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Console Takeover: Is PC Gaming Dead?

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307w ago - Facing tough competition from a red-hot console market, developers are looking online in a bid to keep computer-based gaming alive.

There was a time when personal computers were the tools of choice for hard-core gamers. But four years ago, on the brink of the release of the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360, analysts were proclaiming the death of PC gaming.

These new consoles - well, Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox - were more powerful than the computers at the time, and were integrating with home entertainment systems to provide high definition experiences beyond just gaming. Nintendo, meanwhile, offered a completely new approach to gaming with its Wiimote controllers.

And this year, Electronic Arts decided to kill the PC versions of many of its popular sports titles, including Madden NFL 09, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and NBA Live. LucasArts is releasing The Force Unleashed, its new Star Wars title, on every platform except PC.

Even developers who built their companies by producing games for computers are now turning to console development.

Crytek's Stan Huebler has indicated that his company, which stunned the industry with its PC-processing intensive Crysis, won't be making any more PC exclusive titles, and id Software's John Carmack told Tom's Hardware Guide that...
 

PSP RemoteJoy Lite v0.14 out, Play PSP on PC via USB Cable!

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307w ago - DieH@rd of NeoGAF shared news that a new English version of PSP Remote Joy was released today, and with it you can play (or capture screens and videos via pressing escape first after configuring the options) your PSP games on PC via USB cable.

Resize & Fullscreen are supported, PS1 games are not playable, controllers are supported (PS2, PS3).

Download: PSP RemoteJoy Lite v0.14 / PSP RemoteJoy Lite v0.14 English GUI

Changelog v0.14:
PSP OFF LCD screen is running to correct me. 3 seconds mouse cursor and mouse operation to disappear. PSP model to determine the image data available to address how to use it. Some changes to the setup screen. PC / PSP both in the processing speed of some improvement.

Known Issues:
* POPS HOME assigned to the button in the PSP HOME behavior different from when I pushed the button.
* Volume of special keys and will be key to work properly.
* XMB returned to the game when an odd process may occur in the fall.

Controls:
* ALT + ENTER: full-screen / window mode switch
* ESC: Menu
* F1: FPS, color display...
 

Capcom: We believe PS3 has reached full swing after MGS4 success

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307w ago - As part of their Official Q1 Questions and Answers session, Capcom has revealed a belief that the PS3 is in full swing after the success of MGS4.

However, they noted they are not just focusing on PS3 and would like to supply their software evenly across the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms.

To quote:

Q. Do you feel that PlayStation 3 (PS3) has expanded sufficiently for the release of large-scale titles such as "Resident Evil 5"?

A. We believe that PS3 has finally reached full swing after looking at the success of "Metal Gear Solid 4," as well as future large-scale title lineups. In addition, some reduction in the PS3's price was announced at the 2008 E3, and we can expect its spread to increase by next March when our "Resident Evil 5" for PS3 will be released.

Moreover, as we are not only focusing on PS3, we would also like to spread our supply of software evenly between Wii and Xbox 360 while their markets in the world increase in a similar manner to PS3.
 

Confirmed: Gears of War 2 not coming to PC

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308w ago - In an IGN interview with Cliff Bleszinski, it was revealed by Cliff that Gears of War 2 would not be coming to the PC.

The point of interest came up in a question about Gears 2's "Linked Achievements" and the Achievement portability with an account from Games for Windows Live.

When prompted about a PC version of Gears 2, Cliff spilled the beans:

"Gears of War is a great franchise first and foremost for Xbox 360, and therefore we're focusing on that platform for Gears of War 2. We've decided we're not going to do a PC version this time around."
 

SCEE and SOE join to bring popular PC game worlds to PS3 consoles

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309w ago - Speaking in reference to the new partnership between Sony Online and SCEE. David Reeves of SCEE noted that - "This is an opportunity for SCEE and SOE to bring the best online experiences from PC gaming to the PLAYSTATION 3 universe, the result of which will certainly benefit PlayStation fans."

PRESS RELEASE: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Joins Forces with Sony Online Entertainment to Publish Games for PLAYSTATION®3

Leipzig Games Convention, August 2008: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced today that SCEE has joined forces with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) - developer of groundbreaking online Massive Multiplayer Online (MMOs) games including the wildly popular EverQuest® -- in an arrangement that will bring a whole new dimension to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) gaming.

Under the new agreement, SCEE will publish and distribute three MMOs developed by SOE for PS3 throughout the PAL territories. In addition, SCEE will also publish the PC versions of DC Universe and The Agency on behalf of SOE in the PAL territories. The new arrangement allows SCEE to benefit from SOE's experience in a different area of video gaming publishing, one which opens up a whole host of possibilities for PS3.

The games included in the agreement are The Agency (PS3 and PC),...
 
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