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Week of September 13, 2009
Turbine: Easier to develop MMOs on the Xbox 360 than the PS3
>> From joystiq.com:
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Craig Alexander, Turbine's vp of product development, spoke at Austin GDC today in a panel called "MMOs to Consoles". He did spend a lot of time pointing out how difficult it is to develop games on the PS3 vs. the Xbox 360.

Here's the logic:
* The Blu-ray drive on the PS3 is actually slower in seek and access time than the DVD drive on the Xbox 360. Once the Blu-ray gets up to speed, it can handle large amount of data. Just not in seeking and accessing, which is a pain for streaming when you're playing something like an MMO.
* The memory architecture is different. When you're dealing with main memory, you work with "256ish MB" on the PS3 vs "512ish MB" on the 360.
* The tools aren't as friendly on the PS3. That includes the performance monitor tools, the debugger tools ... everything.
* Migrating a project from the Xbox 360 to the PS3 is much harder than moving from the PS3 to the 360.
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(Saturday 19 September 2009 16:40 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

UK: Forza Motorsport 3 Super Elite Bundle also Comes with 250GB
>> From the press release:
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Xbox 360 today announces the release of the ultimate entertainment experience for petrol-heads and racing fanatics, the Xbox 360 Forza Motorsport 3 Super Elite Bundle. Exclusive to Xbox 360, Forza Motorsport 3 is the definitive racing game for everyone from hardcore tuners to anyone who's ever dreamed of driving at full-throttle. Backed by breathtaking HD graphics and bone-jarring physics, players take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe, while new customization and sharing tools will further fuel the imaginations of the thriving "Forza Motorsport" community on Xbox LIVE.

Racing to UK stores on the 23rd October, the Forza Motorsport 3 Super Elite Bundle features more storage space than ever before coming complete with a 250GB Hard Drive, two Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers, as well as an Xbox 360 Headset and a Standard Edition copy of Forza Motorsport 3 for an estimated retail price of £249.99.

Forza Motorsport 3 is rated PEGI 3+ and will be available on the 23rd October 2009. For the latest news and a deeper dive on the game please visit http://forza.xbox.com and the Turn 10 twitter.
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(Thursday 17 September 2009 12:48 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

250GB Xbox 360 HDD won't be sold separately
>> From gamesindustry.biz:
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Microsoft has clarified that the 250GB Xbox 360 hard drive, which was unveiled as part of the Modern Warfare 2 console bundle earlier today, will not be sold on its own.

"This hard drive is not being sold separately," said Larry Hryb, boss of Xbox Live, during a short video with Kotaku.
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(Wednesday 16 September 2009 16:00 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft Confirms 250GB with Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console
>> From the press release:
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Microsoft Corp. and Activision Publishing, Inc. today brandished the latest weapon to help gamers take to the battlefields for the global launch of the year with the announcement of the Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console. Infinity Ward's "Modern Warfare 2," the blockbuster sequel to the best-selling first-person action game in history, "Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®," was the inspiration for the console's high-speed, low-drag, battle-ready design, which is available for pre-order today at U.S. retailers and in other regions later this week.
Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition

Beginning with "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's" worldwide release on Nov. 10, fans can arm themselves with Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console, which features an exclusive design inspired by the epic thriller, more storage space than ever before in a 250GB Hard Drive, two Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers, as well as an Xbox 360 Headset and a Standard Edition copy of "Modern Warfare 2" for an estimated retail price of $399.99 (USD).

"It's the highest compliment to the team and our fans to have a special themed Xbox 360 console," said Vince Zampella, CEO of Infinity Ward. "The precision and detail that's been put into the console captures the intensity and feel of 'Modern Warfare 2.' We can't wait for our community and fans around the world to see for themselves on Nov. 10."

The Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console was revealed at an exclusive preview event in Los Angeles where guests were the first to experience "Modern Warfare 2" multiplayer gameplay on Xbox LIVE.

"It is thrilling to bring the exclusive 'Modern Warfare 2'-inspired Xbox 360 console to Call of Duty fans. Being able to work so closely with the talented team at Infinity Ward on the design has enabled us to develop a console that will set bragging rights around the world," said Albert Penello, senior director of global marketing for Xbox 360. "These fans deserve the biggest Xbox 360 console ever, and we're delivering with more storage space than ever before and freedom to enjoy their favorite games and downloadable Game Add-ons, including the first two 'Modern Warfare 2' maps that will be available first on Xbox LIVE."*

Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console, will be sold in Europe, the Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia), UK, US, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

On Nov. 10, Activision Publishing, Inc. will release Infinity Ward's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." The title continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. "Modern Warfare 2" is rated "M" (Mature - Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language) by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.modernwafare2.com or http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/c/callofdutymodernwarfare2/.
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(Wednesday 16 September 2009 01:36 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Official Xbox 360 802.11n Wi-Fi Adapter Coming Soon
>> From gizmodo.com:
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If you want to stream 1080p TV shows and movies from the Zune/video store this fall, your 360 needs to be hard wired to your router, or on an 802.11n network. Knowing this, Microsoft is readying an official 802.11n adapter.

But anyway, an official 802.11n adapter for the 360? Sounds good to me. It's hit the FCC, and we'll let you know pricing/availability when Microsoft fills us in.
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(Tuesday 15 September 2009 12:07 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft Xbox exec Shane Kim leaving company
>> From seattletimes.nwsource.com:
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Shane Kim, Xbox vice president for strategy and business development, is retiring after 19 years at Microsoft, the company said today. He'll leave at the end of the year, after helping with the transition.

With Kim's leaving, Phil Spencer is being promoted from general manager to vice president.
The Xbox group is also creating a new chief operating officer position that's being filled by its current chief financial officer, Dennis Durkin.
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(Monday 14 September 2009 21:18 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Sms Plus 20090914a for Xbox360
>> CED2911 released a port of SMS Plus, an emulator for the Sega Master System and Game Gear consoles, for Xbox 360 systems to use with the Xell JTAG Hack (right now just available for Xenon/v1 360s).
The author also announced next he'll be working on a genesis/megadrive emulator.

From the readme/nfo:
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Introduction:
SMS Plus is a freeware, open-source, portable emulator for the Sega Master System and Game Gear consoles.

Changelog:
v140909a: Fixed controller bug
v140909: Sound is now fully working greats to tmbinc
Back to menu with select key
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Official Site: http://ced2911.wata.fr/
Download: here (legal, via Xell, using libxenon)
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(Monday 14 September 2009 19:40 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox 720 'not needed' right now, says Microsoft
>> From develop-online.net:
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Microsoft Game Studios' Phil Spencer - speaking to Develop in a new interview published today - suggested that few are signalling for a new Microsoft console.

"Do we need to sell a new console at some point? I don't think we need to right now," he said.
"We'll wait until our experiences are at the right point, like we have done with the Natal camera. We'll wait until everyone is ready for it from a software perspective."

Spencer echoed the sentiment of Xbox division VP Don Mattrick, who notably stated that a Natal-powered 360 is - essentially - a next-generation console.
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(Monday 14 September 2009 12:59 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Zune HD Promo Video Offers Quick Peek at Hardware's 3D Gaming Capabilities
>> From gizmodo.com:
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As the Zune HD launch looms ever closer, a smorgasbord of purported launch videos have offered up what appears to be the best demonstration yet of the sleek, sexy portable's 3D gaming capabilities.

The 3D gaming example, Forza 3, debuts at about the 30 second mark in the video above. It's a fleeting glimpse, but it's solid evidence nevertheless.
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(Monday 14 September 2009 01:32 EST) - (Category: GamingGeneral) - (Posted by:: )


 

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