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Nintendo’s New Colors, Microsoft’s Speed Up

Nintendo’s new blue and black colored Wii’s and controller have been spotted in the wild. These are certainly looking good, while the graphics aren’t. (They’re alright sometimes, but once you watch HD, you just can’t go back!)

Microsoft has commented on the fact that the new Xbox Dashboard has slowed down since it’s launch over time. They plan to fix this problem within 2009, so expect an update within the year!

Roundup For June 4th – WWDC Edition

Before we get into roundups for WWDC, there were a few announcements worth recognizing today.

To start off, Sony announced that they are working on a plan to get all your UMD games over to your PSP Go. This raises speculation if the PSP 3000 and below, which actually contain UMD drives, are going to become extinct. Either way, it’s a step in the right direction.

Secondly, Apple has patented “Multi touch Click Wheels”. For those few who don’t know what a click wheel is (probably the one who use Zunes), it is the control wheel that is used by all iPods to use the iPod itself. These click wheels are being shown even for Macs.

Thirdly, Palm Pre’s intro video is now up on YouTube, and showcases some things that you can do with the phone. How cool.

Lastly, Nintendo is set to launch black Nintendo Wiis and Red DSis in North America, due to the fact that they are already in production over in Japan.

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NOW, to roundup those expectations for WWDC. (Here’s where I lose those Zune users.)

Firstly expected, are MacBook refreshes, including the addition of a MacBook Mini, which also surfaced in the past on Adium’s (IM client for Mac) logs. Much isn’t rumored on this product, and neither is an Apple Tablet speculated much either.

Also expected is a refresh of current “Pro” software, such as Final Cut or Aperture. Not much has been rumored on this either.

Snow Leopard has been said to be concluding shortly, giving way for it to be announced at WWDC and launched in the near future. Videos have been posted giving demos of new features, although Snow Leopard features mainly on Grand Central, which is Apple coding to allow access to multi-core processor’s full power. 64 bit Leopard also comes along with Snow.

The biggest rumor speculation causer has to be the iPhone by far. iPhone 3.o is expected to be covered, including new video capture and editing capabilities, a compass, FM tuner, camera firmware improvements, and so on and so forth. With these software enhancements, however, comes the speculation of a new iPhone. Multiple pictures have surfaced with 32GB iPhones having placeholders in system/store logs, and leaked photos of a new iPhone ditching the chrome band around the phone. Along with a 3.2MP camera, hardware improvements are expected to be mild, iPhone pricing should remain the same, and a front facing camera is expected. While not much can truthfully be said, these are all plausible options for Apple to take.

And to finish it off, few people are speculating that Steve just might make a surprise appearance at Apple’s keynote. This comes after a sighting of a “healthy” Steve Jobs at Apple’s Campus being confirmed by multiple sources. The fanboys can only hope.

WWDC’s climax will be Monday, during Apple’s keynote, after which Mac and iPhone hands on labs will be available, along with iPhone keynotes and lessons in the vicinity of Moscone West (presentation center).

As usual, we cannot be there thanks to the $1600 price tag, and the fact that we don’t live in San Francisco, but be sure that we will have complete coverage of the keynote around the late afternoon/dinner time. Let’s see what that one last thing is…… (Apple people should know what I mean!)

PS3 outsells Wii in Japan once again

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PS3 does it again in Japan for two consecturive months, and this time it is by a huge margin mostly because of FFXIII demo that came out (click the link for more on FXIII demo driving PS3 sales).  PS3 sales in April came out to be 108,530 compared to 67,116  sales for the Nintendo Wii, while Xbox 360 is left in the dust with 27,381 units sold. About 60% of the PS3 sales mostly came towards the end of April. I wonder why?

HINT: FFXIII demo was released towards the end of April.

[via Reuters]

RUMOR: Xbox 360 getting Motion Control

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The word is Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is going to get a kickass motion control sensor add-on better than the Wii’s. The rumor came from Engadget and Gizmodo. Do you think this is the same thing from “White in the Air” by Gizmodo, which was posted a couple months ago? 

The bar contains two sensors, a camera, and a mic. Unlike the Wii, the Xbox 360’s “sensor bar” will be able to detect full body motion and sound. Here are the list of details (Also refer to image above):

  • Full body and hand gesture control of games / characters.
  • In fighting games you kick, punch, duck, dive, jump and so forth with your body.
  • It also picks up small hand gestures like pinching, grabbing and scrolling.
  • There will also be video conferencing and games with video.
  • Trivia game over the internet with live images of each person playing. When a question pops up, they can clap to buzz in.
  • You can “move objects on your screen” and the other party can see what you’re doing in real time.
  • Sensor detects only the person playing, not folks observing on the couch.

Now here is where the confusion comes in. Two days ago, the PS3 had a similar rumor that I mentioned in this post. It talks about the motion sensor controller that the PS3 is getting and might even introduce at E3. Is Engadget right or wrong about one or both of these rumors?

[Once again thanks to Engadget]

Video Game Industry “Not Good” in March

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We have seen several titles in Q1 of 2009 like: Street Fighter IV, Killzone 2, Resident Evil 5, Halo Wars, MLB 09: The Show. Unfortunately, these titles aren’t good enough to fix the economy. The game Industry is losing the market slowly but surely. Here are some facts to prove it.

NPD reported 17% loss, which brought the profit down to $1.43 billion. 

Hardware sales drop 18% to $4.55 million.

Software sales drop 17% to $792.83 million.

This is the first decline since September of 2008.  In Harware sales, Nintendo consoles top all others, while Sony consoles lie beneath Xbox 360. As for Sofware sales, most games ended up as expected. Eventhough Resident Evil tops software sales in March, Capcom just lost 2 billion in JPY. The fake image above shows Resident Evil, the top March software, for Nintendo Wii, the top March hardware.

Hardware

Wii – 601,000

DS – 563,000

Xbox 360 – 330,000

PS3 – 218,000

PSP – 168,000

PS2 – 112,000

Software

1. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, Xbox 360) – 938K

2. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo, DS) – 805K

3. Halo Wars (Microsoft, Xbox 360) – 639K

4. Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, PS3) – 585K

5. Wii Fit w/ Balance Board (Nintendo, Wii) – 541K

6. MLB ’09: The Show (Sony, PS3) – 305K

7. Killzone 2 – (Sony, PS3) – 296K

8. Wii Play w/ Remote (Nintendo, Wii) – 281K

9. Mario Kart w/ Wheel (Nintendo, Wii) – 278K

10. MLB 2K9 (Take-Two, Xbox 360) – 205K

[Thanks to GamePro for the official number breakdown]

Lego Rock Band Confirmed

895489817_796ab3369fjpg1It’s real, and it’s happening. This multi-platform game is being developed by TT Games in a partnership with Harmonix and published by Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to offer another LEGO branded gaming experience that will deliver humorous and social play for families and friends,” said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Vice President, the LEGO Group. “LEGO Rock Band is built around the same values of imagination and family-friendly creative role play that is present in other LEGO videogames. It will deliver innovative new elements of game play that complement the fun of the Rock Bandexperience.”

The game is slated for released during the 2009 holiday.

600k DSi units sold last weekend

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600,000 DSi units were sold in US and Europe during the launch weekend. Reports show that approximately equal amounts of DSi were sold in US and Euro. Nintendo certainly has something to be happy about after their Wii was a little down in Japan.  

Nintendo’s DSi and Wii are going to be pwning the gaming market like already are. Unfortunately, according to a survey Wii is the least played console. So what? It is the top selling console and Nintendo is making big bucks. 

[via Destructoid]