Looks like Bill Gates stole a bit of the thunder from the Xbox team who plan to announce the console next week live on MTV:
The remark, apparently inadvertent, came as Gates talked about consumer adoption of high-definition displays, which Microsoft is incorporating into its strategy as it takes on market leader Sony Corp. and its dominant PlayStation franchise. “What will the year of high-definition be?” Gates asked, rhetorically. He then answered the question by saying that it would be tempting to think of it as “this year, because we’re going to ship this next Xbox.”
But we all knew the 360 was coming this year anyway, right?
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While it has been obvious to those paying even a small amount of attention, it seems the media is up in arms over the fact that Bill Gates stated that the Xbox 360 would be hitting retail this year at a national convention yesterday. is this really news to anyone?
“What will the year of high-definition be?” Gates asked, rhetorically. He then answered the question by saying that it would be tempting to think of it as “this year, because we’re going to ship this next Xbox.” A representative of the Xbox team declined to comment on Gates’ remark. Microsoft plans to announce details and timing for the next Xbox during a TV special next week.
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So my PlayStation Portable finally arrived yesterday, via Gratis, and I was a bit concerned about what I would see upon booting it up. After hearing of all the problems with dead pixels, dust under the screen, and the like, who knew what shape this thing would be in? I am glad to say that my PSP does not have any of the aforementioned issues. It plays Lumines perfectly, without any of those pesky distractions. Unfortunately, it appears that the initial million PSP’s are gone, because this one came with a teaser disc instead of the Spider-Man 2 UMD. Oh well.
Apple has updated the specs on their iMac G5 line, incorporating an 8x dual layer SuperDrive into their top model, which now tips the scales at 2.0 GHz. Expect Bluetooth 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Airport Extreme, and a minimum of 512MB of RAM which equates to less beachball fun. The graphics chip has been bumped up a bit, to the ATi 9600 with 128 MB DDR SDRAM. Also, they threw in Tiger and iLife for good measure. Not too shabby.
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Tiger has been out in the wild for about four days now, which is just enough time for Apple die hards to have dug into the OS to try out every new feature. If you are left with nothing else to do, Apple has your hook up. They have released a series of download pages where you can grab new Dashboard widgets, Spotlight plugins, and Automator actions. If that’s not enough, you can also check out the QuickTime 7 movie download page, which features content in high definition, taking advantage of that H.264 codec.
This week’s DVD release list is definitely a treasure hunt. Leading the list is National Treasure staring Nicolas Cage in an action/adventure film that will sure to keep you glued on the screen waiting to see what happens next. This week is a treat for all of you Star Trek fans with the release of the complete first season of Star Trek Enterprise. Check out the rest of the TV series on DVD and of course the movies.
National Treasure ~ Nicolas Cage
The Phantom of the Opera ~ Joel Schumacher
With Six You Get Eggroll ~ Doris Day
Gilmore Girls - The Complete Third Season ~ Lauren Graham
Dawson’s Creek - The Complete Fifth Season ~ James Van Der Beek
I Love Lucy - The Complete Fourth Season ~ Lucille Ball
Star Trek Enterprise - The Complete First Season ~ Scott Bakula
Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Third Season ~ Ray Romano
Like we have said, E3 news will be coming out more and more. Well, Sony has announced several new titles for their systems and apparently it’s only a fraction of what they will be showing. We actually told you about a couple of these games almost a year ago. There are 3 new titles for the PS2 which are Shadow of the Colossus (formerly Wanda and the Colossus), Genji: Dawn of the Samurai and Neopets: The Darkest Faerie. There are also a few PSP titles see: MediEvil Resurrection, The Con and Neopets: Petpet Adventures—The Wand of Wishing.
“As we enter the holiday season for 2005, we are committed to offer a wide variety of content for both PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable that is both broad-appealing and cutting edge for the casual to most savvy gamer,” said Sharon Shapiro, senior director, promotions and sports marketing, SCEA. “At E3 this year, we will preview more than a dozen software titles that are published by Sony Computer Entertainment America and will be available before the year’s end.”
Gamers in the United Kingdom can look forward to May 13th being the day that they were the first to receive a new console color. In just 11 days, Sony will be releasing a silver slimline PlayStation 2 which is exclusive to the UK - at least for now. This should nicely boost sales of what is already the highest selling home console on the market. It will sell for 115 Euros.
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Apparently those across the Atlantic get a new color in their slimline PS2 console choices, because that’s how they roll. This one will not only be shiny like bling, but will also come with a DVD remote control. This one will go for 115 Euros, which is about what you would pay for a standard PS2 in the US. Now, can I ask why Sony took so long to bring this to the market? I mean, they are about to show off the PS3. Ah well, don’t over think it. The silver PS2 drops on May 13 - just 11 days from now.
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The wait is almost over for your Xbox Grand Theft Auto fans. In a little over a month, GTA: San Andreas will be released on the Xbox in North America (June 7) and Europe (June 10). For those who waited for the Xbox release, expect some nice improvements. For starters, the game will support 480p progressive scan along with 16:9 widescreen (yes!). The other interesting addition is a 30-second instant replay feature. While cool, I don’t see many people using this more than a few times before writing it off as novelty. Also look for higher resolution textures, farther draw distance, and customizable soundtracks. For you PC gamers, you can expect the PC version of GTA:SA to drop on June 7 as well.
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