Microsoft Sounds Off On "Core" Kinect & HD Remakes
Kinect's marketing campaign has served to marginalise the peripheral into the casual/family market, with Microsoft insistent that their motion capture camera won't be necessary for the (fictitious and ill-defined) core gamer. However, Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer has told Gamespot that Kinect will be as "fundamental" to the Xbox 360 as Xbox Live itself, without forcing third party developers to include it in inappropriate ways.
[Kinect] is as core to the platform as Live is. And we think about the all products in our pipeline, including things that haven’t been announced.
I think over time for first party, you’re not going to see that differentiation between “Is that a Kinect game?” and “Is that not a Kinect game?” You’re just going to think about these things as 360 games. Now that doesn’t mean there’s no controller included. This is just like Live, since Live is used in many different ways across many different experiences that we build.
This strengthens the notion that Kinect might be a trial run for mo-con integration into Microsoft's next generation console- and the fact that it "doesn't mean that there's no controller included" suggests that some hybrid titles may also not be out of the question. Either way, we're looking forward to getting hands-off with the peripheral on November 10th.
Spencer also weighed in on the subject of HD remakes of classic Xbox titles. HD ICO, Shadow Of The Colossus and the Sly Cooper collection (as well as other rumoured PS2 titles) has been proving wildly popular for PS3 owners, but Microsoft will be apparently taking a more pragmatic approach.
We obviously have a lot of new things going on, so the thought of re-doing a bunch of things is probably difficult to just weave into the overall portfolio. If you can provide real value to the customer, there could be possibilities for that, but I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.
PSP Go Price Cut: "Too Meagre, Too Late"
Sony's set to slash the price of the UMD-less PSPgo by £65 on November 1st, but analysts are unconvinced that that this will help the beleaguered handheld sell more units. In fact, it's much like locking the stable door after the horse has bolted- with the PSP2 now generating an enormous amount of exciting buzz. Analysts from M2 Research and Wedbush Securities have called the price cut "too meagre, too late" considering the console's original inflated RRP- and the fact that it will still be more expensive than the infinitely more versatile PSP 3000. [Gamesindustry]
Listen up, Sony: a hardware price cut will not be enough to shift this thing. Only a wholesale restructuring of PSN prices to make downloadable games more competitive vs physical copies will bring the PSPgo into the mainstream gaming marketplace.
RDR Undead Nightmare Hits With Playstation Plus Discount
Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC has hit today, providing a ghoulish twist to the familiar rawhide formula. Xbox 360 owners will be able to pick it up for 800 Microsoft Points. PS3 gunslingers will be able to snag it for £7.99- but as an added bonus, Playstation Plus owners will receive a 20% discount, bringing it down to £6.40.
If you haven't yet bought into Red Dead Redemption, you might consider waiting for the standalone Undead Nightmares package that will includes the Undead Nightmare DLC pack as well as the Outlaws to the End Co-op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released so far. It's been confirmed for a November 23rd release. Or you could wait even longer for the inevitable Complete Edition...
EDIT: RDR: Undead Nightmares collection is also available on XBL for 1600 MS Points. Thanks, ODB.
Back To The Future Dated For December
After releasing an impressive behind-the-scenes trailer, Telltale Games has confirmed their upcoming Back To The Future adventure title for a December release on PC and Mac. The iPad and PS3 versions will hit "after" this date- though there's still no word on an XBLA port.
The PC and Mac versions are currently available for pre-order from Telltale Games for $24.95, including a bundled downloadable copy of Puzzle Agent and access to the exclusive developer forum. In a classy move, $1 from every pre-order will also be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.