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Panasonic May Beat Sony to 3D Games by 2010

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291w ago - Panasonic is in development on its own 3D Blu-ray entertainment system which will be available for the public to purchase by 2010.

This concept was shown by Sony some time ago, but stated that their player will not be sold to the public, mainly because you'll need the proper hardware to make it run. And it's not like your everyday Joe's living room will come equipped with full 3D-ready technology.

Panasonic is planning to develop a Plasma 3D Full HD home theater system, a 3D-ready digital cinema projector with a 380-inch screen theater for 3D HD picture quality evaluation, and a 3-D ready MPEG-4 AVC High Profile encoder.

They have been working with Hollywood studios closely to produce some movies into 3D format already. It probably wouldn't be too far along until the 3D system will be made ready for gaming.

Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, Managing Director of Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory stated:

"Panasonic recognizes that for 3D FHD to succeed, just like Blu-ray, collaboration on research, development and production with studios and content providers is absolutely essential".

He added: "The creation of the new PHL Authoring Center will enable Hollywood to start trial production and ultimately create commercially available 3D FHD titles to realize...
 

Battle Fantasia May See US Release as PSN Download for PS3

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292w ago - Arc System Works' quirky 2D fighter, Battle Fantasia, saw a US release last year as an Xbox 360 exclusive, although the game is available on PS3 in the rest of the world (Europe and Japan).

However, it looks as though American PS3 owners may be getting a new chance at playing the game.

Siliconera (linked above) discovered a recently-appended entry to the ESRB listing for Battle Fantasia. The ratings board has the game covered on PS3 and "PSN via PS3."

To quote: It looks like there is a chance the PS3 version of Battle Fantasia could come to North America in a rather peculiar way. The ESRB re-rated Battle Fantasia as an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and "PSN via PS3 game".

So, Aksys is planning to distribute a retail PS3 game as a PlayStation Network download? We've seen this happen before with games like Warhawk, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, and Siren: Blood Curse which unlike the rest of the world was only a PSN download here.
 

Pioneer May Leave Flatscreen TV Business Due to Global Economy

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292w ago - The article states they will announce Thursday (2-12) if there will be a change in direction, to quote:

There are multiple reports from Japan indicating electronics giant Pioneer may end its flat screen TV business due to slowing demand and the struggling global economy.

"We have publicly announced that we are actively evaluating our business," Pioneer said in a public statement. "We started announcing changes in March 2008 to increase efficiencies of our business operations. We are still in that process but do not have any further announcements at this time."

If the company does indeed pull the plug on its TV lineup, the official announcement is expected on Thursday, when Pioneer announces its medium-term business plans. The company first announced last March it would stop making plasma panels due to increasing losses and higher costs.

Panasonic had control of the plasma TV market with 37 percent, Samsung Electronics had 22.8 percent, LG Electronics secured 15 percent, while Pioneer had just 5.9 percent, DisplaySearch numbers reveal.

Pioneer has already cut hundreds of jobs and closed one domestic manufacturing plant last year, with more job cuts planned in the future, Japanese media sources report. The company currently has 40,000 employees and may cut as many...
 

Capcom: Bionic Commando Hits PS3 & XBox 360 in May 2009

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293w ago - Reloaded for the latest generation of hardware, Bionic Commando sees the return of the ultimate fusion of man and machine who became a firm favourite with gamers around the world some 20 years ago with the release of the 8-bit original on the NES.

Bionic Commando features Nathan Spencer (voiced by former lead singer of Faith No More, Mike Patton), as a government operative who, after distinguishing himself in a fierce conflict against the Imperials, is betrayed and falsely imprisoned by the very people he unquestioningly served.

Press Release: BIONIC COMMANDO DATED

London - February 5th 2009 - Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that the highly anticipated Bionic Commando will be released on the Xbox 360™ video Game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment's PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) this May across Europe with a PC version available in the following months.

Five years later, on the day he is due to be executed for his supposed crimes, an experimental weapon detonates in Ascension City, unleashing an immensely powerful earthquake coupled with a radiation shockwave that leaves the city in ruins, wiping out its populace.

Military intelligence suggests that a large terrorist search...
 

Sega Announces Virtua Tennis 2009 is Coming in May 2009

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293w ago - Sega has just announced a brand new addition to the highly popular Virtua Tennis franchise, Virtua Tennis 2009.

The game is set to include brand new additions to the player rosta, new (more realistic) player movements/animations, enhanced online play and the official Davis Cup license. Plus a whole new range of mini-games will be available.

Coming to the XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms, the game is due out this May.

Press Release: IT'S ALL ABOUT ACHIEVING THE NUMBER ONE SPOT WITH SEGA'S VIRTUA TENNIS 2009

SEGA once again serves up another successful tennis title!

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (February 5th 2009) - SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced they will be publishing Virtua Tennis™ 2009. Virtua Tennis 2009 will smash into action on Sony PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360™ video Game and entertainment system from Microsoft and downloadable for PC fans in May 2009.

Virtua Tennis 2009 will again allow you to take on the world's top tennis players in some of the most realistic courts to be found on gaming consoles. Take on the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer or play as Maria Sharapova against Venus Williams to recreate some classic court battles.

Joining this impressive...
 
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