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Speculation: The Upcoming Apple Video Game Console

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280w ago - Apple went from being a computer manufacturer to a consumer toy maker with the iPod.

They then morphed into also being a phone manufacturer with iPhone, and in the process they have seen the massive profits that can be made by owning a proprietary gaming platform standard.

Having seen what Apps store is making for them, they obviously want more. One obvious route this can take is to join Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo in the home game console market. Apple certainly have the technical expertise to do this.

It costs billions to launch into the console market, as Microsoft will tell you. Fortunately Apple have $29 billion in the bank. Yes, that's right, $29 billion. You could buy a country or two with that. Also you need management who know what they are doing. Well Apple's management seem to have had all the right ideas thus far. But that is not stopping them currently recruiting some of the top management in the console game industry.

Then there is the strongly rumoured takeover of Electronic Arts. Apple could very easily afford this and it would give them the guarantee of lots of content as and when iConsole is launched. In fact it wouldn't make much sense unless Apple were launching a game console.

But the best thing about an Apple game console and the thing...
 

Upcoming PAIN Expansion Features Wedgies, Aliens and Trophies

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282w ago - Looks like PAIN, PSN's #1 game of 2008, is getting yet another expansion.

To quote: The next expansion, "Sore Spots," will add two environments: the Morningwood High School gymnasium and the alien-infested Area 69.

The expansions will also introduce a few new modes, such as the "Fun With Explosives" inspired "PAIN Science" mode.

The official [Register or Login to view links] features more details on the upcoming expansion, but we've taken a peek at the new PS3 Trophies for the upcoming expansion. To see Idol Minds' devilish new achievements, check below:

Gold Trophy
• Sore Spotting- Find and hit the alien artifact in both PAIN Reunion and Sports Day and the sports trophy in both PROBE and Afterglow

Silver Trophies
• Secret Santa- Open all the unlocked lockers in PAIN Reunion using Santa
• Handy-Capped- Complete Mad Science! PAINful without grabbing

Bronze Trophies
• Lo Touch- Grab teleporting Hung Lo in PAIN Reunion
• Everyone's a Winner- Get a negative distance on the Anvil Toss in PAINalympics
• It's Full of Cars- Send the black sedan through...
 

Upcoming PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.60 Update Details!

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296w ago - PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel shared the following details on PS3 Firmware 2.60 today:

Hi, everyone, we have a system software updates for PS3 coming soon, and I wanted to provide you with a sneak peak at the details.

The PS3 firmware update (v2.60) is designed primarily to enhance the system's media capabilities. The key feature is a new Photo Gallery application, which delivers a suite of tools for sorting through and displaying your digital photo collection.

Digital pictures can be organized in groups according to various criteria, including the camera used to take the photos, the event date and time, colors in the photos, as well as the number, ages, or facial expressions of the people pictured.

Here's a video walk-through of firmware 2.60 that shows off some of what the Photo Gallery can do.





You can also create slideshows set to music and build photo playlists with an easy-to-use interface. The Photo Gallery application will need to be installed separately from the XMB after you update your PS3's firmware.

To install the Photo Gallery application, go to the Photo section on the XMB, select Photo Gallery and press the X button.

The 2.60 update also includes:
 

CES 2009 Video: Inside EA's Upcoming PS3 Home Sports Complex

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297w ago - Yesterday EA [Register or Login to view links] news of their upcoming EA Sports Complex for PlayStation Home, and today we have a peek inside it courtesy of Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein as follows:

You've seen the trailer, now get your guided tour of EA Sports' Home space from the CES show floor.

EA Senior Producer Robert Burnett shows off the digs, talks mini-games, stat progression, and exclusive poker bracelets for you high rollers out there. Hey, we're in Vegas!





The EA Sports Complex will move into PlayStation Home this Spring. We'll have EA back on the blog to let you know more when when the release is imminent.
 

Upcoming PlayStation 3 Releases for January 2009

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298w ago - The first quarter of 2009 is stacked with some big releases on the PlayStation 3. While January starts a bit slow, February and March should be huge.

Here is the complete list of titles due out for the PS3 in the US in January 2009. List will be updated if changes are made.

January 6, 2009
• Hotel for Dogs

January 13, 2009
• Lord of the Rings: Conquest

January 20, 2009
• Skate 2

January 26, 2009
• MLB Front Office Manager

January 27, 2009
• Afro Samurai

January 29, 2009
• Noby Noby Boy [PSN, exclusive]

January, to be announced
• Savage Moon [PSN, exclusive]
 
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