The PlayStation Network is officially the first console marketplace to offer original content from premium cable network HBO. Starting today, PlayStation 3 and PSP owners will be able to purchase and download seasons and individual episodes via the PlayStation Store.
Available immediately are seasons one and two of "True Blood," season one of "Eastbound and Down," one through three of "Big Love," and one and two of "Entourage."
Gamers will also get access to a generous backlog of HBO programming including some of the seasons from shows like "The Sopranos," &… Read more
The video games industry in April suffered its worst monthly year-over-over sales decline since July 2009, with overall revenues down 26 percent and hardware down 37 percent, according to a report Thursday from industry analyst The NPD Group.
In April, total revenues came in at $766.2 million. A year earlier, in the second month of steady declines after appearing like an industry that was resistant to the full impact of the recession, it had posted sales of $1.03 billion. For the year, sales came in at $4.73 billion, down 11 percent from the $5.29 billion recorded … Read more
Video game giant Activision scored a major coup Thursday with the signing of a deal to publish the next franchise from Halo developer Bungie.
The partnership is intended to last 10 years and means that Activision, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, will be in a position to publish several iterations of Bungie's next franchise. Given the tremendous success of the various Halo games--all told, they have generated more than $1.5 billion in sales--an exclusive deal to publish Bungie's next series of games is a very big win for Activision, and a blow to its rival, Electronic … Read more
Movers and shakers in the Internet video sector are typically easy to identify: YouTube, Hulu, iTunes, and Netflix.
A name often overlooked, however, is Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM). The Internet arm of professional baseball is one of the most successful online subscription services--along with the Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports--and the No. 1 most profitable video-streaming service on the Web.
On Thursday, MLBAM is expected to enable subscribers to watch live Webcasts of pro baseball games on Sony PlayStation 3 video game consoles, the companies announced Wednesday evening.
As part of the partnership with Sony, MLBAM subscribers … Read more
For the first time in months, video game industry executives can exhale.
That's because, according to industry analyst The NPD Group, the video games business as a whole saw a 6 percent year-over-year increase in March, and turned in the third-best nonholiday period month on record. Industry sales had been down 14 percent and 13 percent, year-over-year, in February and January, respectively.
But not all the news was good. While revenues for video game software and accessories were up significantly in March, hardware revenues took a hit.
For the month, the industry posted total sales of $1.52 billion, … Read more
Sony PlayStation 3 owners who held off on updating their systems in order to keep from losing the option to install alternate operating systems have a new glimmer of hope. Hacker George Hotz (a.k.a Geohot) has released a video of a new hack that promises to keep the alternate OS install feature, even with the 3.21 firmware update that was released last week.
Hotz says the hack is nothing more than a custom system software update that can be installed without having to do any hardware modifications, but users need to be on version 3.15 of … Read more
Wilson is out today. He's supposedly covering the New York auto show for CNET TV, but we suspect that he's at home still trying to get the Cheeseburger Doritos flavor off his tongue from yesterday's episode. We aren't mad at him either, because Natali Del Conte steps into his shoes to sort out a few stories on today's episode, starting with a short explanation behind that "PC Load Letter" message you've probably seen on your office printer.
Immortalized in the classic scene from Office Space, Michael Bolton probably wouldn't have been so pissed if CNET's prestigious printer Editor Justin Yu was around to show him that "PC Load Letter" means you have to load letter-size paper into the Paper Cassette. It's that simple, now put the bat down.
The next story might not be so easy to explain. "Security experts" suspect that terrorists have plans to smuggle explosives onto planes using bombs in fake breast implants. Since you can apparently hide up to five ounces of pentaerythritol tetrabitrate (yes, from "Die Hard 3"), airline officials will likely start more "in-depth" examinations of women that have undergone breast augmentation surgery. No, this is not a ploy by Wilson G. Tang to make some money on the side, but we're still wondering if it's possible to feel the difference between silicone and pentaerythritol tetrabitrate..."Oh my!"
Some people just can't have a conversation online without punctuating their thoughts with a silly emoticon. In fact, as Natali tells us, there's even a new emoticon out now that conveys sarcasm! Theo Watson adds his own twist on the funny faces with a new Auto Smiley program that uses a Web cam to automatically insert a smileycon into whatever program you're using. You can download the app and source code here and enjoy your hands-free smiling!
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Microsoft on Thursday sent out "save the date" invitations for its annual E3 media briefing and the "world premiere" of the Project Natal "experience."
If you haven't been following the evolution of the video game console motion-controller wars, Project Natal is Microsoft's hands-free system that will allow users of the Xbox, and presumably Windows machines, to control much of what they see on their screens simply by their gestures.
Microsoft officially unveiled Natal at E3 last year, so one wonders what the "world premiere," set for the evening of Sunday, … Read more
If you're in the market for a PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii, you've probably noticed that they're hard to come by. Most online retailers are sold out and if you call around, it's likely that most brick-and-mortar shops are sold out, too. One of those shops, GameStop, said in a recent earnings call with investors that those shortages are expected to continue.
"I am not exactly sure that I have a total answer, obviously, it is a question that we ask the platform holders," Bartel said in response to an investor question on why shortages continue to plague the market. "Consequently, I can tell you that we do anticipate that we will be in that situation for the PS3 for another couple of months, unfortunately, because we could sell a lot more hardware than what we have on both that and the Wii platform."
Bartel went on to tell investors that his company expects to have Wii in-stock sooner than the PS3, but it will still take some time.… Read more