- We have added a new “Remove Player” function that allows the creator to remove people from a Game Launching session. This is complemented by the Block Player function, accessible via the Safe Screen, which can be used to stop people rejoining.
Changes and Improvements
- The speed of the initial log-on process has been improved and a progress bar has been added to provide you with more information about what is happening.
- Items that you have already purchased will now be loaded when you first log-in, reducing the loading time when you enter stores in the Mall.
- Other players’ avatars will now load faster when you enter a space.
- The names of Home reward items will now be shown when you obtain them.
World at War is also introducing two brand new game types into its playlist rotation: Team Tactical and Mercenary TDM. Team Tactical is a 4v4 playlist that pits two teams up against each other in random objective scenarios, while Mercenary TDM does not allow for parties in favor of random team match-ups.
New playlists have gone live today for both Xbox 360 and PS3 players. The Double-XP event will run from today, January 30, until February 1.
Killzone 2 has long been the center of a lot of attention by hardcore PS3 fans for it’s ultra-realistic graphics and deep multi-player gameplay. However, the title’s popularity even among the masses is becoming increasingly more obvious.
Kotaku get’s a hands on preview of the new Xbox 360 exclusive DLC for GTAIV and had quite alot to say about their time with it. Some notable points are that there is a cache of new weapons as well as new music and a new minigame. Even the menus and in-game cell phone have been updated and customized which justifies the $20 price point for this expansion. GTAIV fans should be quite pleased with this when it drops in a few weeks.
- A Big Shot
Sony has revised their fiscal 2008 forecast, revealing an extra loss for the Games Division.
Sony is expected to post their first net loss in 14 years, of 150 billion yen ($1.65 billion/£1.21 billion), for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2009.
As you’ve no doubt seen by now, Sony’s Kaz Hirai and Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg have been getting into a little war of words lately. Hirai still sees Sony as the industry leader in video games and he doesn’t think Xbox 360 has longevity, while Greenberg has called Sony “out of touch” and he doesn’t see a scenario in which Xbox 360 could lose its installed base lead to PS3.
Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter – never afraid to share his opinion – contacted GameDaily BIZ to let us know that both Hirai and Greenberg are right. “Aaron Greenberg is right that Sony likely won’t catch Microsoft in the U.S. until at least 2014. Kaz is right that Sony will likely catch Microsoft globally,” said Pachter.
The Xbox 360 is the best console you can buy. Except it’s inexplicably missing something the Wii and PS3 have: Wi-Fi. You could buy Microsoft’s $90 dongle. Or you could follow our guide.
* December ’08 was the biggest month for Xbox 360 in history
* Xbox 360 sold more consoles, games and online entertainment experiences in 2008 than any previous year
* In the all-important holiday quarter, Xbox 360 outsold PS3 by more than 2:1
Despite a decline in overall consumer spending during the holidays, video games continued to shine as a bright spot, with Xbox 360 registering record-setting numbers in December, selling 1.4 million consoles in the U.S. (December NPD data).
Hardware Sales for December 2008:
- DS – 3.04 million
- Wii – 2.15 million
- Xbox 360 – 1.44 million
- PSP – 1.02 million
- PS3 – 726K
- PS2 – 410K