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GamesCom 2011 - Whilst Battlefield 3 is bringing people to their knees making them beg for a quicker release date because it just looks so, bloody, awesome. Activision and Infinity Ward have had to do something to bring a little candle of light toward their behemoth franchise, Call of Duty. The next instalment, Modern Warfare 3 has now been confirmed at GamesCom 2011 to include dedicated servers.
Noah Heller, who works at Beachhead Studios on Call of Duty: Elite said to Eurogamer:
And of course we're working really hard right now on the customised version of Elite for the PC [versions of Call of Duty games], because it's an open platform and has some challenges.
Razer, the world's leading high-end precision gaming brand along with EA are smashing through some serious gaming hearts right now with the announcement of the Battlefield 3 co-branded peripherals and gear line. The Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition Peripherals line includes a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate mechanical gaming keyboard, a Razer Imperator gaming mouse, Razer Scarab hard mouse mat and a Razer Onza Tournament Edition Xbox 360 controller.
Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President of Razer USA says:
Everyone at Razer is eager for the day Battlefield 3 launches and we're going to be right there next to every other gamer immersed in the most hardcore military game to date. And we'll be doing it with the Battlefield 3 Collector's Edition peripherals and gear line by Razer - the best hardware to complement one of the most hotly anticipated shooters of 2011.
GamesCom 2011 - This is one of those times where we don't need to give you much text. Let's just say: Battlefield 3 + jet + Mig-21.
Sony have not only had a price drop on their PS3 today, but Australian-based customers now get a taste of their new 3D display with multi-screen support, designed for the PS3 which will be available later this year for AU$699.95. The PlayStation-branded TV is a 24-inch monitor that looks like a PSP and includes two pairs of 3D glasses.
The overseas version did include a HDMI cable as well as a copy of Resistance 3 (due to land in September), but no bundle has been announced for Australia. The monitor does not include a PlayStation or an on-board tuner, in case you thought it was a PlayStation in a TV, or a usable TV. Compatibility with PCs is also unknown. So right now, it's just a waiting game!
Sony has officially cut the price on the PS3 in all markets. The 160GB system will now be $250 in the US, 250 euros in the European territories, and 24,980 yen in Japan. The new price drop is effective immediately in all territories except Japan where it'll receive the price drop on August 18. The 320GB model of the PlayStation 3 will see a drop to $300 in the US, 300 euros in the European market and 29,980 yen.
SCEA's CEO Jack Tretton says:
In addition, a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available at participating retailers across North America. The bundle retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus. Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011," Sony said in the statement. "Equipped with future proof cutting-edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine and RSX, as well as the Blu-ray disc (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation Move motion controller.
The latest trailer of Battlefield 3 shows off the 64-player PC goodness, on the Caspian Border map. It shows off a tonne of aerial combat, FPS combat and tonnes of absolutely, mind-blowing, gorgeous graphics. I had goosebumps the entire time and I think that's the first time I've had those kinds of goosebumps since the original Half Life 2 trailers/gameplay footage.
GamesCom 2011 - During the EA press conference in Cologne, Germany today we got a demonstration of the co-op mode of Battlefield 3 on the PS3.
The 8 minute video below runs you through an interactive co-op demo with two of the developers. It shows a city scene and how the new mode works. I personally love the sniper scope mode as well as night vision - the graphics are incredible. Enough talking though, watch the video below.
We also uploaded some stills for your viewing pleasure that you want see below.
GamesCom 2011 - Earlier today here in Cologne, Germany we went to the EA press conference where 10 new titles were discussed which will come out between now and the end of this early and the first part of 2011.
Some titles previewed included Need for Speed The Run, SSX, FIFA 12, FIFA Street and so on. But, I think it would be safe to say that the biggest title of GamesCom 2011 is going to be Battlefield 3.
EA were kind enough to hand out a press kit at the event which included the official GamesCom 2011 trailer. We've also included some screenshots too. Enjoy! We have another video coming up shortly discussing the PS3 demo of BF3 in co-op mode.
Microsoft are ditching the glossy outer shell on select Xbox 360 consoles for a black matte finish. Major Nelson broke the news, with a 250GB unit in glossy finish and a 4GB model featuring a matte black finish being the current models on the market. Microsoft from now on will not be continuing the manufacturing of the glossy 360, instead it'll use the new matte-finish system. There will still, however, be glossy-based 360s in the form of the limited edition Gears of War 3 console and Star Wars console.
The transition from glossy to matte has already started and the new consoles will be available in a few weeks. So if you want to get in with a glossy model, you'd better run to your nearest electronics store and get some of that gloss on, because soon they'll all be matte.
A new trailer for upcoming gravity-defying third person shooter, INVERSION has just come out which showcases its intensive "drop-in, drop-out" co-op multiplayer mode.
This game looks to be polishing up extremely well and is expected to make quite the impact on he third person shooter genre upon release; scheduled for February 7, 2012 on PS3 and 360 in the states, and February 10 in Europe.