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

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351w 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

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351w 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

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351w 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

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351w 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.
 

Canon said to be developing own tech for SED TV production

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351w ago - After being hampered by habitual delays both legal and technical, it looks like the long-awaited über-tech of the display world may finally be on the cusp of reaching market, as Canon is reportedly developing a way to build surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) TVs without using contentious IP.

Specifically, Japanese newspaper Asahi is reporting -- without citing sources -- that Canon is working on a "non-carbon" method of producing the sets that bypasses the Nano-Proprietary patents at the heart of that lawsuit.

Still no hint on when we'll actually be able to install one of these models in our home theater, but the promise of unrivaled black levels, brightness, and contrast could well have us drinking the SED Kool-Aid for years to come.
 
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