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Japan Gets Cinnabar Red PS2 Next Month

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338w 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...
 

Street Fighter's Chun Li Gets Dirty in Film

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340w ago - Capcom Japan has released the first photo of Smallville's Kristin Kreuk as Chun Li in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. As you can see, she's neither wearing her usual blue dress or have her hair wrapped in her trademark cute buns.

Fans shouldn't be surprised, however; the new Street Fighter film hopes to take the video game adaptation more seriously this time around instead of the Van Damme cheeseboulder that snuck up on the world in 1994 like one of Dhalsim's sly reacharounds. We're following Chun Li as she scours Thailand as a street fighter to find her father's killer, M. Bison (Neal McDonough).

Quick note: I don't know how, but she actually looks identical to how I imagined she would look when they announced the project–A dirty street fighter in Thailand, delving into the mucky muck. Street fighting isn't exactly a colorful world with costumes and junk.

Don't worry, though, because one of the storyboards released shows her with the stereotypical hair we all know and love.
 

Microsoft: PS3 Getting "Squeezed Out"

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341w ago - Following the release of April NPD data, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg says that he respects his competitors, but claims Sony in particular is getting "squeezed out" of the console war.

Below are the excerpts from a phone interview from Thursday with director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Aaron Greenberg, who comments on the sales of GTA IV, the fight for market share and how Microsoft still doesn't consider the Wii a direct competitor.

First, there are the hardware figures. GTA IV didn't seem to move consoles in the few days in April that it was on sale. We didn't see very impressive hardware figures from the two platforms that the game was available on. Will we see the hardware lift in May?

I think May will be a better barometer for GTA's impact on hardware sales. I think GTA is the type of franchise that is unique and does perform differently. It reaches a different type of customer than other big titles in our industry, and those mainstream buyers don't necessarily buy hardware the day a game comes out. I think we'll see a much longer tail with this game. That said, we're very pleased with the numbers... NPD validated what we had heard and seen from our retailers [regarding sales of GTA IV on 360 vs. PS3].

...From our standpoint, we feel good about having...
 

Sony: Eight Days to full production, Getaway in pre-production

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344w ago - Sony's London Studio recently revealed to a British paper that Eight Days is now ramping up to full production. The game was first shown at Sony's E3 2006 press conference and is a crime epic set in the desert of Arizona.

The studio also revealed that a small team is working on pre-production for the next iteration of The Getaway. When Eight Days is completed the bulk of the team will then work on The Getaway.

To quote: A crime epic from SCE Studios London. Set in the desert of Arizona, the game features eight days in the bad times of the criminal element.

The game features open environments that you can run in, with fully-modeled buildings that you can exploit when the action gets too heavy on the streets and outskirts.
 

Forget the motion-sensitive remote Microsoft, fix X-Box 360!

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346w ago - By now, the word has trickled into every crack and corner of the Internet that Microsoft is developing a motion-sensitive wand controller for its Xbox 360 console, and that the prototype design fairly resembles the wand available for Nintendo Wii.

Since MTV spilled the rumor Monday, dozens of publications have jumped on the story and twisted it into a balloon animal for their own purposes. Yahoo Tech thinks any wand remote built years after Xbox's debut would rate as little more than a second-rate accessory. NintendoRevolution thinks it's an April Fool's joke. PS3 says it's a sign that Microsoft really does care about casual gaming despite the company's huge effort to command the high-end gaming market.

MTV has pinned the rumor to an "unnamed source" who claims to have been briefed on Microsoft's plans. The source says Microsoft's secret controller will do much more than the Wiimote, including interact with the Xbox Live Vision Camera, and that "several developers, speaking on background" confirmed the source's claim.

Because the report goes against Microsoft's earlier position that motion-sensitive controllers were not on the horizon for Xbox 360 (but perhaps for its hoped-for replacement, the Xbox 720) and has no credible sources cited, gaming pundits were quick to...
 
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