Friday 2 June 2006
Gamers aren't fussed about whether they can use their back catalogues of Xbox games on their new 360s, according to Microsoft's vice president of gaming Peter Moore.
"Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility," says Moore, conveniently forgetting the uproar that greeted the next-gen machine's paltry support for old Xbox games at 360's launch.
The issue is that each and every Xbox game must be 'patched' by Microsoft before it can work on the 360 hardware.
A flurry of gossip and other internet flotsam surrounds nearly everything that comes out of Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates. The latest morsel of titillation dropped by the head man himself came out of a statement made at the D4: All Things Digital Conference, held in Carlsbad, California. Nebulously alluding (or do we mean eluding?) to possible future Microsoft plans, Gates said, "We are looking at various ways to bring more to that [handheld] space. There is a lot yet that hasn't been
The annual Game Critics Award winners have finally been released, much to the elation and delight of the winners and the certain soul-crushing dismay of those who didn't quite take home the trophy. We would mention how surprised we are that Excite Truck managed to pull in best racing game honors or that Wii Sports has trumped publisher Electronic Arts' sports dynasties Madden and NCAA Football, as well as the NBA 2K series from 2K Sports - but given that Wii managed to pull in best of show, it
We just got a brand new batch of screens from an old favorite that have us delirious with joy. Old-school quarter-gobbler Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting is set to return to living rooms all over the planet over the wildly popular Xbox Live Arcade. Soon to be available for download via the Xbox Live Marketplace, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting appears to be an accurate version... pack in online battling over Xbox Live and you're talking pure arcade divinity.
Thursday 1 June 2006
A US-based research company firmly believes that a move into the handheld market is still a part of Microsoft's long term plan.
The firm, called The Diffusion Group, recently published a report which has the catchy title of On the Future of Portable Game Consoles: Analysis & Forecasts. It outlines how Microsoft is perfectly placed to get involved with the portable gaming market, in which revenues are "expected to reach $3 billion annually by 2008", and how it could be
Another snippet of news from Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb was dropped through his weekly podcast. In addition to some in-depth news on the upcoming Xbox Live dashboard update, he also announced the release date for the Xbox Live Vision Camera as September 19 for North America and October 2 for Europe and Asia (except
Bill Gates was quoted in a recent interview with MTV regarding the PS3 and Wii inclusion of motion-sensitive controllers, saying, "It's something that's not mainstream for most games." Pointing out a questionable flaw in the design, he went on to state, "People aren't that good at totally standing still. Even pilots actually sit in a chair when they do their flying. So there's a lot to be learned about these controllers."
It would appear that Microsoft is not too keen on incorporating the same
A new trailer of the Dirty Harry game for PS3 and Xbox 360 gives you a good look at the character model for the legendary cop.
Published by Warner Bros Interactive and developed by The Collective (who did the recent Da Vinci Code game ), Dirty Harry puts you in control of Clint Eastwood's borderline-psycho cop Harry Callahan as he polices the streets of San Francisco.
The game fits into the Dirty Harry timeline somewhere between the first and second films, but WB has so far been quite
We scored a few more enticing shots of the upcoming Frontlines: Fuel of War, currently being developed for all things next-gen - that is, the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. This shooter is a vehicle-based battle of the future that will decide who stands over the last petroleum reserves left in the world.
Although this is Kaos Studios' first release, Kaos is headed by Frank DeLise and several members of his old team at Trauma Studios. Trauma made the immensely popular Desert Combat mod for Battlefield
Xbox Live is about to get a bit more... comfortable. Microsoft will release the first major upgrade to the online network next week, adding several tweaks that users have been requesting since the launch of Xbox 360. Truth is, Xbox Live has been far more successful than Microsoft expected, and the network simply wasn't built to handle all the traffic it's been hosting - the team thought they'd have 100 bits of content online after E3, but oops, it's 1000. So they've been building in some fixes