Xbox 360 won’t get the HD Collection Patch

That’s it, the patch that was recently released for Playstation 3 with the goal of solving the well known technical problems of Silent Hill: HD Collection, won’t make its way into the Xbox 360.
The announcement was made by Konami through a press release.

PlayStation 3 Online Patch Deployed. XBOX 360 Patch No Longer Scheduled for Release

Today, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced that while a PlayStation®3 online title update for Silent Hill HD Collection has been deployed for download via PlayStation®Network, plans for an XBOX®360 title update have been cancelled due to technical issues and resources.

Understanding the issues some users are experiencing, KONAMI issued a title update for Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3), which fixed frame rate issues as well as audio-synching and other reported issues. KONAMI apologizes to any players who are continuing to experience these issues on the XBOX 360 sku.

Silent Hill HD Collection is available at retail stores nationwide.

This decision is certainly very sad, as Konami decided to keep Xbox 360 players from getting a patch to solve technical problems on their product, the HD Collection. Therefore, if Xbox players paid the same for that HD Collection, why aren’t they able to experience the game with better conditions than the ones Konami presented on this failed remaster of Silent Hill 2 and 3?
No answers about these facts, but of one thing I’m sure, Xbox is not getting a patch for HD Collection.

Konami working on patches for Downpour and HD Collection

Silent Hill fans, we are currently aware that many users have encountered technical issues while playing Silent Hill HD Collection and Silent Hill Downpour.

Development teams are currently creating online patches for both games, which will fix frame rate issues, as well as the audio-synching in Silent Hill HD Collection and the Auto-Save issues in Silent Hill Downpour. Players have voiced their concerns and solutions to these issues will be fixed and launched in the coming weeks. Patches for Silent Hill Downpour and Silent Hill HD Collection will be made available on both XBOX®Live Arcade and PlayStation®Network. 

Thank you for your patience and stay tuned to this page as we update you on this ongoing process.

Source: Konami

Silent Hill HD Collection review by Cameron Rogers

Inner Fear recieved another Silent Hill HD Collection review, this time written by Cameron Rogers. Check out his opinion about the collection that gathers Silent Hill 2 and 3 together in one disc, featuring remastered audio and graphics alongside with new voices!

Tomm Hulett on the new Silent Hill HD Collection voices

Tomm Hulett talks about the new HD Collection voice cast:

My primary responsibility on the project was handling the voice recording.  It was really fun–kind of a blast to my past at Atlus, doing game localization.  We got the best talent around – including actors you’d hear in Catherine, Arkham City, Bioshock, etc.  Many of them were already fans of the games, and knew the characters well already.  One standout performance is Angela.  Nothing against Donna Burke (she’s fine as Claudia in SH3), but hiding her accent really hurt the Angela performance.  The new actress really brings out Angela’s pain and instability–a character you want to help, but whose inner darkness is repelling at the same time.

There’s been a lot of fan griping about my choice to cast Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Mary/Maria.  However I felt this was perfect casting for a number of reasons.  One, the first time I saw that Konami E3 trailer for SH3 with her vocal performance, I mistakenly assumed it was meant to be Maria singing the song (at Heaven’s Night?).  Most people will agree she’s a good fit for Maria, it’s the dual role of Mary where the SH faithful start questioning it.  Here’s the thing.  First, James remarks that Maria’s voice is identical to Mary’s – so having a varied performance between the two doesn’t fit.  Second, every single time we hear Mary (other than the video in the hotel during their vacation) she is at the tail end of her illness.  She’s basically on her death bed.  You don’t sound light and airy on your death bed – you sound heavy, weary, and tired.  By the character’s own admission, she wasn’t a fragile, broken leaf at that moment–she was angry, lashing out at everybody.  I felt Mary E’s performance could bring this out, rather than sticking to a lighter, more gentle Mary.

But now you can hear and judge for yourself!  Hopefully you find HD Collection to be a faithful remastering that cements all the things that made SH2 and SH3 great a decade ago.