AMD’s ATI Hybrid CrossFire Sneak Peek Exclusive

Date:  Thursday , December 13, 2007
Author: Kyle Bennett   Editor: Brent Justice
(Via: [H] Enthusiast )

AMD’s ATI Hybrid CrossFire Sneak Peek Exclusive

Can you run CrossFire with only one video card? AMD shows us that they have it working and were confident enough to even let us sit down and play some games and run benchmarks on their new ATI Hybrid CrossFire system. CrossFire gaming for the masses?

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Burnout Paradise Demo…

Ok, so as most of you have know, the new Burnout in the series was released as a demo the other day.
But for GOLD members only.  WTF?   I mean really.. WTF was going though the bean counters head when they thought up the idea.. HEY!  let’s piss off all our Silver members and place this demo here for paying members only.

 it’s a freaking DEMO you moron.   You didn’t do that with Bioshock.  You didn’t do that with 99% of all the other demos.. what’s so special about Burnout that you need to PAY Microsoft for a bloody DEMO of a game?

that is a huge crock of BS.

(Mood:  Pissed off..  Can you tell?)

Metallica to debut new single via Rock Band

Posted Dec 3rd 2007 12:00PM by Dustin Burg

Looky here fanboys, we think we may have come across Rock Band‘s rumored big announcement and it is definetly a first for video games.

Talking with the Rocky Mountain News, MTV senior vice president of home entertainment Paul DeGooyer mentioned that they’re working with artists to exclusively debut new singles using Rock Band. You know, the same way Prince made his single “Guitar” exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Yeah, that same concept. And first to sign up for a Rock Band track debut is none other than … Metallica. According to DeGooyer’s statements, Metallica has already signed on the dotted line and are commited to giving Rock Band their first single off of their upcoming album. It’s an interesting idea and is a somewhat exciting forshadowing of things to come, but we seriously wonder how many other artists are willing to do the same thing. Then again, money does make the world go around … and around … and around.

[Thanks, Shaun]

(Via:  360FanBoy)

MS Releases Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator

From the press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced the release of the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator, enabling film studios and disc authoring companies to model the behavior of HD DVD disc content, including encoded video and HDi interactivity, in a virtual environment before committing to burning a single HD DVD disc. This comprehensive tool is among the first commercially available, software-based solutions of its kind, eliminating the need for expensive hardware or time-consuming and costly trial-and-error processes for testing HD DVD titles, helping to ensure that titles ship error-free.

The enhanced content and rich interactive capabilities of HD DVD increase the need for an efficient way to troubleshoot coding to maintain the highest-quality consumer experiences. The emulator uses a combination of available hardware (the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player) and specialized emulation software to ultimately enable playback of near-final assets from a network storage share, portable hard drive or optical disc. This allows focused testing of the layout, the menus, and the behavior of the interactivity functionality of a title. Detailed log reports from the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator deliver valuable tracing information to help quickly and easily pinpoint problems with advanced interactivity code that otherwise could take hours of manual debugging.

"We are committed to supporting and advancing the HD DVD ecosystem, and the new Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator reflects these efforts by providing developers with the software-based tools they need to efficiently deliver the highest-quality content," said Jordi Ribas, general manager of HD DVD at Microsoft. "Microsoft developed the Emulator to help save studios and postproduction houses time, resources and costs involved with the creation of HD DVD content, and let them focus on what really matters — pushing the envelope with the format."

Sessions using the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator are designed to complement existing workflows so that tests can be run at various stages. The tool offers several choices for how to run a session: directly from a network storage share, from a USB drive connected directly to the Xbox 360 console, or from an optical disc in the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player. While the tool enables the testing of content playback on the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player specifically, it effectively eliminates layers in the testing process for other HD DVD players as well.

More information on the Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator and HDi License Program, as well as a downloadable case study of NetBlender’s use of the emulator, is available at

Full press release: here ( )

November Hardware Sales Dominated By The DS

The NPD group has today revealed their hardware sales data for the month of November. If you’re the type who’s looking for thrills, spills and surprises, please, take this opportunity to avoid disappointment and look elsewhere. Oh, unless you get your kicks from obscene DS hardware sales. In that case, stick around. Nintendo’s handheld destroyed the competition, recording higher sales than all three Sony platforms combined, while the 360 also saw healthy sales on the back of a strong Black Friday week performance.

Nintendo DS – 1.53 million
Nintendo Wii – 981,000
Xbox 360 – 770,000
PlayStation Portable – 567,000
PlayStation 2 – 496,000
PlayStation 3 – 466,000

Total industry sales were a noggin-scratching $2.63 billion, which is up over 50% from this time last year. To break that number down a little, hardware sales alone accounted for $1.1 billion (up 41%), software sales raked in $1.3 billion (up 62%), while accessories and peripherals accounted for $243 million, which was 52% higher than this time last year.
Npd: November Hardware Sales Dominated By The DS

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