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Rumor: Xbox ‘Live TV’ Project Cancelled

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You may or may not have heard about the project currently known as Live TV to the gaming community. This feature was announced at the Microsoft E3 2011 Press Conference and according to ongoing reports was originally planned to resemble something beyond the Netflix/Hulu setup to compete with something even more sophisticated – offerings we see from cable providers.

All of this was in the process of being added to Xbox Live with most speculation and rumor hinting at an eventual increased cost for higher-grade membership of Xbox Live that would allow access. In other words, if you want to watch – you would have to upgrade your account and pay extra  at some point for a higher status (Diamond was a nickname among speculators), if not then you would presumably have the option to remain a Gold member.

According to the latest info surrounding this undertaking, which had Microsoft execs talking shop with the likes of HBO to make headlines, the entire project may have been cancelled for the time being. Royalty costs of digital streaming have still been in a transitional stage but we are starting to see owners of digital content value their intellectual properties more than before.

Netflix and Hulu are feeling the crunch and that’s why Netflix has been having to explain itself to customers about increasing fees and decreasing selection while Hulu seemingly planned ahead for this cost increase by leaving advertisements in to help cover content costs. Is it possible this is happening because of an upcoming shift to new hardware – or is does Microsoft believe it’s just too expensive for Xbox Live consumers during the global financial crisis? Only time will tell.

Thanks to VGP via GameGrep for advancements on this ongoing rumor.

Update: As far as we know this shouldn’t have any long-term effects on the YouTube/Bing Voice portions of Live TV.

Rumor: Xbox 8 Has Unreal Engine 4 and Windows 8 in its Arsenal

Mark Rein of Epic Games talked up the Unreal Engine as he announced at the DICE Summit that the soon-to-be-seen Unreal Engine 4 is “Already Running” on products he claimed could not be named at this time. Heavy speculation is pointing to the Next Generation Xbox, called the Xbox 720 by many as the name formed out of necessity and fan-base creativity. New updates on longstanding rumors point out a new potential naming scheme, Xbox 8.

This new development in combination with the notion that Windows 8 will allow gamers to play Xbox 360 (and assumedly ‘Xbox 8’) games on custom-built gaming PC’s paints a very interesting potential for Microsoft’s next-gen. Many critics of their decisions this generation have often called out for Microsoft to become a software entity in the gaming world and license out Xbox Live as a service rather than sell consoles.

This combined strategy of ‘Xbox 8’ and the universal log-in and games library for PC’s and consoles could be something similar to what we are seeing with Sony’s PS3 and Vita. Next Generation could be the generation when gamers reap the rewards from all the intense competition going on between Microsoft and Sony.

ThisIsXbox goes deeper into the details of the ‘Xbox 8’ naming scheme, and further reinforce longstanding rumors of cross-platform services from Microsoft Next Gen across console and PC. Imagine, being able to play Xbox 8 exclusives on your tricked out Windows 8 gaming rig. Even the potential of playing Xbox 360 exclusives across Windows 8 has been heavily mentioned.

Does this mean gaming is going multiplatform from both Microsoft and Sony? Does this mean that Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to the PC and finally admitting that Games for Windows Live is loathed at best by gamers and always has been? Only time will tell.

For now, take a look at the following excerpt from a recent article at ThisIsXbox:

“Recently we reported that alpha forms of the next-generation Xbox console which could be named “XBOX 8″ – not 8 because it’s the eighth Xbox, but because it’s the eighth generation home console and heavily shares the same software as upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

It was reported to us that the next-gen console was on display by invite only during CES 2012, running a version of Battlefield 3 in next-gen visuals – most likely to be up on par with current high-spec gaming PC’s.

Microsoft previously reported that there will be no next-gen Xbox announcement at E3 2012, but then again we also remember the amount of times they denied an Xbox 360 Slim console before that was the surprise of E3 2010!” [ThisIsXbox]

Rumor: Half Life Episode 3 Website Proves Game is a Go

According to a lot of online rumors that seem to be persistently adding up to virtually a conspiracy, Half Life Episode 3 is coming at some point in the future. Most recent to add to these rumors is the exhibit of black-aperture.com a website that shows the Half Life logo with the number 3 on it and the Steam, Valve, and Source logos beneath that.

“© 2011 Valve Corporation, all rights reserved. Valve, the Valve logo, Half-Life, the Half-Life logo, the Lambda logo, Steam, the Steam logo,  Aperture Science, the Aperture Science logo,  Source, the Source logo, Valve Source are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation.” is shown at the bottom of the page and the titlebar reads “Status: Mark 7” while you are on the page.

If you click on the website’s logo you will be taken here, where you are shown The Orange Box.

Could this game be truly reaching announcement soon, and could this website imply that it may be a Steam PC Exclusive? Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

Rumor: Samsung Making New Xbox

Gadgehit reports this rumor, or rather states the potential of it as being up in the air who will be making Microsoft’s next console. They feel a Microsoft branded, third-party home console will be somehow wrapped up in the future of the Xbox experience.

After pointing to the RROD (Red Ring of Death) which has plagued many Xbox 360 consoles at launch and even merits mentioning to this day, Gadgehit proceeds to discuss the fact that Microsoft has already begun a deal with Samsung to have such an arrangement take place with the Microsoft Surface 2.

Check out our RealGamerNewz Podcasts where we often discuss the latest and give more in-depth analysis on Microsoft and Sony’s statements about Next Gen going forward.

For more on this rumor in full head over to Gadgehit.com who argue a good point that Microsoft should probably look to a third party like Samsung for reliable hardware next-gen, regardless if this rumor is true or not.

Update: Super Smash Bros Game by Sony is Called Title Fight

It has been the general consensus for a short while now that Sony Computer Entertainment was/is developing a batch of new IPs including a new exclusive fighting game. It seems like the wait has been forever to some of us who have been wondering just what is up Sony’s sleeve. The wait may be over today if we are to believe these test images to be genuine.

The original source for these images was on Twitter and the TwitPic URLs appear to have been deleted. There is a mirror available currently via GamingEverything who suggests a comparison between the upcoming title and the concept of Nintendo’s largely popular Super Smash Bros. franchise.

HipHopGamer has made reference to a game starring Sweet Tooth alone as a character. It merits mentioning that this is possibly a batch of stray test images from that game, and not a set of screenshots from Sony’s new fighting IP. Then again, there’s also the possibility that the two projects are one in the same. Only time will tell at this stage.

Update:

Multiple sources are now reporting that the game is called either ‘Title Fight’ or possibly even ‘Title Bout’ and is indeed an exclusive PlayStation 3 fighting game involving characters such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted franchise, Sweet Tooth of Twisted Metal fame, Kratos – the God of War, PaRappa the Rapper, Colonel Radec from the Killzone franchise, Sly Cooper, and the infamous Fat Princess.

None of this is official yet but the rumors have been persistent. There has also been a line of code spotted containing Kratos’ name. Take a look at some more photographic evidence to this rumor below from SuperBot Entertainment who is said to be working on the title for Sony:

Halo 4 Rumor Roundup: Detailed Plot + Gameplay Possibilities

There are a few rumors that a 343 Industries worker may have given some info out on Halo 4 (which is set to launch holiday 2012). Now I don’t know how accurate any of this is, or even if any of it is true one bit, but I’ll share what I’ve found with you. According to rumors, 343 Industries are going to focus on story.

This is the Master Cheif 117 John and Cortana’s story as they are on some kind of world or station called Sigma 7. There is also deep levels of customization, not just in the multiplayer. This is also in the campaign mode, possibly similar to the level of Crysis 2 character customization in the story, but a lot better with way more options.

Halo 4 may be an aim game but the shooting style will still be the same just with how you aim down the sights in most FPS games. The battlefields will be larger and more cover-based, possibly even a direct cover system for an FPS, which is unheard of, but may be a great improvement – it is unknown for sure the ramifications of this decision at this time.

As for the main enemy, it is still a mystery but we will most likely not see any Covenant and Flood like in other Halos. The Forerunners are one that is possible, but most leads say they are allies and that the main enemy is a precursor that is even before the Forerunners as the allies, a new ancient evil. I’m thinking that could be true and they can use the machines on the Halo rings to fight you if so.

More rumors suggest that players will also find out a lot about why ONI is on Sigma 7 and they’re downgraded with more human-like weapons and vehicles. Armor abilities will most likely return but will the jet pack and sprint and evade be standard as shown in the trailer? Who knows, but we will find out and I will follow Halo 4 up until the release – so prepare for more in after Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition comes out November 15th.

Check out the Halo 4: Director’s Cut Trailer below if you haven’t caught it already.

  

Walmart Using Battlefield 3 Features To Sell Modern Warfare 3

In this image discovered by FingerSports you will see what is either a innocent mistake or Walmart take to desperate measures to move more units of Modern Warfare 3. The way we see the Call of Duty: MW3 poster directly above the Battlefield 3 banner and showcase of MW3 copies seems to be a pretty obvious mistake that couldn’t have gone unnoticed by accident, but who are we to judge. Take a look for yourself and see what you think by clicking HERE for the full image.

Retailers bolstering PS Vita pre-orders with fake release dates? (Play-Asia responds)

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The PlayStation Vita, successor to the PlayStation Portable, will be launching in Japan December 17, 2011 with a lineup of 26 titles including the exclusive shooter/action/adventure title Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Army Corps of Hell, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Plus, Dark Quest, Lord of Apocalypse and more. There have also been a series of other announcements for the system including the HD re-masterings of Final Fantasy X, shooter/action/espionage hits Metal Gear Solid 1 & 2, and a yet-to-be-named Call of Duty title committed by Activision during the PlayStation Meeting 2011.

With all of the excitement pouring out of Tokyo Games Show 2011’s PlayStation Vita coverage many gamers are opening a new opportunity for this dual-joystick, high-fidelity graphics machine to enter their gaming lives. With the media and public currently scattering to determine whether or not December 31, 2011 is a “placeholder” date for the United States release date of the PlayStation Vita (which it probably is) the possibility of importing the hardware has come to the minds of many gamers on the net.

Immediately sharing this thought, the folks over at Play-Asia have already begun taking reserves for the PlayStation Vita on their website, made famous by willingness to do overseas shipping to importers. However, something is wrong with this picture.

Play-Asia is currently taking orders for the United States (see image here) with a release date listed as December 2011 whereas they are not taking reservations yet for the Japan hardware which they have listed as TBA, or To Be Announced (see image here) even though December 17, 2011 is the confirmed date of release.

GameStop is accepting pre-orders for both models of the PlayStation Vita’s United States hardware unit listing a December 31, 2011 release date (see image here) as well, in addition to this both Play-Asia and GameStop have listed a number of United States region PlayStation Vita games for December 2011 release, despite Sony’s “early 2012” statement.

To further add to the confusion, PlayStation Vita has been listed on Sony’s own website here with a December 31, 2011 release date. Considering Sony has steadily stated that they are planning to release the Vita in the US during “early 2012” could this be an attempt at retailers and possibly even Sony themselves to bolster pre-orders for the PlayStation Vita using a fake, placeholder date? Does anyone out there honestly believe Sony would release the PlayStation Vita in the United States on New Years’ Eve of 2011? Something seems fishy here and gamers who want the hardware as soon as possible will be stuck playing the waiting game until this whole mess is cleared up once and for all.

When contacted for further comment, top importers Play-Asia responded with the following statement:

“Dear Jon,

Thank you for your information. We are will check with our supplier and update the available date of our products.

For the Japanese version of PS vita, it is not ready for reservation or pre-order at this moment. The purchasing cost of Japanese version console could fluctuate a lot in the first batch of stock. We have to control the pre-order carefully. We don’t want to buy at a high cost and sell at a high price to our customer.

We are now getting more update information from the Tokyo Game Show. We will update the product information as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best regards,

Kasel

Play-Asia.com

Originally Posted on Examiner.com.