Archive for February, 2006
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!
Wow, an official Sony statement about the PS3, at least according to gameindustry.biz:
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.
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…
Anybody want to hazard a guess as to what this is?
On the weekend at ps3forums.com I noticed some people said that they could pre-order PlayStation 3′s at Toys ‘R Us in Canada. So I sauntered (read: drove like a maniac) over to my local Toys ‘R Us, and sure enough, Saturday was the first day of taking pre-orders. I was actually the first guy to pre-order a PS3, they hadn’ even set up the sign yet. I saw the letters laid out for the sign, and interestingly, it said that you could pre-order both PS3′s and Revolutions! So all you Nintendo nuts out there, take note.
So they hadn’t set up the sign, and they hadn’t printed out the tickets yet either. So I waited around and chatted with the cashier about the PS3 while waiting for the manager dude to set me up. So I put my receipt and ticket in a very safe place for retrieval come this fall (hopefully). They asked for a $50 deposit, which they said was refundable if I decided to change my mind about the pre-order.
Anybody else pre-order their PS3 yet?
Contrary to rumours from analysts that the PS3 will be delayed to 2007, Sony has said that the PS3 will launch in 2006. Missing from the statement is the word “spring”. Hmmmm….
Sony officials have stated that the PlayStation 3 is still on track to be launched in 2006, despite widespread rumors reported elsewhere that the system would slip back to a 2007 date. The system made another non-playable appearance at the Taipei Game Show, where Sony Computer Entertainment Asia managing director Tetsuhiko Yasuda confirmed that while the system has no set release date or price yet, it will be released later in 2006. One thing that seems nearly certain, however, is that the system will not meet its original plan for a spring 2006 release, given that no playable games have yet surfaced.