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352w ago - Pros: This is one very sleek unit. In fact almost everything is irrelevant to the quality of the OLED panel and the sheer thin width of the screen. And for LCD TV and Plasma the writing could be on the wall with OLED.

Cons: The weakness of this early unit is the control buttons and the lack of flexibility in the arm that links the ulta thin screen with the base control unit.

Smart House today got an exclusive FIRST LOOK at the new OLED TV technology from Sony and it is impressive. The first thing one notice's is the dramatic improvement in OLED screen quality. It sharper the colours richer and there appears to be a smoother flow of the image across the screen.

The model that I reviewed was linked to a Sony PS3 Playstation and we were able to run a Blu ray movie as well as traditional DVD content to the device.

A single TV input also allowed for the testing of a traditional free to air Full HD signal and even that was impressive with colours appear to be a lot more balanced than with an LCD TV.

On the styling side the screen is wafer thin however the control buttons which are on the top of the base unit to which the screen is attached are a little old fashioned and not in keeping with the stylish screen.

The model that I had access to is about to...

Will the new ‘Ultimate’ Xbox 360 eclipse Sony’s PS3?

352w ago - What a week for rumor mongering. Metal Gear Solid 4 on the Xbox 360, Crysis on the Xbox 360, and now the imminent arrival of the new Xbox 360 'Ultimate.' What will Friday bring, we wonder?

With Mr. Bill Gates expected to launch a departing bombshell during his final keynote as Microsoft chairman at next week's upcoming CES show in Las Vegas, industry commentators have been speculating wildly about exactly what he might unleash.

Well, if today's rumour from Stuff magazine is to be believed, Microsoft's concerted efforts to quell the challenge of Sony in the gaming arena are about to shift into overdrive with the arrival of the all-new 'Ultimate' Xbox 360 console.

Not content with the Core, Premium, and Elite models, Microsoft is apparently preparing the autumnal introduction of its Ultimate edition, a 320GB behemoth that comes equipped with 1080p HDMI, onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, HD audio output, cool-running 65nm hardware, and an almost imperceptible ventilation fan.

Furthermore, it will also be able to take advantage of the Xbox IPTV service, which is expected to be in full flow well before the end of the year. And, if you're presently wondering whether the Ultimate will offer enough oomph to crush the PlayStation 3 beneath Microsoft's stomping corporate boots,...

Why PS3's power will shine in 2008

352w ago - PlayStation 3 will flourish in 2008 - not our words, but the emerging consensus among the global development community. With genuinely exciting exclusives flickering on the horizon (see our recent MGS4 hands-on and in-depth details) and a growing community of developers coming to grips with the possibilities on offer from the hardware, the future's looking bright.

While some developers have been critical of PS3's complex architecture (yes, Gabe Newell from Valve, we're pointing at you) many more are praising the power and potential of the machine.

"The amount of action we're able to put on the screen at 60 frames per second dwarfs what we were able to do a year ago at 30 frames per second," claims Insomniac's (Resistance, Ratchet) Chief Creative Officer Brian Hastings, "What's most exciting is I think we'll see just as big a leap from our second generation engine to our third as we did from first to second."

User-created content will be a feature of 2008, claims Epic boss Mark Rein (Unreal Tournament 3). "We're really excited about bringing robust user-created content to PS3. PC gamers can use the included Unreal Engine 3 tool set to create mods which can be played on PS3."

Rumor Killer: No MGS4 on 360, says Konami

352w ago - TheGameReviews had the opportunity to speak with Konami's PR about this latest rumor, and unsurprisingly, Konami is baffled by claims that Metal Gear Solid 4 is going multiplatform.

In a rush to get the word out, it seems that those who broke the story talked to everyone except Konami, who made this statement:

"For the record, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a PlayStation 3 exclusive and there are no plans to develop an Xbox 360 version of the game." Nuff said..

Midway Chairman Steps Down

352w ago - Midway chairman Kenneth D. Cron has resigned, with Shari Redstone, daughter of controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone, taking his position.
Cron, who announced his departure on December 21, had been with Midway's board of directors since 2004. Shari was vice chair of the board.

She is also vice chair of both Viacom and CBS Corporation, and is currently a member of Midway's Compensation Committee and the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Cron said that he decided to leave due to "other significant business and family commitments."

"In 2008, we plan to release an impressive slate of games and I will work closely with management and my fellow board members to continue pursuing exciting growth opportunities for Midway," Shari said in a statement.
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