226w ago - Today caliblue15 of BlueRayCenter Forums (linked above) has received some alleged retail pics of the XBox 360 Arcade/Elite from an anonymous Best Buy insider.
They beg the question if Microsoft is indeed discontinuing their XBox 360 Pro SKU for just the XBox 360 Arcade and Elite console versions.
However, some speculate the XBox 360 Pro won't be gone as it's still listed as '2013' with the XBox 360 Elite as 'out of stock' at Best Buy by August 30th.
That being said, according to caliblue15's source the new XBox 360 Elite is supposed to hit store shelves by August 30, 2009.
Based on the pics (below), it also appears as though the Audio/Video cable provided with the XBox 360 Elite will no longer be an HD cable. Instead, just a standard definition composite cable may be supplied... only time will tell for sure.
227w ago - According to GamesThirst (linked above), the September Issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM, formerly known as PSM - PlayStation Magazine) has a few new details about Team ICO's newest game, The Last Guardian for PS3.
To quote: "The game being the third from Team ICO, will center on the evolving relationship between a boy and his large mythical creature, (we already knew that), that creature is called "Trico" in the Japanese version.
At first the creature will be hostile towards the boy, but as the boy cares for the creature, cleaning it, playing with it and feeding it, that relationship, or bond will grow.
Overtime, the boy will use the creature to solve platforming puzzles, but the creature is alive and acts naturally, as if it were a real animal. Persuading it to do what you need will take patience and guile, not force."
That being said, The Last Guardian is looking to be another graphical masterpiece from the creators of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
For those wondering, The Last Guardian has no official release date yet but is likely to be released in 2010.
232w ago - According to shakedown1987 via GameTrailers (linked above), Sony has began training on their recently patented "PlayStation Cloud".
Apparently, PlayStation Cloud is similar to the social-media site Facebook. This application will update, in real-time, and show all your friends your latest trophy accomplishments, avatar changes, etc.
Furthermore, it seems Sony is looking to make some features of the service public, and is actively looking for current customer service employees to moderate the public arenas.
To quote: Someone from SCEA consumer services told me something interesting. I recently called Sony's consumer services to complain to them about the lack of features, hoping they would forward it to the right people.
The guy I talked to was like he had no idea if they are getting those features however he said that he has an orientation sometime next week for a new service with new features called PlayStation Cloud, he said that all he knows about it is what his manager had told him and that there will be something similar to FaceBook where you'll have a News Feed thing that will say all the things you've done or friends have done on PlayStation Network like...
245w ago - The 2009 Game Developers Conference begins tomorrow (already today in some parts of the world), and here are some pre-GDC 2009 PS3 and PSP rumors circulating the Internet:
We round up the latest hearsay to come from the Game Developers Conference. Teeda was kind enough to share some of the latest rumors involving the Game Developers Conference with us. Here's the latest:
• New 80gb PS3 bundled with 2 games will be launched at the end of March.. it will cost $399 (already confirmed).
• New 40gb ps3 sku will be launched this May. The cost will be $299.
• PSP slide will be shown for the first time in this year's E3. The launch is next year.
• The currently available PSP model will get a price cut too. The cost will be $119.
• Fumito Ueda will be there at GDC '09. He will announce 2 projects. One of them is Shadow of the Colossus Online.
• Syphon Filter is underway to PS3. Apparently the developers are using the same engine behind Killzone2.
• Insomniac is developing a new action platformer RPG. It looks like a Zelda clone.
246w ago - News is making it's rounds on the Internet the next iteration of the PlayStation Portable, dubbed herein as "PSP 3G, is on the way.
Allegedly, it will get 3G support across the globe and will hit during April, 2009.
To quote: Don't get your hopes up, folks, but there is something of a rumor stemming from NeoGAF about the next iteration of the PlayStation Portable, dubbed herein as "PSP 3G:"
David Perry // Producer, SCEA: Also well known as the PSP-4000 or the PSP2, the new PSP model will be called PSP 3G. Unlike previous PSP models it will have a Touch Screen as well as an UMTS support, Bluetooth and a microphone. That means you will be able to use it easily as a normal mobile phone.
With its ultra compact size and design it will be not much bigger than an iPhone but it will offer you the highest gaming comfort. There wont be any UMD-drive any more but instead a keyboard with a slide mechanism though.
But of course, you will be able to download all the games From The PSN Store with the PSP 3G soon. Cooperating with Sony Ericsson, we will be able to deliver the PSP 3G in the USA and Japan by the end of April 2009. First pictures will follow tomorrow.
So, yeah. I think someone was duped somewhere. If you see this pop up, don't buy into it unless...