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End of Year Exclusives: Sony Vs Microsoft

End of Year Exclusives: Sony Vs Microsoft 50°
355w ago - Last year you'll have no arguments that Microsoft's better games line up prevailed over Sony's. You could forgiven Sony and its developers for not having enough time to get used to the new hardware or it could have been that Microsoft just crammed all their five star quality titles into a few months.

Whatever the reason, it leaves 2008 to be more important. With now both Sony and Microsoft preparing great looking line ups for the end of the year. We take a look to find out who's line up looks better on paper.

Sony's heavy hitters are Killzone 2, Resistance 2 & Little Big Planet and to be honest that sounds like enough to fight off anything Microsoft have as Sony are releasing what should be 3 fantastic games.

Although Microsoft will be serving up some Gears of War 2, Fable 2 & Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise to combat Sony's onslaught. At the recent industry press events we got a truck load of information about what both company's will be offering come Christmas time.

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Microsoft don't exactly have the massive line up they've had in previous years but come with a few hotly anticipated games. Gears of War 2 is already looking like a suitable follow up to, arguably 2006's Game of the Year. While titles like Viva Pinata & Banjo Kazooie are...
 

Next Medal Of Honor: War On Terror?

Next Medal Of Honor: War On Terror? 50°
355w ago - Let's face it: Medal of Honor is an ailing franchise. What began as a phenomenon on the original PlayStation has declined into a series that boasts little more than average FPSs. Most will agree that the last truly great installments were Frontline for the PS2 and Allied Assault for the PC.

Since then, things seem to have gone downhill, and last year's Medal of Honor: Airborne didn't cut the mustard, either.

So when the chips are down, it's probably time to try something new. According to a portion of an EA survey, sent to us by a reader, and a variety of other sources, it seems Medal of Honor could be getting a drastic overhaul. Apparently, the survey focused heavily on a new concept EA is considering for their franchise, and it centers on what some may see as still-too-sensitive material: the current war on terror.

That's right, if this is true, you'll be seeking out Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan. The premise operates around a true-life 2002 coalition forces mission entitled, "Anaconda," and players will take control of Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts, a Navy SEAL and a man charged with the difficult task of saving Anaconda from complete disaster. Here's a snippet from the survey:

"In March of 2002, coalition forces moved into Northern Afghanistan to...
 

PS3 Firmware 2.35 sneaks YouTube functionality in!

PS3 Firmware 2.35 sneaks YouTube functionality in! 500°
355w ago - Sony claimed that all Firmware 2.35 did was "improve stability of some PS3 titles". Well, it turns out that the YouTube compatibility is one of those secret updates that occasionally make it unannounced into a PlayStation 3 firmware update.

The functionality was added via Version 2.35 of the firmware. At the moment, Mainichi Issyo (the crazy cat game downloadable only on off the Japanese store) is the only title to do so.

Videos are captured at 320x240, 30 frames per second and saved in an MPEG-4 file at 768kbps. Sound is recorded at 64kbps in AAC format. The maximum clip length is ten minutes.

Upon selecting to finish their recording sessions, players are given the choice of either saving their clips to the hard disk or uploading them to YouTube. Choose the latter option, and you're prompted for your YouTube user name and password.

The game then uploads the clip on the spot, showing a progress bar while you wait for the upload to complete.
 

SCEA announces 2008 and Early 2009 Software Line Up

SCEA announces 2008 and Early 2009 Software Line Up 50°
355w ago - SCEA announced today a line up of software titles set to launch over the remainder of 2008 and early 2009 exclusively for PS3, PSP, and PSN.

Press Release:

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced a line up of highly-anticipated software titles set to launch over the remainder of 2008 and early 2009 exclusively for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and PLAYSTATION(R)Network.

A mix of original concepts as well as franchise mainstays, the upcoming list of software includes more than 15 games across all PlayStation(R) platforms. The robust line up demonstrates the depth of content coming to PlayStation, and further emphasizes SCEA's commitment to providing the widest range of gaming options to consumers.

"For the second half of 2008 and beyond, we will see a spectacular line up of triple-A titles and original gaming content that will satisfy PlayStation fans across the board," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president, product marketing, SCEA. "Highly anticipated games such as Resistance 2(TM), LittleBigPlanet(TM), and Killzone(TM) 2, along with original content such as SIREN: Blood Curse and PixelJunk(TM) Eden, demonstrate SCEA's passion to lead the market by continuing to deliver unique gaming...
 

PS3 Firmware 2.35 Update Now Available!

PS3 Firmware 2.35 Update Now Available! 50°
355w ago - PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.35 is now available for download via Network Update or below. From the PlayStation Blog, Firmware 2.35 simply improves the stability of certain PS3 titles, according to PSN director Eric Lempel.

The list of titles affected by the update went unnamed, but Lempel did note that it has nothing to due with the lock-up issues a number of PS3 owners are experiencing with Grand Theft Auto IV.

Download: PS3 Firmware 2.35 (US) / PS3 Firmware 2.35 (EU)
 

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