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PS3 catching up with Xbox 360 shipments worldwide

Sony reported 3.7 million PS3 unit sales worldwide for Q2 of fiscal year 2011 (which ended September 30), bringing its life-to-date total to 55.5 million units and improving on its year over year Q2 sales by around 200,000. Just last month, Microsoft touted 57.6 million shipped units of the Xbox 360 worldwide, bringing Sony within sight of the vaunted number two position behind Wii (Nintendo reported 89.36 million units shipped as of October).

While Sony’s document says “sales,” it’s difficult to tell whether that refers to sales to consumers (“sell-through”) or shipments to retail (“sell-in”). Both competitors’ numbers refer to shipments.

Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/11/02/ps3-catching-up-with-xbox-360-shipments-worldwide/

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Xbox 360 countdown timer site: Not as cool as we thought

Remember that countdown timer site we found yesterday? Yeah, so about that: It’s not for anything cool, so I hope you didn’t get too excited. It’s not Sonic Kinect or a game for the Olympics or anything even close to that.

It now redirects to xbox360invitational.com, a Korean tournament site. Unless you’re a Korean console gamer, this end result could not have been more disappointing.

Source: http://www.destructoid.com/xbox-360-countdown-timer-site-not-as-cool-as-we-thought-213945.phtml

Microsoft lines up two Xbox 360 bundles for the holidays

Microsoft’s annual Holiday bundle streak continues this year, with two different SKUs: one targeting the family crowd that enjoys flailing around together, the other targeting the hardcore gaming crowd that’s all about no-scoping domes. Both bundles are shipping to retailers today, Major Nelson says.

The first bundle includes a 250 GB Xbox 360 S console with a Kinect, a copy of Kinect Adventures and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do, and three months of Xbox Live Gold, all for $399.99. The other bundle has a suggested price of $299.99, and sports a 250 GB Xbox 360 S console, three months of Xbox Live Gold and copies of Halo: Reach (downloadable) and Fable 3.

Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/10/18/microsoft-lines-up-two-xbox-360-bundles-for-the-holidays/

What is this strange Xbox 360 countdown timer for?

Head over to xbox3601029.com and you’ll find a countdown timer that has about 10 days left on it. There’s wings and purple coloring, and all the ‘o’ letters are colored. You know that Microsoft puts Kinect games in purple boxes, right? Maybe the purple is a hint.

“Coming soon,” it says.

What’s coming soon? Any guesses?

Source: http://www.destructoid.com/what-is-this-strange-xbox-360-countdown-timer-for–213898.phtml

Next generation Xbox pops up in Microsoft resumes

While there’s no doubt that Microsoft is hard at work on some form of new Xbox console, we may have a new glimpse into those who are actually making it. A handful of resumes and documents were discovered by Superannuation, listing various employees that may be working on the new hardware.

Among these is Jeff Faulkner, with Gematsu reporting that his LinkedIn profile had him listed as “Xbox Nex Gen Creative Director,” though the profile seems to have been altered since the discovery. Faulkner is set to speak at London’s Typo expo, however, and the event describes him as “Creative Director for Xbox Next Generation, where he guides the vision for Xbox’s User Experience Design across Social Media, User Experience, Entertainment, Gesture and Voice Input, Information Design and Brand and Visual design.” Also listed is senior creative director Jonathan Harris, who is busy “designing the next generation of entertainment.”

Granted, neither listing actually specifies new hardware, though Xbox Hardware intern Joe Langevin begins to point in the right direction. According to his Linkedin profile, Langevin “designed and simulated high speed data buses to prevent electromagnetic interference in next-gen devices.” Most telling of all, however, is Patrick Corrigan. According to his LinkedIn profile, which has since been altered, Corrigan was “providing groundwork and integration for branding elements for next-gen Xbox on all forms of media. Ranging from print to UI across future releases of the Xbox platform.”

Even assuming any of the listed resumes are accurate, there aren’t many next-gen Xbox details to be had. Given the mention of “gesture and voice input,” it would seem Kinect isn’t going anywhere, though that’s not too surprising given its runaway success. Of course, it’s possible these resumes all refer to future iterations of the current Xbox or its software. Either way, we’ve reached out to Microsoft so see if we can learn anything more about the team behind the project.

Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/10/10/next-generation-xbox-pops-up-in-microsoft-resumes/

Will There Be an Xbox 720? Hollywood Thinks So.

Real Steel, that new Hugh Jackman flick with fighting robots, is set in a near future, dominated by battling bots. More preciously, the movie is set in 2020.

In one arena scene, corporate logos like Mercedes-Benz, Capital One, and, ahem, Del Taco light up a stadium. There is also a Bing logo and an Xbox 720 logo.

Microsoft’s Bing logo appears elsewhere in the film.

The Xbox 720 hasn’t been announced officially, and smart money says Microsoft will give it a different name entirely.

Yet, hypothetically, here it is on the silverscreen. Make sense as Microsoft is bound to have a new console out well before then.

It’s 2011, so if Microsoft did launch a new Xbox in either 2013 or 2014, that would probably be the end of its lifespan by 2020.

Source: http://kotaku.com/5846775/will-there-be-an-xbox-720-hollywood-thinks-so

Game Release in October

Here are the list complie by Gametrailers.com for the game release in October

The First ‘Max Payne 3′ Trailer is Here

The trailer reflects the early confirmed Max Payne 3 story and gameplay details and illustrate those items in action. Once again, ex-Detective Max Payne now finds himself staring at the bottom of a bottle and has left the NYPD to become a personal security specialist for a wealthy family in San Paolo, Brazil. His motivations to get his crap back in order get triggered when the wife of his client is kidnapped and Max pulls out all the stops to get her back. Insert 5000+ bullets. Take a look at the trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqCqqMy7gkE&feature=player_embedded

First off, it’s great to see that the wonderfully haunting theme song from Max Payne 2 by Kärtsy Hatakka is still being employed. Like previous Max Payne games, the third iteration will also be driven by Max’s inner monologue, detailing his reactions and thoughts to each peculiar situation he finds himself in, complimenting the game’s cinematics.

The gameplay looks as strong as it ever was, with the delivery of rounds down range presented in the most cinematic way possible. Bullet-time and bullet cam of course return, adding stylistic flair to each individual gun fight. New to the game will be a kind of melee combat system that allows Max to combine a quick strike of his weapon and integrate that into firing shots. The cinematic action will be running an upgraded version of the Euphoria engine Rockstar has been employing lately.

Max Payne 3 looks fantastic. There is some worry among the industry regarding its success however, most notably that the game must sell around 4 million copies to recoup losses during the title’s development. The most important thing is that it’s finally coming in 6 months.

Max Payne 3 will be releasing in March 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Source: http://gamerant.com/max-payne-3-trailer-2-trung-104126/

After Ninja Gaiden 3’s ‘Consequences,’ Ryu Will Never Be The Same

Look, if you don’t want to be on the receiving end of Ryu Hayabusa’s Dragon Sword, don’t join an anti-ninja mercenary force, “mate.” That said, it looks like even the star of Ninja Gaiden 3 is dealing with the psychological impact of spilling so much blood from katana-fodder of past Ninja Gaidengames.

The latest, Tokyo Game Show-timed trailer for Team Ninja’s next action game is here, giving players a little background on why Ryu’s right arm is so bloody and so powerful. It’s a major gameplay component of the next Ninja Gaiden game and, apparently, its plot.

After you’re done watching Ninja Gaiden 3’s “Consequence” trailer, why not flip through a handful of new screen shots from the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 game, due sometime next year? C’mon, mate. Do it. I’ve got a family too, you know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Cmuaxojmo&feature=player_embedded

Source: http://kotaku.com/5840297/after-ninja-gaiden-3s-consequences-ryu-will-never-be-the-same/gallery/1

The First ‘Max Payne 3′ Trailer is Here

The trailer reflects the early confirmed Max Payne 3 story and gameplay details and illustrate those items in action. Once again, ex-Detective Max Payne now finds himself staring at the bottom of a bottle and has left the NYPD to become a personal security specialist for a wealthy family in San Paolo, Brazil. His motivations to get his crap back in order get triggered when the wife of his client is kidnapped and Max pulls out all the stops to get her back. Insert 5000+ bullets. Take a look at the trailer.

First off, it’s great to see that the wonderfully haunting theme song from Max Payne 2 by Kärtsy Hatakka is still being employed. Like previous Max Payne games, the third iteration will also be driven by Max’s inner monologue, detailing his reactions and thoughts to each peculiar situation he finds himself in, complimenting the game’s cinematics.

The gameplay looks as strong as it ever was, with the delivery of rounds down range presented in the most cinematic way possible. Bullet-time and bullet cam of course return, adding stylistic flair to each individual gun fight. New to the game will be a kind of melee combat system that allows Max to combine a quick strike of his weapon and integrate that into firing shots. The cinematic action will be running an upgraded version of the Euphoria engine Rockstar has been employing lately.

Max Payne 3 looks fantastic. There is some worry among the industry regarding its success however, most notably that the game must sell around 4 million copies to recoup losses during the title’s development. The most important thing is that it’s finally coming in 6 months.

Max Payne 3 will be releasing in March 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Source: http://gamerant.com/max-payne-3-trailer-2-trung-104126/

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