Move over, you boringly gray, : A more delightful version of the classic console is here to hit you in the gut with a one-two punch of nostalgia.
Concentrating two ’90s entertainment mainstays into an intravenous hit of narcotized memory manipulation, has made an SNES that lovingly embraces a memorable gag from The Simpsons as design inspiration.
Enjoy the camera panning over the glossy custom paint job that has turned an average SNES into a precisely detailed, very elaborate realization of a minor Ralph Wiggum joke. Don’t forget to marvel not just at the talent of the hands that crafted the Super Nintendo Chalmers, but also at the potency of what it represents. The Simpsons-themed SNES isn’t just funny. It’s also a shorthand reference to hours spent in front of the CRT, blended into a visual gag that takes only half a second to register. If major corporations learn to fully harness the potential that this kind of nostalgia bomb represents, our pop culture future could be full of the sort of that makes Ready Player One look benign.
On the other hand, maybe we could also just enjoy, for now, a few fond memories of “steamed hams” and NBA Jam competitions. It’s almost the holidays, after all, and boy this SNES paint job is a fun and familiar little joke.
Probably a smart way to end 2017, honestly
- [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Nintendo, 11/17/17) – 168,978 (836,417)
- [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 77,751 (792,059)
- [PS4] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone DX (Limited Edition Included) (Sega, 11/23/17) – 34,896 (New)
- [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 30,275 (1,373,530)
- [PS4] Call of Duty: WWII (SIE, 11/03/17) – 21,512 (290,995)
- [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon Double Pack (Nintendo, 11/17/17) – 20,297 (268,080)
- [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04,28,17) – 18,846 (837,850)
- [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 15,162 (657,015)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo+ (Nintendo, 11/23/16) – 10,806 (281,571)
- [PS4] Star Wars Battlefront II (Deluxe Edition Included) (EA, 11/17/17) – 10,734 (49,503)
- [3DS] Beyblade Burst: God (FuRyu, 11/23/17) – 9,550 (New)
- [3DS] Style Savvy: Styling Star (Nintendo, 11/03/17) – 6,256 (54,605)
- [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport (Limited Edition Included) (SIE, 10/19/17) – 5,940 (193,443)
- [3DS] Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Limited Edition Inlcuded) (Capcom, 11/23/17) – 4,832 (New)
- [PS4] ARK: Survival Evolved (Spike Chunsoft, 10/26/17) – 4,308 (114,287)
- [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Deluxe Edition (Bandai Namco, 11/23/17) – 4,216 (New)
- [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Nintendo, 09/22/17) – 4,197 (126,530)
- [NSW] 1-2-Switch (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 3,921 (283,108)
- [PS4] Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ubisoft, 10/27/17) – 3,662 (91,997)
- [PS4] Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Bethesda Softworks, 11/23/17) – 3,555 (New)
Moving on to hardware there’s terrific news for Nintendo with impressive sales of the Nintendo Switch, with supply allowing a substantial jump into six figures. It’s worth noting that the ‘Explorer Edition’ of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out last week (in the West, too) so that may have helped, but even with that in mind it seems that demand remains extremely high for Nintendo’s platform. It blew away all competition, though the New 2DS LL and New 3DS LL (XL) also had decent weeks. Check out the results below (last week’s sales in brackets).
- Switch – 145,200 (86,999)
- PlayStation 4 – 20,384 (18,126)
- New 2DS LL – 20,283 (29,013)
- New 3DS LL – 11,511 (11,074)
- PlayStation 4 Pro – 6,525 (8,176)
- PlayStation Vita – 5,964 (3,090)
- 2DS – 2,838 (3,113)
- New 3DS – 254 (280)
- Xbox One X – 212 (143)
- Xbox One – 196 (104)
- Wii U – 85 (43)
- PlayStation 3 – 46 (46)
A fantastic week of hardware sales for Nintendo, then; we’ll see how Xenoblade Chronicles 2 performs next time.
Sony has revealed its PlayStation Plus games for December 2017, which will be available on PS4, PS3, and Vita. Although one might think that, considering it is holiday time, Sony is pulling out all the stops, unfortunately the selection for next month is quite lackluster.
Free Ps4 Games
For PS4 users, PS Plus will offer Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition and Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends.
is easily the highlight of the entire PS Plus collection for December. Developed by Vigil Games, Darksiders 2 is the follow-up to Darksiders 1 and sees players taking on a different horseman of the apocalypse – in this case, Death. It’s a surprisingly engaging character action game, but one that was overlooked when it initially released, now PS4 owners have an opportunity to check out the game, which should prepare them for the release of Darksiders 3 next year.
Sony is obviously going for a more family-friendly crowd with Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends, but it will be interesting to see how many actually pick up and play the game. PS Plus is geared towards an older generation of gamers that enjoy online play, and it’s hard to say how much crossover there is between those players and Kung Fu Panda fans.
Free PS3 Games
On the PS3 side, PlayStation Plus members can pick up Syberia Collection and Xblaze: Lost Memories. The Syberia Collection is technically two games in one since it features both Syberia and Syberia 2, two adventure/puzzle games similar to in design. Xblaze, on the other hand, is a visual novel sequel that features an anime art style.
Free Vita Games
The PS Plus offerings for Vita include Forma.8, a pseudo platformer where players guide an orb-like object through a series of challenging puzzle rooms; and Wanted Corp, a top-down shooter that supports online co-op on PC but it’s unclear if the Vita version will offer any type of multiplayer. Forma.8 is also crossbuy with PS4, meaning it will be available on Vita or Sony’s flagship console.
Sony also wants to remind PS Plus subscribers that they can still pick up for the PS VR for free, but the offer only lasts until January 2nd. Although the PlayStation VR headset does come with a game collection in select bundles, Until Dawn offers a better showpiece for the technology. Keep in mind, though, that the game is an on-rails shooter and bears very few similarities with the main game.
Overall, this month’s PlayStation Plus selection is pretty lackluster, but we do recommend Darksiders 2 to any that have not played it. The rest of the games, however, are likely to be passed by.
Weird combo, but good price
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds might be the most significant name to come out of 2017’s game release calendar when all is said and done. No matter how you feel about the game, it’s impossible to ignore the massive success the game has enjoyed on the scale it has. With the Xbox One release just weeks away, Brendan Greene (AKA PlayerUnknown) spoke with GamesTM (via WCCFTech) about releasing the game on Microsoft’s console and revealed that the game would run at 60 FPS on Xbox One X.
“Xbox is synonymous with gaming; you know what I mean? And there’s a huge player base out there that prefer to play on console, so bringing it to the Xbox One systems is just great,” he said. “It’s like I can finally say yup, I have a game on Xbox.”
Greene said that the development team isn’t concerning themselves with player counts much yet, outside of making sure their servers will be stable at launch. But the most important thing is that the game plays well, he says.
“So I think we could see incredible numbers on console, but again, I don’t want to jinx it. We’re more focused on getting a good game out. Like, as much as it sounds a bit shitty, we’re not focused on player numbers. Sure, from a server point of view we have to be, but that’s what our goal here is. It’s not to have millions of players, our goal is to put a good game onto both platforms.”
On the subject of Xbox One X, Greene confirmed that PUBG would run at 60 FPS on Microsoft’s beefed up console.
“Definitely on Xbox One X, 60 FPS,” he said.
However, standard Xbox Ones are still up in the air, according to Greene.
“On Xbox One, we’re not sure. We may have to limit it at 30FPS, maybe, but the last time I saw it, it was running at about 30 to 40. We’re still constantly improving it so, you know, the aim is to get to 60. That’s why we’re doing Game Preview, because I think the great thing about console is it’s a locked hardware system, so we can do really specific tweaks that tune it for those systems.”
Greene goes on to say that the “aim” is to get standard Xbox Ones to run at 60 FPS has “great faith” that it will happen.
“I have great faith that we’ll get there. The great thing about Battlegrounds is that it’s not…unlike the more high paced shooters, frame rate isn’t that important. Yes, it is important, but it’s not as important for us as it is in a twitch shooter. So we’re aiming for 60; not sure if we’ll get there, but that is our aim.”
It’s also worth noting that as far as the 4K textures go, both PC and Xbox One players will have to wait as they “don’t exist yet.” It’s unclear when PUBG will get 4K textures, but the game will release into the Xbox One Preview Program on December 12th, 2017.
Get to know your Xbox One in a few easy steps!
New Xbox One or Xbox One X owners will find the console’s basic functions easy to access, but unlocking the full power of the console can be a little more complex.
Beyond gaming, the Xbox One can act as a media center, you can use it to create and edit clips from your favorite games, and there are tons of great apps available — even many of the same Windows Store apps as your Windows 10 PC.
Still, first you’ll need to get yourself set up. So here’s some of the most important things you should do first after opening that glossy box.
Know the difference between the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X
There are some pretty large differences between the models of Xbox One. You should know that the base Xbox One launched in 2013 is no longer being manufactured, it’s only the slimmed down Xbox One S and suped-up Xbox One X currently on sale, and both consoles offer a premium gaming experience, but what are the key differences?
At a practical level, the main difference between the base Xbox One and the Xbox One S is the inclusion of a 4K Blu-ray drive in the later S model. Both the X and the S sport 4K Blu-ray, complete with streaming 4K playback for media apps like Netflix. The Xbox One X however has beefed up specs, delivering 4K visuals for games, with various other graphical enhancements.
|Category||Xbox One X||Xbox One S|
|Processor||eight core CPU at 2.3GHz||eight core custom AMD CPU at 1.75GHz|
|Storage||1TB (more options could be announced)||500GB, 1TB or 2TB launch edition|
|Memory||12GB of GDDR5 RAM at 6.8GHz with 326 GB/s bandwidth||8GB DDR3 RAM|
|Graphics||Six teraflop GPU at 1,172 MHz, 40 compute units||Custom Radeon GPU with 1.23 teraflop|
|Ports||HDMI-in; HDMI-out; one front-facing USB 3.0 ; two rear-facing USB 3.0; IR receiver/blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet||HDMI-in; HDMI-out; one front-facing USB 3.0 ; two rear-facing USB 3.0; IR receiver/blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet|
|Optical drive||4K UHD Blu-ray||4K UHD Blu-ray|
In terms of usage and operating system, though, both consoles are virtually identical. Both consoles are compatible with all Xbox One accessories and games. Games will just look and run far better on the Xbox One X.
Make sure your Xbox Gamertag and Microsoft Account are set up properly
First things first, you’ll need to set up an Xbox Gamertag that’s connected to your Microsoft Account.
It’s important to ensure that you have just one Microsoft Account across Xbox and Windows, particularly as these systems become more and more integrated. You can sign in with any Microsoft Account. If you haven’t done so before, while setting up the Xbox One you’ll be prompted to create a “Gamertag” — this is your identity on Xbox Live. You can only change this once for free, so pick a good one!
From Xbox 360
- If you have an existing account from an Xbox 360, you can sign in with the same email address you used on that console.
Note: If you somehow ended up with separate accounts for your Xbox 360 and Microsoft Account, you can move your Gamertag to your primary Microsoft account.
From Xbox One
- If you’re coming from an older Xbox One, just log in with your existing accounts and you’ll be set to go
- If this is your first Xbox, you can create a new Gamertag connected to your Microsoft Account (if you use Windows 8 or Windows 10, you probably already have an account)
Once your account is set up and integrated, you’re ready to go!
Set up an Xbox Live Gold subscription
The Xbox One can be used offline, but many apps, services and features will require an online connection. By default, a new Xbox One user is signed up for a free Silver subscription, but by setting up a Gold subscription, you’ll be able to access a ton of extra benefits. You can sign up for Xbox Live Gold any time from the main dashboard.
Xbox Live Gold subscriptions
- If you already have Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox 360, it carries across to your Xbox One as well.
- Xbox Live Gold is console-bound, in addition to account-bound, meaning that friends and family who use your Xbox also enjoy the benefits without setting up their own subscriptions.
Xbox Live Gold payments
- You can also redeem the code on your Xbox One by navigating to the store, hitting “Browse all games”, and then by selecting “redeem code.”
Xbox Live Gold benefits
- Xbox Live Gold members enjoy exclusive discounts, often up to 75% off. Xbox Live members are also treated to 4 free games per month, two Xbox One games and two backwards compatible Xbox 360 titles.
- Xbox Live Gold members can access multiplayer games.
- You can still use apps like YouTube and Netflix without Xbox Live Gold.
Optimize for multiplayer games by opening your NAT
This step won’t be necessary for the majority, but if you’re having trouble connecting to your home network you may need to make some tweaks. Most domestic networking setups support the Xbox One out of the box, but here’s a couple of tips to improve your experience if you have some networking knowledge.
- Open Settings.
- Select Network.
If your NAT type is “strict” or “moderate”, you’ll need to open the following ports on your router:
- 53 (UDP and TCP)
- 80 (TCP)
- 88 (UDP)
- 500 (UDP)
- 3074 (UDP and TCP)
- 3544 (UDP)
The steps to change port availability differ for every router, so please consult your router manufacturer’ specific instructions.
- Enable your router’s UPNP setting setting to further improve connectivity to Xbox Live.
Note: Sometimes, simply opening the ports isn’t enough, you may have to set up your Xbox One with a static IP address to ensure that the ports remain open for that particular device. PortForwards.com has specific guides on configuring the open ports for your specific model of router.
Set up the Xbox app for PCs and mobile devices
Windows 10 comes with the Xbox app pre-installed, but there are also apps available for iOS and Android for use with your Xbox One. Using these apps, you can manage your Game DVR, send messages, browse and buy games, check your activity feed, and much more. Not all features are supported by all versions, but the apps are frequently updated.
Create an Avatar and Gamerpic
Gaming is often a social experience, and the team at Microsoft gave us Xbox Avatars to help us feel visually represented on Xbox Live. Avatars are 3D cartoon characters you can customize and display on your Xbox Live profile. You can purchase props, licensed clothes and gaming accessories for your Avatar to stand out from the crowd, and then use your Avatar to pose for a unique profile picture.
Create and upload game clips and screenshots
You can create your own gaming memories using the Xbox One’s GameDVR and UPLOAD Studio apps. These apps come preinstalled on your Xbox, and provide robust storage and editing tools.
- When in a game, press the white Xbox home button on your controller to bring up the new guide. Press Y to save a screenshot, press X to record the last 30 seconds of gameplay.
- If you press the view button (to the bottom left of the home button, looking like two small windows), you can access more capture options. Here, you can record additional time from the buffer, start a custom recording, or view and manage your existing captures.
Set up your Xbox One to stream media from your PC and mobile devices
You can use the Xbox One to stream content from your devices. On Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, this is achieved simply by selecting the casting button seen in Windows 10 video apps, then selecting the Xbox One mapped to the same network. To access media content on a PC or server from your Xbox One requires a few settings tweaks in Windows.
- First, you need to open the Media Player app, accessed via the Games and Apps section at the bottom of the main dashboard.
From here you can browse PC folders set up to share content over your home network.
- To set up a PC for media sharing, type “Media Streaming Options” into your Windows Start Menu.
Find your Xbox One in the list, then tick to allow access.
- From here you can customize which Windows libraries you want to share, such as Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos.
- When you’re done, hit next and follow the extra steps to create a Windows HomeGroup. Your folders should now be accessible via the Xbox One media player app.
Note: Apps like TubeCast and MyTube for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile allow you to load YouTube videos directly to your Xbox One, too.
Where are the games and apps?
You can access your games at any time right from the home screen or via the Guide menu. Press the Xbox home button on your controller, then move down a step to select “My games & apps.”
Games need to be installed either from physical discs or digital downloads from the store. Modern games tend to have quite large file sizes, so investing in an external storage drive might be something to consider.
Install a game from a disc
- Insert the disc into the Xbox One. The disc will show up below the main window on the dashboard home screen.
- Select the disc icon to begin installation.
- After installation is complete, select the Games Library from the bottom of the dashboard.
- Select the game to launch it.
Install a game from the Xbox Store
- Open the Store app.
- Select Browse all games
- Select the game you with to install.
- Select the Buy button to purchase the game.
- Enter your passkey if prompted.
- Select Confirm. Your Xbox will begin downloading the game. Note: You can check download progress by returning to the home screen and selecting Queue
- Once the game has finished downloading, select the Games Library from the bottom of the dashboard.
- Select the **game ** to launch it.
Here are some other Windows Central Xbox Help guides!
If you have any specific Xbox One questions, either drop them in the comments below, post a message in our Xbox Forums or send a tweet to @JezCorden and I’ll do my best to help!
Update November 27, 2017: We’ve updated this guide with the latest information for the Xbox One X and the 2017 Fall update!
It might just be a story, but sometimes the kind of joy Ralphie experiences, when he gets his Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, is real. Sometimes someone wants something that badly and actually gets it.
This week, Reddit user Smulz shared “his greatest shame” with the world. (Though, there’s nothing shameful here.) It’s a video from the 80s which shows him getting the original Nintendo as a gift. Steve, the young man, absolutely loses his mind when he realizes what’s happening. There’s screaming and tears, and it’s all pretty sweet.
He even runs into his room to get the money he’d been saving to buy one himself.
The Reddit post has more than 75,000 upvotes and totally deserves every one of them. There’s a lot of love out there for this video.