Posted tagged ‘Xbox 360’

Console gaming to invade out-of-home venues with the Game Gate machine

January 9, 2009

We have been following the efforts of those who have been attempting to bring console gaming back into arcades (you might recall that consoles have been used before in arcades to ggflyer_frontpromote a game system in particular – the Nintendo VS. or Sega’s Mega Play come to mind) and so far no one had been successful at creating a legal platform where operators could set-up a console like the Xbox 360 and go from there. The Arcade Station T2 got close but apparently had dropped the ball somewhere but now the T2 is back, redesigned and legal. In addition to the Xbox 360 it can also play Playstation 3 games now and the unit already has distributors set up in Europe and the US. As a sign of legitimacy to it, Sega Amusements Europe will be distributing the unit in Europe (except for Italy); a company called American Reload will handle it in the US and Highway Games will take care of it in Asia. More details will be forthcoming at ATEI 2009 and I imagine that this will probably see Street Fighter 4 being played at many locations since an operator could save gobs of cash on it and still charge quarters/tokens for the game without having to keep a constant eye on the thing.

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Early/rough SFIV arcade to console comparison

October 10, 2008

At the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom is proudly demonstrating the latest betas of SFIV on the PS3 and Xbox 360 – which has led to questions about what differences there will be between the versions. Comments have been raised about the backgrounds and frame rate yet again – with the arcade version coming out on top. Of course the console versions are still in a beta state so it remains to be seen what will happen there and at this point it still isn’t clear how well the vs. online support will stack up on the console versions. Also provided to us by The Stinger Report are screenshots of each version so far. Naturally one can’t see the frame rate difference but it’s still a decent guideline to go off of for now:

Arcade:

Xbox 360

PS3

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Highway Games cancels involvement with the T2 Xbox 360 arcade station

September 14, 2008

After word came around that the “Arcade Station T2” was in fact not being endorsed by Microsoft, we see the dominoes falling fast as Highway Games, the site that was part of the promotion of the T2 has pulled their support for the cabinet as they learned that Quasimoto had not secured licensing on the unit. From the Highway Games announcement:

This machine was scheduled for production last month with the first sample to be displayed by Highway Games Japanese partner at the upcoming Jamma Show in Tokyo. However, after the recent press release and announcement through highwaygames.com, we have received a number of calls from insiders to mention that all licensing of the machine has not taken place. Specifically, that whilst Microsoft was involved initially in the development of the controller board, no final authorisation or licensing was signed by Microsoft. Special thanks to The Stinger Report, for exposing flaws in the licensing agreements and further thanks to our industry friends for providing detailed information…

…Highway Games wishes to apologise to our loyal partners. At no time were we aware that licenses were not complete, having been informed since early this year that this project is fully endorsed by Microsoft. We are both upset and frustrated to dedicate so much time and effort in a flawed project and as such, Highway Games reserves the right to seek legal counsel.

It is too bad that this didn’t come to fruition as the idea is good but I believe that unless a company like Microsoft undertakes the effort themselves then you’re never going to see an official unit along these lines.It is also difficult since you would also be dealing with license agreements from other developers who in recent times have begun printing on their discs that the game cannot be used for a public demonstration like this.

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The Xbox 360 Arcade Station T2 is legit UPDATED with Microsoft’s response

August 28, 2008

We’ve been looking at the T2 Arcade Station for a while now, it turns an Xbox 360 into a coin-operated device and while there have been questions about it’s legality that had gone unanswered, the company who created the system, Quasimoto Interactive Inc now says that they have obtained authorization from Microsoft Corp. to go ahead with the product. While MS has yet to release a press release about it, my sources are saying that one will be out soon and they are confirming that this is indeed a legitimately licensed product.

It should be interesting to see what kind of effect this will have in arcades, while it’s true that the 360 install base is fairly large there is the social arcade appeal and the fact that players could get a chance to play the full versions of certain games like this before buying them.

UPDATE: I have received an update from Microsoft and here is what they have to say about it: Microsoft does not support or endorse such a product. We suggest you direct any questions to Quasimoto Interactive.

Also on the page for the XBOX Arcade Machine it says at the bottom ” This Web site is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Microsoft, xbox or any other affliates or business partners.”

So are we back at square one again?

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The Xbox 360 Arcade Station T2 is legit UPDATED with Microsoft's response

August 28, 2008

We’ve been looking at the T2 Arcade Station for a while now, it turns an Xbox 360 into a coin-operated device and while there have been questions about it’s legality that had gone unanswered, the company who created the system, Quasimoto Interactive Inc now says that they have obtained authorization from Microsoft Corp. to go ahead with the product. While MS has yet to release a press release about it, my sources are saying that one will be out soon and they are confirming that this is indeed a legitimately licensed product.

It should be interesting to see what kind of effect this will have in arcades, while it’s true that the 360 install base is fairly large there is the social arcade appeal and the fact that players could get a chance to play the full versions of certain games like this before buying them.

UPDATE: I have received an update from Microsoft and here is what they have to say about it: Microsoft does not support or endorse such a product. We suggest you direct any questions to Quasimoto Interactive.

Also on the page for the XBOX Arcade Machine it says at the bottom ” This Web site is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Microsoft, xbox or any other affliates or business partners.”

So are we back at square one again?

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The Xbox Arcade Machine revealed

August 4, 2008

We have heard of the latest attempt at an Xbox Arcade machine but until now, no one had seen it. Thanks to The Stinger Report, we have a first look at the “T2” arcade machine, which houses an Xbox 360 inside, along with two connected controllers and a coin mech. As you can see, the cabinet itself looks like an old school cabinet and we assume that it also features an HD screen. Then again, this is an obvious mock-up, by taking a close look at the marquee you can tell that it was photoshopped in. But it’s better than nothing, right?

The only problem with it is that there is still no confirmation on the legality of this cabinet, which has caused similar ideas like FragIsle to quietly go away. Hopefully that can be clarified soon; I would assume that they know about troubles others have had in trying the same thing so they would try to avoid it.

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Xbox 360 kiosks brought to hospitals with pre-loaded games; coin-op version next?

May 6, 2008

Ever since Microsoft revealed the term “Xbox Live Arcade” along with the concept that has included original content along with remade classic arcade titles, people have thought of bringing the Xbox 360 into the arcade. While one might wonder the value in such a thing, it’s good advertising for Microsoft, it would advertise XBLA games giving people a chance to play the full versions at the arcade, thus seeing if the game is worth it beyond the demo and it’s not bad for arcades either which would have a platform for constant new content. One notable reference was the Fragisle platform that was demonstrated to distributors but has since disappeared.

Now Microsoft has revealed a specialized Xbox 360 kiosk that has been created for children’s hospitals across the US. It is connected to a specialized version of Xbox Live that has been created specifically for the kiosks and essentially keeps the kids separate from the standard XBL network (which sometimes isn’t very kid friendly). Says the source:

The customized and hospital-friendly Xbox 360 kiosks are pre-loaded with a variety of E and E10+ rated games, Y-rated television programs, G-rated movies, as well as Xbox LIVE Headset and LIVE Vision Camera capabilities, which enable patients to communicate over a dedicated Xbox LIVE network.

There also is this: a website dedicated to the”Xbox Arcade Machine“. One needs a password to get anywhere but you have to wonder, is this the next step, say an official Xbox Arcade machine??

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