GT5 Collectors' Edition Breaks The Bank
We recently brought you the news that Gran Turismo 5 would feature both a special edition and a massive ridiciculously obscenely decadent edition... and Sony have finally spilled the beans. This signature edition will net you a ridiculous amount of primo goodies- the likes of which I've never seen in a single CE.
- Metal sculpted box finished in SLS AMG Obsidian Black
- Exclusive GT branded SLS AMG 1:43 model car
- GT leather wallet containing Signature Edition competition entry card
- Branded USB key with Polyphony/Mercedes-Benz trailer
- GT branded metal key fob
- Signature Edition coffee table book featuring the beautiful cars and locations of Gran Turismo 5
- 200 page Apex drivers magazine with hints on driving technique, car tuning, future technologies and more
The set also includes DLC codes for 11 new cars and entry into a prize draw to win a real Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar. And the price for all of this luscious loot?
That'll sort out the fairweather fans from the Gran Turismo hardcore. Would you purchase this? Let us know in today's poll! [EU Playstation Blog]
Nintendo: No Wii 2 Announcement... so MS and Sony Don't Steal It!
The Wii's has given good service for nearly four years now- but without HD, many analysts and gamers have been wondering why Nintendo has remained silent about a successor. Their investors are clearly worried about the same thing, but at the latest financial meeting, Ninty President Satoru Iwata explained that they're keeping quiet to avoid Microsoft and Sony stealing their ideas.
"We are of course studying and developing the next console to Wii,"
"I am afraid to say that the history of entertainment is also the history of imitation. A great idea will promptly be copied unless protected through patents."
"At the same time, it is really important for our business to positively surprise people. Will you be surprised by our completed product if we told you how it is surprising three years in advance?"- Satoru Iwata
I'm with Satoru on this one. The Wii's accessible controls and casual image opened up a consumer base that they never thought possible... much to the envious surprise of Microsoft and Sony. Move and Kinect are going to try to muscle their way into the same audience (with the Playstation Move overtly mimicking the WiiMote's form factor)... though sorry guys, I'm pretty sure that Nintendo's completely saturated that market by now. Plus, I love Ninty surprises. Who doesn't? [Eurogamer]
What could Nintendo have in store for their next console? A hardcore gaming platform to appease their fans? A new input method- possibly involving biometry? Or just a Wii with an HD composite output on the back? Have your say in the comments!
MS Wins Legal Battle Over Xbox Live Patent
Back in 2004, one Harold Milton Jr. filed a lawsuit against both Sony and Microsoft, claiming that Xbox Live and PSN had infringed copyright of his trademarked "Apparatus and method for electrically connecting remotely located videogames." Before you feel too sorry for the plaintiff, bear in mind that he was seeking an injunction to ban Xbox Live and PSN altogether!
After a protracted court battle, Sony capitulated last April (settling out of court), but Microsoft held their ground. A judge finally put an end to the case this morning, ruling that Xbox Live did not infringe Milton's patent. Apparently the term "electrically connecting" doesn't apply to Xbox Live... though I'd be interested to hear what the judge thinks is responsible for powering network and transmitting data. Pixie dust, maybe? Water? Concentrated pwnage?
Milton is now responsible for Microsoft's entire legal bill. I hope that he didn't spend all that tasty Sony bailout money just yet... [Eurogamer]