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Student Makes a Gigantic Game Boy

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What’s with these game enthusiasts and making giant version of consoles as of late? Last week, I talked about the gigantic Game & Watch: Octopus game and its creator as an art project. And now, a Belgium student took his time to create a gigantic version of the ever so popular handheld, the Game Boy,

The student works in the development of software and hardware solutions. As such, this student used his knowledge to help him create a giant scaled Nintendo Game Boy which is now featured in the Guinness World Records. This monolith is known as the Game Boy XXL, and it’s completely functional, so you can actually play games on it.

According to the creator, Ilhan Ünal, his enormous console works with a Raspberry Pi with a 19’’ monitor acting as the screen. The console is about 6.7 times bigger than the original Game Boy from 1989 and it’s very hard to play under normal circumstances.

Ünal mentioned that the lack of practicality doesn’t hold back the Game Boy XXL. In fact, it just makes an entirely different experience which gamers definitely must try out. You can watch a video where the student plays Tetris and Super Mario Land right below.

The Game Boy XXL requires a player to own the original Game Boy since there’s no such thing as an XXL cartridge. Not only that, but there were some sacrifices made on the design due to the fact that the project was rushed.

First off, the Raspberry Pi is irremovable, but the users can still access the SD Card. The backside of the console wasn’t finished either, as such, the back of the console looks like this:

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I can’t say that this isn’t a labor of love that went incredibly well. The Game Boy XXL will now join the ranks of the Forza 7 Lamborghini Man and the Crash Bandicoot PlayStation 4 mod. And I suppose we’ll keep seeing giant versions of handheld consoles.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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