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Microsoft's Top 7 Reasons for a PC Gamer to Get Windows 7

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274w ago - Today (via IGN, linked above) Microsoft offers its top seven reasons for a PC gamer to get the new operating system this October:

1) Performance

To quote a coworker: 'Across same hardware, Crysis runs awesome on Win7! Even better than XP!'. Code for the OS has been optimized for better all around performance for games. Whatever you're playing now should be a better experience in Windows 7.

2) Compatibility

The top third-party games, services, and international versions of games have been tested in Windows 7, so you should not worry about Windows 7 breaking your games. Feel free to move to Windows 7 because whatever you're playing now should work fabulously in Windows 7.

3) Discoverability

You can use Start -> Search to find any game you just downloaded or installed. No need to launch a separate application. Likewise, you won't need to launch a game to get more info about it: The Windows 7 Games Explorer can show you in-game statistics within a preview pane plus delivers up-to-date info about your favorite game publishers and gives you the opportunity to try new games.

4) Easy updates

The new Games Explorer will notify you whenever updates are available for your games so you don't have to go searching...
 

Rumor: Microsoft's Surprise Reveal for Comic-Con a Rare Project?

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275w ago - Gavin Price, Principal Designer at Rare Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios, is [Register or Login to view links] an "as yet unannounced project" from January 2009 until present.

Perhaps this will debut at Comic-Con International this year, which is set to run from July 23-26, 2009. To quote:

Rare Ltd. / Microsoft Game Studios
(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
January 2009 – Present (7 months)

Following a reshuffle at Rare, I've taken on further responsibility in a new principal designer role on a very exciting new project.

Price also worked on Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. So it's unlikely it's a brand new title in that franchise.

Could we finally see the re-emergence of Perfect Dark? Or even Killer Instinct? Maybe even Kameo? How about Jet Force Gemini? Meanwhile, we pray Grabbed by the Ghoulies 2 most definitely doesn't happen.
 

Microsoft's Project Natal Will Have Launch Games Available

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275w ago - Interviewed by trade magazine [Register or Login to view links], head of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer has stated that Project Natal will have games to play at launch on the Xbox 360.

To quote: "I see it as like the launch of the Xbox 360 back in 2005 - there will be a launch portfolio of games to support it," he said.

Plenty of developers now have access to Natal kits and we've already seen Lionhead's Milo game in action.

Some of us here at OXM (well, Ben) have still to be convinced by motion games, but the prospect of big names lining up to develop for this hardware could make all the difference.
 

FUEL Demo Hits Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBox Live Today

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276w ago - If you are into off-road racing, a free FUEL demo is set for release later today at 2pm for PSN, Xbox Live and PC with the trailer available below.

The FUEL demo enables players to take on the Ocean Rush career event, where seven racers pick their own paths through treacherous landscapes and short-cuts are key to taking the chequered flag.

Press Release: Experience the ground-breaking open-world racer from Asobo Studio as Codemasters announced that the FUEL playable demo will be available today from Xbox LIVE! Marketplace for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Store in Europe for the PLAYSTATION 3 with links to the PC demo available on www.fuel-game.com from 2pm GMT.

Gamers can also take on Blitz - a wild, high-pressure challenge where players must race against the clock to reach the next checkpoint before time runs out.




Gamers who download the console versions can also play online for a limited period of two weeks from release, experiencing up to sixteen player free ride in a limited area of the Tsunami Reef zone or challenging up to six other players in the Ocean Rush career race.

Celebrating the demo's arrival, a new video showcases the wheel-to-wheel racing, open landscapes, diverse vehicles and dramatic...
 

Rumor: New Microsoft Ad Deal is Why Hulu Blocked PlayStation 3?

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278w ago - As reported a few days ago, since last weekend Hulu started blocking PlayStation 3 owners from accessing content.

Speculation is now underway whether it's due to Hulu's recent [Register or Login to view links] change, or if a new partnership with Microsoft is behind the dreaded "This Video is Not Available on Your Platform" messages PS3 owners are currently seeing.

To quote: A more interesting theory is that Microsoft paid off Hulu to block the PS3. Rumors of Hulu coming to the Xbox 360 have been circulating ever since Netflix 'Watch Now' arrived on the console.

If in fact Microsoft was in negotiations with Hulu to offer the service through their hardware, it isn't hard to imagine one condition of the deal (sweetened with a big sack of shiny gold coins) being that Playstation 3 owners be blocked. (But then, see above re: nervous network execs.)

No matter what the truth is, once again the consumer loses out. Is it too much to ask for transparency when changes like this are made? Wouldn't it be refreshing if Hulu made clear why it is suddenly cutting off some users of its service?
 
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