The video game console cycle typically lasts about five years before a new generation of hardware hits the market. Sony brought the PS3 to market more than six years after its predecessor, the PlayStation 2, debuted. By contrast, Microsoft replaced its original Xbox with the Xbox 360 after just four years.
IDC predicts the worldwide installed base of PS3 consoles will reach 23.8 million this year, up from 8.5 million last year. It projects Xbox 360 hitting 26.3 million, vs. 17.8 million in 2007.
Both, however, will trail Nintendo's value-priced Wii video game console, which is targeting casual gamers instead of the hard-core gamers Sony and Microsoft are pursuing. IDC forecasts the Wii reaching a worldwide installed base this year of 43.7 million, compared with 19.9 million last year.
Reviewing Alice: Madness Returns almost feels like a rite of passage for me. You see, I'm from the same town as the childhood home of Charles Dodgson, better known to you and I by his pen-name, Lewis Carroll. As such, he's a bit of a local culture icon.
The classic puzzle game, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, is now playable in Street Fighter 6's Game Centre, along with other new additions.