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11:00 AM on 01.06.2010

Blu-ray discs are about to get even bigger

As if Blu-ray discs weren't big enough, a new report has revealed that they're about to get even bigger. Thanks to new production methods, the old per-layer storage capacity for BDs has been increased to 33.4 GB.  "Read ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 12.02.2009

Halo Legends anime 'will make you smile here and there'

Sadly, no matter how much I wish it were, the picture above isn't part of Halo Legends, that big new anime anthology project coming out of Japan. Now thanks to some new information from Famitsu and your translation-happy frie...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 11.22.2009

Sony's newest 'everything' ad is ver - STICK

Damn it Sony. How in God's name did it take you this long to come up with a good ad campaign? *Sigh* Well, at least now that you've found one you're milking it for all that it's worth, and you're milking it really well. On F...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 10.28.2009

God of War III demo shipping on District 9 Blu-ray

When I think of shrimp-like aliens who have been oppressed by South Africans, I'm always reminded of Spartan warriors who perform assassination missions for ancient Gods. This is why District 9 and God of War III are a match ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 PM on 10.22.2009

Analyst: 'Xbox 360 consumers are not begging for Blu-ray'

When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks, people listen. Earlier today, word went around that the executive had confirmed an upcoming Blu-ray player add-on for the Xbox 360 platform. What he actually said was hardly a confirmat...

Nick Chester



Microsoft CEO DOESN'T confirm 360 Blu-ray add-on (Update) photo
Microsoft CEO DOESN'T confirm 360 Blu-ray add-on (Update)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Gizmodo has an exclusive interview with Microsoft CEO's Steve Ballmer going up in full this Friday. Until then, they're releasing little clips from the interview and the one they have up right now sees the CEO talking about Natal, and more importantly, a Blu-ray add-on accessory for the Xbox 360.

Gizmodo asked Steve Ballmer on whether we'll see any Xbox 360s with a Blu-ray drive to which Ballmer replied by stating that "you'll be able to get Blu-ray drives as accessories." No time frame is given for when we'll see this Blu-ray accessory and Xbox spokespeople avoided answering the question when Gizmodo pressed for further information. 

So after all this time, a Blu-ray accessory is coming to the Xbox 360. Neato? I don't know about you, but I'm just going to sit back and watch as the entire Internet collapses from the fanboy war that's about to unfold.

[via Geoff Keighley's Twitter]

[Update: Stop the press! This looks to be a misunderstanding, with a Microsoft representitive issuing this statement to us on the matter:

"Steve was referring to Blu-ray accessories for the PC.  As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360.  In fact, the future of home entertainment starts this fall when Xbox 360 becomes the first and only console to offer instant-on 1080p streaming HD movies.  With a library of thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, Xbox 360 owners can instantly watch the movies they want, when they want, in the highest form of high definition."]

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11:20 AM on 10.16.2009

Uncharted 2 would be 'very different' without Blu-ray

I upset a handful of people (who must have been relatives of Sony, they were so emotional) when I dismissed Naughty Dog's previous assertion that Uncharted 2 was impossible on anything but a PS3, stating that these sorts of c...

Jim Sterling



Last call: Win a PS3 Slim and the Watchmen Blu-Ray photo
Last call: Win a PS3 Slim and the Watchmen Blu-Ray
by Colette Bennett

Goozex has kept me happy for some time now with its game trading services, and I was excited to hear that they recently added movie trading as well. Hooray! The list of reasons to leave my house is shortening by the day! Anyway, to celebrate this new feature, Goozex had an idea: to give away a PS3 Slim and a copy of Watchmen for Blu-Ray on Destructoid. Why, we said we'd be honored!

To get a chance to win, you'll need to head over to Goozex and create a free account using the promotional code "Destructoid". By doing this, you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win the PS3 Slim and movie. The contest runs through September 23rd at midnight PST and is open to residents of the United States and Canada. If you'd like a closer look at the rules, they can be found here. Good luck, everyone!

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God of War I & II in 720p coming in November to PS3 photo
God of War I & II in 720p coming in November to PS3
by Nick Chester
We had hints about it, and despite the fact that God of War III producer Stig Assmussen played dumb about it, here it is: God of War Collection is coming to the PlayStation 3 this holiday. 

This Blu-ray release will feature God of War and God of War II on one disc, both "remastered" with anti-aliased graphics, and running at 60 frames-per-second at 720p. On top of that, Sony is adding trophies. So in case two of the best third-person action games of last-gen remastered on one disc wasn't enough for you, there's that, too. 
 
No word on price or release date specifics, but I think it goes without saying that this is a must have for fans of the series, or those who missed out. Do want. And now. 
 
[Update: Word out of the GameStop Manager's Conference taking place in Las Vegas this week is that the God of War Collection will retail for $39.99, and will be available this November.] 
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8:00 AM on 05.13.2009

FF VII: Advent Children Blu-ray dated for America

Square-Enix's "whoring of Final Fantasy VII" celebration all began with this little beauty, and it can be yours on Blu-ray this June 2. The movie sequel to the classic game will cost you $38.96, and will come packed...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.23.2009

Final Fantasy XIII may help the PS3 to break sales records

For Sony, it seems like titles in the Final Fantasy series and their console sales are forever intertwined. We saw it with the PlayStation and Final Fantasy VII, and then later with Final Fantasy X and the PS2. And if hunches...

Dale North

10:40 AM on 03.12.2009

Shocker: The PS3 will always have Blu-ray

Analysts make me laugh my head off sometimes. Outside of being professional guessers, they also some up with some ludicrous ideas, such as the guy who last month suggested that Sony would release a PlayStation 3 without Blu-r...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 02.25.2009

Final Fantasy XIII: we're still good for 2009, hour-long demo in movie

I'm looking forward to my copy of the Japanese Blu-ray release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete for many reasons. For one, there are new scenes. And it's shiny and high-def. Oh, and there's an English voice trac...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 02.12.2009

Movies and games on one Blu-ray disc? It's happening this year, promises Sony

Now this is an interesting concept, and one so obvious that it really is shocking nobody's tried it already. SCEA hardware marketing manager John Koller has announced plans to produce Blu-ray movie/videogame hybrids sometime ...

Jim Sterling

11:20 AM on 02.02.2009

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete has English voice track

As a Final Fantasy fan, there's a lot of reasons to want the Japanese release Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete. First, it comes with the Final Fantaxy XIII demo. And if you spend enough, it comes with a fancy, cust...

Dale North

11:20 AM on 01.23.2009

2008: retail videogames outsold DVD and Blu-ray

More Halo 3, less Telladega Nights -- at least that's what consumer's wallets are saying. According to Media Control GfK International's 2008 wrap-up, packaged retail videogames outsold DVD and Blu-ray discs worldwide last ye...

Dale North