Microsoft Kinect Launch Date In November

Microsoft has announced that its latest gaming-plus-entertainment device, the Kinect will launch in November this year. The price has not been announced and it is expected that an announcement regarding this is likely in a few more hours from now.

Microsoft Kinect, formerly known as Project Natal shall be Redmond’s foray into the launch of a device that will not only offer users to play a controller-free gaming experience but will also allow additional entertainment experiences like video chat and picture sharing.

The name of the new project was unknown for a long time though we had stumbled upon the Kinect name last month in one of the trademark applications filed by Microsoft.

[via MCV UK]

Cheaper Sony PS3 To Cost $200

Rumors are doing the rounds that Sony may announce a new low-cost version of the Sony Playstation 3 that may come at a $200 price tag. According to reports on the PSXExtreme, the company’s official portal for 3D promotion – Sony Style has posted details about a new Playstation 3 that is touted to be “starting at” $199.99.

Sony Playstation3

So, there are two options here – Sony may try to trigger some spike in their sale numbers with a limited time discount offer. This is pretty likely considering the slow sales that Sony has been facing with their game console units. Alternately, Sony may be planning a launch of a low-cost PS3 unit to penetrate the market even better.

The latter option is not entirely unlikely. Microsoft has already tried this to much success with their XBox 360. That remains a speculation however and we have to wait until E3 gets underway to know what Sony has on offer.

[via PSXExtreme]

ZodTTD Unveils Android PSX Emulator

ZodTTD, the developer of the popular Playstation game console emulator for iPhone has unveiled a new Sony Playstation 1 emulator for the Android platform. The emulator works only on Android 2.x versions and needs the hardware to run on powerful processors such as SnapDragon or Cortex A8. Also, the frame rate is not as seamless as it should be and falls short of the desired 60fps. Despite this, the development is a great beginning and expect some quick version upgrades to make the emulator much more efficient.

The latest release from ZodTTD was built in partnership with the developers of NES emulator, Nesoid and Gameboy advance emulator, Gameboid. While most of the framework is presumed to be done, the emulator is still not ready for launch though. The current version of the emulator is built on top of the Gameboid skin which is expected to be replaced with a Sony Playstation 1 skin before the final release.

[via Ubergizmo] Acquired By Virgin?

We heard a few days back that Richard Branson owned Virgin Group may relaunch in the gaming segment with the launch of an “online only” gaming destination built over  “acquired technology“.

Now more details are emerging over Virgin’s gaming ambitions. Folks at MaxConsole seem to have done some smart investigative work to have discovered that the Virgin Group may have acquired an online gaming portal named WorldGaming is a website where Playstation and Xbox gamers can challenge each other in the popular games and in return win cashes and prizes.

While it is not clear if this is all that Virgin plans to do, at least we now have an idea that Virgin is not looking at an independent gaming destination but plans to integrate the existing gaming console users to create something on top of it.

[via MaxConsole]

Hulu On Xbox 360 – Announcement At E3

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is all set to launch in less than two weeks from now and there are huge expectations of the event already. One announcement that is highly anticipated from Microsoft is about Project Natal – which is  rumored to be called the “Wave”.

Another interesting revelation, or rather speculation, is that Microsoft may announce the integration of Hulu to Xbox 360. Xbox users can integrate the Hulu offering to their Xbox dashboard in much the same way as they do with Netflix which will allow them to access the wide catalog of TV shows from the popular video streaming service.

It is however not expected to come for free. The source that GearLive spoke to has indicated that there will be a subscription fee for access. And speculation is that it may be on a monthly/quarterly access basis.

Lots of interesting news are coming with respect to Microsoft Xbox 360. Last month, we had written about possibilities of  live TV coming to Xbox 360 in 2011. We’ll have to wait and see how many of these rumors turn out to be true.

[via Gear Live]

HDMI Cable For Playstation 3 Available In New Edition

Sony Playstation fans have never had the privilege to plug in HD despite high definition being a Sony stronghold. So it should not come as any surprise that the electronics maker has finally decided to offer a HDMI cable to its PS3 users in a new SKU that is expected to launch shortly.

According to rumors picked by PCWorld, the new accessory will be made available with a $350 version of PS3 that will come with 250GB. That is, the HDMI cable will still not be available with the $300 120GB version of the console. However, the $50 is not for HDMI cable alone. Users can also lay claim to a LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year edition with the new model. So that is – an HDMI cable, LittleBigPlanet GOTY edition and 130GB additional storage at $50 extra.

[via PCWorld]

Prince Of Persia Classic On iPhone/iPad For $0.99

Prince of Persia
I can’t wait to finish this post and rush to my iPhone. Prince of Persia is surely one of the most loved games of all time and it is now available on the App Store. Ubisoft has announced that the full retro classic version of Prince of Persia will be available as a universal application on the App Store.

That means, users shall be able to play the game both on the iPhone and iPad at dirt cheap $0.99. This has to be one of the cheapest, yet most awaited game on the iPad. If you can’t wait to download this, check it out at the App Store by clicking here.

Microsoft Project Natal To Be Called Wave?

A gaming website has claimed information from an “inside source” that Microsoft’s latest addition to its Xbox 360 peripherals – the much anticipated Project Natal would named ‘Wave‘. The source terms the naming to directly take on a similar product from Sony, named Playstation Move.

This is however a rumor and will need to be taken with skepticism. While ‘Wave‘ does fit the product category, we are not sure about the credibility of the source. So, we would tend to keep this low for the moment.

[via Examiner]

Microsoft Natal Price And Launch Revealed

Microsoft’s Project Natal – a controller-free peripheral for Xbox 360 that will let users interact with the console without having to use a game controller is now revealed to launch in the US in October at a price of $149.

According to the sources, Natal shall be bundled along with the Xbox 360 Arcade and will retail at a price of $299. The peripheral will also launch outside US, but the price is noted to be determined later based on several factors including exchange rates.

As it should be evident, the marketed name is not going to be Natal though we are still unsure what it is going to be called. It has been earlier revealed that Sony’s  Natal competitor will be called Playstation Move.

[via Edge Online]

Sony PSN+ Subscription Service To Launch At E3

Earlier this month, we had written about a Premium PSN that could be launched by Sony next month at E3. The service, that was expected to cost $70 a year, was expected to bring a free new game to the user besides offering a Spotify-like music streaming service to the PlayStation Network.

Now, there are more confirmed rumors about the service. According to a report on Joystiq, the service shall be labeled PSN+ and it will include a lot more things than just a music streaming service. Here is what we hear are the offerings

  • Rotating list of PSP Mini and PSone Classic games
  • Exclusive In-Game downloadable content
  • PlayStation Store discount
  • Full access to retail titles for one hour, dubbed “first hour” demo
  • PlayStation Protection Plan
  • Cross-Game Voice Chat
  • Cloud-based saving system
  • Auto-Patching feature for automatic installation of updates

The pricing is expected to be around $9.99 a month which is pretty higher than earlier speculations.

[via Joystiq]