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Switched's Comprehensive Guide to Video Game Emulators

The video game emulator -- the bit of software that allows nostalgic button-mashers to mount an NES on their PCs in order to relive halcyon "HADOUKEN!" days -- is one of the most misunderstood elements of modern computing. But we're here to tell you exactly what they are, how they work, and even offer a comprehensive directory of the best ones for your favorite platform. Read on for our...

Sony Announces New, Super-Powered PlayStation Portable

Let's be honest. The PSP Go was a bit of a letdown as a follow-up to the original PSP. And, while most of the attention has been focused on the upcoming "PlayStation" phone (which has yet to appear with any PlayStation branding on it), Sony has been quietly working on a proper sequel to the PlayStation Portable. Codenamed NGP, the next-gen PSP packs an impressive array of hardware that would make...

Mysterious PlayStation Phone Finally Surfaces

Rumors about a PlayStation cell phone platform have been swirling for several years, and Engadget scored the scoop about an actual PlayStation Phone in August. Now, Engadget hounds have obtained photographic evidence of the oft-doubted device, reportedly code-named "Zeus." It apparently features Android 2.X (although 3.0 will reportedly be the official OS), a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 512...

Charting the Transformation of Video Game Controller Design

We're trying our best to refrain from contributing to the Web's infographic glut, but we couldn't resist this one: the evolution of video game controller design as charted by U.K.-based Cxpartners. See how the original Nintendo directional pad gave birth to the PlayStation and Xbox controllers, and how the Power Glove's whole concept flopped until the invention of the Wiimote. The full image is...

Unemployed Gamer Runs Girlfriend Off Road to Get His PlayStation Back

Share Darren Suchon, like many middle-aged unemployed people, used to spend his days playing video games. One day, though, his girlfriend, Colleen Frable, decided she'd had enough of Suchon's idle gaming, and took his beloved PlayStation to work with her. The 42-year-old gamer then did what most video game addicts would do. He drove her off the road. According to the Morning Call, Suchon...

iOS 4.1 Jailbroken Hours After Release, 15-inch Laptops Reign

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... Just hours after the release of iOS 4.1, hackers claim they've been able to jailbreak Apple's latest mobile OS. [From: VentureBeat] New numbers reveal that, despite the growth of netbooks, 15-inches still reigns as the most popular laptop size. [From: Engadget] The popular, cross-platform, multi-format video player VLC may be landing on...

The Secret Behind the PlayStation Controller Symbols

Those circles, squares, x's and triangles that adorn your PlayStation controller weren't just randomly assigned. According to an interview with the designer, Teiyu Goto, the circle and "x" represent yes and no, respectively. Meanwhile the triangle, symbolizing a head, represents point of view, and the square is supposed to be a sheet of paper, indicating menus....

MySpace Preps for 'Full Relaunch,' PlayStation Android Device Coming Soon?

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... MySpace continues to roll out site alterations in preparation for its "full relaunch" this fall, and the latest upgrades include a streamlined home screen and a more pronounced user stream. But will all this be far too late? [From: Boston.com] Sony Ericsson may drop the essential mobile for gamers this fall -- in the body of an...

Switched Giveaway: 'Transformers: War for Cybertron' for PS3

Since we know it's nigh impossible to survive a summer without those charming hunks of steel that are the 'Transformers,' and since the next movie won't be released for a whole year, we're here to help by giving away one PlayStation 3 copy of the newly released 'Transformers: War for Cybertron.' This third-person shooter puts you on the side of either the Autobots or the Decepticons as they battle...

Essential Sci-Fi Raygun Blasts onto PS3 Peripheral Scene

It's nearly impossible to exaggerate the supreme and unequivocal command that Nintendo holds over the ridiculous, abysmal and periodically awesome add-on market. The company's dominance began decades ago with 'Duck Hunt,' the Power Glove and the Roll & Rocker, and the Wii's motion controllers have only bolstered Nintendo's preeminent peripheral standing. Now that both Sony and Microsoft...

Sony PlayStation Move Gets Priced and September Release

Well, Microsoft already unveiled its motion game controller, Kinect, so now it's Sony's turn to show off the Move. And be warned, Xboxers, Playstation is looking to put serious pressure on the 'box. The Move will initially land on European store shelves on September 15th, and American shores just a few days later on September 19th. But better than the short wait time is the perfectly reasonable...

AT&T Apologizes for iPad Hackers, PS3 Mega 'Move' Bundle Coming This Fall

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Goatse Security, the firm that discovered and publicized vulnerabilities in AT&T's iPad security system last week, has explained its actions as a necessary public service. AT&T issued an apologetic e-mail to customers last night, placing the blame squarely on "malicious" Goatse "hackers" who were only interested in...

DIY Prison Tattoo Gun Made From a Sony PlayStation

When there's a will for a hideous piece of skin art, there's a way. A detainee at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in West Sussex, Britain was recently caught with one of the most inventive PlayStation hacks we've ever seen. After gutting the console, the prisoner attached the motor to a ballpoint pen with a sharpened tip. Et voilà! A DIY tattoo machine! Sadly, the prisoner's gadget...

Sony Unveils PlayStation Move Motion Controller, We Drool Noticeably

When the Wii, with its decidedly last-gen graphics technology, hit the market and trounced the competition, we knew it would only be a matter of time before Sony and Microsoft tried to copy Nintendo's motion sensing technology. While details are still scarce about the Xbox 360's Project Natal, the PlayStation Move has been officially announced and is expected to hit the market this fall. The...

Chavez Derides 'Poison' PlayStation, France Urges Citizens to Avoid Internet Explorer

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Under leader Hugo Chavez, Venezuela hasn't exactly developed a stellar reputation for promoting and protecting human rights. Despite that lack of concern for Venezuelans' civil liberties, Chavez is seeking to protect his nation's children from an apparent capitalist tool of the devil: the video game. Chavez (who has banned the sale...