Archive for September, 2007

Dress Expansion For PlayStation Home

Dress was mentioned at the TGS keynote, but wasn’t explained really until now. Basically there will be a virtual space for Dress where you can dress your avatar, most likely separate from the Home avatar, and you will be able to purchase those clothes as well. Or even trade them with other people. Details are below.

Dress Studio lets you create your own fashion, selecting color, material, patterns and logos. It appears that the game will let players make their own brands. Sony is even looking into letting players send their designs away to have them transformed into real life clothing.

Dress museum is a museum of clothing history. It has some interactive elements where you gather famous scenes from movies and famous characters.

Dress park is a community space that’s meant for players to communicate and exchange gifts, including clothing. Sony will hold official events and fashion shows here, giving players the chance to appear as models. Players can also organize their own shows based around their original brands. This is something that Sony hopes to actively support, Shichisawa said.

Dress should arrive in early 2008, hopefully in time for the public release of Home. I like the idea, I’ll definitely try it out. Wonder how much the clothes will cost.

TGS 2007: Tourist Trophy Director Shares Details on Dress


Wishlist: PS3 Linux Edition

It’s great that PS3 will run as a full blown PC with Linux installed. But the big limitation is RAM. Most competent PCs in 2007 are purchased with 1GB for regular use and power users typically want even more. 512MB is passable for basic desktop use, but the PS3 will only run with 256MB. That’s the only thing holding it back from being a genuine desktop replacement.

Sony released the 80GB PS3 configuration which seems completely pointless, from a user perspective. How about they release a special Linux edition that people would actually want:

  • More RAM This RAM would be used in Linux mode only and wouldn’t be used by games. A dedicated Linux edition should ship with at least 1GB. Ideally, this would be user upgradeable as well.
  • Larger Hard Disk 60GB is fine for regular game use and most media use. However, even though the drive is very easily upgradeable, if you want separate PS3 and Linux partitions, a larger default drive is probably a good idea.
  • Optical Disc Writing Ideally this would write Blu-Ray discs, but if it merely read Blu-Ray and wrote CD/DVD, that would be fine.
  • Full GPU Access Currently, PS3 Linux doesn’t have full GPU access. A complete PC replacement would definitely need this. Is Sony intentionally gimping the GPU? I can kind of understand why Sony would do this. Currently, the PlayStation business makes money by getting a cut of all software sales. Sony doesn’t have control over Linux software and wouldn’t get a cut of that. Why would devs make games for the PS3 OS, if they can just make Linux games and completely avoid paying Sony anything? Hmm…
  • Linux This should obviously come with Linux preinstalled or at least pre-bundled.

Why would people want this rather than just a regular PC? That’s really easy:

  • Form Factor The PS3 may be big and heavy compared to other game consoles, but it’s small, light, and quiet compared to a PC. Also, while style is a subjective issue, I suspect most would prefer the PS3 looks and form factor to any PC.
  • Cost Sure, you can get a cheaper PC from Walmart, but they aren’t nearly as nice.
  • High-End Tech How many PCs have a high end graphics card, super high-end A/V output (HDMI+Optical), embedded Bluetooth, embedded WiFi, embedded card reader, or a quiet slot-loading Blu-Ray drive? Almost none. And the ones that come close are anywhere near the PS3’s price or size.
  • Hybrid Some people want *just* a PC for office/connectivity features. Some people want *just* a games device. And other want *just* a music/movie/media device. And some people want to keep these functions on separate devices, but others don’t. There are a ton of people would be happy to get such a unit that could serve as all of the above: a high-end PC, high-end game console, and a high-end media device? Lots of people would kill for that.

So, would anyone buy such a unit? I already have a PS3, but I would buy another one if they offered this.

(FYI, this isn’t a rumor, this is just a wish list item.)

4:45 PM UPDATE: Added GPU bullet point


Activision acquires Bizarre Creations

My favourite racing game of all time has got to be Project Gotham Racing 2. Yup, 2. As in two or II or deuce. The one on the original Xbox. PGR3 on the Xbox 360 was a mess. Starting with a really bad menu system it continued down hill with a tiny tiny selection of tracks and the mistake of choosing only superfast cars to drive. (In theory that sounds cool but in practice, not so much.) So I’m hoping that with the upcoming PGR4, Bizarre will make up for past mistakes and release a game cut from the same factory as PGR2.

The only problem I had with PGR2 was that it was only available for the Xbox. I would have liked to play the game on my PS2, but them’s the brakes. (Groan, I know.)

Do we have hope for the PGR franchise on a PS3 someday? Maybe. Activision announced today that they’ve bought Bizarre Creations, the makers of the PGR games as well as Geometry Wars. Activision may want Bizarre to be a bit more platform agnostic, so we may indeed be queuing up for our copies of PGR5 one day.

I can hope!

Activision acquires Bizarre Creations


No UT3 PC-to-PS3 Online

UT3 is probably the most anticipated game among folks who don’t know how good Call of Duty 4 is. (Like that?) One of the coolest things about UT3 on the PS3 is that it seems to be taking all the benefits of PC gaming, and combining it with all the benefits of platform gaming. You have the stability of a single platform – the PS3 – mixed together with the flexibility of a PC. So you have keyboard and mouse support, mods, and the theoretical capability of letting PC gamers and PS3 gamers duke it out.

Unfortunately or not – I personally don’t care – Epic has decided not to enable PS3 versus PC play. They say that console releases take time, while updates can be released a lot quicker on the PC side. So it’s unfair to hold up PC gamers, making them wait for the certification process on the console to complete, before releasing patches.

Makes sense to me. For me, UT3 isn’t about being able to play PS3 versus PC anyway. I just want to get into a fast shooter and start the destruction. I don’t care if they’re using a PC or PS3 on the other end, as long as the playing field is fair.

Epic Confirms No Unreal Tournament 3 PC-to-PS3 Online; Other UT3 Details Shared


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