The Xbox may be most well-known for being the first real step toward the modern online console service, and a franchise that reads “olah” when spelled backwards. But there are a lot of other quality titles found on the platform. Many of Xbox titles went hand-in-hand with a PC version, so in this entry we’re making the exception of allowing Xbox/PC titles instead of simply exclusive or timed exclusive software.
Hit the jump to find out what titles were picked out by TSG’s staff as some of the best for the platform.
Four LinkedIn resumes suggest that a next generation Xbox has been in development since at least September of 2011. Jeff Faulkner, Jonathan Harris, Patrick Corrigan and Joe Langevin all list working on next generation Xbox hardware.
Super Annuation was tipped the LinkedIn pages, but the listings don’t tell us how far along the project is. Thanks to Harris, we know that the project is over a year old.
Over the last year or so rumors started spreading about software developers getting early glimpses at next generation Xbox hardware has been spreading about. We’ve even heard some rumors that internal developers like RARE are now turning their focus to the new platform.
For now, nothing is confirmed.
You’ll remember last week when rumours were flying around that Crytek were working on a Timesplitters sequel, and fans everywhere rejoiced. Sadly, Crytek have come out and denied these rumours.
A statement from the developer stated that they “do not have any next generation hardware from Microsoft, nor do we know when Microsoft may announce future hardware or what that hardware will entail.” though why they took a week to come out and say this is not known.
There is speculation, however, that Microsoft are doing a double-bluff – stating there is no sequel or new console to help give the Kinect a bigger push, which would tie in with their Kinect-heavy E3 conference. At this moment in time, this will merely feed rumour mills.
(Source: everybodyplays.co.uk )
Nintendo stole the spotlight a couple weeks ago when the first Wii 2 details leaked. And while information has slowed down, the rumors keep on flowing. But developers might not be only getting in Nintendo’s dev kits on their doorstep soon. According to Develop-Online‘s inside source, an unnamed EA studio has their hands on the dev kits for Microsoft’s next platform. Admittedly they seem to be extremely early builds, with all the components only in standard PC shell.
Developer Online’s inside source also claims that the platform will work with Kinect and even offer enhanced support. He speculates that Microsoft might be rushing for an E3 reveal to steal Nintendo’s thunder, and that the platform might launch at the end of 2012. Eurogamer’s source tells another story about the reveal, saying it seems highly unlikely for a E3 2011 reveal.
Update: EA has told Industry Gamer that the rumor is a “total fabrication.”
Depending on who you are, you may feel that SEGA has set a low bar for Sonic games. Whether or not that may be true, at the very least you can find comfort in knowing that SEGA has at least some sort of bar.
Recently a user on Youtube started uploading footage from a title called Sonic Extreme, not to be confused with the similarly canceled Sonic Xtreme. The footage shows that the title is a Sonic skateboarding title, possibly the precursor for the Sonic Riders series. The title was claimed to be found in a development system for the original Xbox.
There’s no real credentials here, so it could very well be fake. Either way, it looks really bad. Sure the game is in an unfinished state, but this build doesn’t give the impression it would have been anywhere near a decent title.
You can check out all the footage below.
It makes me wonder why Sony didn’t do this in the first few years that the PS3 was screwing up the market.
PS3 Slim Hardware Sales:
- 2009/10 – 11.9 million units sold
- 2010/11 – 24.1 million units sold
Xbox 360 Hardware Sales:
- 2009/10: 8.8 million units sold
- 2010/11: 19.4 million units sold
Looking at the monolith hugeness on my gaming shelf, I continue to ask myself why Sony didn’t just wait a little longer and just make the slim version of their products first.
Microsoft reported a total of 1.9 million units of their Xbox360 console was moved in December, which is the most units sold in Xbox history for Microsoft. This, naturally, of course is most likely due in no short part to the popularity of the Kinect and the plethora of amazing Microsoft-exclusive titles.
More importantly, however, is that $6.2 billion dollars was spent [in total] on Xbox-related products during the month of December, and the company recorded a growth of nearyl 42% for their console market. This outclassed the other big 3 competitors in terms of speed of growth.
“Despite this, Microsoft still experienced out of supply situations in late December, and it expects supply constraint to continue in January and February as it works with retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments to replenish the channel.” states a Microsoft representative.
There have been over 50 million Xbox 360 consoles sold, with nearly 8 million Kinect units in homes across the globe.
Next step? WORLD DOMINATION. #evillaughter
Looks like Xbox Live is getting into the holiday spirit! This week, they have some great deals on “winter-themed” games and avatar sets for the holiday gamer on a budget. Although the quality of the deals is something to be entirely discussed at length.
- South Park LGTDP (400 Points)
- Polar Panic (400 Points)
- Burton Feelgood Snowboard (female) (120 Points)
- Burton Custom Snowboard (male) (120 Points)
- Burton RED Hi Fi Helmet (80 Points)
- Gingerbread Man (120 Points)
- Gears of War 2 Snowblind Map Pack (160 Points)
- NHL 3-on-3 (200 Points)\
Matthew Crippen, who was facing the possibility of 10 years in prison for modding and selling Xbox360′s [which was being argued that it broke the Millennium Copyright Act], has been dismissed of all charges alleged against him. The reason being in the interest of fairness and justice [Read: The prosecution made several CRIPPLING errors in their charges/assumptions/case direction].
Although the case wasn’t in the prosecution’s court in the first place. District Judge Philip Gutierrez apparently made some very unique remarks in regards to the case, many of which any logical person/gamer would ask. “I really don’t understand what we’re doing here…”
Guiterrez also threw out a prior ruling [stating that Fair Use was not a legitimate defense in the case of homebrewing and/or modding], stating that the rights of individuals to own backup copies of their software can only be accessed by modding the hardware. “The only way to be able to play copied games is to circumvent the technology,” Gutierrez said.
The prosecution also secretly videotaped Crippin involved in a transaction which he received money for modding an XBox. However, such acts is a clear violation of the State Privacy Laws [or at least the Defense argues].
That being said, the Prosecution [apparently] had nearly 150 pirated video games to show the court as a means of showing that Crippen knew his was breaking the law.
Microsoft has recently stated to Eurogamer that they’re not interested in creating another Xbox and would rather focus on the Xbox 360 and improving its overall functionality and exploitation of functions like Kinect and Netflix/Facebook/ect.
“You’ll continue to see us bring amazing new experiences to the console, without you having to buy a brand new console. A couple of years ago we didn’t have movies, Sky, Facebook and Twitter – now we’ve got things like Kinect… We’ll continue to evolve those gaming and entertainment experiences through the power of software updates, rather than new chipsets and plastic.” said a Microsoft representative, Steven McGill.
A nice thought, but having to purchase add-ons for the Xbox360 such as the Kinect really nullifies any excitement this may have had on me. Microsoft will continue to sponge off the gaming community for years to come. Enjoy!