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Brief PS3 news updates |

Whilst the premium PS3 will come with a HDMI port, Sony has now made it clear on their official website that owners should not expect the cable to come in the box. Whilst I feel this is a mistake considering how much Sony has presented HDMI as the superior connection between PS3 and TVs it is worth remembering that these cables can be fairly expensive.
Sony’s official US PS3 site, check the small print under sections 2 and 6.

Following on from Gary’s news earlier this week the first shots of the PS3 version of Fight Night Round 3 have emerged in an IGN interview. The shots themselves suggest a mild graphical improvement over the xbox360 version with the characters appearing more sweaty and veiny than before. Interestingly there is talk of inputing a tilt control system for the PS3’s controller, which suggests a true “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” mantra between the player and his character may be possible (especially with the greater focus on the first person side of the boxing).
IGN Interview and screenshots

Also from IGN is an analysis of an interview with Japan’s financial publication Nikkei BP from Izumi Kawanishi the head of platform development at SCE. The focus of the discussion is mainly focused on bringing PSone games to the PSP. The article implies users can download via PSP directly, PC or PS3. Interestingly this is not the first time Sony has approached E-Distribution, with some PS2 titles getting distributed to networked hard drives in Japan, something which bodes well for the PS3’s e-distribution scheme. He also goes on to suggest that the file size for PSP games will be no larger than 600mb and in most cases only 400-500mb making Memory Stick size and download speeds slightly less of an issue.

He then discusses Sony intention to use the PSP as a remote screen for the PS3 in a similar style to Sony’s own Location Free Player. Whilst games are not covered IGN speculates that slower games may even be playable remotely (faster games been restricted by bandwidth issues). Interesting stuff eh?
PSP to Become Virtual PS3?

  • I think, it ist THAT bad that Sony doesnt include an HDMI cable, but ONLY if they AT THE LEAST include a YUV Cable!

    I mean, as you dont position your PS3 kilometers away from your TV and therefore rendering the need for extreme long cables obsolete, one can usually pick up a 1.5m cable at K&M (a very good PC outlet in Germany) for 5€. Quality shouldnt be that much of a problem with digital data at that distance… Either you have or you have no picture… And if you have no picture you can return it… (At least in Germany, thats the case)…

    At, they proposed that the PSP can also be used as a “virtual” PS3… IIRC they said, one can use the PSP (via WLAN) as the display for the PS3… That would ROCK!!

    And, by the way, yesterday I ordered my shiny new HD-TV !! Man 700€ (incl. shipping) is much money for a poor student like me 😀

  • We don’t need an HDMI cable to play games in HD so it’s not really a surprise that Sony isn’t putting one in the box. Sure it would’ve been nice to get one in the box but don’t be surprised if Sony bundles something spectacular with the PS3.

    I’ve been punched in the head a few times so I don’t really want to experience that feeling again using some new fangled first person view in a boxing game. I get headaches & motion sickness from playing boxing games in the 3rd person view so I’ll probably end up vomiting within a minute playing it in the first person view.

  • ivan

    Who cares if Sony doesn’t include a HDMI!Component does high def just as well….but if you are in desperate need of a HDMI cable, shop around I seen wal-mart selling cables for $30 to $50 bucks and sometimes even cheaper…..
    p.s the brands are Belkin and Phillips.

  • luke

    i look at it like this: if you can afford a ps3, along with and hdtv that supports hdmi, than picking up and hdmi cable should be NO problem whatsoever.

  • I am disappointed that the PS3 won’t include an HDMI cable. Even though finding decent quality HDMI cables online for cheap is possible (don’t buy Monster!), I still wish one would have been included.