Microsoft Says Xbox 360 Can "Handle" Metal Gear Solid 4

In the wake of Konami telling » 10/16/08 7:30am 10/16/08 7:30am a Japanese investor site that it was "looking into" an Xbox 360 version of , Microsoft is now quoted as saying that the Xbox 360 can "handle" . With now multi-plat, that argument seems like it could very well hold water. According to John Schappert, the firm's corporate vice-president…

Sony Doesn't Think Games Are Exactly Recession-Proof

Conventional wisdom says games are recession proof. Sony Computer Entertainment is not a conventional company and SCE head Kaz Hirai is not a conventional exec. So screw that wisdom. Well, sorta. Hirai doesn't think games are the market equivalent of Teflon, but does think gaming won't get hit as hard as other… » 10/15/08 12:00am 10/15/08 12:00am

Microsoft Coy On Future Spring & Fall Upates

Speaking to a gathering of journalists earlier this week at the Tokyo Game Show, John "Crazy Days" Schappert seemed unwilling to say that the Xbox 360 would return to the once comforting twice a year release schedule for its updates. "I don't know if we are going to tie ourselves to a spring fall release schedule as… » 10/11/08 9:30am 10/11/08 9:30am

Xbox 360: Official Console of 2008 Recession

With daily free falls in most of the international stock markets, a recession isn't just a scary word, it's seemingly unavoidable. During a chat with Microsoft vice president John Schappert yesterday I asked him if he thought that the Xbox 360 with its emphasis on high-definition gaming was a "recession proof"… » 10/09/08 8:00pm 10/09/08 8:00pm

Liveblogging Microsoft's TGS Keynote

Microsoft's John Schappert is due to take the stage in the International Business Center at the Makuhari Messe to drop some knowledge on Tokyo's gaming set. The corporate vice president of the LIVE, Software and Services Business is going to give a speech about the "gaming canvas" of the world, or so we've been told… » 10/08/08 10:00pm 10/08/08 10:00pm

How Soon Until Microsoft Start Charging For Avatar Customisaton?

When the 360's new dash is launched, it'll cost you nothing to build an avatar. It'll cost you nothing to customise it, either, so if you throw on the wrong coloured pair of slacks, relax! Just change them over, no questions asked. But what about the future? VentureBeat asked Microsoft's John Schappert whether… » 8/01/08 8:00am 8/01/08 8:00am