Posts Tagged ‘Analysis’

Free Xbox Marketplace List Updated

January 30th, 2011

I have updated  the various Free Xbox Live Marketplace Content lists on the site.

The biggest addition and change is the Free Xbox Live Game Add-ons list.  This list is driven by a database that is updated once a day, so the list will always be up to date.  The only downside is the list currently includes desisted items and I will be working on a method to identify these items.

I will also be updating the “Full” Games and Arcades Games lists to use the same database in the next few weeks.

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Microsoft Adding Credit Card Payment for Xbox Live Arcade?

August 27th, 2010

This morning I noticed some very interesting changes to the Magic: The Gathering Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace web page.  These changes seem to indicate Microsoft is getting ready to start allowing customers to purchase Xbox Live Arcade games with credit cards.

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Comic-Con PlayStation Move Impressions

August 17th, 2010

This year at the San Diego Comic-Con 2010 Sony had the PlayStation Move on display at the show floor. I got a chance to briefly play with it and here are my hands on impressions.

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NHL ’11 Items Delisted?

August 9th, 2010

Microsoft has removed the NHL ’11 Nickle and Dime DLC.

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Rock Band Track Pack Classic Rock

August 3rd, 2010

I found “Rock Band Track Pack Classic Rock” for $9.99 at Toys R Us and decided to post the details about this track collection so people could decide if this Rock Band Track Pack was worth the purchase at $9.99.

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Xbox 360 250 GB High Definition Compatibility

July 22nd, 2010

I got an interesting question a couple of days ago.  “Is the slim Xbox 360 compatible with generic HD cables?”

The answer is yes and no.  HD cables come in two flavors, component and HDMI.  If you look at the back of the Xbox 360 250 GB you will notice that there are no component cable connectors:

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Xbox 360 250GB

July 8th, 2010

When the Xbox 360 250GB came out I started doing research and trying to find out what the differences between the slim model and the original model.  During my search I found the following excellent Microsoft Knowledge base article:

Description of the Xbox 360 S console

The thing is Microsoft has since pulled the article.  Thank goodness for Google cache:

Description of the Xbox 360 S console (Google Cache)

Here is my archive and analysis of the article:

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Portal 2 on PS3

July 5th, 2010

One of the big surprises at E3 this year was the announcement by Gabe Newell, from Valve, that Portal 2 would be coming to BOTH Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011.  Gabe went on to say that the PS3 is “the most open platform of all the current generation consoles” and that the PS3 version of the PS3 will be the “best version on any console.”

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Kinetic Ready?

June 18th, 2010

Ready For Kinetic?The new Xbox 360 250GB was announced at E3 this week.  In trying to figure out what this new version of hardware fixed and improved from the original Xbox 360 I noticed an unusual bullet item: “Ready for Kinect”.

My first reaction was WTF?  Isn’t Kinetic going to be compatible with all Xbox 360s?

I then started looking around the web for some detailed shots of the back panel.  Surely there would be something indicating what this was talking about.  Fortunately Major Nelson posted some pictures on Flickr, including a shot of the back:

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‘HD Era’ Opportunities

July 5th, 2005

At this year’s Game Developers Conference J. Allard, Microsoft’s Chief XNA Architect, stated that the next generation of consoles would usher in the ‘HD Era’. So far Microsoft has not done all that they can to make the ‘HD Era’ a reality. I will cover what Microsoft has done in the past and what I believe Microsoft can do in the future to make the ‘HD Era’ real.

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