Rumors continue to circle about what we can expect for the next generation Xbox. The latest culmination surrounds a new data technology never been used in video games before. It is a data sharing technology that would help the development of the ‘backwards compatible’ gaming with system. But that’s not the only thing they have in mind; the technology would also incorporate gaming like never before.
Several sources are pointing to using this data sharing technology to help games retain their replay value by taking, for example, sequels, and linking them together to create a new gaming experience. An example of this would allow Halo 2 players to use their favorite Halo 1 weapons because they own the original. On the other side of the coin, you would be able to ‘dual wield’ weapons in Halo 1 because you can in Halo 2.
The possibilities seem endless with what developers would be able to do as far as imagination and creativity. Let’s just hope that they use it to their advantage. Maybe a world where Sam Fisher visits one of Rayman’s levels just because they’re both Ubisoft? Well maybe not that far fetched but you get the point.
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Buena Vista Home Entertainment has announced the release of five movies to be released for Sony’s PSP. The five movies scheduled to launch this spring are: National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Reign of Fire, Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Hero. It has also stated that they will be releasing more movies during the year. Disney is the first major studio to announce home video production in the UMD format outside of Sony. Disney did not state the M.S.R.P., however, Sony previously stated the price for the UMD movies will be about the same as its DVD counterpart – about $20-30. Now we can look forward to watching Keira Knightley wherever we take our PSP.
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Nokia’s little “Cellphone That Could” has had its share of trouble. Not sure if a price drop to $99 is a sign of recovery or just a move to clear some stagnant warehouses. Prices on software titles have also been slashed, while a third design is said to be revealed at this year’s E3. So far, there are only 2.5 million owners of the device, and that’s including both of the previous iterations. In comparison, Sony’s PSP is expected to sell 1 million in its first week alone.
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If you didn’t know already, Bushnell is widely considered to be the father of the videogame industry. Cnet has an interview with him up, covering the highs and lows of his career, including how he started Atari. Didn’t know he also founded Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, though…ya learn something new everyday. Either way, I find that it’s always a wise thing to respect one’s elders, despite the outcome of their more recent ventures.
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According to a press release on AMD’s website (www.amd.com), Thomas McCoy, Executive VP of AMD’s Legal Affairs, has bluntly stated that “Intel illegally manipulated the market to exclude competition, hurting PC users around the world,” not limiting his attacks on the CPU giant. He continued to state that Intel was being unfair to the to CPU user’s worldwide by not giving users the freedom of choice. He mentioned that users have specific needs that need to be met. No doubt he was trying to plug the dramatic difference in price between the two brands.
All of these comments come via Japan’s new motions in the market. The country’s Fair Trade Commission has started a campaign to stop Intel’s monopoly of the CPU market. They are the first to do so thus far and are hoping that other technology leading countries follow suit. Japanese Fair Trade Commission has made some interesting discoveries during an 11 month investigation on Intel, one being that Intel is forcing manufactures to buy 100% Intel based PC’s.
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People using iPods formatted for Macs have had the advantage of using iCal and storing their contacts with relative ease on their iPods. For the PC users of the world who still love using Microsoft Outlook, someone still loves you. iPod Sync 2.24 ($15) promises to sync the iPod like a PDA. It stores all of your Outlook data, from your schedule to your email. For those of you using iPod photo units, you can even load Powerpoint presentations to your portable devices with this software. This offers a very healthy alternative for those who are in the market for a simple PDA. As for the rest of you, don’t go putting your PDA on eBay just yet - a full review of iPod Sync will be coming soon.
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It just goes to show how badly people want to be like Michael J. Fox, eBay user goldenpalacecasino is the winner of a time machine which was auctioned off on eBay. Apparently the time machine was made about 200 years from now by a doctor that used it to travel back in time to the 1900’s. Want proof? Well, the time machine comes with stuff from the 1900’s! Wow!
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It looks like the technology used by police and fire officials that makes traffic lights turn green when they are approaching in the case of emergency. Government officials fear that these devices, which can cost as much as $1,000 USD (or $200 for cheap knockoffs), are starting to fall into the hands of your common civilian. There has been a rise in the sale of these devices on the Internet. While the sites claim that they sell them to make it easier for places like volunteer firefighting squads to acquire them, there is no prerequisite anyone needs to meet in order to purchase a traffic light changer. It is illegal for a civilian to use one of these devices, but officials are pushing to make it illegal to even have one in your possession.
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In an interesting twist, it appears that Apple is now working on a two buttoned wireless optical mouse. AppleInsider is reporting that because of Apple’s slow-but-sure market share increase, it is now essential to provide a two button mouse for those who are used to them. Many a Windows user has made the claim that a one buttoned mouse just doesn’t cut it in the world of computing. The thing is, this is going to be an add-on product, probably retailing at $69 USD. For that price, users can purchase an alternative wireless optical mouse for their Mac - but who am I kidding? Mac users will snatch these up in droves.
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I loved the 8860 back when it was released. The slider phone was thin, sexy and attracted a lot of attention. However, the reception was really bad. At least I looked good trying to make a call, right? Looks like Nokia could be releasing another one of those sexy phones with the appearance of some pictures on a Chinese forum site. The phone appears to be a successor of the Nokia 8910 and does not appear to include a camera. Hopefully, a press release will be made in the not so distant future by Nokia to announce the launch and details of this phone.
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