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Sony: Microsoft Writes Checks for Games Due to Insecurity

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289w ago - CEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has told VG247 that Microsoft's apparent need to pay for exclusivity on certain products - such as the Lost and Damned - is borne from a self-perceived lack of strength in its first-party line-up.

To quote: "Microsoft has had a much more lenient policy to writing checks than we do," he said.

"We don't feel the need to write checks necessarily with every publisher, like they did with the Lost and Damned and some other titles, because we feel very strongly in our first-party line-up.

"I think it's safe to say that we'd put our first-party line-up against anyone's, and Microsoft and other manufacturers probably lead a little bit when they're writing checks about how they feel about their own internal line-up."

Microsoft reportedly loaned Rockstar $50 million for two episodes of GTA IV DLC, although the figure's never been confirmed.

The first episiode, The Lost and Damned, is rumoured to have sold in the region of 1 million units. Koller was speaking at GDC last month.
 

Rumor: Is NetFlix Coming to Sony's PS3 and the Nintendo Wii?

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289w ago - CNET (linked above) believes they have spotted a sign indicating that NetFlix is destined for sony's PS3 and the Nintendo Wii console.

A job posting denotes that the NetFlix team is looking for someone to to lead the gaming platforms team, to quote:

In case you're having trouble reading the job description above, here's the important part:

We are looking for a hands-on leader and innovator.​ We seek deep experience developing and testing media rich applications on current generation gaming consoles.​

Candidates will be technical, strong leaders, and execution focused.​ Expect to help build a small technology team to rapidly prototype and iterate on a variety of platforms.​

The key phrase is "a variety of platforms," which one would assume means both home and mobile gaming consoles. You could also throw the iPhone into the mix, though you'd have to stream via Wi-Fi, not a cellular connection, because AT&T has bandwidth restrictions on streaming video.
 

Speculation: GOH's E3 2009 Sony PlayStation Predictions

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289w ago - Last week we read IGN AU 's E3 2009 predictions, and today Game Of Honor has shared their predictions, as follows:

The Electronic Entertainment Expo known as "E3" returns this June to its roots, set to take place in Los Angeles, California. Game Of Honor has listed what they expect at this year's expo...

New 20GB Silver PlayStation 3 Announcement

We expect Sony has been working hard on a new PlayStation 3 with a new model number and less memory, especially since Sony is releasing a silver PS3 controller in the US.

No PlayStation 3 Price Cut Announcement

Sony will announce a new PlayStation 3 model this year, and we believe it will be cheaper since its value will be reduced. It only makes sense, considering Sony is finding ways to make the console cheaper to manufacture. So that pretty much kills the rumors on any price cut announcements.

Semi-Announcement (Non Conference)

•Square Enix's next MMO unveiling at E3 2009
Hideo Kojima unveiling Zone Of The Enders 3 at E3 2009
•TEAM ICO...
 

Top Seven Reasons Why Sony's PlayStation Home Will Succeed

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289w ago - When Home first opened to the public late last year, the public reaction was skeptical and negative. There really wasn't much to do beyond customizing your character and walking around. It seemed like nothing more than a glorified chat system.

As the excitement around Second Life collapsed and Google cancelled their 3D avatar project "Lively", people questioned whether there really was a need or purpose to these 3D avatar systems at all.

Now, Home's core feature set has improved, there are more spaces to explore, much more elaborate mini-games, and Xi is arguably the first piece of "destination content" that is really good enough to pull people to the system.

However, Home is still very much an unfinished work in progress with most of its potential unrealized, but it's fleshed out enough where you can play it and easily understand where they are headed.

Here are the top seven reasons that PlayStation Home will eventually be a success:

Disney World Epcot Style Entertainment Advertising

PlayStation Home aims to host lots of corporate sponsored virtual spaces like Disney World's Epcot Center hosts corporate sponsored pavilions. TV and print ads are becoming less and less effective, yet companies still need to show their products to...
 

Bluetooth 3.0 Specifications & What it Could Mean for Sony's PS3

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289w ago - The Bluetooth Special Interest group have [Register or Login to view links] that on April 21st they'll officially unveil the details regarding their updated Bluetooth profile 3.0.

Within 3.0, the new update will allow for less disconnects and faster transfer speeds.

To quote: On April 21st, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group will officially unveil its Bluetooth 3.0 technology to the world. Unsurprisingly, Bluetooth 3.0 is promised to be much faster than the current 2.0/2.1 standard, according to the SIG:

"Transferring an entire music library, a complete DVD, a vacation's worth of photos, all within seconds at the touch of a button and wirelessly will now be possible."

Three-point-oh will also feature new Enhanced Power Control (or EPC), which will "reduces the incidence of disconnects caused by movement such as placing a phone in a pocket or purse."

On the technical side, it is a Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP) that will enable Bluetooth profiles to take advantage of 802.11 speeds. The 802.11 Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL) will enable the Generic AMP feature to be used with an 802.11 radio.

What will this mean for Sony's PlayStation 3? If Sony updates the PS3 Bluetooth profile, perhaps your headsets will have...
 
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