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Oct
01
Microsoft's UK boss has admitted that in some wishes he wishes that the 360 could be as agile as Sony is with the PS3. His comments come in specific references to all the non-game services the PS3 provides such as VidZone and Playstation Home.

<blockquote>He also continued to press the point that hardware is no longer the pointer to the future of the Xbox, "...the evolution of consoles in the future is all going to be around software and services".

In terms of the competition from Sony's PS3, and the fact that Sony has been pushing non-game aspects such as Vidzone, movies on demand, and Home, Thompson says, "In some ways I wish we were that agile."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://news.spong.com/article/19363/Microsoft-Wishes-it-was-as-Agile-as-Sony?via=rss" target="_blank">Spong</A>
Oct
01
Ben Heck never ceases to amaze, this time around he has created a new mod - a PS3 Slim 17" laptop. Check out the full video below:

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Oct
01
A new survey published by an independent website suggested that 1/3 of Xbox 360's have got the RRoD. However, MS has since responded back to such studies and noted that the number of failures will be kept private but noted MS honours its extended warranty policy.

<blockquote>Earlier today we posted our official study of the Red Ring of Death and the corresponding results, once live we asked Microsoft's own Aaron Greenberg for his "official" response to said study; the entire quote is viewable below:

Thanks for your note.

There have been a lot of external “studies†on the failure rates of all consoles, not just the Xbox, and the numbers have been all over the map. The only people that know the actual numbers work for Microsoft, and the numbers are not something Microsoft or any other company would typically disclose for competitive reasons. What I do know is that more than two years ago, Microsoft addressed this issue by extending the warranty to three years for...
Oct
01
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: WORK YOUR BODY AND MIND AND RELIEVE THE DAILY STRESSES WITH FRESH FUN AND FAMILY FITNESS</strong>

Introducing Wii Fit Plus: continuous workout routines, calorie counter, new exercises and balance games

If you’ve ever fancied your own personal trainer to work both body and mind in the comfort of your own home, now is your chance!

Wii Fit Plus hits the shops across Europe on 30th October 2009 bringing new exercise features for both mind and body to the acclaimed Wii Fit phenomenon and making your at-home training regime even easier.

For the first time, you can customise your own yoga routines and strength-training exercises to create a continuous exercise plan to suit your individual fitness goals. You can also isolate specific areas of the body for toning or conditioning purposes or simply to relieve fatigue or improve posture. The My Routine programme saves your routines and allows you to combine up to 30 exercises in total. If you’re not...
Sep
30
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: NAMCO BANDAI Games Announces Enslaved™ for the PlayStation®3 System and Xbox 360®</strong>

Epic New Action-Adventure from Ninja Theory Combines Cinematic Visuals and Combat, Rich Character and Story Development, and Top-Notch Entertainment Talent

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today Enslaved™ for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by Ninja Theory Ltd., Enslaved takes players on a gripping, surprise-filled journey as two dissimilar characters form an uneasy union in order to survive their way through a perilous, post-apocalyptic America. A tactical action-adventure game, Enslaved centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters and challenges players to employ a mix of combat, strategy and environment traversal. With influences and contributions from...
Sep
30
It looks as if the new Wii firmware update isn't just killing consoles! It also seems to be killing some Wii systems themselves according to reports on the internet.

<blockquote>Although initial reports suggested that the latest Wii update automatically only removes traces of the homebrew channel, there seems to be a much larger issue: It’s breaking some consoles.

The main issue lies in the actual update process. A program that allows the Wii to boot properly – boot2 – has also been upgraded but it apparently has a high chance of causing write errors. Because of this, some people are experiencing a frozen download screen when trying to download menu 4.2. The Wii will not respond if it’s frozen, and when you take the plug out…Nothing will happen when you boot it back up. This incident doesn’t seem to be happening to every Wii owner, but it looks like this could be a pretty significant problem nonetheless.</blockquote>

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Sep
30
It looks as if if the issue/bug fixing FIFA 10 update is out already at least for PS3 owners. The update v1.01 is 34MB in size.
Sep
30
Some super freaky adverts have emerged from the Chilean Playstation team. In the adverts, one shows a modern gamer giving a blood transfusion to a Nazi and the other also shows a fairly looking modern gamer giving a heart transplant to Joan of ARC.

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Images via <a href="http://copyranter.blogspot.com/2009/09/erwin-rommel-joan-of-arc-resurrected-by.html" target="_Blank">CopyRanter</a>
Sep
30
According to reports, KOEI has indicated that the beautiful classic controller pro (image inside) will be coming to the West as its fact sheet for Samurai Warriors 3 mentions the controller TWICE!

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<blockquote>The Wii Classic Controller PRO, seen at right, is a thing of beauty, and one which a number of Wii gamers have wanted to get their hands on, at that. However, things have not looked so good for a Western release so far, as it has gone largely without note by Nintendo of America.

But could that soon change? It seems that Koei is under that impression, as their fact sheet for Samurai Warriors 3 mentions the coveted controller not once, but twice.

Siliconera points out that the fact sheet states once that "Making its debut exclusively on Wii, Samurai Warriors 3 takes total advantage of Nintendo's new Classic Controller Pro." It then repeats the mention on the features list,...
Sep
30
In a couple of movie theatres in the USA, Sony will be giving viewers the chance to play Uncharted 2 on movie screens that include Sony's very own digital projection technology.

<blockquote>Video gaming will hit the big screen next month when Sony Corp unveils a new game title for its Playstation3 game console at movie theaters.

On Oct. 5 and 6, four theaters in San Francisco and Thousand Oaks, California, Rosemont, Illinois and Bellevue, Washington, will give viewers a chance to play the upcoming action game "UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves" title -- on movie screens equipped with Sony digital-projection technology.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN297715420090930?rpc=401&" target="_blank">Reuters</a>
Sep
30
Uncharted 2 currently has a Metacritic review score of 97 percent with many 100/100 reviews to boast about. Well known TV show host Geoff Keighley tweeted the following about the high praise UC 2 has got: "And so well deserved, this is one of the best games of this console generation."

News Source: <A href="https://twitter.com/geoffkeighley/status/4485574565"target="_blank">Twitter</a>
Sep
29
Sony recently officially blogged about the availability of the PSP Go and in over 40 comments related to the post there was loads which attacked the high price. Some remarked that for $50 extra they can just get a PS3 Slim so Sony should definitely lower the price.

<blockquote>Fans of Sony Corp.'s Playstation this week began rejecting the launch price of the company's new PSP go handheld on the company's official Playstation Blog.

In a post called "It's GO Time: PSP go Available Oct. 1, registered members were vocal in their opposition to the handheld's launch price of $249.99.

In the more than 40 comments related to the post, most were against the handheld's price point.

"Soon as you guys make it $199 I will buy it. Right now its over priced," wrote one fan.

Another noted the $50 price difference between the handheld and the new Playstation 3 Slim.

"Hmmmm I can either get a PSP go for $249 or I can spend another $50 and just get a PS3 Slim, no contest, I'm...
Sep
29
A Playstation fan website is indicating that they have received a tip regarding the functionality of the PSP 4000. Apparently it will feature the PSP Go's 16GB memory and other stuff but also retain the UMD drive. Sounds fishy...

<blockquote>We received a tip today that Sony is working on a PSP-4000 that will feature the Bluetooth interface seen in PSP Go, as well as possibly featuring some of it's other features like 16GB's of internal memory, but it will likely retain the UMD drive as all of the other versions in the PSP-X000 series have. I wouldn't get your hopes up for that second analog stick yet though, as that is likely to be put off until PSP 2 releases. You will still be able to at least use your Dual Shock 3 or Sixaxis controllers with the new PSP-4000, assuming these rumors pan out.

It looks like Sony is taking a dual market approach with PSP. The PSP Go! to combat the iPhone and Zune, with their cheap downloadable games and internally stored games allowing for...
Sep
29
Major Nelson of MS Xbox LIVE has tweeted the following: "Headed to the studio to do a voice over for an upcoming secret project. I hope my voice holds up." But oh what could this secret be?
Sep
29
A video is up on Youtube of some young gamer clearly showing he has a 360 copy of FIFA 10 and ejecting it from his 360 and SNAPPING the disc. Whether the video is real is up for debate but the author claims he done it because he hates FIFA that much.

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Sep
29
We think its fine, but an Xbox 360 fan website thinks Sony should start charging for PSN to bring it on 'par' with LIVE. What do you think about this? Should PSN be a charged service, Is Xbox Live that much better than PSN or should XBL even charge? Let us know!

<blockquote>I’ve struggled through using the Playstation Network and I admit that I think it would be better if they just charged a little to make it work somewhat better. The community that has evolved around Xbox Live is impressive to say the least and while John Gabriel’s Internet Dickwad Theory is always in clear and present view, it is comforting to know that the entire network is monitored and policed so that anyone who has the guts to be racist, sexist, homophobic or show off their cash and prizes via the Xbox Live camera will feel the full wrath of the Ban Hammer. Finally, the ability to play multiplayer and utilize the leaderboard abilities of numerous titles in a way that is painless in the most...
Sep
29
The producer of GT 5 has revealed that GT 6 will be released a lot quicker (time period wise) than Gran Turismo 5 will be because the respective game has been made from scratch (hence all the delays etc).

<blockquote>What are your plans for Gran Turismo 5?

GT5 is a title that was pretty much remade from scratch, but because we did that, the next version is actually going to be faster -- the time period it's going to be released. But I think when GT5 comes out, we're still going to have things that are left undone, and whether we complete that in GT6, or the next version for PSP, I'm not sure yet. I've been working very hard for the last 15 years, and I think that hard work is just going to continue.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.joystiq.com/2009/09/28/tgs-2009-interview-gran-turismo-5s-kazunori-yamauchi/" target="_blank">Joystiq</a>
Sep
29
One of the first reviews of FORZA 3 is out courtesy of the French version of OXM. According to JVN, the magazine awarded the game 19/20 and had nothing but solid praise for the sim racer.

News Source: <A href="http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=fr&js=y&u=http://www.jvn.com/jeux/articles/exclu-mondiale-forza-motorsport-3-en-test-dans-le-mox.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=" target="_blank">JVN</a>
Sep
29
According to to reports, the very latest Wii update deletes most homebrew and causes some headaches for Wii hackers so folks are warned not to upgrade. It's your call...

News Source: <a href="http://wiibrew.org/wiki/System_Menu_4.2" target="_blank">Wiibrew</a>
Sep
29
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: NEED FOR SPEED SHIFT CONSOLE DEMO AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1</strong>

Taste the True Driver's Experience In This Year's Most Critically Acclaimed Racing Game
GUILDFORD, UK – September 29, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the console demo of the highly rated Need for Speed SHIFT will be available for download on October 1 on PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE. The demo gives players a chance to see for themselves just how SHIFT delivers on the Need for Speed promise of speed, adrenaline and precision racing. Need for Speed SHIFT has been commended by AOL GameDaily as “one of 2009's best racing games†and as “outstanding†by IGN.

Players will sample this year’s most intense authentic racing game by pushing one of four cars to its limits on the world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the tight city circuit of London River. Players that dominate each track and collect enough stars will also unlock the ultimate...
Sep
29
Zoozen has announced that it is to offer free inserts to make their Wii aerobic step product even more secure. The new version of the product should come with the inserts but to those who have already purchased it, all you have to do is fill out a form to get there. Good customer service!

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<blockquote>At Zoozen, customer satisfaction and quality are very important to us.

We have paid attention to our customer comments, and we understand that some users would like a more secure feeling when using the Riiser.

We have produced a quantity of inserts that can go into the foot of the Riiser, and when the Wii Fit Balance Board is placed on top of the Riiser, it fits very snugly.

Many of the Riiser will already come with the new insert. If you pur</em>chase a Riiser that does not include the insert, and you would like to receive them, please complete the following form to get your 4 inserts....
Sep
28
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: ROCK BANDTM2 FOR WiiTM AVAILABLE IN EUROPE THIS OCTOBER</strong>

**ROCK BAND MEDIA ALERT**

Guildford, UK. – 28th Sept, 2009 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game development company and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the critically acclaimed music videogame Rock Band™2 will ship in Europe for the Wii™. Starting this October, Rock Band 2 software for the Nintendo Wii will retail in continental Europe for RRP £29.99 in the UK.

Regarded as the ultimate music gaming experience by critics and consumers alike, Rock Band 2 has revolutionized the music gaming category with inventive gameplay modes such as Online World Tour, Battle-Of-The Band Tournaments, No Fail Mode, and a real Drum Trainer. Rock Band 2 also allows players to export their in-game band avatar to the internet and order custom Rock Band...
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>