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R2-D2 Soon Available as Home Entertainment Product

posted Saturday Jul 30, 2011 by Scott Ertz

R2-D2 Soon Available as Home Entertainment Product

It isn't every day that Microsoft creates a custom Xbox 360 to go along with a videogame release. Even more rare is for them to release a custom console for a game that they are not intimately involved with. Based on this information, it was a surprise when they announced a Star Wars Kinect custom console.

The console itself is modeled after R2-D2 with a matching gold C-3PO controller. In addition, a matching Kinect sensor is included, along with a 320GB hard drive, Star Wars Kinect and Kinect Adventures. All of this for a price of only $449.

Oh, by the way, it also has custom console sounds. So, are you going to be getting one of these when it launches this fall? Let us know in the comments section. Also, good news: you can pre-order from the Microsoft Store right now!

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Satoru Iwata Takes Price Cut

posted Saturday Jul 30, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Satoru Iwata Takes Price Cut

By now, I think we all know about Nintendo's 3DS price cut, but that isn't the only thing getting slashed at Nintendo. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's corporate president, has taken responsibility for the poor sales numbers and recognizes the probable loss that will accompany the price drop on the 3DS, and has announced that he will take a 50% pay cut, as well.

He won't be the only executive to be taking a major pay cut, either. In explaination of the pay cuts, Iwata himself said,

For cuts in fixed salaries, I'm taking a fifty percent cut, other representative directors are taking a 30 percent cut, and other execs are taking a 20 percent cut.

Hit the break to find out how and why this is happening.

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NCSoft to Reveal New Game

posted Friday Jul 29, 2011 by Scott Ertz

NCSoft to Reveal New Game

Ever since NCsoft announced that they would be attending gamescom 2011 and were going to "make some world exclusive announcements," the Interwebz have been trying to figure out what it could be. The prevailing theory seems to have been there would finally be a release date for Guild Wars 2.

This week, however, NCsoft announced through a letter from Executive Producer Jeremy Gaffney that the big announcement will not have anything to do with any existing IP, but instead will be the game the guys over at Carbine Studios have been working on. While we may not know a lot about it, we do know that it is a new sci-fi MMO IP.

Want more information that that? Hit the break.

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Nintendo Slashes Price on 3DS After an 82% Cut in Sales Forecast

posted Thursday Jul 28, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Nintendo Slashes Price on 3DS After an 82% Cut in Sales Forecast

Nintendo had high hopes that its Nintendo 3DS would bring the company out of the basement of the gaming world and bring it back to the glory days. Unfortunately, Quarter 2 results did not look so good for the company. Nintendo posted a total net loss of $324 million for Q2, a little more than their hit from last year as the same time. The bigger issue here is that Nintendo also reduced their sales forecast for 2010 by 82 percent, from $11.5 billion to a mere $257 million.

Because of this, Nintendo's stock dropped by a fifth of its value this week. As it turns out, 11,190 investors didn't seem to like an 82 percent decrease in sales projections. Nintendo is putting the blame on a lack of sales for the big titles on the Wii and 3DS.

So what is a company who is struggling to barely keep afloat this year to do after a disastrous financial report? Drop the price of their headlining handheld gaming device, of course! More details on that after the break.

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FOX Limits How Soon You Can Watch Their Content Online After It Airs

posted Wednesday Jul 27, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

FOX Limits How Soon You Can Watch Their Content Online After It Airs

In less than a month, FOX Broadcasting will be launching a new campaign to go after the pirates (Davey Jones, Giant Squid). FOX is aiming to make sure cord-cutters aren't going to benefit from sites like Hulu and Fox.com anymore. Starting on August 15th, if you have DISH Network, you will be the first to be able to watch new episodes of FOX TV shows online. If you don't have DISH, you will have to wait 8 days after the episode airs on TV. This change will affect anywhere that hosts FOX TV shows on their site, legally, of course. This particularly affects Fox.com and Hulu.

We have more on the change and why after the break.

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RadioShack Upgrades From 3G+ to 4G LTE

posted Wednesday Jul 27, 2011 by Scott Ertz

RadioShack Upgrades From 3G+ to 4G LTE

As regular readers of The UpStream know, many of us here are RadioShack alumni. Over the years, we have seen a lot of changes, particularly in the wireless business. In my tenure with the company, I had the opportunity to interact with all of the major networks but always in smaller, odd pairings. The largest, and possibly strangest pairing, is the current 3 that The Shack offers - Sprint, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile.

This week, however, RadioShack announced that they plan to oust T-Mobile and replace them with Verizon Wireless. This is a surprising move considering remarks that RadioShack leaders have made about the smallest national carrier's interactions with the retailer. At one point during the 4th quarter earnings call for 2010, there was even a comment about T-Mobile breaching their contract with the corporation. With all of that said, I don't think anyone is surprised that the new CEO, James F. Gooch, is ready to be done with them.

How does this impact the wireless-buying populace? Hit the break to find out.

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