Sony plans to launch a "Titanium Blue" PlayStation 3 console later this month to promote the release not of a new Smurfs game, but of Gran Turismo 5, Nexus404.com reports.
"The date is locked in: Gran Turismo 5 will go on sale throughout North America on Wednesday, November 24th," Sony announced in a blog post. "That means you'll be experiencing over 1,000 cars, including karts and select NASCAR cars, scores of tracks, the all-new Course Maker, a dynamic weather system, a robust online community, and everything else Gran Turismo 5 has to offer in less than two weeks."
As for the blue console, that will be part of the Gran Turismo Racking Pack bundle, albeit available only in Japan (at least initially) for around $435.
One of the things we love about the Xbox 360 console is that it's so much more than just a gaming device. Case in point: while speaking to attendees of BMO Capital Markets Digital Entertainment Conference in New York, Dennis Durkin, head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, said that the Xbox 360 is used for games just 60 percent of the time, CNet reports.
"What we found is that the core gamer might be the person who brought the console into the house, but as you widen the choices of content, it broadens what people can do with the system," Durkin said.
That other 40 percent belongs to a variety of non-gaming activities, like watching Netflix or listening to music. Even Twitter and Facebook are accessible through the console.
Surprised by Durkin's figures, or does that pretty much describe your usage habits as well? Hit the jump and tell us how often you use your console for actual gaming, whether you're rocking an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Nintendo Wii.
Motion controlled gaming is all well and good, and sometimes downright hilarious (for the spectators). Remember all those reports of Wii remotes being flung through LCD TV sets? That'll ruin your afternoon.
Microsoft just launched its Kinect device, which uses a camera to capture your body movements rather than rely on a controller like Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation Move. Surely nothing bad can come of this, right? Not so fast. Check out the Xbox Kinect Fail video below, and then keep the comments section rolling with your own favorite motion controlled fail vids.
Bethesda Softworks is sitting on cloud 9 following the launch of Fallout: New Vegas, which has earned record breaking sales for the publisher. There have been five million units of New Vegas shipped around the globe so far, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC flavors, all of which have generated over $300 million in sales.
"We are delighted by the reception Fallout: New Vegas has received from fans around the world," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "Despite the large launch quantities for this title, we have already received substantial re-orders from our retail partners, underscoring the tremendous popularity of this highly entertaining game. We believe Fallout: New Vegas will be the 'must buy' title for gamers throughout the holiday season."
Strong sales aside, the New Vegas launch hasn't been all smooth sailing. Bethesda recently blogged that it was working on a patch to address "Xbox 360 save issues folks are reporting, along with a number of other issues," as well as a comprehensive patch for all three platforms (PC, Xbox 360, PS3). There's also "an incremental update for PC" that purportedly fixes "save corruption issues and problems with companions, as well as improve performance for Nvidia users and resolve some issues reported with Havok."
Adafruit Industries lit a fire under the hacking community's feet when it announced a chance to win $2,000 to the first person to deliver open-source software drivers for the Kinect, and it looks like a winner has emerged.
Nothing has yet been verified, but NUI Group forum member "AlexP" posted a couple of videos showing the Kinect merrily communicating with Windows. Microsoft, as you might imagine, probably isn't going to take the news well and was never in support of the contest to begin with.
"Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products," a company spokesperson told CNet. "With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant."
AlexP has been down this road before. In addition to hacking the Kinect, he also modified Sony's PS3Eye Camera to run under Windows.
What would be really great is if a single Microsoft Live Gold subscription covered an entire household rather than just one console and/or account. That's wishful thinking, we know, but if you own multiple accounts, Microsoft's new Live Gold Family Pack, available now, should help take some of the sting out of getting everyone online.
The Family Pack subscription costs $100 and covers four 12-month memberships. At that price, you're basically paying for two memberships and receiving two for free, so while it won't help households with 'just' two Xbox 360 Live subscriptions, it's an okay deal for those with three and a pretty good bargain for those with four.
In addition to the discounted price, the special four-pack also includes a few exclusive benefits, such as access to the new Family Center for family account and online settings management; activity monitoring reports; the ability to purchase and gift Microsoft Points Allowances to your children; and family-friendly content and discounts.
Microsoft tomorrow will begin pushing out its Fall Dashboard update for the Xbox 360 console, three days ahead of the Kinect launch.
In addition to adding support for Kinect, the mandatory update revamps the user interface and adds some new features, like ESPN 3, Zune Music, a new voice communications codec, and perhaps best of all Netflix search functionality.
Those who decline the update will not be able to connect to Xbox Live, though all the offline features will remain intact. View the full FAQ here.
With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, you can expect plenty of juicy deals and promotions in a bid to secure your gift-giving (or self-splurging) dollars. But if you're hoping to score a scintillating deal on the Nintendo Wii, well, prepare to be disappointed.
According to Yahoo News, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said he only plans on offering limited deals with retailers this year, focusing mostly on special package bundles that add games or other accessories rather than temporary price cuts.
"Of course, we cannot say it will never happen, but we are not thinking of it for the near future," Iwata said when pinged about a possible price cut.
Price cut or not, Iwata reckons his company will sell 17.5 million Wii consoles in the fiscal year ending March 2011, and 23.5 million handheld DS consoles, including the upcoming 3DS.
Depending on how much weight you want to put on Kotaku's "several sources," Sony's PSP2 console is shaping up to be a killer handheld.
Sources confirmed a previous rumor that there will be a touch panel on the back of the hardware, sort of like a giant trackpad. The PSP2 will also come with dual analog sticks, a feature that's missing on current iterations of the PSP.
Sony also decided to go with a larger screen (again, according to Kotaku's sources), which will be sharper than what's on current PSPs. Sony is said to be referring to the screen as "HD" behind closed doors.
Finally, the sources say the PSP2 will ship this Fall beating the holiday sales rush.
Fan created mockup of the PSP2, not an actual prototype.
For those of you who care, Sony has officially announced price cuts for its PSP Go handheld console, rumors of which have been floating around the Web for weeks.
In Japan, the PSP Go is dropping from around $332 to $208, while in the U.S. you can soon expect to pay $199 instead of $249. Or you can do so right now with a little bit of Google-Fu. While Sony still lists the MSRP as $249 on its Website, some vendors -- like Amazon and Target -- already have the new pricing in effect.
Anyone tempted to pick one up at this price, or are you holding out for Nintendo's 3DS console?