Archive for July, 2005

PS2 tops 91 Million

The PS2 has sold over 91 million units. From all indications, Sony will continue to support and make games for the PS2 long after the PS3 has hit the market. After all, they did the same with the PS1 after the PS2 hit.

The PS3 has sold exactly 0 units. But they’re coming! And when Mr. Kutaragi predicts that the Sony’s PS3 will last 10 years on the market, it’s not so hard to believe, given what’s come before.

Link: gameindustry.bizWorldwide PS2 shipment figures top 91 million
Link: engadgetPS3 expected to live 10 years in the market?

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Timing of Japanese 360 Games

Much of the Xbox 360 software announced at the Xbox Summit 2005 won’t wander onto the shelves until mid 2006. the INQUIRER says:

Interestingly enough an awful lot of these Japanese games won’t be launch titles for the Xbox 360 but are expected sometime around “Summer 2006” which is, entirely coincidentally, we don’t doubt, around the same time as the launch of the PlayStation 3.

But I have a different idea. Not all these games were announced as exclusives. For example, I haven’t seen anything yet about Ridge Racer 6 being a 360 exclusive. So maybe these games are just coming out in the summer because the Japanese publishers plan on releasing them for both the PS3 and 360 at the same time. Simple idea, but I think there may be some truth to it. I find it hard to believe that so many Japanese developers would ditch the beloved Playstation for the foreign Xbox. It just doesn’t jive.

Link: the INQUIRERXbox 360 summit held in Japan

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F1 2005

This season’s F1 racing is a bit… dull. Silverstone and Hockenheim, two of the tracks best for passing and excitement, were quite the snorefests. And it doesn’t help that Kimi’s car keeps conking out on him.

So where can we turn for some F1 excitement? Video games, of course! You might know that there’s an F1 game in the works for the PS3. What you might not know is that Sony has the rights to F1 games for the foreseeable future. And while Japanese and European gamers can get their leather-wrapped hands on Sony’s current F1 game, us North Americans are left in the dust.

Sony: stop that! Give us our F1!

JoystiqFormula One 05 reviewed

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Ridge Racer Does 360

In a major coup for Microsoft, Namco is making Ridge Racer 6 a title for the Xbox 360. Ridge Racer 5 was a PS2 launch title. How times change. Or should I say “how money changes the times”. But the articles below doesn’t mention whether or not this was an exclusive arrangement. That would be interesting to know…

Link: JoystiqXbox summit brings Japanese support to the Xbox 360, Ridge Racer coming to the console
Link: GamespotNamco unveils Ridge Racer 6 for Xbox 360

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