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Bluetooth Coming To New Playstation 3 Models?

ps3-80gb-sony.jpgSony's Playstation 3 may be getting Bluetooth sometime in the near future according to a recent Sony filing with the FCC. Reading through the filing it looks like both the 60GB and 80GB PS3's will be soon released as Wi-Fi certified models with the addition of a Reverse F antenna. This is definitely going to require some further investigation.
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Via Navigadget

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March 30, 2008

Broadband Providers To Take Over The Video Game Industry?

wii_winit.jpgIf you're wondering when the next generation of video game consoles are expected to hit the market, you could be waiting a very long time. According to Sandy Duncan, former VP of XBox Europe, game consoles as we know them could be dead and gone within the next 5-10 years. He expects by that time, we won't have any boxes sitting under our high-def TV's as most technologies will be virtualized by our web providers. As it is, the costs associated with the release of a new game console are extremely high and profit margins can be thin. It only makes sense that our content providers provide us with low-cost delivery video game content as well.

Via GameDaily

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March 18, 2008

Microsoft: Xbox 360 Gamers Want Downloads, Not Blu-ray

360hddvdplayer.jpgThe real reason Microsoft will never opt for a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360 has finally come out. According to Chris Lewis, the VP of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment, the reason is simple: users prefer downloadable HD content as opposed to HD Blu-ray discs.

Says Lewis, "The broadband proliferation is amazing - people's appetite to download movies through Video Marketplace is testament to that. The future is about people taking their digital content on an online rather than physical media. We have no plans to do anything at all in terms of further or additional movie playback peripherals."

Microsoft also feels that adding a Blu-ray drive to the Xbox 360 would "force" gamers to go with Blu-ray HD playback as Sony's Playstation 3 has an integrated Blu-ray player. This is the reason that the HD DVD add-on was never fully integrated into the Xbox 360. It's all about giving gamers options.

Via Digital Spy

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March 15, 2008

Microsoft Denies Xbox 360 Blu-ray Rumors...Again

163808-1-1.jpgDespite comments made by Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer hinting at a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360 in the near future, the company is now denying they have been or are currently in talks with Sony. Aaron Greenberg, product manager for the Xbox 360, says his boss's comments are unfounded telling Reuters, "Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience". This isn't the first time Microsoft has squashed rumors of a Blu-ray Xbox 360. During CES 2008, rumor began to fly just as Warner Bros. had decided to exclusively back Blu-ray, the final straw that broke HD DVD's back. At that time Microsoft claimed to still support HD DVD. Since then they've eliminated the HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360.

Via GamePro

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March 11, 2008

XBox 360 Going Blu-ray In Near Future

360hddvdplayer.jpgWe figured it was only a matter of time until Microsoft began looking to Blu-ray after it dropped its HD DVD add-on following Toshiba's decision to discontinue manufacturing its HD disc-playing flagship products.

"We've already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like, and I think the world moves on," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "Toshiba has moved on. We've moved on, and we'll support Blu-ray in ways that make sense," he said.

It's expected we'll hear an announcement for an Xbox 360 Blu-ray peripheral in the near future, big news after rumors that prices will drop for the gaming console in the US.

via gamesindustry.biz

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March 4, 2008

TV NO TOMO: An Interactive TV Guide For The Nintendo Wii

TV_NO_TOMO_WII_001.jpgNow you'll be able to watch TV with you Wii! Kind of. Of course this doesn't apply if you don't live in Japan, but hey, isn't that where American trends always start? Nintendo Japan has just launched TV NO TOMO, a new Wii software that features an interactive TV guide that allows you to bookmark favorite shows and receive email notification 30 minutes before they start. Available for free download, TV NO TOMO is available now for Japanese Wii owners.

Via Akihabara News

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February 26, 2008

Gaming For The S&M Crowd: Painstation Game Console A Real Shock

painstation.jpgThere's got to be some crossover between gamers and S&M out there. So for those interested in both subcultures, two designers from the German Academy of Media Arts bring you the Painstation. The prototype game console, designed by Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff, actually brings you pain for making mistakes. Make for two players, the Painstation uses an adapted version of the Atari classic Pong, in which the two players face each other and use their right hand to control a bat on the screen while their left hand is placed on top of the console. Every time they happen to miss the ball, they face pain in their left hand through the form of heat, electrical shock, or some sort of lashing on the back of the hand. If at any time they remove their left hand from the Painstation, it's game over. No it doesn't kill them or anything, but they lose the game. The designers says the integration of pain into video games makes them more interactive as well as much more entertaining for the audience!

show_Painstation13CD.jpgWe can totally see why the audience would find this so entertaining!

Via MoMa

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January 15, 2008

Advice To Sony: Keep The Playstation 3 Simple, Stupid

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Sony CEO Howard Stringer

We all know that Sony has made some mistakes in their handling of bringing the Playstation 3 to market and then, of course, marketing it. But for a great rundown of Sony's journey with the Playstation 3 and the company's fumbles since November of 2006, check out this article from investment blog Seeking Alpha. It's a really great read. Key points to consider: KISS (keep it simple stupid) and listen to your customers.

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How To Put A Gamer In Heaven: NEC's Beautiful CRVD-42DWX+ Curved Monitor

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Check out NEC's CRVD-42DWX+ curved gaming display. The 2880x900 (double WXGA+) panel features a 10000:1 contrast ratio and is manufactured by ODM, Ostendo. And that's all we can tell you. No pricing or shipping information is available for this beauty yet.

Via Engadget

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January 10, 2008

Microsoft Says Xbox 360 Blu-ray Integration Rumor Baloney

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Gaming blog Kotaku spoke to a Microsoft spokesman that squashed rumors that the company may include Blu-ray with the Xbox 360 if consumer demand dictated that would be the best choice for the console. The spokesperson said that their comments were misconstrued and they still believe in and back HD DVD as being the best optical solution for buyers.
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Via Kotaku

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