Instead, the Toios are equipped with bluetooth receivers that enable them to talk to each other as well as receive commands from a remote console. The system also comes with a number of patterned paper designs that you cut out and attach to the Toios which both add to the visual effect and help control the robots, as you can see in the video below. The Toios also come with a special optically-patterned mat which allows their visual sensors to navigate the play area, not unlike the Ozobot, though you can also take control of the robots' movements directly with one of a pair of controllers that plug into the console. There's no word yet on whether Sony will release additional cartridges or will allow users to program their own.
Throughout gaming's storied history, there's been some wild hardware like N-Gage, the Barcode Battler and, more recently, Nintendo Labo. But we haven't seen anything quite like the Ocelot Arcade System, a homebrew console that uses an oscilloscope as its display. The console can display 3D vector graphics in real time and deliver four-channel polyphonic sound through a built-in amplifier and speaker. Creator Mathew Carr has developed a few games for his system, including the Star Fox-influenced Star Lynx and Asteroids tribute Mattsteroids. Both feature original music and smooth wireframe visuals that accurately reflect the styles of their precursors.
The Switch is different than the other consoles in that it's really two machines in one. The portable 7-inch touchscreen makes it into a full-on mobile gaming system in addition to a traditional console. The trickiest part of buying a Switch is actually finding any of them in stock. There's no "pro" version of the Switch, so $300 gets you a system in black or the more colorful red and blue.
The PlayStation 4 has been a raging success for Sony with over 37 million consoles sold since its November 2013 release, which is why rumors of a console update seem a bit out of place. Yet, the PS4K is very much a reality, according to news outlets citing multiple sources within Sony and studios. No one is sure of what the PS4K, or PS4.5, is capable of, but consumers should not expect to find one sitting on store shelves any time soon. Reports of a new console from Sony first surfaced at gaming site Kotaku with Eurogamer confirming the news with their own sources. Both reports agreed that Sony's main focus with the console was not to eliminate the blockbuster PS4, but to create a console for 4K -- with four times as many pixels as 1080p HDTVs -- televisions.
Nintendo's Wii U console will cease to be produced by the end of 2016. Here's what that means for the NX console Nintendo's home console the Wii U will cease production, according to Japanese paper Nikkei (by way of VentureBeat). The successor to the Wii has seen great titles like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros 4 and level-creator Super Mario Maker, but not much success. But with Nintendo abandoning their flagship home console product in 2016, it's almost safe to assume the company will bring their upcoming "NX" home console to market to replace it. The Nintendo NX release date--as well as everything else about the NX--remains shrouded in mystery for many Mario fans.