The PS3 Slim is set for confirmation next week at GamesCon in today's news roundup, while developer GRIN officially shuts its doors, the Xbox 360 Elite is set to replace the Pro model, and The Beatles: Rock Band DLC is revealed as two full albums.
PS3 To Be Announced At GameCon
According to Chinese game magazine GameWave, the elusive PS3 Slim confirmation will be announced by Sony at GamesCon next week. Following this, Sony will confirm a release date in September, and a price of $299. The picture above is apparently what the machine looks like. With GamesCon only a few days away it won't be long until this rumour is substantiated or proven false. [TheMagicBox]
GRIN Shuts Its Doors Forever
GRIN, developer behind Bionic Commando and Terminator: Salvation is officially shutting down, due to an "unbearable cashflow situation." GRIN has been in trouble for a while now, according to rumours suggesting lay-offs and money problems. "Too many publishers have been delaying their payments, causing an unbearable cashflow situation" wrote co-founders Bo and Ulf Andersson wrote on the official site.
"After twelve years of hard work, employing hundreds of wonderfully talented men and women, it is over. It has been a great adventure and the GRIN family has experienced what few have". The farewell message also regrettably mentioned an "unreleased masterpiece that we were not allowed to finish" and wraps up saying "We hope you had a good time." [GamaSutra]
Xbox 360 Elite To Replace Pro Model
The rumour suggesting that the Xbox 360 Elite will be receiving a price cut to effectively take the place of the Pro model seems to have some evidence now. An upcoming advertisement for retailer Meijer shows the price of the Elite drop to $299, the same price as the Pro model. The ad is set to go out on August 30th, probably around the same time the Xbox 360 Pro will be discontinued. Microsoft of course state they do not "comment on rumours or speculation" but as GamesCon approaches official confirmation may be just around the corner. [Kotaku]
The Beatles: Rock Band Reveal Two Full Albums As DLC
According to an article in the New York Times Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Rubber Soul will feature as some of the first full albums to be released as DLC for The Beatles: Rock Band. This follows the announcement of Abbey Road coming to Rock Band in the form of DLC, meaning 3 full albums will be available to play. [NYTimes]