The update itself is said to "prep" the PS3 for 3D gaming which is a feature intended to be introduced in the future as in, you know, not now but later. At least this gives you some time to save up a few bucks for that brand new 3D TV you'll need to play your games with the added illusion of depth perception.
No More Heroes is heading over to the Xbox 360 and someone, somewhere (probably here or something) decided to show off what sort of extra visual flair would be added to a game originally developed for the Wii after being ported over to the Xbox 360. Here's a hint: More shaders. It's worth mentioning however that the Wii iteration holds up surprisingly well, thanks in part to the cel-shaded art style.
Ubisoft's sword swinger Red Steel 2 is seeing some somewhat meager sales numbers for its first twelve days on the shelf. Kotaku provided the NPD numbers detailing the figures and as it stands now it doesn't look like a lot of people are sliding their plastic for the Wii-motion plus centered title, which is really a shame since the sword fighting mechanics of the game is something to be experienced.
Ubisoft commented on the matter making sure to mention that the figures only reflected twelve days worth of sales and that they would wait to see were the series stands in the long term. Hopefully some more substantial numbers will help bolster the game to success.
To catch you guys up on recent Sony news, a firmware update was announced that would enable 3D gaming on the Playstation 3 and was planned to go live sometime in June. A few select titles including Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, PAIN, and Motorstorm: Pacific Rift would feature the 3D update and other titles the likes Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, and Gran Turismo 5 were either rumored or hinted at. What the update doesn't let you do is watch 3D blu-ray movies.
Will 3D Blu-ray playback ever make it to the PS3? Yeah, probably. With the industries push to have more 3D television sets in consumer homes it would be invaluable to have a major video game console sport the new feature. As for more games sporting 3D other than the aformentioned? Can't say too much on that currently but expect Sony to be throwing all sorts of news around when the update hits this June.
Valve recently announced that the highly anticipated Left 4 Dead/ Left 4 Dead 2 DLC "the passing" which has the protagonists from both games teaming up for some zombie busting action will be released sometime this week for the PC and Xbox 360. As far as an official release date goes all Valve will offer is a nebulous reference to this week so expect the actual landing of the DLC to come at anytime.
In other supplementary news, according to Joystiq you can also get your hands on a couple songs on the rock band network from the Midnight Riders, L4D2's ficticious rock band. Bonuses are bonuses and this is as good as any.
Despite some grievances with a linear design and a plodding first twenty hours Final Fantasy XIII is quite a success. According to an NPD report Final Fantasy XIII has sold roughly 1,321,000 copies state side with the PS3 version of the game outselling the Xbox 360 counter part nearly two to one. Since there are some differences between the platforms, mainly the use of multiple DVD's and a lower resolution overall on the Xbox 360 version, its not really all that surprising.
Generally, the likely purchasers of the Xbox 360 version of FFXIII are either those who only own an Xbox 360 or multiplatform owners prefering to throw their support behind Microsoft's console for personal reasons/incentives, such as raising one's gamer score. Aside from these suppositions there is thorough and undisputable evidence that the Xbox 360 version of the game is not of the same quality as the Playstation 3. Sure the differences are minor, but gamers who own both platforms tend to be sensitive to these differences, preferring to go with the platform the game seems most optimized for.
While some of the thunder was lost due to an early leak, Cliffy B's big reveal of Gears of War 3 on the Jimmy Fallon show last night still had plenty of pomp and circumstance going for it, thanks in part to the over one minute teaser debuted on the show.
From the teaser we can gather that the war with the locust is still in full swing. This time around there will be beards, tall tentacle like monsters, and a bit of feminine brutality. All and all, it's Gears of War. More Gears of War.
Since the teasers debute some other noteworthy nuggets have been made known. Gear 3 will feature story oriented four player co-op. Since much of Gears's past merits have lied in its excellent cooperative play this is nothing but good news. In addition an official release date of April 5th for North America and Asia, 7th for Japan, and 8th for everyone else has been provided by Microsoft.