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The slimmer new Xbox 360s may look nice, but it appears that not quite everyone has seen the value in owning one just yet; going by US sales data from NPD, the new model accounted for 40% of the 451,700 units sold in June. The other 60% was made up of older Arcade, Premium and Elite models, all of which underwent price cuts as the new model was released about halfway through the month. The ...read more
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It’s beginning to look like a current trend for developers to insult others in the industry. On Thursday, during a panel at the Develop Conference in Brighton, Cliff Harris - the owner of indie developer Positech Games - was discussing how personally replying to potential customers could lead to more sales. “At this point, there was this derisive snort from this guy in the front row, ...read more
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It’s not hard to increase the cost of something from free, but that is what might be in store for Call of Duty online play. Activision will be doing this by the end of the year as per prediction by analyst Michael Pachter. During an interview with Industry Gamer, Pachter pointed to the issue of free online play fostering strong replay factor which, while being good for gamers, is leaving ...read more
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Microsoft will not be holding a third season of 1 vs. 100 on Xbox Live. Kotaku confirmed the sad news with Microsoft Game Studios' General Manager Dave McCarthy, who said, "We're very proud of the 1 vs 100 team and their accomplishments, and are excited to apply what we've learned to future programming." The game's Xbox.com page has the image pictured above, simply stating, "A fond farewell ... ...read more
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Microsoft hasn’t yet announced the official price point for their new camera/controller/non controller/life altering super device known as Kinect, but every finger under the sun seems to be pointing at $149.99 (in America, at least). That might sound somewhat unreasonable, but no matter how hard you cry, there will always be those people willing to pay big money up front for the latest and ...read more
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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is expecting 3D technology to begin selling well during next year’s holiday season. Speaking on the company’s earnings call earlier today, the executive said he anticipates “lots of bundles with 3D monitors… and they will be small sales in stores, in game stores.” “…it will be very strong next year, at the end of next year, which means… November, ...read more
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Kaz Yamauchi has been parping his hype pipe. The Polyphony Digital boss reckons that Gran Turismo 5 would be more suited to the PlayStation 4, such is the game’s awesome awesomeness. Yamauchi told OPM, ”The level of precision we’ve achieved [in GT5] is actually more suited to the next generation of machines.” Referring to the game’s 200 “premium model” cars Yamauchi also ...read more
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In a recent interview with Wired, 3DS Producer Hideki Konno outlined a few of the under-hyped features of the 3DS. Konno thinks players will, in the near future, see 3DS titles that focus on Wii MotionPlus-style controls instead of the system’s titular 3D graphics. The 3DS hardware features both a gyroscope and accelerometer for precisely tracking the user’s motions—a feature that has gone ...read more
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You can expect another firmware update for your PS3 this September. No, it won't add PlayStation Move support to the system (you already have that, folks!); instead, it will add support for 3D Blu-ray movies -- of which there's currently only one. As with Blu-ray movies, Sony is using the PS3 as a Trojan horse for pushing new technology. 3D is a major corporate focus for Sony, as evidenced by ...read more
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Sony Online's Terms of Service was recently updated to warn users of the new dangers that PlayStation 3 poses to them and their loved ones: the harmful effects associated with prolonged viewing of a 3D display. The terms specify "discomfort (such as eye strain, eye fatigue or nausea)" as one of the unpleasant side effects. (Click past the jump to see the full cautionary ...read more
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