October 30, 2005

PS3 video processor – 120 FPS?

Posted in General, news & rumors at 4:23 pm by playstation3

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Playstation 3 is potentially able to run graphics at 120 frames per second. 120.

They are going to consume our brain.

To burn our eyes.

To force us to buy a 120fps television.

Numbers, just numbers… maybe. 120 fps means that in one second 120 different images will flash on the screen.

Even last TV models aren’t capable of refreshing the screen 120 times in a single second.

But they want to do it. No one needs it, no one asked for it, but mr. Kutaragi said that “when new technology comes to market, he hopes to have the PS3 ready to take advantage of it”.

Mr. Kutaragi, nobody needs 120 fps. We need good titles. Stop giving out fantastic numbers related to playstation 3 to excite media.

I’m sick about those “great tech news”. Tell us more about the playstation 3 gaming experience.

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October 27, 2005

Virtua Fighter 5 PS3

Posted in General, news & rumors, previews at 11:53 am by playstation3

IGN published a very interesting article about the incoming Virtua Fighter 5 for Playstation 3.

“Following its unveiling at the August Amusement Machine Show, Sega went quiet on Virtua Fighter 5, putting games like House of the Dead 4 and Psy-Phi on test while leaving the Lindbergh arcade board’s killer app locked away in its corporate offices. The details are slowly starting to come out, though, with this week’s Famitsu shedding new light on the game’s characters and gameplay.

The magazine shares first details on one of the two new characters to be featured in VF5. The masked wrestler character from the Amusement Machine Show trailer is called El Blaze and he uses the Lucha Libre fighting style (also performed in Dead or Alive 4… by a similarly masked character). El Blaze uses acrobatic movements and throws to fight his opponents. Story-wise, there appears to be a connection between El Blaze and Wolf.

Gameplay details are still being kept under wraps, but the Famitsu story does reveal that we can expect a few new gameplay systems. One new system is hinted at by some of El Blaze’s moves, which allow the wrestler to leap over and beyond downed opponents.

Don’t worry about your favorite fighting game being tinkered with by inexperienced designers — VF5 is being developed by veteran AM2 staffers. Serving as “game director” is Daichi Katagiri, who’s been with the series since the start. The title’s “overall director” is Makoto Osaki, who’s worked on the development of Daytona USA and various other racing titles out of Sega.

The creators reveal that Virtua Fighter 5 will not feature Online fights. While it’s technically possible, they feel that doing so would create something other than Virtua Fighter. Instead of allowing for direct fights, they hope to build upon the network functionality featured in VF4, allowing for greater player communication and building up a strong community.

Specifics on a few of VF5’s new gameplay systems will be revealed soon, so VF fans, stay tuned to IGN.â€?

Now, as a videogames developer, I smile when those men talk about “technically possible” online Fighting games. They are making fun of us :)

It’s hard, very hard. The average gamer has not access to the right infrastructures for such a detailed game.

MAYBE it’s possible to play very complex Fighting games in local area networks. But VF5 is a kind of game requiring a precision order of few milliseconds.

Wanna try something while waiting? :) Take a look at Street Fighter Online. It’s not Playstation 3, but quite exciting :) 

October 26, 2005

Parental Control for Playstation 3

Posted in General, news & rumors at 8:03 am by playstation3

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Ok mums and dads, Sony is thinking of You as well.

They are implementing on their next generation console a system that’s going to allow you to control the games Your children play.

Playstation 3 parental controls, as they said at a conference in Tokyo (government and Japan’s biggest retailers, publishers and developers were present), were already built in the PSP handheld, and the whole system is going to be improved and tested to give warranty of a better children safety and control over game contents.

Naturally, Microsoft XBOX 360 is not sleeping. They must have everything Playstation 3 has. Parental controls, as well.

Parents will be able to setup passwords requests to pop out when adult contents or online access are requested.

They invest billions to prevent children from seeing imaginary fights, to dream of bloody heros. Is it still the Columbine experience?

They should change something in the culture, in tv shows, more than funny videogames.

Don’t tell your parents You bought a Playstation 3 :P

October 25, 2005

Motor Storm PS3

Posted in General, news & rumors, previews at 10:26 am by playstation3

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Motor Storm looks like a nice PS3 racing game. Well, at least nice (ok, kickass) graphics and possibility to perform deadly car crashes :)

This off-road racing game, from Evolution Studios, will put your virtual car under tons of smelly mud, petrol, dust. A lot of loud, engines’ music, abnormous trucks, metal and deserts, rally tunings… immediately, without qualifications, restrictions, vehicle classes, or whatever. Select your offroad monster and start running. Avoid total destruction. Survive to the end of a crazy, dirty race.

Ah :) we’ll love this one!

Enjoy those screenshots and be happy.

Your Playstation 3 is giving out good games :)

October 24, 2005

XBox 360 Controller for pc

Posted in Accessories, General, news & rumors at 8:26 am by playstation3

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So, do You really think the XBox 360 controller is more beautiful than the PS3’s? Maybe :)

What’s interesting about it is that it’s going to be compatible with home PCs.

“Gamers can simply unplug their controller from their Xbox 360 system and plug it into their Windows XP-based PC,” said mr. Chris Donahue (microsoft gaming dept. director). “This is a great breakthrough for the gaming industry as we make it easier for developers to create multiplatform titles.”

Ok, we won’t make more publicity to Micro****. But, just in case you would like to use the xBox 360 pad on a ps3, (oh yeah, ps3 is a pc, didn’t u know? :D) keep this in mind.

Then, you might be interested in this article, it’s like someone already did it :P

October 22, 2005

The Embrace Of Time

Posted in General, news & rumors, previews at 10:02 pm by playstation3

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It’s unknown, unconfirmed, misterious. But it has got the typical smell of good news.

We know almost nothing about its release, but “Embrace of Time Chapter 1, Resurrectio Ocolus”, currently being worked on by a chinese company (Origo Gaming Entertainment), is a promising RPG project.

The game is going to be the first one of four chapters, it’s very Jappo and Anime-inspired and the main character holds a sword too big for him…

mmm? and Final Fantasy 7? and Berserk? :) That doesn’t look like a good -original- beginning, my dear chinese friends. 

October 19, 2005

PS3 Statistics by Famitsu

Posted in General, news & rumors at 8:27 am by playstation3

Thanks to Famitsu, the most respected video game news magazine in Japan, we can give out some statistics about Japanese Gamers’ intentions.

23.9% of Japanese gamers will buy an Xbox 360.

They like a lot Xbox 360’s controller. And, as we recently said in our controller-banana article, they could be right. This controller isn’t enough for us :) we are not monkeys, are we?

Anyway, it’s like 63.2% of japanese gamers will buy a PS3.

A lot of features, a lot of expectations, a lot of hardware, a lot of fun. So… why shouldn’t they buy a Playstation 3? Well… one of the main reasons was… The banana controller! Again! ARGH!

Ok, let’s fix it, my Japanese Sony Friends. Give it triggers, make it bigger and… no bananas!

Now, most interesting thing, 63.2 + 23.9 = 87.1% (yeah, math is my strong point). Meaning that almost all japanese gamers will buy a next generation console… what a country :)

But I would lower the total to 75-80%, as I’m sure that those percentages include people buying both the XBox and Playstation 3.

I’ll go PS3. Did you guess it?

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