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Thursday, November 10, 2005

PS3 may not be region locked

The managing director of Australia`s Sony corporation, Michael Ephraim, announced the Sony PlayStation 3 games may not be regon encoded."If you look at the fact that it will support high-definition TV, which will be a global standard, there's a good likelihood that it will be global region, as for example we've done with the PSP," Ephraim told Australian IT. As Ephraim noted, PSP games are not region locked, and as a result much more units were shipped to Europa, US or Japan. Ephraim wants to see the same succes with the PS3.

PS3 Rumor

Cover van de Ingenieur met daarop een Blu-ray cd
The latest PS3 rumor is that Sony puts a security on PS3 games, so gamers won`t be allowed to share their games. e.g.when you run your game in a console, you can`t play this game on other console. Sony likes this ideea, looking like an advantage, but a big dissadvantage for gamers that won`t be allowed to change games with friend`s, rent games or even sell. This technology could be used even on Blu-ray movies or music, but for now nothing is sure.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Gamecube version of Starcraft Ghost cancelled

Starcraft Ghost Gamecube verison is cancelled, as Blizzard announced, and of course the Xbox and PS2 versions will be released soon. A moderator on Batlle.net explained to GC`s fans : "In order to provide the game envisioned by the console team, a set and readily available online solution was needed. Unfortunately the GameCube has no online service and since so much work is going in to the online portion, it would be additional work to release only part of the intended game."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Sony PS3 Launched in 2007

BBC thought that Sony`s console will be launched in 2007, and now, another source confirm this, as a internet site receive this text from a former GameStop employee :`` I worked for GameStop over the summer, and this came up during the Madden 2005 [2006?] Release a few months back, and “confirmed” by our District Manager, I’m not entirely sure how true it is, but if you do some research on it, here’s what you’d be looking for:
The PS3 is delayed until 2007, the decision for this came about through the failure of the initial hardware the PS3 Development Team created. Apparently, 300 PS3 Units were created and sent to various software developers to begin creating games for the new system. However, design flaws in the PS3 (Specifically, not enough coolant) caused the systems to overheat and meltdown after moderate use by the developers.
According to my DM (District Manager), Sony went and fired the entirety of the PS3 Development Team for this flaw. In short, from what I’ve heard, if Sony gained anything from this experience, it’s minor technical knowledge on what the PS3 can handle, but for the most part they were sent to square one.``

Microsoft aims for 4.5 to 5.5 million Xbox 360s by June 2006

As Chris Liddell wrote in the US edition of Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft wishes to sell about 5 million consoles untill the middle of the next year. Microsoft is based on this thing, but much more important is that PlayStation3 and NintendoRevolution just stay and stare at the marketplace while Microsoft is selling million pieces. Microsoft will launch simultaneously worldwide, that`s another rumor according to Chris Liddell, we will have more details later.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Special Edition Nintendo DS

ninendo ds black
The World Store sells a special Nintendo DS edition. This world store is located in New York and sells the graphite edition for 199 $, with 70 $ more than the normal price of a silver Nintendo DS. Nintendo launched also other colors for Nintendo DS: after the silver version a dark blue verison, and some months later a pink and a light blue version. As sources tell, the graphite version is available in Japan for months.

New Satin Silver Slim PS2 Available for Pre-Order

The Satin Silver PS3 slim is available for pre-order, some months later since the white-slim PS2 was launched. This version is available in Japan, in Europe was already launched a silver version , but not the silver-satin. This version will be released on 23th on November 2005. This version is SCPH-75000 SSS of course on NTSC system and will cost about 219$.

10 Million PSP gaming consoles shipped

Sony celebrates PSP succes , with a record of ten million pieces shipped. There are 10 months since launch and Sony shipped 4.47 million Sony PSPs in North America, 3 million in Japan and Korea and 2.53 million units in Europe, but Sony expects to sell another 5 million pieces worldwide untill the end of the year. When looking at the software part, Sony sold 19.6 million( most games ) and just 183 titles are available worldwide.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Xbox Live temporary closed

Microsoft announces today Xbox Live and xbox official site closure for 1 day - 24 October, to prepare for Xbox 360 launch. The company confirmed that a number of enhancements and additional community and global ranking functionality will launch to coincide with the launch of its next generation console. Those changes include every player ranking-bout every game he played on Xbox Live and of course his records. All those feature will be unavailable to gamers until Xbox 360 launch - 22 November.

More Playable Games at IGN Live

IGN Entertainment announced that you can play lot of games at the gamer festival on 22-23 October, 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Xbox fans can play all types of games on Xbox360 , almost a month before Xbox360 will hit the market.Confirmed Xbox 360 games at "IGN Live" are Call of Duty 2 (Activision), Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision) and Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts). Also scheduled is Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft), with more to be announced.

Joytech launches Xbox 360 products

Joytech announced that will launch it`s own Xbox360 range of products, specially designed for video games and home entertainment. Joytech's licensed product range includes the 'Neo Se Controller', the 'Nitro Racing Wheel', the 'Face Plate' and 'Twin Face Plate Pack', and the 'Control Center' of which is the first product of its kind to be officially licensed on Xbox 360. Other products that will belong to Joytech range are: the 'Se Headset Communicator', the 'Digital AV Cable', and the 'Digital VGA Cable'.

Far Cry: Instincts pushes Xbox to the limit

Far Cry Instincts is the successor of Far Cry, the PC game that was a hit in 2004 , and now, in 2005 it continues it`s action in the tropical world , as a first-person shooter. It`s excellent graphic, fluid action and engaging story makes from this first-person shooter a remarkable game with high-rated results allover, but a game that pushes the Microsoft console - Xbox to the limit with it`s excellent graphic, as experts say.

Warner Bros backups PS3 Blu-Ray disc

Warner Bros. Entertainment announced thursday that Warner Home Video will release films on Blu-Ray, competing with Toshiba that will write on HD-DVD discs. Warner Home Video said that will start writing on Blu-Ray disk in 2006 Spring in North America, Japan and Europe."Consumers will soon be able to enjoy a large selection of catalogue favorites and contemporary hits from Warner's vast library on the Blu-ray format," said Jim Cardwell, President, Warner Home Video.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Nintendo Revolution : Details

We managed to get some information about Nintendo Revolution:
Release date it`s somewhere in 2006, the size of the real console is smaller than the prototype, it`s backward compatible with all Nintendo consoles and have wireless controller even not shown yet. NintendoRevolution will have 2 USB ports, SD memory card slots and built-in Wi-Fi. The unit`s drive it`s a special one that will work with Revolution 12 cm disk, smaller that GameCube`s disks.

Portable viruses

In the last few days PandaLabs detected a console Trojan : The format.A and Tahen( variant A and B ), designed to infect the PsP( Playstation Portable ) and NDS( Nintendo DS ). These trojans are extremely dangerous, as they can delete critical files, resulting the console can`t be used again. Format.A Is designed to imitate a tool developed to rununsigned code on PSP consoles and the Tahen Trojans, on the other hand, simulate homebrew applications for Nintendo DS. When users installs them, they overwrite certain areas of firmware, resulting an unusable console. If the users use them as manufacture recommend, they can`t be the victim of those trojans.