251w ago - Sony continues to play the value card in its fight against the Xbox 360. This time, instead of focusing on hardware, the company shows you what games you could buy if you weren't paying for Xbox Live.
During CES, Sony gave press the argument that the PS3 was actually a great deal... considering all the features that came with the system. That only works if you want those features, and a $400 system is a hard sell even if it comes with an Eva(n?) Longoria love-doll.
Sony has now made a second argument that makes much more sense: look at what you can buy for the cost of Xbox Live.
Microsoft's online service costs $50 a year, if you don't find a card on sale, and Sony wants to show you what you could be buying with that money if you were online with your PS3. You have to give it to them: $50 on the PlayStation Network gets you some pretty great stuff.
"Rather than paying a $50 subscription fee that competitors charge for on-line services, PlayStation Network users could put that money towards a variety of content," the company claims. What could you get?
• PAIN ($9.99)
• Elefunk ($4.99)
• Guitar Hero Classic Rock Track ($6.25)
• LittleBigPlanet™ Metal Gear Solid¬® - Level Kit ($5.99)
• Episode of Afro Samurai | Season 1 ($1.99)
251w ago - Recently Microsoft launched a new way for XBox Live members to interact with their newly minted avatars.
The new initiative is called "Free Your Avatar" and with this new idea, comes a Web site where you can take your avatar out of the Xbox Live arena, and put him into desktop wallpaper, screensavers, etc.
Once exported, users can then customize their image, uploading and adding props and backgrounds to liven things up. You will even be able to create festive cards that you can send to friends and relatives.
All clothing choices are free, and will remain available. It is easy to tell what is new when you are in the avatar editor, just look for the gold star. Any item of clothing with a gold star is new since the last time you signed in to the avatar editor.
Finally, Microsoft states the application will provide options for every special occasion, from XBL member's birthdays to holidays.
251w ago - Players can show off their skills and high scores on the leaderboards in a number of titles which originally appeared on Xbox Live¬® Arcade, including the award-winning Pac-Man Championship Edition™.
The compilation also offers the chance to re-live the old school days of classic arcade games with Galaxian™, Super Pac-Man™ and many more rubbing shoulders in a vast compilation spanning over 25 years of arcade hits.
Press Release: NAMCO MUSEUM: VIRTUAL ARCADE' - CLASSICS NEVER GET OLD, THEY JUST GET BETTER
NAMCO BANDAI Games Brings the Ultimate Arcade Game Collection to Europe for Xbox 360 this Coming April
PARIS, FRANCE - 11 February 2009 - NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced that Namco Museum™: Virtual Arcade is heading to European retailers for the Xbox 360¬® video Game and entertainment system from Microsoft this coming April 2009.
Jam-packed with nostalgic favorites and future classics, Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade will keep seasoned and new gamers playing for years to come.
Features of Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade include:
• Over 30 titles: The largest and most comprehensive Namco Museum™ collection to date will keep you and your friends entertained for hours.
251w ago - Microsoft has announced that is will offer free access to Live Gold functionality for players of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV in February. Starting on February 17, anybody playing either Grand Theft Auto IV or its upcoming expansion, The Lost and Damned, will be able to play free of charge. The offer will expire on February 22.
The move is set to coincide with the release of the new DLC episode The Lost and Damned, which Rockstar hopes will revive interest in its open-world shooter. Hopefully they have also made some tweaks to the multiplayer modes in this new game. Heck, if it is free to go online and check them out, we will definitely give it a go.
This is the first time that Microsoft has extended such an offer. We can see this move potentially backfiring for the Redmond company, however. Like the days of Perestroika, once gamers get a taste of the good life, they might not be so eager to go back to the old gulag of paid online service.
Hopefully this opens the door for future online demo offers to coincide with the release of new titles, leading to the eventual liberation of Xbox live for all. Microsoft, tear down that wall!
251w ago - Today Ubisoft announces that an official Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X™ demo will be available for download for the Xbox 360¬® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on Xbox LIVE¬® online entertainment network beginning on February 11, 2009 and for the PLAYSTATION¬®3 computer entertainment system on the PLAYSTATION¬® network beginning on February 12, 2009.
The demo will be also available for Windows-based PCs beginning on February 26, 2009.
Press Release: TOM CLANCY'S H.A.W.XTM DEMO AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 11 ON XBOX LIVE¬® AND FEBRUARY 12 ON PLAYSTATION¬® NETWORK
In this demo, players will dominate the skies for the first time and battle planes, tanks and amphibious assaults and have the opportunity to dogfight with other elite pilots in a stunning panoramic boss scene.
Key features of the H.A.W.X demo:
• Co-op enabled for up to 4 players- Jump in/Jump out
• Gain experience points and unlock up to three real, licensed planes in the demo:
o F-16A Fighting Falcon
o SU-35 Super Flanker
o AV-8B Harrier II
• Choose between two different game modes:
o Normal- Default control type
o Expert- Allows full control over the aircraft in"Assistance Off" mode
• Two heart-pounding missions:
o Operation: Off Certification...