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N-Gage QDFrom the “Can You Please Just Let It Die?” department, Nokia plans to continue throwing millions away by backing the N-Gage cell phone/video game console hybrid. The latest from them is that they plan to bring an updated version of the N-Gage QD to the market, hoping that will breathe new life (or really, initial life?) into the device.

“We’re looking at new colors, a new look and feel for the QD in the next few months,” said Gerard Wiener, director and general manager of the games business program at Nokia.

Hey Nokia, I know technology moves really fast and all, and I know how forgettable it was. However, you did have an N-Gage before the QD, and no one bought it. Then you said you would bring a redesigned version to market, in the hopes that it would spark sales. It really didn’t happen for ya. Now you can stop wondering why you guys have that sense of deja vu. You’re welcome.

Gallery: Nokia Promises Another Revamped N-Gage


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PSP Value Pack Giveaway

Each week, Gear Live gives away awesome tech prizes courtesy of PrizeCube. The winner of the last contest was Matt M., who walked away with a brand new Logitech Harmony 676 Remote Control.

I am going to make this quick, and easy. You all want a PSP. You may not want to pay $249 for a Value Pack that may be bundled with things you don’t even want, but you still want one. This is where we come in. We are going to give away two Sony PSP Value Packs in this contest. To enter, all you need to do is tell us which PSP launch game has you the most stoked - without using Ridge Racers as your answer. Just let us know which game it is, and why,  in the comments area. In a week, we will randomly pick two people who met the requirements, and their PSP’s will be shipped when the product launches. As a friendly reminder, anyone is allowed to leave a comment, but only U.S. residents are eligible to win the prize. Thanks again to PrizeCube for sponsoring our giveaways.

Gallery: Gear Live Giveaway: Sony PSP Value Pack


PS3 We love video game gossip, especially when it relates to any details about the next generation in console gaming. Last month we told you that the PS3 was rumored to be released before E3 - turns out we got that partially right. According to GameIndustry, Sony will unveil its Playstation 3 to key Sony executives next week at an internal meeting. Sadly, the meeting is exclusive to Sony executives. Sony has stated that the first time the console will be unveiled will be at May’s E3.

(Thanks gohan_bcc1!)

Read More | GameIndustry

Gallery: Sony PS3 To Be Revealed Next Week?


Forza MotorSport

The Big Apple never looked this good in any other game - believe that. Check out these screen shots of New York City from the upcoming Xbox exclusive Forza MotorSport. The pictures even include avenues and district names for reference. However, there is a flaw that comes to mind in terms of accuracy – where is the traffic? This title will be released on May 3, 2005, aiming to compete with the Playstation exclusive Grand Turismo 4.

Read More | ForzaCentral

Gallery: Forza MotorSport New York Screenshots


Xbox 360 The guys over at Gamespy are one wily bunch. They have managed to scoop us all with their ability to get some nice, solid details on Microsoft’s next home console, the Xbox 2/360. Here are just a few of the specs, some of which have already been speculated:

  • Three 3.0 Ghz PowerPC cores
  • A post X800 ATi GPU
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Standard dual layer DVD drive (no HD-DVD or Blu-Ray)
  • External add-on hard drive (optional)

I am also hearing that the hard drive could possibly turn out to be very iPod-esque. That is to say that is can be connected and disconnected from the Xbox with ease, and used on the go to listen to music. Microsoft is asking developers to ensure that all games run at a minimum of 720p widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, with the ability to access Xbox Live.

Read More | Gamespy

Gallery: Gamespy Gets The Goods On The Xbox 2/360


LG SV360I’m starting to appreciate gaming on a phone.  It’s always so readily available.  Sure the games oftentimes look like crap, but they’re quick, fun, and best of all cheap.  Looks like handset graphics are really going to improve by leaps and bounds though, as LG’s new SV360 contains ATI’s Imageon 2300 media processor, giving it the power to render over 10,000 triangles per frame.  With that kind of power, they decided to even make the phone interface in 3D.  Coming later this year in all it’s 320x240 glory, we’ll see how the public takes to it, in light of all the Sony/Nintendo handheld action going on.

(Thanks falcoboy7!)

Read More | Mobile Mag

Gallery: ATI Teams Up With LG For 3D Enabled Phone


Microsoft XNAMicrosoft has release XNA Studio for video game developers on Monday to ease in the creation of video games for its current console as well as for its next console.  The product is meant to help developers exchange code amongst teams in order to speed up development and standardize systems for porting video games from PC to Xbox (2) and vice versa. This means that the tools will be able to assist developers to keep their budget and keep video games from being ridiculously overpriced. According to Microsoft executives, XNA will be help developers keep next generation video games on the same level as the current Xbox video games. We’ll just have to keep our eyes wide open during the months to come and see if these promises are fulfilled.

Read More | CNet

Gallery: XNA Studio Released


50 Cent's DSIn other related 50 Cent video game gossip - feast your eyes on the rapper’s customized Nintendo DS. Apparently 50 Cent wasn’t feeling the silver bling of Nintendo’s portable console, and settling for a Nintendo DS skin certainly wouldn’t be P.I.M.P.  The result is a custom made urban camouflaged Nintendo DS that has “G-Unit” emblazoned on the front cover. Now that’s gangsta!

Read More | Advancedmn

Gallery: 50 Cent’s Custom Made Nintendo DS


50 Cent: Bulletproof

Rapper 50 Cent will be the main character in an upcoming video game set to be released later on this year. Fiddy will be playing himself in 50 Cent: Bulletproof.

50 Cent: Bulletproof will star hip-hop artist 50 Cent, including his likeness and voice. The game will have a plot that focuses on New York’s drug underworld, putting players to the task of uncovering an international conspiracy.

Okay so maybe we don’t have many details on the game to make it sound better than it looks – however, the game’s visuals look great. GameGossip has more screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

Read More | GameGossip

Gallery: 50 Cent: Bulletproof - The Game


I4U PSP Gallery

If you still haven’t gotten around to getting a decent, up close and personal look at the Sony PSP, we have you covered. Our sibling site, I4U, has just put up a very detailed gallery which gives you a glimpse at every nook and cranny of the soon to be launched (in North America) Sony PSP. Put on a bib - you will drool.

View Gallery | I4U PSP Gallery

Gallery: I4U Sony PSP Gallery


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