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August 22, 2006

Xbox 360 buzz roundup – August 22, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 10:41 AM ET.

Yet again, Microsoft denies Xbox 360 Core system price cut, but concedes that retailers may have their own plans for the console.

Last week’s Yankee Group prediction that the Sony PS3 will come out on top in the next generation game console war has sparked a lot of debate, and GameSpot interviewed Sony Computer Entertainment American president Kaz Hirai about it and general PS3 staus. He didn’t have much to add about the Yankee report, but among the PS3 revelations were:

More by following the link, but September and November are going to very busy months for the PS3 production crews.

Speaking of the PS3, DailyTech has some new PS3 photos, joystiq spotted an IGN video walkthrough of the PS3 interface and Microsoft: Sony’s 1080p Support on PS3 is all Hype:

It’s not uncommon for companies to downplay features that its products don’t have in comparison to its competitors. Companies will usually talk about how customers won’t likely use the feature or how it’s not cost-effective to implement such features at a certain price point. Microsoft has been on the defensive with its XBOX 360 for quite some time. The company has defended its lack of a built-in next generation DVD drive, it has downplayed the importance of HDMI with next generation games and now it is saying that 1080p doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Xbox Live Vision video cameras showed up a month early at some Toys ‘R’ Us stores.

Details of a Xbox Live Arcade Stick from Madcatz also leaked out.

Update: Some photos of the Xbox Live Vision video cam and the Xbox interface are here.

Filed under Coopetition, Microsoft, Sony, Xbox

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One Response to “Xbox 360 buzz roundup – August 22, 2006”

  1. Skepticism over Sony PS3 production forecast -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Earlier in the week, I mentioned an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment American president Kaz Hirai in which the production numbers for the PS3 were bobbled about until settling at 2 million units ready at launch in November and 2 million more by the end of the year. Not everyone is buying it including the analysts at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities who are estimating only 3 million units by March 2007 and correspondingly cut their Sony rating to the consternation of the stock market. [...]

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