Items tagged with PlayStation 3

There's little doubt that Nintendo changed the gaming world forever with its Wii remote (or Wiimote, if you please). Before the Wii, gamers were stuck using control pads, joysticks, keyboards and mice to interact with digital realms, but Nintendo made it possible for actual human movements to control gameplay. Now, Sony is under pressure to match Nintendo's efforts, and their answer is the Motion Controller. Or, at least that's the code name.Originally announced at E3 this summer, Sony's response to the Wiimote now has a date on it courtesy of Sony: Spring 2010. It's somewhat unfortunate that it won't be available before the holiday rush, but we're sure hardcore Sony/PS3 fans will appreciate... Read more...
One million. That's a pretty large number. In fact, that's a really hefty sum. And it's even larger when you hit that figure from 0 in three weeks. That's exactly what Sony has accomplished, as its newest PlayStation 3, hailed by many as the "PS3 slim," has sold one million units since debuting three weeks ago in retail. For Sony, that's a huge accomplishment, as its larger, more expensive PS3 had seen sales sag since the first day on the market.Obviously, the crucial aspect of seeing sales soar was pricing the unit at just under $300. Considering that most decent Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players are still above $200, it's a no-brainer to just get a game console with the deal for just a bit more.... Read more...
It's unavoidable: 3D is the next big thing in television, whether you believe it or not. With 1080p panels losing their luster in terms of novelty, there's hardly any other feature that TV makers can add to entice you to upgrade. Besides, our current cable and fiber systems can't even deliver content en masse at a resolution above 1080p, so the advent of 3D is just the next logical step in upping the game. As with Panasonic, Sony is looking to drive the commercialization of 3D to the home during the course of 2010, with a lineup of BRAVIA HDTVs to pack 1080p 3D capabilities and a big question mark surrounding how exactly the content will follow the hardware. Sony's hoping to ride the wave of... Read more...
Sony hasn't sold a PS3 that offered a hardware-level backwards compatibility mode in several years, but with the announcement of the PS3 Slim, fans of the feature were hopeful it might reappear in the new, slimmed-down version. Ars Technica recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller, and the company executive was quick to dismiss any notion that backwards compatibility would reappear. "It's not coming back, so let me put that on the table," Koller told Ars. "It's not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing. We've got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They've buying... Read more...
Sony's newer, slimmer, sexier PlayStation 3 console is a nice piece of hardware. There's no doubt that the 120GB hard drive, lower power drain, sleeker look and $299 price tag will draw more than a few folks in, but those holding tight to yesteryear now have reason to pause. Unlike some of the first PS3 machines to hit the market, the new PS3 'Slim' doesn't support PlayStation 2 titles. Backwards compatibility was a big draw way back when, and even today it's a hot-button topic. All Xbox 360s still support original Xbox titles, though Sony seems to be fading that away from its PS3 consoles. For good. Ars Technica recently sat down with Sony's director of hardware marketing, Mr. John Koller. Aside... Read more...
At long last, the new PlayStation 3 is a reality. At a press event today in Germany, Sony announced that it would be shipping a slimmer, sexier PS3 console at the beginning of next month, and while it wouldn't gain any functionality from the 80GB PS3 that we've come to know and love, it wouldn't lose anything either. Better still, those who buy in will be seeing a capacity bump (120GB) and a lower MSRP ($299), which Sony has needed to present for quite some time. The new PS3 features a matte finish, a noticeably thinner profile (takes up 32% less space) and the same internal specifications as the existing "thick" PS3. Speaking of those, the 160GB and 80GB PS3 consoles are being discounted by... Read more...
You know, we think this is a great idea, but we can't figure out why Sony hasn't done this from the get-go. If you'll recall, Sony sold legions of PlayStation 2 consoles by it having a DVD player built in. The pitch went something like "Buy a PS2, get a DVD player!" At the time, it worked wonderfully. For whatever reason, Sony didn't really go out of its way to market the Blu-ray aspect of the PS3 in the same way, or at least not to the majority of consumers. The high price tag made the inclusion of Blu-ray a non-factor for most; if you can't afford the package, you don't much care about what extras you get--right?At any rate, the world's first Blu-ray + PlayStation 3 game bundle has just been... Read more...
It's a tough time for Blu-ray to be really hitting its stride. Many consumers are still wary due to the battle with HD-DVD, and frankly, many are still content with DVD. In too many cases, upscaled DVD looks "good enough" for consumers, and only those with oodles of disposable income are willing to fork out for Blu-ray. Blu-ray player prices are still relatively high, and the actual movies are way expensive compared to the same titles on DVD. Plus, the install base of DVD is so high, it's tough for many to start building another movie library on another format.Those reasons and more are what is keeping the interest in Blu-ray rather low according to a new study by Harris Interactive. Currently,... Read more...
For the longest time, we've felt that Sony's baseline $399 price tag on its PlayStation 3 console was simply too high. Nintendo's Wii is just $299, and Microsoft's Xbox 360 can be had easily for $199. Aside from Blu-ray playback, what does the console really offer to persuade gamers to purchase it over the other, cheaper options?Obviously, we aren't the only ones wondering why a PS3 price drop wasn't announced recently at E3, with major game developer Activision even wondering if it will continue to support the console in the near future. Specifically, Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Bobby Kotick stated that it may end up dropping support for Sony's console due to high development costs and... Read more...
Say what you will, but Wolfenstein 3D is back in full force, in a way that Duke Nukem only wishes he could be. Just months after the heralded first-person shooter made its way onto Apple's App Store, the classic title is now destined to waste even more time when it comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network.Activision Publishing and id Software will be bringing the "legendary" title over to those two platforms on June 3rd (that's Wednesday!), and even though graphics have advanced a wee bit since its development, the ESRB is still rating this heavily pixelated game M for Mature. The release is being used to hype up the next new iteration in the franchise, which will simply be titled... Read more...
A few years ago, turntables were reserved for hardcore DJs and beat-mixers. Today, they're everywhere. In cellphones, in homes and now, in video games. And we're not talking about no-name third-party manufacturers, we're talking about big names in the industry. For example, Numark and Genius just announced Scratch: The Ultimate DJ Videogame Controller, which will be the newest peripheral on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3.Naturally, the scratch deck will be showcased next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and it will basically be the first realistic turntable for videogame use. The device itself will be called SCRATCH DECK, which will combine two elements of the DJ and... Read more...
Can you handle another Wii-related peripheral in your house? With so many plastic guitars, drumsets, Wiimote cases, Wii Zapper holsters, fishing accessories, etc., we're beginning to wonder if there's any end to the madness in sight. Of course, the peripheral industry is a thriving one, and Nintendo's choice to add motion sensitivity to its latest console has certainly made third-party suppliers happy. The latest piece of must-have hardware to surface is the skateboard you see above, which will come packaged with Tony Hawk's latest title. It has been quite some time since Mr. Hawk was featured in a skateboard video game, and really, could you imagine a better comeback story than this? Taking... Read more...
Logitech has certainly dabbled in the gaming realm before, but this is arguably its most impressive venture yet. For years now, home cinema enthusiasts have wondered why Sony added in Bluetooth remote control capabilities over the far more widely accepted RF radio. At long last, a company with a trusted record in the remote industry is stepping forward with a bridge, enabling Sony's PlayStation 3 to become the media center it was always meant to be when not playing games.The suitably named Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 is a relatively small box (99.4 x 65.6 x 18.5 millimeters in size) that is designed to sit alongside your PS3 and allow your existing Harmony universal remote to finally... Read more...
Turtle Beach has announced that PlayStation 3 enthusiasts can finally enjoy the same personal gaming experience as XBOX 360 gamers with the newest addition to its growing line of gaming headphones—the Ear Force PX1.  By combining the Ear Force X1 headphones for amplified stereo game audio and the Audio Advantage® Amigo USB sound card for reliable and clear online chat, the Ear Force PX1 creates the definitive audio environment for playing popular PS3 titles such as Call of Duty® World at War, Fallout 3, and Guitar Hero® World Tour.The Ear Force PX1 lets PS3 gamers concentrate on their game-play by hearing every nuance while avoiding the distraction of any noise around them. ... Read more...
The Cell microprocesssor is the very powerful heart of the Playstation 3 gaming console. People have found all sorts of uses for them other than playing Assassin's Creed, including using them for medical research through the Folding at Home program. Now the US military has spent $133 million to put together the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of performing over one quadrillion calculations per second (a Petaflop) using almost 13,000 slightly improved versions of the Cell processor, along with some AMD Opterons. They call it Roadrunner.To put the performance of the machine in perspective, Thomas P. D’Agostino, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said that... Read more...
HotHardware could tell you all about the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. We could bring you the news from there that Sony announced a device that would let users record and store live television on their Playstation 3 game console. We could mention that programming saved in this fashion could then be transferred to a Playstation Portable for viewing, if you so desired. We might point out that the device is capable of handling high-definition broadcasts as well.  We might continue with an examination of the comparitively lackluster sales of the Playstation 3 compared to its competition, the X-box 360 and the Wii.  We might assess how the added functionality of turning the Sony console into... Read more...
Sony has announced that they've discontinued production of the $500 20GB model of their Playstation 3 console, as had been rumored for a while now. With the Playstation 3 having fewer sales than the other next generation consoles in the past few months, demand for the 20GB model has been especially low. "My thoughts? The industry buzz had always been that Sony was offering retailers better margins on the 60GB unit, hence the reason for the wildly disproportionate retail orders. As far as consumers went, if you were dropping $500 on a PS3, you might as well drop $600 and get more hard drive space and wireless networking all built in."... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Sony's latest Playstation 3 game console is experiencing a fair amount of issues ranging from overheating to a lack of proper resolution scaling. Although some users are having trouble in terms of the unit being properly cooled and in some cases even having the unit turn on, the largest problem appears to be a lack of the console being able to upscale 720p games up to 1080i. Those gaming with an HDTV which supports 1080i and not 720p will be forced to watch their games at a mere 480p until Sony can provide a solution. Fortunately, Sony does have a solution for the lack of systems in the retail channel as a second batch of Playstation 3 consoles will be hitting stores... Read more...
This seems to happen with every next-gen console launch, but things are getting ridiculous with regard to Playstation 3 pricing and availability. This article on CNN Money states that the PS3 is even scarcer than originally predicted. "Gamers knew getting their hands on a PlayStation 3 was going to be hard last weekend, but they probably had no idea it would be this hard. Sony had said going into the game console's launch it would ship 400,000 units to North America. But retail checks by analysts show the actual number of PS3s on store shelves was less than half of that. American Technology Research's P.J. McNealy, in a note to investors, said there were just 125,000 to 175,000 PS3s in stores... Read more...
Now that current and next generation consoles are equipped with processing power equal to a high end PC, we're able to do more than just simply play games on these devices. Now you can actually put your console to good use while its sitting idle, as Stanford's Folding@Home project may soon be available for the PS3(once the PS3 is out, of course). Folding@Home is a program which uses spare CPU cycles to simulate the folding of proteins, in an attempt to help find cures for many of todays worst disease, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Playstation 3 version of F@H will also contain some interesting graphical enhancements as well. "The network hopes to apply the new... Read more...
Digitimes has reported that Chinese media are confirming Asustek Computer has been shipping production Playstation 3 gaming consoles in small volume since the beginning of July. The first consignment should result in roughly 4 million units in total with a significant amount remaining to ship before the console officially launches on November 11. This flies in the face of rampant rumors the last few months in which the maturity of the console was called into question and delays were claimed to be absolute. Fortunately for those dying with anticipation for this item, we'll all have the chance to have a Playstation 3 well in advance of the holidays. "After the first batch of PS3 shipments from... Read more...
Sony Corp.'s top video game studio executive said on Wednesday that a new online service debuting with its PlayStation 3 console in early November will open up a world of new content for gamers as well as new revenue opportunities for the company. The service, which lets users buy games and communicate and compete with other players via the Web, again puts the company in head-to-head competition with Microsoft Corp. Sony, one of the world's leading technology manufacturers and entertainment companies, aims to retain dominance over the roughly $30 billion global video game market with the PS3.... Read more...
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