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Wednesday - December 02, 2009

Microsoft Games - New Cases for Xbox 360 Games

by Aries100, 17:42

A short article over at www.destructoid.com tells about Microsoft joining the people that want to protect the environment.  New cases, lighter than the older ones, for the for Xbox 360 games have been made.

The new cases are supposed to be more environmentally friendly (eyeroll) and have also been made lighter to reduce shipping weight. They were designed by Viva Group in order to better perform according to Walmart's "packaging scorecard" initiative -- a scheme that aims to reduce packaging materials by 5% before 2013.

Do you think this is a good thing? Or is this just a marketing ploy?

Thursday - November 12, 2009

Microsoft Games - Project Natal release details - Xbox 360

by Aries100, 18:52

MCV has learned that Project Natal, the Xbox 360 device for controller free gaming, will probably be released in Noveber 2010. From their sources they have also learned that the device will seel for 80 US dollars (£50) and that 14 games are being made for the device.

Microsoft sees this as a way to lengthen the current Xbox 360's life:

Natal will arrive almost five years to the day after the Xbox 360 and is perceived by many, Microsoft included, as a way to lengthen the lifespan of the hardware without resorting to a new console launch. 

Source: Shack News

Monday - March 10, 2008

Microsoft Games - Games for Windows Interview @ Eurogamer

by Magerette, 17:26

Eurogamer  has posted an interview with Microsoft's Kevin Unangst, senior global director of Games for Windows, on the state of the Games for Windows initiative, Windows Live, the PC Gaming Alliance and how things have fared in GfW's first year of operation:

Eurogamer: Let's talk about Games for Windows Live specifically. What's next for the service?

Kevin Unangst: We'll continue to invest in it. We've heard about a lot of things poeple want, things like digital distribution. At the end of the day our goal is to be the best PC online service for gaming. We've learned a lot this year and we're listening to developers.

Eurogamer: What about Cliff Bleszinkski's recent observation that PC gaming is in "disarray"? How do you respond to that?

Kevin Unangst: That's an easy judgment to make if you're just looking at US retail sales. If you look at where the growth is, there are more gamers on Windows than any other platform. There's more money spent on Windows games than any other platform. PC games outsold Wii games and PS3 games in 2007 worldwide. The growth of casual and digital distribution is huge.

I do think that, as much as I'm proud of what we've done over the last year, the industry needed to get together and be more focused on communicating those messages. PC gaming's not dying because US retailers are selling 7 per cent less games than they did the year before...

Eurogamer: Is that why you've teamed up with Intel, AMD, Nvidia and others to form the PC Gaming Alliance?

Kevin Unangst: The PC Gaming Alliance is a consortium where we can get together to set the facts straight, and have a forum to address things like piracy - which frankly is a really tough issue on the PC compared to the console... We'll have a unified voice worldwide.

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