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Project Natal XBox 360 Launch Details Leaked from Microsoft Tour

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249w ago - Today MCVUK.com (linked above) is reporting that XBox 360 Project Natal launch details have leaked from a Microsoft Tour of UK publishers and studios.

According to the leaked information, the controller-free XBox 360 camera will be released worldwide in November, 2010 with five million units to ship for launch day.

To quote: Microsoft is planning to manufacture 5m units for day one release, with a mix of console and camera plus solus SKUs expected.

The device should cost under £50 when sold solo. One publishing source says Microsoft is "trying to get as close as possible to 'impulse buy'". Another even says the camera could even retail for just £30.

14 games are being readied for launch. This summer Xbox studios boss Phil Spencer told MCV the 360 still 'hasn't peaked'.

"When Natal arrives it will feel like a new generation has come," he said. "I see it like the launch of 360 in November '05. Consumers don't want another $400 box right now."
 

EA Sports PS3 NCAA Football Challenge Campus Tour Arrives

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254w ago - Today EA Sports' Lifestyle Marketing Manager Roy Stigall III has announced that an NCAA Football Challenge Tour event will be coming to several area campuses starting today.

To quote: I am thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with PlayStation to bring you the EA SPORTS NCAA Football Challenge Tour presented by Best Buy.

This nation-wide competition will give ultimate gamers like you the opportunity to win a trip to the Rose Bowl and go head-to-head for a chance to score a $10k grand prize and take home your very own custom PS3!

So how does it work? Each Friday starting October 9th (that's today!) at UCLA, gamers of all types, from hard-core to casual, will be invited to come down and test their NCAA Football 10 skills to compete for cool prizes and perhaps more importantly, bragging rights for their favorite schools. If your field skills outmatch and outscore the competition then you'll receive a custom PSP and trip to the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2010 to compete in the finals!

As an added bonus, participants at each stop will also have a chance to check out the redesigned PlayStation Patrol Truck. The fully loaded semi will be exclusively featuring EA SPORTS NCAA Football 10 on state-of-the art PlayStation 3 systems, so bring your friends and prepare to channel...
 

Unreal Tournament 3 Mods for PS3 Get Custom Sound Support

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256w ago - Epic Games has great news for mod developers: Custom sounds can now be imported for Unreal Tournament 3 mods for PlayStation 3 using Epic Games' ATRAC3 mod tools, which are free of charge and available now.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Press Release: UnrealŪ Tournament 3 Mods for PS3 Get Custom Sound Support

CARY, N.C. (September 25, 2009) - Previously, custom sounds for Unreal Tournament 3 mods have only been supported for PC. Thanks to cooperation with Sony, Epic Games is able to offer its QA-tested and approved PS3 sound conversion tools to mod authors.

What this means is that many of our latest and greatest mods, especially total conversions using entirely original assets, can now be ported over for the entire PS3 community to enjoy.

Want to see some of these amazing mods? Head over to www.makesomethingunreal.com to view the dozens of levels, characters, vehicles, weapons and total conversions that are in the running to receive lots of cash and even an UnrealŪ Engine 3 commercial license as part of the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest.

If you are a mod author and want to take advantage of these tools, the instructions are really simple. First, you should have Unreal...
 

Video: GamesCom Virtual Booth Tour: Heavy Rain for PS3

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261w ago - Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared a GamesCom Heavy Rain virtual booth tour video today.

To quote: Meet Detective Shelby, a brand new Heavy Rain character revealed and demoed at Gamescom Cologne.

On day one, we scored some time with writer/director and Founder/CEO of developer [Register or Login to view links] David Cage, who was kind enough to take you on a tour of the playable Gamescom demo.

As Detective Shelby enters a convenience store to meet with the father of one of the Origami Killer's victims... well, you should just watch for yourself. And we didn't forget about your questions!

Head on back next week as Mr. Cage answers some of your questions about Heavy Rain.




 

Video: GamesCom Virtual Booth Tour: MAG for PlayStation 3

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261w ago - Update: According to German site [Register or Login to view links], the MAG public BETA will begin on September 17, 2009 as confirmed by Andy Beaudoin, chief designer at Zipper Interactive.

Today Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared a MAG GamesCom Virtual Booth Tour video on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: On day one of Gamescom Cologne, even the jet lag of a 40-hour day couldn't keep me from stumbling my way over to MAG in the PlayStation booth.

There, I found Seth Luisi, Director of Development at SCEA, who walked us through a 128-player "Acquisition" mode Valor map that's playable on the show floor.

Check out the video, and don't forget that Qore subscribers will have the chance to get in on the MAG Official Public Beta on September 17!




 
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