PS3 Firmware 2.0 Detailed, Hits Next Week

338w ago - An informed UK reader sends word of the Playstation 3's 2.0 firmware release, which he says is supposed to hit on Oct. 30. While the source appears to be genuine, I am a little doubtful of the timing since 1.94 seems to be just hitting now with copies of Ratchet and Clank, so take this, as you should all rumors, with a grain of salt.

Chief among the updates is the inclusion of cross media bar customization, a separate Playstation Network category, music and photo playlists and the ability to turn your PS3 on and off with PSP Remote Play. Hit the jump for the full break down of what we're told will be coming in this rather robust update.

PLAYSTATION 3 System Software update version 2.00
Schedule: 30 October 2007[JST]

Main features of PS3 version 2.00:

- Turn your PS3 on and off with PSP Remote play
- A new PLAYSTATION Network category
- A TV Category for those who install PlayTV into their HDD (SCEE only).
- Playlist for Music & Photo
- Content group for Video & Game
- XMB customization (Custom theme & background color setting): This will come with one alternative custome theme. Addition generic themes will be available for download via with game title themes to follow on Nov 20th, distributed via the Store (PS/PC). The cost...

Microsoft has reported a quarterly profit in the Xbox’s Entertainment and Devices Division

338w ago - As the segment aims for its first full year of profitability.

Microsoft posted unaudited operating income for its first quarter ended September 30 of $165 million in the Entertainment and Devices Division, compared to a loss last year of $142 million.

Microsoft has been reiterating that its Xbox business will be profitable throughout this entire fiscal year, a feat yet to be seen in Microsoft's videogame business.

Strong demand for Halo 3 and Xbox 360 hardware drove the division€s numbers during the quarter, according to Microsoft. In its first day, Halo 3 in the US alone generated $170 million in sales when it launched September 25. First-week sales were $300 million globally, as the Bungie-developed title sold 3.3 million units in the US during its debut month, according to NPD Group.

Revenues for the division were up 91 percent to $1.93 billion.

Overall, Microsoft revenues were up 27 percent year-on-year to $13.8 billion, beating the guidance of $12.4-$12.6 billion. Operating income was $5.9 billion, similarly exceeding the guidance of $5.0-$5.2 billion.

During the quarter, Microsoft said it sold 1.8 million Xbox 360 consoles, with record attach rates during the quarter in the US.

€We feel very good about our position going into the...

2008 Brings New Dreamcast Game

339w ago - You cannot kill it, SEGA. The Dreamcast will not die. While the former console maker has already turned its back on the console, diehard developers have not. France based the Alice Company is releasing a DC game next year called Dynamite Dreams.

As Brandon at Insert Credit points out, the Bomberman-type clone is based on a mini-game in the Alice Dreams DC adventure title that the developer has been working on for a while now. So, new Dreamcast game in 2008. Can you believe it? Video can be seen below!


Assassin's Creed gone gold

339w ago - Update: According to IGN, it is now set for release in the UK on November 16.

Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced its highly anticipated Assassin's Creed video game has gone "gold€ and is set to launch in North America on November 13, 2007.

The title is one of the most anticipated games for the holiday season, arriving on the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft at the MSRP of $59.99 with the Limited Edition priced at $69.99 €" rated "M€ for Mature by the ESRB. In addition, those who pre-order Assassin's Creed at GameStop will receive an exclusive Assassin's Creed art book bonus when they pick up their game.

"We've been working very hard for nearly four years to make Assassin's Creed a reality and now there is a confirmed date when players will get to experience the results of our efforts,€ shared Jade Raymond, producer of Assassin's Creed. "This is a huge event for the team. Our biggest reward will be everyone having a lot of good solid fun.€

Assassin's Creed PC should be in shops early 2008.

Conflict: Denied Ops fires new shots

339w ago - It's been a while since we've heard anything from Conflict: Denied Ops, but Eidos has ended the drought today with these ten brand spanking new screenshots.

Previous games in the Conflict series have gone down a (Desert) storm on console, but for this new instalment the series' four-man, squad-based formula has been ditched in favour of a focus on two-soldier co-op action.

Eidos has spoken previously of how Denied Ops features gameplay that's focussed on "accessible two-man tactics" - talking about switching seamlessly between teammates to lay down covering fire, exploring diverging paths, creating distractions and pinning the enemy under fire, for example.

It's due out next year on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. More screenshots at the link at the top!

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