265w ago - This Christmas, both Sony and Microsoft are placing their bets on a bunch of ugly aliens and a couple of anti-heroes who are almost as ugly.
The massive gaming companies are going head-to-head in the build-up to the crucial holiday sales season with two much anticipated and very similar titles, Resistance 2 and Gears of War 2.
The games, both sequels, are first-person shooters, in which the player assumes the role of the man behind the big gun and the main antagonists are sharp-toothed aliens. Both games were released this week.
In Resistance 2, the invading creatures are called the Chimera, horrific beings that have the ability to turn mankind into disfigured slaves. In Gears of War 2, the focus shifts to stopping the evil Locust Horde, a subterranean race trying to exterminate the human race. In both titles, it's up to the dysfunctional hero to save the day.
But a far bigger battle is going on behind the scenes, where executives behind Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles are pouring millions of dollars into marketing campaigns to promote the two titles.
Traditionally, the November and December shopping months are the biggest for the gaming industry, and these two releases promise to be the shopping season's crown jewels.
Google's hotly anticipated push into operating systems for mobile phones was a media sensation, but HTC's version of its Android-powered device is falling short of the hype. Critics say the "Google phone," which went on sale Oct. 22, is a little clunky with design flaws like no earphone jack and an oddly jutting chin. Close, but no iPhone killer.
Zune video MP3 player - Price: $230
Microsoft's latest answer to the iPod, with 120 gigabytes of storage and a 3.2-inch high-resolution color screen, is a vast improvement over the original Zune, which debuted in 2006. But the new Zune faces the same problem as the iPod: Smartphones and other Web-enabled devices chock full of features (think iPhone) threaten to render these one-trick players obsolete.
MacBook Air - Price: $1,800
Apple's not known for its fashion victims. But the MacBook's ultraslim design, introduced in January, starved the sleek laptop of fattening conveniences like a DVD drive and an Ethernet port. After a booming reception, the Air's popularity flagged as consumers opted for more fully-featured notebooks....
269w ago - September marked the Xbox 360's best month of 2008, in terms of sales in the U.S – its performance in Japan hasn't been too bad either.
Following a price cut that made the 360 the least expensive current generation console on the market, the company moved 347,200 units to American consumers. While it wasn't enough to supplant the Wii as the best selling console in the country, it was enough to beat the competition from Sony.
Kotaku spoke to Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360, just after NPD sales numbers hit to get his take. Unsurprisingly, he seemed rather pleased with the company's recent hardware successes.
"We expect to continue our price advantage over the PlayStation 3 for a long time," Greenberg told us, pointing to the $199 price tag of the company's entry level Arcade console, assuming that Sony would issue no pre-holiday price drops. "And we feel confident that we'll outsell the PS3 this holiday season in North America and in Europe. We'll do it on a global scale."
As for what those consumers are picking up, Greenberg said "We've seen lifts across all consoles, but the Arcade is doing exceptionally well."
Microsoft touted a 42% increase, month to month, on NPD hardware sales data. Greenberg made sure to point out that the August...
274w ago - One of the things I remember from this year's E3 is when Jack Tretton said that the year 2008 is the year where the PlayStation 3 will rise up to its competitiors. With the launching of the PlayStation Video Store this year, and LittleBigPlanet finally approaching by the end of the year, is 2008 really the year of the PlayStation 3?
The PlayStation 3 has lost a lot of third party exclusive games this year such as Devil May Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, Ace Combat 6, Tales of Vesperia, and Star Ocean 4, but this doesn't stop Sony from going. Even though Sony has lost the faith of its third party developers, they have big studios all around the world to bring you first party exclusive titles that we await this year, such as Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet.
Will these first party titles of Sony be enough to sustain the glory that the PlayStation brand once had? Will this year's Holiday titles be enough? With 111 days left before year 2009 kicks in, let's take a look of the exclusive games Sony has this fall:
NBA 09: The Inside Release Date: 10/7/2008
For the first time on PS3, NBA 09 The Inside includes "The Life", providing fans with a completely unique and inside experience of life in the league. This year The life starts fresh, allowing players...
318w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced its 2007 holiday software line-up for PS3, PSP and PS2. The PS3 has 34 retail games and 13 downloadable titles. The PSP list includes two dozen games, and the PS2 has 27 titles. SCEA have listed Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 as releasing this year, when Midway has told its investors the game shouldn't arrive until 2008.
A Midway representative confirmed today that the company still expects Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 to be released next year. Also Capcom's Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the PSP appears on SCEA's lineup, but that game was officially delayed until January to avoid the crowded holiday release window.
A Capcom representative has since confirmed that Harvey Birdman is set for release on the PS2, PSP, and Wii on January 8.
SCEA's 2007 holiday line-up will include:
THE EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM)
Ratchet & Clank(R) Future: Tools of Destruction(TM)
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune(TM)
Call of Duty(R) 4: Modern Warfare(TM), Activision
Guitar Hero(TM) III: Legends of Rock, Activision
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, Activision