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USB 3.0 Details Confirmed, 5Gbps and About 12 Months Away

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310w ago - Just under three months ago a preliminary USB 3.0 FAQ was published, and today both USB 3.0 final details and a date has been confirmed.

USB 3.0 is set to arrive during late 2009 or early 2010. It will be able to transfer at incredibly fast speeds of 5Gbps per second, so that's about an average sized movie every second.

To quote: USB Implementers Forum President Jeff Ravencraft let loose with some information about USB3.0, which is expected to appear late 2009/early 2010.

It'll apparently be able to transfer at blisteringly fast speeds of 5Gbps per second (roughly 600MB per second), or for media junkies that's about an average sized movie or eight average sized music albums EVERY SECOND.

In comparison USB 2.0 takes ten times as long, and we pity the fool who's trying to shift this sort of data using USB 1.1 on a knackered old laptop.

Negotiations are apparently afoot to work out which operating systems will get the technology, though Microsoft is obviously at the forefront. The word so far is that at least Windows Vista should get support, if not XP as well.

To be honest if Microsoft is still trying to push people towards Vista in a year's time we...
 

Video: New Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Trailer out!

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310w ago - Remember Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix? Remember how it was supposed to come out this summer? Yeah, guess that didn't happen.

The team at Capcom and Udon Comics have been working very hard in tweaking the game, making sure the visuals are smoother than ever.

Check out this new trailer, which takes the "retro vibe" that Capcom's going for, and punches you in the face with it.

For those wondering, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is scheduled for release later this month on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.




 

The Truth About Microsoft's XBox 360 Game Console

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310w ago - The infamous Xbox 360 "red ring of death" (indicating a failed unit) has caused Microsoft - and its customers - untold pain in the three years since the console's launch in 2005, and cost it $1.15bn (£738m) last year.

Microsoft has never said publicly why the console was plagued with faults: it seems that poor production quality was at the heart of the failures - an all-round problem with no single cause except impatience on the company's part as it tried to become the leader in videogame consoles.

It was an ambitious attack. Microsoft's engineers started working on the Xbox 360 at least a year after Sony's engineers began work on the PlayStation 3, yet wound up shipping a year earlier. With the first Xbox, the company lost $3.7bn (£2.3bn) over four years, mostly because costs of the box - particularly its hard drive - were too high.

Bill Gates didn't really care about the losses; that was simply the ante for getting into an exciting new business. But Steve Ballmer, who took over from Gates as chief executive during the first generation, really wanted the Xbox business to be profitable second time around.

Software-hearted

Even though early testing showed that production machines had flaws, Microsoft didn't delay the launch because it believed...
 

PlayStation 3 Outselling XBox 360 in Europe, Wii Still On Top

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311w ago - Nintendo has released figures for 2008 hardware sales in Europe, which reveal the PS3 is outselling the Xbox 360 - though the Wii is still laughing in both of their faces.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, more than 10.4 million Wii consoles have been shifted in Europe this year. The high point for Nintendo was April, when nearly 180,000 units were sold. The figure for Xbox 360 during the same month was around 90,000, as it was for PS3.

Overall, PS3 sales are said to exceed those for Xbox 360. However, Microsoft's console proved more popular than its rival during October, when a price cut boosted sales to more than 60,000 units.

The DS has beaten the PSP over the course of the year. In July Nintendo shifted 225,000 handhelds, while the PSP reached a peak of 50,000 units during the same period.
 

Top 10 Greatest Phrases from a Video Game Character's Mouth

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311w ago - I've said it time and time again, video game storylines suck. But that doesn't mean that the character's in those horrible storylines can't come up with pearls of wisdom (Or is it just comic gold?) when they open up their mouths.

Below are, in my opinion, the ten greatest phrases to ever come out of a video game character's mouth. I'm sure I'm missing a few here, but that's what comment boards are for. So here they are, the top ten phrases ever.

See if you can close your eyes and remember just how they sounded the first time you first heard them. Just don't do it while you're driving or operating heavy machinery. You should usually keep your eyes open for stuff like that.

10. "Waka Waka Waka, etc." –Pac-man
Fauzy from the Muppet Babies, is that you? Nope, it's just everybody's favorite yellow one-third-of-a-pizza chomping down on pellets while avoiding ghosts, or Klan members, or whatever, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde happen to be.

If you're good enough to get past the first few rounds, you can even almost forget that Pac-Man is rude enough to talk while he's eating, as the sound just becomes natural after awhile. Don't forget the power pellet on your way around the bend!

9. "Aaaaaarrrrriiiiieeeesssss!!!!!"...
 
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