Major Nelson dismisses Blu-ray link

October 23, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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Yesterday we reported that Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, let slip that Blu-ray accessories could well be on their way to the Xbox 360.

Even though Microsoft already released a statement backtracking Ballmer’s comments, Major Nelson has today come out and pretty much closed the idea of Blu-ray coming to the Xbox. He said:

“During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-ray and the Xbox 360. I want to clear something up – Steve was referring to Blu-ray accessories for the PC. As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360. In fact, the future of home entertainment starts very soon when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies. With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition.”

Who knows what to make of this…

Blu-ray add-ons heading for Xbox 360?

October 22, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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It seems Microsoft have forgotten about the age old media war as they are now looking at the option to add Blu-ray accessories to the Xbox 360.

In a recent interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, he was asked whether the Xbox would ever associate itself with a Blu-ray player, like rival Sony.

He said: “Well I don’t know if we need to put Blu-ray in there—you’ll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories.

“I think the future of movies is on-demand actually, as opposed to via distribution on physical media. So we’re just going to keep driving forward.”

Is this a slip of the tongue remark, or are we looking too much into this?

Microsoft released a statement shortly after, stating: “Our solution for HD quality video on an Xbox 360 is coming this fall with Zune Video and 1080p instant-on HD streaming. As far as our future plans are concerned, we’re not ready to comment.”

Natal could be used for Fable III

October 5, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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Microsoft Games Studio’s creative head Peter Molyneux yesterday hinted that next year’s Fable III could be playable with the upcoming motion sensor add-on for the Xbox 360, Project Natal.

It was already understood that Fable III would support Natal due to Molyneux’s heavy support of the technology and the game’s introduction of tactile elements such as the new ‘Touch’ mechanic, but this theory has been quashed.

Molyneux said: “I am going to say it’s going to use a controller. But, I’ve never said it’s not going to use Natal. And obviously what would probably happen if I started talking about this is you would see a little red dot appear moving on my forehead. And then as I would start to speak the words then there would be a shot, gunfire, and I would be assassinated.”

He continued, “Do you really think, knowing me, I wouldn’t want to use something like Natal? I mean that’s just mad, man.”

Fable III is due for release on the Xbox 360 late next year.

Modern Warfare 2 achievements announced

October 5, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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Modern Warfare 2

There has been a flood of leaked information being released recently about upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the latest news is the game’s achievements.

There are 50 different achievements totaling the standard 1000 gamerpoints, and are as follows:

  • Back in the Saddle (15 pts) – Help train the local militia.
  • Danger Close (15 pts) – Get hand picked for Shepherd’s elite squad.
  • Cold Shoulder (15 pts) – Infiltrate the snowy mountain side base.
  • Tag ‘em and Bag ‘em (15 pts) – Find Rojas in the Favelas.
  • Royale with Cheese (15 pts) – Defend Burger Town.
  • Soap on a Rope (15 pts) – Storm the gulag.
  • Desperate Times (15 pts) – Execute the plan to help the Americans.
  • Whiskey Hotel (15 pts) – Take back Whiskey Hotel.
  • The Pawn (15 pts) – Assault Makarov’s safe house.
  • Out of the Frying Pan… (15 pts) – Complete the mission in the airplane graveyard.
  • For the Record (35 pts) – Complete the Single Player campaign on any difficulty.
  • The Price of War (90 pts) – Complete the single player campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.
  • First Day of School (25 pts) – Complete ‘S.S.D.D’ and ‘Team Player’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Black Diamond (25 pts) – Complete ‘Cliffhanger’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Turistas (25 pts) – Complete ‘Takedown’ and ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Red Dawn (25 pts) – Complete ‘Wolverines’ and ‘Exodus’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Prisoner #627 (25 pts) – Complete ‘The Only Easy Day… Was Yesterday’ and ‘The Gulag’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Ends Justify the Means (25 pts) – Complete ‘Contingency’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Homecoming (25 pts) – Complete ‘Of Their Own Accord’, ‘Second Sun’, and ‘Whiskey Hotel’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Queen takes Rook (25 pts) – Complete ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Off the Grid (25 pts) – Complete ‘Just Like Old Times’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Pit Boss (10 pts) – Run The Pit in ‘S.S.D.D’ and finish with a final time under 30 seconds.
  • Ghost (10 pts) – Plant the C4 in ‘Cliffhanger’ without alerting or injuring anyone in the blizzard.
  • Colonel Sanderson (10 pts) – Kill 7 chickens in under 10 seconds in ‘The Hornet’s Nest.’
  • Gold Star (20 pts) – Earn 1 star in Special Ops.
  • Hotel Bravo (20 pts) – Earn 4 stars in Special Ops.
  • Charlie on Our Six (20 pts) – Earn 8 stars in Special Ops.
  • It Goes to Eleven (20 pts) – Earn at least 1 star in 11 different Special Op missions.
  • Operational Asset (20 pts) – Earn all 3 stars in at least 5 different Special Op missions.
  • Blackjack (20 pts) - Earn 21 stars in Special Ops.
  • Honor Roll (20 pts) – Earn at least 1 star in each Special Op mission.
  • First Fable II episode free today

    September 29, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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    If you haven’t experienced the brilliant Fable II yet, then you have the chance to get in on The Albion adventure – for free. Today sees the launch of Fable II: Game Episodes on Xbox Live’s Games on Demand channel.

    The RPG is being split into 5 digital installments that you can download via Live, and you can get the first 2GB installment for absolutely free.

    The free episode will cover your childhood in the game and period as a young adult, and if you decide you want some more Fable II action, all of your progress will be kept for future episodes and even the full disc.

    The game’s achievements make it over to digital download too, and you can play co-op with a friend if you so desire.

    Next GOW will be ‘Next-Gen’

    September 28, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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    Epic Games have announced that Gears of War 3 will not be released for the current Xbox 360, and is more than likely to be ‘next-gen’ release, meaning it will not be out for a predicted four, or even five years.

    President of Epic Games, Mike Capps, was at the Tokyo Game Show this weekend and revealed: “If there were a next Gears of War, that will be for the next console generation, whenever that is. If someone knows, please tell me! That’s about four or five years away, I think.”

    Capps also stated that the company has been working on Unreal Engine 4, the successor to the godly Unreal Engine 3, for seven years now, and that it would be in fully functional with the next generation of consoles.

    Rock Band 2 gets significant update

    September 28, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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    A new patch has been released for Rock Band 2, which will add some brand new dimensions to the game, including the anticipated ‘Rock Band Network’.

    The Rock Band Network is a community feature where users can upload songs from their PCs to try them out using the game’s tools, and if successful, could earn a tidy sum of cash.

    The Network is due to be fully released in the next couple of weeks, as it is currently in closed beta.

    Other notable new additions are that you can now download songs whilst playing the game, and have the ability to use a wireless microphone, instead of the bog-standard wired one.

    Finally, along with in game features such as hammer-ons and pull-offs being fixed, there’s now an option where you can see which songs you have fully starred.

    Bioshock 2 gets release date

    September 21, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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    2K Games have announced that Bioshock 2, the sequel to critically-acclaimed first-person shooter Bioshock, will be released on the 9th February 2010.

    Unlike its predecessor, BioShock 2 will be available on all formats (360, PS3 and PC) when released.
    Set ten years after the events of the original BioShock, a monster has been recently been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. You will then have to step into the boots of the most iconic of figures, the ‘Big Daddy’, to make your way through the decrepit city, chasing an unseen foe, and also marking the debut of the ninja-quick ‘Big Sisters’.

    Multiplayer will also be available, as the player acts as plasmid test subject for a company called ‘Sinclair Solutions’.  As the player progresses through the multiplayer maps like Mercury Suites and Kashmir Restaurant they will either have the ability to hack security bots or search for the Big Daddy suit.

    Pearl Jam DLC set for 20th September release

    September 18, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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    Harmonix have announced that the entirety of Pearl Jam’s new album, ‘Backspacer’, will be added as part of the illustrious Rock Band downloadable content. Backspacer is realeased on the 20th September, and will be released for the 360 the very same day, with versions for the PS3 and Wii coming out a few days later.

    The album will include 11 tracks:

    ‘Gonna See My Friend’

    ‘Got Some’

    ‘The Fixer’

    ‘Johnny Guitar’

    ‘Just Breathe’

    ‘Amongst the Waves’

    ‘Unthought Known’


    ‘Speed of Sound’

    ‘Force of Nature’

    ‘The End’

    With all the tracks being master recordings, you can buy the full album for 1440 MS points, or an individual track for 160 points.

    This is the second full Pearl Jam album to be released for Rock Band, after ‘Ten’ was released earlier this year.

    EA announce SKATE 3 for next year

    September 15, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
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    EA have announced that SKATE 3 will be landing on the Xbox 360 and PS3 for a May release next year.

    The new skater will be totally different from its predecessors, as you can now team up with friends, online or offline, to build the ultimate skate crew in the best skateboarding co-op experience yet. In the game, players can take part in team-based challenges (or by themselves), compete against rival crews and many other brand new features.

    All the best bits from SKATE 2 are back, such as the fantastic creative side of the game where you create your own graphics, videos, and skate parks.

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