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Circuit City Now Accepting HD-DVD Player Trade-Ins

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354w ago - Have an HD-DVD player laying around and want to get rid of it? Well, if you bought it at any Circuit City location, you can now trade it in towards a purchase of any Blu-ray disc player.

Don't want a Blu-ray player? That's okay! They'll hand you a gift card in the amount of the original purchase price instead.

According to customer reports, the trade-in deal is good towards a PlayStation 3 unit as well. Keep in mind this deal is in-store only. The full memo is detailed below:

HD DVD - The End. Toshiba stated in a press release that they will stop manufacturing and selling HD DVD players. The marketplace has spoken in favor of Blu-ray. We are delighted that consumers now will be able to invest with confidence in next-generation video disc players and titles. Based on Toshiba's announcement, we expect to phase out HD DVD players and movie titles in our stores and on our Web site in the near future. FAQs

Why will Circuit City continue to sell HD DVD players for the near future?

There are large numbers of HD DVD movie titles still in circulation and some customers will want to be able to view those titles.

Also, HD DVD players are very affordable and will continue to play and up-convert standard DVDs with improved quality. So, during the phase-out,...
 

Motorstorm 2 to be Four Player Split Screen Island Getaway

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355w ago - Darren Waters of the BBC has confirmed that Motorstorm 2 will feature a four player split screen option, thus fixing one of the key missing features in the first game.

Waters goes on to mention the game is months away from completion, but the engine looks superb and the graphics as you'd expect were very impressive.

To quote: Here's what I was shown:

Motorstorm 2 is due out in time for Christmas and moves the action away from the desert locale of the original. Gamers will be able to race around a lush island environment, full of interactive vegetation.

The game will feature four-player split-screen action, righting one of the obvious failings of the first game.

The title is some months away from completion but the game's engine looked rock solid and the graphics were as impressive as one would expect from one of the best-looking racing franchises.
 

StreamMyGame launches Linux player, Play PC games on your PS3

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361w ago - StreamMyGame announced today the release of its free Linux Player, an application that enables you to play any PC game via a PlayStation 3 running Linux.

The free StreamMyGame Server enables PC games to be played remotely by converting the game's video and audio into a Game Stream and sending it over a home network to a second computer where you can view and play the game with the free StreamMyGame Player.

The second computer can be a PC, laptop, PS3 or Linux device. The game can be played on the second computer without any lag and the second computer does not need to have the game installed.





The StreamMyGame Server is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and all computer games based on Microsoft's DirectX8, DirectX9, DirectX10 including the latest games such as PES 2008 and Crysis and OpenGL standards.

The StreamMyGame Player is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Linux with resolutions up to Super HDTV 3200 x 2400. Compatible Linux installations include Ubuntu and Yellow Dog Linux, recommended by Sony for the PS3.

"Playing the latest PC game on the PS3 is now a reality at HD resolution and fast frame-rates," said Richard Faria CEO. "I have a PS3 in my living room and PC in my office and my two kids both have old PCs in their...
 

Sub $300 Blu-ray player coming to North America in Q2

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362w ago - Funai have announced a low price Blu-ray player for the North American market. It is expected to hit retail stores during the second quarter for under $300.

It has BD-VIDEO Profile 1.1 that supports Picture-in-Picture, HDMI 1.3a,up-conversion from DVD to 1080p and a SD card slot. Sub $300 ($299.98 probably) isn't exactly cheap but its a step in the right direction. To quote:

Press Release
Funai Corporation, Inc., the North American sales and marketing subsidiary of Funai Electric Co., Ltd., today announced the introduction of its first Blu-ray Disc player (NB500 series) for the North American market.

The Company will begin production in the first quarter of 2008, and plans to begin selling the player at retail stores in North America during the second quarter. The retail price is projected to be under $300.

Demand for players that supports High Definition contents is increasing swiftly in the U.S. market thanks to the rapid spread of Full HD flat-panel televisions in addition to FCC mandate to switch from analog to digital formats. In the consumer products market in particular, Movie and music contents are becoming more common in the Blu-ray Disc format, and shipments of specialized disc players and game machines compatible with Blu-ray Disc products are increasing. Within...
 

Buffalo Tech announce external Blu-ray/HD DVD player/writer

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362w ago - Buffalo Technology announced today the market's first external Blu-ray and HD DVD player, that allows users to both read and write Blu-ray content. The USB device can also read HD DVD discs.

It is expected to be hitting the US during Q1 2008 with an estimated street price of $649. To quote:

Press Release
-- Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced the MediaStation Blu-ray HD DVD (BRHC-6316U2), the market's first external Blu-ray and HD DVD player. It is the first device of its kind on the market that allows users to both read and write Blu-ray content.

It provides the ability to save high-definition content, giving users an all-in-one solution to meet their entertainment needs. Users can also connect the player to a notebook or other mobile device via USB and view their favorite video content while on-the-go. In addition the player allows for playback of HD DVD content.

"Consumers are increasingly implementing either High-Definition or Blu-ray content into their digital lives -- from TV sets, to camcorders to audio content," said Takayuki Nishioka, CEO of Buffalo Technology, USA. "The
MediaStation Blu-ray HD DVD offers users the best of both...
 
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