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Toshiba Blu-ray Support Hints of an XBox 360 Add-On Coming?

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267w ago - After Toshiba Corp., the developer of the HD DVD format, releases its Blu-ray disc player by the end of the year, Microsoft Corp. will have to follow and launch Blu-ray add-on for its Xbox 360 game console.

The support of Blu-ray disc (BD) by Toshiba means that the format is finally becoming a de-facto standard for high-definition home video. Toshiba is the last major consumer electronics maker to support BD.

To quote: Microsoft has publicly stated that high-definition video downloads and streaming is the future of video delivering to homes. However, it also had HD DVD add-on for Xbox 360, hence, the company admits that physical media is still popular.

Moreover, with all the consumer electronics making BD players, Microsoft also needs to provide such an option to its consumer electronics video-game platform: it is clear that there will be much higher demand towards Blu-ray hardware in the coming years.

Windows 7 operating systems supports burning of Blu-ray discs and recognizes their file structure. In a recent TV advertisement Microsoft even said that Blu-ray support is one of the advantages that certain Windows-based computers have over Apple Macintosh systems.

The main reason why Microsoft is unenthusiastic regarding Blu-ray is mandatory support of BD-Java interactive...
 

TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine Games Coming to PlayStation Network

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268w ago - Sony of Japan has announced today news that TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine Games are coming to PlayStation Network.

Bomberman '94, New Adventure Island (Takahashi Meijin no Shin Boukenjima), Sengoku Mahjong, and Devil Crush are available starting today, priced at the standard Game Archives going price of 600.

The games are playable on both PlayStation 3 and PSP.

In a statement, Sony said to expect more PC Engine titles on the service in the future. Below is the press release, roughly translated:

Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment Of Japan (SCEJ), today in 2009 Wednesday, July 15 from the PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) and PSP "PlayStation Portable" download service available in the PlayStation Store "GEMUAKAIBUSU" in the category, PC 2 engine will be handled in software.

"GEMUAKAIBUSU" the original PlayStation software assets and PSP and PS3 range of services enjoy 2006 Wednesday, November 22 from the start, over 300 line-up available, many for everyone we enjoy.

PC software manufacturers in the past software engine was sold for "GEMUAKAIBUSU" by adding to the masterpieces of the past more "PlayStation" and can be delivered to everyone in the user.

Manufacturer and Wednesday, July 15 is "Bomberman'94" and the release of four titles, we will gradually...
 

Video: An Introduction to Trine, Coming Soon to PSN

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268w ago - Nobilis Product Manager Oliver Vermeille has announced Trine today, which is coming to Sony's PlayStation Network, as follows:

I work for [Register or Login to view links], a publishing company which is based in Lyon, France. I'm a Product Manager and I'm here to tell you about an exciting new release for PlayStation Store: Trine.

[Register or Login to view links] is a fantasy action and platform game that combines 2D gameplay with 3D graphics. The game is balanced between action and puzzle-solving sequences. Three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil, and the player can at any time freely choose whoever is best suited for the upcoming challenge or puzzle.





Because physics is at the core of the gameplay, there is not just one solution for each puzzle; in fact you can even find a way the developers have never thought of!

You can control one of the three characters of the game and switch at any time to solve the puzzles in a different manner. Each character has a unique ability, so choose the one you think is best suited for the situation.

The Wizard can create and move objects around to build a bridge or crush...
 

Survey Hints at Netflix Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 Console?

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269w ago - A new Netflix survey is making the rounds on the Internet; this time it features questions on PS3 support.

Will Netflix be making its way to Sony's PlayStation 3 console after all?

To quote: A survey from Netflix hints at the potential future of the Netflix service, including PlayStation 3 support.

With the one-year anniversary of Netflix's appearance on the XBOX 360 approaching, it's entirely possible that the movie and TV rental service is looking to branch out into other platforms to ensure total domination of gamers' living rooms.

However, there is one interesting bit of information in this survey; unlike the 360's built-in Netflix streaming, though, this potential PS3 streaming requires a Netflix Instant Streaming Disc to work.

This would insinuate that Netflix support would not be built directly into the PS3's firmware like it is on 360, but rather supported through an outside application.

Considering the fact that the PS3 supported Hulu until just a week ago, however, it's always possible that this could change.
 

Capcom Classics Coming to PSN Starting Tomorrow

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269w ago - Capcom's Marketing Coordinator Ryan McDougall has announced today that Capcom Classics will be hitting PSN tomorrow.

To quote: Today, I'm here to bring you word of our upcoming PlayStation classics, a library of classic games being brought to you on the PlayStation Network. We've sorted through our archives and hand-selected the games that rocked the industry.

All of these upcoming classics will be released over the PSN, and will be playable on your PSP.

Coming up first is Capcom Classics Collection: Remixed, available tomorrow. The game is a collection of arcade classics from gaming's glorious past. Pay homage to the best of the arcades, like Final Fight, Bionic Commando, Street Fighter, and Magic Sword. Prove your old-school dominance with twenty full arcade titles. Check out the full list of included games [Register or Login to view links].

Later this summer, look forward to Fate/Unlimited Codes. Capcom's fighting game masters have brought one of Japan's most popular animes exclusively to the PSN, ready for the new PSPgo. High-flying combos and fast-paced versus action show off the game's gorgeous 3D graphics, and it's a fighting-game experience you can't get anywhere else.

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