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How To Get Your Hands On A Nintendo Wii This Christmas

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The Nintendo Wii has to be the Christmas gift in highest demand this holiday season, and high demand usually means low or no supply when you head to your local retailer in an attempt to get your hands on one. And that's proved to be true, with Nintendo expecting to fall short of Wii's before Christmas. One guy I work with has been talking about his adventures in Wii-hunting for the last three weeks now, and his lack of success in getting his hands on one. He finally did succeed this past Saturday at a local Toys R Us outlet, but only after waiting outside for 4 hours before the doors opened to ensure he got a ticket to guarantee he got one of the 52 in stock.

For those of you who haven't be so lucky as of yet, and are losing hope in your ability to get a Wii for the big day, take a look at this guide over at Wired.com: How To Score A Wii This Christmas. It outlines all the best strategies and techniques for upping your chances of landing the elusive Wii.

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December 4, 2007

Sony Announces Video-On-Demand Service for Playstation 3

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Sony will debut a for-pay video download service for the Playstation 3 starting December 6 in Japan. While they've offered movie trailers since the PS3's release, their download service really marks their official entrance into the video-on-demand market. They plan to offer video downloads starting at $1.85 as compared to Microsoft's $2 price tag for standard definition content, and will start with "BBC-fueled car-related content in honor of Gran Turismo 5", likely the Top Gear content announced for the game. I've said from the beginning that Sony should look at the PS3 as a full-blown media center/set-top box rather than a video game console and it seems with Microsoft moving full speed ahead into the IPTV market, they're finally moving in the right direction. When the download service will be available in North America is unknown, but we'll continue to follow the evolution of the PS3 and have you a date as soon as possible.

Via Ars Technica

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November 30, 2007

PS3 Finally Outsells Wii In Japan; Blu-ray Camp Most Likely Celebrating

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As I watch nearly every mom and dad I know running around looking fruitlessly for a Nintendo Wii to give their kids for Christmas, I found it interesting that the Playstation 3 outsold the Wii in Japan this past month. This is the first time the PS3 has outsold the Wii in Japan since the consoles were released last year. For the month ending November 25, the PS3 sold 183217 units while the Wii sold 159193. Why all of a sudden the PS3 seems to be overcoming its slow start isn't certain, but could be due to the mid-range 40 GB model released recently with its $100 price cut. We do know that the Blu-ray camp is probably celebrating right now.

Via CNBC

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November 16, 2007

Will XBox 360 Soon Support DivX?

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With the Playstation 3 soon to support DivX codec, everyone's been wondering whether or not the Microsoft XBox 360 would soon follow suit. At a recent earnings call for DivX, CEO Kevin Hell was posed the question by JP Morgan analyst Paul Coster, "Just a minor point here, but there was a recent Microsoft conference where I believe their media extender now incorporates the DivX codec on it, is that correct? Can you confirm that and does that mean we’re soon going to see Xboxes with DivX on them?”

Hell replied that DivX is indeed talking with Microsoft, but so far no product is licensed or certified yet and he could discuss no further details than that. Sony seems more in tune with the customer in terms of their gaming consoles, as Microsoft seems more intent on protecting their empire by trying to peddle their proprietary WMV format. That means a lot of red tape for Hell as he attempts to get Microsoft to allow DivX support on the 360, but we're sure it'll eventually happen. If not, we'd definitely question Microsoft's business strategy.

Via DailyTech

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Playstation 3 To Support DivX And Pirated Content Giving Consumers Exactly What They Want

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The Sony Playstation 3 will soon support the DivX codec video format, coming soon with a new PS3 update. DivX CEO Kevin Hall has stated that the "technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format". Of course this means pirated content, but come on; while the networks duke it out over DRM and pennies, DivX is giving consumers exactly what they want.

Via last 100

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November 6, 2007

Will Xbox 360 Owners Pay For Unoriginal High-Def ESPN Broadcasts?

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XBox 360 owners, who according to Microsoft as a population tend to be avid sports fans, will soon be able to access ESPN content via the XBox Live Marketplace. High-def versions of ESPN shows such as Madden Nation will cost $2.40 and "timely" HD sporting events will set you back $4.50. Of course by "timely" I mean already aired, so unless users are HD-disabled, we can't see why they'd pay! But hey, I suppose it is an untapped market with no competition and people CAN be conned into pretty much anything. We'll see I guess.

Via BetaNews

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October 31, 2007

Xbox 360 IPTV Delayed Until 2008?

Back at the Consumer Electronics show in January, Microsoft said they would have XBox 360 IPTV functionality in the hands of consumers by the end of 2007. It's looking that may not happen. Originally anticipated to be included with the upcoming fall 360 update, IPTV is the one feature that Microsoft has just announced would not be included with the update. The 360 IPTV will be delivered via a special version of Microsoft's Mediaroom software which will be available to service providers by year end. After that, it's really up to the service providers when the IPTV service will be available to consumers.

Rumors have been flying lately after an Xbox 360 console being serviced somehow revealed some of the the features of the IPTV including onscreen chat while viewing live TV, recorded television, and on-demand movies. Microsoft has stated that the leak is unrelated to the fall update.

All in all, the 360 TV service is obviously in the works and looks to be coming soon. By the end of 2007, probably not. Check out screenshots of the leak below.

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Via The New York Times

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October 16, 2007

Sony PS3 To Soon Be Able To Access Video On Web

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Sony is working on a software infrastructure that will enable the PS3 and PSP to be able to download video and music content, similar to Microsoft's Xbox Live service. It would be done via the Playstation Network, the Playstation's online games system.

Sir Howard Stringer, Sony chief executive said yesterday that the company is "trying to get our devices to talk to each other efficiently. PlayStation Network should migrate from gadget to gadget. But initially it starts with PlayStation devices and then to TV and beyond. That’s the goal".

The joint Japanese-American effort has no date of completion or release yet but Stringer said they should know something by early in 2008. This is obviously another attempt by Sony to ramp up PS3 sales which have been slow in comparison to the Nintendo Wii. However, Stringer said the company is on target to sell the projected 11 million consoles by the end of the year. Also, there should be 200 games available for the system by Christmas.

Via FT.com

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September 14, 2007

Blu-ray vs HD-DVD - What's Going On?

Bluray Hddvd Shiny Shiny has a really amazing article on the current state of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. From what they've found the stats are a nightmare - there are enough out there for each format to pick some stat and make it look like they're winning. For instance: Blu-ray discs are outselling HD-DVD discs 3:1. But, HD-DVD players are outselling Blu-ray players 3:1. Are the Blu-ray player owners buying a hell of a lot more films? Nope, it's all about the PS3. Because the PS3 has the Blu-Ray player - it's already got a huge installed base.

And, there's no doubt that you're going to have to invest somewhere - by 2011 it's predicted that 60% of homes will have an HD ready TV, but only 20% will receive HD from their television provider. So, this missing 40% are going to have to get their HD content from somewhere - and it's likely to be players, either standalone, laptops or games consoles.

Our answer is to buy a dual format player or just stick to DVD. Trust us - you're in no rush, and if you have a premium cable package the majority of good films show on the HD channels anyway. And if you have to rush out - get a PS3 or the Xbox HD-DVD option for your Xbox 360.

Via Shiny Shiny

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September 12, 2007

Cheaper PS3s on the Horizon?

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Opposable Thumbs is reporting that the PS3 will re-emerge with two SKUs this holiday season: a $499 80GB model and a $399 40GB model. The $100 cheaper 40GB model would be a great move and perfect to cannibalize Xbox 360 and Wii sales. If this goes official, it'd be the best news we've heard about the PS3 in a while, but still not the $350 dollar price point we'd like to see.

Via Gizmodo

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