According to a mole deep inside Harmonix, he stated that the $199 price point for the entire bundle is correct and that the PS3 will be getting wireless guitars and not the Xbox 360. No word yet on other peripherals. Either way treat this as a rumor still, but if you want to start duking it out, now’s the time, it’ll allow your wounds to heal up in time for the game’s release.
Alright first news is that Amazon is listing a “Xbox 360 with 20GB Hard Drive” for not A$349 but A$329, which is odd indeed since the price drop just happened, but they’re probably just clearing out the non HDMI 20 gigs out. Sounds like the nail has been hit in the head, but before you go buying this, it’s not a premium, but just one with all the same features, minus the HDMI… Yeah we know not a big difference, but if you need that thing don’t get it, if not then money saver!
Another thing is it seems that the Core is being alienated by the retailers and it’s existence appears to be on the brink of extinction. I called up the local Futureshop and he told me, “We are not carrying it at the moment” and even added “and doubt we ever will”. It saddens me especially since it was so close to the Wii’s price point, but I would never buy it, so I see where they’re coming from. Also the Futureshop website never mentioned the price drop for Core, so ding-dong the witch is dead.
I haven’t got much time to talk about it lots because the work, it’s a calling. But we’ve got word that some non-Elite HDMI enabled 360’s are hitting store shelves and there’s no warning on the package anywhere so buyer beware.
UPDATE: I just got back from work and Microsoft has confirmed that this is indeed going on in North America, and it’ll still cost $399, plus it’ll be marked on the packaging.
Let’s start off with the Eternal Sonata demo, I was very pleased with it, I never heard of this game except that it was a RPG. The demo lasts around 20 minutes or if you want to level up a bit around 30 minutes. By the end I was at level 6 and had no problem defeating the last beast. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by it and might look into buying it later on when it come out.
Now for Stranglehold, let me say I was definitely sceptical about this title at first, will the control scheme make sense, will it be easy pulling off all those sweet moves, it’s ripping off Max Payne! Well let me tell you none of those things are a problem, this is the sweetest demo I’ve played on Live so far, even better then Blue Dragon and I loved that demo. Pulling off moves like diving, running up rails and sliding over things couldn’t be easier. You unlock 3 special abilities in the demo, precision aiming, and let me tell you crotch shooting galore! Sure you can shoot people in the face, but what’s the fun in that? The other 2 ciome from beating the game, the first time you get barrage power which enables rapid-fire shots with whatever weapon you are using. The second time you beat it you get a spin attack which basically kills everyone on screen. The stand-off scenes and unbelievable, you aim with the left stick and dodge incoming bullets with the right, I can imagine some crazy moments later on in the game. Overall best demo on live I’ve played yet, also it ends pretty awesome.
Last night there was a Wii update, mostly all good except for freeloader not working on it. Freeloader lets you play imported games. Anyways it also quietly added USB Keyboard support and we say quietly because it was unannounced. It barely works as of now, it’ll function in the shop channel, the settings menu and the message board. The internet channel? Yeah not working… yet.
Word on the street is that some “insider source” spilled the beans about the 360. Supposably they are clearing out the current batch of Cores and Premiums to ship them out with HDMI ports and add a new 65nm processor chip. It is being said that these things will just quietly be moved in stores around end of August, beggening of September. Treat this as a rumor, even if true, I doubt Microsoft will adjust the prices once these are out though.
While we watched the price of the Premium drop by $50 american, we got an ever bigger suprise, the Premium AND the Core are each going down by $100! So the Premium will cost $399 and the Core $299. Which is exciting news because it’s only $10 more then the Wii, think about that for a second, totally messed up but we’ll see if it pays off.