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Steam Controller

Valve's Steam Controller lets you ditch the traditional keyboard and mouse setup, and it's being offered for only $34.99, today only, originally $49.99. It's essentially an innovative input device that allows you to play games from all genres, including traditional gamepad-style games as well as games usually reserved for play with a mouse and keyboard - they are wireless and completely configurable. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on demo video and more information.

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Bubble Palace

This started as a Wii Pro controller, but after tons of work, it became a portable retro game console that can emulate all the classic titles you can imagine, even the N64. Breaking down the components, the console features a Raspberry Pi 3 running RetroPie image, two rechargeable 3400mAh Li-Ion batteries, a 5-inch (800x480) display, HDMI output, stereo speakers, headphone jack with volume control, power/charging indicator lights, and a microprocessor to read button states and act as a joystick. Continue reading to see the entire build process from beginning to end.

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Smallest Arcade Cabinet

Sure, the world's smallest arcade cabinet may not be very practical, but it's still fully-functional nonetheless, built by the team over at Adafruit. "The idea came about while discussing a gaming 'bonnet' - a small accessory board precisely fitted to the Raspberry Pi Zero form-factor - which would include a few basic controls and a tiny monochrome OLED display. The question was whether a color OLED might be workable, that we might run RetroPie and all those cool old games," said its creators. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a tumbleweed apocalypse.

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SNES Micro

Raspberry Pi is popular among gaming enthusiasts because it's literally a mini computer that can be used to create portable game consoles. Hugo Doris has been following the modding scene for a while, and decided to create the SNES Micro, or what some are calling the world's smallest Super Nintendo. The outer shell is hand-crafted from clay, while the motherboard was carefully placed inside and secured with hot glue. It may not have all the bells and whistles the classic, but none of those easily fit in your pocket. Continue reading to see a Raspberry Pi Zero-powered Game Boy.

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Retro-Bit Retro Duo

The Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin can play all Super Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges, just like on the original consoles, all for $38.50 shipped, today only, originally $59.99. The sleek and slim design saves you space, while specially placed vents ensure that your trip down memory lane is one way, with no stops or delays due to an overheated system. The RetroDuo even works with imports from Japan, and will accept all 16-bit controllers, and is specially designed to hold your cartridges firmly in place. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

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Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition

Halo 5: Guardians - Limited Edition bundle is perfect for any FPS fan, and it's being offered for only $24.49, this weekend only, originally $99.99. It includes the full-game physical disc, Warzone REQ Bundle (14 Premium Requisition packs to enhance Spartan combat), a uniquely-designed Spartan-themed SteelBook, a Guardian model by Metal Earth, Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, Spartan Locke's Classified Orders, Halo: The Fall of Reach (Animated Series), and an Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial. Product page. Continue reading for another unboxing video and more information.

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PlayStation 4 Pro


The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro is basically an updated version of its predecessor, with improved hardware, including an upgraded GPU with 4.20 teraflops of processing power, and higher GPU clock. It's esigned primarily to enable selected games to be playable at 4K resolution in HDR, and improved quality for PlayStation VR. All games are backwards and forward compatible between PS4 and PS4 Pro, but newer games and those updated for it will have improved graphics performance on PS4 Pro. Pre-order one here now. Continue reading for a video explaining seven things you must know about the PS4 Pro.

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Super Mario Run

Nintendo revealed Super Mario Run today at the Apple iPhone event, and it's essentially an upcoming side-scrolling, endless runner platformer video game developed for mobile phones. It's scheduled for release first on iOS in December 2016, and for Android at a later date. The player controls Mario as he automatically runs from left to right. The player must tap the touch screen to make Mario jump. The longer players touch the screen, the higher Mario jumps. Similar to other side-scrolling Super Mario games, the player must maneuver Mario over gaps, onto enemies, and into coins, with the end goal being for the player to safely get Mario through the level in the fastest time possible. Continue reading for an in-depth video explaining all of the modes.

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Xbox One S Halo Collection

Microsoft's Xbox One S 500GB Halo Collection Bundle is one item that doesn't need a Black Friday sale, as it can be picked up for only $269.99 shipped (price shown at final checkout), today only, originally $399.99. It includes an Xbox One S 500GB Console, Halo 5: Guardians (physical disc), a full game download of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Sony Shadow

Smartphones with slide-out keypads are nothing new, but there hasn't really been a phone / game console in a while, ever since the doomed Nokia N-Gage. However, the Sony Shadow could change that if...it ever becomes an actual device. Featuring a 1.0mm-thick 5.5" full color with Corning Gorilla Glass, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor, 6GB of RAM, Android 7.0 OS, a 16.0-megapixel camera with flash, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and dual front-facing stereo speakers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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