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Microsoft Xbox 360 holiday bundles announced

Microsoft Xbox 360 holiday bundles announced

Microsoft have announced two gaming bundles for the upcoming holiday season, one including their Xbox 360 and the other intended for those who already own the console.  The Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle pairs the console with two games, LEGO Batman and Pure, and is priced at $299.

Project Natal unlikely to be backward-compatible with existing 360 games

Project Natal unlikely to be backward-compatible with existing 360 games

Microsoft has confirmed that it's unlikely existing games will be compatible with their upcoming Project Natal motion-controller for the Xbox 360, suggesting that developers would in effect need to push out fully reworked versions of titles rather than merely issue a compatibility patch.  The news came courtesy of Microsoft Games' Kudo Tsunoda, speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, who confirmed that the company had been forced to significantly alter code in the games they used to demonstrate Project Natal.

Sony PS3 Motion Controller coming Spring 2010

Sony PS3 Motion Controller coming Spring 2010

Sony have come clean with some more details regarding its upcoming Motion Controller, while Joystiq managed to snap a shot of the movement-tracking peripheral at the company's Tokyo Game Show keynote.  According to Sony, the controller - which may well be renamed before launch next year - should meet the "stringent" demands of hardcore gamers, thanks to its combination of two motion sensors, three axes gyroscope and three axes accelerometer.

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Hercules DJ Control MP3e2: bring Ibiza to your bedroom

Hercules DJ Control MP3e2: bring Ibiza to your bedroom

The "sensation" of Pro DJ'ing is surely staying up to 4am, packed into a mixing booth before a sea of heaving, ketamine-fuelled bodies swinging their arms rapturously, while your ear-drums are slowly pounded out of existence by far more bass than is medically advisable.  Unfortunately, Hercules seem to have decided that their version of that sensation is actually all about tweaking your MP3s into digital mixes, and with that in mind they've launched their latest DJ control surface, the MP3e2.

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Sony PS3 Slim still sold at a loss; Motion-controller coming spring 2010

Sony PS3 Slim still sold at a loss; Motion-controller coming spring 2010

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai has confirmed that the company will continue to lose money on each of the $299 PS3 Slim consoles they sell, together with revealing that Sony's motion-controller has been pencilled in for a release in spring 2010.  Meanwhile he also denied that, with the advent of the UMD-free PSP Go, we are seeing "the death of physical media", pointing to the large percentage of the 100 countries Sony sells gaming products in that don't have access to high-speed internet connections for downloads.