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When it comes to videogame consumers in Europe, there’s little denying it’s an almighty pain in the arse to suffer weeks and occasionally months of delays while North American or Japanese gamers get seemingly unfair access to all kinds of hardware and software goodies. To that we say, just be happy you’re not in India.
Moreover, loyal but unfairly treated European gamers should spare a thought for tech lovers in India, who truly know what it is to wait after this week taking stock of the Xbox 360 Arcade more than 18 months after its official launch in the United States.
The Arcade bundle, which comes complete with five free Xbox Live Arcade games replaces the old Core model, but still lacks the additional hard drive available as standard on all other Xbox 360 models – and is vital for holding downloadable content.
The free games included in the pack are classic Arcade titles: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Pac-man Championship Edition, and Uno. The box also contains a single wireless Xbox 360 control pad.
However, as pointed out, expectant gamers will need to purchase a hard drive attachment separately; not to mention an Xbox Live headset for online game communication, a network cable, and a HDMI cable for connecting to a high-definition television.
And rubbing a little extra salt into any exposed wounds caused by having to wait such a long time for Microsoft’s basic console, the Xbox 360 Arcade is priced at 16,990 Indian rupees (approx. $340 USD), which is considerably more than it costs in both the North American and European markets.
In an IGN interview with Cliff Bleszinski, it was revealed by Cliff that Gears of War 2 would not be coming to the PC. The point of interest came up in a question about Gears 2’s “Linked Achievements” and the Achievement portability with an account from Games for Windows Live. Cliff said that if you use the same gamertag as you had with the original Windows version on your 360, you would get the retroactive content.
When prompted about a PC version of Gears 2, Cliff spilled the beans:
Gears of War is a great franchise first and foremost for Xbox 360, and therefore we’re focusing on that platform for Gears of War 2. We’ve decided we’re not going to do a PC version this time around.
Electronic Arts announced Need for Speed Undercover, the latest title in the Need for Speed franchise, is to be released on Nov 21st in Europe, and Nov 18th in the US. The game is claimed to be taking NFS back to it’s roots by re-introducing intense cop chases, the world’s hottest cars and and spectecular highway battles. Maggie Q, of Mission Impossible III and Live Free or Die Hard fame, is to play Federal Agent Chase Linh within the game, a seductive handler who recruits and guides players as they go undercover.
Bill Harrison, Need for Speed Undercover Executive Producer had this to say about the new NFS title:
“Need for Speed Undercover features a deep and engaging story of spectacular Hollywood-style live-action that will transport players into the fictional world of the Tri-City Bay Area, working with talent the caliber of Maggie Q allows us to deliver an unparalleled level of storytelling that will keep players engaged in between 180-mile an hour races.”
Need for Speed Undercover is being developed by Black Box and will be available for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 2&3, Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP, PC and mobile phone.
Electronic Arts is once again hoping to profit from Mario Puzo’s mafioso drama with a sequel to their surprisingly competent Godfather game, cleverly dubbed Godfather 2. The new entry in the series, scheduled for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms in February of 2009, sees the story expand to include criminal operations in Cuba, Florida and Godfather mainstay New York City.
Key to this new crime empire is the customized crew system. “Each family member specializes in a specific field such as demolitions, arson, engineering, first-aid and more. As The Don you control the family, sending some of your men on missions while heading off into action with others,” the official press release explains. Players will once again roam open-world environments as the newly appointed Don of New York. In keeping with the new position of leadership, players will handle strategic organizational aspects of the mob, like establishing and maintaining criminal endeavors and creating a stable of Made Men.
Microsoft is developing software that will add native support for devices that play Sony’s Blu-ray high definition movie format to the Windows operating system, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said.”We’ve already been working on, for example, in Windows, device driver support for Blu-ray drives and the like,” said Ballmer, speaking at the Microsoft’s Mix ’08 conference. Ballmer also said that Microsoft is “going to support Blu-ray in ways that are important,” according to a transcript of his remarks posted on the company’s Web site.
The Mix ’08 conference was held last week in Las Vegas.
Microsoft until recently used Toshiba’s HD DVD format to add HD movie playback to its Xbox 360 gaming console. That practice abruptly ended last month when Toshiba announced its decision to kill HD DVD after virtually all major Hollywood studios threw their weight behind Blu-ray.
Many observers felt Toshiba’s move would prompt Microsoft to expand the range of HD content available on its Xbox Live online service rather than turn to rival Sony’s technology. But Ballmer’s comments at Mix ’08 indicate that the company hasn’t ruled out Blu-ray for the Xbox.
“I think the world moves on. Toshiba has moved on. We’ve moved on. We’ll support Blu-ray in ways that make sense,” Ballmer said. “Today, I think it is actually pretty important to have some kind of drive (that supports HD content),” he added.
Last week, Sony Electronics U.S. president Stan Glasgow revealed at a media dinner in San Francisco that Microsoft and Sony are in discussions aimed at adding Blu-ray to the Xbox, according to an account of the event published by London’s Financial Times.
Glasgow said his company also is engaged in talks that could see Sony Blu-ray devices added to Apple products, according to the paper.
Ballmer, however, made clear at Mix ’08 that over the long term Microsoft sees the Internet, and not discs, as the primary vehicle for HD content access. “Five years from now, it may not make a bit of difference” whether the Xbox or other devices have DVD drives, Ballmer said.