282w ago - Following last night's shock news that Final Fantasy XIII will release on Xbox 360, VG247 has been told be a very senior UK industry source that an 360 version of Metal Gear Solid 4 is "inevitable".
"There's only MGS left now: for a few months at least," said the mole. "It's inevitable. Konami knows how many million they'd sell in the US alone. If FFXIII can make it to 360 when Sony owns nine percent of Square, Metal Gear's a slam dunk."
Kojima has constantly said that the game isn't transferable to 360 as the Microsoft console uses DVD as opposed to Blu-ray.
283w ago - In an attempt to calm the panic storm of nervous F1 game fans, Codemasters has promised that its F1 title will definitely have "full-on sim options, physics, rules and regulations".
After having transformed its traditionally sim-focused racing portfolio into the arcade-heavy Colin McRae Dirt and Race Driver Grid, fans fear that Codies, who now has the official F1 licence, will make an arcade title out of its first F1 effort.
Not so, promises the game's executive producer. "Right, I haven't read every post in this thread, but I get the jist and just to stop you all from panicking too much... GRID and DiRT are aimed at an arcade audience and they do that very well," he said, posting on the Codemasters forums under the alias Uncle Chewy.
"F1 has different requirements and will get a completely different treatment from our in-house team, including full on sim options, physics, rules and regs etc," he goes on to promise.
"We will also have arcade requirements catered for as well. How this will be split we do not know yet, but split it will be."
283w ago - Update: Adjusted for the possibility that "replaced" could mean basic changes to 40GB model, like the addition of DualShock 3.
A Wal-Mart spreadsheet allegedly listing products that the company is having difficulty stocking states that the 40GB PS3 "will be replaced with [a] new model in early August."
We received this sheet from an employee that's sent us solid information in the past though s/he can't confirm the origin of the note that the model will be replaced. Of course, in the eternal battle over semantics, "replaced" could simply mean some minor tweaks to the model and the addition of the DualShock 3.
For those keeping track, if the 40GB version actually ceases production it would be the third version of the PS3 to do so. Let's take a trip down memory lane: The 60GB PS3 was last seen in late 2007 roaming the plains of retail (some still speak of finding them in random places today) and the 20GB was officially declared dead in early 2007 after it went missing from retail for months.
Perhaps next week's E3 will shed some light on the fate of the 40GB unit.
286w ago - Those crazy Sony people. First they tell us that Blu-ray is the wave of the future, and now they say that digital downloads are. Make up your mind! :P
At a developer conference in London, SCEE president David Reeves said that the future is the PlayStation Network. He points out that internal figures that show over 40 per cent of PS3 owners download games direct to their machines.
Reeves told MCV UK: The key to the future is the PlayStation Network, Games put straight onto PSN are the big opportunity.
We do believe that the disc-based delivery system will fall as the power of the network base rises. At the same time, the overall industry growth will continue to go upwards as we push out into emerging markets.
What we don't see is an overall decline in the market. This is a golden era of video games.
So which is it, Sony? Hexus gaming points out that current games may never work as downloads. Think about Metal Gear Solid 4. Could you imagine trying to download that game?
I think there's room for both. Even though they are "proofing itself against the disaster the music industry has found itself in," games are still selling on discs.
I'd say keep the downloads for smaller games, and push the disc for big titles. Do you agree with Sony's...
290w ago - Another magazine has piped up to claim that the Xbox 360 motion controller 'Newton' is real, making the 360 Wii Remote look even more likely to be the real deal.
In its latest issue, Xbox World 360 reports that its own sources have "confirmed" that both the 360 motion contoller and Rare-helmed Xbox 360 'Mii' project are real, and will be out before the end of the year.
Last month MTV reported it's heard all about the 'Newton' controller from an unnamed developer, and then the blokes at 8bitjoystick piped up to say they'd heard about the Newton and Rare 'Mii' project as well.
"This month, sources confirmed to us that both projects are real, which shouldn't come as a surprise given Microsoft's eagerness to ensnare the casual market," says Xbox World 360.
"The Microsoft Mii system is well into development at Rare's offices here in the UK, while the controller itself remains more mysterous," the mag continues.
"Partnering with a third-party hardware developer as Nintendo did, Microsoft would want to bring the controller to market before the end of 2008."
Last week Microsoft Game Studios boss played dumb on the Newton rumours, telling us: "I've never heard of a motion sensing controller... I don't know what you are talking about..."