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New colour PS2 with SingStar bundle

New colour PS2 with SingStar bundle

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Obviously making space for other things, Sony is offering a new bundle with a console in a new colour. On offer in North America for $149.99 is a SingStar bundle which comes with the game, two microphones and a Ceramic White PS2 and controller. The bundle... >>

So, it’s M for Manhunt 2

So, it’s M for Manhunt 2

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After much hoo-ha, toing and froing, and general moral outrage, Manhunt 2 has been given an M for mature rating in the States. The ESRB gave the title the rating after what must have been the most scandalised pre-release run up of any game, and it only... >>

Woolworths to sell PS3 at £375 over bank hols weekend

Woolworths to sell PS3 at £375 over bank hols weekend

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The old High Street favourite Woolworths has decided to brighten up the wet British summer by offering the PS3 for £375 over the Bank Holiday weekend. The price represents the lowest level that Sony’s console has seen as yet and the value doesn’t... >>

Xbox "smoking" wheel gets Microsoft retrofit

Xbox "smoking" wheel gets Microsoft retrofit

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Microsoft has announced that it is taking a second look at the official Wireless Racing Wheel following reports that it can overheat and start to smoke. The decision to retrofit has been taken as a component in the chassis of the wheel overheats when... >>

PS3 gets Darklite lightbar and glossy Blu-ray remote

PS3 gets Darklite lightbar and glossy Blu-ray remote

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Have you ever wondered what's lacking from your sitting room or bedroom? Could there be no atmosphere as you feverishly game away in the dark? Well, Messiah Entertainment has stepped up to announce the Darklite product line. Firstly, there's the Darklite... >>

Sony talks of PSP hard drive possibility

Sony talks of PSP hard drive possibility

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The Games Con in Leipzig is throwing up ideas all over the shop and none more intriguing than the possibility of a hard drive for the PSP. Sony Europe boss David Reeves spoke of the concept with Gamesindustry.biz saying, "I think that it certainly is... >>

Halo 3 Xbox 360 priced for UK

Halo 3 Xbox 360 priced for UK

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After hearing the Halo 3 Xbox 360 price announced for the States and Australia, UK gamers were beginning to wonder where their price announcement was ... well, Microsoft were obviously waiting for the Games Con to break the news. Fans will be able to... >>

Wii-style remote play coming to PlayStation 2

Wii-style remote play coming to PlayStation 2

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It was only a matter of time before someone would try to emulate the success of the Wii on other consoles and it looks like In2Games has stepped up. The company intends to release six titles in time for Christmas including Realplay Tennis, Realplay Pool,... >>

Handheld Wii to launch? Patent for motion-sensing Nintendo portable

Handheld Wii to launch? Patent for motion-sensing Nintendo portable

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Obviously impressed with the success of the motion sensing Wii remotes, it seems like Nintendo may be looking into doing something similar for a handheld. A patent application, filed in the U.S back in March, has been found detailing the concept and reading,... >>

World of Warcraft expansion discovered

World of Warcraft expansion discovered

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Details of a World of Warcraft expansion pack, titled Wrath of the Lich King, have been found on the online database of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The title has formerly been seen on the database of the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK),... >>

GTA IV pushed back until 2008

GTA IV pushed back until 2008

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Take-Two has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto IV has been delayed so that its October 2007 release has been pushed back to sometime in 2008. It was announced that the title will be out in the second quarter of the 2008 financial year, which means from... >>

Football Manager 2008 to carry new features

Football Manager 2008 to carry new features

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Budding armchair managers should reach for their sheep skin coats and foul language in time for this winter season as Football Manager 2008 steps off the sidelines. SEGA Europe promises to get the game out to fans before Christmas on the PC and Mac, and... >>

Rockstar files appeal over Manhunt 2 ban in UK

Rockstar files appeal over Manhunt 2 ban in UK

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Following the BBFC’s ban of Manhunt 2 back on June 19, Rockstar has filed an appeal asking the Video Appeals Committee to overturn the decision. A Rockstar spokesperson, speaking to industry games website GamesIndustry.bi, said, "Take-Two Interactive... >>

PS3 TV tuner and DVR functions to come in 2008

PS3 TV tuner and DVR functions to come in 2008

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As we'd already reported here on Pocket-lint.co.uk, it appears that Sony’s next-gen console will be getting a digital TV tuner sometime early in 2008. The digital tuner will offer gamers programmable TV recording functions. This is according to details... >>

Advert images fuel 360 price cut rumours

Advert images fuel 360 price cut rumours

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Rumours that Microsoft will cut $50 off the price of the 360 premium model in the States were reported last week and now, to add fuel to the fire, images of newspaper ads featuring the cuts have surfaced online. The images show ads from US retailers Wal-Mart... >>

Lego Indiana Jones whips into action

Lego Indiana Jones whips into action

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The team behind the Lego Star Wars games have moved on to its next Lucas Arts franchise; Indiana Jones. Announced at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, the next project for old time partners Traveller’s Tales and LucusArts has been confirmed... >>

Wii found in more affluent households, says Nielsen

Wii found in more affluent households, says Nielsen

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Gamers who like to keep up with the Jones might be interested in learning that the Nintendo Wii is the console to head for, at least according to research by Nielsen as it launched GamePlay Metrics, a games industry data-tracking service. Though better... >>

World of Warcraft comic planned

World of Warcraft comic planned

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As far as tie-ins go, a comic of the hugely popular World of Warcraft wasn’t a big leap of imagination. So, it should be little surprise that DC Comics has announced that it has something in the works. The comic will be out in monthly instalments with... >>

BSkyB to back first worldwide professional video gaming league

BSkyB to back first worldwide professional video gaming league

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With gaming as an ever growing and integral part of world entertainment, BSkyB is to get in with a world first - a professional video gaming league to be shown on Sky One and Sky Two. The joint venture between BSkyB, Star TV and Direct TV, offers gamers... >>

Clive Barker’s Jericho – First Look

Clive Barker’s Jericho – First Look

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The promise of Jericho begins in its title ... Clive Barker’s Jericho. The very name brings with it a chill that guarantees that Codemasters’ new horror FPS will be something special. Not only is Britain’s premier horror writer at the creative helm... >>

Special edition Halo 3 Xbox 360 console unveiled

Special edition Halo 3 Xbox 360 console unveiled

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Not one for starting off his E3 experience with a whimper, Xbox boss Peter Moore announced a new Halo 3 Special Edition Xbox 360. The console also comes backed up by a load of new software which Microsoft hopes will let Xbox gain on market leader Nintendo... >>

Sony announces 80GB PS3 and confirms $100 price cut

Sony announces 80GB PS3 and confirms $100 price cut

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In an unexpected move, Sony has announced an 80GB PlayStation 3 console to be released in North America this August. The new piece of hardware will be launched in a bundle with a copy of MotorStorm and retail for $599 (£300). In addition, Sony has finally... >>

Microsoft sales target 400,000 short

Microsoft sales target 400,000 short

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Microsoft has confirmed that it failed to meet the 12 million shipment target it set for Xbox 360. The sales for the period came in at 11.6 million Xbox 360s by June 30, 400,000 down on the estimate which itself was revised from an initial 13-15 million... >>

Sony technicians hint at future PS3 features

Sony technicians hint at future PS3 features

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The as yet unofficial word is that the PS3 is in good shape to receive some major Audio Visual improvement in the form of firmware updates. Sony technical officers Izumi Kawanishi and Kanehide spoke of 30-40% more improvements in the AV, saying that they... >>

"The Office" game in development

"The Office" game in development

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With the success the series has seen on both sides of the Atlantic it’s no surprise that The Office is going to be making its way to the gaming world. MumboJumbo are creating the game based on the American version of the hit British show for the PSP,... >>

Tomb Raider Anniversary confirmed for 360

Tomb Raider Anniversary confirmed for 360

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With all the rumours flying around for the past few weeks, Eidos and Microsoft have confirmed the news, much to the delight of Xbox 360 owners. So, not only is Lara Croft on her way to the 360 but the game will be available initially in the form of downloadable... >>

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 to feature "learning" AI

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 to feature "learning" AI

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Konami is hoping to rewrite the rule book with this one … Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 with some new tricks up its sleeve. The latest in the multi-million selling franchise will be available in the Autumn 2007 on PS3, 360, PS2, PSP, PC and DS and it will... >>

Tony Blair gets involved in PS3 Church fiasco

Tony Blair gets involved in PS3 Church fiasco

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Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister has stepped in by mentioning the case of the Church of England looking to sue Sony for featuring Manchester Cathedral in the computer game Resistance: Fall of Man during Prime Minister’s questions. The Prime Minister... >>

Sims 2 Fashion Stuff with H&M

Sims 2 Fashion Stuff with H&M

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EA has really outdone itself by teaming up with H&M, the high street fashion retailer, to allow fans to get designing on their own Sims clothing. The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Runway is a new Sims game which will allow all budding tailors, seamstresses, and... >>

360 to see the first new Pac-Man mazes in 26 years

360 to see the first new Pac-Man mazes in 26 years

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1981 was the year… a time of flares, punks, high unemployment and, of course, Pac-Man. Well, a lot has changed in the last two decades but returning to give us a taste of what we’ve been missing, or what many of the younger gamers never knew, is the... >>

Gates talks of new game control system for Xbox 360

Gates talks of new game control system for Xbox 360

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Bill Gates has spoken of his vision to create a whole new game control system which will allow a far more real set of movements to dictate what happens on screen. Gates was speaking for an interview on AllThingsDigital with Steve Jobs as he outlined his... >>

Metal Gear Solid 4 gets 360 confirmation

Metal Gear Solid 4 gets 360 confirmation

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Despite being initially announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is now also going to be released on Xbox 360. There are also unconfirmed rumours that there may be a Wii version, albeit a cut down one. Some source... >>

Sony faces Blu-ray lawsuit

Sony faces Blu-ray lawsuit

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Sony has found itself in legal hot water as a small technology company, Target, has alleged that the Blu-ray format infringes on patents that Target has held since 2006. Three Sony divisions have been named in the suit, Sony Computer Entertainment America... >>

PS3 Firmware Version 1.80 announced

PS3 Firmware Version 1.80 announced

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has brought the latest Firmware version to the public’s attention with all it has to offer, available as of May 24. Version 1.80 includes upscaling of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, and DVD movies up to... >>

Sony and British Telecom work on a system for PSP

Sony and British Telecom work on a system for PSP

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In a move to try a keep Apple’s iPhone at bay, Sony has announced that a four year deal with British Telecom (BT)will mean that Sony’s handheld will get full wireless broadband access with voice and video calls and messaging. With 24 million units... >>

Modified 360s get banned from Xbox Live

Modified 360s get banned from Xbox Live

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Following an earlier move to prevent cross region downloads, Microsoft has tightened the screws on cheats by banning all modified Xbox 360s from Xbox Live. Machines are modified for various reasons including avoiding regional protection, use of pirated... >>

No European 80GB PS3 plans, Sony confirm

No European 80GB PS3 plans, Sony confirm

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Sony has broken many a European heart by confirming earlier rumours that the 80GB PS3 won’t be available on this continent. The powerful model goes on sale in South Korea on June 16 at KWR 518,000 (EUR 412) and will be first up there as the lesser 20GB... >>

Sony’s Home won’t be as good as Xbox Live, says Microsoft VP!

Sony’s Home won’t be as good as Xbox Live, says Microsoft VP!

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There trouble brewing as Microsoft Game Studios' Shane Kim has had a pop at Sony’s Home project, claiming that it is unlikely to deliver and falls below Xbox Live. "I doubt [Sony's] ability to implement it and execute it in a really rich and compelling... >>

Microsoft interested in a folding@home style project for 360

Microsoft interested in a folding@home style project for 360

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Microsoft has obviously been keeping a close eye on the PS3’s folding@home project and decided that it can do better. Peter Moore, the Microsoft games chief, has said that Microsoft is ready to listen to proposals for a 360 research project like the... >>

Halo 3 - Xbox 360 - First Look

Halo 3 - Xbox 360 - First Look

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It’s a Friday night. The weather is foul but the prospect is fine. An evening with Microsoft, Bungie and their offspring, Halo 3, the beta. Now, I for one love press events. A central London location, a nice venue, and lots of free booze and food. In... >>

New PS3 model within 18 months, say rumours

New PS3 model within 18 months, say rumours

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An Australian technology website, Smarthouse, has allegedly been talking to a “Sony insider” who has said that a new version of the PS3 could be with us in as little as 18 months. They’ve been calling the new machine a "PlayStation 4", but they... >>

The world’s most expensive Xbox 360?

The world’s most expensive Xbox 360?

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Those decent folks over at Microsoft Australia have set up a campaign called "Konsoles for Kids" in order to raise money for a charity, the Make-A-Wish foundation. What’s the idea? Well, they get some Xboxs, get some celebs to sign them and then flog... >>

Sony warms to PS3 homebrew

Sony warms to PS3 homebrew

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While remembering his own days of programming for the Commodore 64, Phil Harrison, Sony Worldwide Studios boss, has voiced his backing for homebrew games on their new console. Simply put Harrison started by saying, "I fully support the notion of game... >>

US retailer to stock $199 HD DVD player

US retailer to stock $199 HD DVD player

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Rumours are doing the rounds that WalMart, the American retailer that owns British supermarket ASDA, will be shifting HD DVD players for as little as $199, and as soon as autumn of this year. It seems as if a Chinese manufacturer, Fuh Yuan, in cooperation... >>

Wii internet browser free until June

Wii internet browser free until June

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Nintendo has put the finishing touches to their web browser and now it’s up for download, and free, what is more, until June 30. Fans may already be familiar with Wii channels which allow high-speed access via TV sets, but the new browser hopes to build... >>

Halo 3 beta to go live next month

Halo 3 beta to go live next month

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Bungie and Microsoft have released details of their Halo 3 beta test … it’s to run from May 16 to June 6 and will include a few extras. The beta is open to gamers who have secured one of the routes in, namely by buying a copy of Crackdown or by the... >>

Live Messenger confirmed for the Xbox

Live Messenger confirmed for the Xbox

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Microsoft has confirmed that May 7 is the big day for their new Windows Live Messenger for the Xbox 360. With many functions, users are going to be able to send messages to other 360 or Mobile Messenger users, or Messenger on PC. The specially designed... >>

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars goes gold!

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars goes gold!

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EA Los Angeles (EALA) has announced that the PC version of the highly anticipated Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars has officially gone gold. As reported previously on Gamesdog, the title will be hitting the stores across Europe March 30. Tiberium Wars... >>

Sony plans PlayStation Home for October

Sony plans PlayStation Home for October

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Sony has plans to launch its PlayStation Home online service this October, it has announced, and Home’s website has gone up in anticipation. First mentioned during Phil Harrison's keynote at the GDC last week, the initial download is expected be "under... >>

Commodore to hit the stores once more

Commodore to hit the stores once more

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Can you believe your eyes?! Commodore Gaming have announced the return of the classic name with the launch of a new breed of gaming PC. CeBIT 2007 in Hannover, Germany, on 15th March, will see the launch of a PC which Commodore promises will be video... >>