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Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops: Infinite War Coming Soon?

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367w ago - Sony recently sent out an email newsletter promoting the T-mobile hotspot service to members of the PlayStation Underground. Inside the email was a list of WiFi compatible games and interestingly, one of them was Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops: Infinite War.

We haven't heard of this title until now, so we're assuming it is Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops+, which was recently released in Japan, under a new name.
 

Flight of the Killer B's: What Does This Mean For Microsoft Game Studios?

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367w ago - Three is a trend, or so the saying goes among journalists. So what are we to make of the steady exodus of highly acclaimed developers from the warm embrace of Microsoft Game Studios into the arms of others? Last Thursday's news that Electronic Arts had acquired BioWare Pandemic from Elevation Partners for nearly $800 million marked the third time in just three weeks that a top developer of multiple Xbox games has jumped ship. First, on September 26th, Activision announced that it would be purchasing the previously-independent U.K. studio Bizarre Creations, which made four Project Gotham Racing games for MGS between 2001 and 2006. A week later, rumors began to mount that Bungie–the brightest light in the MGS firmament by virtue of its three best-selling Halo games and the only one of the three Killer B's actually owned by Microsoft–had repurchased its independence from the Redmond giant.

The rumors proved true, and by the end of the week, both parties released statements attesting to that fact. When EA made its announcement not even a week later, that BioWare–makers of the MGS titles Jade Empire and the forthcoming Mass Effect–and Pandemic would be joining its Murderer's Row, much of the focus was on whether or not EA overpaid (we'll tackle that in a subsequent post) and was it good or bad that EA's already formidable...
 

PLAYSTATION 3 Bluetooth Headset, Keyboard Debuts

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367w ago - The PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, is now Bluetooth engabled, with the Logitech Cordless Vantage Headset and MediaBoard Pro.
Bruce Lancaster, Vice President of Logitech's interactive entertainment business unit noted, ''Logitech is pleased to offer two Bluetooth-enabled products for the PLAYSTATION 3 console platform, making the PS3 experience even better. The Cordless Vantage Headset for PS3 allows gamers to coordinate with teammates - wirelessly. And the Cordless MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth keyboard significantly improves the PLAYSTATION Network experience, making it easier and faster to manage accounts and text with friends.''

Gamers can chat wirelessly - both in-game or during voice chat sessions - with the new Logitech Vantage Bluetooth Headset for PLAYSTATION 3. Providing Bluetooth freedom for PS3 gamers, the Cordless Vantage Headset features native PS3 support - so it's easy to connect - as well as providing a reliable link for hassle-free use. And the large-diameter audio drivers and advanced noise-filtering circuitry delivers premium audio and excellent sound playback.

The Vantage headset features an ambidextrous behind-the-head design. With a simple rotation of the headband and microphone, the ear piece can be worn on either the right or left ear. This innovative...
 

UT3 IS coming to 360, Epic reaffirms

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367w ago - Responding to a reported quote from Epic president Mike Capps that Unreal Tournament 3 was "just on PS3," VP Mark Rein has reaffirmed to CVG that the deathmatch shooter is still coming to Xbox 360 next year.

"We are going to release UT3 on Xbox 360 in 2008," confirmed Rein.

Regarding the game's performance, Rein explained, "I would think most of the people who read CVG would actually be able to get a great experience with Unreal Tournament III. We spent a considerable amount of time and effort making sure that gamers will be able to enjoy UTIII even with older gaming rigs," he added.

"The reason we put out a beta version of our demo was to get feedback on how well the game runs on older hardware.

"We're trying hard not to confuse users with a hundred different graphical settings and come up with the right balance of installer-selected settings, easy configuration and end-user documentation. The beta showed that we still have some work to do in these areas but that we're making very good progress.

"In addition it should also be noted that we purposely left out some of the higher detail content in the beta demo levels to keep the download size reasonable and because, as you implied, it is generally already known the game runs well on high-end hardware and we didn't think...
 

Microsoft planning another Xbox 360 price cut?

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367w ago - Now that Sony is almost ready to reveal its plans to release a 40GB version of its Playstation 3 console in early November in the US and cutting the price of the 80GB version again, it looks like Microsoft already has some plans to counter the Playstation 3 price cut. According to Spanish retailers Microsoft is planning another price cut, to keep the original price gap between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 intact, or maybe even enlarge it. Sony earlier revealed it will be launching a 40GB PS3 in October in Euope for only 399 euros, and cutting the 60GB Starter Pack from 599 to 499 euros.

According to some Spanish stores Microsoft is planning to cut the price of the Xbox 360 Premium and Elite. The price cut would bring the Xbox 360 Premium to a price of 299 euros, and the Elite to 399 euros. This means both packs will have a 50 euros price cut. This would make the Elite as expansive as the new 40GB PS3. Off course this is just a rumor, but it could always happen. Microsoft is still tight lipped on this rumor.
 
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