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Analysis: What a 360 Price Cut Means for Wii and PS3

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322w ago - A purported Kmart ad began tearing through the Internet last week, showing a "new low price" of $299 for the 20GB Xbox 360 Pro model, and a July 6 shelf date. Such a price tag suggests a $50 price drop for the Xbox 360 model even before the E3 Media and Business Summit, taking place a week later. While Microsoft won't confirm the price drop, gaming sites are abuzz with speculation.

Now, five top industry analysts have told Next-Gen that they believe an Xbox 360 price drop is not only imminent, but likely required if Microsoft intends to fend off competition from rival PS3.

"We believe Sony will be forced to follow suit [with their own price cut], although we suspect they may wait a little bit," said Arvind Bhatia with Stern Agee. "A price cut sometime between July and September is possible [for PS3]."

A price cut would expectedly increase the PS3's installed base, and create an opportunity to sell more high-margin software to offset hardware losses. But still, a reactive PS3 price cut may go against the PlayStation businesses' recently restated "profitability first" mantra. For now, Sony will wait and see how an Xbox 360 price cut will affect PS3 sales and share, says Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian.

"In the event of decelerating PS3 unit sales trends, we...
 

Review: Ninja Gaiden II for XBox 360

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322w ago - Ninja Gaiden II has become a significant title over the past few weeks. If you've been following the gaming news you would have heard of Tomonobu Itagaki's departure from Tecmo as a result of some alleged incidents within the company.

So, in a way, Ninja Gaiden II has become Itagaki's swansong title; as the last game made by one of the bigger gaming personalities out there.

Once again you're thrown into the shoes of master ninja, Ryu Hayabusa - member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. That's pretty much all you need to know about the story. It's a nonsensical mess, only really serving to move Ryu from location to location.

But this doesn't affect the game in any way. If you come into NGII expecting a deep and engaging narrative, you're in the wrong place. NGII is all about chopping people up. The story just gives you a reason to.

The original Ninja Gaiden had little story, yet it was one of the best action games to greet the big black box way back in 2004. It managed to maintain the intensity when it made its way onto the PS3 - in the form of Ninja Gaiden Sigma - a few years later. NGII sticks close to its predecessor's winning formula, providing high octane action with a stiff difficulty curve.

However, NGII has dumbed things down a bit to appeal to the mass...
 

PS3 and Xbox 360 'Wii Remote' by In2Games unveiled!

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322w ago - Peripheral manufacturer In2Games has announced it is developing a Wii-like motion-sensing controller for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Gametrak Freedom will, according to its manufacturer, be "the most advanced motion-sensing controller yet".

Describing the technology, the company's website states that the "system does not rely upon the gamer pointing a controller at the screen or restrict the gamer to limited movements".

"Instead, it combines patent-pending ultrasonic and RF technologies with three-axis accelerometers to track the precise absolute position and orientation in 3D space of almost any wireless accessory such as golf clubs, baseball bats, tennis racquets, and bowling balls".

The first title in development for the new system is entitled Squeeballs, but no further details of the game are available as yet. A release date for both Gametrak Freedom and Squeeballs is yet to be announced, but In2Games confirmed it will be 'soon'.
 

Rumor: Xbox 360 to Receive Price Cut to $299.99 in July

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322w ago - Per Master X of HighDefDigest, according to an ad circular from retailer K-Mart for the week beginning July 6 the Xbox 360 Premium will carry a price point of $299.99, a $50 reduction compared to the current MSRP of $349.99.

Sounds like a smart move, especially since this would go into effect the week before E3. It's unknown at this point if the Core and Elite models will receive a similar price cut as well, but I don't see why not.

If Microsoft cuts off only $20 from the Core model, it'll effectively match the price point of the Wii.

Obviously, Microsoft has yet to officially announce any price cuts, so we're filing this under rumor for now, but expect official word soon.
 

Xbox 360 DRM Tool Released, Transfer Digital Content Licenses

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322w ago - Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb brings word that the Xbox 360 DRM transfer tool is now available. This allows folks to transfer digitally purchased content between any two Xbox 360 units – useful if you have purchased a new 360.

The simple two-step transaction can be performed only once in a twelve month period. Additionally, rented movies cannot be transferred, according to the Major.

In case you're wondering, you probably won't need to use the DRM tool if you've sent in your 360 for repair, as Microsoft automatically transfers over licenses from your purchased content as part of the repair process.

More details can be found at the link above!
 
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