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Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 30

SHIFT 2, LEGO Clone Wars, Top Spin 4, Red Faction: Battlegrounds, MotoGP 10/11.

Download Games Roundup

Dishwasher! Machinarium! Faction! Chime! Cell!

Digital FoundryRed Faction: Battlegrounds PS3 Performance

PS3 SKU appears to outperform the 360 game.

Digital FoundryRed Faction: Battlegrounds Xbox 360 Performance

The frame-rate "scores on the doors" for the 360 build.

Key events

Darksiders and Red Faction sold to Nordic Games

Gearbox paid $1.35 million for Homeworld, 505 acquired Drawn to Life.

The second THQ auction has concluded with surprising results. We found out earlier today that Gearbox acquired the rights to Homeworld, but that's not the only jaw-dropping revelation. Vigil's beloved armageddon themed action/adventure series Darksiders was sold to Nordic Games, publisher of Alan Wake on PC, The Book of Unwritten Tales, and the later Painkiller titles.

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 30

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 30

SHIFT 2, LEGO Clone Wars, Top Spin 4, Red Faction: Battlegrounds, MotoGP 10/11.

Welcome to the latest skirmish in the ongoing Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 Face-Off series, Digital Foundry's continuing analysis of cross-platform development on our two favourite consoles.

As we reach our 30th anniversary, perhaps a quick refresher on what we do and how we do it is in order. For each game, our capture stations ruthlessly plunder the HDMI ports of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, extracting the video output with digital lossless precision. Gameplay clips are then amassed from the raw captures, edited and synchronised, and from there the process of choosing screenshots and creating comparison videos begins.

Gameplay is analysed via our bespoke tool (dubbed internally FPSGui) which coughs up videos measuring frame-rate and screen-tear, while comparison movies are generally slowed down to 50 per cent speeds and custom-encoded to ensure the highest picture quality using the lowest amount of bandwidth.

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Download Games Roundup

Download Games Roundup

Dishwasher! Machinarium! Faction! Chime! Cell!

The sun's shining. The sky is blue. That can mean only one thing: it's time to reduce your risk of skin cancer and sit inside and play games until your eyeballs bleed.

This week there were way too many releases to do the download scene full justice, so we'll try to get to G-Rev's shooter Strania next week, as well as the likes of Dino D-Day (Dinosaurs! In World War II!), Dungeon Hunter and the various PSP Minis and DSiWare nuggets that invariably look rubbish at first glance, but turn out to be rather good.

So, queue up those downloads, draw the blinds and ignore the warmest start to April in living memory.

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EU PlayStation Store Update 6th April

The PlayStation Store has been redesigned. A bit.

There are new sections you'll notice when you tootle down the virtual aisles today. There's a top-level Demos category; a Franchises section to group all content by, say, Call of Duty; a Charts section for the most popular forms of all Store content; easier to find Themes and Avatars; and a more organised PlayStation Plus area.

Those changes are presented with a new cosmetic flourish.

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Red Faction spin-off, movie "justified"

"Big enough fanbase" for transmedia.

There is a Red Faction: Armageddon comic book, a spin-off downloadable arcade game and even a feature length TV movie - enough to spark Red Faction fatigue - but for creator Volition it's all justified.

Red Faction: Battlegrounds release date

Red Faction: Battlegrounds release date

XBLA and PSN game "a quick little snack".

Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network game Red Faction: Battlegrounds will launch during the first week of April, THQ has confirmed to Eurogamer.

That means the top-down twin-stick Destruction Derby style Red Faction spin-off will likely launch on 5th April on XBLA and 6th April on PSN for European gamers.

Battlegrounds, revealed in August last year, offers four-player vehicular co-op with a focus on quick-fire destruction.

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