So off I popped into Game and spoke to the manager who happened to be behind the counter at the time. The manager himself was completely unaware of premium 360's receiving the HDMI love, and constantly asked me if it was the Elite I was on about. I suggested he researched the matter and upon doing so he said their was no projected release date yet.
Next I went to gamestation and asked the manager of their establishment, as I suggested yesterday it seems gamestation are informed it will be around March 2008 us Brits will be able to get our hands on the HDMI enabled premiums.
I then ventured into Woolworths & Virgin, and neither had a clue what I was on about, so I just gave up and returned home.
I have also contacted a couple online shops (Shopto.net & play.com), and Play had this to say :
"We are currently not expecting the Xbox 360 premium editions until at least Q2 2008, if you wish to find out further please contact Microsoft directly."
So it seems my ventures to find a HDMI enabled premium, are fruitless, and waiting until 2008 seems the only option :(
This morning, I woke up expecting the introduction of not only the 360 elite, but also the 360 premiums with HDMI out.
Knowing some of the people who work for the big games companies in the UK (Gamestation & Game) I was on good authority that the HDMI premiums were arriving in the UK in the next couple of weeks, and as with everywhere else the transitional period had began.
Speaking to an assistant manager of a local gameStation store this morning, 360 Premiums in the UK will not be expected to have HDMI out until around March next year. This has gotten me riled as the rest of the world seems to be happily getting the hdmi love, while us brits (And probably the rest of Europe) have to wait it out, or spend an extra 50 - 100 pounds on an elite.
As of last night, the Wii has now become the leading selling console, beating the 360 to the fabled 10million sold.
Who would've thought, a console which makes you wave your arms around like a maniac, and very soon sway from side to side can beat Microsofts console, which has been out for practically a full year longer to the goal.
The biggest and baddest Football Sim is back for another version, and as per usual is coming to all the consoles and PC.
Aptly named Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (Working title) will include what Konami are calling "Teamvision" this effectively :
"Teamvision will totally change the way PES fans play the game, because the adaptive AI forces players to constantly rethink their tactics. So, for example, if you prefer to run the ball down the wing and knock in a cross to a tall centre forward like Peter Crouch, your opponent will quickly change their tactics to close down the wide players and mark your hitmen more heavily. Similarly, if your favoured method of defence is to protect the back four with a sweeper -- then the other team will quickly pick up on this and change their attackers to take advantage of your formation."
In short, the computer AI will conteract your tactics. Other improvements are touted to include more scope for skilled dribbling, tricks and neat inter-player passing moves. Setting up a free-kick isn't quick as restrictive either, whether you're defending or attacking. You can change the number of players in the wall if you're defending or, if you're on the attacking, plan runs more intricately and position specific target men for the kicker to aim for. The top improvment however is the graphics which should be truely next gen.