Archive for February, 2006

Downloadable Games

It looks like Sony will be offering downloadable games for the PS3 in South Korea and “elsewhere in Asia”. What about North America? I really have no idea if I want these downloadable games – I’d have to see them first. Or try a demo. But the fact is, I want the option. I’m tired of features being offered in one region that aren’t in another. Today I bought a Mazda3, but I couldn’t get the xenon headlights that are offered to Americans. Bummer. The same thing goes for PS3 online content. If they have it, we should have it. Right?


Bah, we might get it anyway. Who knows?

Gamasutra – Yasuda: Sony Planning PS3 Downloadable Games In Asia

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Merrill Lynch Rebuttal

psinext has a great rebuttal to the recent Merrill Lynch report. Starting with its lack of professionalism (they miscounted their bill of materials, repeatedly mentioning $900 even though it adds up to $800) through to cell chip costs, and to other items. I’m not gonna bother to summarize. Just check it out.

PSInext – Analyzing the Analysts: Merrill Lynch’s Flawed Methodology


New Poll: Fair Price for PS3 Game?

EA has announced that they will be releasing Black and The Godfather for $39.95US. They think that this price resonates with gamers. Personally, I think that price sounds about right. But I think it sounds right for next-gen titles too. I don’t really want to pay more than $40US for any game. [Edit: well, I just paid $88Cdn for Guitar Hero, but that includes a guitar!]

So, do you think charging extra for next-gen games is fair? How much will you be willing to pay for the typical PS3 game? New poll in the sidebar, make your voice heard!

ars technica – EA lowers prices for new games


Sony denies PS3 Delays

Wow, an official Sony statement about the PS3, at least according to

Sony Computer Entertainment spokesperson Kei Sakaguchi has officially denied reports from financial analysts at Merrill Lynch that the PS3 could be delayed by several months, reiterating that the console will launch this spring.

Now who do I believe? Merrill Lynch, who has come out with all sorts of different predictions about the PS3, or Sony?

Tough call, actually. – Sony denies PlayStation 3 delay reports


Reuters notes that Sony is waiting “for the final specifications on some of the technology it is using in the PS3, such as that related to the Blu-ray drive and to input and output video and sound.” Well, if you read my HDBlog, you know that AACS is now a go for Blu-ray and HD DVD players, so that’s not a problem for the PS3 anymore. As well, Sony seems to have a handle on 1080p HDMI stuff now that they have a projector that accepts it (the Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD projector). So I don’t know what else they’re waiting for. But then, it’s not like I have an inside line or anything, so…

Reuters – Sony aims for spring launch of PS3 but could delay


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