214w ago - According to MW2Blog (linked above), the inevitable has happened for one of this season's big XBox 360 videogame releases... the XBox 360 (PAL) version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has apparently been leaked 11 days early on the Internet.
A screenshot (below) shows what appears to be a number of the achievements and many of the various chapter names for the game.
For those wondering, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 officially releases on PC, PS3 and XBox 360 on November 10, 2009.
To quote: "Still eleven days until the hype train comes to a stop and MW2Blog has received word that Modern Warfare 2 is 'already ripped and ready for upload region free PAL.'
We can not vouch for the authenticity of these claims but if the images below are to be believed there will be a lot more spoilers in the upcoming days."
219w ago - It appears as though Capcom's big announcement has been leaked a day early... French Web site JV247.com claims that the big announcement is Super Street Fighter IV, and this version will sport characters including as T.Hawk and Juri.
"The source is apparently JV247, a French Web site, which claims an anonymous source revealed a couple of facts about the game - namely, that two of the new characters for the game are T.Hawk and Juri, the former a veteran of Super Street Fighter II, and the latter seemingly new.
We imagine we'll have more details tomorrow, but JV247 does note that it's unconfirmed as to whether this will be a new, seperate game, or whether it will be DLC. Or both. Or neither. Or, in fact, what systems it'll be coming to."
219w ago - According to PCWorld (linked above), Toshiba will soon unveil its first television based on the Cell processor, the same multimedia chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console.
Toshiba has been showing prototypes of the television and Cell technology for the last couple of years and its unveiling on Oct. 5 will come just before its first public showing at the upcoming Ceatec electronics show.
While a launch date has not yet been announced, the timing of the unveiling suggests it should be on sale in Japan before the end of this year.
To quote: "The Cell chip was developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony and each chip contains a single Power PC core and eight co-processors. Together the chips make heavy-duty processing of video a breeze.
During previous demonstrations of Cell TV prototypes, Toshiba has put the chip to use providing real-time upscaling of standard definition to a quality closer to that of high definition.
It has also been shown streaming multiple chapters from a recorded TV show to make navigating to a desired part of a program easy. It's similar to the multiscreen menus on some DVDs.
But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several...
223w ago - Japanese PlayStation 3 owners have been enjoying Ad Hoc Party for nearly a year now, but when will it hit North America... Possibly next week?
That's when fighting game Fate/Unlimited Codes releases for the PlayStation Portable, according to the official PlayStation.blog.
To quote: Fate/Unlimited Codes is one of the games that uses Ad Hoc Party for its online multiplayer in Japan, turning the PlayStation 3 into a multiplayer server for PSP games without an infrastructure mode built-in, so one might think it will do the same in America.
That game's trailer promises that PSP owners can "play online with Ad Hoc mode."
Sony Computer Entertainment recently trademarked Ad Hoc Party in the United States, a good indicator that it plans to introduce it to North American PS3 owners.
Granted, the trailer for Fate/Unlimited Codes may be out of date and we wouldn't leave it up to the publisher of that game, Capcom, to determine the launch date of a Sony product.
We were told at E3 this year that Ad Hoc Party support in the West was "in the works," but weren't given a release window.
241w ago - According to an internal 'proven' source of French Web site PS3Gen.fr, it's been unofficially confirmed that both the PS3 and PSP will receive price drops in early June.
This would obviously correspond with E3, which is scheduled to run between June 2 and June 4.
To quote: Although the source didn't reveal the new price for the PS3, it did provide the new price point for the handheld: 169 Euros, down from 189.
Of course, even if accurate, this information may only apply to the European/PAL regions, but we find it hard to believe that Sony wouldn't have this pair of price cuts spread worldwide. Additionally, the mystery source confirmed the existence of the much-rumored PSP 2, which should be available for the end of the year.
We've already received many pieces of evidence for a new PSP model; either the PSP-4000 or a PSP 2, and that includes the theory that it will be designed to compete with the iPhone. It sounds plausible, but with nothing concrete to solidify the claims, we still can't call it anything but "rumor and speculation."
And if you don't already know, Sony's business policy has always been the same: they simply don't comment on rumor and speculation.