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European Union May Order Microsoft to Bundle Other Browsers

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292w ago - The European Union's antitrust investigation team has released preliminary statements on how it will rule on the question of whether Microsoft abused its dominant market position to push the adoption of Internet Explorer; the remarks are not encouraging.

The investigation is not over–Microsoft still has time to issue its own formal response to further concerns the EU raised in January–but the company may need a Hail Mary pass to escape the penalty the EU is prepared to level.

Jonathan Todd, spokesperson for the EU Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, gave the Web site [Register or Login to view links] a peek into what the commission is planning in the event that Microsoft cannot successfully answer the EU's questions.

"If the Commission's preliminary conclusions as outlined in the recent statement of objections were confirmed," Todd said, "the Commission would intend to impose remedies that enabled users and manufacturers to make an unbiased choice between Internet Explorer and competing third party web browsers." There's also a hefty fine attached to the remedy, but it's the browser issue we'll focus on.

"Unbiased," in this case, means "bundled." Under the proposed penalty,...
 

Killzone 2 PS3 Bundle Coming to Europe, Packshot Available

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299w ago - It seems that Sony are all set to release an official PS3 bundle with the game and a PlayStation 3 console if this packshot (below) is to be believed.

To quote: The bundle is for Europe only right now with no current plans from either SCEA or SCEJ, but we'll hedge a bet that SCEA will do something similar and announce it just before launch.

No price has been given yet, but we'll assume it'll be out with the game on Februrary 25th in Europe and February 27th in the UK.

While a bundle seems to be the most obvious thing right now in the world, it's still a good move for the game as there are a lot of people who are buying a PlayStation 3 just to get Killzone 2.
 

SCEJ Announces Resident Evil 5 Bundle for PlayStation 3

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299w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has revealed a PlayStation 3 bundle for Capcom's forthcoming shooter Resident Evil 5 (or Biohazard 5), scheduled for Japanese release with the game on March 5th.

The bundle will be priced at 48,980 ($526) and will include an 80GB PlayStation 3 system branded with the Biohazard logo and text, a copy of the game, and two Dualshock 3 controllers.

Microsoft revealed yesterday that it will also offer an Xbox 360 bundle for the survival horror game in Japan, priced at 34,800 ($369) and due March 5th.

The bundle will feature a 60GB system, a 48-hour Xbox Live Gold membership trial card, a copy of Resident Evil 5, a headset, a soundtrack CD, a collector's tin case, and a code for downloading an RE5 theme.

Neither Microsoft or Sony have disclosed any plans to bring their respective system bundles to the West. Resident Evil 5 ships for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the U.S. on March 13th.
 

Drake's Fortune 160GB PlayStation 3 Bundle Caught in the Wild

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306w ago - Engadget (linked above) writes: Hey, pal - remember that 160GB PS3 Drake's Fortune bundle we told you about back in August?

Well thanks to the totally awesome skills of one intrepid reader, we now know that they're available for purchasing pleasure at your local Best Buy (and other spots, we like to imagine).

From what we can tell based on that extremely blurry photo you see, the package will sell for a holiday-destroying $499.99, so you'd better hope grandma drops a big check on you this season.
 

PlayStation 3 Drake's Fortune Bundle Sales are Hot

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312w ago - Who says $500 is too much to spend on a gaming system? Certainly not the game and Blu-ray shoppers at Amazon.com.

Roughly 24 hours after appearing for pre-order at Amazon, the new Sony Playstation 3 160GB Bundle with Drake's Fortune, a DualShock controller and voucher for PAIN from the Playstation Network has made waves on the movers and shakers charts.

As of Saturday morning, the bundle had climbed 441% from the 157th bestsellers spot to the 29th spot over the past 24 hours.

That's not bad for a bundle we had made fun of not too long ago. Of course, we still stand pat on our belief a fused bundle with games and Blu-ray will really move some hardware this holiday season. And we're not just saying that because our site is built upon a foundation of combined games and movie coverage.

For now, we'll keep our eye on this Drake's Fortune bundle and see if it can continue to climb the charts.
 
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