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Microsoft Lashes out at Sony and Apple - Signs of Desperation? 400°
March 22, 2009 // 10:27 pm - Recently Microsoft lashed out against two of its competitors by taking jabs.

The casualties in the latest wave of insults from Microsoft are none other than Apple and Sony. It seems like trash talking might just be a corporate mandate over at Microsoft.

However, some might argue that such mudslinging could be due to insecurity or desperation.

During a recent conference Steve Ballmer, head honcho of Microsoft, took a cheap shot at Apple....

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Rant: Microsoft Should Stop Talking About the PlayStation 3 400°
March 20, 2009 // 9:09 pm - We are well aware that when companies are in direct competition with one another (at least, in terms of one specific division), it's perfectly normal to expect each side to take potshots at the other.

In fact, it's even expected. But we've noticed a trend in the past year or so, and we can't decide if it's due to fear on Microsoft's part, or just an unprofessional approach.

Xbox 360 product management director Aaron Greenberg had a lot to say recently, and too much of it revolved around the...

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Tecmo Circumvents Exclusive Deal with Microsoft for XBox 360 250°
March 19, 2009 // 9:46 pm - In the world of video gaming exclusives mean life or death to some fanboys out there. The issue wasn't a hot topic last generation, but for some reason it has set the Internet a blaze this generation.

Many believe that once an exclusive is signed it is an iron-clad deal, but Tecmo proves that there are loop-holes to getting around these exclusive contracts.

I remember the bittersweet rivalry of the Sega Genesis and the SNES back in the day. Gamers argued that the Genesis was better due to graphics, while others argued that the SNES had better games. In the end better...

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Microsoft Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Halo & XBox 250°
March 14, 2009 // 6:06 pm - Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it settled a patent-infringement suit in which a New York company was demanding $90 million in royalties on the Xbox video game system.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, Microsoft spokesman David Bowermaster said, adding that it was an "amicable agreement." The settlement cuts short a trial that started this week over the suit, filed by closely held PalTalk Holdings Inc.

"The parties have settled the case, and PalTalk is quite pleased...

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Microsoft Sued Over Patents on XBox Console and Halo Games 50°
March 10, 2009 // 9:25 pm - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, should pay a New York company $90 million for using its inventions in the Xbox video-game system, a lawyer told a federal jury yesterday.

To quote: PalTalk Holdings Inc. says Halo games and the Xbox console on which they are played infringe two patents for inventions developed by MPath Interactive Inc. PalTalk bought the patents for less than $200,000, Microsoft lawyer David Pritikin said.

The trial in Marshall, Texas, centers on technology for ways to control interactive applications over multiple computers....

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Rumor: Is Microsoft Scrapping the XBox 360 Elite Console? 300°
March 6, 2009 // 7:51 pm - Several sites are reporting that Microsoft is planning to get rid of the Xbox 360 Elite, with only Limited Edition game-themed models coming with 120GB of storage.

The recession and lowered prices of the other SKU's have allegedly been contributing factors towards this change.

To quote: Necessity dictates that if you're an Xbox lover and fan of HD downloads, then the Xbox 360 Elite is the only way forward. But it seems that all is not well with the most expensive of Microsoft's hub, with reports emerging that the console is about to get a dose of the Red Rings of Death.

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Microsoft Still Offers Boxes for Dead Systems at No Charge 400°
March 4, 2009 // 8:06 pm - A story reported earlier today via The Consumerist stated Microsoft had stopped offering free boxes to consumers to ship dead Xbox 360 consoles to replacement centers was recently cleared up.

Here's the official statement:

"Reports that Microsoft now requires consumers to find their own packaging for sending product to Xbox 360 customer support are inaccurate.

Our policy allows customers to choose whether they would like Microsoft to ship them a...

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Is Microsoft's New Step to Prevent XBox 360 Piracy Enough? 500°
March 3, 2009 // 7:49 pm - Earlier today it was reported that Resident Evil 5 for Microsoft's XBox 360 Console was leaked online.

That being said, it has been pretty smooth sailing for modders of Micosofts next-gen console. Maybe its been a little too easy for them!

With the forthcoming release of MLB 2K9 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, Microsoft has thrown the modding community a little bit of a curveball.

Microsoft has implemented a new way in which they create discs, maybe a way...

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