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Microsoft CES Keynote Overview - Utterly Underwhelming

360w ago - You've read our Live Blog of Microsoft's CES Keynote, now here's the impressions. What a waste of time. No product announcements, no talk of what we can expect over the next year. It was an hour long boast session. "Look what we did".

I don't know if the HD-DVD cancellation cut out any announcements or what, but this was pathetic and boring. I'm going to go on record as to say it was the worst keynote from Microsoft ever.

Here's what happening, in a nutshell. They showed off Windows Live and all it's components, then bragged about how cool it is. Said how cool Xbox 360 is and how many consoles and Live subscriptions they've sold. Talked about how cool Mediaroom and Zune are. Showed off the Zune Social website. Showed off Sync in cars, then Windows Mobile (followed by bragging about how it's the best). Gates shows one thing that could happen in the future, but it's very far off and not extremely interesting. Robbie Bach challenges Bill Gates to a game of Guitar Hero 3, but they never play. Show ends.

Yeah, waste of an hour. Thanks guys. I'm going to go back to waiting for Live to work.

[Update] For the record, since I'm already hearing people (via other means) telling me I should look at the whole perspective and not just gaming, that's what I did. I...

Sony claims HD format gap to widen

360w ago - Sony has said that its Blu-ray format will pull further ahead of HD DVD in the coming year. Speaking at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, Randy Waynick, senior vice president of Sony's home products division said: "Blu-ray discs outsold HD DVD discs in North America by two to one this year. In 2008 that gap will just widen."

Waynick praised Warner Brothers' decision to stop supporting HD DVD and said that the move was "in response to consumer demand".

Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation also praised the decision.

"All of us at Sony are feeling blu today, but that's a good feeling around here," he said. "I want to thank Warner Brothers for making the decision."

Stringer went on to say that the move was in the long-term interest of the consumer.

Disney has issued a pre-CES press release regarding Blu-Ray

360w ago - Okay... first things first today. Disney has issued a pre-CES press release with details of a few of the Blu-ray titles they're planing to release around the world in early 2008. Here's the text (we've highlighted the individual titles):

WDSHE Expands Blu-ray Line-Up with First Platinum Blu-ray Release, BD-Live and Full Motion Picture-in-Picture

Also Announces the Extension of Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour

Burbank, CA, January 4, 2008 - Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announces an exciting new line-up of Blu-ray initiatives in 2008, an ever-expanding Blu-ray slate and new technological-advancements in bonus feature materials, all which guarantee a superior high-definition home entertainment experience.

"This is an exciting time for Disney as we not only announce the release of our first Platinum Disney animated classic on Blu-ray with Sleeping Beauty, but also allow consumers to create an entirely new home entertainment experience with stunning new bonus features and amazing interactive capabilities like never before seen," stated Bob Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

For the first time ever, WDSHE will begin releasing its treasured animated classics on Platinum Edition Blu-ray Discâ„¢ launching with Sleeping Beauty in the...

Apple sued for not supporting WMA

360w ago - Its an Apple Product produced by Apple which competes with Windows which means they can put support for any files if they want.

The new year is here as well as the lawsuits for big named companies. A person who shall remained unnamed because I dont want her to gain recognition from anyone has sued Apple for not allowing iPods to support the WMA format.

The person alledges that Apple is involved in "Unfair Practices" by disableling the WMA feature on their Apple Products. It is an Apple product so basically Apple can support the format they want. Just like a Windows PC will not work with Apple OS. It's common sense and it seems that this person doesnt seem to have it.

If I were the judge I would throw the Mallet at the person's head and have them locked up on the count of Stupidity and would not allow them to leave until they show some common sense.

Why has multiformat games development become so problematic?

360w ago - With release dates slipping as titles need 'further development time' and louder groans from coders regarding the trials of contemporary CPUs, we look at how the increasingly contradictory nature of development - with studios asked to make one game for a variety of different machines - has impacted the industry...

Looking at the current state of the game market, it's clear that the development sector is having a serious problem with multiplatform development.

Staggered releases have become more common: it's not unusual to see a PS3 version of a title ship a week or two after its 360 counterpart. But it can be even more severe than that - some titles are appearing on some formats months after they've appeared on another, with slippage as developers continually shift attentions between platforms impacting production schedules.

In addition, more and more developers are starting to speak out on the difficulties of being multiplatform developers in this latest generation - usually at the same time as they boast the large amount of work they've done on their own internal development frameworks to alleviate the situation.

There's even a feeling amongst some in the industry that simultaneous multiplatform development isn't possible with a single team any more.
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