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MySpace Plans Gaming Push, Allows Devs to Launch Games

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271w ago - News Corp's latest strategy to turn MySpace into a cool place to be at again is to turn it into a videogame platform.

MySpace will attempt to expand as well as allow developers to launch their products on the site.

To quote: News Corp's latest [Register or Login to view links] to make MySpace into a go-to destination for Web surfers is to turn it into a gaming platform, according to News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller.

Miller told the Fortune Brainstorm: TECH conference in Pasadena, California that he wanted to expand the site's videogame platform and offer developers the ability to launch their products on the site and mine user data to develop better games.

"None of the traditional media conglomerates are also significant video game players, so to speak, and I think that that's the missing piece of the equation, particularly when you see how much time is spent playing games online," Miller said.
 

Dev: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Will Significantly Push Sony's PSP

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289w ago - Motorstorm: Arctic Edge will significantly push the PSP's hardware according to BigBig, but the dev says we still haven't seen everything Sony's handheld is capable of.

To quote: "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge really does push the machine," game director Richard Ogden told NowGamer. "We've got more physics and damage and destruction going on than most other games on the system.

As to whether there's more that can be squeezed out; most definitely. We've been working with the hardware now for a good few years and we're still finding ways that we can squeeze more out of it."

Ogden also told us that Arctic Edge will bring the "full Motorstorm experience" to the PSP, despite the hardware disparity between Sony's handheld and its PS3 big brother.

"As long as you take a sensible view on what you're trying to achieve then there aren't really any major constraints when translating a PS3 game to PSP," he said.

"The main area to deal with is the graphics and visuals - we have to use lower resolution textures and less polygons in our models, but in such a way that it's still going to look great on the small screen. Really, nothing else needs to be compromised that much, at least not in the player's perception of the final product."
 

Formula One Pushed Back on Sony PS3 And XBox 360 Until 2010

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289w ago - Got a Sony PS3 or XBox 360? Then there'll be no Formula One for you this year.

To quote: The latest issue of the UK Official PlayStation Mag reckons the PS3 version's been pushed back to next year.

And (surprise, surprise) now sources 'in the know' have told us the 360 version won't be out until 2010 either.

Our source said that Wii and PSP F1 games would be released later this year, but only because Codemasters doesn't "want to piss off the rights holders." Which really fills us with confidence.

True? Yeah, probably. Codemasters has shown off most of its 2009 line-up, but has given us nothing on Formula One so far. A delay sounds about right.
 

TGS 2008: Halo 3 Recon & Tekken 6 Lead New 360 Software Push

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312w ago - Microsoft has revealed a batch of new software titles for the XBox 360 during its keynote session at the Tokyo Game Show today, naming the Halo project recently revealed by Bungie.

Halo 3 Recon is dated for autumn 2009, and sees the return of Microsoft's number one franchise to the XBox 360 system with new single and multiplayer content.

The latest big name franchise to make the leap to Microsoft's console is Tekken 6 from Namco Bandai, also due next autumn.

Tekken follows Final Fantasy as a franchise previously associated with Sony's PlayStation brand and highlights the recent trend for Japanese developers to go multiformat with releases.

A sequel to the Q Entertainment title Ninety Nine Nights is also due for the system, along with a handful of new XBox Live titles including Metal Slug 7 and King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match from SNK Playmore.
 

Dev: The PS3 hasn't been pushed to its limits yet!

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334w ago - Sean Decker, the General Manager of EA's DICE Studio has said that we are not starting to see the limits of the PS3's capabilities now and it will be a while until the PS3 is pushed to the edge.

"Oh no. I've been around for two different console cycles now, this is my third one, and it's always the case that the first several years everybody's exploring the bounds of it, and it's not until several years down the road that you're able to squeeze every drop out of it." said the GM.

To quote: He added: "Look at games like God of War. On the PS2 it looks brilliant. Try and do that game at the beginning of the PS2, wow, you would have such a hard time doing that. And the same thing's going to be true for this as well.

Over the next several years on all the major platforms you're going to see all the developers squeezing every little bit out of it. It's going to be a while before you really push it to the edge."
 
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