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Rumor: PS3 Slim and 160gb coming soon?

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332w ago - T3 magazine are touting a rumor that Sony have a slim PS3 in the pipeline. Their source also reckons that a 160gb machine is coming soon.

Now personally I think this is a bit too soon, but it may just be yet another downsize of the console to save on manufacturing costs.

To quote: The guys at T3 are saying one of their inside men has heard word that Sony will be producing a slimmer, sexier PS3 heading for the shelves this Spring.

While everyone knows that Sony will eventually shrink its very obese console, such news would come as a surprise given that Sony took many more years to shrink their PSOne and PS2 (though Sony has recently successfully shrunken their Blu-ray laser to fit in laptops).

Still, Sony's biggest goal at the moment is building consoles cheaper. Maybe that means small, too. Maybe it doesn't.

Either way, T3's mock-up looks sexy as hell, and they also think a new rumored 160GB model could appear in the new slinky, skinny-as-Kate-Moss form.
 

Circuit City Now Accepting HD-DVD Player Trade-Ins

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333w ago - Have an HD-DVD player laying around and want to get rid of it? Well, if you bought it at any Circuit City location, you can now trade it in towards a purchase of any Blu-ray disc player.

Don't want a Blu-ray player? That's okay! They'll hand you a gift card in the amount of the original purchase price instead.

According to customer reports, the trade-in deal is good towards a PlayStation 3 unit as well. Keep in mind this deal is in-store only. The full memo is detailed below:

HD DVD - The End. Toshiba stated in a press release that they will stop manufacturing and selling HD DVD players. The marketplace has spoken in favor of Blu-ray. We are delighted that consumers now will be able to invest with confidence in next-generation video disc players and titles. Based on Toshiba's announcement, we expect to phase out HD DVD players and movie titles in our stores and on our Web site in the near future. FAQs

Why will Circuit City continue to sell HD DVD players for the near future?

There are large numbers of HD DVD movie titles still in circulation and some customers will want to be able to view those titles.

Also, HD DVD players are very affordable and will continue to play and up-convert standard DVDs with improved quality. So, during the phase-out,...
 

X-Box 360 HD-DVD Emulator Now Free!

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333w ago - Back in December 2007, Microsoft released an HD-DVD emulator toolkit for film studios and disc authoring companies to test out their projects before printing them off to an actual HD-DVD disc.

The piece of kit carried a hefty price tag - $2,999 to be exact. But now? It's free, seeing as HD-DVD is dead and all!

Those inserted in tinkering around with the emulator for learning purposes can send a request for a download link over at Microsoft's Web site.

Refunds will be issued to those who previously had paid for the emulator in full.
 

Sony release wipEout HD fact sheet

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335w ago - Sony have released a fact sheet for wipEout HD. The game will be single player or 2 to 8 players via wireless multiplayer, and be full 1080p running at 60 fps. The game also supports 'Custom Play lists': playback your own music using play lists created in the PS3 XMB.

DLC will also be made available, including extra teams and ships, extra tracks and additional events for the race campaign mode.





wipEout® HD FACT SHEET

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (Studio Liverpool)
Platform: PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢) computer entertainment system
Genre: Action-Oriented Racing
Players: Single-player, 2 to 8 players via wireless multiplayer connectivity
Launch Date: TBA
Rating: "RP" for Rating Pending

OVERVIEW

Get ready to race at blazing speeds and experience adrenaline-filled, anti-gravity racing action in full-1080p High Definition (HD) running at a breathtaking 60-frames-per-second on PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3â„¢). Coming to the PLAYSTATION®Store soon, wipEout® HD is set to redefine anti-gravity combat racing.

Featuring a selection of the best tracks taken from previous versions of the wipEout® franchise, wipEout HD offers...
 

Microsoft withdraws from HD DVD, no longer making add-on

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335w ago - According to Xbox marketeer John Porcaro's gamerscore blog, Microsoft is planing to withdraw from HD DVD following recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios and retailers.

"Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market." said Porcaro.

Microsoft have stated that they do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform.

To quote: Xbox 360 HD DVD Support Statement Updated

We just issued an updated statement regarding HD DVD support for Xbox 360.

As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market.

As we stated earlier, we do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace. HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a High Definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition...
 
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