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The Netflix Discs Are Arriving!

After walking outside to check my mail, I noticed a few Netflix movie envelopes. I proceeded to casually pick them up until I saw PS3 written in that iconic Sony font right on the side of one. I ran back inside, completely ecstatic with joy! Into the living room, up to the television, and … nothing. I still haven’t purchased another PS3 after my last one YLODed on me. Ouch….

Anyway, I decided to take the liberty of posting a few pictures here for everyone’s enjoyment. Behold!

*IMPORTANT*

This is taken straight from the slip for the disc:

To watch instantly:

1. Place this disc in your PS3™ system.
2. Your choices will automatically be displayed.
3. Play any movie or TV episode you want.

I can’t wait for someone to post a review!

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A Load Time Comparison Between 360 and PS3 Netflix

I just finished making this video, but it compares the time it takes from starting up the system to being able to view playback of a movie. For the PS3 running off of a disc and then streaming the video, the time lapse is really close, at least within 1 second. Even the selection of the video to actual playback is close, with the 360 having a slight 3 second edge.

Both streams are the HD stream of the cult comedy classic The Big Lebowski. They may be different scenes, but that’s not really going to affect streaming time all that much. The only differences between the two is that the 360′s is currently integrated into the Dashboard of the 360 and also has a party mode.

XMB integration will be coming next year, so that could shave a few seconds there. As far as the Party view goes, almost sounds like this Sony patent is rather comparable.

One thing, as mentioned in the video, the PS3 has a huge one up on is being able to go onto the PS3′s browser and search by title to add to both the DVD queue and the Watch Instantly queue, so being able to manage both queues would be made easier from the comfort of your living room there.

Apart from that, both are, indeed, pretty much the same in terms of browsing the lists of movies, rating them and watching them. Of course, the only real difference is just the layout. The 360s service uses the same setup as the Dashboard and the PS3′s is more proprietary to Netflix. When XMB integration hits next year, I’m sure that would be more proprietary as well, and will probably be its own program like Home or Living with PlayStation.

Now the question is, if you use the 360 solely for Netflix play, is the party mode really worth the extra $4 or so a month?

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PlayStation 3 is the best platform for Heavy Rain

David Cage, the founder of Quantic Dream’s and CEO said Heavy Rain is only possible on the PlayStation 3. An attendee in the audience at the Eurogamer Expo had a question for him and his response was:

“Whatever I answer, my answer will be suspicious… Honestly, I don’t think so. I think it had to be on PlayStation 3 for two main reasons: the hardware, the architecture of the PS3 is extremely powerful in the way it is structured. If you make a real PS3 engine, then you can have really fantastic performances. If you try to port from another platform, then it becomes difficult.”

Cage continued, “This is a console we all love at the studio. I play PSOne, PS2, it’s really a part of my culture. The controller is part of my home… and it’s a really, really powerful console. I’m not so much into graphics, to be honest with you, I don’t believe you need ultra realistic graphics to get emotion, you can get that with very low graphics. But we wanted to create emotion from believable characters, that was the idea. With this approach PS3 was by far the best platform.”

He didn’t really say why the PS3 is the best platform other than it being powerful and he likes it. But I think Sony is more open with these different types of games. Personally I will be picking this title up.

PS3 “by far the best platform” for Heavy Rain

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Bad Company 2 Trailer and Other Info

Here’s the new trailer released today for Battlefield: Bad Company 2. It showcases the map that will be available in the beta. The trailer was taken from a recording of one of their studio play tests, and here’s how it was put together:

After we’re done with our daily tests, we can replay the rounds over and over until we find the scenes we’re looking for. This way people can be sure that the game trailer they’re looking at represents the game they will get to play when it’s out.

So I flew around the level with my free cam, looking for some infantry fighting, some tank battles and of course some really cool destruction. After I was done capturing and editing, the sound team added the sound and music to set the mood and tone of the movie.

Reading through the comments on the source, some other details made it through via replies from Brad Bennett. Here are those details:

  • There will be a Limited Edition
  • Beta will run up to January 4th
  • Focus right now is on Multiplayer, Single player info will be made available in the short future
  • GameStop preorder will net you the exclusive AK-74
  • If you preorder, you get Limited Edition at no extra cost, with 6 early unlocks
  • There’s no local co-op, but they did hint at online co-op, but can’t give details straight away
  • It’s rated “M” :P
  • I’m contemplating preordering this game, it looks amazing! Anyone else?
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