New Xbox 360 in fall 2010?

June 15, 2009

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Take this one with a grain of salt, but gaming site 1UP is reporting that it’s hearing a new Xbox 360 is in the works and is set to be released next fall in conjunction with the release of Project Natal. That in itself isn’t all that newsworthy since it seems pretty logical that Microsoft would put out a new console with the release of its fancy new, you-are-the-controller technology that was demonstrated at E3 this month. However, 1UP is saying that while the new Xbox 360 will carry a new name and be a “new platform,” it won’t necessarily be much of an upgrade over the existing 360.

Here’s the full quote:

“It’s not clear what sort of upgrades we might see, but some have suggested it will be a slight upgrade of the current Xbox 360 technology. Current Xbox 360 games would be playable on it, but future games would be able to take advantage of the added muscle.”

The article also adds that, “Games played on the more advanced Xbox would look or perform better, but publishers will still be able to support owners of both systems.”

Again, this all makes sense, and you’d expect Microsoft (and possibly Sony) to have some new hardware a year from now. But it will interesting to see how Microsoft manages gamers’ expectations and the sales of its consoles as it gets closer to releasing Project Natal. It’s also important to note that Microsoft has said the new technology will work with existing Xbox 360s so long as you add the new video camera accessory.

credit: Cnet.com

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Xbox 360 to stick around til 2015

June 4, 2009

While this is what Microsoft is reporting, I have a feeling it means that Xbox 360 will still be in development for games until then much like PS2 still has new titles now. I would bet that we see a newer Xbox console revealed within the next 2 years launching quite possibly within the next 3.

From IGN.com:

The Xbox 360’s recently unveiled motion control technology will help extend the console’s life span into 2015, according to Microsoft executive Shane Kim.

Speaking frankly about the company’s E3 showing in an interview with Venturebeat (thanks, videogaming24/7), Kim said ‘We firmly believe that the Xbox 360 has a life cycle through 2015 (10 years after the launch). Project Natal is a great innovation. It will work with every Xbox 360 sold. It’s not about pushing more pixels on the screen. It’s about how to break down barriers that stop people from playing games.’

So impressive was Natal’s debut that Kim believes it gave Microsoft the upper hand against its traditional rivals Sony and Nintendo. ‘I think we won,’ said Kim when asked how he rated the three company’s E3 conferences. ‘It’s not just me saying that. It’s pretty universal. We had something very special yesterday, starting with the games portfolio. We had a lot of content for a normal E3 briefing. But Project Natal doesn’t come along every year, and it is very difficult to match.’

Kim also went on to reveal the origin of Natal’s name, saying ‘Natal is a city in Brazil, which is where one of our key development team members if from. Natal also means birth. We thought it was appropriate for what we are doing. This is the birth of the next-generation of home entertainment.’


E3 2009: Sony Press Conference Live Blog

June 2, 2009

— Demo of God of War 3

— look at Gran Turismo 5

— Debut of “Mod Nation Racers” a new exclusive title to the PS3 which falls under the “play, create, share” catchphrase.

— Little Big Planet updates coming in late 2009.

— demonstration of the new PS3 motion sensor control using the PS2’s eye toy technology

— BREAKING NEWS: A look at Final Fantasy 14 launching 2010 and Playstation 3 exclusive. Will be online as a sequel to Final Fantasy 11.

— A look at Final Fantasy 13 coming Spring 2010

— Assassin’s Creed 2 demo. Takes place immediately after the first but during the Italian Renaissance with a new character.

— new Rockstar North title exclusive to PS3 called “Agent”

— montage of upcoming PS3 games

— spotlight on the Playstation Network

— Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker announced for the PSP GO, will be set 10 years after MGS 3 in the ’70’s and is a true sequel to the Metal Gear franchise. Hideo Kojima will be deeply involved with writing the script and developing the product which should not be seen as a spin-off.

— Announcement of Gran Turismo PSP

— spotlight of the PSP GO, touch screen PSP to compete with the iPhone and Nintendo DS. Will be available at $249 and available on October 1 in North America and Europe.

— PSP talk. Tons of games in development for teen and tween girls, a lilac colored PSP coming out soon, the men in the audience go wild for this news.

— World premiere of “Mag” a game where 256 people can battle at once over the Playstation Network.

— Demo for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Graphics look great and the game reminds me of resident evil in its engine.

— lots of stats and figures being thrown around. Sony is still comitted to the PS2 “as long as consumers continue to see value in it.” There will be 364 games on playstation platforms released this year.

— It’s time for Sony’s E3 conference, their last real shot in an E3 to keep the PS3 a formidable competitor against Microsoft’s dominant Xbox 360.


E3 2009: Nintendo Conference Recap

June 2, 2009

— Announcement of Super Mario Bros. Wii allowing up to 4 player co-op. 3-D side scrolling much like the previous 3. Available Holiday 2009.

— precision controlled Wii remotes.. not really sold on this yet as the videos seem to be more flash than substance. The demonstration looks a bit more promising but it still seems like a novelty.

— Golden Sun DS announced, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles trailer for Wii shown.

— Nintendo announces Metroid M, Super Mario Galaxy M, Dead Space, Resident Evil, Red Steel 2

— Nintendo announces the Wii Vitality Sensor, a device that attaches to the tip of the player’s finger that measures their vital signs and helps them relax.


E3 Live Blog, Microsoft Press Conference

June 1, 2009

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— And that’s a wrap for Microsoft’s Press Conference. The biggest thing of the day is clearly Motion Sensor gaming. All the big franchises got some face time and 2009-2010 looks to be a great time for gamers!

— Peter Molyneaux from Fable and Lionhead Studios debuts a new AI character he is working on called Milo. Milo can react to your voice and has memory skills. This is some real skynet stuff going on here.

— Demonstration of some Motion Sensor games, including brick breaker and a Paint game.

— Steven Spielberg takes the stage to talk about Project Natal.

— A big preview of the Xbox Motion Sensor which allows you to play games with no controller!! A hint at video conferencing as well.

— METAL GEAR SOLID:RISING announced for Xbox.. new metal gear game featuring Raiden from MGS 2. Hopefully they port MGS 4 to the box as well!

— Twitter on Xbox!! Fall 2009 for the social networking sites.

— Ability to watch movies, tv, and sports live with your xbox buddies!! Also FACEBOOK ON XBOX!!!

— You can now update your queue on Netflix directly from your Xbox. Netflix is going to the UK and Australia and can watch live soccer games directly through the console.

— Last.fm is partnering with Microsoft to bring internet radio to Xbox Live.

— Look at cinematic trailer and level from “Alan Wake” a stephen king type gam of a guy looking for his missing wife in a quaint little town full of surprises. Out in Spring 2010.

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