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Revolutionary rumble for the Playstation 3
Updated 07/07/2007 1:51 PM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
Touchsense technology for new official pad:

The upcoming rumble-enabled edition of PS3's Sixaxis controller will feature a brand new feedback technology called 'touchsense'. It'll mean that the pad won't just rumble as per usual, instead Sixaxis will be able to output a variety of levels of feedback from several different points on the controller.

The new technology can create more powerful and more intense rumblings than any other pad. It will be possible for developers to create more subtle and appropriate feedback effects - the sharp kick of a bullet, say, or a slow increase in feedback while accelerating a race car.

Fortunately, touchsense isn't going to send the price of Sixaxis rocketing. It's unclear whether Sony plan to have two versions of the controller on sale - one with rumble, one without - but, according to the French Official PlayStation magazine who revealed the new tech, the cost of including feedback will only cause a slight raise in the retail price of the controller.

Source: Gamesradar
Sounds promising to me, now all we need are the games and a price drop

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It's a good idea
Posted 07/05/2007 12:01 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
I haven't played with any force feedback enabled on my handheld controllers for years. I suppose this is due to my memory of crappy implementations by both hardware and game developers. This will be interesting to see though as the blurb about acceleration caught my eye.
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Microsoft admits to “unacceptable” 360 hardware problems
Updated 07/07/2007 1:49 PM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
Didn't feel the need to make a new thread post for this one as its just a little notice about Microsoft Hardware and the warranty.

Microsoft extends console’s warranty period to three years and will reimburse anyone who has previously paid for repair in $1 billion scheme.

"As of today, all Xbox 360 consoles are covered by an enhanced warranty program to address specifically the general hardware failures indicated by the three flashing red lights on the console. This applies to new and previously-sold consoles."

"Microsoft stands behind its products and takes responsibility to ensure that every Xbox 360 console owner continues to have a fantastic gaming experience.”

Apparently they will even pay the posting and packaging costs now as well.
Source: MCV

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Posted 07/06/2007 6:46 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
I'm glad I waited on the X360! I was thinking about the Elite because it has HDMI, but I am now thinking twice since they had to make hardware changes. I'd like to see the track record for the Elite before buying one at this point.

If it's not too much trouble, would you mind direct linking the sources?
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Posted 07/07/2007 3:33 AM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
I've linked to the articles but don't don't know how to make a word like "MCV" be the link. I usually do that on VB provided boards but the same method/code doesn't work here it seems. Can you explain how to?

BTW: Not had any real problems with my Xbox360. Kept getting disk errors once but now If I eject the drive tray with a disk still in it and hit the close/open tray button again the game works fine. Odd little problem thats for sure.

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Posted 07/07/2007 12:01 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
Thanks, man! I programmed bbCode into GTVault, which as you can see will automatically turn URLs into links. Using the MCV link as an example, you could do this to make it pretty:

[url=http://www.mcvuk.com/news/27680/Microsoft-admits-to-unacceptable-360-hardware-problems]MCV[/url]

This would highlight "MCV" as a link like this: MCV

Help on all the bbCode options is available by clicking the bbCode link on the posting form. The buttons at the top of each posting form help you to automatically insert tags for bold, italic, underline and so on.
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Posted 07/08/2007 1:46 AM Post a reply Quote this post View MasterGT's info
My vibrating controllers haven't been used in that way either, since wheels got attached to the consoles. If they can improve on the implementation, then go for it.

Why the XBox 360 Elite isn't elite! I was thinking of getting an Elite, but they are as rare as snowflakes in Florida now. The reliability problems scared me away for too long, too, even with the longer warranty. I know people who have gone through so many 360s that they have their own MS customer care rep assigned to them! Roll Eyes Sarcastically
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Updated 07/08/2007 1:05 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
GT2000 - thanks for the linkage!

MasterGT - Good read on the Elite. I agreed with most of the points made, and all in all it does leave the question of "why" on a lot of people's minds when it comes to the lack of integrated wireless and HD DVD support.
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More system news
Updated 07/09/2007 10:28 AM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
Lower-Cost 360 in the pipeline

Microsoft readies a cheaper, more reliable 360 codenamed Falcon. According to Mercury News, Microsoft is developing a new version of the Xbox 360 codenamed ‘Falcon’, which has reduced production costs

The platform holder will switch to a 65-nanometer production process, which will mean smaller microprocessors and graphics chips for new consoles, in comparison to the current 90-nanometer processors. Apart from the technical benefits – which include an increase in general reliability and a reduced chance of overheating – the drop in production costs could pave the way for a reduced price tag.

Source: MCV

oh great... yet another Xbox360 on the market.

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Posted 07/09/2007 1:02 PM Post a reply Quote this post View therat1989's info
How can they do that. Making the processor run slower will hurt some games won't it? Sounds ridiculous to me.

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Posted 07/09/2007 2:52 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
I didn't see in the article where the new processors will be slower, rather a move from 90nm to 65nm. This basically means lower power consumption (heat output) and smaller physical chip size. This is probably a good thing for the infamous noise factor.
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Updated 07/09/2007 3:17 PM Post a reply Quote this post View GT2000's info
I'd say its ok to buy a premium Xbox360 now tbh. Like I said mine works perfectly ok so long as I don't leave the disk in the disk tray and then come to load the game right away later on in the day. Altho now it might be worth waiting until the new hardware is released.

As for the noise... try turning the TV on and apply some sound. Drowns it out Wink

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Posted 07/09/2007 3:38 PM Post a reply Quote this post View Kerr's info
Good point. I've played on a friend's X360 a few times and didn't remember the noise being a factor for me either. I'm half deaf from listening to music really loud my whole life though. Nod
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