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Asus Versus Gigabyte - It's All Over?

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347w ago - If you've been waiting with bated breath for the battle between motherboard giants Asus and Gigabyte to come to blows, it looks like your hopes may come to naught after all.

For a while it looked like Asus was going to take Gigabyte to court over claims the company made regarding the quality of Asus's products, not to mention the veracity of information provided regarding its Energy Processing Unit technology.

With Gigabyte insisting that it did nothing wrong and it was all Asus's fault for passing off shoddy hardware, everyone was waiting for the inevitable courtroom showdown and damages settlement.

Now, however, saner heads at Gigabyte have made the decision to issue a very public apology for the slurs cast upon its competitor's good name before the company finds itself in front of an unamused judge.

According to Digitimes, who broke the news on Friday, Gigabyte has slunk off into the sunset still grumbling that its DES technology is the better option for power saving than Asus's EPU but will smooth things over by paying for an apology to be published in various Taiwanese news publications.

Asus, knowing a good result when it sees one, has in turn agreed that this little spat needn't see the inside of a courtroom and has dropped all legal proceedings against Gigabyte.
 

Wedbush Morgan: Netflix has partnered with Microsoft

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347w ago - Wedbush Morgan Securities has speculated about a possible Netflix deal to stream movies through Xbox 360 consoles.

The conclusion, made by the investment banking firm, came off the back of comments made by Netflix management. If true it would allow the online rental service to stream movies directly into consumer's consoles.

"As we have speculated in the past, we believe that one of Netflix's partners is Microsoft. We arrive at this conclusion based upon Netflix management repeatedly mentioning 'Internet enabled video game consoles'," said a Wedbush Morgan statement.

"While there are three such consoles, only one - Microsoft's Xbox 360 - has a sufficiently large installed base to make sense from a streaming partnership with Netflix."

"The competitive advantage of such an alliance is clear: Netflix customers who are Xbox Live members will have the ability to stream online content through their Xbox 360s directly to their televisions. The ability to do so is available without the Xbox 360, but requires a measure of technological sophistication and a high tolerance for failure," it added.

Earlier this year, Netflix had surveyed subscribers on the possibility of streaming movies via the Xbox 360 console.
 

Death of the DVD Media Format is dated!

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347w ago - The film industry is underestimating the threat that digital downloads pose to its traditional revenue streams from sales of physical media such as DVD and Blu-ray movie discs, claims the founder of download service iLoaded.

The issue is in the news this week, following reports of the imminent UK launch of movie downloads via Apple's iTunes store and the continuing and increasing growth of user-friendly, legal movie download services from companies such as LoveFilm and iLoaded.

"The DVD is only 10 years old and yet the doom merchants are predicting it could join the likes of VHS tapes," reads a report in today's Media Guardian, adding, "even DVD industry insiders admit the format may eventually die out.

The report continues: "Yet they argue that the collectability of box sets, the convenience of re-watchable discs and the relatively slow growth of downloads mean there is still plenty of life left in the little silver discs."

DVD box-sets and gifts

British Video Association (BVA) boss Lavinia Carey, still claims that consumers prefer to own physical copies. And to give them as gifts.

"Particularly," Carey insists, "for TV shows, people love the boxed sets; they love to have the collection and they love to be able to watch it when they want."
 

EGM won't Review MGS4 because Konami Imposed Limitations

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347w ago - To recap: Konami are imposing restrictions on what publications can and cannot talk about when reviewing Metal Gear Solid 4. No mention of 90-minute cutscenes please, and while you're at it, no talky-talky about install sizes either, K? IGN are cool with that. EGM, refreshingly, are not.

Due to "limitations Konami wanted to impose on our comments", the editorial team decided to refrain from giving the game a score, and in lieu of a "review" posted a lengthy roundtable discussion about the game instead. It's hardly a gloved fist on an Olympic dias, but it is nice seeing somebody do something about such an... unsavoury practice.

Reviewers often have restrictions about what they can and can't talk about in reviews - in my experience, these have been restricted to plot details, which have an embargo date a little bit later than the general review does. But MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo has apparently heard from some gaming media sources who said that when it comes to Metal Gear Solid 4, particular details are off-limits.

I've been told by two gaming media sources who asked to remain anonymous that Konami representatives had been asking print reviewers to keep some technical details out of their reviews, namely the length of the game's cut-scenes and the size of the game's installation...
 

Showdown: Resistance 2 versus Gears 2

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347w ago - In fall of 2008, two of the industry's premier shooters will face off in Resistance 2 (PS3) and Gears of War 2 (360).

Resistance, a PS3 launch title, found its way into gamers' homes and hearts following a stream of positive reviews from the gaming media. Though it sorely lacked the polish of Gears of War in terms of its visuals, it more than made up for its blemishes with a terrific story, solid gameplay and an excellent multiplayer component.

Gears of War, a title that did not see the light of day until over a year after the Xbox 360 was released, featured a brilliant singleplayer campaign with unsurpassed visuals and seriously addictive gunplay. Since their releases, Insomniac and Epic have had more than ample time to optimize each title's engines in order to get the most out of their respective consoles.

The gaming public is not only looking for these developers to deliver memorable second chapters, but also to create momentum before the crucial 2008 holiday season.

Nathan Hale and Marcus Fenix, though physically dissimilar, share more resemblances than it may initially seem. Hale, of Resistance fame, is a grizzled US Army Ranger (named after the United States' first spy) who was last seen in a snowy landscape being abducted by mysterious soldiers after destroying...
 
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