The brand new $113 Toshiba HD-DVD Player: Are the HD wars over?

Analyst Opinion - Sure, Blu-ray had lots of good news this week. But the HD DVD camp has been answering the trend with prices that are putting HD DVD players close to what many of us would consider an affordable and, as a result, reasonable HD solution. So, what do you buy? Here is some food for thought from Rob Enderle.

The Sims 2 says Bon Voyage to new expansion pack

Electronic Arts has announced details about its latest expansion pack to The Sims 2, letting users take their virtual family on exotic vacations.

Microsoft targets big sales for games and devices division next year

Disney’s shows off its first “M” rated game, Turok

Blood and guts aren’t something you usually associate with Disney, but the company best known for Mickey Mouse is developing a fairly bloody first person shooter called Turok for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.>> In Pictures: Disney shows off Turok at Comic Con ...

Most played console in June was...PS2?

Step aside next-gen gaming systems, because the king of the last generation is still here to play, accounting for 42% of all game use last month.

Xbox 360 HD DVD player price falls to $179

San Diego (CA) - Following recent cuts in Blu-ray Disc players and continued beatings of HD DVD, Microsoft has taken $20 off the MSRP of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player add-on. The basic Xbox 360 peripheral is the best-selling HD DVD player and even with the purchase of the $300 game console it has remained an inexpensive way to move into the high-def format.

Massive scores big in-game ad deal with EA

Microsoft subsidiary Massive Incorporated has scored a huge in-game advertising deal with Electronic Arts.

World of Warcraft reaches 9 million subscribers

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its hit World of Warcraft MMORPG has reached 9 million subscribers.

2K Games lifts the curtain off huge Civilization expansion pack

Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, referred to by 2K as the largest Civilization expansion yet, is now available for fans of the PC strategy game.

Samsung announces hybrid Blu-ray - HD DVD player

Ridgefield Park (NJ) – Samsung today officially introduced its third generation of high-definition playback devices, including a Blu-ray home theater system as well as the company’s first hybrid player that can play Blu-ray and HD DVD media.      

Denon blasts its way to Blu-ray market with high-end player

Super high-end audio/video manufacturer Denon has decided to enter the HD format war with the announcement of a new Blu-ray Disc player for later this year.

Heavenly Sword demo heading to PS3 this week

The anticipated PS3 exclusive hack-and-slash game will be playable to all console owners this week, with a demo of Heavenly Sword slated for the Playstation Store.

EA recruits PS3, Xbox 360 for Army of Two

Electronic Arts announced today that it will bring the new military simulation game Army of Two to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in November.

‘Boot camp’ hopes to increase gaming time between moms and kids

Kids these days usually play video games with their friends and sometimes their fathers, but moms could soon be joining in on the grenade tossing, alien killing fun.

Wii Web browser gets its own security concern

Symantec says it has identified a new vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that can cause the Nintendo console to lock up when viewed on the specially crafted Opera Web browser.

TiVo to launch new, cheaper HD DVR next month

Alviso (CA) - TiVo is planning to put out a new addition to its Series 3 brand of high definition DVRs with a model that's less than 50% cheaper than the current one. TiVo launched its Series 3 HD video recorder last September at a staggering price of around $800. With such a high price point and very little marketing of the device, sales have been significantly lower than the DVR maker anticipated.

Lower price sparks PS3 sales to jump 135%

Based on "preliminary internal data", Sony says that PS3 sales rose by 135% in the first two weeks following the $100 cut on existing PS3 units.

Wii crashes sales charts again

It's no longer a big surprise, but Nintendo's console once again sold more units than the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 combined, during the month of June.

Netflix cuts monthly fees

Netflix has dropped the monthly price on three of its DVD rental plans.

Latest PS3 firmware adds additional HD support

Sony has finished version 1.90 of the Playstation 3 firmware, adding among other things 1080p24 and AVCHD video support.