Archive for June, 2006
Henning initially wrote about the secret Minority Report like hardware that is rumoured to be in development here and now the same site that claims to have a source has apparantly more info about the device.
It is apparantly being manufactured by Prime Sense and as it’s fairly cheap to manufacture the price shouldn’t be too high. Now to the supposed meat and potatoes. The device is said to offer incredible freedom of movement and will accurately portray your movements into in-game actions.
For instance if you perform Martial Art techniques, say a low roundhouse kick followed by an elbow to the head, your character on screen should mimic those techniques and dispose of Ninjas or other enemies your on-screen character is battling. Now as a Martial Artist that sounds great to me!!
There are more examples:
An even more impressive example shown was that of a player following on-screen dance moves, with no restrictions to movement, while his moves are accurately recognized as correct or wrong. The final demonstration mentioned, is that of a player collapsing some pillars using his avatar. This demonstration highlighted how the virtual representation of the player will interact with the in-game physics.
All of these were apparantley demonstrated to the source and are over one year old.
It does sound like a great way to boost the way gamers interact with a game but I just don’t know whether to believe these rumours or not. If true fantastic if not maybe it will be possible some time in the future.
That’s if you live in Germany *cough* Segitz *cough* & if you pre-order from Saturn. QJ.net wrongly states that you get 7 games for free when you pre-order a 60GB PS3 in it’s headline. Now that would be some deal.
These types of deals are what most retailers should do rather than forcing people to buy bundles like Play.com is doing. Yes it may sound daft but give people a game for FREE and let them choose the game they want will actually boost sales & a retailers reputation!
I’ve had my HDTV for two years now (see the picture of my set below), and I’m really enjoying it. Every time a program comes on TV that’s not in HD, I’m disappointed. Last season my cable company didn’t have a channel that carried Smallville in HD, and I was miffed. Watching the Olympics, my wife once complained that the event she wanted to watch was on a “regular” channel. The HD experience is one you need to experience, not one that people can tell you about. And in my view, you really need a larger set to get the full impact. None of this 34″ widescreen HDTV stuff! Sure you get the benefit of a widescreen display, but at 34″ and most viewing distances, an EDTV (Enhanced Definition TV, between SD and HD) would be just as good.
So if you were to ask me if a future PS3 owner should own an HDTV to use it with, of course my answer would be “yes”. Am I biased? You bet. But it’s from experience. My friend Todd has an Xbox 360 and it’s fun to play games on his 32″ SDTV. But he brought the 360 over to my place once, and it was like a white chocolate Easter bunny versus the white chocolate chunks from Laura Secord. (Hmmm, I guess that analogy only makes sense if you’re a white chocolate lover like me, and you know how great the chocolate is at Laura Secord stores. Ah well. Insert your own analogy expounding a big difference, if you like.) We play GRAW in four player mode, and it’s hard to see what you’re shooting at on a 32″ TV. We each get one quarter of the screen, of course, which makes it rough on a small SDTV. The HDTV makes all the difference. Not only is the image much bigger, it’s also more detailed. An SDTV gives you “Is that Todd in the distance there? Do I need to shoot? Yeah, I guess. Okay, line up on those two pixels there and pull the trigger. Nope – missed. Move over another pixel.” While with an HDTV it’s more like “Ha! Got Todd! Now where’s Steve? Ah! Right behind me!”
But I guess if I had to get all technical on you and answer the question in this article’s title, that is “Do PS3 owners need an HDTV?”, the answer is “no”. You do not need an HDTV to use and enjoy a PS3. You will covet one. You’ll think “How did I ever manage with a cruddy old SDTV?”. You’ll sell your left lung for one because they’re so cool and nice to play games on. But technically, if you’re gonna get right down to it, you don’t really need one. Just don’t tell anyone I said that, okay?
Much had been made a little while ago about the fact that the Sony PS3, 20GB version, would not be available in the UK. According the Amazon, it looks like maybe the cheaper, 20GB version, of the PS3 will be available in the UK after all.
Some people might care more about this than I do, because I think that the 60GB version is the only one worth having. But for those people out there on a budget, this little piece of news is like a little light from the clouds.