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X-Men Origins: Wolverine First PS3 Gameplay Trailer & More!

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307w ago - Raven Software's X-Men Project Lead Dan Vondrak shared the first X-Men Origins: Wolverine PS3 gameplay trailer today via PS Blog and also detailed a live chat session tomorrow, to quote:

I'm the Project Lead on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Though tomorrow is a BIG day - we get to chat here in the Blog's fourth live chat - today is an even bigger one: I'm stoked to announce that the FIRST gameplay trailer for Wolverine has been released, and viewable below!

Check out the Wolverine game you heard about at [Register or Login to view links] - the most brutal, most bad-ass portrayal of everyone's favorite X-Man.





Skydiving into his foes, taking impossible risks, using regeneration and feral sense in the way only Wolvey can...the entire team at [Register or Login to view links] has focused on one thing above all: true-to-character authenticity. Whether or not you're a comic fan, that translates into epic gameplay.

Alright dudes - hope you enjoyed the game's trailer "Uncaged". I'll be around tomorrow at noon where you can ask me about the game, what you saw in the trailer, and even more importantly, what you didn't. Trust me when I say...
 

Start-Up Caustic Graphics Inc. Promises More Game Realism

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307w ago - A start-up founded by former Apple Inc. engineers said it has developed technology that could bring film-like realism to computer games and change the way movie makers and other design professionals work.

The San Francisco company, Caustic Graphics Inc., plans to exploit a technique called ray-tracing that generates extremely accurate three-dimensional images. Ray-tracing is a mainstay of Hollywood studios, but remains out of reach for most PC users. A single image can take hours to generate; rendering a film can take months on hundreds of server systems.

To quote: Computer games and other PC software typically rely on a technology called rasterization. Though the results keep getting more realistic, developing an interactive form of ray-tracing has been a longtime quest in the computer industry.

Caustic, whose name refers to light rays reflecting off a curved object, says it is close to achieving that goal. The company says its software and chips allow graphics chips to carry out ray-tracing calculations at a 20-fold speed-up compared with existing PC hardware. It said it expects to deliver chips by early 2010 that will be about 200 times faster.

In a demonstration, Caustic executives manipulated a photo-quality image of a sports car, removing components and changing lighting and...
 

Are More Gamers Now Choosing the PS3 Over the XBox 360?

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308w ago - We're not asking which console is "better" and it has nothing to do with sales. The question is designed for avid gamers and asks that if you consider every facet of a video game console purchase, would more hardcore gamers out there choose the PS3 over the 360 at this particular point in time?

When the PS3 first launched, no real gamer immediately went out and paid $600 for what the console offered that day. I'm not saying gamers who bought it on launch day made a bad decision, but their thought process would've been very different in 2006 than it would be now, in early 2009.

Then, I know people who bought the PS3 thinking, "this is going to give me my RPG fix." Now, as a big RPG fan, I find myself continually turning to the 360 for that. Then, I really had no intention of going online at all with the PS3; if I was going to do that, it would be with the superior Live service.

Now, I actually prefer the content on the PSN, and over the past few years, the free Network has made great strides. Then, the FPS and shooter fans all talked about Halo 3 and the impending Gears of War; now, Killzone 2 owns the headlines.

There's no doubt that things have changed significantly, so it'll be interesting to hear what people have to say. We have no choice but to view both systems in very different...
 

Universal Films Hit XBox Live in the U.K., More Content Offerings

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309w ago - Microsoft announced today a deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution, making films from Universal Pictures the latest content from a major Hollywood studio to join the Xbox Live roster in the U.K. as follows:

Press Release: PLAY, WATCH AND CONNECT FOR EVEN LONGER WITH XBOX

Console giant announces major expansion of its ongoing entertainment portfolio: new content, great social experiences, TV gameplay - and a major new Hollywood movie provider!

LONDON - 26th FEBRUARY 2009: Xbox® today unveiled major plans to extend its offering even further by giving entertainment fans even more to enjoy whether they're into movies, music or games.

Speaking at the official launch event in central London today, UK Head of Xbox Neil Thompson announced a vision for the console giant that will give customers a 360 degree entertainment experience that never ends, thanks to an ongoing commitment to providing cutting edge new downloadable content to Xbox LIVE®.

It will give entertainment fans an even broader choice of fun - enabling them to play extra elements of their favourite games, watch major Hollywood blockbuster films[1] or chat and connect with friends anywhere in the world all from the comfort of their living room.

Film fans will...
 

Speculation: Is Sony Confirming Rumored 2.7 Firmware Update?

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310w ago - Update: Talking in the official [Register or Login to view links], someone asked if I saw the past codes. I replied yes, and the letters XI from the past messages sparked something.

If you didn't already read, the rumors for PS3 Firmware 2.7 claimed the in-game XMB loading has been drastically improved. Maybe they're revamping the in-game XMB as a whole. The letters XI could stand for 'Cross-Interface'. Okay, that's it Sony, I'm pumped.

A couple of days ago, we found some strange codes and writing in PlayStation Home. We posted screenshots, and no one really knew what they were. The codes and writing are back, but now it looks as if they're actually meant to be there and hinting us about something.

Could this help us confirm the rumors of 2.7 and it's features being true? Or is someone at Sony seriously not coding PS Home correctly? Could they be subtitles from an upcoming title Sony is already hyping?
 
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