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Blu-ray Skies Are Here!

362w ago - The fat lady hasn't sung yet, but for all intents and purposes, it looks like the next-generation DVD battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD is pretty much over.

The winner of the two-year battle - akin to the Betamax and VHS war of the '80s - seems to be Blu-ray, thanks largely to Warner Bros. Home Video's recent announcement that it'll be going all Blu-ray, all the time, after late May. (It had been the only movie studio that hadn't picked a side, releasing in both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats.)

Warner will be joining Blu-ray-only studios including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, MGM and Lionsgate. This leaves Universal, Paramount and DreamWorks as the sole HD DVD supporters - although it's been reported that Paramount will be ditching its HD DVD support now that Warner Bros. has done it, thanks to a clause in Paramount's HD DVD-exclusivity contract.

What does this mean for you? Here are some answers to those burning questions you have about Blu-ray.

Can you use a Blu-ray player if you don't have a high-def TV?

Yes, but unless you've got a TV producing 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution, "there's no point in buying a Blu-ray player," says David Katzmaier, CNET.com senior editor. "You can hook it up...

Nintendo, Sony face new patent suit

362w ago - Wii and PS3 manufacturers taken to court by Pennsylvania man over wireless controller technology.

Ever since Immersion Corporation won its lawsuit against Sony over the rumble technology in PlayStation and PlayStation 2 DualShock controllers (and eventually forced nearly $100 million in damages and interest from the electronics giant), patent litigation has been a subject of keen interest in the gaming industry.

One of numerous figures from the patent.The latest dispute comes from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where Copper Innovations Group late last month filed suit against Nintendo and Sony for a patent it holds on a "Hand Held Computer Input Apparatus and Method."

The patent--which was filed in January of 1996--covers a method for connecting devices to a system and sorting their inputs by means of hardware identification numbers tied to each transmission. According to the suit, Nintendo and Sony are violating the Copper Innovations Group's patent by making and selling their systems and controllers. The Wii Remote, Wii Nunchuk, Sixaxis controller, and Blu-ray Remote Control are all named in the suit as infringing products.

Copper Innovations Group is seeking damages plus interest, legal fees, and an injunction permanently prohibiting...

Mirror's Edge: full-resolution screenshots from DICE's revolutionary FPS

362w ago - Tiscali Games sports the first two screenshots (not low-res scans, which were posted before) from DICE's upcoming revolutionary FPS Mirror's Edge alongside an explanation. Full translation follows for those that repeatedly complain that site is not in English:

Mirror's Edge swore to revolutionize the way characters move in FPS: that's the premise of the DICE's latest's projects, authors of the Battlefield series. Only now authors have released the first two screenshots.

To understand what's going on, one has to open up the latest issue of Games for Windows magazine, where the game's producer Owen O'Brien explains: "Shooting will play an important role in the game, but Faith will have to rely on her parkour-like movements to survive in the metropole."

The screenshot comes from the first level, where she's just finished a rooftop-run and is now sliding down a glass roof while under fire by a police chopper. "It'll feel like the Casino Royale chase scene," adds O'Brien.

To better understand the intuitive controls of the game, it is suggested that you check out the article from EDGE which was reprinted on Next Gen last August.

Images below in full resolution here.

The all-too-real future of video games

362w ago - Technology correspondent Bobbie Johnson in Las Vegas discovers wraparound vision and what it feels like to be shot in the head in the sensational games of the future.

Video can be seen here.


USB 3.0 in the flesh!

362w ago - Get ready, speed freaks. USB 3.0, the often-rumored, much-discussed, rarely seen new standard heading our way has been spotted, sliced, chopped, and diced at CES 2008.

Actually, we just got a chance to check the connectors and compare with the old 2.0 standard (which the reps tell us is backward compatible, of course).

With speeds of 4.8 Gbit/s (600 MB/s), and a powering system which intelligently cuts the juice when you're not using a device, we have a feeling you'll want. Too bad we all have to wait till 2010... the year we make contact... with USB 3.0.

More pics can be seen at the link at the top!
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