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More Moves at Microsoft: 3 Top Executives Step Down!

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334w ago - The revolving door in Redmond is spinning again.

This time, two top executives have left the company and a third will do so in a few months. They are:

--G. Michael Sievert, formerly corporate VP for Windows Product Marketing

--Steven Berkowitz, senior VP in the Online Services group

--Pieter Knook, formerly senior VP in the Mobile Communications Business

Sievert, previously executive vice president and chief marketing officer at AT&T Wireless Services Inc., had been with Microsoft since 2005. As the executive responsible for promoting Windows Vista, he undoubtedly took some heat over public perceptions of Microsoft's latest operating system as slow, bug-plagued and incompatible with other applications (although Microsoft also says it sold more than 100 million Vista licenses in the product's first year). In early February, about 10 days before Microsoft announced Sievert's exit, CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts that the company needs to improve its Vista marketing efforts.

In announcing Sievert's departure, Microsoft said only that he left "to pursue new endeavors"; the technology-news site CNET.com quoted Sievert as saying he plans to start his own company. Microsoft promoted Brad Brooks, previously general manager for Windows...
 

Microsoft Owns Patent for In-Game Custom Soundtracks

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334w ago - One of the most coveted features missing from the PlayStation 3 is the ability to use a custom soundtrack during gameplay. Movement has been made in this area with some games beginning to offer support, notably Super Stardust HD and High Velocity Bowling, but it's yet to be offered for all games.

Though many expect the inclusion to come when Sony supports an in-game version of PlayStation 3's cross media bar, the implementation of this feature might just stay with the developers, since Microsoft owns a patent for this very functionality.

Microsoft implemented the ability to play your own music during gameplay in their first gaming system, the Xbox. The functionality naturally moved over to the Xbox 360, where Microsoft was patiently waiting for a patent to go through.

The custom soundtrack patent was submitted well before the release of the 360, presumably with the intention to lock down the feature for the next generation. It wasn't issued until mid-2006, luckily just before the US/Japan release of the PlayStation 3.

The US patent named "Method and Apparatus for Creating and Playing Soundtracks in a Gaming System" appears to cover any application that allows users to create soundtracks using...
 

WIP: Downgrade your PS3 version without previous dumps!

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337w ago - We announced this notice some time ago, now I would like to show you a picture of the tool I compiled to do the job. You need the Infectus mod-chip on your PS3 to downgrade. This mod-chip allows you to take a backup of your current PS3 Firmware that can be restored.

The news is that before it wasn't possible to downgrade without a previous dump of your own PS3 console's Firmware, but now things have changed.

Using this tool you can modify a NAND backup in order to let the console think it has a lower Firmware version, so later you can use an official Sony upgrade PUP file to "downgrade" to the version you need.

It has been tested to patch all PS3 Firmware dumps up to 2.10 so far, but is a work-in-progress as we still need to test re-updating more thoroughly.

I would like to thanks to Gigi and Mainman for their support in this tool, and all the other PS3News Devs for helping us in all our work.
 

New COD4 Map details available!

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337w ago - A new video has been posted about COD4, and a new multiplayer map called Chinatown.

Chapter 4: Call of Duty 4: Chinatown

Geoff uncovers the brand new Call of Duty 4 map, Chinatown, with Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling.

Check out the video here on GameTrailers!
 

New top-down shooter for PSN: Novastrike

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337w ago - Tiki Games Inc, the team responsible for the real time strategy game Galaxy's End on PSP, are developing a new PSN title for the PS3 called Novastrike.

Novastrike is a top-down arcade shooter in which the player takes control of a prototype advanced Scythe fighter and combats invading aliens over various planetary surfaces. The game is set for release in the second quarter of 2008.





Press Release

Tiki Games Inc, the team responsible for the real time strategy game Galaxy's End on PSP, are developing a new title for PS3 to be released via PSN. Novastrike is an arcade style shooter set for release in the second quarter of 2008.

NOVASTRIKE is a top-down arcade shooter in which the player takes control of a prototype advanced Scythe fighter and combats invading aliens over various planetary surfaces. The player fights both air and ground opponents ranging from enemy fighters to capital ships and ultimately an end-Boss. As the player progresses the Scythe unlocks its full potential through upgrading its weapon systems and overall capabilities.

Features include:

Seven expansive challenging stages driven by objective-based goals
Free-roaming flight: there aren't any rails here allowing flight in any...
 
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