6 reasons to buy a PS3

Posted in Blu-Ray,HD-DVD,PS3 by Michael Pica on the August 11th, 2007

It’s funny, I’ve been labeled a fanboy of nearly every console brand made. I guess you could say I’m just a fan of console games in general. I usually have no qualms with speaking whats on my mind about something. Recently I’ve been labeled an Xbox/Microsoft fanboy more than anything else. To be perfectly clear I really don’t like Microsoft, I despise most of their products and I’m actually in the process of migrating from XP to Ubuntu (or at least dual booting). I do quite like the Xbox, but that is only because as a gamer the Xbox brand has delivered the goods. The games they make for the console fit my tastes and many of the features are things I’d been begging for ANYONE in the industry to implement for years now. (more…)

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BRD vs HD-DVD Round 2

Posted in Blu-Ray,HD-DVD,PS3,The Industry by Michael Pica on the June 21st, 2007

So the format war still rages on, it seemed like the news concerning the two formats had died down for quite a while, though recent announcements by Blockbuster concerning their support have brought it back into the forefront again. Now is as good a time as any to re-evaluate where these two formats stand, read on to find out for yourself. (more…)

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20 Needed Dashboard Features: Part 1

Posted in HD-DVD,Xbox 360 by Michael Pica on the April 10th, 2007

Microsoft is getting ready to launch their biannual Xbox 360 update on May 7th. While the Fall update typically concentrates on user requested features, the Spring update is usually less visible and more focused on behind the scenes optimization, security, and bug fixes. Even still, the feature list of the Spring update has a few nice additions to the dashboard. Some of these features how ever seem to be non-issues in comparison to some changes that might actually provide a significant benefit to Xbox 360 owners (and potential Xbox 360 owners).

In light of that I’ve created a list of 20 dashboard and guide features that I feel would add tremendous benefit to the Xbox 360 console (at least it will give them something to think about for 2007′s fall update). There’s a lot to cover here so rather then delivering it all at once I’ve decided to make it a four part series spanning four days this week (that’s five features a day for the mathematically inept). Part 1 starts off with Media and A/V features… enjoy.


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The State of HD Gaming

Posted in Blu-Ray,HD-DVD,Home Theater,PS3,Sony,The Industry,Xbox 360,Xbox-Scene by Michael Pica on the March 31st, 2007

By request I’ve written an extended version my Xbox 360 and HDMI article. The article appears exclusively in the Editorial section of the Xbox-Scene forums.

The State of HD Gaming – Past Present and Future

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