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I know lots of you have been waiting for news about Virtua Fighter 5 for the PS3 (at least, I assume you are), and SEGA has finally given up the goods.
Virtua Fighter 5 for the PLAYSTATION 3 will go on sale in North America on February 20th, 2007. Hoorah for all you VF fans out there.
As far as the European launch goes, you’ll be getting as soon as you can get a PS3. That’s right – Virtua Fighter 5 will be a PS3 European launch title.
Well kind of anyway; Jeuxvideo.tv has new videos of the PS3 versions of Virtua Fighter 5 and Virtua Tennis 3. Away from the “Virtua” theme they also have a video of the upcoming, and apparently hugely disappointing, Sonic The Hedgehog.
The first thing that stands out is that both Virtua titles look a lot better in movement than they do in the shots we have seen. Put mildly, they really stand out as with the best looking of next generation titles. Sonic, on the other hand, shows why the series is having problems in the 3D platform genre. I used to be a huge fan of the 2D game, but as this video shows things in 3D are completely confusing, particularly because of the camera and level design, neither of which seem to be sensible for a game involving a supersonic hedgehog. Graphically it falls far below the quality of the Virtua titles and as you can see, the person controlling Sonic gets into trouble at the same spot a couple of times.
Virtua Fighter 5 and Virtua Tennis 3 are due out in the Spring, Sonic is due out just before Christmas.
So, not only is Gran Turismo HD in 1080p, so is the new upcoming tennis game from SEGA. Not only that, but SEGA was showing off the game on what appeared to be real PS3’s. Similar to the event showing off Virtua Fighter 5.
1080p is coming faster than you think. “Why do I care?” you may ask. Frankly, you probably don’t. But you may take solice in the fact that the PS3 seems to be pretty future-proof. 1080p displays are coming out all over the place. (Just see Ultimate AV’s CEDIA Expo Guide.) So 1080p displays are going to become more and more common. And you certainly would care if you have a 1080p display, and it’s a larger one. For example, my HDTV is 57″ in size. If it were 1080p, I’d be able to see the difference. If, however, you cram 1080p into a 35″ TV, you probably wouldn’t notice. So if you’re a fan of small screen sizes, ignore this news. If you like your TV’s big, like I do, this is good stuff.
No, not another story about Afrika!
During a conference in Tokyo today Sega unveiled a fully playable version of Virtua Fighter 5 PS3, but unlike most previous PS3 demonstrations this one involved final, or near final at least, hardware. As the picture above shows, press were given access to the game and allowed to play through means of a USB connected arcade stick. The USB lead going into the PS3, with its power and disc lights glowing away. There’s not really much comment about the hardware though, so I guess we’ll hear more at a later date.
As for Virtua Fighter 5 it sounds as though its conversion from arcade to PS3 has been pretty much seamless, with one exception- the loading times. Even then though the loading (again suggesting this wasn’t simply coming via a dev kit) only weighed up to 10 seconds or so and you would imagine there’s optomisation to be done there. Currently the game seems scheduled for a January or February release (hello Euro launch title :wink:). Expect more playable impressions to surface at TGS.