Archive for October, 2006
GameDaily recently did an opinion piece on why the PS3 won’t lost the next-gen console war. Here’s the list:
- The Brand
The PlayStation brand has defined console gaming for two generations now, and people just know PlayStation. They’ve sold over 100 million PSOne’s and 100 million PS2′s, after all.
- Microsoft (somewhat) Squandered its Lead
I’m not sure I agree with this one. Sure it could have sold a little better, but I think it has done pretty well.
- Japan is Ripe for the Taking
Microsoft has done very poorly in Japan. Only now with the release of Blue Dragon is interest in the 360 picking up. But when the PS3 launches on November 11th, Sony will take a huge leap in marketshare, just because the 360 has done so poorly.
- Blu-ray Will Matter (As a gaming format.)
(Please don’t comment on this one here. We’ve hashed this one to death.)
- Free Online
Personally, I like this one. I’m not big into online, but because it’s free I’ll be trying it out anyway. Who knows? I might get hooked.
Thoughts anyone? (Except for #4 – comments on this topic will be deleted. If you want to discuss BD, go to this PS3 BD thread.)
IGN has an update about Ridge Racer 7, what looks to be the premiere Japanese launch title for the PS3. Technically, the game is a masterpiece. It runs at 60 frames per second at 1920 x 1080. It has 5.1 surround sound for both sound effects and music. It will also feature 14 player online multiplayer support.
Ridge Racer 7 will have extensive HDD support. You can save your game, of course. (Hmmm. Actually, even though everyone has assumed this, I rarely find it actually stated.) You can also save downloaded content. But get this: the game does an install to the tune of 5GB worth of data! I certainly hope that this 5GB installation is an optional feature.
You’ll also be able to download additional music for a fee. Hmmm. Unfortunately, this makes me think that I won’t be able to use my own music, if they’re trying to sell me music tracks. The good news is that you’ll also be able download race events for free. Though I have no idea what a race event is. Personally, I’d prefer downloading new race tracks.
As you may have expected it has not taken too long for videos of Sony’s Gamers Day to appear on the internet… and here they are!
Here’s Phil Harrison demonstrating the PS3 XMB- There is not too much new here, it is pretty similar to the demonstration of the system at TGS.
This second video shows the PS Store. It looks fairly easy to navigate, although I’m a bit concerned as to how it will appear on my SDTV. The content selection is the real standout though- there is a lot to pour through here, and finding it looks easy enough.
This third video shows Harrison running through downloaded versions of Motor Storm and Blast Factor. I’m impressed by Blast Factor’s use of tilt controls!
The final video shows David Jaffe demonstrating his downloadable title Criminal Crackdown, I think this title looks pretty darn good!
While backward compatibility is old news, it’s very reassuring to see it actually tested and confirmed by members of the press. It’s also nice to hear that Sony is now showing the press retail units with final, shipping hardware.
They tested both a PS1 and a PS2 title and both worked as expected. There was no improvement in image quality, which is a minor disappointment, but the important thing is that it is reliable. When I get my PS3, I definitely plan to make heavy use of the PS2 game support.
repdetect2: Of note is that the PS3 does appear to respect region lockout of older titles. The japanese version of Kingdom Hearts 2 was a no go…
Toys R Us had their big PS3/Wii preorder day today. Reports are scattered across the web. It sounds like a lot of people eagerly camped out overnight in tents.
Apparently, not only were people camped out overnight for the PS3 and the Wii, but for some new Elmo doll? I understand camping out for a new game console, but an Elmo doll?!?!
Congratulations again to those who managed to secure a pre-order. I admire the dedication of people who actually camped at stores. Personally, I can’t do that kind of thing. I’ll wait until January or February when supply will hopefully be easier to come by.