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Activision CEO Expects at least 8 Years out of the PS3

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323w ago - During the Activision Blizzard Analyst Day, CEO Robert Kotick expressed his expectations that the PS3 will last at least eight years.

Since Activision Blizzard is now "largest payer of royalties to the first-parties of any third-party company," the CEO believes the company is "starting to influence hardware design."

When is that going to happen, you ask? "I think there's a long life ahead of us, we're in year eight of PlayStation 2 and when you look at PlayStation 3 technically we're likely to see at least eight years' success."

We've heard enough from Sony executives who chant the PS3's expected 10 year life-cycle like a mantra, so it is refreshing to hear someone from outside the company who has similar confidence in our favorite console.
 

Samsung: Blu-ray will only last 5 more years, certainly not 10

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325w ago - Andy Griffiths, the director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK has revealed a belief that the Blu-ray format will last only for another five years before it is replaced by something else.

He went on to say there is no chance that it will have 10 more years.

To quote: Samsung has said that it sees the Blu-ray format only lasting a further 5 years before it is replaced by another format or technology.

"I think it [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn't give it 10", Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK told Pocket-lint in an interview.

Hoping to capitalise before it's too late, Griffiths believes that 2008 is the format's year.

"It's going to be huge", he told Pocket-lint. "We are heavily back-ordered at the moment."
 

Confirmed: Gears of War 2 not coming to PC

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326w ago - In an IGN interview with Cliff Bleszinski, it was revealed by Cliff that Gears of War 2 would not be coming to the PC.

The point of interest came up in a question about Gears 2's "Linked Achievements" and the Achievement portability with an account from Games for Windows Live.

When prompted about a PC version of Gears 2, Cliff spilled the beans:

"Gears of War is a great franchise first and foremost for Xbox 360, and therefore we're focusing on that platform for Gears of War 2. We've decided we're not going to do a PC version this time around."
 

Gears of War 2's Active Sniper will not Insta-Down

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334w ago - The one and only Cliff Bleszinski popped up on the NeoGAF Forums where the latest video of Gears of War 2 was being discussed, to clarify the Longshot sniper's abilities.

Responding to a remark claiming that "active downs with the Longshot are still existent in Gears 2", Cliff denied the claim, stating that the Longshot will not have insta-down abilities in Gears 2.

Honestly, we're glad. An active reload with Gears' Longshot sniper was a downing machine in multiplayer that was way too easy to pull off.

Though, this begs another question, what damage will an actively reloaded sniper cause in Gears 2? Hmmm...
 

Gears of War 2: No blinging up your guns

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335w ago - With E3 fast approaching, all 360 owners eyes are on Epic's Gears of War 2. And there's nothing more lead developer Cliff Bleszinksi likes than adding fuel to the fire of hype.

Touching on whether or not you'll be able to customise any part of your arsenal, he explained, "We're not really that kind of game. We're not going to allow you to bling out your gun. The Lancer's a Lancer, Gus is Gus, and Marcus is Marcus. Those are the identities we're sticking with." Fair enough.

Bleszinksi's clearly loving what he's playing too. "Just the other day I was driving in this icy level with a tank and power-sliding through Locusts and Gus goes, 'Locust roadkill, baby. Squish. Squish. Squash. Squash.' It was just freakin' great. And then when you shoot you're knocking over trees because we have more destroyable objects and you shoot your Boomshot and everything shatters apart.

"Gears was heavy and Gears was chunky and Gears felt satisfying. And Gears 2 is just really taking that to the next level. It's just cooler and more visceral."

We don't doubt it. Read more from GamePro HERE.
 
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