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Is Windows 7 Gaming Performance Over Vista Worth Trying?

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278w ago - How is Windows 7 PC gaming better than Windows Vista gaming?

The Windows 7 64 bit edition seems to handle the 64 bit technology better than both Windows XP x64 and Windows Vista x64.

It seems to do this so well that even the 32 bit programs have extra room to breathe because the system resources and other background programs are able to run in an efficient 64 bit environment.

This is ironic, because many people were under the impression that Windows 7 gaming would not be as good because Windows 7 64 bit would need to use a 32 bit emulator to run 32 bit programs.

That was the case with Windows Vista gaming when you were running Windows Vista x64, but Windows 7 x64 seems to have overcome this problem.

One of other things that people may be worry about when it comes to Windows 7 gaming is compatibility. They want to be assured that they will actually be able to play the game. The good thing about this is that many of the games were designed with Windows 7 gaming compatibility in mind.

Windows 7 is built from Windows Vista so you should not have to worry about Windows 7 gaming compatibility. Windows Vista is compatible with all of the latest games beyond Windows XP.

Finally, Windows 7 was built to be compatible with older software and hardware...
 

PS3 Motion Controller Entry Barrier Will Be As Low As Possible

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279w ago - Launch titles for the PlayStation 3 Motion Controller will be compatible with either one controller or two, Sony president Shuhei Yoshida has told [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: "We are approaching the launch by making sure that all games that we create can be played with one controller and the camera," he revealed.

"We will also introduce options for if you happen to have more than one controller available. Experiences will be enhanced if you purchase a second. We are trying to make the entry barrier as low as possible, but I'm looking forward to introducing more advanced things you can do with having two in your hands."

By combining the PlayStation camera, which many users will already own, with advanced sensors internally, said Yoshida, Sony will hit the right balance between cost and features. The technology will still be cutting edge but the choice to buy just one new controller will make that technology more cost-effective for consumers.
 

Industry Trends: Microsoft is the New Sony, Sony is Now Nintendo

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283w ago - Sony and Nintendo have studied each other over the years and formed patterns to combat against each other.

Nintendo relied strongly on superior first-party offerings, while Sony created strong third-party relationships and offered a wide variety of exclusive titles.

A change of strategy is now being made according to the Examiner, to quote:

This generation, Sony has become much more reliant on the prospect of first-party offerings to bring in the gamers. Uncharted, InFamous, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet, two Resistance titles, Ratchet and Clank, etc, have become the mainstay titles to the PS3.

Thankfully, the first-party offerings from Sony have been amazing. Introducing several new franchises from established developers, Sony has been able to create a lineup strong enough to rival that of Nintendo. On the flipside, Sony doesn't have the in with the third-party developers.

This biggest, and by far one of the best games this generation, third-party title Sony has exclusive rights to is Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. After MGS4, we have scrapings of major releases.

Several niche titles have seen release like Disgaea 3 and the under loved Valkyria Chronicles. Sony had to make a shift and start crafting AAA first-party titles to counteract...
 

Industry Mole Says PS3 & XBox 360 Price Drops Coming This Fall

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287w ago - According to Arstechnica's favorite inside source, a price drop is coming to both the Sony PS3 and Microsoft XBox 360 consoles this fall.

To quote: Since we can't name the source, we're treating all this information as rumor, but the Mole's reputation in the industry for breaking large stories and outstanding track record for accuracy speaks for itself.

The 80GB model is going to see some serious hardware constraints in the weeks ahead, and retailers have about 60 days worth of inventory before the systems will become hard to find. Expect to see many more 160GB units on store shelves.

Those units have no constraints yet, but if the retailers sell through that supply as quickly as they did the 80GB, Sony is in a good place for the final part of its plan in 2009: dropping the price of hardware and launching the PS3 Slim in the fall.

Expect the Xbox 360 Pro to disappear in July or August, but you're going to see some solid bundles to get those systems moving off store shelves. The Halo 3/Fable 2 bundle the Mole previously tipped us off to shows that Microsoft is willing to put some good games into the box to get people buying.

So what are we going to do without...
 

Rock Band: Country Track Pack Debuts 13 New Songs

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289w ago - Available July 21st on every platform, the Country Track Pack will offer exclusive songs that are new for the Rock Band franchise.

In fact, 13 of the songs will be brand new to Rock Band, making the Track Pack a much more exciting purchase for Rock Band country music fans.

To quote: The $29.99 disc will feature 21 songs from the Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson and more. You can read the entire track listing below.

1. Alan Jackson - Good Time*

2. Brad Paisley - Mud on the Tires

3. Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe

4. Cross Canadian Ragweed - Cry Lonely*

5. Dierks Bentley - Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)

6. Dixie Chicks - Sin Wagon

7. Drive-By Truckers - 3 Dimes Down

8. Jason Aldean - She's Country*

9. Keith Urban - I Told You So*

10. Kenny Chesney - She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy*

11. Kenny Rogers - The Gambler*

12. Lucinda Williams - Can't Let Go

13. Martina McBride - This One's For The Girls*

14. Miranda Lambert - Gunpowder & Lead

15. Montgomery Gentry - Gone*

16. Rascal Flatts - Me and My Gang*

17. Sara Evans - Suds In The Bucket*
 
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