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$169 Rock Band on November 23

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378w ago - Shortly after Rock Band was first announced for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, retailers posted product pages for the game's various instruments and an all-in-one bundle. However, Harmonix and MTV Games remained stubbornly mum on the subject of pricing and package options for the music game.

That changed today when a Harmonix rep confirmed for GameSpot that Amazon.com's latest changes to the game's price and release date are accurate. The online retailer is currently listing the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 bundles of the game for $169.99, with a November 23 release date.

In addition to that news, the representative also confirmed the PlayStation 2 version's price and release date. Last-generation gamers will have to wait a little longer to shred, but the price of admission won't be quite so steep, because the PS2 bundle will sell for $159.99 when it arrives December 10. The game and instruments will also be available separately.

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 bundles will include the game, a wired drum kit, and a microphone. The 360 bundle will also come with a wired Fender Stratocaster guitar controller and USB hub, whereas the PS3 bundle will come with a wireless version of the Stratocaster controller and no USB hub. The PS3 edition's instruments can also be used with the PS2 edition...
 

MX vs. ATV Untamed Hands-on

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378w ago - When it comes to offroad racing titles, you'd be hard-pressed to find a developer more experienced, praised and passionate than Rainbow Studios. The development house has been cranking out offroad games for nearly a decade now, starting with 1998's PC release of Motocross Madness. Now, the studio is ramping up to its seventh title, MX vs. ATV Untamed, set for release on December 17th.

Video: MX vs. ATV Untamed Trailer

With its first title for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rainbow Studios started from scratch and built MX vs. ATV Untamed from the ground up. This means that aside from having prettier visuals and more expansive online play, the game also features a more robust physics engine that not only allows for more precise interaction with the environment, but more personalization in your riding as well.

For example, you're now able to perform scrubs, which are where you flatten the bike like you would for a tabletop trick right as you're exiting a jump, thereby keeping your bike low so that you don't overshoot your landing spot. Some of the tricks are now physics-based as well, like flips and whips. Since they're based...
 

UK sales of PS3 and 360 neck-and-neck in 2007

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378w ago - Hardware statistics from ChartTrack show PS3 and Xbox 360 are within a hair's breadth of one another in terms of total calender year sales to date.

Xbox 360 enjoyed a 12-week headstart on PS3 before it was launched on March 23rd, but both systems have near identical sales figures for the first 38 weeks of the year.

However, 55 per cent of all PS3 sales came in the first four weeks after the console's launch date.

Xbox 360 is still benefiting from its price drop and the introduction of the Elite model last month, when it enjoyed a 260 per cent jump in sales. Since then (week 34), it has consistently sold more units than PS3 week-on-week.

ChartTrack director Dorian Bloch believes that the price of Sony's machine and lack of killer app software will see Microsoft's format pull ahead in the closing months of 2007.

"Prior to week 34, it's fair to say that Xbox 360 sales were verging on the unimpressive," he told MCV. "But since Elite was released and the 360 price drop has kicked in, Xbox is outselling PS3 week-on-week."

The consoles are at different stages of their lifecycles, and long-term the sales balance could easily shift. But unless a PS3 price cut comes in - and after Tokyo Games show it looks unlikely - it's difficult to see the 360...
 

Nomura on PS3: PS3 is the only console for Final Fantasy XIII

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378w ago - Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix has confirmed that the PS3 allows his team the freedom to create their vision for FFXIII and Vs XIII, stating that they are near perfect!

"PS3 allows all our visions to come true".
 

Gran Turismo HD to be Removed in Japan

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378w ago - Gran Turismo HD was initially intended as a limited time Christmas present of sorts for early PlayStation 3 adopters, but some nine months later, the free download is still available via the PlayStation Store. However, with Gran Turismo 5: Prologue on the horizon, Gran Turismo HD's days appear to be numbered -- at least in Japan.

GameLife reports that Sony will remove the title from the PlayStation Store in Japan this Sunday, September 30th. No word yet on whether the North American version of Gran Turismo HD will suffer the same fate, but we recommend downloading it immediately (wherever you are) if you haven't already. Along with the removal, the Japanese Gran Turismo website will no longer track rankings for the title, though the in-game leaderboards will continue to function.
 
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