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Microsoft Hit with New XBox 360 'Design Defect' Suit 500°
July 30, 2009 // 2:55 am - According to GameSpot, Microsoft is back in court defending its oft-maligned Xbox 360 hardware.

An Oak Forest, Illinois, man filed suit against Microsoft in the Northern District of Illinois - Eastern Division earlier this month, saying the console maker has been unjustly enriching itself by selling Xbox 360 systems that it knows contain a material design defect.

To quote: The alleged defect is presumably not the infamous "red ring of death" issue, as Microsoft admitted that flaw in July of 2007, months before the plaintiff purchased his system.

The plaintiff...

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Will Microsoft Introduce a New Console Next Generation? 100°
July 25, 2009 // 6:26 am - Recently it was reported the Xbox division of Microsoft suffered a loss of $130 million in Q4 and how Microsoft is still operating at a loss.

Many have heard, read, and experienced the devastating reports and effects of the RROD, which are still taking place with the Microsoft Xbox 360 console.

Let me be clear, the Red Ring Of Death is not occurring at the alarming rate as it was at launch, but as stated it's not a resolved issue... a design flaw.

In fairness to Microsoft, Sony is not doing too well at...

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Industry Trends: Microsoft is the New Sony, Sony is Now Nintendo 250°
July 22, 2009 // 10:45 pm - Sony and Nintendo have studied each other over the years and formed patterns to combat against each other.

Nintendo relied strongly on superior first-party offerings, while Sony created strong third-party relationships and offered a wide variety of exclusive titles.

A change of strategy is now being made according to the Examiner, to quote:

This generation, Sony has become much more reliant on the prospect of first-party offerings to bring in the gamers. Uncharted, InFamous, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet, two Resistance titles, Ratchet and Clank, etc, have...

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Microsoft's Top 7 Reasons for a PC Gamer to Get Windows 7 550°
July 22, 2009 // 10:14 pm - Today (via IGN, linked above) Microsoft offers its top seven reasons for a PC gamer to get the new operating system this October:

1) Performance

To quote a coworker: 'Across same hardware, Crysis runs awesome on Win7! Even better than XP!'. Code for the OS has been optimized for better all around performance for games. Whatever you're playing now should be a better experience in Windows 7.

2) Compatibility

The top third-party games, services, and international versions of games have been tested in Windows 7, so you should not worry...

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Rumor: Microsoft's Surprise Reveal for Comic-Con a Rare Project? 200°
July 19, 2009 // 7:45 am - Gavin Price, Principal Designer at Rare Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios, is working on an "as yet unannounced project" from January 2009 until present.

Perhaps this will debut at Comic-Con International this year, which is set to run from July 23-26, 2009. To quote:

Rare Ltd. / Microsoft Game Studios
(Privately Held; Computer Games industry)
January 2009 – Present (7 months)

Following a reshuffle at Rare, I've taken on further responsibility in a new principal designer role...

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Microsoft's Project Natal Will Have Launch Games Available 200°
July 16, 2009 // 8:55 pm - Interviewed by trade magazine MCV, head of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer has stated that Project Natal will have games to play at launch on the Xbox 360.

To quote: "I see it as like the launch of the Xbox 360 back in 2005 - there will be a launch portfolio of games to support it," he said.

Plenty of developers now have access to Natal kits and we've already seen Lionhead's Milo game in action.

Some of us here at OXM (well, Ben) have still to be convinced by motion games,...

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FUEL Demo Hits Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBox Live Today 50°
July 9, 2009 // 7:28 am - If you are into off-road racing, a free FUEL demo is set for release later today at 2pm for PSN, Xbox Live and PC with the trailer available below.

The FUEL demo enables players to take on the Ocean Rush career event, where seven racers pick their own paths through treacherous landscapes and short-cuts are key to taking the chequered flag.

Press Release: Experience the ground-breaking open-world racer from Asobo Studio as Codemasters announced that the FUEL playable demo will be available today from Xbox LIVE! Marketplace for the Xbox 360, the PlayStation Store in Europe...

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Rumor: New Microsoft Ad Deal is Why Hulu Blocked PlayStation 3? 400°
June 30, 2009 // 6:22 am - As reported a few days ago, since last weekend Hulu started blocking PlayStation 3 owners from accessing content.

Speculation is now underway whether it's due to Hulu's recent TOS change, or if a new partnership with Microsoft is behind the dreaded "This Video is Not Available on Your Platform" messages PS3 owners are currently seeing.

To quote: A more interesting theory is that Microsoft paid off Hulu to block the PS3. Rumors of Hulu...

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