So Square Enix has released some screens for the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII, some people claim that these images do not look as good as the PS3 version with jagged or less detailed textures, this seems to match the claims a few weeks ago of people reporting that the game on the 360 looked ‘inferior’ to the PS3 version, you guys make your own opinions… The important question is, who will start the flame war? lol. Screenshots after the break.
Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama from Square Enix were recently interviewed and talked about that contant that was pulled out of the game that apparently could have made a ‘whole new game’. They explained that DLC is not planned for the game, “Regarding the DLC content, we feel that the final product is 100% enjoyable… it’s the complete package. So we’re not planning any DLC at this time.”
They also talked about content that was beleived to be cut from the game for various reasons, “In regards to the rumored cut content, we feel it was taken out of context. There are a lot of ideas that are brought to the table, and then the team takes the best ideas out of those, and the final product is polished that way… There was content that were ‘ideas’ that didn’t make the final content, but the team isn’t looking to release that as downloadable content.”
Hey guys, so we don’t have to be a only gaming news blog. I thought i would post some news about some other cool tech. This post coincidentally can be tied into gaming (Xbox Live Integration) but i was just thinking that when there is periods of no news flow, i would post some interesting tech stuff on the blog (Keeping in mind not to stray too far off-topic).
So here we have Microsoft’s brand new phone software, Windows 7 Mobile, along with there first Windows Phone. If you take note, in the video the software UI looks extremely similar to the Zune HD and is very intuitive. The phone also boasts good social network integration from Facebook to Xbox Live. This looks to be microsoft’s first baby steps in bringing Xbox Live mobile, theres nothing mind blowing yet, but at least their own their way.
Down, down , down, that’s where this months console sales went compared to December, but that’s no surprise at all as December obviously is when Christmas is. Overall, this month looked pretty slow for all consoles really, seeming slightly lower than what they usually are but people were probably a little strapped for cash after Christmas. Anyway, the top selling console this month is… you guessed it… the Wii with 466,000 sold, in second is the DS with 422,000 sold, in third is the 360 with 333,000 sold and finally in fourth was the PS3 with 277,000 sold.
NPD Numbers for console and game sales after the break.
|466,000 SOLD||_3.34M (-88%)|
|422,000 SOLD||_2.89M (-80%)|
|333,000 SOLD||_977K (-85%)|
|277,000 SOLD||_1.08M (-75%)|
|100,000 SOLD||_555K (-88%)|
|42,000 SOLD||_291K (-87%)|
Game sales numbers after the break.
This weeks Store update in North America is much like the one in Europe with the exception of a few PS1 Classics and some different special offers like for Burnout. The list of full content can be found after the break.
- Heavy Rain Demo
- SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 PSP Demo
- Wipeout HD & Flower Dynamic Themes
- Burnout Paradise Price Drops
I’m sure that many of you have heard of the upcoming PS3 game ModNation racers, the Mario Kart style game where you can build custom tracks and share them with everyone on PSN and play custom tracks with your friends online. Just recently announced though, ModNation Racers will also be hitting the PSP which will feature all the modding tools the PS3 version will, all the cars and races, and “You will also be able to upload, download, remix, and race creations by the PSP ModNation community.” ModNation Racers is set to release on PS3 and PSP now sometime this Spring.
It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, a one in a lifetime phenomenon hitting the PlayStation Store this week, QORE Episode 21! But seriously, does anybody even but that anymore? Anyway, the list of full content can be found after the break.
- QORE Episode 21
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Demo
- Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce Demo
A lot of good content “across the pond” in this weeks PlayStation Store Update, final fantasy fans will find some particular good content too. There’s also some demos, add-ons, and everything else this week. The list of full content can be found after the break.
- Final Fantasy VIII PS1 Classic
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Demo
- inFAMOUS Gigawatt Blades
- A Bunch of Special Offers
In a recent interview with IGN, Sony’s Serior Vice President of Marketing, Peter Dille talked about something that’s definitely been on our mind for some time and that’s charging for PSN. Here’s what he had to say:
“It’s been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that’s something we’re looking at. I can confirm that as well. That’s something that we’re actively thinking about. What’s the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it’s something we’re thinking about. “
Dille also added that he is confident that the PS3 will overtake the 360 this generation and also thinks that the PS3 will still be kickin’ in 10 years while the 360 will not, much like the PS2 and original Xbox. He also doesn’t see an entire catalog of PS3 games digitally in the store any time soon because of large file downloads being time-consuming but doesn’t reject more big digital games coming like Burnout. He also adds to expect more to come to Home this year, he said there are 30 partners working on different spaces in Home, he also expects things like more and better content and a better focus on media, not just games in Home.
He also adds that they are working to make PSN better, “making it more user friendly, addressing UI … cool stuff that I’ve seen in the works that hopefully we’ll be able to talk about a little bit more and show you guys and the community. “
There have been many rumors about a Wii HD for quite a while now, even analyst Michael Pachter says he knows its coming. Recently, Nintendo had a quarterly investor Q&A where Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata spoke about their next system after the Wii. Iwata said, “If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition — just making it compatible with high resolution — will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say, ‘Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new.’”
In short, Iwata says he thinks the next Nintendo system would need more than just high-definition. HD would definitively be something great in Nintendo’s next system and besides a hard-drive and good online multiplayer, there are most likely things that will package with the system that will spark many peoples interest much like the Wii did. Maybe that systems main controllers will be vitality sensors (sarcasm).