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Xbox "Originals" Coming as 360 Downloads

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359w ago - UPDATE - The fall Xbox 360 dashboard update, which will be implemented in time for Christmas, will enable users to download classic Xbox games and movies on demand.

Microsoft has confirmed that the update, scheduled for December 4, will allow Xbox 360 owners to download classic titles such as Halo, Fable, Crash Bandicoot and Burnout 3 via Xbox Live Marketplace for around 1200 Microsoft points per title. As time goes by, the platform holder reportedly hopes to make as much of the original Xbox's back catalog of titles available to Xbox 360 owners as possible.

A movie-on-demand service similar to the US Video Marketplace will also be launched in Europe, although a solid start date for this service has yet to be confirmed. Effectively an online rental service, users will be able to download movies to their Xbox 360 hard drive. They will have 14 days to start watching the downloaded content. Once they begin watching the content, they will have 24 hours to finish it before it is automatically deleted from their hard drive.

UPDATE: A statement from Microsoft adds that Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Psychonauts will be getting a second chance at life on the Xbox 360 as Xbox Originals. "This new service will launch with an array of blockbuster titles spanning the most popular genres from...
 

Hacked2123 Secret Project - Program XMB_2.0_BETA(0.5.0.3)

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359w ago - This is the secret project I'm working on. It's still in its very early stages and I intend on working on it more but I have little but minutes to spend on it each day.

I made THIS IMAGE deceiving for reason, check it out now and see how advanced those Icons were for day two of released firmware 2.0.

Well anyways, its gonna be improved more and more as to how I see the REAL XMB_2.0 should look and feel, and I'll keep you informed as it comes along. Just extract this file to any location and run either the swf, or exe which ever you prefer.

XMB_2.0_BETA(0.5.0.3)_EXE.rar / XMB_2.0_BETA(0.5.0.3)_SWF.rar

P.S. Those of you smart enough might also realize this doubles as a tester program for your XMB_Themes ;-)

THIS IS JUST TO GET THIS OUT THERE BEFORE $ONY DOES, cause then all my work would have been in vain.
 

DualShock 3 Rumbling with PS2 Games after All

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359w ago - While it seems like a natural conclusion to jump to, Sony has never really made any comments one way or another if the new DualShock 3 would rumble while playing PlayStation 2 games. Website PSPSPS is reporting that their brand new DualShock controllers are indeed vibrating with PS2 games; at least on a Japanese PS3. The games were Rez, OutRun 2006, and Katamari Damacy.

That was on a PS3 running the latest firmware, and if OutRun 2006 is vibrating, I'm willing to take a leap and assume the rest of the PS2's library (or at least the majority) will support the DualShock 3's rumble.

The control is very nice. Feels about three times heavier than the non-rumbling Sixaxis, which we're inclined to classify as a Good Thing (the plain Sixaxis feels too light). Rumbles like a tummy before lunch. And it has 'Dual Shock 3' stamped on its husk in blue type. The pad is also available in white, to go with the white 40GB PS3 model launched here today, but it looks a bit tacky because the sticks and buttons aren't white.

Alright, how about now - who's importing?
 

Resistance: Fall of Man Sequel Ready for Pre Alpha Testing

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359w ago - A trusted source has let us know that Resistance 2, the sequel to the PS3 launch title, is ready for the pre-Alpha testing stage. According to our source, Sony is going to be hiring a ton of testers in January to put Resistance 2 through a stress test.

Resistance was one of the best PS3 exclusives, and without a doubt we're sure Resistance 2 will be on everyone's wish list when a release date is announced.

With almost no other information released about this game so far, and with no screenshots to gawk at, it's hard to say how good it's going to be. But if it's anything like the first, with its crazy weapons and great looking monsters, they could probably stick to the game's roots and please old fans. Another option might be for them to go crazy with the story and offer us a completely new experience.

After the initial testing is over, we may see a lot of buzz around this game as testers talk about their experiences. Whatever the case may be, I'm hopeful Resistance 2 will be a smash success just like the first.
 

Sony exits future Cell development

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359w ago - Japanese electronics giant pulls out of research and production facilities for high-powered processor; ramps investment in image-sensor tech.

The Cell processor has been both a boon and a burden for Sony. The high-octane processor at the heart of the PlayStation 3 has given Sony's console a competitive edge in performance potential for the current generation of gaming hardware. However, its development has also inflicted a significant dent on the Japanese electronics giant's bottom line, costing Sony approximately $1.7 billion alone, according to recent estimates by financial news service Bloomberg.

Last month, Sony confirmed speculation that it would be selling its stake in Cell manufacturing plants to development partner Toshiba. Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Bloomberg reported that the deal will raise $860 million for Sony once final details are arrived upon in March 2008.

This week, Nikkei reports that Sony plans to cease participation in the Cell processor's future iterations. Along with partners IBM and Toshiba, Sony has been researching 32nm and 45nm successors to the Cell processor, which is currently made using a 65nm process--an improvement from the original 90nm process. Sony is currently in negotiations with IBM and Toshiba on the exact date and terms...
 
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