If you are into the Xbox 360 then there is some potentially good news for you.
The blunder made by Steve Balmer in announcing that Natal would come to the Xbox in 2010 could be correct and not a mistake.
The evidence that points towards this is Aptina being hit up for a few 1.3 MegaPixel cameras (of the type that would be used by Natal). This could put the "Natal Xbox" in the stores in time for the holiday shopping season in 2010.
There is no confirmation on this from Microsoft, but then again they need to clear out their existing inventory and honestly they would not confirm it now anyway. It is way too soon and could give the competition time to counter the move.
Fans of Resident Evil will be happy to find that the Fifth installment in the Zombie killing game is due out for PC on September 18th in Europe.
Now this all by itself is pretty cool but there is further news that it the PC version of the game will support GeForce 3D Vision.
So for the lucky few of you that have a 120Hz LCD monitor and the 3D Vision glasses you will get to dive into the brain hungry, blood thirsty realm of zombie destruction in full 3D.
Now all we need is something to slash you with gore and a scent emitting device and you will feel like you are really there.
In a recent interview Bill Gates indicated that project Natal would not be a technology limited to the Xbox 360. It seems that Natal could be developed for Windows too.
Gates also indicated that Natal would not be just for gaming, it could be developed for content consumption, collaboration etc.
It is a very cool thought to think of interacting with your system in this way. Given the fast introduction of 3D capable displays, movies and upcoming games it seems that this would indeed become a push for PC makers and Microsoft.
When I first heard about this I first saw that scene in Iron Man where Tony Stark is making his new Iron Suit. Right after I envisioned Majority Report. Still it seems that the future is looking pretty cool, not only for gaming but for system interaction as a whole.
There are rumblings that Sony is getting everything in place to try and go head to head with Apple in the online mobile content distribution arena.
With the announcement of the PSP-Go the UMD-less device Sony had made its intentions clear that it wanted to go with online content. However what we did not know was how they would serve this out. Would it be a restricted and controlled environment like Apple's App store? Would it be a sparse catalogue like the Palm apps store?
Well wonder no more, the word is out that Sony plans to court big time game and content developers by offering no content approval, and reduced prices (up to 80%) on development kits.
Now I like the idea of the cheaper dev kits but no content approval? That is just crazy. I can see it now..."Honest Mom and Dad, I do not know how Strippers in Heat the Game got on my PSP-GO"
In the never ending (or indeed releasing) saga of the Duke Nukem it looks like there is another player in the tragic comedy that surrounds this title.
According to documents released with the legal play going on between Take-Two and 3D Realms another Duke Title was in the offering called Duke Nukem Begins.
This additional title was not much more than a foot note saying it would be developed by a third party developer. Now it seems that this third party developer is none other than Gearbox.
Does this mean that we might see a new Duke Nukem title in the near future? Unfortunately in this Greek Tragedy that has surrounded the Nukem line I highly doubt it.
Duke Nukem Begins will probably be not much more than another title we can see the occasional screen shot from but no real game.
You know maybe we should start a new series of awards to honor people that just do not think...oh wait there is already one of those out. Well ok let's just make sure that this guy gets on the list for one.
According to WBIC in Indiana, an 18 Year Old was online playing World of Warcraft when he made a threat to blow up a commercial airliner. Now this is not something you bandy about in an online community that is monitored. You would not even say this out loud in a public place.
Well you can probably figure out what happened. A Moderator noticed the messages and contacted the authorities about them. The idio...Um I mean the person's IP was found, traced and the FBI showed up at his door.
He was interrogated and now may face federal charges.
His comment to the FBI…
He was testing a theory.
And the winner of this year's award goes to…
Bad News for BioShock2 fans. It looks like Take 2 Games is delaying the new installment of the popular game until early 2010. This pushes it back at least three months from its original release date.
The delay on this is due to a "development issue" but CEO Ben Feder was quick to say that the issue was not console specific and the decision to move the game back was also due to possible financial benefit from releasing the game outside the Christmas season.
The delay will also affect Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption.
There was no firm date given for the new launch but they should be out sometime between January and June in 2010.
I am not sure about any perceived benefit from waiting. After all it is during the Holiday Shopping season that the most is spent on games and consoles. After that you have the tax return season in the US and not much until back to school. Unfortunately Back to School usually involves PCs and traditionally has very little benefit to the gaming industry.
Ok this has to be the coolest accessory to ship with a game ever.
According to a YouTube video the new Game Modern Warfare 2 will have a Prestige Edition that will come complete with a working set of night vision goggles.
But that is not all, inside this awesome edition of what is going to be one of the best games to hit this year. You get the game, the ability to download the original game, a handy head for displaying your new NVGs, a book full of artwork that is only found on the limited editions and a steel box to keep your DVD in.
The Prestige Edition is available for both XboX 360 and PC. There is no word on pricing yet but you can bet that once they hit the streets they will go fast so on November 10th 2009 I would highly recommend you have cash in hand to grab one of these amazing kits.
If Command and Conquer is your thing you will be happy to know that the slip-up by EA was not a mistake.
It is now official that Command and Conquer 4 will be coming to an overpriced game shop soon. Ok it won't be until 2010 but it is still officially coming.
The new installment is the final chapter in the Tiberium Saga. We can only hope that this one will be up to the rest of the series.
GameSpot what appears to be some nice screen shots up on their site although it is too early to tell if they are actual game play or not.
EA has also announced a rather nasty surprise for console fans, this one will be PC only.
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The story of Command & Conquer 4 takes place after the events of the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars™. The year is 2062 and humanity is at the brink of extinction. With only six years left until the mysterious crystalline structure Tiberium renders the earth entirely uninhabitable, the two opposing factions - Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and the Brotherhood of Nod - inevitably find themselves in desperation for the same cause: to stop Tiberium from extinguishing mankind. The unthinkable becomes reality and Nod's enigmatic leader Kane takes off for GDI headquarters. What is Kane planning in the heart of his enemies' base? Command & Conquer 4 draws the epic conclusion to the beloved Tiberium universe, where fans will learn the fate of Earth, Nod, Tiberium, GDI and most importantly, Kane's motivations behind his decade-long plan.
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Remember when we told you that Activision was considering dropping Sony if they did not lower some pricing? Well Sony has spoken up about the original comment and it is not a very nice comment either.
It seems that Howard Stringer (Sony CEO) feels that Robert Kotic (CEO of Activision Blizzard) "likes to make a lot of noise". Now I don't know about you but that does not sound like we are going to see a price cut and in the world of poker you just heard "I'll see your twenty and raise you fifty".
In fact when asked if Sony would consider price cuts Stringer said that is they did that they would "lose money on every PlayStation I make -- how's that for logic".
Now we wait to see who has what cards it could be that Activision is only holding a pair of twos looking to bluff, but on the other hand with some popular titles under their belt, coupled with growing XboX, Wii and PC game sales Activision could be holding aces over kings and Sony could be the ones bluffing.
More information here
It is a bad day for Microsoft, as rumors get to us that MS is adding Silverlight based ads to Xbox Live. This is not something to approach lightly as many Xbox 360 users are angry over this possible move by MS.
After all if you pay $50+ per year for access why would you need to have more ads thrust at you? This move raises the whole question of ads in gaming.
As it stands many companies want to stuff ads into your average game that you buy off the shelf (or download from a content provider). Doing this will earn the game developer (and the distributor) more money per unit but it will not drop the price of the game you buy one bit.
To me the idea of stuffing these ads in is just not right. I have to suffer through inane ads on my TV and Radio as well as ads all over the websites I go to, I do not want them in my games…
For Microsoft's part they are trying to say that the ads will enhance the gaming experience not take away from it.
Rumors have been flying around like crazy lately concerning the PS3 and it looks like Foxconn has confirmed at least one of them, maybe more.
Foxconn and Pegatron have landed a contract with Sony, each getting 50% of the orders on a new PS3. This would be the newer, slimmer redesign that many have been eagerly awaiting. Pictures of the slim PS3 were spotted and Sony swiftly sent a cease and desist notice to have them removed, adding some credibility to the spotting.
There have also been many rumors about a price drop and this could very well be where that is coming from. Not only would a redesigned PS3 be cheaper to produce, but to eliminate existing stock of the soon-to-be older PS3s, a price drop would help bring the slimmer PS3 to the maket sooner. Foxconn is supposed to be shipping the new PS3s sometime in July so that price drop could be just around the corner.
This leaves the rumor of Sony bringing back backwards compatibility to the PS3. This one will have to wait until later, perhaps officially from Sony. It might come with the new PS3s or as a firmware update down the road, or never at all.
According to Siliconica Sony filed for a patent on PS2 emulation for the PS3 Cell processor.
Now this is what is confusing, I had thought that Sony already had this some time ago (like when the PS3 came out). But it would seem that the patent was only filed back in December 2008 and only published about a week ago.
This new finding has added credibility to the rumors of a new PS3 coming soon, and now it would seem that it will have backwards compatibility.
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PlayStation 3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine, a chip Sony designed as the PS2's CPU. What if the PS3's cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine? Theoretically, all PlayStation 3s would be able to play PS2 games even if a console didn't have the proper hardware. According to a recent patent filed by Sony Computer Entertainment in the US, Sony has the code and technology ready to do this.
CyberPower has just announced the availability of the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 notebook which they are claiming to be the world's fastest gaming laptop.
the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 notebook is powered by the Intel Core i7 processor, Intel X58 chipset, and NVIDIA's GTX 280M GPU. The base model starts out with a Core i7 920 CPU, but there are options for the 950 and 975 as well.
It also comes with 6GB of DDR3, a 17" 1920x1200 LCD, A/G/N WLAN, FireWire, 3.0MP webcam, Bluetooth, and HDMI. There are a ton of hard drive options from 5400 RPM SATA150 HDDs to MLC based SSDs and those wanting the HD experience on the go can add a Blu-Ray drive and X-FI audio.
The base model of the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 starts at $2335.00 but can easily go over the $4000 mark if you go for all the goodies. Check out the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 here.
At last, the hugely popular Intel Core i7 CPU and X58 chipset has made its way to the notebook platform. The Xtreme S1 notebook gives you the best of both worlds with the raw power found on current i7 desktops and the mobility and portability of a notebook. Combined with Nvidia's GTX 280M, the Xtreme S1 allows gamers to frag away at the most graphical intensive games without skipping a beat. The Xtreme S1 is perfect for professional graphic designers yet ideal for LAN goers and students.
The Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 comes preloaded with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium and can be ordered direct from CyberPower with further customizable options to suit your needs from the company web site.
Computex Taipei 2009: One of our final stops for the show was Antec who was showing off its usual extensive range of cases and power supplies, but the one that caught our attention was the Antec 200 gamer case.
It's been newly launched at Computex and carries the same type of style and design as the more expensive and larger Antec cases, but manages to hit a price point which is more suitable for other markets such as China.
Antec gave us a video introduction to the product - watch it below:
We'll have one in for review soon!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Nintendo Wii Game Console for just $212.49 Shipped FREE! Won't Last!.
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Razer is pleased to announce the Sphex, the first gaming grade deskop skin with an ultrathin form factor.
Razer claims the Sphex to be the world's thinnest gaming-grade mousing surface. Even though the Sphex has an ultrathing design, it doesn't compromise tracking ability or durability. To keep the mouse stuck firmly to the surface, Razer has added a reusable adhesive to the bottom of the Sphex.
The Razer Sphex measures in at 320mm x 230mm and is fully washable without harming the surface's tracking capabilities. Expect the Sphex to set you back US$14.99 and it is available worldwide. Those interested in catching the full press release may find it here.
Earlier today we met up with David and Eric from Cooler Master's gaming division, CM Storm, in Taipei at their headquarters ahead of Computex which begins next week. We got an early look at a whole bunch of products.
From what we saw with our brief meeting with them, it really looks as if CM Storm means serious business when it comes to PC gamers. We were not only given an exclusive and early look at their upcoming Sentinel Advance gaming grade mouse, but also a full range of their gaming surfaces. Note to David - I still want a TweakTown printed gaming mat, please!
Below we go hands-on with this new mouse which should come out later in the year. Keep in mind it is not a finished products and the final shipping version will see several changes and refinements.
Below you can see some pictures of the new mouse surfaces by the boys and girls at the CM Storm group.
We'll have some more coverage up of Cooler Master products shortly - stay tuned!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - XBOX 360 Elite Holiday Bundle w/ 120GB and HDMI for $339.99 Shipped Free! Comes with Two Games, Black Wireless Controller, and Wireless Headset!.
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Namco Bandai and its Australian Distributor Atari have today announced MagnaCarta 2, a new RPG which combines traditional RPG elements whilst introducing new ones such as a real time battle system.
Powered by the Unreal Engine 3.0, the game promises to have stunning visuals with the characters being designed by famous Korean Hyung-Tae Kim, with strong influences from Japanese Manga. Players over the course of forty hours will have the ability to build characters by changing their weapons. When they do so the characters play and fight style will completely changing making the decision of what weapon to use all the more difficult.
Expect MagnaCarta 2 exclusively on the Xbox 360 late 2009.
With the announcement that 3D Realms was closing their doors a sadness fell on the gaming community. That sadness was never seeing Duke Nuken ever again.
No one knows for certain if anyone will buy out the rights to the long overdue game. But there are many that certainly hope it will happen.
To add to the hysteria a trailer that supposedly shows real game play has popped up on the Internet. There is no verification of its authenticity but it certainly does look cool.
We can't help but feel infinite sadness at the mere thought of never seeing good old Duke, but nevertheless, if this trailer's the real thing - then someone please buy the rights and bring it on, as the trailer gameplay looks positively awesome. The original soundtrack, performed by trash-metal legends Megadeth, is also still in the game, as well as Duke's ever-entertaining catch phrases, suggesting this is the real deal.