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AC/DC branded version of Rock Band coming


According to the New York Times, MTV is about to announce a new bonus pack for Rock Band featuring live tracks from AC/DC called AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack.

Looks like it will only be available at Wal-Mart and will go for $40.

Tracks are expected to include:

  • Thunderstruck
  • Shoot to Thrill
  • Back in Black
  • Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
  • Heatseeker
  • Fire Your Guns
  • Jailbreak
  • The Jack
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  • Moneytalks
  • Hells Bells
  • High Voltage
  • Whole Lotta Rosie
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • T.N.T.
  • Let There Be Rock
  • Highway To Hell
  • For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

[Via CrunchGear]


EA pulls bid for Take Two


Electronic Arts has announced that they have pulled their bid to acquire rival video game publisher Take Two Interactive, publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series.

The bid was pulled after Take Two executives outlined their three-year product plan and provided due diligence of their books.

Owen Mahoney, Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Electronic Arts, said “we were very convinced the value of the transaction would decline over time and have come to feel more and more strongly about our own business.”

As a result of the announcement, shares of Take Two fell almost 30%.

[Via Reuters]

Microsoft confirms price drop for 120GB Xbox 360 hard drive


While some retailers are already starting to show a new, lower price for the 120GB add-on hard drive for the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft has finally made it official.

The new price for the drive is $149, down from $179.

[Via Joystiq]

Applications now being taken for Resistance 2 beta

PS3 owners eager to get their hands on the upcoming game Resistance 2 are going to want to jump on this: Applications are now being taken to participate in testing a beta version of the game.

This is separate from the invite that was given to PlayStation Underground members. For this round all you need is a PSN ID and after submitting your application you’ll be notified via email if you’ve been selected to participate.

Apply to join the beta testing here–good luck!

[Via Joystiq]

Ensemble Studios closing


A rumor began making the rounds yesterday that video game developer Ensemble Studios was closing and it didn’t take long for Microsoft to chime in–yes, Ensemble is closing once the upcoming game Halo Wars ships in early 2009.

The Microsoft-owned studio has created such hits as Age of Empires series which has sold more than 20 million units

Microsoft also pointed out that the closure doesn’t mean that Halo Wars will be unsupported once it releases. According to Microsoft, the “leadership team” from Ensemble will form a new development house which will support the game.

Why is Ensemble closing? According to Microsoft “this was a fiscally rooted decision that keeps MGS on its growth path. While the decision to dissolve Ensemble was not an easy one, Microsoft is working to place as many Ensemble employees who do not move to the newly formed studio into open positions within Microsoft as possible.”

[Via Joystiq and GameSpot]

Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 price drops for US

After quite a bit of speculation, Microsoft today has officially announced price cuts across the board on their Xbox 360 console in the US.

The Arcade will drop from $279 to $199, the Standard will drop from $349 to $299, and the Elite will drop from $449 to $399.

As Microsoft points out in their press release announcing the drop, “history shows that more than 75 percent of all console sales happen after the price falls below the $200 mark.”

Look for the new pricing to take effect on September 5th.

[Via CrunchGear]

Sony comments on PSP-3000 battery life, will be same as current model

After Sony talked with Gamespot about the upcoming PSP-3000 and its brighter screen, word quickly spread across the Internet that the battery life would be noticeably worse than that of the current PSP-2000 model and that users would have to use an new extended life battery to get the same life as the PSP-2000 with a standard battery.

In a new post at PlayStation.Blog, Sony’s directory of hardware marketing John Koller attempts to set the record straight.

According to Koller, the PSP-3000 will have the same battery life as the PSP-2000. Yes, the new, brighter screen does draw more power, but Sony’s engineers have worked to reduce the power consumption of other components within the system.

On a full charge, the PSP-3000 should get 4 – 6 hours of gameplay time or about 4 – 5 hours of watching UMD videos.

[Via PlayStation.Blog]

Halo 4 coming to next gen Xbox as launch title, being developed by Gearbox?


According to a new Halo rumor, game development studio Gearbox Software is said to be preparing to work on a new title believed to be Halo 4, also believed to be planned as a launch title for the next Xbox console.

While nothing official is being said right now, Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has posted a job listing for a senior artist and has said “I’ve started a new project. It’s big. It’s, like, look-at-our-line-up-and-imagine-something-even-bigger kind of big. I’m directing it myself. I can’t mention it publicly yet. When you find out what this is, you’ll likely agree that I can’t oversell this one.”

We’re likely quite a ways off from hearing anything about this or the next Xbox.

[Via Kotaku]

Next PS3 firmware to allow for screengrabs?

According to CVG they’ve gotten word that the next firmware update for the PlayStation 3 console, version 2.50, will include a new feature–the ability to take screenshots.

Probably not such a big deal for most users but anyone who uses their camera to share screenshots with friends will sure appreciate it.

No official word from Sony yet so this is just a rumor at this point.

[Via Kotaku]

Sony PS3 wireless keypad coming November 30th


PlayStation 3 owners looking for an way way to enter text without using a full computer keyboard will be interested in Sony’s new wireless keypad, scheduled to hit stores on November 30th for $49.99.

The keypad will feature a full QWERTY keyboard and attach to your PS3 controller in a similar style as Microsoft’s keypad attaches to their Xbox 360 controller only the Sony version will attach above the controller (Microsoft’s connects below).

Looks like Amazon is taking pre-orders now if you’re interested.

[Via CrunchGear]