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Microsoft Annouces Vista Release Dates, Changes Licensing Terms

Microsoft Annouces Vista Release Dates, Changes Licensing Terms

Hey, better late than never, right? Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system, the first new Windows to come out in 5 years, finally has a concrete, set-in-stone (until the next delay, at least) release date; November 30th for business users and January 30th for everyone else. This means that businesses, well-known for their "wait for the Service Pack 1" mentality, have extra time to evaluate the new OS and decide on deployment before Microsoft makes every effort to make us forget Windows XP.

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Microsoft Acknowledges 360 “Bricking”

Microsoft Acknowledges 360 “Bricking”

Well, at least they're willing to admit that they screwed up. Microsoft's new update, which enables 1080p in video and games as well as a number of other things, also has managed to disable a number of consoles completely, turning them into "bricks". Microsoft has now acknowledged the problem, which originally was thought to only affect those users with modified consoles. This is now known not to be the case, and like any reasonable gamer, they're kinda mad about it. Microsoft claims that "less than 1%" of users are affected, stating:

"We're working with those affected to get them back up and running, whether that be by providing another console, or fixing their existing console. We're committed to resolving this issue. Over the next 24 hours, our product team will be working to ensure that those unaffected remain unaffected."

So if your console isn't working, hang tight; a fix should be forthcoming soon.

[via 1UP]

Microsoft Updates XNA Studio to Beta 2

Microsoft Updates XNA Studio to Beta 2

Would-be game programmers all over the world rejoice; Microsoft has released the second beta of its XNA Game Studio, allowing users to program code that can be shared (for a $99 a year fee) with other users for use on your Xbox 360. Beta 2 introduces a few new features for users to play with; the XNA Framework Content Pipeline allows third-party applications to be utilized to create XNA applications, while Microsoft has changed the interface around a bit to be less confusing. Finally, while users still can't run their creations on a real Xbox 360, Beta 2 allows users to pre-compile their code to be used when XNA Studio Final is released. Given the reception that the first beta received, it looks like there might just be a popular Xbox 360 homebrew community in the near-future.

[via IGN]

Wii Launch Game List Revealed

Wii Launch Game List Revealed

The time is almost here; is less than three weeks, the two remaining next-generation consoles will (hopefully) see the light of day. The PlayStation 3 will hit shelves (and eBay) first on November 17th, bringing its next-generation goodness to only a lucky few who were able to obtain a pre-order without engaging in ritual combat. For Nintendo fans, the Wii is should be far easier to get a hold of, and now Nintendo has decided to release a list of what will be available for purchase when their machine goes global on the 19th. So what can you expect to be able to grab? Hit the jump to find out.

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Microsoft Updates Disable Modified Xbox 360s

Microsoft Updates Disable Modified Xbox 360s

Hot on the heels of their newly-released 1080p update, Microsoft is also apparently looking to make a statement to hackers all over the world. New security updates detect modified consoles and immediately disable them, effectively making your $300-$400 consoles the world's largest paperweight. So far, the only solution has been to remove the modded firmware, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the hacker community finding a fix sooner rather than later. So, until such time as either Microsoft decides to let the hackers be or the hackers decide to stop modifying their consoles (neither seems likely), the war will rage on. And if you have an Xbox 360 that's been, er, "improved," you might want to hold off on updating your console until a fix is found.

[via 1UP]

Nintendo: 4 Million Wii Consoles in 2006

Nintendo: 4 Million Wii Consoles in 2006

Well, if you've had a yearning to buy a Wii but haven't gotten around to getting your pre-order(s) in, have no fear. Nintendo has confirmed that 4 million Wii consoles should ship between launch and the end of December, meaning the likelihood of you being able to walk into your local Wal-Mart and grabbing a machine off the shelf is pretty good. This means that Nintendo is also on-track to deliver its previously-promised goal of six million consoles by the end of their fiscal year (March 31, 2007) and they've even gone so far as to create a delivery system in which (they hope) none of the major markets will have to suffer shortages for long. So, get ready world; the Wii is coming.

[via Gamasutra]

Silver PS2 Shiny, Soon to Be Outdated

Silver PS2 Shiny, Soon to Be Outdated

Given Sony's recent displays of mental instability, it's nice to see that they haven't forgotten about the one thing keeping the gaming department afloat right now; the PlayStation 2. Although it's much more powerful (and much harder to find) sibling is about to see release in a few weeks, there are still plenty of reasons to love your PS2; Final Fantasy XII and the upcoming God of War II are two examples. In that regard, Sony has announced a special-edition PS2, in shiny, shiny silver, that will retail for the same as the normal PS2 ($129.99). The package, aside from the new paint job, is your standard run-of-the-mill PS2 package; console, 1 Dual Shock 2 (better save this bad boy), composite cables, and power cable. So, if you're looking to get someone special a console that isn't going to cost and arm/leg/pint of blood, and neither Microsoft or Nintendo's offerings seem all that appealing, keep in mind that the PS2 is still alive and kicking.

[via Gizmodo]

Microsoft Releases Xbox 360 1080p Update

Microsoft Releases Xbox 360 1080p Update

Just in time to make Sony sweat a little bit more, Microsoft has finally released the long-awaited sixth Xbox 360 update, which adds, among a ton of other things, 1080p support for both movies and games. The update will go live today for all Gold and Silver Xbox 360 members, and doesn't require your Xbox to have a hard drive installed (for all you Core owners out there). Obviously, the update is meant to support Microsoft's soon-to-be-unleashed HD-DVD add-on for their next-gen system, but how long until game developers start adding 1080p options to their games? My guess is that we won't need to wait long; to see the full list of things that'll be included in this massive update, check out Xbox.com's list and get to downloadin'!

[via Gamasutra]

Sony Hands Out Rainchecks in Lieu of PS3s

Sony Hands Out Rainchecks in Lieu of PS3s

Let's face it; Sony's PlayStation 3 launch isn't exactly going as well as they planned. Aside from gaining the ire of gamers everywhere with their questionable tactics, they're faced a massive console shortage that has left many gamers wondering when they'll finally be able to get a hold of one of the super-consoles. While American buyers have 400,000 consoles to fight over (let the eBay wars begin!), Japanese gamers are only getting 100,000 consoles to divide amongst themselves. So Sony, it its infinite wisdom, is handing out rainchecks (to Japanese gamers only for the time being) that functions as an IOU when new consoles arrive next year. Again, only the Japanese market seems to be receiving this deal, as American buyers are more likely to, er, "reject" such an offer.

[via IGN]

ATI Gets Assimilated into AMD’s Brand

ATI Gets Assimilated into AMD’s Brand

Analysts have been predicting that this would happen forever, but most didn't assume that it would happen so fast. I'm speaking, of course, of AMD's "retiring" of the ATI brand after the two companies successfully combined. The first hint comes when you try to visit ATI's website; not only is the ATI logo gone, but the URL is now http://ati.amd.com. Also, a new marketing campaign by AMD proudly proclaims "AMD + ATI = The New AMD." However, a new press release finally puts any and all doubts to rest about the fate of the ATI brand; to read it, hit the jump!

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