273w ago - Microsoft confirmed today that the XBox 360 will receive a price cut in Europe, with the Premium unit selling for £169.99 / €239.99, the Arcade unit selling for £129.99 / €179.99 and the Xbox 360 Elite unit selling for £229.99 / €299.99.
"Xbox 360 has now sold over 20 million consoles worldwide and due to its unprecedented success, we are now able to pass on the rewards of that success to the consumer with a new retail pricing from £129.99," said Neil Thompson, senior regional director for Microsoft UK.
"With more games, more entertainment with XBox Live and now even more value, we are looking forward to welcoming more customers into the leading next generation console, Bbox 360."
These price cuts will come into effect on the 19th September.
275w ago - Sam_Protagonist, an SCE developer has just posted up at the Official PlayStation forums (linked above) that:
"There will be a limited public BETA test for LittleBigPlanet in September. If it will be possible to "sign up" for this test, full information on how to do so will be made public in advance of the test. Similarly if the test is going to be conducted in an invitation-only we will let you know ahead of time."
To quote in full: Hi all, here's your guide to what a beta test is, why it happens in the first place and what the different is between internal, external, public, private, open and closed.
A beta test takes place in order to test aspects of a game that cannot be checked using internal testing and QA staff. This is usually because of the number of people required to adequately test the game is far beyond the size of internal test departments. Often these tests are looking to ensure that balance, stability and various online functionality is working as planned, being conducted with enough time to make changes should the test indicate that work needs to be done.
Beta tests are described in a variety of ways, so here's a quick breakdown of what these various descriptions mean :
Internal - a test conducted only with people who work for the company (beyond...
275w ago - As previously reported both here and here, and as Kotaku (among others) has pointed out, there has been more and more information leaking about the newest price cuts for the XBox 360.
It seems that as early as this coming weekend, the Arcade version will sell for $199, according to Walmart (as shown in the below scan of the ad starting this Sunday, September 7), and based on the other reports, the 60 GB Pro will retail for $299, with the 120 GB Elite rounding out the group at $399.
So yes, Microsoft will in fact be the first to break the $200 price point - if only by pennies and with the crummy Arcade system, but hey, it's still progress. If anyone bought a 360 recently, I hope you still have your receipts!
Also, no word yet on whether the price drop will affect any remaining 20 gig units, which are currently priced at $299 and would undoubtedly continue to sit there not selling were they to remain the same price as the 60 gig.
278w ago - It appears Midway's financial woes continue. Today the company formally announced that it has canceled an "as-yet-unannounced" project in development at its Austin, Texas-based studio.
In further bleak news, as part of an ongoing initiative to "maximize its development resources and apply manpower and capital to projects with the highest chances of success," approx. 90 of all 130 employees employed by the studio will be laid off.
To quote: Matt Booty, interim CEO and president of Midway Games Inc. commented, "While this was a very difficult decision, we feel it was the right thing to do for the future of Midway. We view every game as an investment that must meet certain standards for quality, scheduling, and profitability. Midway remains committed to producing the highest quality entertainment, as evidenced by our strong holiday line-up which includes TNA iMPACT!, Blitz: The League II, and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe starring a team of MK characters and some of the most recognizable DC Comics personalities such as Batman, The Joker, and Superman."
Strong holiday line-up? Honestly, they'd be in deep trouble if it weren't for Mortal Kombat, which thankfully for them is almost guaranteed to sell well based on the inclusion of DC characters alone.