According to tech news site Gear Live, (Via Kotaku) Microsoft will announce at E3 that Xbox Live users will be able to stream television and movies from Hulu with a paid subscription. The announcement wouldn’t be much of a surprise; rumors of a similar subscription-based Hulu service for the iPad, as well as a premium version of the video streaming site for PCs have been around for a LONG time now.
In addition to making Hulu Xbox Live-ready, the consensus is that the premium service would allegedly give members access to an expanded library of content: For example, while current and future non-paying Hulu users are only able to watch the five most recently aired episodes of a TV show like “Glee”, premium members would be able to watch the entire season. Another rumor alleges that premium subscribers would also see fewer ads while they watched.
The biggest mystery that remains is how much the premium and/or Xbox Live Hulu service will cost. Also, based on what that price, will Xbox Live members be able to pay a smaller fee for access to content that would be free on a browser. On that note, rumormongers have connected the Hulu-Xbox Live service to longstanding murmuring about a new “Platinum” level Xbox Live service.
Thats a lot of rumors. Rumors contingent on other rumors. Overall, however, there is a single consistent message that is clear and more than likely will occur – Hulu will be available on Xbox Live, and you will have to pay extra for it. Knowing that, who you pay isn’t that important.
Surprise! There’s going to be a new instrument in “Rock Band 3”. If you check out the demo section on Xbox Live today, you can download the demo for “Green Day: Rock Band”. If you download the demo for “Green Day: Rock Band”, you can get a tiny taste of Rock Band 3. When you quit the “RB:GD” demo, a teaser for Rock Band 3 pops up. “Ebony and Ivory”, playing as the teaser pops up (shown above), highlights what I’m assuming is the game’s biggest new feature – Keyboards. The “Rock Band 3” logo features a new keyboard logo and a new triple mic vocals logo, representing the harmonies feature from “Beatles Rock Band.”
Keyboards seem a logical addition to the repertoire, even though not every rock song is going to use them. Given that, will “Rock Band” fans who haven’t had to shell out the big bucks for a new instrument in a long time be willing to pay for an instrument that they won’t be able to use in every song?
Personally speaking, I think keyboards are a little to0 obvious. I would have preferred something a little more exotic. Maybe it’s too late for “Rock Band 3”, but here are a couple of instruments that I’d like to see… Continue reading
Sega broke the bad news to Sonic fans today that the nostalgia-inducing downloadable “Sonic 4: Volume 1” has been pushed from its fast-approaching “summer” release to some time in “Late 2010”. Sega said that the development team needs more time to “tune, balance, and maintain the kind of polish” and an “unrivaled classic Sonic feel.” So far it looks like Sega has taken a lot of time to make sure fans of the series feel a rush of nostalgia when they play this new game – if they need a little extra time, it looks like it could be worth the wait.
Trying to sprinkle a little good news in with the bad, Sega also announced that, in addition to being available via PSN, Xbox Live and Wiiware, the company is developing a version of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. While it is nice that Sega is adding a portable option for the game, it might be challenging for Sega to maintain that “classic feel” on a platform that has no buttons…
UPDATE: Sega also released a trailer. Gameplay in Splash Hill Zone.
So by now you may have heard that Activision plans to release a second set of “Modern Warfare 2” maps. The “Surplus,” like it’s predecessor, the “Stimulus” Pack, features five new maps – three original maps and two updated versions of maps from the original “Modern Warfare.” The map pack will run you 15 bucks, (1200 MS points) also just like the original. Can’t wait? Well, here are a few images showing off the maps for you to drool over until the DLC is released on Xbox Live on June 3rd.
Unfortunately for those of us playing MW2 on PS3 or PC, the wait is a little longer. Due to an exclusivity agreement between Activision and Microsoft, “Surplus” won’t be released for PS3 or PC users right away. Assuming the agreement is similar to the one made for “Stimulus”, PS3 and PC gamers should expect to get their hands on “Surplus” until early to mid July: “Stimulus” was exclusively available on Xbox Live for 34 days before being released for other forms of download.
As for the maps themselves – Activision is bringing back “Strike” and “Vacant” from MW, and adding three new and decidedly unorthodox locations for the originals. The names “Carnival” and “Trailer Park” pretty much speak for themselves, don’t you think? The last map, “Fuel”, well it isn’t actually so unorthodox – it’s set on an oil rig. Woo Hoo.
If you own an Xbox 360, but haven’t started playing the “Halo: Reach” multiplayer beta, then either you’re a very busy person or a very stupid person. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!
Go stab guys in the back!
Use a Jet-Pack!
Ok, so maybe you avoid that last one. Anyways, if you’re interested, but don’t have a beta code, you can still get one by buying a copy of “Halo: ODST.” The Halo: Reach beta starts today and ends on May 19th. The full game will be released some time next fall.
So the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta opened up to a limited number of users yesterday. For all of you out there drooling at the prospect of playing the game even a second earlier, here are some really nice screenshots. The wide-scale beta opens on May 3rd. The full game, however, won’t drop until some time in September.
Square Enix London announced today that they plan to release two new downloadable content packs in the next month for their sandbox explosion extraveganza, “Just Cause 2.” Dubbed “Black Market” packs, both downloads offer a set of weapons and/or vehicles to enhance your jet-crashing, building-crushing experience. The first download, “Black Market Aerial Pack”, will be released next week. As the name implies, it adds some new equipment for aerial combat. The pack adds a new jet, a multi-lock missile launcher and mini-thrusters that attach to Rico’s parachute. The “Black Market Boom Pack” will launch on May 25th, adding a cadre of über-powerful explosive weapons, including a “Quad Rocket Launcher” and an “Air Propulsion Gun” that can blow away enemy vehicles. Both packs will cost 1.99 on PSN or 160 MS points on Xbox Live.
Ubisoft announced today that, starting tomorrow, they will be offering new downloadable content for Splinter Cell: Conviction” every thursday via Xbox Live, free of charge. Planned DLC items include new weapons, skins and even a “deniable ops” map. To kick off the free add-on parade, “Splinter Cell: Conviction” fans can go online tomorrow and download the “MP7A1 Machine Pistol”. No word on how long the stream of free DLC will last.
“Splinter Cell: Conviction” is in stores now.
So last night Cliff Bleszinski was supposed to unveil a “New Project” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. Unfortunately, Cliffy B was bumped at the last minute so that Justin Bieber could play the drums with Questlove from “The Roots”: Meanwhile, Bleszinski’s appearance was delayed to Monday night…
Apparently, nobody told the guys at Microsoft. Early this morning, Xbox Spotlight featured an interesting ad:
So now we know what we’ve all assumed until now. “Gears of War 3” will be released in April, 2011. Bleszinski will still be on “Late Night” on Monday night. We may know about the game now, but presumably the guys at Epic Games had a flashier debut in mind: Presumably, we will actually get to see the game.
Meanwhile, since the postponement rumors have sprung up about changes and new features in the game. According to Edge, there will be a focus making covered positions a little less secure this time around: on the one hand, there will be a new tentacled enemies that can reach behind cover and attack players. On the other, players will have access to a new type of grenade that burrows underground to hit entrenched enemies. Also, apparently the game will take place in “summer”, so the grey and brown color scheme of the first two games may get an infusion of color.
Microsoft is shutting down the servers supporting all original Xbox games on April 15’th. While this won’t affect all that many people, there is a small contingency of players who still regularly play Halo 2 online. Microsoft, hoping to ease their transition and massage their potential outrage, will be giving those players a free 3-month gold membership on Xbox Live, 400 Microsoft Points and invitations to the Halo: Reach beta, which begins less than a month later on May 3’rd. Getting access to the beta is as simple as buying a copy of Halo: ODST, but the idea here is that these guys have no interest in the game, I suppose.