Need for Speed Carbon, Madden NFL 07 available for launch of Wii

Electronic Arts today announced that Madden NFL 07 and Need for Speed Carbon will both be available for the Nintendo Wii when it is released on 19 November.

Microsoft gets its own MySpace

Wallop, a new company that was spun off by Microsoft, announced the launch of the beta version of its social networking site that aims to compete with MySpace and Facebook. Wallop will also offer premium features that users will need to pay for.

Rockstar signs L.A. Noire

Rockstar has signed a deal with Getaway creator Brendan McNamara's Team Bondi to publish next-generation crime thriller L.A. Noire.

EA's NBA Live 07 shoots to retailers

Electronic Arts today announced that the new installment to its NBA Live series has shipped to retailers nationwide. Continuing EA's partnership with ESPN, the sports network makes a defined appearance in NBA Live 07.

CMO to introduce 52" panels in Q1 07

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) plans to roll out its first 52" LCD TV panels from a 5.5-generation (5.5G) TFT LCD plant in the first quarter of 2007, according to the company.

Prices for PS3 games could exceed $75

A report on Japanese website Impress Watch indicates that games for the Playstation 3 may be significantly higher than titles for the Playstation 2 or competing consoles Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. While official pricing has not been announced yet, the site quotes "multiple" sources who put game pricing in the range of 8800 to 9800 Yen - or $75 to $84. The reason for the price hike: Rising development cost, according to Impress Watch.

Viewsonic rolls out entry-level 37" and 42" LCD TVs

ViewSonic recently announced a 37" and 42" LCD TV priced at $1000 and $1500, respectively.

LCD cheaper than PDP in 40-44" HDTV market in North America

The average street prices for 40-44" LCD TVs and business displays in North America dropped below those for high-definition (HD) plasma panel display (PDP) TVs of the same size range for the first time in July, according to research firm Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Sony cuts PS3 price and adds HDMI to base model

Tokyo (Japan) - Sony is cutting prices on its upcoming PlayStation 3 even before the 17 November release date. Ken Kutagari, Sony's PlayStation chief, spoke told the audience at the Tokyo Game Show that prices would be cut by 20% and that all models will include HDMI connectors. He also said there will be no further shipment delays.

Microsoft re-releases old games at a lower price

Microsoft is re-releasing popular older games at a lower price. The so-called 'Platinum line' of games will be phased in over the next year and will vary according by region. Rounding out the American batch are four games, Perfect Dark Zero, Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power and Need for Speed Most Wanted.

X-Arcade unleashes 20-pound joystick

Joysticks and other controllers often break under the stress of gaming, but X-Arcade claims that it can offer an almost indestructible (and insanely heavy) joystick. The "Tankstick" promises to revive arcade gaming at home and comes with two control sticks, along with several arcade-style buttons. 18 classic games, including Space Invaders, Galaga and Donkey Kong are included.

Second expansion to Warhammer 40K goes gold

Agoura Hills (CA) - THQ, the video game publishing company behind the popular online game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, today announced its second expansion pack to the game. "Dark Crusade" has reached the gold master stage, meaning all of the code programming is finished. The game is slated to be shipped nationwide on 9 October.

Logitech preps wireless Bluetooth headphones for Ipods

Logitech has received FCC approval for a new set of wireless "Free Pulse" headphones. The unannounced device is squarely aimed at Ipod owners, as Logitech provides custom wireless adapter fit plates for 4G and 5G Ipods as well as the Ipod nano and Ipod mini. However, according to the manual, the headset should work with any other MP3 player as well. The headphones transmit audio via Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. There was no information on availability and pricing of the "Free Pulse"set.

Panasonic to launch Blu-ray recorders in November

Osaka (Japan) - Panasonic today unveiled what the company is calling the world's first Blu-ray Disc recorders that can play back BD-video discs. The devices can store high-definition video onto the built-in hard drive and burn content onto recordable BD-R and BD-RE media. Blu-ray Disc players for 2006 ...

Microsoft to launch $170 HD DVD player for Xbox 360

Microsoft will be offering an HD DVD upgrade for its Xbox 360 game console that will allow the company to compete with Sony in the HD arena. The new drive will be available on 17 November, the launch date of the Playstation 3.

EA grows Godfather game series, launches two new games

Redwood City (CA) - Two new Godfather are joining EA's Corleone Family video game lineup. The publisher announced "The Godfather, The Game" for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console and "The Godfather, Mob Wars" for Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP), which almost completes the multi-platform rollout of the game series.

Microsoft expected to release YouTube competitor

Media reports published late Monday suggested that Microsoft on Tuesday will open the doors to Soapbox, a video sharing service that will compete with the popular YouTube website. Access to the service will be offered on an invite-only basis during the test phase with the final site being scheduled to launch within the next six months, according to an article published by Reuters.

JVC to demo 'pulsating sphere' speakers

Yokohama (Japan) - At an upcoming electronics expo, JVC will demo sphere-shaped speakers that are supposedly acoustically perfect. Resembling the floating assassin droids in Star Wars, the 12-sided speakers will emit sound from every side, except for the bottom. JVC claims the speaker will "disappear acoustically" to most listeners.

Online play dropped from key PS3 launch title

Developer Neversoft has dropped online play from the PlayStation 3 version of Tony Hawk's Project 8, a key third-party launch title for Sony's next-gen console.

Opinion: Zune in, Zune out

Apple is about to get some more serious competition for its most important revenue source. Microsoft just released some details about its soon to be launched Zune portable media player to tackle the dominance most sold MP3 player on the planet. There are some new features. But what's up with that funky design - and brown color? Is Microsoft serious?