Prior to Microsoft’s “Big Picture” gaming showcase held today in San
Francisco, corporate vice president John Schappert reminded us that,
despite what you may have heard, the Windows PC is the world’s dominant
gaming platform. Expect another big push from Microsoft to defend the
Windows PC against game consoles.
The name Acer doesn’t usually bring images of fast and sexy
computers, but the company hopes its new Predator computer line will
propel it into the hands of wealthy enthusiasts and high-end gamers.
The Aspire G7700 Predator case resembles something out of a sci-fi
movie with its orange paintjob and lift up front panel.
ID Software, the makers of legendary games like Doom and Castle Wolfenstein, has declined to renew its membership in the Entertainment Software Association. This adds to a long list of big-name game studios like Activision/Vivendi (which includes Blizzard Entertainment) and LucasArts that have also cancelled their memberships from the troubled video game group.
Once again, Microsoft has squashed rumors that a Blu-ray drive for a
refreshed Xbox 360 may be in the works. The company believes that DVD
will remain the more important optical format at this time and that the
real format battle may be fought online.
Greenpeace today released detailed numbers on the concentration of
hazardous materials used to manufacture the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii game
consoles. The good news is that the findings reflect previous hazmat
results from notebook tests, but the report indicates that each
manufacturer has a lot of room to reduce the concentration of materials
such as lead, chromium, bromine or cadmium in its products.
Netflix and Roku today introduced a movie streaming box that, for the
very first time, may attract the mass market to rent movies via the
Internet and not via a store or by mail: The Roku box sells for $100
and all-you-can-eat download plans start at $9 per month. Is it
Nintendo today officially launched its Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit
application, which transform the game console into a virtual wellness
center. Wii Fit launches today in New York and will be introduced
countrywide on Wednesday.
Video game juggernaut Electronic Arts will comment on its failed
hostile takeover bid of Take-Two Interactive today. Executives are
expected to speak to the media before the opening of US stock markets
and many analysts believe the company will extend the $2 billion offer
which expired last Friday.
There is not a whole lot coming out of AMD that can get you excited and
there is a good chance that the company’s latest pitch, which does not
even include a new product, may cause little more than a yawn here and
there. But we are convinced that AMD’s Game! campaign is the best idea
the company had in some time and provides an answer for many people to
the question why they should buy and AMD PC and not an Intel system.
The latest numbers from industry watch group NPD are in, and they show a commanding lead for Wii hardware sales despite some predictions that GTA IV would move the PS3 and Xbox 360 close to Nintendo's consistently high territory.
Montreal (Canada) - This should come as no surprise to TG Daily readers: Ubisoft has
released the v1.02 patch for its Assassin's Creed tile. The patch
removes support for DirectX 10.1.