Archive for August, 2006

PS3 Playing BD

Sony recently gave a demo of a PS3 playing a Blu-ray Disc (BD), and, well, it looks a lot like a PS2 playing a DVD, or a PSP playing a UMD.

What did you expect?

PS3 Blu-Ray Player images

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PS3 Up Close

I got some pretty cool stuff for you here. Every once in a while you learn something or see something, and you just have to say “cool!”. This is one of those things. Just watch this video:

PS3 Up Close, Colours

Neat huh?

Power supply is inside the PS3. Confirmed.
Under the flap – memory card readers. This has always been an obvious conclusion, but now we’ve seen it. Confirmed.
You can turn on and off the PS3 with the middle controller button. Confirmed.
We’ve seen the controller’s triggers. But now you can see them in action. Nice trigger action!
Weight? 5kg or about 11 pounds.

But wait! There’s more! Supposedly the 60GB PS3 will have a shiny black finish with a chrome front. But the 20GB PS3 will be transparent black!

Click on these images. Especially the second one – you can see into the case! Uh, I forget where I got those images. If I’m stepping on any toes, please tell me and I’ll take them down.


PS3 Stereo Rumble?

I’ve heard so many rumours about the PS3, I thought it was time to start my own. I’ve been reading a lot of stuff about the PS3, of course. In my readings I get exposed to many weird, crazy, and sometimes downright wrong stories about the PS3. One story that’s been making the rounds recently is that Sony still has another ace up its sleave. At TGS, Sony is supposedly going to announce something about the PS3 that will get everyone talking and will maintain the PS3 buzz until its launch. That sure is a hum-dinger of a rumour, and at first I chose to ignore it. My imagination just isn’t fruitful enough to provide me with a credible way that Sony could do this, so I dismissed it.

But then I thought that maybe all you faithful readers out there might have a better imagination than I do. Surely imagination wanes as you get older, and I’m probably one of the oldest readers of this site. (Yes, I read my own site! Gary and Darrin post here too, don’t forget.) So I thought I’d put it out to you folks: what could this “ace” be? (If it exists.) Of course, I can’t ask you that without providing an idea of my own, so here’s mine. Like I said, my imagination ain’t what it used to be, so I’m just gonna rip off someone else’s, and add a twist.

Sony is working on their own rumble technology for their controller, and it’ll be in stereo! So you’ll have a left and right rumble. This could come in very handy for things like F1 racing games, where the car often rides the curbs, thus rumbling just on that side. What do ya think? I think it might be a fun feature, though it’s hardly earth shattering.

What else could Sony be up to?


Burnout 5 Announced

EA has announced the next game in the popular Burnout series, Burnout 5 (who woulda thunk it), is currently in development for the PS3 & Xbox 360.

What’s new about Burnout 5? Freedom apparantley. You can wreak absolute chaos in Paradise City (strange kind of Paradise) on any part of the city that takes your fancy. It’s an open world to do as much damage to your vehicle & any other vehicle that is unwittingly foolish enough to get in your way.

When you enter Paradise City you are given a Drivers License which tracks & keeps a record of all your misdemeanors & when your reputation reaches a certain mark you will face off against the most notorious “burners” & their goal isn’t to cross the finish line first…

Criterion Games director of games design, Alex Ward had this to say about Burnout 5:

“Burnout 5 is a complete reinvention of the series, built from the ground up for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To create truly next-generation gameplay, we needed to create a truly next-generation game, from top to bottom.”

The game will apparantley arrive sometime 2007.

Is freedom the way to go for the Burnout series? You can have your say here.

Burnout 5 Announced


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