267w ago - Electronic Arts announced today that a demo of Mirror's Edge is scheduled to hit the PlayStation Network tomorrow. The demo will also arrive on the Xbox Live Marketplace this Friday, October 31.
To quote: This week gamers can 'take a leap of Faith' with a special demo for Mirror's Edge™, available at the PlayStation¬® Store on October 30th and on Xbox LIVE™ Marketplace on October 31st.
The demo will feature the prologue of the game, a tutorial and a segment of the single-player story mode. Now is your chance to experience the action that has GameSpot saying "Unlike anything we'd ever played before."
Players who pre-order the game will also receive an unlock code for exclusive access to the Time Trial mode. Time Trial is an addictive mode that challenges players to use their speed and best moves to find the fastest routes throughout the city. Gamers can upload their best time to the Mirror's Edge online leaderboards for their friends to download and compete against. Players can see their friend's 'ghost' run as they race to the top of the leaderboards.
For more information about pre-order incentives, please visit www.mirrorsedge.com.
267w ago - Microsoft has revealed to MTV that the XBox Live Arcade auto-downloading feature include in the current dashboard will be disabled for the New XBox Experience launch. However, Microsoft did say that it may come back in a future release.
To quote: November's New Xbox Experience mandatory firmware upgrade may add many handy options to the Xbox 360 console, but contrary to early reports from E3, it doesn't quite retain all the functionality of the original 360 dashboard.
While messing around with the New Xbox Experience on my home 360 last week, I had trouble finding my second favorite feature from the old dashboard: Xbox Live Arcade auto-downloading.
That feature allowed me to set my 360 to download demos of every new XBLA game any time I entered my XBLA games library and there was new content available. I was a big fan of the feature, because it enabled new games to come to me rather than me having to know about them and seek them out. Auto-downloading is not in the NXE.
When I was given a demo of NXE last week, I mentioned that I liked auto-downloading almost as much as I liked spying on the gaming habits of my friends on my buddy list. Microsoft v.p. John Schappert turned to me and said, "You actually use that?" He would know better than me how popular it is.
268w ago - Microsoft's Xbox Live boasts an enormous user base, however, many of its users have been nothing short of vocal in criticizing the monthly subscription fee required to fully "jump in."
Supporters of the service often cited the flexible in-game chat capability as its primary edge over the PlayStation Network, but recent updates on the part of Sony have bridged that gap.
The addition of online capabilities to consoles allowed gamers to remotely connect to each other, but more importantly, from a publishers perspective, it created a viable means for digital distribution of content. On that note, both the PS3 and 360 next-gen consoles have infrastructures capable of delivering digital content to consumers, but which format do publishers prefer?
In a recent interview, Capcom's digital content product manager, John Diamonon, discussed the current digital distribution options available to publishers. Diamonon complimented the PSN service, and had the following to say about XBL:
"As far as Microsoft goes-how can I say this diplomatically-there are things I think they'd like to do to promote content in multiple ways, and I think they'll get there eventually... but they're not there yet."
It should also be noted that Sony recently granted Capcom...
269w ago - Update: Final Fantasy XIII's composer Masashi Hamauzu was presenting the live event. He didn't say much but has said the main theme doesn't have a title yet and probably won't until the game is completed. He also had a 5 minute "interview" talking about the process of composing a song. That's all we have so far.
According to ff13.xrea.jp, the Live Premiere Final Fantasy XIII event that was taking place today only lasted 20 minutes and included the trailers without voices.
The event lasted 25 minutes less than it was supposed to and included no new announcements from Square-Enix. They did preview two new tracks including the main theme though.
Sadly, that was the main point of the show...it was a live music event. We'll update you as we get more info.