Lack of Blu-Ray is Key to 360 Success...
The Xbox 360's lack of disc space compared to Sony's capacious Blu-Ray has recently come under fire from several publishers, but Microsoft's Product Director has flagged the lack of a high-capacity physical medium as a good thing. In a recent interview with EDGE magazine, Aaron Greenberg has actually stated that the lack of a Blu-Ray or HD/DVD player has actually helped to promote the Xbox 360's sales success!
"Sony bet on the physical disc, and there are costs associated with that. The fact that we're able to offer a console starting at $199 is a benefit of not being burdened with that cost."
"For us, our bet was on digital distribution, that was the future - the ability to [watch] 1080p movies with no disc, no download required; we have the largest movie and TV library, the largest HD library of any console."
Classic damage control at it's finest, folks- but he does have a point. The high launch price of the PS3 did drastically inhibit its first and second year sales- and only several price crashes, some killer exclusives and the release of the PS3 slim helped to mitigate the damage. However, that doesn't explain how Microsoft plans to future-proof the 360 as games continue to require more and more disc space.
Perhaps some sort of highly compressed digital distribution network and the release of a titanic hard drive would do the trick? Microsoft already has its online marketplace ready for just such an occasion... watch this space.
Alright folks, Greenburg has thrown down the gauntlet and it's time for you to get involved! Tell us your views on the struggle for storage in the comments!
[EDGE via CVG]
SecuROM Removed from BFBC2
Ubisoft have been taking a lot of (well-deserved) flack from furious gamers thanks to their draconian cloud-based DRM... and it looks like their competitors have been paying attention to the publicity damage that DRM can inflict on a company's image. EA and DICE have announced that SecuROM, the original insidious spyware-based rights management protocol, will be removed from Steam versions of Bad Company 2 with the latest patch.
A good thing too, since SecuROM is nigh-impossible to remove once it's wormed its way into your systems kernel and has been linked to a range of nasty problems. This move is sure to net DICE and its publisher some seriously good publicity.
There once was a time where EA was considered to be a putrid force of pure evil. What's going on?! [DICE Forums]
Playstation Move... moves slowly. Lag alert!
Jonathan Ross' recent cackhanded attempts to play Natal volleyball shed light on some nasty inherent lag, but it turns out that its Sony rival has much the same problem. The epic analysts at Digital Foundry brought a 60FPS digital video camera to GDC in order to examine the potential for latency in Playstation Move... and it appears to be fairly significant. However,we can expect this to be tightened up in coming months since the software is still in its alpha phase.