The Super Nintendo may be among the most beloved videogame consoles of all time, but when it launched in the U.S. 25 years ago, it faced an uphill battle. The system had been a smash hit upon being released in Japan a year earlier, under the name Super Famicom, but the U.S. launch didn't go as well. Had Sega not been an option, it's likely the SNES launch would have gone more smoothly. But shelling out nearly $200 for a system that did not yet have a full library of games was a hard pill to swallow for many parents.Eventually, Nintendo the uphill battle for console dominations and the rest was history. From wochit Tech.
Microsoft has promised to bring future Xbox titles to Windows 10, and now Sony is making a similar offer. Soon, you won’t need to own a piece of PlayStation hardware in order to play PlayStation games. The PlayStation Now service came about after Sony paid $380 million to acquire streaming service Gaikai back in 2012. It did take them two years to convert it into PlayStation Now, but all that work means PS4 owners can enjoy playing streamed versions of PS3 titles for a monthly subscription. It’s not cheap though, costing $19.99 for a month or $44.99 for 3 months. However, soon you’ll be able to save some cash by not being forced to buy a console to access the service. Sony has announced that PlayStation Now is being made available on Windows PCs across Europe and North America. From wochit Tech.
Can artificial intelligence be emotionally intelligent? In Boston, researchers have programed BB-8, the little droid from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to detect expressions and determine how people are feeling. And that technology is being adapted for marketing, video games, even therapy for children diagnosed with autism. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports. From the PBS NewsHour.
There's a lot of money to be had in the world of video game broadcasting — for game streaming sites, for the gamers themselves and for those who have figured out how to exploit the system. From Newsy.
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