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Will the new ‘Ultimate’ Xbox 360 eclipse Sony’s PS3?

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351w ago - What a week for rumor mongering. Metal Gear Solid 4 on the Xbox 360, Crysis on the Xbox 360, and now the imminent arrival of the new Xbox 360 'Ultimate.' What will Friday bring, we wonder?

With Mr. Bill Gates expected to launch a departing bombshell during his final keynote as Microsoft chairman at next week's upcoming CES show in Las Vegas, industry commentators have been speculating wildly about exactly what he might unleash.

Well, if today's rumour from Stuff magazine is to be believed, Microsoft's concerted efforts to quell the challenge of Sony in the gaming arena are about to shift into overdrive with the arrival of the all-new 'Ultimate' Xbox 360 console.

Not content with the Core, Premium, and Elite models, Microsoft is apparently preparing the autumnal introduction of its Ultimate edition, a 320GB behemoth that comes equipped with 1080p HDMI, onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, HD audio output, cool-running 65nm hardware, and an almost imperceptible ventilation fan.

Furthermore, it will also be able to take advantage of the Xbox IPTV service, which is expected to be in full flow well before the end of the year. And, if you're presently wondering whether the Ultimate will offer enough oomph to crush the PlayStation 3 beneath Microsoft's stomping corporate boots,...
 

Worst European PlayStation Store Update Ever?

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351w ago - Update: A French Sony representative lets us know that last week was their week off and so they had nothing set up for this week, which is perfectly fine. Therefore, this weeks European update is only what they had hanging around, making our title a tad unkind.

It looks as though the European and Australian stores are going to be pretty empty this week. Their friends across the water had a New Years break, and perhaps it is their turn for a little rest. It certainly looks like it.

Can we blame them? They brought us 3 gems last week - a Super Stardust HD demo and upgrade, The Club demo and a new PSN game, Snakeball.

The Australian Store has already been updated, and reports from the French Playstation forum suggests that the same meager offerings are on their way to Europe also.
 

Preview: Ferrari Championship

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351w ago - The Ferrari Challenge is an annual series based entirely around a particular model of Ferrari, which changes each year, and makes a distinction between professional racers and 'gentleman drivers'.

Ferrari Challenge has a similar dichotomy: it screams 'associated product' from the badge on the box to the track hoardings, but also has ambitions of being a comprehensive simulation within those limits.

It certainly looks the part. Although great-looking driving games are hardly uncommon on the current generation of home consoles, Ferrari Challenge's cars are very well modeled and the tracks are perfect replicas of their real-world counterparts. And there's no point in denying the vicarious thrill in bombing around in a perfectly polished Ferrari that's beyond most wallets.

The handling of the cars is equally faithful, the limits of sticking to one manufacturer's roster overcome by an almost obsessive attention to the differences in handling between the various Ferrari models. In some cases, such as tweaks between variants of the same model, it seems much of a muchness. But beyond that, the cars are distinctive enough that each race (in the Ferrari Challenge, the same cars race each other) has noticeable differences.

Tweaking the handling parameters allows the game to...
 

Why PS3's power will shine in 2008

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351w ago - PlayStation 3 will flourish in 2008 - not our words, but the emerging consensus among the global development community. With genuinely exciting exclusives flickering on the horizon (see our recent MGS4 hands-on and in-depth details) and a growing community of developers coming to grips with the possibilities on offer from the hardware, the future's looking bright.

While some developers have been critical of PS3's complex architecture (yes, Gabe Newell from Valve, we're pointing at you) many more are praising the power and potential of the machine.

"The amount of action we're able to put on the screen at 60 frames per second dwarfs what we were able to do a year ago at 30 frames per second," claims Insomniac's (Resistance, Ratchet) Chief Creative Officer Brian Hastings, "What's most exciting is I think we'll see just as big a leap from our second generation engine to our third as we did from first to second."

User-created content will be a feature of 2008, claims Epic boss Mark Rein (Unreal Tournament 3). "We're really excited about bringing robust user-created content to PS3. PC gamers can use the included Unreal Engine 3 tool set to create mods which can be played on PS3."
 

Destroy All Humans 3 intro video!

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351w ago - THQ released the quite amusing intro of a video intro from Destroy All Humans: Big willy Unleashed, a game that was quite discreet since a long time now.

Note: the source had the wrong title which was "Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon" but has been corrected to "Destroy All Humans: Big willy Unleashed".

Video can be seen below:



 
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