Friday, August 24, 2012

Megabits of News: Weekly Roundup (w/e 23 Aug)

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European rock training available next month 
VG24/7 says Rocksmith, which helps gamers learn how to play the guitar and bass for real, will be released in European stores on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on 27 September, and on the PC on 18 October. Rocksmith was launched in the US last October, meaning budding rock stars across the pond have a head start

Price of Kinect drops in the US 
The price of the Xbox 360’s Kinect has dropped $40 to $109.99 in the US, says Joystiq. The price also dropped, but by an unspecified price, in Latin America and in Asia Pacific regions, while lucky Australian and New Zealand gamers will see costs fall in October. Unfortunately, for anyone in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Japan, no price change has been hinted.

Pay as you go Sky now available on Xbox 360 
The game console is now king of home entertainment. A Sky Now TV app has launched on Xbox 360, allowing gamers who want a rest from button bashing to watch a new pay as you go service offering Sky Movies on demand. It is understood that Sky Sports will soon follow – all you need now is a comfy sofa. See CVG for more.

Sony to close its Liverpool studio after 28 years 
Sony Liverpool, which was responsible for classics such as Wipeout and Destruction Derby, has been closed, following a review of operations by SCE Worldwide Studios. CVG says staff at Liverpool Studio are expected to be relocated other parts of the business. Sony Liverpool formed in 1984 as Psygnosis, before it was bought by the Japanese company in 1993. See our comment for more.

Konami’s PES 2013 will hold 150 licenses  
MCV says Konami is trying to reign in on FIFA dominance, after capturing 150 licenses for PES 2013. The licenses include the entire Spanish league, every team in Italy’s Serie A, and the UEFA Champions League, as well as a number of other European club teams. However, it has missed out on most teams in the Premier League. Let’s hope the gameplay makes up for the loss.