Happy 15th birthday, Sega Dreamcast!

Few dreamcaststars have burned as brightly — and burned out as quickly — as Sega’s Dreamcast console.

Adored by players from the moment it was announced in 1998, the system was truly ahead of its time. Even today, on the 15th anniversary of its debut, the Dreamcast has a fan base more loyal than many modern systems.

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Video game companies hope for a bountiful holiday

There gamersare two stories to follow this holiday season in the gaming world: Hardware and software.

With the high-profile launch of two new gaming systems and a slew of new games still to come, the video-game industry is hoping Santa brings it a turnaround this year. U.S. consumer spending on video games at brick-and-mortar retail stores has fallen nearly 30 percent in the past three years. In 2010, the industry took in $18.6 billion on sales of hardware, software and accessories, according to the NPD Group. In 2012, that number had slipped to $13.26 billion.

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Inside PS4’s new VR headset

Three sonyVRheadsetmonths ago, Sony made a big splash at E3 touting the PlayStation 4 to the world. At the same time, though, it was already laying the groundwork for another notable consumer technology venture.

As media and buyers got hands on time with the upcoming console and debated the WWE-like theatrics of the Sony and Microsoft press conferences, the company was holding top secret meetings with developers and publishers, showing off a virtual reality headset for the PS4 and drumming up support for it.

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Sony considered PS4 controller that could detect sweat

Forget dualshock-4-sweat-top630about reading facial expressions – the Next Big Thing in console gaming is…sweat?

Almost, according to Mark Cerny, lead system architect for Sony’s next-generation console. Cerny says one of the early designs of the DualShock 4 controller measured ‘skin conductivty’ — or, in more colloquial terms, sweat — to detect a player’s emotions.

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Mass murderer sues jail for not getting a PlayStation

Julian playstation-logoKnight is one of the most notorious criminals in Australia. And he might be about to become the country’s most dangerous gamer.

In documents filed with Australia’s Supreme Court (via Kotaku), Knight is suing the prison system because no one will let him have a PlayStation. Knight says he is being treated unfairly by prison officials with no rational justification.

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The New Xbox: What to Expect From Microsoft’s New Console

On xboxWednesday, Microsoft confirmed the worst-kept secret in the video game world: It plans to unveil its next generation console on May 21.

Like Sony’s PlayStation 4, the new console is expected to hit stores this holiday season and many analysts and investors are hanging their hopes on the new machines to kickstart the video game industry back into growth mode.

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Will the PlayStation 4 Give Sony the Boost It Needs?

Video ps4game consoles, typically, spend about five or six years in the spotlight, before stepping aside for the next generation. The current cycle, though, is now entering its seventh year — a longevity that many analysts and publishers blame for the malaise that has affected the shares of game makers.

Sony, on Feb. 20, is expected to unveil the PlayStation 4, its entry in the next generation battle. The system is more than the start of a new cycle, though; it’s an essential step in rebuilding Sony as a corporation.

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