox LIVE update with Facebook and Twitter support went out to those of us with preview access early this morning, and I've just finished tinkering with it.

  • Grab PSP movies from Blu-ray discs

    Want to watch Blu-ray flicks on your Sony PlayStation Portable? Okay, you can't watch them natively on the handheld--the system tops out at 480x272 lines of resolution, after all. But according to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment America, now you can pull the PSP versions straight from the Blu-ray disc itself.

  • Sony reveals PS3 Slim, slashes PS3 price

    And there you have it, the fabled Sony PS3 price cut as well as confirmation of a trimmer, slimmer iteration of the PS3 after over a year's worth of gossip and false leads and photo-forgeries.

  • Nielsen: Gaming and used sales boom during recession

    Time spent playing games and used game purchases are up, and in fact way up over the past several months, says the Nielsen Company. Citing a new study that gauged game playing and purchasing habits during the recent recession, the media audience tracker said the number of hours gamers claim to be engaged is at an "all time high," while the purchase of used games and video game rental service have both increased to "record-breaking" levels since tracking began in 2006. The conclusion? When it comes to entertainment, consumers are opting to get more from, well, more.

  • iPhone 3GS chews through PS, Game Boy games

    Just what your brand new iPhone 3GS needs--Cloud Strife's super-deformed spike-do bristling at hundreds of frames per second. PlayStation emulation amped up to supersonic? Oh yes you can, writes Engadget, and with Game Boy Advance stuff too. All you need is a pre-jailbreak hack called psx4iphone, and one of Apple's newly supercharged iPhone 3GS's and you're in business.

  • Metal Gear Solid revealed for Xbox 360

    Microsoft's E3 2009 press conference is all-systems-go, so what did Redmond, Washington have up its sleeve? Some pretty amazing stuff, actually. Metal Gear Solid for the Xbox 360? Full-body motion controls that look more responsive, accurate, and open-form than anything the PlayStation Eye or Wii-remote have touted? Read on for the complete show breakdown.

  • More Americans Play Video Games than Go to Movies

    I thought the revelation that video gamers outnumbered cinema goers was old news, but maybe only partly so. According to a new NPD Group report, 53 percent of U.S. consumers have been to the movies in the last six months, but 63 percent — that's 2 out of 3 consumers — have played a video game. I take it the significance of that derives from cumulative penetration, as opposed to the now redundant "novelty" of the latter surpassing the former.

  • Cyanide Developing 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Video Games

    Heaven (or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westeros">Westeros</a>) help us, it seems someone's finally landed the video game rights to <a href="http://www.georgerrmartin.com">George R.R. Martin</a>'s Hugo-winning "Song of Ice and Fire" series. Who? No one you know. Probably.

  • PlayStation 3 Has to Suffer, Signals Sony Boss

    Sony Europe's David Reeves is almost refreshing at a time when refreshing's in short supply. In an intriguing shift from the standard "everything's coming up roses" mantra, Reeves reflects on the company's third quarter losses of US$204m by telling The Guardian the company "simply [has] to suffer a little.

  • PSP 3000 soars in Japan, but is new LCD flawed?

    Sony's PlayStation Portable 3000 launched Tuesday, October 14 and it's already delivering hugely impressive numbers overseas. Japanese market tracker Media Create released its hardware sales figures for the week ending October 19, highlighting a nearly 90 percent win for the PSP over the DS.