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Japan Gets Cinnabar Red PS2 Next Month

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343w ago - In proof that the last-gen PlayStation 2 is still alive and kicking, Sony today announced that it will release an all-new limited edition Cinnabar Red colored PS2 model on July 3 in Japan.

Priced at 16,000 yen, the package will include one slim PS2 unit coupled with an integrated power supply and DualShock 2 controller.

Press Release: Tokyo, June 3, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, announced today that it would introduce PlayStation«2 in a new color "Cinnabar Red" (SCPH-90000 CR), on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at a recommended retail price of 16,000 yen (including tax) as a limited offer for the Japanese market.

Since its launch in November 2007, the new PlayStation 2 (SCPH-90000 series) system has been highly successful gaining enthusiastic support from a broad range of users. The internal architecture of the system has been completely overhauled for this series resulting in lighter weight, and by adopting a built-in AC adapter, users' convenience to enjoy various entertainment contents anywhere at home has been further enhanced.

More and more exciting new software titles continue to be released for PlayStation 2 from third party licensees as well as from Sony...
 

PSP Keyboard and GPS due Within the Next 12 Months

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344w ago - Sony senior marketing manager John Koller has revealed that the company's official PSP keyboard peripheral, first announced during this year's Consumer Electronics Show, is slated to hit North American within "the next 12 months."

Additionally, Koller once again reiterated that the GPS peripheral, already released in Japan and Europe, is also due for a stateside release during same timeframe as part of the company's mobile social focus.

Sony has been talking about both peripherals for some time, let's hope at least one of them will hit the market by the end of this year.
 

What is Next for Microsoft's Game Division?

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345w 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 Pi├▒ata: 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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345w 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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345w 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.
 
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