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2008: Year of the PS3 |

2008 Year of the PS3

I think Sony’s PS3 has a lot going for it in 2008. Some great games are coming out this year. Just to name a few:

2 Days to Vegas
Alone In The Dark
Army of Two
Burnout Paradise
Devil May Cry 4
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Dynasty Warriors 6
Fallout 3
Final Fantasy XIII & Final Fantasy Versus XIII (if out in 2008)
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Gran Turismo 5
Grand Theft Auto IV
Hot Shots Golf 5
Killzone 2
Little Big Planet
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots + Metal Gear Solid Online
Motorstorm 2
Naruto: PS3 Project
Resistance 2
Resident Evil 5 (if out in 2008)
Silent Hill V
SOCOM: Confrontation
Soul Calibur IV
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Street Fighter IV
Tekken 6
The Agency
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Yakuza: Kenzan!

Some great things the PS3 already has going for it:

  • Blu-ray
  • User Upgradable Hard Drive
  • Standard Connections: Such as Bluetooth (for controllers, keyboard, mouse and headset), standard memory card slots (on certain models), wi-fi built in, controllers can be charged via USB, etc.
  • Can install Linux, which makes it a full desktop. Handy for those with no computer.
  • Quality Hardware
  • Built in HDMI in every model
  • Free Online Game Play
  • Free Custom XMB Themes. You can even create your own! Here are 3 I made
  • [email protected]

Then in Spring (hopefully), Home will arrive. Which has huge potential. But for it to be truly successful, it needs to be constantly updated to keep people interested. A couple thoughts I had:

  • Have a exclusive game trailer that’s only available in Home for a couple weeks.
  • How sometimes on the PS Forums where they have a live chat with a game developer. Have that directly in Home, same basic rules of course so it doesn’t get out of hand. But imagine going into a huge lobby with the game developer up on the stage.
  • I think it would be cool if at the next E3 or Tokyo Game Show, etc. When Sony has a key note or presentation. You can attend that in Home and watch it live.
  • Have a area for each Game genre, like action games, fighting, FPS, RPG, etc. Where you can meet people that have similar interests in games. The room would be themed accordingly too.
  • Have a personal Home website you can keep updated as well. I think I saw something like this in a movie somewhere. Hopefully they include it when it launches in Spring

More features via firmware update. Like in game XMB, which is actually in Burnout Paradise in a way. You can read your messages, reply and create them within Burnout Paradise. Also the Dual Shock 3 will finally arrive this year outside Japan. I’ve been enjoying mine, I couldn’t wait.

The fact that PS3 has Blu-ray is a big factor due to recent events in the HD disc war. I personally love having Blu-ray built in. Recently my dad came over to visit and I picked up a Blu-ray disc and took a pen and tried to scratch the disc. He said “What are you doing?!”. Then I showed him the disc, with zero scratches on it 🙂 Even if it rattles around in the case, no scratches at all. I’m not sure how many people really know that a Blu-ray disc is pretty much scratch proof under normal conditions. They should really advertise that fact.

And who knows what else Sony has up there sleeves for 2008! 😉 I know it’s a little late for a post like this. But at least it’s still January 🙂

  • Pelle

    Just wanted to add “Play TV” to the long list of good things that will be avaliable in 2008.

  • ehandlr

    White Knight Story….:P

  • Lakuma

    Sony will also be launching a service that allows PS3 owners to download movies and music, for a price of course. I would love DVR capabilities too!

  • I knew I forgot something, lol. Thanks for adding those to the comments.

  • I’m really looking forward to play tv

  • Sporty

    inFamous (not on your list) is my must have day one reserve. I’ve loved every other Sucker Punch game so far.

    As is echochrome, and maybe WipeoutHD.

    Kinda crazy how many games we know about and we still have GDC, E3 and Sony Gamers Day coming.

  • mcloki

    Another boost will come if and when LOTR is released on Bluray. I know I’m waiting for it.

  • Sporty

    From what several people have said that should know.

    XDR -> 55nm Probably Price drop, PS3 still break even.

    RSX -> 45nm
    CELL -> 45nm Price drop, before holiday season starts.

    Sony’s goal is to have PS3 lower then 360 Pro before the end of the year and keep it that way. Easier for Sony to cut costs since they own and control most of their chips, where as MS licenses and outsources their production, making them re-negotiate to get lower prices.

    Just a rumor, but if it holds any truth we should know before E3’ish. Considering EA’s own estimates have PS3 outselling 360 by nearly 3 million units, something has to kick that off, so who knows.

  • Jast3r Rogu3

    PS3 1st year was epic, the most succesfull 600$ gaming system ever created, its only going to get better as it grows old, just look at history of what happend to the PSX, PS2 and PSP, they just keep getting better and better with time.

    Sony hasnt been the king of the gaming world for more then 12 years for nothing they know what they are doing.

    2008 is not just PS3s year, or Blu-rays year.
    its Sonys year.