Archive for: ps3

“All” PS3 games to get 3D support via firmware update come 2010

  • September 4, 2009 8:17 am

Since HD is now old news, the visually driven and technologically proficient individuals need something new to gravitate towards and lust after. That lust can now be focused on 3D. Even though 3D isn’t a new technology by any means, its acceptance into mainstream applications such as consumer televisions has been a long, long time coming. Sony has announced at IFA2009 that 2010 will be the year of 3D…for them anyway. It is next year that Sony will issue an update to the PS3 firmware that will enable 3D support for all games. While it appears consumers will need a new TV to harness this feature, Sony is doing the right thing by not making it exclusive to Sony only displays. The geeky part isn’t really that geeky at all. The signal sent from the PS3 to the TV is your fairly standard HDMI signal. Alternating images and 3D glasses will cause the funky effects that our optical receivers and brains interpret as 3D. I certainly can’t wait. Gaming in 3D just seems so….awesome. Right?

Source: Engadget

Backwards compatibility no more — PS3 Slim also 30+% slimmer software wise

  • August 21, 2009 5:37 am

While have mixed emotions about the PS3 Slim (love the new price, pretty much hate the cheap looking plastic crap they covered it in), I’m not so excited about the loss of PS2 backwards compatibility. Yes I know that PS2′s are still dominating sales charts, but I would assume a big part for that is because of the PS3′s higher price tag up until a few days ago. Though Sony also claims that most of the PS3′s usage goes towards Blue-ray movies and next gen PS3 games. Still, many such as myself love popping in a golden oldie every once in a while to re-live the glory days and don’t want to deal with cable switching or even pressing a button on an actual switch to toggle between systems. Coupled with the fact that the PS3′s two other competitors offer backwards compatibility, this new found software diet isn’t something I take lightly.

I chalk this up to a poor business model on Sony’s end. If you can’t figure out how to make a new system cater to the old and new while being competitive and innovative, it’s time to clean out the closet and hire some new people. But that’s just me. Many will continue on through life never thinking twice about the abilities now gone from the new, slimmer PS3. I will remember however, the next I have to hop back to my PS2 to play an old title…I will remember.

Source: Engadget, Joystiq

Sony removes head from sand/ass finally reducing PS3 cost, giving us the PS3 slim? [Updated]

  • August 18, 2009 5:46 am

The Sony PS3 is long overdue for a price cut and a diet. As their competitors have lowered prices to cope with sagging sales in this economy, Sony has remained steadfast in their pricing time and time again denouncing rumors of price cuts and a slimmer more energy efficient PS3. However, a lucky FYE worker has managed to hit the mother load. The Kotaku reader apparently received some promotional flyers for his store that included two very juicy bits of information.

The first bit of good news states: “New Low Price” with the tag teaming second sentence reading: “New and Exciting PS3″. So, the 80GB and 120GB PS3 are presumably getting price cuts from $399 -> $299 and $499 ->$399 respectively. The “New and Exciting PS3″ wording potentially reveals that the PS3 slim rumored about for what seems years now may finally be getting its grand revealing. Further backing up these claims is a front page ad by Kmart with the exact same claims of low price and a new exciting PS3. Sony is supposed to make press announcement of some sort at the Cologne Gamescon Expo that starts at 12 noon (EST) today. Could this be the day we’ve all been waiting for?

**UpdateKmart now has a PS3 slim model available for pre-order as does Sears. The rumors seem to be coming true. So ya think Sony is going to announce it today?

**Update 2Cat’s outta’ the bag. Sony has just announced the PS3 Slim which will consumer 34% power and take up 32% less space. Yippee!

[Kmart ad]
[FYE Poster]

Source: Engadget

N64 Laptop ensures hours of retro gaming on the fly

  • August 10, 2009 10:55 am

Sure there have been various consoles parted and stuffed into cases of different sizes. But the coolest one to cross my attention so far is the N64 laptop. Stuffed inside of a PS3 carrying case, the N64 mod brings retro gaming to gamers on the move. While the mod pictured is a bit crude and unrefined, the unit apparently does the intended purpose of giving the creators the added benefit and ease of N64 gaming wherever they please. Not to mention, the game in the picture is one of my favorites and to me, one of the best N64 titles ever: Goldeneye. Of course, what good is a portable gaming system without controllers? Luckily two controller ports are located on the side of the device. If you’re feeling a little crafty yourselves, you can take comfort in knowing that this particular mod won’t run you too much in the cheddar department as all of the parts needed were only a “few dollars”. Cool device of the day? If you’re still reading eagerly awaiting building instructions and some more pics of the dirty, raw internals, head on over to No Where Else and educate yourselves.

Source: Geeky-Gadgets, No Where Else

Sony provided backwards compatability coming back into focus?

  • June 30, 2009 12:29 pm

Chances are that most individuals with a PS3 have at least one PS2 game floating around their house. If they don’t own one, they’ve at least played one on the next gen console before. While the Xbox 360 has more or less buried its predecesor, negating it to but a mere thought that crosses our minds every now and then, the PS3 has yet to decimate the PS2. Heck, the PS2 is having some of the best sales numbers of its life. Still, the push to next gen hardware won’t go away. Sony knows this. The original PS3′s had hardware based backwards compatability from the start. Over time that support was dropped to reduce building costs. Still, after several years on the market, the PS3 is now overpriced and going nowhere.

Activision Blizzard questioning PS3/PSP support in 2010 and beyond? [Gasps!]

  • June 19, 2009 9:28 am

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Now before you jump off your computer chair and smash your face on the monitor, know that Activision Blizzard is not leaving Sony, the PS3, or the PSP…yet.  However, an Activision Blizzard future without Sony products may not be too far fetched or too far off.  According to Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard’s CEO:

I’m getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don’t make it easy for me to support the platform. It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation…When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support [PS3 and PSP].

PhysX technology coming to PS3

  • March 17, 2009 2:37 pm

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Gaming geeks and so forth have something to keep their spirits up as Nvidia has made known their licensing agreement with Sony that will enable their PhysX technology to make its way to the PS3.  What does PhysX tech do?  Well, it is claimed to make games more realistic.  Does it?  I’ll let you decide.  Just know that it’s coming.  Registered PS3 developers can get in on the action by downloading the SDK via the SCEI Developer Network.

 

Source: Engadget, Nvidia

EA to Sony: “Get you’re act together!”

  • March 4, 2009 1:41 pm

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In what could be translated as a call for a price cut in order to stay somewhat competitive in the gaming console market, Redwood Shores general manager Glen Schofield voiced his concerns that given the current economic situation, Sony better do something..and fast.  He stopped short of calling for an outright price cut, but we all know that is what everyone is thinking and clearly voicing to Sony.  It’s no secret that the PS3 is still costing Sony money day after day.  Will they figure out some brainiac  marketing scheme to get them out of their current funk?  EA  has already stated that they are focusing as much of their efforts and resources on the Wii, and for good reason.  It is the most popular console on the market, with the Xbox 360 a distant second, and the PS3 in an entirely different time zone.  Let’s hope so as a 2 console gaming market just seems so uncool.  Please Sony, for everyone, drop the price already.  You’re already eating your investment…why not a tad more to try and make up some lost ground.

 

Source: Alley Insider

Early PS4 info? (One single, tiny grain of salt falls from the sky)

  • January 29, 2009 8:02 pm

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As the title says, take this with a single grain of salt as the reality of it as of now looks highly unlikely.  Apparently Gaming Front has received a few early bits of information about the PS3′s successor…the PS4.  Alley Insider contacted Sony about the matter and of course they denied it.  But, given Sony’s history of denying products till their blue only to release them the next day has the credibility equally low.  What is “known” about the PS4?