Archive for February, 2007

My Buddy List is too Long

When I first got my PS3, a bunch of people sent me invites because they saw my name online somewhere, probably right here. I thought the whole concept was pretty cool, so I accepted invitations all over the place. But now I have a huge buddy list full of a bunch of people I don’t know and don’t play games with. I keep getting messages that so-and-so is online and you know what? I don’t care!

I was thinking of trimming down the list to just the people I know or correspond with, but am having second thoughts. Would that be rude? It might be disconcerting to be forcibly removed from someone’s buddy list. I don’t want to tick anybody off, I just want to clean up my list.

What do you guys think?

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EU Prices Announced For First-Party PS3 Games

According to gi.biz, Sony has announced the prices of it’s first-party and downloadable games, that will be available alongside the EU PS3 launch:

Sony has announced pricing plans for first-party PlayStation 3 titles, revealing that disc-based games will cost EUR 59.99 / GBP 39.99 at launch. Sony also hinted at pricing for downloadable games such as BlastFactor, flOw and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, which will be available via the PlayStation Network service. For an “introductory period”, they will cost between EUR 2.99 and EUR 9.99.

If that’s true, then it seems us Europeans have got some good news to talk about for a change. I was expecting PS3 games to retail at £49.99, possibly around £44.99 online, so to hear that first-party games like Resistance: Fall of Man, MotorStorm and F1 Championship Edition etc will retail at £39.99 (possibly £34.99 online) is great news. Obviously 3rd party games like CoD3, THP8 and Oblivion will still more than likely retail at £49.99.

It’s also good to see that downloadable games such as Tekken 5: DR and Calling All Cars could cost as little as £1.50 initially. Dodgy Euro conversions not withstanding of course. :wink:

I don’t know if this is just for the launch period or whether ALL of Sony’s future first-party games will have a RRP of £39.99. I hope it’s the former but I doubt it. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve done this to combat the likelihood of people importing first-party PS3 games from Japan/North America, as they are supposed to be region free. Still some good news for a change

Sony announces prices for first-party PS3 games

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Mercenaries 2 Gameplay Footage

Check the video below to see members of the Mercenaries 2 Dev team confirming Mercs 2 for the PS3, 360, PC and PS2 but the real reason to watch this video, is the all new gameplay footage and man does it look incredible!!!

Firstly, THERE ARE MOTORBIKES IN MERCS 2!! Nothing beats riding around GTA SA on the motorbikes listening to the radio and pulling off unique jumps etc, so I can’t wait to blast around a war zone on a motorbike. 8)

The helicopter gunship action looks awesome aswell, reminding me of the old Strike games on the MegaDrive. In fact everything that they showed off looks ridiculously great! Can’t wait for this game.

Mercenaries 2 Video Blog

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Euro PS3 goes to Software PS2 Emulation?

I know Gary’s not gonna like this.

Supposedly the Euro PS3 will have more limited support for PS2 games than the Japanese and North American PS3′s did.

Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.”

Some additional PS2 titles will become compatible on the PS3 system through regular downloadable firmware updates, which will be made available through the PLAYSTATION®Network, from http://www.playstation.com or via PS3 game discs, with the first update planned for the launch date of the 23rd March 2007.

Users will be able to check whether their titles are compatible with PS3 at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc. This site will be available on 23rd March to meet launch day.

Supposedly the PS3 hardware is actually different (sorry I forget the URL where I saw that). My guess is that Sony has gone with a software emulation model like Microsoft’s. We’ve heard rumours of this backwards compatibililty method before the PS3 even launched, so we knew this was coming. (Actually, I think it was more than rumours. Sony representatives actually said that they’d like to go this route, if I remember correctly.) It’s just coming a lot sooner than I expected. Software emulation is good for Sony because the cost to manufacture each PS3 will be less than previous PS3′s. But it’s bad for the gamer because the list of compatible games will be smaller. One of the things I really appreciated about my PS3 is that it supports my PS2 library. Now Euro PS3 owners might be facing the same problems 360 owners do.

That sucks.

Euro PS3 has an amped specs, new vision
Is Sony Gimping European PS3′s?

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