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PS3 DivX Functionality Coming "Very Soon"

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371w ago - We met with DivX earlier today to discuss their upcoming plans, and one of the topics that came up was support for the PS3 console. According to the company, they expect the previously announced firmware update to hit the PS3 soon, which will enable full DivX support for the console.

Though no specific time frame was given for this upgrade, their particular emphasis on saying it was coming soon leads us to believe it's "coming in a week or two" soon, as opposed to "4 months down the road" soon.

As far as upgrade details go, the PS3 is DivX-certified, meaning not only is playback guaranteed to function properly, but game developers can also use the compression format for in-game cutscenes In comparison, the Xbox 360 merely supports playback of DivX-encoded videos [DivX].
 

PS3 Rocket Launch Riot Gameplay video available!

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372w ago - Bring out the big guns for this online shootout!

Video below, courtesy of GameTrailers:




 

Official CLOUD Site Opened

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372w ago - It's now Friday in Japan, marking the official release date of the CLOUD artbook and accompanying DVD. Media Works have now opened the official site for the book which confirms all the trailers which are appearing on the Special DVD and has a preview of some of the pages in the book, including one Fabula Nova Crystallis page.

It should only be a matter of time until the Final Fantasy XIII and Versus trailers appear on the internet so keep checking back!

Official CLOUD Site: http://cloud.dengekionline.com/
 

Assassin's Creed slaughters records as well as bad guys

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372w ago - Ubisoft announced some remarkable results today.

Assassin's Creed is now officially the fastest-selling new video game IP in the US, ever. Ubisoft have already shifted over 2.5 million units worldwide on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and they have increased their original sales estimate for 2007/2008 from three to five million units of the game as a result.

The net result is that Ubisoft have raised their expectations across the business and are reporting they will clear an additional €15m in sales revenue.

It will be interesting to see how other Ubisoft titles do next year in comparison. With the likes of Haze and Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway on the way, there's a good deal of decent titles to come from Ubisoft in the New Year...
 

DVDs holding gaming back

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372w ago - What does it mean when PS3 games start appearing on DVD?

We noticed something a little strange today - we received PS3 preview and review code (provided to journalists only) on DVD format... not Blu-ray. We won't point fingers or name names, but further research through our piles of discs revealed that this was not an isolated incident and that this phenomenon is restricted to games that are, or had been, released on the Xbox 360 as well. That is, multi-format games' not all of them, but some of them.

On face value that didn't seem particularly weird - after all, most multi-format games are indistinguishable across the consoles - but we couldn't shake the feeling of being sold short. Really, shouldn't there be some type of PS3 specific optimisation that makes use of this all-powerful Blu-ray format? Given that developers have access to an extra, what, 20-odd gig with Blu-ray, shouldn't games be stepping up?

Then it hit us: it's not worth their while. If you build a multi-format game across Xbox 360 and PS3 right now, you have two options: design the game separately for each format or design one game, that maximises the capacity of the smaller format... i.e. DVD. Obviously the second option makes much better business sense, especially given that the PS3's install base is...
 
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