jasoncart writes: "The PS3 Slim announced at GamesCom in Cologne this week has been confirmed as having a new version of the platform's core Cell processor. A spokesperson from IBM confirmed the presence of a newer 45nm chip in the slimline PS3, with the chunky PS3 using an older 65nm manufacturing process. The processor is developed in conjunction with IBM, Toshiba and Sony."
jasoncart writes: "Scott Steinberg (mass media games industry analyst/soothsayer) argues that the videogames industry is entering a state of transition, in which the way the business operates will change dramatically; digital distribution, the renaissance of the bedroom programmer and rising piracy colliding head-long with epic budgets, Hollywood pretensions and flawed business models.
As the industry 'splinters', Steinberg suggests that "It isn't interactive entertainment which is croaking per se — just the traditional definition of "video games" as we've previously come to know them.""
jasoncart writes: "Braid creator Jonathan Blow has started to tease players about his next project, which is apparently set for multiple platforms in 2011. The new game is said to be called The Witness.
Blow wouldn't go into specifics, but says the title will be released "whatever makes sense in late 2011, when the game will hopefully be finished"."
jasoncart writes: "Veteran gaming man Dave Perry has shown off his OnLive-rivalling cloud gaming service Gaikai in a new video that is drawing a lot of attention. As you can see from the video, Perry shows off World of Warcraft, EVE Online, Mario Kart 64, Spore and more — all running on a bog-standard computer through the Gaikai website, itself running in a normal version of Firefox."
jasoncart writes: "Microsoft today announced the news that has been speculated for some days, that Halo developer Bungie are "on the path" to becoming an independent company, described by the firm as an 'evolution' of their relationship."
jasoncart writes: "Microsoft are threatening to ban users who have been sold Halo 3 a week early by UK retailer Argos, even if they don't play the game on Xbox Live. Apparently the console will phone home reporting the owner next time they connect."
jasoncart writes: "Word just in from the WWDC07 event being held today in San Francisco suggests that the Mac format could be coming back in from the gaming cold, with major games makers offering new titles and support for the trendy computer brand."
jasoncart writes: "Blade Interactive may just have something groundbreaking on their hands if what we're told about Hydrophobia proves true. The new game, being created for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, has been in development in some form since 2000 — promising to revolutionise the element of water in games, with the project being headed by Huw Lloyd who has a PhD in computational fluid dynamics."
jasoncart writes: "Microsoft have today moved to prevent Xbox Live access from 'modded' Xbox 360 consoles. The implementation of the effective ban is already underway, Microsoft explaining that this move is "an important part of our efforts to try and maintain a fair gaming environment for the large majority of gamers that play by the rules"."