Monday, February 27, 2006

sell 6 million Xbox 360s expects PS3 announcements soon

Analyst P.J. McNealy with Amtech Research said in a report today that Microsoft is on track to sell 6 million Xbox 360s by the end of June, and 10-12 million by year-end; expects PS3 announcements soon.
Amtech and McNealy also conducted a survey involving 125 retailers last week. Twenty-six of them had Xbox 360 units in stock, although all but five of them only had the non-hard drive Core units. Stores that did have the $400 Premium Packs late last week sold out of units very quickly.
The report still said that stores with consoles in stock only had a paltry 1-3 units each, with only two of the surveyed stores having decent stock; one with 10 Premiums, and one with seven Premiums and six Cores.
Establishments surveyed included large retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, as well as specialty stores like GameStop/Electronics Boutique.
Also touched on in the report was the possibility of new PlayStation 3 information surfacing at upcoming events such as this week's Destination PlayStation event.
"We expect Sony to give some directional information on the PS3 about launch plans and pricing, but we believe it is more likely that Sony will keep its commentary to a high level about the PS3 rather than specifics. The keynote address is expected to be tomorrow morning," the report read.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Xbox 360 Black would be forthcoming for the Xbox 360

A new report on UK games site Eurogamer.net today reveals that a new version of Black will definitely not be created for the Xbox 360, halting rumours suggesting that a new version of the game would be. Developer Criterion's Xbox title, released tomorrow, is not forward-compatible with the new machine, sparking rumours of a dedicated title for the 360.
"The only time you'll see it on the Xbox 360 is when we make BLACK 2 on it in a few years," developer Alex Ward told Eurogamer.net. He also confirmed that Criterion wanted to make Burnout compatible with the Xbox 360, but that so far Microsoft had been unwilling to assist with the appropriate emulation. "We'd absolutely love it if our Burnout games worked on 360," he explained, "but it's down to what Microsoft wants to do. It controls and decides what games its emulator works with. I've actually asked them four times myself for them to make it happen, but it's really not up to us."
Ward reiterated that no version of Black would be forthcoming for the Xbox 360, and that he hoped to put the speculation to bed. Still, at least we know that Black 2 is en route, even if it is only a distant proposition. More as we get it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Halo2 Weapons tips

Here are some general tips from an advanced player for all of you who are looking for an edge in this game. You may know some or all the things in this article depending on your skill level. Even if you are an expert player this article should help you remember the fundamental that make you a good player. This article focuses on individual fighting tips, perhaps a future article will address team strategy.
Weapon Combos: Read Here

Mythical Halo 3

Next Generation: Let's talk about Halo 3. Where are we up to?
Shane Kim: I call it The Mythical Halo 3 - we haven't announced any such game yet! Obviously the Halo franchise is very important to us. When you have Bill Gates being quoted fairly constantly, talking about a game, you know it's important to the company. But his recent comments reflect the position accurately. Which is that, if there were a Halo 3 we would be careful about how we announce and introduce it.
It's exactly the same way we talked about Halo 2, where people wanted it a year after Halo. That would not have accomplished anything.
It depends. If it's the game that everyone is expecting then, yes. For us it's about making a proper impact on the platform. It has to be something with huge significance, so we won't be rushed.
I don't think that's fair. Everyone is looking for a Halo and a GTA, but we have to realize there are only two of those titles in history, and they weren't those big legends before they launched.
It is easy to look back and say 'nothing the size of Halo came out', but the launch titles were all solid good games and there was some amazing work.
I would put this portfolio up against the original Xbox launch portfolio any day. I don't see the fact that there wasn't one game that everyone wanted to buy as a criticism. The strength was in the variety.
If you look at the attach rate that speaks to the quality of the portfolio of the highest attach rate in history which is an indication of real quality.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

GoForce 5500 graphics NVIDIA

NVIDIA unveiled its GoForce 5500 graphics processing unit for mobile phones and handheld devices. It's the first handheld GPU enabling true digital TV, high-fidelity surround sound, rapid multi-shot photography and console-class 3D graphics.
For many years, the capabilities of GoForce 5500 have been limited to home entertainment systems, personal computers, digital still cameras or the likes of Sony Play station or Microsoft's Xbox. NVIDIA says that this changes with the new GoForce GPU, as all of these features will be available to the mobile phone.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware for games

The first, not-so-surprising revelation is that the development kits do not look anything like the proposed PS3 hardware. Rather, they are contained in largish towers, similar in size to typical desktop PCs. This was the same for the early PS2 dev kits, and the first Xbox 360 development kits were actually re-branded Apple G5 towers, so this is not a huge surprise. More interesting is the fact that the sleek, curved PS3 models that have been demonstrated at various trade shows are actually empty shells, and it is not clear how Sony will manage to squeeze all the required components into the advertised case. Some developers have concluded that the existing case does not even have room for a 2.5 inch hard drive, suggesting that Sony will be forced to bump the dimensions of the box somewhat before release.
The controller on the dev kits is apparently a standard USB game pad, and developers are writing games with the assumption that the control scheme will remain unchanged from the PS2's Dual Shock configuration. The word is that Sony is changing the look of the controller after receiving massive negative feedback over their original "boomerang" concept design.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

New iPod for Apple

APPLE is soon expected to launch a low-priced iPod, with Microsoft also believed to be planning a portable music player of its own.
According to the New York office of UBS Investment Research, Apple is planning a new product line, introducing new iPods during the course of the year, and also has plans to launch a long-awaited Apple-made smart mobile phone within a year.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

iPod speakers Xbox360 vs Playstation PS3

Many of the people who got an iPod over the holidays may now be eyeing one of the new speaker systems so they can listen to their digital music without headphones. You just insert your iPod into a slot and the sound is channeled through external speakers.
Consumer Reports recently tested eight of these speaker systems, ranging in price from $90 to $300. Most work with the whole line of iPods, as well as other MP3 players. Testers say, at their best, these speakers are comparable to typical boom boxes or bookshelf stereo systems.
Consumer Reports found you get the best bass with the $250 Altec Lansing InMotion IM 7. For the best overall audio, check out the Bose SoundDock for $300. But it's not super portable. It weighs a little over five pounds and doesn't run on batteries.
If portability and battery-operation are paramount, Consumer Reports says you'll sacrifice some audio quality. Your best bet: the JBL On Tour for $100. It's quite small and runs on four AAA-size batteries.
Consumer Reports has also tested all the iPods on the market, including the newest one that can also play videos, but testers found the screen is easily scratched, as is the case with some of the iPod Nanos.
The March issue of Playstation Magazine (PSM) reveals that Sony are planning to launch a live service for the PS3 that will rival the Xbox live service provided by Microsoft.
The article is the latest in a war of words between Microsoft and Sony, the article reads, "Cast aside any doubts and start gazing skyward, because that's where Sony is aiming with plans that go far beyond simple leader boards and matchmaking -- or even the PS3, for that matter.It's very real, one source tells us. They (Sony) are dead serious about it. They've declared, and I quote, a 'full-on assault' on the latest version of Xbox Live.They are committed to matching Xbox Live [on the 360] feature for feature and then some."