Microsoft to can Age of Empires maker

Gamespot.com revealed today that Microsoft plans to shutdown its Ensemble Studios. Speculations were raised after Microsoft had fired much of the staff at Ensemble; which is currently developing Halo Wars. Gaming news sites Gamasutra , and Shacknews reported that those directly involved in the much anticipated Real-Time Strategy, would be the only ones left after today. Read the rest of this entry »

Japanese XBOX 360 to retail at $183

An XBOX 360 along with a Nintendo Wii

An Xbox 360 along with a Nintendo Wii

The sale of the XBOX platform has always lagged behind in Japan even from the days of the original console release. The X360 has also been unable to beat the Japanese maker’s (Sony and Nintendo) game systems in terms of number of units sold. In light of the current market situation in Japan, Microsoft yesterday announced that it would reduce the price of all the Xbox 360 systems this month. Here is what Gamespot reports:

Today, at a Tokyo media event, Microsoft announced that it is slashing the prices of all three of its Xbox 360 models…in Japan. Starting on September 11, the 120GB Elite will go from ¥47,800 (about $441*) to 39,800 ($368) and the newly 60GB Pro will go on sale for ¥29,800 ($275)–¥5,000 ($46) less than its 20GB predecessor. Most significantly, however, is the price cut of the hard drive-free Xbox 360 Arcade, which will see a drastic drop from ¥27,800 ($257) to ¥19,800 ($183).

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