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  • 20090816
    Speaking to MCV, Microsoft EMEA VP Chris Lewis has revealed that the Xbox 360 has now sold over nine million units in Europe and is the only format to see positive growth in 2009.

    “Our installed base is now well over nine million in Europe, where we enjoy about 27 per cent of the current share of the console market,” he told MCV.

    “This calendar year, we’re the only console showing positive growth. That’s 22 per cent on the first half against a market that is down to a similar margin overall. So we are bucking that trend.”

    It's been strongly rumoured that Microsoft...

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  • 20090812


    Microsoft's summer system update has brought games on demand to the Xbox 360. Via LIVE, you can now buy titles like retail packaged title Battlefield: Bad Company for the Xbox 360.

    Xbox LIVE Marketplace has the game's manual available for downloading, and, as of time of posting, Xbox LIVE has the game's PS3 manual available for download. Doh!

    Those who have purchased the game on demand, we hope you can work out what the corresponding Triangle, Square, Circle and...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 247
  • 20090805


    The staple Xbox 360 - the Xbox 360 Pro - looks set to march straight off retail shelves and into the history books, if new console packaging is anything to go by.

    First hinted at by Ars Technica's ever-reliable mole in June, then further hinted at by new 360 packshot renders later that month, photos sent to us by GameStop employees earlier this week seem to offer proof that Microsoft will soon go from offering three Xbox 360 consoles to just two.

    Look at the spine of these new,...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 196
  • 20090805
    Pulling together all the facts into one place, Microsoft has detailed a final and confirmed list of new feature coming to 360 via the Xbox Live summer update on August 11.

    Here's the full release:

    Less than a week from today, the Xbox LIVE summer update will arrive to more than 20 million Xbox LIVE members and with it will come the next evolution of connected entertainment on Xbox 360. Get ready to meet the many new faces of your Xbox 360; whether it's new Avatar clothing and awards from Adidas or "Splosion Man", or even a private home cinema, Xbox LIVE has something...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 275
  • 20090731


    Later this year, Microsoft will be launching a "Games on Demand" service, where users can download full, proper retail games to their 360s. Exciting! Just don't expect to do it on the same day a game's out at GameStop.

    Shane Kim has told Fast Company:

    Shane Kim wrote:There are a lot of complex issues to deal with here, especially if you start talking about day-and-date release with retail availability—which is not something that we're talking...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 231
  • 20090729
    "An Xbox Live technical issue wiped all Halo Wars Xbox Live Leaderboards earlier today," Microsoft has confirmed.

    A statement explains: "This includes all singleplayer, multiplayer and Trueskill leaderboards, as well as all matchmaking data. At this time it's unknown if the data can be restored, resulting in the Halo Wars Leaderboards being reset to original Launch Day status."

    The team is said to be investigating the cause, and will provide an update "as soon as possible."

    "We at Robot Entertainment apologize for the Live technical...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 192
  • 20090728
    Ex-Halo movie director, Neill Blomkamp says he "probably wouldn't do" the Master Chief's big screen adaptation if it was offered to him again today.

    The South African newcomer was lined up to helm the Halo flick before it collapsed thanks to money disputes between film studios. You can see his work in the Halo short below, but now Blomkamp's about to launch his excellent-looking Peter Jackson-produced debut, District 9 - which is basically the Halo film without the Halo.

    "The answer is, I probably wouldn't do Halo if it was offered to me," the director...

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  • 20090720
    Shortly before the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, rumors surfaced that Microsoft was on the verge of announcing the ZuneX. The ZuneX was purported to be a gaming handheld that integrated with Xbox Live Arcade and "ZuneX originals" and featured mobile-phone capabilities. That's a marked contrast from the current generation, which offers only a half-dozen games despite promises of titles that would be transferable from the Xbox 360.

    With that rumor quickly marginalized as a phony by many industry watchers, Microsoft has now once again signaled that its portable gaming ambitions...

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 151
  • 20090714
    Following word of what looks like some pretty big balance changes, Bungie has announced that Halo Wars fans can soon expect four new maps and four new achievements as well.
    The pack is called Historical Battles, but don't read too much into the name. According to Major Nelson, there will be two 1v1 maps, a 3v3 map and a 2v2 map. They will range from cliffs that overlook a "naturally red-tinged river" to a "snow-topped mountain range.

    The achievements, of course, are tied into the new map, for a total of 100 points.


    Tour Coming Through: Hot drop...

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 157
  • 20090714
    BioShock 2 was planned as a November 3rd release date, but today the studio's owner announced a delay to "fiscal year 2010" in order to spend more time developing the game.

    In regards to the delay, Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick says:

    Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two, stated, "We recognize that our revised outlook for the balance of fiscal year 2009, due to both internal and external factors, is a disappointment. That said, we concluded that moving the release of BioShock 2 into fiscal year 2010 was the right decision for the product. We believe the...

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 181
  • 20090714
    July 14, 2009 - Halo Wars players will finally get the chance to battle it out on some new maps with the upcoming Historic Battle add-on pack. This piece of downloadable content will be made available on July 21 and cost 800 Microsoft Points.

    Four maps are being included here, along with four new achievements that add up to 100 points. For the maps, here are the descriptions from the official press release:



    Barrens (1v1 Map): Difficult terrain channels units into killing zones. The side that controls the Forerunner artifacts will have the advantage.

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 157
  • 20090630
    New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss picks up the story of Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago where Gears of War 2 left off, with next month's release of Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant.

    As this novel is a direct sequel to Gears 2, those of you who haven't finished it yet might want to hurry the hell up. The rest, read on.

    Jacinto's remnant picks up after the destruction of humanity's last bastion on the planet Sera, with the refugees from Jacinto finding themselves struggling against the icy wilderness as well as the remaining Locust, which are understandably very angry....

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 192
  • 20090625
    Worms 2: Armageddon will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade next month, on July 1. Here are ALL the details you're ever likely to need.

    The 800 Microsoft Point sequel (that's £6.80) is set to feature new weapons, modes, physics, Worm customisation and support for 360 Avatars.

    The first was received very well by Arcade fans, so it'll be interesting to see how the second goes down.

    Here's the gigantic feature list, care of Team 17:

    SENSATIONAL NEW WEAPONS!

    * Sentry Gun! Defend your position with this deadly guardian.
    * Electro Magnet! Attract...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 191
  • 20090623
    According to Major Nelson's latest podcast, the Xbox Live Team is working towards making a harder, better, faster, and indeed stronger Xbox Live Dashboard for the next update later this year.

    Some of you have taken issue with the slow speed of the New Xbox Experience, and Major Nelson and the rest of the Xbox Live team have taken notice. In his latest podcast, the Major promises that the next major dash update will see a much faster guide. Just don't call it a performance enhancement, whatever you do.

    "The team has done some really good stuff around making...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 178
  • 20090614
    So here's the deal, Zumobi Entertainment has come up with a free app for your iPod Touch or iPhone that allows you to maintain a sort of one-way communication with your 360 machine and your friends. The app is free and in a recent interview, somewhere between one and one billion people have downloaded the app. But does a free app have anything of value in it to you 360 owners? Well sure, and the price is right.

    Do when you get your app downloaded, you will notice that it bears a very familiar look, in fact it pretty much looks like the 360 dashboard only with different rolling options....

    by TheNightsEnd - Comments: 0 - Views: 165
  • 20090612
    The launch of Microsoft's Xbox 360 motion peripheral, Project Natal will be as big as that of the Xbox 360 itself.

    That's according to Xbox 360 strategy boss Shane Kim, who told Kotaku that the motion came has "got to have a great launch line-up" before Microsoft's introduces it to the shops.

    "Conceptually, the launch of Natal will be like the launch of Xbox 360," he said. "It's going to be that big. We're not just going to ship it when the hardware and software are ready.

    "We have to make sure that there are enough content experiences...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 3 - Views: 212
  • 20090610
    On Tuesday, Xbox Live will be unavailable for 24 hours, this is to prepare for the new Twitter, FaceBook, Last.fm features that is arriving later in the year.

    According to Major Nelson's Blog. No features will be added on Tuesday. This is ONLY preperation.

    So, don't get over excited about it

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 1 - Views: 140
  • 20090604
    Peter Molyneux, the designer between the Fable franchise, has been given a promotion: Creative Director of European studios at Microsoft Games Studios.

    Previously, Molyneux founded Bullfrog Productions where he created "god games" like Populous. After leaving Bullfrog, Molyneux created Lionhead Studios, which has churned out titles like Black & White and The Movies. That studio was purchased by Microsoft in April 2006.

    In his new role, the game designer will oversee the creative direction of fellow UK Microsoft studio Rare, as well as other European external...

    by VampiricPadraig - Comments: 0 - Views: 155
 

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