Archive for January, 2006
Way back when, a long time ago, Gates made some remark about PS3 coming out and BAM! meeting Halo 3 in the market. Like Halo 3 would have some kind of impact on the sales of the PS3. I wrote something about it, but I’m too lazy right now to go looking for it. Anyway, Microsoft’s Mr. Moore came out on record saying that he does not think that Halo 3 could have that kind of influence over the PS3 launch. (Which I totally agree with and is one of those oh-so-obvious things that you don’t really want to mention because they’re so obvious but the irony of it is so great that you have to talk about it anyway.)
Here’s the quote:
They’ll launch and it’ll be very successful. There’s no doubt, regardless of whether I throw a title in there or an update of Live or whatever, that it’s not going to affect their launch.
You don’t think they’re not going to sell out of PlayStation 3s, do you? You think that if I could create a piece of IP so that PlayStation 3s would arrive at Best Buy and they’d sit on the shelves? Come on, it’s not going to happen.
But the more interesting quote is this one:
The Halo Nation would string me out from some flagpole if I used Halo to be a competitive counter balance to something else, for it to be anything other than for it to be the greatest game ever on an Xbox console – or on any console.
There’s too much invested in this franchise and the Halo Nation is too dear to us to use them as pawns in some bigger game. It doesn’t work that way.
Which sounds kind of strange to me. Microsoft is famous for announcing products just to swipe at a competitor. For pre-announcing products. For releasing crappy products. All to prevent people from buying a competing software package. But I guess Mr. Moore is talking about something totally different…
This bit of “news” has been making the rounds recently and I thought I’d put in my two cents. The Killzone tester who writes this later in the thread even complains how everybody’s quoting him, which I find amusing. This dude is the only source of any kind of interesting information about the PS3, and he’s surprised when everyone plasters his statements all over the net? Tee hee. Anyway, here it is:
And as for the PS2 vs PS3 development question. I was chatting to Michiel and he was telling me how crazy-easy it was compared to the PS2 and how much quicker things have been going for them. I will take his word on that.
Short. Sweet. And totally unsubstantiated. We only have this guy’s second hand word to go by. Legit? No legit? You tell me.
A reader sent me this link because it is a noteworthy article about how all the conjecture about the PS3′s release date is pretty well worthless. Which is true. It is. Nobody knows the mind of Sony, and Sony has been famously secretive about release plans in the past, so the PS3 will be no different for them. Whether or not this is a good idea is another point entirely, and I don’t really care to get into it. But the facts are that we just don’t know what’s going on, and we’ll find out, well, when we find out!
I’ve commented on some of the conjecture myself. It’s fun to think about. One million PS3 on release date for NA. Four to seven million PS3′s sold in 2006. March release. November release. August release. 2007 release. It’s fun stuff thinking about the possibilities, but that’s all it is: fun. It’s not like we’re changing the world here or that we’re even being half serious. Some posters like to take umbridge at every little thing I say or don’t. A piece of advice: don’t sweat it man! It’s just a gaming console! Sure I’d like to see the PS3 do better than the Xbox 360, but I sure as heck won’t lose an ounce of sleep if that doesn’t happen.
Gaming consoles are here for our enjoyment. And this site is too.
If you’ve ever watched Reviews on the Run, you’ve seen Tommy Tallarico. Hint: he’s the short one. It’s a great show I enjoy a lot. The guys are funny, and they talk/argue about video games. They know their stuff. A couple weeks back Mr. Tallarico made some interesting comments on the IGN forums about PS3 development, and was making the rounds. I forgot about, but remembered today, and I’ll post what he said in case you haven’t seen it:
Unfortunately I am under strict NDA and cannot mention any titles. The gameplay graphics look a little better than minor… but it more of the way the worlds and environments are being created and built. For example… in Project Gotham racing if you stop on the side of the road and look at a tree… it is basically just two texture maps pasted together in a cross pattern (like games have done for the past 10 years)… but some of the stuff I’m seeing on the PS3 has every element of a tree including branches, leaves, etc… and it all gets affected by the wind as your car passes by… as well as the lighting. Not saying the 360 CAN’T do that… I’m just saying that from what I’ve seen…. I’m a lot more impressed with the 1st generation PS3 titles compared to the 1st gen 360 titles.
I have no reason to think that Mr. Tallarico is lying, though I wonder if what he’s seen on the Xbox 360 isn’t the best the platform has to offer. Either way, the news is encouraging.
IGN Boards – Tommy Tallarico (membership required)
I haven’t mentioned the Revolution in a while, so I thought I’d take a gander at what’s happening in Nintendo’s back yard. And unlike the Sony camp, Nintendites are actually getting some good information from their chosen gaming company.
First of all, it will be released in North America by Thanksgiving this year. So 10 months or so is the longest we’ll have to wait for the Revolution. I personally won’t be buying one, but I hope someone I know will. I’d like to try out that crazy controller.
And it looks like that controller won’t be costing you too much. The system will cost less than $300. My guess is that “less than $300″ turns out to be $299. But that’s still a decent price for what promises to be a groundbreaking game machine. Too bad it doesn’t do HDTV.