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Feb
22
Two new PS3 models have popped up at the FCC. And there seems to be only one difference between the two and that is the hard drive type. There is speculation that larger hard drives may be gracing new PS3's by default.

<blockquote>The FCC has a couple more PS3 models up their sleeves, and we're talking about the CECH-2101A and CECH-2101B. It seems that there is only one difference between the two devices, and we're talking about the hard drive type. Perhaps Sony has stumbled upon a new manufacturer for a handful of its wireless components, hence having to send the PS3 through the FCC's clutches yet again. Well, we won't really know perhaps until later as more details are revealed, but could this mean larger hard drives for everyone?</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/02/fcc_shows_off_two_more_playstation_3_slim_models.html" target="_blank">UberGizmo</a>
Feb
22
The LinkedIn profile of EA's Andrea Schiel recently stated that NBA Jam was in development for the Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as the confirmed Wii. However, since some 'hype' has been made regarding this, Andrea has removed metion of the PS3 and 360 versions.
Feb
21
Tim Moss (director of tech at Sony Santa Monica) has tweeted "GOW3 35Gb of goodness. Thank heavens for Dual Layer Blu-Rays." That's huge don't you think? You can follow MaxConsole @Maxconsoletweet.
Feb
21
Gaming analyst Michael Pachter has predicted that Microsoft's Project Natal technology will outsell the PS3's upcoming motion sensing tech by a massive 5:1. He noted that the latter will suffer as it is not an 'in the box' solution.

Here is what he had to say as quoted by <a href="http://www.ps3center.net/news/4360/pachter-predicts-natal-will-outsell-arc-51-at-launch/" target="_Blank">PS3center.net</a>:

"I think that the Sony motion controller will have some problems gaining traction, since it is not an “in the box†solution," Pachter told us in an exclusive interview. "That will probably limit adoption to one or two million at the outset.â€

“A year or so after launch, there will be 10 million [Project Natal units] out there, which will probably attract more third party support."
Feb
21
Stephen Toulouse of Xbox LIVE has responded to the previous video which allegedly shown an Xbox LIVE admin abusing his powers. Toulouse commented that the video itself has been heavily admitted and removed threats made to the Xbox LIVE admin. Do we believe him?

<blockquote>Toulouse begins by stating “Yes I’ve seen the heavily edited video of The Pro. He was policing 10th prestige MW2 modding which results in gold account and console ban.†He then re-confirms what many were expecting – that the video has been heavily edited to omit the threats aimed to provoke The Pro, “I did enjoy the the explanation about the audio being totally off/1 sided cause his “capture card went crazy†when its clear it was edited.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.thelostgamer.com/2010/02/21/microsoft-respond-to-corrupt-xbox-live-moderator-video/" target="_Blank">TheLostGamer</a>
Feb
21
An Xbox LIVE admin called 'The Pro' has apparently been abusing his powers. The good things is that it's all been captured on camera so check out the full video inside.

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Feb
20
Perez Hilton, everyone's favourite little gossip queeen is currently playing host to the PS3's VidZone service in UK. He's hosting a litle exclusive playlist with all kinds of girly feel good tunes so give it a listen if you're into that sort of stuff.
Feb
20
A third party studio has reportedly step forward to confirm that they are using a new DS 2 development kit complete with motion sensing. They claimed that the new kit is the 'best thing' that they have ever worked with. Strong praise idneed.

As reported by <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/17/third-party-studio-offers-more-confirmation-of-motion-sensing-ni/" target="_blank">Engadget.com</a>, the insider noted it's "genuinely the best thing I think I've ever worked with."

In addition to this he revealed that the tilt function is quite simialr to that of the iPhone and Pokemon will be getting some "special attention".
Feb
20
Loads of scans have popped up of the PSM3 review of God of War III en Francais. They have awarded the title a score of '20' which we assume is a perfect one!

News Source: <A href="http://www.gamerama.fr/view_message.php?sujet=977&message=430664" target="_blank">Gamerama.fr</a>
Feb
19
For some time now Valve has refused to develop PS3 games. But recent comments seem to suggest that this will all change and they will actually start developing for the system.

Here is what was re-quoted by <a href="http://www.destructoid.com/valve-sure-it-ll-develop-for-ps3-in-the-future-164300.phtml" target="_blank">Dtoid</a>:

"Before we do anything on the PS3 we need to be able to support it in the right way," explains the Left 4 Dead writer. "But we’ll look at it, and I’m sure down the road we’ll do it."
Feb
19
According to reports, Sony Ericsson has once again hinted at a possible PSP phone. He noted that previously there has been no tie between them and the PSP platform but we can hear much more about in the future.

As quoted by <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/02/17/mobile.company.to.collaborate.with.gaming.division/" target="_blank">Electronista</a>, here is what was said:

"We missed the window for high-end and touchscreen devices big time," Nordberg admitted. "Part of the recovery will be much better design and closer work with our partner Sony... In the past there was no tie-up between us, the PSP platform and Sony, but you can expect to hear much more about that."
Feb
19
"It is not surprising to find more than one game consoles in a household, especially when competing game console manufacturers attempt to attract unconventional consumer groups in the gaming industry. As understood herein, it would be useful to have a universal controller that would be able to work with a variety of game consoles."

But if you want to know more about how Sony vision it all working, then continue to read the following extract from the patent at <a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20100041480.PGNR.&OS=dn/20100041480&RS=DN/20100041480" target="_blank">uspto.gov</a>:

<strong>SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION</strong>

[0003]A game console controller includes a hand-holdable housing and a touch sensitive liquid crystal display (LCD) on the housing. The LCD is caused to present, depending on what type of game console a user has selected, a controller key layout for a first type of...
Feb
19
The news just gets better and better for the guys behind Unhcarted 2. At the Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at the DICE conference, the game picked up a massive TEN Awards.

So here is who won what courtesy of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2010/feb/19/awards-games" target="_blank">Guardian.co.uk</a>:

Game of the Year:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
• Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
• Developer: Naughty Dog
• Producer: Sam Thompson
• Creative Director: Amy Hennig
• Game Director: Bruce Straley

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
• Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
• Developer: Naughty Dog
• Producer: Sam Thompson
• Creative Director: Amy Hennig
• Game Director: Bruce Straley

Casual Game of the Year
Flower
• Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
• Developer: thatgamecompany
• Producer: Kellee Santiago
• Creative Director: Jenova Chen

Fighting...
Feb
19
An apparently reputable source has revealed that the new PS3 firmware update will not support OtherOS. Would be a big shame if they dropped support for sure.

The comments were made by a Linux product manager at <a href="http://www.yellowdog-board.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=7132" target="_blank">Yellowdog-board</a>.
Feb
19
Could this catch on? Perhaps. It has been revealed that there is effectively no managers at Naughty Dog.

Here is what was said according to <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/37615/Managers-not-welcome-at-Sonys-hit-studio" target="_blank">MCV</a>:

"There is not one person at Naughty Dog whose only job is to mange other people. We have very little hierarchy."


A good idea or just plain foolish? Let us know what you think!
Feb
19
Good stuff here. EA has already released an update for the Battlefield Bad Company 2 beta. This update improves the performance of the beta essentially so give it a try!
Feb
19
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: MARIO & SONIC CONTINUE TO SHARE WORLDWIDE SUCCESS</strong>

Official Olympic Winter Video Game Hits 6 Million Units Worldwide!

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (February 19th, 2010) – SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. are thrilled to announce that the Nintendo platform-exclusive game – Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games™ - has sold over 6 million units worldwide since its launch in October 2009 and is available for the Wii™ system and the Nintendo DS™ handheld system.

With the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony on February 12th marking the start of the Games themselves, SEGA has big plans to support the title across the globe with increased marketing activity. New television campaigns for the game are planned for North America (running from February 12 to 28th) and other major European territories including France, Benelux, Austria and the Nordic countries. As Olympic Winter Games fever hits, SEGA will also be participating in...
Feb
18
A little study has concluded that Final Fantasy XIII on the Xbox 360 is nowhere near HD. Infact its resolution is a mere 576p. Sony will feel pretty smug with themselves right about now that's for sure.

<blockquote>While a top notch side-by-side comparison of the PS3 and 360 versions of Final Fantasy XIII has yet to be published by any of the major gaming sites, we have the strongest indication (through analysis), that the PS3 version remains the superior of the two.

A user known as MazingerDUDE, who performs tasks for well respected analysis website Digital Foundry, has revealed that through a study of recent Xbox 360 and PS3 screenshots, that the 360 version actually runs at 576p, which is not HD resolution.

Furthermore, he has also provided a hi-res screenshot of the same image, for both versions of the game – just look at the differences for yourself.

If you still didn’t know what version you wanted to pick up in March, you might do after hearing about...
Feb
18
Tim Clark of OPM has confirmed that the 'special' PS3 title he was talking about is a FPS title game that is under development from the guys at Criterion that developed Black previously.

<blockquote>GoOnline Games recently mentioned that OPM’s Editor In Chief, Tim Clark, said they’d be talking about shooters in their next issue – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Vanquish and â€another very special game yet to be announced.â€

Well, TheSixthAxis has spoken to Tim, and can reveal that the “special game†is this – the FPS under development by the guys behind Criterion’s Black. The title will be published by Codemasters and run on their EGO engine.

For everything on the new game, check out Issue 43 of the Official PlayStation Magazine (on sale 16 March).</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2010/02/18/opms-special-game-is-black-fps/" target="_blank">TheSixthAxis</a>
Feb
18
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: YAKUZA 3 DEMO AVAILABLE NOW</strong>

SEGA Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce that the demo for Yakuza 3™ is now live on the PlayStation® Network.

In the demo, players will take on the role of Kiryu Kazuma as they explore rich and realistic Japanese environments and complete a series of side missions from the game. They will also be able to try out the new deeper combat experience with two brutal and intense boss battles.

In addition to the Tokyo settings featured in the demo and the first two games, fans will also discover a completely new setting in Yakuza 3 with the tropical island of Okinawa. Here, accompanied by his adoptive daughter Haruka, Kazuma is now running an orphanage. However, he is allowed no respite in this idyllic retreat and before long he is once again forced to deal with his sordid past.

Meet some of the colourful cast of Yakuza 3 in the brand new ‘Characters’ trailer released today.

Yakuza 3 will be available...