Aliens vs Predator is Fastest Selling Game of 2010
Rebellion's cross-platform FPS has garnered mixed reviews from the gaming community (though we liked it well enough), but it has now officially topped the UK charts. More impressively, data from GfK Chart-Track has confirmed that Aliens vs Predator is also the fastest selling game of 2010, having kicked Bioshock 2 into third place after a single week.
According to the figures (which do not include digital distribution), AvP shifted 58% of its units on the Xbox 360, 32% on the PS3 and a slim 9% on the PC (which would probably be a lot higher if it took Steam into account).
Regardless of your personal views on AvP, this is an amazing achievement considering the stiff competition from Bioshock 2 and Mass Effect 2. Rebellion deserve a pat on the back- even if they need to up their game a little bit for their next title!
Hacker Claims to have Exploited PS3 Achilles Heel
Sony has famously claimed that the PS3 is unhackable, but celebrity hacker George Hotz (Geohot) has expanded his earlier PS3 hack to grant him full access to the GameOS (the code that operates the XMB and runs behind the games). On his blog, Hotz claims:
"Today I verified my theories about running the isolated SPUs as crypto engines. I believe that defeats the last technical argument against the PS3 being hacked."
Okay, we're about to get a bit technical here. Bear with me. As I understand it, the PS3 uses SPU's to encrypt and decrypt game code, whilst keeping the decryption key out of the RAM (and thus out of the reach of hackers). However, Hotz has taken advantage of the fact that PS3's web browser, OtherOS, disables the SKUs, allowing them to be accessed and hijacked to run executable programs (e.g. SELF Files). PS3 Hacked. Look, I'm no expert- if you're interested, Eurogamer explains it a lot better than I can.
Since George Hotz has sworn to only hack consoles for the sake of it (rather than to enable piracy), there's no real reason for PS3 owners to worry...yet. The homebrew applications may be immense. However, a short-lived forum post from the developers of the encoder suggests that OtherOS might be removed in the next firmware update. Watch this space...
Console Comparisons are 'bollocks', says Dave Cox
Dave Cox, the Capcom producer of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has slammed the fanboy mentality in a recent interview with VG247.
When it was suggested that the Xbox 360 was inferior to the PS3, Cox stated:
“It’s certainly not about one console being superior to the other.
“This argument is bollocks, frankly; it’s about making the best of what both machines are good at and focusing on that because, believe me, both machines are a challenge to develop on no matter what you are doing.”
Even though the PS3 is currently Cox's development console of choice, he makes a valid argument. It's horses for courses, folks- and it's better develop for each console's specific strengths and weaknesses rather than compromise somewhere in the middle.