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Zune Video on Xbox Live Could Finish Blu-ray for HD Streaming

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278w ago - Folks at E3 witnessed Microsoft instantly fast forward a streamed 1080p movie right at start up. But how could this be possible?

How can a streamed 1080p movie have instant access to every point of the movie? Doesn't it need to buffer that huge file? Could this be Blu-Ray's true competitor? Or perhaps the beginning of the end for Blu-Ray?

Let's face it, why can't Microsoft sell this same technology to other content distributors, such as Netflix. Or better yet, collaborate with them to create the biggest HD streaming option for consumers, while having the biggest movie library.

TQcast (linked above) recently interviewed Michael Wolf, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, about the upcoming Zune Video on Xbox Live as follows:

Q: What is the name of the new HD streaming technology?

A: The name of the feature is Zune video on Xbox LIVE, which is built on top of Smooth Streaming. Smooth Streaming is a feature of IIS Media Services, a state-of-the-art video delivery platform which enables amazing high quality video experiences that are instant on.

Q: Exactly how is this 1080p HD experience working? 1080p video would be huge files, requiring large amounts of bandwidth, how will this work without buffering timeouts?
 

Video: Alpha Protocol Walkthrough Trailer is Available

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278w ago - Sega just released a new walkthrough trailer video from their upcoming espionage RPG title Alpha Protocol.

Alpha Protocol is a third-person action role-playing game, developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Sega. The release date is currently slated for October 6, 2009 on PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and Microsoft Windows.

The game revolves around the adventures of rookie CIA field agent Michael Thorton. After a mission goes awry, he is cut off from all of his contacts and betrayed by his superiors and is being hunted by the United States government.

In response, Michael uses the "Alpha Protocol", though it is normally reserved for more senior agents, and begins to operate undercover, to uncover the conspiracy.

Check out the trailer video below!




 

PSP Video Downloads Direct from PSN go Live in Japan

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278w ago - We've known since E3 in June that Sony would open up the PlayStation Network for direct video downloads over WiFi to the PSP - no PC or PS3 required.

Now it's live, in Japan anyway. At the moment, there are about 90 PSN video titles to choose from at the moment including anime episodes at 200 (about $2) per or animated movies for 500 ($5.30) in standard definition or 600 ($6.40) for HD.

PSP downloaded videos can be transferred to the PS3 and some content can be rented for 72-hours at a pop. No word on US or European launches but really, how much longer could it be with the PSP Go launching on October 1st.

To quote, roughly translated: PSP PlayStation Store's video rental service is now available as well. Traditionally the first drop in the PS3 from the PSP to "move" is needed to further download the PSP via WiFi directly to Memory Stick and you can play.

Once downloaded to the start of play the first 72 hours are available for viewing and using the same DRM restrictions from the PS3. Like the PSP to the PS3, PSP and download content directly to the PS3 can play and move. "Of course" I should add, PSP can only rent the SD version.

And according to today's launch for the PSP:

•"Toro travel and THE MOVIE" (SD 500 version, HD version of 600)
 

Video: New Katamari Forever PS3 Trailer is Available

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278w ago - Today Namco Bandai Games Producer Kazuhito Udetsu has shared a new Katamari Forever PS3 Trailer on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: It's very hot and humid in Japan, but apart from that, I'm doing well. This time around I'd like to introduce the latest trailer for [Register or Login to view links]. Please enjoy the antics of the monkey and rooster!

Oh! If you're planning on going to [Register or Login to view links] this week, stop by the Namco Bandai Games booth and play Katamari Forever.

Check out the video below!




 

Video: Alternative F.E.A.R. 2 End Credit Sequence Released

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279w ago - A previously unpublished video originally intended to play alongside the end credits has been released by Monolith.

In his [Register or Login to view links], Monolith developer Daryl Affleck has shown off a video of the end credit sequence featuring Snake Fist.

The video was put together while the game was going through testing and primarily features Armacham Technology Corporation research scientist Terry 'Snake Fist' Halford. Affleck explains that the sequence was dropped because:

... this comical approach would have soured the serious tone of the surprise ending of FEAR 2.

Snake Fist is a key character in the game who guides Beckett through the Armacham complex and provides him with the Type-12 Energy Weapon Prototype and information on how to destroy Alma.





The video has now seen the light of day as 'a worthwhile tribute to the brains behind Armacham.'

If you like the Snake Fist song, you can download it [Register or Login to view links].
 
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