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Nintendo Revolution: affordable, shipping by Thanksgiving

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 12:08:22 GMT

Company president speaks out

Nintendo will ship its next-generation games console, Revolution, in the US in time for the Thanksgiving November holiday sales period, the company's president has pledged.…

MS says no to Xbox 360 Blu-ray support

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 11:11:32 GMT

Company fully committed to HD DVD, apparently

Microsoft may not offer an external Blu-ray Disc drive for the Xbox 360 after all. The software giant this week said it remains "fully committed" to HD DVD and has "absolutely no plans to support other optical formats".…

Gizmondo parent secures debt with Smart Adds IP

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 11:54:59 GMT

Back-up if it can't raise $75m by March

Tiger Telematics, Gizmondo's parent company, has pledged the patent and other intellectual property rights of its Smart Adds subsidiary - plus all the shares - against the company's ability to raise $75m in funding by 31 March.…

IBM, Sony, Toshiba start work on 32nm Cell

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 16:47:31 GMT

Enter second half of 10-year R&D partnership

Cell processor partners IBM, Sony and Toshiba have agreed to take their technology R&D alliance into the 32nm era.…

MS: Blu-ray on Xbox 360 'possible'

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 13:01:13 GMT

If you can add one external drive (HD DVD), you can add another (BD)

Microsoft has said it may ship a Blu-ray Disc drive for its Xbox 360 games console should consumers prefer that next-generation optical disc format over HD DVD.…

Forget Mikey Dell and his flaming gamer PC

Sat, 07 Jan 2006 23:10:07 GMT

Xbox 360 rules, dude

CES Letters Call it the battle of banality. Which staid IT giant do you like more – Microsoft or Dell?…

Xbox 360 to get HD DVD drive

Thu, 05 Jan 2006 15:58:01 GMT

Externally, naturally

CES Microsoft's XBox 360 will support the HD DVD next-generation optical disc format after all, the company's hardware chief, Robbie Bach, revealed at CES last night.…

Mortal Kombat viral ad glorified violence, says ASA

Thu, 22 Dec 2005 10:01:50 GMT

Blood on the carpet indeed

An online video ad for computer game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority as condoning and glorifying violence. It is the first time that a complaint over a viral ad campaign has been upheld by the watchdog.…

Three charged over Xbox chipping

Wed, 21 Dec 2005 14:56:37 GMT

We are the mods, we are the mods

Three men have been charged in the US with selling illegally modified Xbox game consoles that allow the devices to play pirated video games, according to reports. Two of the suspects ran a video games shop in Los Angeles. Games consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox or Sony Playstation 2 include copyright protections that prevent them running pirated games or games subject to regional control (where a console bought in one part of the world cannot run games purchased in another).…

MS says 'no' to Xbox 360 HD DVD plan

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 12:13:05 GMT

Well, for now...

Microsoft has said it has "no plans" to add HD DVD optical disc technology to its Xbox 360 console.…

Xbox 360: not big in Japan

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 11:13:08 GMT

And the PS3 is on its way too

Virtual war is worrying

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 13:52:36 GMT

Hu, yeah, what is it good for?

Somewhere in the world right now, someone is getting killed in a war. Probably in Iraq, I suspect. As the casualty list grows higher every day, the death of many soldiers - and many Iraqi fighters - is reduced to an ever-diminishing footnote by Western administrations and news conduits.…

Xbox 360 file system de-coded

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 11:18:02 GMT

Console-cracking efforts continue

The Xbox 360's DVD file system has been exposed, a coding group calling itself Pi, has claimed.…

Sony still primed for Spring 2006 PS3 debut

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 13:50:41 GMT

Launch to co-incide with Blu-ray roll-out?

Sony has re-iterated its plan to ship the PlayStation 3 by Spring 2006. The announcement follows Electronic Arts CEO Larry Probst's prediction that the console won't debut until next Autumn.…

No free Xbox 360 for Ballmer's kids

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 14:52:31 GMT

Dad will just have to buy one

Pity if you will Steve Ballmer's kids - if they want an Xbox for Xmas dad will just have to go out and buy one like the crazed plebs who are as we speak fighting each other with knives just to get within striking distance of MS's new console.…

Game sleuths close eBay Xbox 360 auction

Wed, 07 Dec 2005 11:06:41 GMT

Seller not a Game store manager

The auction of eight Xbox 360 bundles on eBay by someone claiming to be a store manager for retailer Game has been pulled.…

Xbox 360 vs PS3

Tue, 06 Dec 2005 14:25:32 GMT

It's going to be all about the discs

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.…

'Game manager' flogs Xbox 360 consoles on eBay

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 17:28:39 GMT

Retailer investigating

UK computer game retailer Game is looking into claims that one of its store managers is flogging eight Xbox 360 bundles on eBay.…

Microsoft Xbox 360

Mon, 05 Dec 2005 13:32:12 GMT

It's here. It's impressive

Review Unless you've been living in a Buddhist Temple in the mountains of Tibet for the past few months you will be well aware that the Xbox 360 has launched in the UK. Although there has been a massive amount of coverage and speculation in the technology press regarding the 360, the general marketing has been slightly subdued. OK, so you may have seen the odd advert on TV over the past couple of weeks, but there hasn't been what I'd call a major marketing push. Perhaps Microsoft is waiting for Christmas to spend the marketing dollars, or perhaps the it knows that pretty much every 360 is going to sell on launch day whether it advertises it or not.… restricts orders for Xbox 360

Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:13:56 GMT

I can only have one? But I ordered 20! is restricting the number of Xbox 360 Consoles its punters can have to ensure that as many people can get hold of one in time for Christmas.…

Nintendo to announce Revolution in May 2006

Tue, 29 Nov 2005 11:59:48 GMT

Full disclosure, apparently

Nintendo will announce its next-generation games console, Revolution, next May, the company has revealed.…

Report points to Xbox 360 shortage

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 13:50:33 GMT

Europeans scrap over just 300,000 boxes

Speculation abounds that only 300,000 Xbox 360s will be making their way to Europe for the launch of the console on 2 December.…

Nintendo H1 profits halved as GameCube demand declines

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 13:04:12 GMT

Market transitioning to next-generation consoles

Nintendo saw its profits plunge 51 per cent during the first half of its current fiscal year as sales slid on falling demand for its ageing GameCube console.…

Xbox 360 costs third more to make than it sells for

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 11:43:35 GMT

And that's just the price of the parts

It's widely believed that games console makers sell their hardware at a loss in order to get the retail price down to a level they believe consumers will be willing to pay, but any doubters must surely be convinced by market watcher iSuppli's attempt to strip down the Xbox 360 to find out how much its components cost.…

Xbox 360: a Thanksgiving Turkey?

Thu, 24 Nov 2005 09:53:02 GMT

A better BSOD

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is a technical triumph that has been lauded by the hard-to-please, with John C Dvorak saying, "I have not seen a hardware/software system this well thought out for a decade or more." Whereas the original was an underpowered PC, its successor boasts three PowerPC cores running at 3.2GHz, the competition is still in the labs, and it has a ton of games lined up.…

Initial Xbox 360 reviews good not great

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 10:44:43 GMT

Console missing 'must-have' game

The latest from the UK’s leading games blog - Games Digest. From the makers of Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny.

Xbox 360 old-game support needs hard drive - MS

Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:10:35 GMT

Emulator will cope with 212 titles initially

Microsoft has posted a list of 212 Xbox games that are backward-compatible with the Xbox 360 - but only next-generation consoles with a hard drive.…

MS has three months to ship 3m Xbox 360s

Wed, 09 Nov 2005 12:23:50 GMT

CFO's proud prediction

Microsoft hopes to sell up to 3m Xbox 360 consoles by the end of February 2006 - three months after the next-generation machine machine debuts in the US in two weeks' time.…

Sony to end PlayStation game region-coding?

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 12:45:57 GMT

Come PS3, HDTV, we may, says exec

Sony PlayStation 3 games may ship without codes that fix releases to specific geographical territories.…

Xbox 360 to play songs off iPods

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 11:41:11 GMT

But not DRM-protected tracks, natch

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox 360 will not play songs downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store because the Mac maker won't license its DRM technology, at least not for a price the software giant is willing to pay.…

Xbox 360 to top PS3, analysts opine

Mon, 07 Nov 2005 12:11:51 GMT

Well, it'll be cheaper...

Tech Digest Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.…

Nintendo readies Euro Wi-Fi gamezone

Fri, 04 Nov 2005 10:26:22 GMT

Free online play for DS owners

Nintendo will launch a free, UK-wide wireless gaming service for owners of its DS handheld console on 25 November.…

Sony offers iTunes-like PSP media tool

Tue, 01 Nov 2005 15:12:21 GMT

PSP vs iPod

Sony has launched the PlayStation Portable's answer to Apple's iTunes jukebox software: a PC-based application designed to keep the mobile device stocked with music, video, photography and other content.…

Florida ponders violent game distribution limits

Fri, 28 Oct 2005 13:48:24 GMT

Not for sale or rental to kids

Florida looks set to join California and introduce legislation to limit the sale of violent computer and video games to children.…

Gizmondo executives quit under cloud

Thu, 27 Oct 2005 15:22:54 GMT

Swedish criminal convictions revealed

A number of senior executives at Gizmondo Europe quit the company last week ahead of the US launch of the firm's handheld games console and amid allegations in the Swedish press that some had criminal pasts.…

IBM shows Xbox chip but won’t speak its name

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 21:55:56 GMT

Three speedy cores

IBM has helped Microsoft do the impossible and deliver a product on time. Big Blue today revealed specifications for the unnamed processor that will slot into Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console due out on Nov. 22, at the Fall Processor Forum here.…

Games industry fights violent video law

Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:49:34 GMT

We'll be back

The US games industry is gearing up to challenge a Californian law limiting children’s access to violent video games, after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the new legislation into law on Friday.…

Microsoft reveals Xbox 360 line-up

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 10:02:35 GMT

Is that all there is?

Microsoft has announced details of the games that will be available for its Xbox 360 console, but only a few titles are likely to be on sale by the launch date.…

Malware turns PSP into expensive brick

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 08:50:05 GMT

Trojan warez

PSP users are being urged to beware of a Trojan which, once executed, turns their games gizmo into little more than an expensive book weight. The (PlayStation Portable) PSP Brick Trojan poses as a utility that allows gamers to run homebrew apps or pirated games.…

Sony loses Aussie PlayStation mod chip case

Thu, 06 Oct 2005 14:41:38 GMT

Not a g'day for regional coding

Australia’s High Court has ruled that modifying PlayStations to bypass Sony's regional coding mechanism does not violate the country’s copyright laws.…

Gizmondo firm goes to Nasdaq

Thu, 29 Sep 2005 05:53:12 GMT

Looking for 'larger investor base'

Tiger Telematics (TT), the Florida-based company behind the Gizmondo handheld games console, has posted its annual report for the year to 31 December 2004. It makes fascinating reading - particularly since the company yesterday announced its plan to begin trading its stock on Nasdaq. To date it has been an OTC stock.…

PSP crackers break console 'wide open'

Wed, 28 Sep 2005 10:36:48 GMT

Coders downgrade firmware

Crackers this week claimed to have successfully ripped out the latest Sony PlayStation Portable firmware and replaced it with an earlier version of the code containing fewer anti-piracy features.…

Nintendo to cut 10% off DS price

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 10:56:28 GMT

Hopes Nintendogs will pup up the volume

Nintendo UK is to knock a tenner off the price of its DS handheld console, the videogames company announced this morning.…

Widescreen Gizmondo coming Q2 2006

Mon, 19 Sep 2005 11:26:29 GMT

Tiger touts updated handheld console

Tiger Telematics will release its second-generation, widescreen Gizmondo handheld console in Q2 2006.…

Nintendo shows 'Revolutionary' console controller

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 15:01:28 GMT

Will consumers see the point and click?

Games console developers devote as much time to the launching of the controllers their machines will be played with as the game-hosting hardware itself. The latest company to do so is Nintendo. Today it told the world what the gamepad that will ship with its Revolution console will look like.…

Xbox chipper jailed and fined

Fri, 16 Sep 2005 11:46:19 GMT

When the mod-chips are down...

Biren Amin, owner of US games store Pandora's Cube, has been sentenced to five months in prison and given a fine of almost $250,000 for the sale of pirated games and illegally modified Xboxes, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced yesterday.…

MS reveals Xbox 360 release dates

Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:03:28 GMT

Gears up for Japanese offensive

Microsoft will release its next-generation Xbox 360 games console on Tuesday, 22 November, the software giant announced last night.…

US games watchdog orders hidden-content audit

Wed, 14 Sep 2005 12:13:28 GMT

ESRB senses threat to ratings scheme

US games software watchdog the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has told games publishers they must reveal any hidden content included in all the software they have released since 1 September 2004.…

Sony recalls 'millions' of PS2 power adaptors

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 10:06:08 GMT

Overheating could lead to injury, company admits

Sony has asked certain slimline-model PlayStation 2 owners around the world to return their AC adaptors or risk what it calls "injury hazard".…

Gizmondo preps widescreen console to rival PSP

Mon, 12 Sep 2005 12:12:39 GMT

No US launch yet and already taking up future models

Gizmondo maker Tiger Telematics will next year offer a widescreen version of the handheld games console, the company's CEO has revealed, the better to compete with the PSP.…