Archive for March, 2008
A complete remake of the old NES favorite Bionic Commando title is coming to PSN this May. This remake has a major graphics overhaul plus co-op and an assortment of other enhancements.
Here is a gameplay clip. You can see, the gameplay is still the same, and it’s a very traditional 2D platformer, but all the graphics have been 3D modeled.
The price is set at $10, which sounds like a great value.
I downloaded this late last night, but didn’t have time to really mess with it. But these are the new features. Glad to see they improved the browser, I’ll have to test that out. The first BD-Live movies (The 6th Day and Walk Hard) will hit stores April 8th.
* BD-Live functionality
* The ability to copy PS3 Music and Photo playlists to a PSP system. We introduced the ability to create Music and Photo playlists on the PS3 in firmware update v2.0. Now you can easily export your playlists to your PSP.
* You can now play DivX and WMV format files that are over 2 GB. In addition, you can now display subtitles when viewing DivX files.
* Resume Play – begin playing a DVD or BD disc from the point where you previously stopped it, even if you eject the disc and insert a different movie or game.
* Use your PSP as a remote control to play back your music files on your PS3 without turning on your TV.
* The Internet browser now displays some web pages faster. In addition [Save Target] has been added as an option under file. This option lets you save a file that is linked to a web page to your PS3 hard drive or storage media.
A little more than last week. But if there is nothing for you this week, next week has 13 titles! If your not sure how to adjust your HDTV, be sure to check out Digital Video Essentials.
Bonnie and Clyde – Warner Bros.
Digital Video Essentials – DVD International
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Opus Arte
Naked Beneath the Water – Phoenix Entertainment
Steep – Sony Pictures
N’Gai Croal writes that most developers seem to prefer the Xbox over the PS3, not only as a development platform, but also for their personal gaming. Even beyond the tech people, the business side of the industry seems to generally favor Microsoft as well.
He’s got a good point.
Microsoft has been very successful at winning mindshare and cultivating brand fanaticism. This also isn’t just related to the Xbox and their game development software, but all of their branded technologies, whether it’s database software or office software.
Of course this isn’t universal. Many people are equally fanatical about a variety of other technologies, one of which is, of course, the PS3.
But in the game industry, at least in North America and the U.K., Microsoft has a strong mindshare advantage over Sony.
On the other hand, PS3 still managed to outsell the 360 for the entire year of 2007, and has been picking up huge momentum so far into 2008.
What does Sony need to do to regain an equal footing among developer and industry insider favor?