The Road Ahead : August 2010
A SUCCESSOR TO the Xbox that was unveiled in 2005, the prolifically-selling Microsoft Xbox 360 boasts a feature (Xbox Live) that allows players to compete online, download games and access TV shows, game demos, music and movies. It also has multimedia capability (Windows Media Centre). A redesigned console was due for release in Australia in July with an RRP of $449. Est. price (Elite model): $249.00. www.xbox.com WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEPT 2010 20 LIFESTYLE TECH + GADGETS visit www.roadahead.com.au MORE INFO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER TODAY. VISIT WWW.GIZMO.COM.AU OR CALL GIZMO ON 1300 275 449, AND THEY'LL RECOMMEND THE APPROPRIATE SERVICE AND PRODUCT FOR YOU. check out: games consoles It's game on between Sony's PlayStation3, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii. COMBINING ALL AREAS of entertainment into one device, maker Sony claims it has created the ultimate gaming and entertainment tool in the PlayStation®3. Apart from its gaming capabilities, users can also utilise the Blu-ray Disc Drive, offering previously unseen digital entertainment. Add to that multi-media features such as Internet access, digital photo viewing and digital audio and video. Priced from $499.00. www.playstation.com THE LATEST OF the seventh generation hhi video game consoles, Nintendo's Wii has as its standout feature a wireless controller (Wii Remote) which can be used as a hand-held pointer. The Wii Remote detects movement in three dimensions. It also has WiiConnect24, enabling internet messages and updates to be received while still on standby. As the successor to the GameCube, it is able to play all GameCube games. Est. price: $288.00. www.wii.com HOME COMPUTERS WITH GIZMO WHAT'S HOT Father's Day ideas Wow, is it that time already? Father's day is one of those days when spouses and children alike splurge on something that the man of the house hopefully needs. Looking for ideas? Here are three gadgets to suit most budgets: Apple iPad (from $629) -- Released in May, the iPad created a new way for us to consume media. From reading e-books and listening to music, to playing games and watching movies, the iPad is a great companion. The 3G model also allows for web browsing and downloading on the go. Available from www.apple.com.au. Logitech Harmony One Remote Control (RRP $299.95) -- With more and more devices making their way into our living rooms, the need for a universal remote is growing. The Harmony One is a great mid-range solution to the myriad of remotes littering our coffee tables. Available from leading electronics retailers. Ready-to-Fly Remote Controlled Helicopter (from $99) -- Remote-controlled toys have a special way of bringing out the kid in most dads. Helicopters are no exception, providing hours of entertainment for dad trying to fly it, and the rest of the family watching him crash. Available from most hobby and model stores.
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