August 24, 2006
Sony announces to present 27 playable Sony Playstation 3 games at the Tokyo Game Show 2006 in September.
Visitors of the TGS 2006 will be able to play all 27 PS3 games at the Sony booth.
All in all Sony will show 35 games that are currently in development for their next generation Playstation at the show.
Amongst the playable PS3 games will be: Warhawk, The Eye of Judgment, MotorStorm, Formula One, Ridge Racer 7 and LAIR.
Sony will also present GPS enabled software titles for the Sony PSP. A navigation software, Metal Gear Solid Portable Opus, a golf place software and a portable planetarium software.
The Tokyo Game show will open on September 22nd.
August 22, 2006
In his latest interview with GameSpot, Sony America president Kaz Hirai revealed that the PLAYSTATION 3 has not even begun manufacturing at all. Previous reports out of Taiwan put the PLAYSTATION 3 production schedule commencing at the beginning of July. With Kaz simply stating that the production lines have only been reviewed, retailers could be in for an even worse experience than last year’s stocking issues with the Xbox 360.
<b>GS:</b> So is the PS3 already being manufactured?
<b>KH:</b> We haven’t started manufacturing yet. Some of our ops guys were actually just in China, and also in Japan just reviewing the [production] lines and everything else. But they are, again, preparing as we speak to get the manufacturing going. We’ve not announced and we haven’t set really a specific date to say, “As of this day we’re going to start manufacturing.”
With a commitment to 2 million consoles worldwide in November, Sony expects to distribute close to 700,000 to the North American market alone. Analysts have pegged worldwide demand at 8 million consoles, leaving many seekers empty handed this holiday season and beyond.
August 8, 2006
With just months to go before the launch of the PS3 and the debut of Sony’s costly Blu-ray format, worldwide studios president Phil Harrison has hinted that the PlayStation 4 won’t feature a disc drive.
In a recent interview with Wired magazine, Harrison speculated that the successor to the PlayStation 3 may be entirely based on digital distribution models for both games and media content.
“We have to change the business model. We have to find a new way to reach the consumer,” he stated.
Harrison went on to refer to Kart Rider, a Korean game which is offered for free. Gamers are then charged for upgrades enhancements via digital download – and more than 12 million people are currently playing.
“That will be the business model for the future of games,” Harrison declared, before stating: “I’d be amazed if the PS4 had a physical disc drive.”
Okay, so he’s not exactly confirming anything. But it’s still interesting that Sony’s keen on online distribution, what with the “future proof” Blu-ray format almost here and all.
Sony declined to offer further clarification of Harrison’s comments.
While Sony promised that all PSOne and PS2 games would be backward compatible, it also unveiled that even your old savegames will be useable on the PS3. To use saved data on a PS2 memory card, you must copy the data onto a virtual memory card within the hard disk,which will require a PS2/PSone memory card adaptor to copy the data to your PS3. A memory card adaptor is designed to edit, up/download game saves to and from EMS flash card or smart media card. Details on the adaptor, as to price or manufactorer, were however not provided