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Sep
28
Dan Greenwalt of Turn 10 has refused suggestions that the capability of the 360 has been maxed out. He added that the system is really powerful and compared things to Tetris as you keep learning new tricks.

<blockquote>Forza 3 is set to be one of the best-looking racers of the year, boasting realistic crash damage, a highly-detailed physics system and fluid 60 frames per second motion. But according to Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt, the game's director, there's still plenty of juice to be squeezed out of the Xbox 360.

"Have we maxed out the 360? Of course not," said Greenawalt, speaking to VideoGamer at a Microsoft event last week. "It's a really powerful system."

There's a common misconception about the way games are built, explained Greenawalt. Gamers will often speak of games failing to use the full power of a given console, but the reality of development is quite different.

"When it comes to hardware you always use 100 per cent. Even to make a little arcade game, you'd...
Sep
28
Sky Magazine has reportedly confirmed that Sky TV will finally be available on the Xbox 360 from Mid October. The official site for the service is located at Sky.com/xbox360.

<blockquote>Sky will finally be hitting the Xbox 360 in “mid-October.†That’s the word directly from Murdoch’s men, with an article in the TV giant’s monthly Sky Magazine confirming the date. So what’s in it for you? Keep reading for every last detail.

Plans to bring Sky to the Xbox 360 were announced with much fanfare earlier this year. And now the service is finally going live in the middle of next month, with Sky even priming an official website, over at sky.com/xbox360.
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News Source: <A hef="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology/2009/09/28/sky-landing-on-xbox-360-mid-october-115875-21707149/" target="_blank">Mirror</a>
Sep
28
Miles Jacobson of SI has warned that the current crop of consoles need to become more mass market or studios face the risk of staff cuts and even closure. He noted that at the moment neither the PS3 or 360 are completely mass market devices like the PS2 was.

<blockquote>As dev costs rocket, game creators need the ‘core-market’ consoles to hit ‘PS2 sales’, says Miles Jacobson

The games industry will suffer more staff cuts and studio closures unless its ‘core-market’ consoles begin to reach PS2-levels.
That was the warning offered by Miles Jacobson, studio head at Sports Interactive.

“At the moment I don’t think the Xbox 360 or PS3 are completely mass-market devices,†said Jacobson. “The Xbox platform has sold better than before, but the PS3 has not at all reached the levels that the PS2 did.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.develop-online.net/news/32919/360-and-PS3-not-completely-mass-market" target="_Blank">Develop</a>
Sep
28
Microsoft has set itself a new target to totally dominate sales of Call of Duty on its Xbox 360 platform. To achieve this they are releasing a special bundle as well as throwing extra strong marketing strong behind the title for their platform.

<blockquote>Microsoft is convinced gamers will get the most enjoyment out of Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox.
“We want to offer people the best possible Modern Warfare 2 experience,†said Microsoft’s senior regional director for Entertainment Neil Thompson.

“We firmly believe that with Live services, the quality of the gaming experience on 360, and all the new ways we can get consumers engaged with the IP that Xbox is the best platform to experience this great game. I never use the word ‘own’, but it is ours to make the most of, and that’s what we intend to do. We firmly believe that 360 will be the lead sales platform for Modern Warfare 2.</blockquote>

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Sep
28
A Turn 10 community manager has responded to complaints regrading the graphics in Forza 3. Unfortunately, the demo IS visually representative of the final game and things are not going to get much better when the full game is released. So either like it or lump it!

<blockquote>Here is his comment on rather or not the graphics would be the same in the final build of Forza Motorsport 3 and if the game will have better anti-aliasing:

The demo is visually representative of the full-game so racing in-game won't look much different.

I don't see that many jaggies on my multiple TVs at home and at work, but everyone's setups can be varied.

Finally, here is his overall response to all of the complaints over the graphics:

I guess that's the thing. Overall, when I'm racing around the track, my eyes are not bleeding. I am a fairly big graphics ***. I love taking photos in photomode. Games with bad graphics distract me from my experience. That said, when I play FM3, I do not...
Sep
28
Halo 3 ODST has found itself on top of the weekly UK software sales charts. The rest of the top five goes as follows: Professor Layton and Pandora's box, NFS: SHIFT, Guitar Hero 5 and Wii Sports Resort.
Sep
28
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has lavished praise on the upcoming Natal Xbox 360 technology. Kojima himself noted that we are going to see the kind of revolution when games went from 2D to 3D with the move to Natal!

<blockquote>Microsoft organized a panel with some of the biggest japanese game creators to talk about Project Natal. Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima gave high praise to the technology saying that " we are going to see the same sort of revolution of going from 2D games to 3D games with the move to Natal ".


Here's what Kojima had to say about Project Natal :

" Kojima was absolutely blown away when he saw it. Takahashi claimed that he thought Kojima almost fainted when he saw it "

" Kojima said that he really wanted to be here because he believe in the possibilities of the controller -- he said it has the potential to really change the lifestyle of gamers. he said he wants to use natal in his games, but he's really more excited about seeing...
Sep
27
According to estimates, the PS3 version managed to sell over 40,000 more copies than the Xbox 360 version of NFS: SHIFT. This usually isn't a common occurrence and it's got people speculating that perhaps 360 owners are holding back for the new FORZA game instead.

<blockquote>As you can see, Need for Speed: Shift on the PS3 outsold the 360 version, but what could be the reason for this? I believe the reason for the 360 version selling less than the PS3 version is tied to Forza Motorsport 3. Forza has a large fanbase and many 360 owners are anxiously waiting for the upcoming release of Forza 3. If you own a 360, Forza 3 will be your best bet in most cases as it brings customization to a whole new level and is overall a larger game. Not taking anything away from Need for Speed: Shift as I feel its one of the best racers this generation, but it does not reach the level of Forza Motorsport 3.</blockquote>

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Sep
27
Time and time again president Obama has called for parents to 'put away the Xbox' but he seems to have finally stopped. However, while this is good news for MS, it is also bad news for Sony as he's now telling folks to put away their Playstations instead!

<blockquote>Once again addressing the topic of gaming as a distraction from education, Obama said that the "Government can't put away the PlayStation," adding that it is a thing "only a parent can do." In the context of the speech, Obama places getting your kids away from the PlayStation at equal importance alongside getting them to bed at a reasonable hour, attending parent-teacher conferences, helping your kids with their homework, and reading a book to your child at night.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.allaboutthegames.co.uk/feature_story.php?headline=Obama---Government-can-t-put-away-the-PlayStation--for-you-News&article_id=9588" target="_blank">Allaboutthegames</a>
Sep
25
Sony's Playstation Home will be making its way to the PSP with a firmware update but it will not be referred to as Home. Rather on the PSP, the Home service as we've come to know it will be marketed as 'Room'.
Sep
25
Young Welsh Rugby forward Ian Evans has not played competitive rugby for nearly a year after undergoing re constructive knee surgery. And in order to pass the time while he recovered he admitted to having a long ordeal with his Xbox console and give it a 'real hammering'.

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"It was tough and very frustrating at times," said Evans, who is amongst the replacements for the Ospreys Magners League game against Glasgow on Friday evening.

"I would get so bored with not being able to do too much, that I would grab the X-Box and give it a real hammering. At one stage I was worried that I might work my fingers to the bone!</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/club/6228324/Ian-Evans-poised-to-make-injury-comeback-for-Ospreys.html" target="_Blank">Telegraph</a>
Sep
25
Young Welsh Rugby forward Ian Evans has not played competitive rugby for nearly a year after undergoing re constructive knee surgery. And in order to pass the time while he recovered he admitted to having a long ordeal with his Xbox console and give it a 'real hammering'.

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"It was tough and very frustrating at times," said Evans, who is amongst the replacements for the Ospreys Magners League game against Glasgow on Friday evening.

"I would get so bored with not being able to do too much, that I would grab the X-Box and give it a real hammering. At one stage I was worried that I might work my fingers to the bone!</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/club/6228324/Ian-Evans-poised-to-make-injury-comeback-for-Ospreys.html" target="_Blank">Telegraph</a>
Sep
25
Fresh from the Tokyo Game Show, a video of Little Big Planet working with the upcoming PS3 wand has been show off. Check out the full video below:

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Sep
25
An officially themed Final Fantasy PS3 Slim has finally been unveiled! An image and more links to images are available below:

<center><img src="http://www.maxconsole.net/content_img/ps3sssl.jpg"></center></a>

See more at <A href="http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2009/09/25/ffxiii_playstation3_system/" target="_blank">Andriasang</a>
Sep
25
Over at the Tokyo Game Show, the presenters shown off Resident Evil 5 with the new motion sensing controller coming up for the PS3 - the 'wand'. Video below:

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Sep
25
Growing amounts of 360 owners are complaining that the new Halo 3: ODST is not working on their systems and the disc is essentially unreadable. It seems consoles of all years of manufacturing have suffered from the respective problem.

<blockquote>Bungie's latest game, Halo 3: ODST, is causing problems with Xbox 360 gamers.

The disc is unreadable on a whole host of consoles, either skipping or presenting "the disc is unreadable" on-screen. This is despite the disc being completely new and pristine on closer inspection.

Some users are finding solace in the ability to download the game to their hard drive, but this is not a universal solution.

Posters on the Bungie forums claim that the problem does not happen with other games, or at least the majority of games. It originally looked like only early Xbox 360's suffered from the problem, but later consoles from 2008 and 2009 have also been added into the mix.</blockquote>

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Sep
25
The president of Epic games has suggested that there will be no more Gears of War on current generation consoles. Rather the next time we will see a new version of Gears of War is when the next generation of consoles are out and about.

<blockquote>Epic president says next Gears may not appear on current platforms

Epic Games president Michael Capps hinted that the next instalment in the highly popular Gears Of War series may not appear until the next generation of consoles arrives.

Speaking at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, he explained that the developer has been working on Unreal Engine 4.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/35918/Next-Gears-Of-War-on-next-gen-consoles" target="_blank">MCVUK</a>
Sep
25
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: NINTENDO NEWS: LIMITED-EDITION WII SPORTS RESORT BUNDLE FEATURES TWO WII MOTIONPLUS ACCESSORIES
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Wii Sports Resortâ„¢ is all about getting multiple people involved in friendly sporting competitions. Starting Oct. 12, consumers will have even more incentive to get in on the fun when Nintendo releases a special, limited-edition bundle of the Wii Sports Resort game and not one but two Wii MotionPlusâ„¢ accessories, which bring enhanced precision to games.

The bundle will be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Typically, Wii Sports Resort comes with a single Wii MotionPlus unit at a suggested retail price of $49.99, and additional Wii MotionPlus units are available at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

"Shoppers are looking for value as we head into the holiday season, and this Wii Sports Resort bundle is a gift that players of all ages and experience levels can enjoy,†said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice...
Sep
25
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Unreal® Tournament 3 Mods for PS3 Get Custom Sound Support</strong>

CARY, N.C. (September 25, 2009) – Epic Games has great news for mod developers: Custom sounds can now be imported for Unreal Tournament 3 mods for PLAYSTATION®3 using Epic Games’ ATRAC3 mod tools, which are free of charge and available now.

Previously, custom sounds for Unreal Tournament 3 mods have only been supported for PC. Thanks to cooperation with Sony, Epic Games is able to offer its QA-tested and approved PS3 sound conversion tools to mod authors.

What this means is that many of our latest and greatest mods, especially total conversions using entirely original assets, can now be ported over for the entire PS3 community to enjoy.

Want to see some of these amazing mods? Head over to www.makesomethingunreal.com to view the dozens of levels, characters, vehicles, weapons and total conversions that are in the running to receive lots of cash and even an Unreal® Engine 3...
Sep
24
It seems MS want Forza 3 to do so well that they have reported to trolling forums and bashing GT 5 wherever possible. A NeoGAF forum mod has traced back some very recent GT 5 bashing to that none other than a Microsoft employee who also plugged Forza at the same time.

<blockquote>Originally Posted by RandomXTX:
Frickin embarassing
Gran Turismo 4 – 6/18/04
Forza 1 – 5/3/05
Forza 2 – 8/19/08
Forza 3 – 10/27/09
Gran Turismo 5 – 3/?/10

Seriously I’m done waiting, how can they let someone make 3 games before releasing GT5.
360 it is, Forza it is, Bill Gates it is!
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The mod responded with this:

Dude, if you're going to make posts like this - you shouldn't sign up for a GAF account with your Microsoft corporate email.

Seriously.

News Source: <A href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=17729237&postcount=10884" target="_blank">Neogaf</a>