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Call of Duty 4: Larger burden on Sony PS3 than Xbox 360

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320w ago - Games like Call of Duty 4 run at a framerate of 60 frames per second on both systems. But Call of Duty 4 is a game that experienced technical problems with various bottlenecks due to the varying levels of action that occur on the screen. The game was originally designed to run at 60 frames per second at 720p, but it caused drops in the framerate.

The proof of this is the fact that Call of Duty 4 runs at a resolution of only 640p on both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This may be "equal" in terms of what is displayed on the screen, but the FACT is that Call of Duty 4 is putting a much larger burden on the PS3 than it is the Xbox 360.

Confirmation of this can be seen in the large number of games that "run smoothly at 60 frames per second on the Xbox 360, but struggle to run at 30 frames per second on the Playstation 3." That was a quote from Gamespot.

It's simple math: The Xbox 360 can display approximately 500,000,000 polygons per second, compared to 275,000,000 polygons per second for the Playstation 3.

Multi-platform games use what is called a "Lowest Common Denominator" form of programming.

Basically, what this means is the developers start out by saying to themselves, "We need to develop a game for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3."
 

EA apologizes over Football Anthem blunder

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320w ago - Electronic Arts has today apologised for a culturally sensitive blunder in UEFA Euro 2008 - in which the Northern Ireland football team stand to The Soldier's Song, traditionally sung at United Ireland sporting events.

A regional newspaper in Northern Ireland reports that fans reacted with 'surprise' to hear the anthem represent their national team in the game.

One fan posted a shocked comment on an internet football forum to simply say, "So Northern Ireland has no identity now I suppose."

EA spokesperson Shaun White apologized for the error. He stated:

"At EA Sports, we pride ourselves on delivering rich and authentic videogame experiences. We sincerely apologise for this error."

That apology has been welcomed by NI Sports Minister Gregory Campbell. He said: "Any apology on this matter is most welcome. Obviously there's has been a lack of knowledge on the makers' part and hopefully it will be changed as soon as possible."

The official Northern Ireland national anthem is God Save Our Queen.
 

No Trophies in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare per Infinity Ward

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320w ago - Per Fourzerotwo from Infinity Ward: With the latest PlayStation 3 Firmware now available, I see a lot of questions regarding how it effects Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

"At this time, we have no plans to patch in Trophy support for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the PS3. Much like DualShock rumble addition to the PS3, the support for these new features have come much to late for us to add it to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare due to our current production schedule."

We would have loved to have these in the game at launch if the support was available, or shortly after.
 

Sony can't solve all their Problems with Magic, who knew?

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320w ago - If any of you have ever been on any PlayStation-related blog at any point in time since the PS3's release (and let's be frank, that'll be a fair few of you) you'll have noticed that the demands for an in-game Xross Media Bar have been ever-ongoing.

Every single post on the the PlayStation.blog (still not understanding the need for that dot) has received streams of comments from the rabid PS3 owners complaining about a lack of service and a lack of respect for the consumer base who've splashed out several hundred dollars/pounds/Euros/et cetera on their shiny black behemoth.

The thing is, I'm wondering why, as a collective, they don't seem to have a single brain cell between them to share some sort of common sense when it comes to developing features such as the in-game-XMB, which we've just received after months and months of demand. Even after we've picked that up, we're still baying for more. My ultimate slating of PlayStation fanboys continues after the hop, skip, leap, jump.

What people don't realize, and I really wish they would, is that Sony aren't a bunch of technological wizards. They can't just magic up an in-game XMB out of thin air, or pull it out of a hat. I don't want to sound like some sort of extremist fanboy here leaping to Sony's defense as if I'm...
 

Activision Still Calls Console Hardware Prices "Prohibitive"

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320w ago - When the PlayStation 3 launched with a $600 price tag for the full 60GB version, many began to question if the price of video game hardware had suddenly gotten a bit out of control. Now, though, the $400 price tag for the PS3 and 360 is far more agreeable, and the Wii retails for an even cheaper price.

Recently, we've seen plenty of evidence to indicate that consumers are having less difficulty with the price of consoles (especially the PS3), but Activision still thinks it's all too expensive.

According to a Times Online interview with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, one of the world's leading game publishers holds firm to the belief that console price cuts are essential, especially in this economy. He did admit to seeing a "real demographic expansion with the industry's customer base," but at the same time, the cost for running out and picking up a game console is still "prohibitive."

Kotick does add, however, that the game industry tends to do very well in slower economies for the simple fact that more people tend to stay home (it just gets too expensive to go out). This much, the NPD has all but proven in recent months, and games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots have helped to spur hardware sales.

But you'll still find plenty of gamers...
 
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