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Nov
07
Folks who have already managed to get their hands on Modern Warfare 2 have confirmed that the title does not require an install. However upon receiving the game, you will be prompted to download a 15MB update for it.
Nov
07
Sony has released a new Vaio bluetooth laser mouse. While the mouse does not allow for game control, its specifications specifically mention that it is possible to enjoy it with the PS3 for browsing.

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<blockquote>Sony has recently released a new multi-function Bluetooth laser mouse with it's new Vaio X, CW and L range of laptops. The new VGP-BMS80 can:

• Dual function of PC remote control and multi-function laser mouse
• Remotely control PLAYSTATION® 3 to enjoy web browsing (No game control available)
• Software keyboard to input words easily</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.ps3center.net//news/4010/sony-release-ps3-compatible-bluetooth-mouse/" target="_blank">PS3Center</a>
Nov
07
A website has gone and compared the NetFlix service on the PS3 to that on the Xbox 360 and report back that things are pretty much the same. While the Xbox 360's version is a bit quicker with loading times, the PS3 version has its own benefits such as being able to go the browser and search to add a DVD to the queue as well as instantly watch it.

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<blockquote>One thing, as mentioned in the video, the PS3 has a huge one up on is being able to go onto the PS3’s browser and search by title to add to both the DVD queue and the Watch Instantly queue,...
Nov
07
Sky has confirmed that it's Sky Player should now be available to all UK users despite some initial launch problems previously. Microsoft promises that it will now closely monitor the service over the week-end to iron out any further problems.
Nov
06
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has admitted that piracy on his platforms is a cat and mouse chase as all the time underground hackers find a new solution. But he noted that Nintendo will always fight legally and through technology to prevent hackers.

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They tend to become a cat-and-mouse chase. As the piracy itself is underground, someone somewhere finds out the solution to evade our measures. When we shut one hole of the mice, they have dug a new one somewhere else.

“We have acknowledged that this is an endless battle, and we believe the best measure is to keep fighting it technologically and legally.

"As for the details of specific measures, I'll refrain from disclosing them here, as this conversation will be public online and the pirates will be able to find. I will however promise to keep acting legally and technologically, with patience.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/36390/Iwata-Piracy-is-an-endless-battle"...
Nov
06
Tesco's online division has currently priced some old Xbox 360 games at crazily low levels. Among the titles available for just 3.97 UK pounds each are PrizeFighter Boxing as well as Chronicles of Narnia. Perhaps 3.60 pounds would've been a better price?
Nov
06
Another piece of unofficial concept art has emerged of what a Xbox 360 handheld may look like. This design includes a secondary touch screen display, a directional pad and buttons just like the 360 controller. It looks a bit similar to the DS Lite as well as the Motorola Droid.

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News Source: <A href="http://www.2dayblog.com/2009/11/06/xbox-360-handheld-concept-by-zenin-amit/" target="_blank">2dayblog</a>
Nov
06
During an interview with GTTV, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime stated that there is no Wii HD based on reports that analyst Michael Pachter said there would be one coming. However, it would be very surprising for Reggie to confirm such a product as obviously Nintendo will do it when the time is right. Moreover, many more senior executives in Japan have been talking about Wii HD possibilities for quite some time now.

You can listen to Reggie's comments at about 19 minutes in on <a href="http://www.gametrailers.com/episode/gametrailers-tv/77?ep=77" target="_blank">GameTrailers.com</a>.
Nov
06
Reggie Fils-Aime has made a huge claim - that is that the New Super Mario Bros. will outperform Modern Warfare 2 on one system by the time January 2010 NPD data comes out. Given the pulling power of Mario, we don't expect that to be too difficult on second thought.

<blockquote>Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, offered his own thoughts about Mario Bros. Wii’s sales on the latest episode of GameTrailers TV and said that it will outperform Modern Warfare 2 on one system by the time the January 2010 NPD data rolls by. We’ll be posting the full quote from Reggie shortly.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.nintendoeverything.com/?p=27269" target="_blank">Nintendoeverything</a>
Nov
06
Nintendo seems to be thinking ahead with this though as not every game needs the HD polish.

<blockquote>Here we have a new nugget of information that indicates that Nintendo is going to go HD with the Wii. Company executives have noted that it it's all about being flexible depending on the game's content. For example, there is little point in making Pikmin in HD but other games may well be more suitable for such treatment.

Takeda - “If we can find out the most appropriate medium, between SD and HD, and flexibly move around them depending on the game's contents, it will be good, I think.â€

Miyamoto - “Regarding the question of SD or HD, it must depend on each software. For example, we have to ask ourselves if HD is really necessary to develop Wii Fit. Won't HD be better for the games like Pikmin? The developers should choose the most appropriate graphical format depending on the software they make. To Nintendo, our theme is how we can prepare the SDK library to cater...
Nov
05
An analyst has provided an interesting though that the Wii has saved the PS3. But how you may ask? By the Wii blocking potential sales of the Xbox 360 and limiting the chance for Microsoft's machine to become a run-away success.

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“The main danger Sony faced was that the Xbox 360 would become embedded as the system of choice. Instead consumers flocked to the Nintendo Wii. The Xbox 360 had solid sales, but they have not been enough to give Microsoft anywhere near a breakout market position,†the report explains.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.pushsquare.com/8282/analyst-the-wii-has-saved-sony/" target="_blank">Pushsquare</a>
Nov
05
It would seem as if IGN's Modern Warfare 2 score has been leaked prematurely. A user has managed to find a page on the site in which Modern Warfare 2 carries a score of 9.5 "incredible". Did we expect anything less?

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News Source: <a href="http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=callofduty3&thread.id=658293" target="_blank">Playstation</a>
Nov
05
Sony has announced a brand new update for Play TV which now allows you to watch, pause and record high definition TV on your PS3! It also features Aino remote play support, the new mobile phone from Sony Ericsson.

<blockquote>Play TV now lets you Watch, Pause and Record High Definition TV for DVB-T standard broadcast. In countries that are launching free digital HD channels you will now be able to both watch and record them through your PS3 with PlayTV.

# Aino remote play support. If you get the new Sony Ericsson Aino mobile phone with PS3 remote play features, we have optimized the user interface of PlayTV for the mobile phone screen so that you get the best mobile PlayTV experience possible.

* Update of the PS3 to System Software 3.0. The update 3.0 for your PS3, if you haven’t done it already, will make sure that you have the mobile phone function in the remote play settings. You will need this if you want to experience PlayTV on the go with your Aino mobile phone....
Nov
05
When Xbox 360's are repaired now, MS seems to be slapping on a new revision of its warranty sticker. The new version features a black strip as well as a 'REEL' followed by a lengthy number. By contrast, previously repaired 360's did not feature such elements so what's the deal here?

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News Source: <a href="http://www.logic-sunrise.com" target="_blank">Logic-Sunrise.com</a>
Nov
05
A new study has claimed that many Xbox 360 owners are defecting to the PS3 for more than one major elease this Holiday season. Appparently there research reveals some interesting trends regarding the PS3 and 360 versions of Assassin's Creed 2 and Modern Warfare 2.

<blockquote>It's coming time for the Holiday launches of anticipated multiplatform sequels -- and new data provided to Gamasutra by OTX's GamePlan Insights finds that many sequel-buyers might be switching platforms, defecting from Xbox 360 to PlayStation 3 for more than one major release.

In addition to identifying the cash-strapped consumer's most-wanted games for the holiday season, GamePlan Insights previously examined "franchise lineage," or gamer intent to purchase sequels to favorite games.

According to OTX analyst Nick Williams, data on franchise lineage highlights an interesting trend between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 SKUs for Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed 2, the two top-ranking titles on...
Nov
05
Sony are up in court, facing charges that their recent firmware updates have caused PS3 consoles to brick and malfunctioning of the Blu-ray drive. This suit is on behalf of all PS3 owners, so it could eventually be a pretty costly one for Sony!

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Now it's Sony's day in court, as last week a pair of PlayStation 3 owners who had their systems bricked by the September 3.0 and 3.01 firmware updates filed suit agianst the company. The two gamers--one from Texas, the other from Iowa--allege that the updates caused PS3s to malfunction, with problems including loss of controller use, malfunction of the Blu-ray drive, and bricking of consoles. When they contacted Sony's customer service representatives, the pair were told that the system failures were coincidental and unrelated to the system update. Furthermore, Sony would charge them a repair fee of $150 in order to fix the systems.

"Defendant's unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices include, but are not...
Nov
05
After opening up an Xbox 360 that had previously been repaired by MS, a user was shocked to find that the DVD drive was very securely taped to the Xbox 360. Not quite the most innovative solution there from Microsoft.

<blockquote>The title says all, today I was fixing one of my friends Xbox 360. Since he knew that I have done it before he thought that I should be able to do it and it will be fixed. Well, while taking it apart I noticed that the dvd drive wouldn’t come off after all of the screws were unscrewed. So I looked and to my eyes i find a piece of silver tape that was holding the DVD drive to the Xbox 360. Now the first word that comes to the mind is…really?! We all know that the Xbox 360 had launch problems and Microsoft tried to fix it but I don’t think using tape to make sure the DVD drive won’t move really isn’t the smartest idea. So after scraping off the tape, I manage to get it off after ending up having to use a flat head screwdriver because the tape...
Nov
04
Polyphony has put a figure on the development cost of Gran Turismo 5 and it's $60 million. But they note that considering the size of the game, the figure is a pretty small amount.

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What did GT5 cost to make?

[He and translator do some figuring, converting yen to dollars] $60 million. There are other games that cost more. Considering the size and scale of the game, I think it's probably a fairly small amount.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://news.vgchartz.com/news.php?id=5759" target="_blank">VGChartz</a>
Nov
04
Over at Walmart.com they are confirming a one day special for the Xbox 360 Arcade at $199 with a $100 gift card. The special is for one day only this Saturday so be quick!
Nov
04
Major Nelson has stepped out to once again confirm that MS is banning modded consoles from LIVE. He also wanted to re-inforce the fact that the industry is reliant on people paying for their goods and services.

Here's Major Nelson's statement in full:

As you may have read online, we’ve been actively banning consoles from Xbox LIVE that have been modified to play pirated games. Our commitment to combat piracy and support safer and more secure gameplay for the more than 20 million members of our Xbox LIVE community remains a top priority. All consumers should know that piracy is illegal, and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs, violates the Xbox LIVE terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox LIVE. The health of the video game business depends on customers paying for the genuine products and services they receive from manufacturers, retailers, and the third parties that support them. This would also be a good time to remind...
Nov
04
A 12 year old young offender who was guilty of attacking fellow students has had a judge order that his Wii must be confiscated off of him until he learns to less violent. Oh well, there's always the PS3 isn't there?

<blockquote>Well, this case is unique. We all know that many people get violent by playing more and more video games, may be its a problem in their brains or they don’t have elders to look after them. A 12 year old boy who had an impressive bio data of causing trouble was warned by the court that if he doesn’t leave his violent ways, he can forget about his Wii.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://gamingbolt.com/2009/11/04/court-confiscates-nintendo-wii-from-a-young-offender/" target="_blank">Gamingbolt</a>
Nov
04
It would seem as if MS has decided to roll out some brand new eco-friendly Xbox 360 cases which do not use as much plastic as previously. Apparently these changes make the disc harder to push out of its case which is causing some annoyance.

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News Source: <A href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=378838" target="_blank">Neogaf</a>
Nov
04
Uncharted 2 was released in Europe on October 16th and in just a short space of the itme, the title has managed t oscoop the ELSPA silver award. The previous Uncharted title got the Gold award for selling between 200-300k copies in the UK and it seems Uncharted 2 will match this success.

<blockquote>Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was released across Europe on October 16th. In just a short period, the Playstation 3 exclusive game managed to sell quite well in the United Kingdom region.

With over 100,000 copies sold so far, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was able to earn the Silver Sales Award from the ELSPA. The prequel, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, previously got the Gold Sales Award for selling between 200,000 and 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom. It looks like the sequel is well on its way to matching and surpassing the sucess of the original.</blockquote>

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Nov
04
Infinity Ward has revealed that the concept of the Wii goes against the idea of Infinity Ward's iams to deliver cinematic experience. They noted that they like to be equal across all platforms and if it's not equal then they simply will not do it.

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Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling implied that the Wii’s humble hardware specs are at odds with the studio’s aim to deliver cinematic experiences.

“If we felt like we could deliver the cinematic experience we were going for on other platforms, then we would gladly move to that platform,†said Bowling.

“Right now, we don't think the Wii can deliver the exact experience that we’re doing. We like to be very equal across all platforms, and if it’s not equal then we won’t do it.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/36346/IW-Wii-cant-deliver-on-our-goals" target="_blank">MCVUK</a>
Nov
03
Heavy Rain's David Cage has noted that the PS3 is by far the best platform for his title. He noted that in terms of creating emotion from believable characters, the PS3 simply can not be beat in this area and it's a console the whole studio loves.

<blockquote>Heavy Rain's David Cage has noted that the PS3 is by far the best platform for his title. He noted that in terms of creating emotion from believable characters, the PS3 simply can not be beat in this area and it's a console the whole studio loves.

With a hesitation, a sigh and a pause, Cage responded, “Whatever I answer, my answer will be suspicious… I think it had to be on PlayStation 3 for two main reasons: the hardware, the architecture of the PS3 is extremely powerful in the way it is structured. If you make a real PS3 engine, then you can have really fantastic performances. If you try to port from another platform, then it becomes difficult.â€

He continued, “This is a console we all love at the studio. I...