Archive for October, 2007

What have you bought for your PS3?

The PS3 is heading for it’s first year anniversary early next month, so I’m interested to know exactly what you have bought for your PS3.

This is what I’ve bought specifically for use my PS3:

TV

I bought this 40″1080p HDTV a couple of months after I got my PS3. I’m looking into getting Surround Sound for my TV at some point in the future.

Blu-ray games

For a console that has been criticised for it’s lack of software, I must have imagined all the games I’ve been playing on it.

Resistance: Fall of Man
MotorStorm (no longer have)
Oblivion
Ninja Gaiden Sigma (no longer have)
GRAW 2 (no longer have)
Heavenly Sword
Madden 08
Skate
FIFA 08

Then there’s Ratchet & Clank Future, CoD4, Haze, Assassins Creed and Uncharted all due out by the beginning of December…

PSN Games

Super Stardust HD
Blast Factor
Calling All Cars
flOw
Warhawk

Super Stardust HD is by far the most enjoyable game from the PSN. Excellent fun to play, with great music. Calling All Cars is a lot fun when you play with 2 or 3 friends, although I had a couple of offline games with my girlfriend, which she enjoyed.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Pain, SOCOM and LittleBigPlanet turn out.

Blu-ray Movies

Casino Royale (free with the PS3)
Spider-Man Trilogy

I haven’t bought many BD movies but one definite purchase that’s due out early November in the UK is Planet Earth. I’m planning on inviting some people round to watch it, as I’m sure it will look fantastic on my TV.

Peripherals

SIXAXIS

I’m prone to breaking my pads during particular moments of ‘gaming frustration’ so I made sure I bought a 2nd pad for both offline multi-player fun and as a back up for when I would break my first pad. I’m on my 2nd SIXAXIS pad. :lol:

I’ll probably get a DS3 next year when I break my 2nd SIXAXIS pad but until then, I doubt I’ll buy any more peripherals this year for my PS3.

So what have you guys bought for your PS3?

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Why Drop PS2 BC

Here a few theories for why Sony is dropping PS2 BC (and other features) on newer PS3 models. Speak up in the comments and vote for which one you think is most likely or add your own theory.

Reduce Production Costs: As seen in Sony’s last financial statement, they are writing off hundreds of millions of dollars on hardware losses. Obviously, they need to sell at a low price point to stay competitive, but they’ve committed to providing some pretty high-end, expensive technology in the PS3. Given that the PS2 BC was at least partially software based, I wouldn’t believe that this would cost too much, but every dollar counts.

Grocery Store Psychology: Grocery stores often sell generic brand and name brand versions of the same basic product. They intentionally make the generic brand look uglier, not because it saves them money on production, but so they keep the price-sensitive shoppers with the generic brand goods and still sell for a higher price to the less price-sensitive shoppers.

Car Dealership Psychology
: Car dealerships often sell a stripped down version of a brand new car for a really low price. They run this price heavily in newspaper circular ads. This gets customers in buying mode and pulls them into the showroom. However, once the consumers realize the features that are missing, they begrudgingly agree to go up in price for the features that they want. The low price model is more of a teaser model to get consumers interested than the model they are actually going to buy.

Push developers to migrate to PS3 titles: Tons of premier 2007 titles are *still* being released for the PS2 rather than the PS3 (Manhunt, Persona 3, Odin Sphere, etc). Pulling BC support would give the developers a push to move to PS3. The counter-argument to this is Sony’s own studios are among the slowest to move. They have highly popular series such as Buzz, SingStar, SOCOM, and God Of War, but the 2007 releases from these series are PS2 only. In 2008, these series will mostly move to PS3, but that’s a pretty slow transition.

Protect PS2 Sales: Sony makes money by selling PS2 hardware and is losing money on PS3 hardware, so pulling BC support would encourage some consumers to buy new PS2 units rather than PS3s. There are two counter-reasons. First, the more PS3s they sell, the lower the price/unit is for them. Sure, they *may* lose more money by selling more PS3s (and we can’t say for sure without seeing internal financial data), but the loss per unit drops as volume increases. Secondly, it’s important for the future of the PlayStation brand to accelerate the PS3 growth and they are clearly willing to make short term sacrifices to achieve this.

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Disgaea 3

Anyone looking forward to this title? If you are familiar with this series let the rest of us know what we are missing (or not missing).

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It’s nice to see some more exclusive PS3 RPGs. Up until now, the PS3 seems to have an anemic RPG selection. The PS3 has gotten some good action RPGs (Folklore), and the PS2 probably has the best 2007 RPG selection which are playable in BC mode (on most PS3s), and we’ve got an excellent version of Oblivion despite it being released later than other systems, but the selection of new RPG titles that are PS3 native is quite slim.

This looks like it is finally about to change, with PS3 exclusive RPGs like this and White Knight Story just a few months out, followed by others such as Final Fantasy, and even some non-exclusive but simultaneous releases of big name western RPGs like Fallout 3. Also, all those PS2 exclusive RPG titles should gradually start rolling over PS3 native releases. Things should start improving for PS3 RPG fans in the very near future.

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Nobi Nobi Boy

There is a new video demonstration online of the upcoming PS3 exclusive title, “Nobi Nobi Boy”, by the creator of Katamari Damacy.

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On the positive side, I’m really glad to see the creator move on to something new. The original Katamari title on the PS2 was a fun, quirky, budget title that showed definite talent, but the sequels were basically the exact same game. Let’s hope this new title delivers another original gameplay experience.

On the down side, this game doesn’t exactly look appealing. The graphics are very primitive and I can’t quite figure out what the heck is going on in the video.

Anyone have any interpretations?

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