Items tagged with PlayStation 3

With plenty of time to spare for the upcoming holiday shopping season, Sony said it has gone and answered the cries of its gamers who apparently wanted nothing more than to be able to buy a 320GB PlayStation console in standalone form. Now you can, so long as you have the requisite funds ($350). "The digital distribution trend is undeniably gaining momentum, and we here at PlayStation are committed to providing you with the hardware you need to support as much downloadable media as possible," Sony stated in a blog post. "The 320GB PS3 system, which will retail for $349.99, has the largest storage capacity of any next-gen console and will continue to provide the same high-quality gaming that PlayStation... Read more...
Not all of the early reviews of Sony's PlayStation Move motion sensing controllers have been glowing, but that hasn't stopped gamers from flocking to the new hardware. According to Sony, more than a million Move devices in North and Latin America have sold in the first 30 days since launch . "Retail demand is incredibly strong and we're working hard to keep the product in stock" said SCEA chief executive Jack Tretton. "We believe we are on target to meet our end of year goals and expect sales to increase as our publishers and developers continue to update popular titles and introduce new games." Move wands cost $50 a pop, with Sony charging another $30 for a smaller complementary controller for... Read more...
Today is the big day! You're probably wondering what big day we could be talking about, but if you're a PlayStation 3 owner, you probably understand. The PlayStation Move accessory, which was arguably designed to take on Nintendo's Wii remote and Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing system, has launched in North America. Sony claims that sales will officially begin on September 19, but many outlets including Amazon are already listing the product as in stock and ready for shipment. PS Move is a new motion handheld that acts almost like the Wii Remote, but users incorporate it with the PS Eye camera in order to capture their full range of motion. To date, around 30 titles have been introduced with... Read more...
Never has there been a better time to be a console junkie. That's because your gaming dollar stretches a lot farther today than it did when the current crop of the 'big 3' gaming consoles were first released (Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3), with new models boasting bigger feature-sets, and in some cases, lower prices. The upgrade bug has apparently hit Sony, who is now shipping a 160GB version of its PS3 console for $300, the same price as the current 120GB model. But the real treat for console gamers will come next month when Sony releases its PlayStation Move bundle. This upcoming SKU will include the Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, Sports Champion game,... Read more...
Do you enjoy using Netflix on your PlayStation 3? It's a great service, and it's a great addition to an already powerful and flexible console. But one thing annoys us: it requires a specific Netflix disc in order to work. If you misplace your disc or head over to a friend's home without it, your PS3 simply cannot access Netflix. And considering that the Xbox 360 can access Netflix without any kind of special disc, this makes it that much harder to swallow. But according to Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings, PS3 owners won't have to deal with this frustration for too much longer. In the company's most recent conference call to discuss their quarterly earnings, Reed stated that he hopes to luanch "a... Read more...
Colored game consoles have been around for years now. It didn't take long for companies to realize that consumers would go crazy over a simple "limited run" of colored consoles, and even as far back as the famed black DreamCast, this tactic has shown to work well. For whatever reason, consumers love color choices. Maybe it fits their mood or their style, or maybe it just helps to fit in with their decorations. Either way, Sony has never been one to shy away from colors, and even today there are quite a few PSP color options around the world. The company's past PlayStation 2 console has also shipped in various colors, and now it's time for the PS3 to follow suit. The original PS3 has since been... Read more...
Will it be Sony to usher in the pay-for generation of Hulu? It's not the most positive designation in the world to have, but given Sony's expertise in the media realm, and just how elegant their own multi-media store solution is on the PlayStation 3, we wouldn't really mind it. The PS3 has been a multi-media monster from Day 1, being the only game console to support Blu-ray, and now having the ability to stream content from nearly anywhere thanks to the PlayOn application and Netflix streaming support. So Hulu seems like a natural next step. We have been hearing rumors for months on end that Hulu was considering a subscription based service for premium content and archived content, but rather... Read more...
One thing that has separated Xbox 360 and PS3/Wii when it comes to online gaming is price. Microsoft has always charged users for Xbox LIVE Gold, a yearly service to get onto their servers and battle the world, download media, network, etc. Sony and Nintendo have made their services available for free, presumably bundled into the cost of the hardware and software. But at E3, Sony finally caved. Now, the PlayStation Network will have two faces: a free one, and a premium one. And if you plan on getting in on any of the good stuff, you'll soon have to pay up in order to do so. We can't say that this is a bad move; at least the free PS Network is staying around instead of being replaced. The new... Read more...
So, let's see. Nintendo revealed a 3D version of their DS gaming handheld (the 3DS), and Microsoft revealed both the Kinect motion sensing system and a brand new Xbox 360 design this week at E3. And all Sony debuted was a new sound system? Hardly. The PlayStation Move was also out in full effect, and while that name has been around for a few months now, Sony has yet to actually make a public debut of the new motion controller. At E3, the company announced that Move would shp in Europe and Asia on September 15, with North America getting it on September 19. Pricing is set at $49.99 in the U.S., which is definitely a bit more expensive than a new Wii remote. But the Move claims to be more functional... Read more...
In the gaming world, most consumers remain fixated on one single thing: graphics. Ever since the Wii was introduced, another point has been focused on: control. But one area that gets very little attention, even today, is audio. Sony has always seemed to care more about audio than the other guys when it comes to gaming, and at E3 this week the company announced that they will be releasing a "subwoofer built-in, all-in-one Surround Sound System for the PlayStation 3." Basically, this is a soundbar setup made specifically for your PS3 console, and it's a way to add "surround sound" to your console without taking up a huge amount of space, running a large amount of cable or requiring a lot of time... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered news that a California PS3 owner, Anthony Ventura, had filed a class action lawsuit against Sony, alleging that the company's decision to terminate the PS3's Linux support via firmware update constituted a false/deceptive marketing practice. While most PS3 owners never took advantage of the system's Linux capabilities, "Other OS" functionality is critical to the universities and institutions that have deployed PS3 clusters as high-performance compute farms. We talked with several project leads on the impact of Sony's decision, and what it means for low-cost supercomputing programs. Blunderingly, Sony Nukes PS3 Supercomputing... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered news that a California PS3 owner, Anthony Ventura, had filed a class action lawsuit against Sony, alleging that the company's decision to terminate the PS3's Linux support via firmware update constituted a false/deceptive marketing practice.While most PS3 owners never took advantage of the system's Linux capabilities, "Other OS" functionality is critical to the universities and institutions that have deployed PS3 clusters as high-performance compute farms. We talked with several project leads on the impact of Sony's decision, and what it means for low-cost supercomputing programs. Cluster of PS3s, U.S.A.F. 2,000 Console SupercomputerImage courtesy: U.S. Air ForceIn... Read more...
When Sony announced it was terminating the PlayStation 3's ability to run Linux operating systems about a month ago, we knew it was a decision that could send ripples through the small community of users that relied upon the function. It also struck a nasty chord with gamers who might not utilize the feature, but were wary of Sony's ability to alter the core functionality of a system with a unilateral declaration. Sony has just been sued over its actions by a California man, Anthony Ventura, who claims to have purchased the system for its "Other OS" functionality and alleges that the electronic giant has broken its sales contract, breached good faith, and engaged in false/deceptive marketing... Read more...
After nearly four years of production, numerous design revisions, and a determined battle to establish Blu-ray as the de facto next-generation method of HD content distribution, the PS3's financials have almost turned a corner. By August, Sony is expected to finally begin earning a profit on the actual Playstation 3 console, rather than losing money on every single console sold. Sony's drive towards profitability has been anything but smooth. When the Playstation 3 launched, iSuppli estimated the company was losing $241.35 per premium system (60GB HDD, $599) and $306.85 for the low end 20GB model (a steal at just $499). Microsoft's first-generation XBox 360, in contrast, cost the company just... Read more...
Sony already announced that 3D gaming would soon be coming to their PlayStation 3 console, which isn't surprising considering how invested the company already is in 3D HDTVs and "3D audio." The PS3 is easily one of the most flexible and versatile game consoles ever, able to play games, Blu-ray Discs, and soon, 3D content. Apparently "soon" is sooner rather than later, with Sony announcing today that the console's latest firmware was being rolled out to users. Version 3.30 should be moving out to systems as we speak, with Sony calling the update "mandatory." The company is boasting about a new Trophies update that makes it easier to sort them, but the real focal point, in our estimation, is this:... Read more...
As sincere as Sony can apparently be, the console maker has an issued an apology to gamers worldwide who might be upset at the removal of the "Install Other OS" option from their PlayStation 3. For a select few, the touted ability to install an alternative OS was a huge selling point in the PS3's favor, so we can understand why Linux fans aren't real thrilled at Sony's decision to strip away this feature."We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature," Sony said in a statement. "We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful... Read more...
The hardware specifications for the components in the XBox 360 or Playstation 3 may not have changed since launch day, but semiconductor manufacturing has advanced significantly. Supposedly leaked photos of a new XBox 360 motherboard indicate that Microsoft could be poised to take advantage of that fact. If the image is real (and it might not be), Microsoft has redesigned the XBox's motherboard from the ground up. Image by Kotaku.comAbove we have the leaked photo, below we have the XBox 360 motherboard as its more-or-less appeared to date. The major difference between the two is the position of the GPU. We've known Microsoft was working on a combined-package for the CPU+GPU for awhile; the jump... Read more...
It wasn't supposed to happen this way. Back when all three consoles were just spec sheets and demo units it was Microsoft vs. Sony and Blu-ray vs. HD DVD. Even the pundits who thought the Wii's motion control interface could win it market share weren't predicting that the modest device would prove as popular as the XBox and PS3 combined. Both Microsoft and Sony realized some time back that the Wiimote wasn't just a fad and adjusted their plans accordingly. Microsoft has been hard at work on Project Natal, while Sony has finally taken the wraps off its own controller dubbed the Playstation Move. Reports coming back from GDC, where Sony unveiled the Move this week, are generally positive, with... Read more...
Forget about unlocking achievements and collecting in-game items, you can score some serious real-world cash just for playing Major League Baseball 2K10. And not just a little bit of loot, but $1 million! That's the largest ever for this kind of contest.So what's the catch? Just be the first to pitch a perfect game (no hits, no walks, and no runs) in MLB 2K10, record the feat with a camera or digital video recorder, and submit your entry to 2K Sports on DVD.Naturally there are a few rules you must abide by, the biggest being that this is only open to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers. 2K Sports isn't feeling the love for the PC, Nintendo Wii, and every other gaming platform MLB 2K10 is available... Read more...
Netflix is taking the world by storm. Blockbuster stores are shaking at the thought of being dominated by by-mail DVD outlets, and with "Watch Instantly" bringing Netflix titles to users on-demand over broadband, one really does have to wonder if there's any limit to just how popular this company will become.For the longest while, Netflix streaming was reserved (on consoles) to Microsoft's Xbox 360, but now--soon after Sony issued its cheaper $299 PlayStation 3 "Slim"--that service is being ushered onto another game console. Starting now, PS3 owners can apply for a streaming disc from Netflix (so long as they have an account that includes unlimited streaming), and a Blu-ray Disc will come in... Read more...
GameFly's new GameCenter app for the iPhone and iPod Touch lets you look up information regarding 5,000 video games for all major platforms directly on your handset. With this free app, you can get up-to-the minute news, videos, screenshots, release dates, user reviews, gameplay controls, cheats, codes, and more. To make it easy to find the information you're looking for, GameCenter offers intuitive search functionality with suggest-as-you-type predictions. The app also lets GameFly subscribers manage their GameQ and member information using the app. GameFly Inc. Launches GameCenter App Now Available on App Store Free App Provides iPhone™ and iPod® touch Users with Unrivaled Accessto... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 3 "Slim" has only been on sale for a few months now, and while Sony has stated that sales are way, way up, we still didn't expect a 'round 2' to be available this soon. For those not content with the single "Slim" offering on the shelf (a 120GB model for $299), Sony will soon deliver a higher capacity model to US consumers for a $50 premium.The 250GB PS3 "Slim" will feature a Blu-ray Drive, the new slim enclosure and a hard drive that's over twice as big as the 120GB model that launched originally--plenty of space to shove your media and downloaded games. Other than the new hard drive, everything else about the console will remain identical, well, except for the actual box.... Read more...
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