Yesterday at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2008, Microsoft provided a glimpse at the year 2008 portfolio and officially announced the launch of "Gears of War 2," exclusively for Xbox 360 this November.
Epic Games's lead designer Cliff Bleszinski announced that the epic saga of Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad continues exclusively on the Xbox 360 this fall with "Gears of War 2." This sequel to the 4.5 million-selling "Gears of War" delves deeper into humanity's struggle for survival against the nightmarish Locust Horde, and promises to take high-definition visuals to a whole new level.
In addition, acclaimed developer Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios took the stage to showcase new multiplayer features for "Fable 2," introducing dynamic cooperative play, a first to the franchise. Molyneux also announced that later this year, and before the launch of "Fable 2," gamers can get a sneak peek at the game's world when the "Fable 2" pub games debut as a stand-alone download on Xbox LIVE Arcade. When "Fable 2" launches, gamers will have the ability to transfer currency earned in the pub games directly to their character in "Fable 2." This unique and first-of-its-kind experience, which can be found only on Xbox LIVE Arcade, will give the millions of "Fable" fans and gamers all around the globe the opportunity to jump into the "Fable 2" world with money already in the bank.
Tomonobu Itagaki also revealed new "Ninja Gaiden II" game-sharing features, including Ninja Cinema, which is enabled solely through Xbox LIVE allowing players to record and upload their best ninja moves to Xbox LIVE.
Each game also comes packed with Achievements, so Xbox LIVE members can help add to the more than 1 billion Achievements already unlocked on the service to date. And, as with the "Fable 2" pub games, downloadable content in Xbox LIVE Marketplace allows gamers the opportunity to customize and enhance their gameplay experiences. Since the service launched, Microsoft has seen more than $250 million in digital revenue from Xbox LIVE Marketplace through the purchase of more than 20 billion Microsoft Points.
Xbox LIVE members have been using a large portion of those Microsoft Points in Xbox LIVE Arcade, which is the premier destination for digitally distributed, high-definition original and classic games. The following titles represent a sample of games launching on Xbox LIVE Arcade in the near future from the world's leading independent developers:
Yesterday at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC), Logitech announced the Logitech Driving Force GT racing wheel, the official wheel of Gran Turismo. Featuring powerful force feedback and an innovative 24-position real-time adjustment dial for on-the-fly control of brake bias, traction and damper settings, the Logitech Driving Force GT is claimed to give gamers the most accurate and authentic PLAYSTATION3 racing experience.
Logitech's latest racing wheel was meticulously designed by Logitech and Polyphony Digital, the developer of the Gran Turismo series. The companies worked together to add the unique real-time adjustment dial, a first for force feedback wheels, allowing people to fine tune the car's balance by adjusting the brake bias, traction control and damper settings. Now Gran Turismo drivers can have precise control over the car's setup to achieve maximum performance.
Logitech's newest force feedback wheel simulates understeer, oversteer, and traction loss with frightening accuracy. While the full-size gas and brake pedals deliver precise throttle and brake response, racers can use either the sequential stick shift or the wheel-mounted paddles to race through gears. The wheel also features a large 27.9 cm (11-inch) wheel with rubber-overmould rim, providing exceptional comfort and control.
The Logitech Driving Force GT turns 900 degrees lock-to-lock allowing drivers to navigate hairpin turns with greater accuracy. And with anti-backlash gearing, there is no slack in the steering response, making any race a smooth, realistic experience. In the centre of the 27.9 cm (11-inch) wheel, the Driving Force GT features an illuminated horn button with the official Gran Turismo logo. Using the authentic sounds of the car being driven, racers can quickly alert other cars when they are approaching fast. Or when playing online, people can simply use the horn to taunt other players as they speed by.
The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is engineered for use with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on PS3, which will be available on Blu-ray Disc (BD) and as a download on the PLAYSTATIONNetwork in North America on April 17 and in Europe on March 28. The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is also compatible with Gran Turismo3 and Gran Turismo4 on the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system.
The Logitech Driving Force GT wheel is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in May. The suggested retail price is $149.99 (U.S.).
ASUS has outlined plans to bring in a new collection of built-in webcam LCD monitors in 19" W, 22" W, 24" W and bigger sizes. THe 24"W ASUS MK241H LCD monitor features native HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) support for Full HD 1080p video playback; and has a built-in 1.3 Mega-pixel webcam and array microphones. It also utilizes the exclusive Color Rich Technology for enhanced higher-color-gamut video performance with 130% extra color space.
The MK241H is equipped with 1920x1200 (WUXGA) 16:10 high-resolution panels and a HDMI connection and allows delivery of multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video through a single cable for full HD 1080p video playback of PS3, XBOX360 and Blu-ray / HD DVD players.
The MK241H is claimed to be the world's first 24"W LCD monitor with built-in complete video-conference facilities that include a built-in rotatable 1.3 mega-pixel webcam, a MIC-Array device, stereo speakers and a earphone jack.
What's more, both the build-in webcam and the microphones are plug-and-play, and there isn't a need to install extra drivers. Also, the adoption of the MIC-Array Technology combines the functions of beam forming, ambient noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation. The novelty is supplied with ASUS' bonus imaging software, LifeFrame2, to capture, store, edit and manage photos, videos, and voices with ease.
The MK241H adopts various ASUS exclusive technologies, which include: Color Rich Technology for higher-color-gamut video performance with 130% extra color space; the user-friendly Aspect Control function to allow users to select a preferred display mode among Full, 4:3 and 1:1(dot-to-dot) for true-to-life Full HD 1080p gaming or movie watching without any data loss or image distortion; Trace Free Technology that delivers 2ms Quick Response Time (gray-to-gray) for smooth video display without any ghosting; ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) Technology that automatically adjusts the luminance of the backlight for better displays according to the image contents, and improves the contrast ratio to 3000:1; and Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, which delivers optimized video performance with intelligent color, brightness, contrast and sharpness corrections, as well as 5 video preset modes and 3 skin-tone selections to suit the users' preferences.
ASUS also offers a 22"W variant in the form of the ASUS MK221H, which is also equipped with integrated video/audio conference facilities and a HDMI connection, and incorporates 5000:1 high contrast ratio (ASCR) to deliver clearer and sharper image displays.
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