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Naughty Dog Announces Uncharted 2 Multiplayer Surprise Coming

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244w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] has now confirmed that The Fort (video below), a brand new multiplayer map supposedly based on the "Fortress" chapter of Drake's Fortune, will arrive on Black Friday.

Changes include adding Global and Friends list Leaderboards to the Multiplayer menu with the following categories: Global Competitive Wins, Global Co-op, Global Kills, Global Money, Friends Competitive Wins, Friends Co-op, Friends Kills, and Friends Money.

They also added a player card to the Multiplayer menu and "The Fort" multiplayer map.

Today Seesmic of Naughty Dog has [Register or Login to view links] that a special surprise is coming for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 fans later this week, as follows:

"Things are looking up that we're going to have something quite awesome lined up for multiplayer at the end of this week."

Perhaps it's new multiplayer maps, new modes or fresh downloadable content (DLC)... we'll know soon enough!

To quote: "With DLC promised for the title, this could be the first batch of potential free DLC for the game.

While it's likely new maps, it should keep players entertained for some time. Whether...
 

Microsoft Announces a Limited Edition XBox 360 NXE Bundle

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244w ago - Today Microsoft has announced news of a new Limited Edition XBox 360 NXE Bundle, which gives you everything you need to connect to XBox LIVE.

It will be available for around €79,99 and offer access to Facebook, Twitter and Zune video with instant streaming HD movies on Xbox LIVE.

The NXE bundle includes the following four accessories:

• 3 Months Gold Membership - Experience three months of pure gold! Your Xbox LIVE® Gold membership lets you connect and play with friends around the world and watch Blockbuster HD movies. Plus, with your Gold membership you get early access to some of the best new games and content

• Wireless Network Adapter - Getting caught up in messy wires? Cut the cord by connecting quick and easily to Xbox LIVE from anywhere in the home

• 800 MS Points - Play more, save money! Update your avatar with an unique accessory or download your favourite movie or one of the many fun arcade games with free MS points

• Universal Media Remote - More remote controls than people in your living room? Manage all your home entertainment needs - including your TV, DVD player and Xbox 360 - from one handy remote control all without leaving the comfort of your sofa.
 

IBM Announces Cell Processor Development to be Phased Out

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245w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] has now received clarification on this from IBM, to quote: "only one CPU development cycle is being 'halted' which is the successor to the current PowerXCell-8i cpu. IBM have said they are planning to work on other CPU's in the Cell Processor 'family'."

Today PlayStationUniversity.com (linked above) is reporting that IBM's Vice President David Turek [Register or Login to view links] that Cell processor development will be phased out.

Apparently the planned 32 SPE Cell processor will not be made, and their current PowerXCell 8i will be the company's last entrance in the technology.

To quote: "The Cell Processor was originally the brain child of 'The Father of PlayStation' Ken Kutaragi. It was later co-developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba; making its way into the PlayStation 3, TV's and super computers.

So what does this mean for Sony and the PlayStation 4? Will this change with IBM pulling out of their own development?

Not necessarily. Sony can still hire IBM to create a Cell Processor for their next console, without IBM being involved in their own internal development outside of the...
 

Sony Announces AdhocParty for PSP Will Be Available Soon

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246w ago - Update: According to a [Register or Login to view links] by Mike Kebby of the SCEE PlayStation Store Team, Adhoc Party will arrive in Europe on December 22, 2009.

Sony's PSP Marketing Manager Kristin Neirinckx has announced today that AdhocParty for PlayStation Portable will be available soon.

To quote: Great news for all of you Ad Hoc fans out there -adhocParty for the PSP system, which first launched in Japan last year, is coming to North America!

AdhocParty is an online service that allows PSP owners with a PS3 system to connect to one another via the PlayStation Network. It will be available as a free download on the PlayStation Store soon.

So, how does adhocParty work? PSP titles with adhoc mode traditionally require you to play within close proximity to each other. AdhocParty takes advantage of the interoperable capabilities of the PSP and PS3 systems.

It enables you to play games featuring Ad Hoc mode, such as Gran Turismo and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, over the Internet through the PS3. Your PSP connects to the PS3 via Wi-Fi, allowing you to chat online with fellow gamers in North America before jumping into competition...
 

Sega Announces Bayonetta Special Edition for PS3 and XBox 360

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246w ago - Today Sega Europe has announced news of a Bayonetta Special Edition (pictured below) coming on January 8, 2010 to both Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 consoles.

To quote: I'm very pleased to announce that a special edition of our forthcoming game Bayonetta will be available at launch on January 8th.

Available to gamers in the UK, France, Spain and Australia the special edition is presented in a nice slipcase and includes a copy of the game, a lovely artbook and game soundtrack.

The track listing is as follows:
1. One Of A Kind
Music by: Hiroshi Yamaguchi

2. Riders Of The Light
Music by: Hiroshi Yamaguchi

3. Battle For The Umbra Throne
Music by: Rei Kondoh (T's Music)

4. Theme Of Bayonetta - Mysterious Destiny
Music by: Masami Ueda
Vocal Performance by: Helena Noguerra
Lyrics by: Nikola Obermann

5. The Old City Of Vigrid
Music by: Masami Ueda

6. The Gates Of Hell
Music by: Masami Ueda
Trumpet Performance by: Yohei Ichikawa
 
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