February 26, 2006

F.E.A.R. Sequels Confirmed For PS3

Posted in General at 1:07 am by corneliusw

One of last year’s best first-person-shooters, F.E.A.R., not only provides great thrills but also underlines the skills of its developer, Monolith, who has also produced such titles as No One Lives Forever.

Monolith, along with parent Warner Brothers Interactive, announced Tuesday that sequels to F.E.A.R. are already being developed. These follow-ups will be both for the PC and next-generation consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The games will be created without VU Games, the publisher of the original F.E.A.R. Consequently, the sequels will have to bear a different name, though they will be true continuations of the F.E.A.R. franchise.

Credit: IGN

February 20, 2006

Sony Says Playstation 3 Still Planned for Spring

Posted in General at 7:32 pm by corneliusw

Just when we thought the whole Playstation 3 release date rumor mill couldn’t get any more out of control, there is a new statement from a Sony official. The financial news giant Bloomberg posted a story that quoted Sony spokesperson Kei Sakaguchi saying “there is no change in our original plan,” and that the Playstation 3 is planned to be released in “spring” of 2006.

Although the company is still sticking to their original statements, the investment community is not believing the story as they take Sony down about 7% in the last two trading days on the Japanese stock exchange. It appears that Sony is trying to release the PS3 in some regions as early as Spring 2006, but they can meet a problem of delayed components and that

Recruiters Sponsor PlayStation 3 Event

Posted in General at 8:12 am by corneliusw

International recruitment service, Mary-Margaret.com will be the official sponsor for an IGDA-London meeting held on February 22. The meeting will give developers an opportunity to learn more about the PlayStation 3 and talk about the tools used to create its games.

SCEE Technology Group Development Support Manager, George Bain will be the main speaker and is expected to speak on PS3’s exclusive features such as the Blu-ray technology and the Cell processor.

“It’s great that Sony will be doing this presentation here for us at the London Chapter,” commented Dean Butcher, IGDA London President. “Game developers are always excited at the prospect of getting an insight into as yet unreleased platforms, so we’re very much looking forward to the presentation from George. Having Mary-Margaret.com sponsor the event is also a great bonus for us. Mary-Margaret.com has been very active in helping us to promote this event beyond the call of duty and in addition to our thanks; we would like to congratulate them on their first ten years of success. It’s great to see a specialist recruiter for our industry assist in the growth of knowledge and insight that such events give developers in offering to provide sponsorship.”

Credit: IGN

February 18, 2006

Merill Lynch Predicts a Delayed $900 PlayStation 3

Posted in General at 6:58 pm by corneliusw

A recent report from Merill Lynch indicates that the Playstation 3 could be delayed until 2007 in the United States, and may cost up to $900 at launch. All the information below is based on the released Merill Lynch PDF.

Merill Lynch predicts the PS3’s 2007 launch in the United States based on an inside colleague and also states that the PS3’s Blu-Ray drive and Cell processor are the reasons behind the increased cost of the Playstation 3.

“In particular, Sony’s decision to implement an ambitious new processor architecture – the Cell – not only took a great deal of design effort, but also has resulted in a processor that we think will cost Sony at least $230 per unit initially.”

“The Blu-Ray drive also looks expensive at an estimated $350, and Sony will not be able to leverage off additional Blu-Ray shipments in DVD players because the standard is still so new.”

Below is a graph that is shown in the PDF, which actually adds up to $800 for an unexplained reason.

If the Playstation 3 were to be delayed in 2007 for a price of $900, it would guarantee a success with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 because of its one year advantage. Not only that, the Revolution which has been stated to become before Thanksgiving would sell like hotcakes if priced under $250.

Then again, it’s hard to predict what is going on in the future, and many gamers believe analysts support this information with little backing or knowledge. Not only that, but Sony has also hinted on a $400 PS3 when Xbox 360 came out, meaning that a price of $900 is farfetched, or that Sony will be taking a bigger blow then we expected.

February 17, 2006

2006 a definite for the PS3 says Sony

Posted in General at 11:03 pm by corneliusw

It’s been threatening an appearance for some time, but unfortunately, a working PlayStation 3 console has still to go on show after rumours of an unveiling at the Taipei Game Show proved unfounded. However, that hasn’t stopped Sony exectives from making statements about a release date.

Sony has promised to ship the PlayStation 3 in 2006. Head of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, Tetsuhiko Yasuda, told reporters at the Taipei Game Show that the console will launch this year, though he didn’t want to push it to the point of giving a specific date or even month. However, he did claim that the new machine will out-sell the PS2, with accumulated global shipments of 100m consoles expected.

That’s all well and good, but will we see that elusive working model? All eyes are now on the E3 show, to be held in Los Angeles in May, for the debut of a working machine. Unless of course Sony sticks to its original release date of March this year for the machine. But I wouldn’t bank on that if I were you.

PlayStation 3 release date delayed due to piracy concerns

Posted in General at 7:17 pm by corneliusw

The release of the Playstation 3 is being delayed due to the threat of piracy, Sony has announced.

At the Taipei Game Show, the managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, Mr Tetsuhiko Yasuda, told reporters of Japanese news outlet Mainichi that Sony would not launch the PS3 until it could handle the troubles posed by counterfeiters.

“We want to be completely prepared when we bring PlayStation 3 to the marketplace. Our No. 1 competition is not other companies but counterfeiters.

We want to work with governments to stop this.?

Yasuda said that Sony was yet to decide when it would begin marketing the new console.

The Playstation 3 will use the new Blu-ray next-generation DVD format for their game media. Part of the delay of the Playstation 3 release date may be caused by uncertainties concerning Blu-ray’s copy protection systems. Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) manages the content stored on next-generation media such as Blu-ray Discs.

Heise online reports that the AACS copy protection for Blu-ray disc and HD DVD is delayed again:

“Last Friday, the meeting of the AACS LA was to resolve the final specifications of the new Advanced Access Content System (AACS). But insiders are reporting that no such agreement was reached. Instead, it is said that an important member of the Blu-ray Disc Association is still voicing concerns about the interaction of AACS and the additional BD+ protection for Blu-ray movies. The next meeting is scheduled for February 23rd and 24th.

Without the AACS specification, the copy protection keys that manufacturers of drives and media need cannot be produced. For instance, manufacturers such as NEC, Pioneer, Samsung, and Toshiba are eagerly awaiting the specifications so they can implement AACS in their equipment.

Hollywood movie studios are insisting that such protection be included in all drives. “

As the Playstation 3 is equipped with a Blu-ray disc drive, Sony may be forced to wait until the problems with the AACS have been resolved before commiting to a release date for the PS3 console.

NVIDIA Dismiss PS3 Questions

Posted in General at 7:11 pm by corneliusw

Speculation surrounding exactly when, or more specifically won’t, the Playstation3 arrive has reached boiling point in recent days, with US reports alleging a September release in North America and Japan.

Recently NVIDIA dismissed questions during a financial conference call regarding when it expects royalties to arrive from Sony for the RSX graphics chip, a less then subtle attempt to squeeze fresh information, with claims that the Playstation 3 is Sony’s product but suggested that the RSX design has been completed and that “production silicon is in hand”.

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