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CES 2009: Microsoft to Focus on Current XBox 360, More Friends

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310w ago - Fewer gamers want to upgrade, so Microsoft will focus on the current XBox 360 console.

Speaking at CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft president Robbie Bach revealed that Microsoft intends to rely on the Xbox 360 for longer than usual because its hard to get consumers to upgrade. Hence they will not be rushing out a new XBox 720? model any time soon.

Additionally, they plan to increase the 100 friends limit on XBox Live through more frequent XBox 360 updates, according to Aaron Greenberg.

He also told gaming fanatics that they can expect more channels, content, and features on a regular basis due to the new interface.

To quote: Microsoft Corp. will rely on its Xbox 360 game console for longer than the previous version because it's getting harder to get consumers to upgrade, the head of the company's entertainment unit said.

The software maker will focus on improving the Xbox's games and features rather than rushing to introduce a new model, President Robbie Bach said Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Xbox 360 started selling in 2005, replacing the original Xbox, which debuted in 2001.
 

PlayStation 3 Trophies Reflect Skill More than Achievements

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311w ago - It was inevitable that gamers would compare PlayStation 3 trophies to the Xbox 360's achievements. While it's true that both reward systems add a considerable amount of replayability to games, it's still unclear which is superior.

The main thing that Xbox 360 fans can boast is that achievements are mandatory for every game available on the Xbox 360 and it has been that way since the launch of the system. It is a shame that the trophy system Sony implemented in many of its games were not available at launch and was not mandatory throughout most of 2008.

Hopefully, trophy support becomes mandatory in 2009, so that gamers aren't torn between buying games based on whether or not they support trophies. Regardless of which was around longer, trophies and achievements are very similar, and are in direct competition for gamers attention.

Here are the reasons why trophies should motivate more gamers to collect them all rather than collecting achievement points.

Almost everyone that owns an Xbox 360 wants to have a high gamer score to boast about. While it's obvious from a high gamer score that a person has a love for playing video games, it usually doesn't mean that this person is a particularly skilled gamer.

Most gamers that have a high gamer score have simply played a...
 

ESRB Watch: More Sega Classics Coming to the XBLA and PSN

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313w ago - Some digging at the official ESRB Web site by Shard of NeoGAF (linked above) has uncovered several new SEGA classic titles which are destined for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

To quote: Well, you all know the drill, a bit of deep search has yielded the following ratings.

- Sonic The Hedgehog 3 SEGA Everyone Comic Mischief Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 SEGA Everyone No Descriptors Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3
- Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Everyone No Descriptors Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3
- Streets of Rage 2 SEGA Everyone Animated Violence Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3
- Gunstar Heroes SEGA Everyone 10+ Cartoon Violence Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3
- Phantasy Star II SEGA Everyone Mild Animated Violence Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3
- Comix Zone SEGA Everyone Animated Violence Windows PC, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3

Quite the bounty listed, it is interesting in light of that Sega comp disc getting a release next year.
 

Nintendo Takes More than 59% of Total Market Share for Week 7

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313w ago - Japan: The latest hardware data has been released and Nintendo has taken 59% total market share or better for the seventh week in a row.

DSi (173k) and DSL (31k) combine to sell two hundred thousand, and the Wii (91.6k) vaulted to almost one hundred thousand units.

Sony's three systems all had modest gains from the previous week, with the PSP hitting 71.k and the PS3 hitting 33.7k, and the not-yet-forgotten PS2 still selling more than 6k.

The 360 brings in the rear for this-gen hardware at 11.8k.
 

Fact or Fiction: Final Fantasy XIII's 2009 Release Date And More!

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313w ago - Once again, John Curry and Rod Oracheski are back to tell us what they think about some of the week's most important video game news and issues. To quote:

Fact or Fiction: Final Fantasy XIII will come out in 2009.

John Curry: Fact

I want to say fiction. God, I hope the Final Fantasy series dies a slow and painful death so that I can laugh at it for all times, but the truth is that there is still a group of diehard freaks out there who are as loyal to the FF series as the Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering nerds and will force the release of Final Fantasy XIII in the next year.

When that happens, be prepared to listen to all of them whine about why it isn't a PS3 exclusive and, more importantly, how all of those who review the game are idiots because they didn't state that the game was the greatest thing ever made.

Rod Oracheski: Fact

It seems to be on track for the Japanese release, and I can't see the localization taking all that long. They've gotten pretty good at it over the years, at least on the speed side of things (there are still the odd wonky translations here and there). Will Versus XIII make it out in 2009? That one I'm not sure I'd bet on.

Fact or Fiction: The Spike Video Game Awards show is starting...
 
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