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Rumor: 360 Spring Update has Motion Sensor & Game Installs?

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336w ago - If Microsoft follows the same schedule it did last year, the Spring system update for the Xbox 360 should be right around the corner.

Today, an alleged and wholly unconfirmed list of changes included in the "Q2 2008" update was sent to us, supposedly forwarded from an internal source. The full list features about 80 new feature additions, tweaks and changes but was purported to be incomplete and subject to change.

Some are simply interesting as curiosities, such as an option to purchase Xbox Live memberships for charities and the addition of a Media section for audio delivered through feeds, such as podcasts. Others sound more feature robust, such as Windows Live Mail integration and an expanded "Inside Xbox" with news, weather, entertainment, help and community features.

Perhaps the most interesting additions are "Calibration options for motion sensor devices" for the Dashboard and "Support for titles to store installation data on Storage Device for faster loading" for Games. If true, the former would lend further credibility to frequent rumors that Microsoft is planning to introduce a motion controller for the Xbox 360.

The ability to store installation data on a hard drive–as is done with some PlayStation 3 games–would certainly be a welcome option, if that's how the wording...
 

Senator Barack Obama speaks on GTA IV at Campaign

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338w ago - Senator Barack Obama at his campaign in Indianapolis earlier spoke about GTA IV.

During a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama referenced the new 'Grand Theft Auto' video game as an example of media entertainment's growing influence on American children.

Video is courtesy of GameTrailers and available below:



 

Why Halo 3 and CoD4 Map Pack Pricing Makes No Sense

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340w ago - While both Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 have given gamers hours upon hours of entertainment, sometimes fragging people in the same setting can start to get a little stale. Lately, we've seen a couple of new maps packs released, the latest being the Legendary Map Pack for Halo 3, as well as the recent Variety Map Pack for Call of Duty 4.

Both map packs retail for 10 US dollars (or 800 points in Microsoft land), and give gamers three, or in CoD4's case four, new maps to tool around with. Although to be realistic, not all of these maps are truly new, as two of the Legendary pack's maps are remakes, as well as one of CoD 4's.

Both games have practiced differing methods of distributing this content, raising the question if gamers could be getting a better deal.

The hardcore crowd will of course eat these maps up no matter what the cost, but the reality is that the majority of people won't be buying them. By that, I mean people who aren't reading news articles on gaming.

However, there are obviously enough interested consumers for publishers to charge us 10 whole dollars for more content, as less popular games, such as Turok, have seen map packs containing five new maps retailing for only $4.99. This shows that the bigger the game, the more leverage a company has to charge...
 

Why Microsoft Newton is a stupid idea!

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340w ago - A few days ago a rumor started that Microsoft were making a motion-sensing controller, codenamed Newton, that looked very similar to the Wii remote.

Now fortunately I managed to resist making some stupid Isaac Newton joke in the title like: 'New 360 remote isn't down to earth' or '360 Motion control, a bad apple waiting to fall'. Ok enough with the the Newton jokes, they barely even make sense. Lets get this over and done with.

For those of you who don't know, the Microsoft motion sensing controller promises to have a microphone, speaker, A, B, X and Y buttons, a trigger and an analogue stick. Sound vaguely familiar to you?

Of course it does, you can't say motion sensing these days without thinking of the Wii and obviously this controller has similarities to Nintendo's console. Now I think if Microsoft release this controller, they will be maing a big mistake. Here's why.

The Wii has been a storming success, with casual and hardcore gamers buying the console. Nintendo are in the money once again and Microsoft want to cash in on it. After all, Sony released the SIX-AXIS so why shouldn't Microsoft join the party? What Microsoft don't seem to understand is that the Wii's motion controls, while making it stand out, are not the Wii's only selling feature....
 

Sony Senior Vice President talks PSN; Network Cards shipping!

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340w ago - Sony Senior Vice President Peter Dille has been talking about their plans for the Playstation Network this year on the US PlayStation Blog.

Information revealed included that: we can expect fewer arcade remakes and more original content on the PSN, they're committed to brining in-game access to XMB features, PlayStation Cards are currently shipping to retailers nationwide and will be available in denominations of $20 and $50 starting this spring.

To quote: It has been a while since I last wrote on the blog. I've been looking to take the opportunity to talk about PLAYSTATION Network and thought today's availability of the redesigned PLAYSTATION Store would be the perfect entry point to outline what we have planned for the broader PLAYSTATION Network this year.

First off, we're excited about the new look and feel of the PLAYSTATION Store. Personally, I've been looking forward to this update for a long time as, in my view, the previous PLAYSTATION Store experience wasn't one that lived up to our brand. But this new UI is much more dynamic and allows us to elegantly display and merchandise a lot more content, which is very important today, but will be critical going forward with so much great new content coming onto the Store. We look forward to hearing your input and reaction...
 
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