What is Next for Microsoft's Game Division?

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309w ago - When it comes to the PC, Microsoft can survive on Age of Empires and Flight Simulator, but what about the Xbox 360?

Just to give you guys a run down, here's a list of Microsoft's upcoming game's and their release dates courtesy of IGN: (Excluding XBLA)

Gears of War 2: November 2008
Viva PiƱata: Trouble in Paradise: September 2008
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts: November 2008
Fable 2: November 2008
Too Human: August 19 2008
Ninja Gaiden 2: June 3rd 2008
Halo Wars:TBA 2008
Alan Wake: TBA 2009
Go! Go! Break Steady: TBA 2008

PC
Alan Wake: TBA 2009
Sensible World of Soccer: TBA 2008

The PC line up is disappointing for 2008 and it really doesn't seem like they have anything announced for 2009.

E3 is coming up so you may wonder, what can Microsoft announce for either PC or Xbox 360? Here's a list of their franchise's that could see a possible future.

Kung Fu Chaos
Perfect Dark
Kameo
Brute Force
Mech Warrior
Mech Assault
Microsoft Simulator series
Shadowrun (Was leant to Smith and Tinker)
Tao Feng
Age of Empires
Age of Mythology
Forza Motorsport
Project Gotham Racing

On the PC side of things, I believe Microsoft...
 

Next-Gen Games: To HD or not to HD?

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309w ago - With the Playstation 2 and the first Xbox being able to run select games in high definition, for example Grand Turismo 4 supported 1080i resolution. One would expect that in the age of 'next generation' consoles, the age of 1080p resolutions, that all games would, as a standard, support high definition.

Well it would appear that is not the case, with an increasing number of recent titles outputting native resolutions of lower than 720p. Such games are then up-scaled to meet this high-definition benchmark. On the one hand, what's the point of paying for 1080p TVs, consoles and all the HDMI related accessories when the games you're playing don't even qualify as 'high def?'

While the other argument is that whether this really matters, many of the games in question are actually some of the best lookers out there. And what's the harm in sacrificing a few lines of resolution to secure a stable frame-rate?

This debate has again reared its ugly head with the revelation that Playstation 3 exclusive HAZE's resolution is only 576p, thus leaving it to the Playstation 3 itself to upscale the game to meet minimum high def standards.

Recent news has also revealed that the Playstation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV only runs at 640p, while the Xbox 360 version natively reaches...
 

Vuzix iWear: Next-gen for Gamers, Portable Cinema Screen

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309w ago - Although a bit pricey (Virtual 44" Screen is $249.95, Virtual 62" Screen is $349.95, "PC Only" is $399.95), would this be the next-gen for extreme gamers?

From the Web site: Vuzix iWear is a stunningly impressive range of face-furniture that allows you to watch whatever you like whenever you like, in the privacy of your own... erm, head.

Simply slip on these lightweight cyber-shades and prepare to be totally blown away by a fully immersive audiovisual assault. That's right, we said audiovisual because these slimline shades even boast integrated (but removable) earphones.

Video, additional details and pics available linked above.
 

Next Medal Of Honor: War On Terror?

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310w ago - Let's face it: Medal of Honor is an ailing franchise. What began as a phenomenon on the original PlayStation has declined into a series that boasts little more than average FPSs. Most will agree that the last truly great installments were Frontline for the PS2 and Allied Assault for the PC.

Since then, things seem to have gone downhill, and last year's Medal of Honor: Airborne didn't cut the mustard, either.

So when the chips are down, it's probably time to try something new. According to a portion of an EA survey, sent to us by a reader, and a variety of other sources, it seems Medal of Honor could be getting a drastic overhaul. Apparently, the survey focused heavily on a new concept EA is considering for their franchise, and it centers on what some may see as still-too-sensitive material: the current war on terror.

That's right, if this is true, you'll be seeking out Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan. The premise operates around a true-life 2002 coalition forces mission entitled, "Anaconda," and players will take control of Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts, a Navy SEAL and a man charged with the difficult task of saving Anaconda from complete disaster. Here's a snippet from the survey:

"In March of 2002, coalition forces moved into Northern Afghanistan to...
 

Analyst: Next-next-gen Gaming coming in 2010

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311w ago - Remember when the term "next generation" meant systems like the N64 and original PlayStation? Those were the days. Now the term next generation can only be legally applied to the post-PSWii60 systems that are no doubt being planned as we speak.

While no one knows anything for sure about these units yet, that hasn't stopped Pacific Crest Securities analyst Evan Wilson from predicting a 2010 start date for the next console cycle.

Talking about EA's bullish revenue projections, Wilson let slip to Gamespot that he believes Nintendo will launch first, followed by Microsoft later in the year (no word on when the assumed PS4 will come).

On the portable side, Wilson also predicts the next round of Nintendo DS and Sony PSP hardware will appear sometime in 2010, though it's not clear whether he's calling for a new chipset or just another redesign.

If these predictions pan out, that means you only have 687 to 1051 days to save up for a very expensive year.
 











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