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June 20, 2007

PS3 – How To Kill Your Brand Video Satire

Filed under: Sony PS3 — Ramajay @ 1:47 pm

I found this totally hilarious, more so because of the truth behind this sarcastic take on Sony’s series of arrogant missteps with the PS3

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March 5, 2007

Wii – G4TV Ad, Wii vs PS3

Filed under: Sony PS3, Wii — Ramajay @ 6:58 pm

In the same vein as the Apple vs PC ads, G4 comes up with an entertaining PS3 vs Wii advertisement. Now…my Wii didn’t seem to come with all those extra benefits! 🙂

February 23, 2007

Gaming-Mercenaries 2 to ship for PC, Xbox360,PS2 and PS3

Filed under: PC Games, Sony PS2, Sony PS3, Xbox360 — Ramajay @ 1:16 am

Electronic Arts and Pandemic Studios today announced that Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, will ship simultaneously on four platforms worldwide – the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC – in holiday 2007.”

Mercenaries was a really fun game in which you played a mercenary working for various factions in an open ended ‘sandbox’ type world. You could call in helicopter drops of supplies and weapons with money earned from missions, which you obtained from each faction. As you completed missions for a particular faction, the other factions attitudes toward you would change with some becoming hostile, and others friendly depending on which of their members you wiped out. Gameplay was engaging and the excitement of sniping a pilot and hopping into the cockpit of his helicopter was something that should be experienced at least once in gaming.

February 22, 2007

Consoles- Boxes fly off the shelves for January

Filed under: PC Games, Sony PS3, Wii, Xbox360 — Ramajay @ 3:23 am

The latest figures are in,and January has been an amazing month for the sale of game consoles. Software sales totalled US$549 million dollars up an impressive 53% over the same period last year. The figures on the hardware side are equally impressive:

Xbox360: 294,000 units sold

Wii: 436,000 units sold.

PS3: 244,000 units sold.

The Wii is the cheapest console on the market right now with the most unique control method, from my time with it the Wii is truly a family gaming machine that everyone can enjoy, and sales shoud remain strong as they release more games for the system. Currently the crop of Wii titles are abysmal, and personally I’m not playing my Wii very much past Wii sports and Zelda. When the titles designed specifically for the Wii start hitting market expect everyone that owns a Wii to be rushing to the stores.

Now, if we could just have a similar control setup for the Xbox360! 🙂

January 27, 2007

Sony PS3- Selling for more than US$800 in the UK!

Filed under: Sony PS3 — Ramajay @ 9:32 pm

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot…repeatedly! UK reporter Jack Schofield thinks that Sony’s next gen console should be renamed the “PayStation” as it clocks in at an exorbitant US$834 (£425) in Britain.

Sony is currently facing an estimated 313,000 PS3 Units that are languishing in stock and on store shelves throughout the US representing a possible US$300,000,000.00 expenditure by Sony. All this while the graphically inferior Nintendo Wii is flying off the shelves!

Sony is probably hoping for BluRay to take off and rescue the flagging sales of the PS3, but perhaps they should bank on delivering some compelling games to customers instead.

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January 19, 2007

PS3 – Two Copies on a Disc To Overcome Slow Blu-Ray

Filed under: Sony PS3 — Ramajay @ 5:32 am

020072b.jpgWhat may be another obstacle to Sony’s dominance of the console market has been announced recently by Todd Howard. He stated that a highly anticipated title for the PS3, Bethesda’s award winning Oblivion, was forced to be written twice to the same BluRay disc to attempt to overcome the slow drive speeds of the format. Oblivion is a next generation title which features a vast world where the player can go anywhere in the land without being confined to a linear storyline. This open-endedness and the rich world detail requires some fairly hefty hardware requirements though, and one would have thought that Sony’s flagship PS3 would be able to deliver the goods. Sadly it seems that developers are already having to create work-arounds for the system in order to deliver Next Gen products that have been successfully launched on the PC and the PS3’s rival – the Xbox 360.

Howard noted: “Drive speed matters more to me [than capacity], and Blu-ray is slower”, with EGM revealing that “the PS3 Oblivion team compensated for the slower drive by duplicating data across the Blu-ray disc, making it faster to find and load.”

This largely negates one of the major advantages that Sony kept repeating Blu-ray had over the HD-DVD competition : Higher capacity. If developers need to copy a game to the disc twice in order to get acceptable transfer rates of data when required, then the effective maximum capacity of the disc is actually halved topping out at 25GB instead of the marketed 50GB. This certainly will have an impact on ambitious titles such as Oblivion, which really push the boundaries of gameplay.

Perhaps Sony is hoping that developers don’t try to bring too many of these revolutionary titles and concentrate on simple car racing and first person shooters instead?

Oblivion, which was once carded to be a PS3 launch title, has been pushed back to March 2007.

Get the full story in the February 2007 edition of EGM

January 8, 2007

PS3-First Impressions

Filed under: Sony PS3 — Ramajay @ 10:30 pm

020072b.jpgI got my PS3 today, delivered to my door. It’s an impressive system, there’s no doubt about it. Visually it is far more striking than the Xbox360, with a sleek black exterior and the stylised Playstation 3 logo emblazoned across the gleaming front of the system. The rich black, almost mirror like finish is exquisite.

I only got Resistance-Fall Of Man with the system, but that is more than enough to get me started on my way to PS3 nirvana. The user interface is identical to the PSP, so if you have one of those you know exactly what to expect interface wise from the system. The gamediscs are fed into a slot loading system, and the power and eject buttons appear to be a part of the surface, adding to the impression of luxury they are merely touch sensitive. 4 USB ports adorn the front, or side depending on how you stand the unit, and hidden away under a cover is a Memory Stick Pro, a SD/Mini Sd and a Compact Flash port. On the back (or left side again) are the common power connector, Common Playstation A/V Out, Digital Out, LAN and an HDMI out.

The gamecontroller looks almost identical to the usual PS2 controller that we’re accustomed to. Thus far I haven’t missed the rumble or forcefeedback effect with Resistance.

We’ll have a few system photos tomorrow and more info as we explore the system further.

December 29, 2006

Consoles – Xbox360 vs PS3 Graphics

Filed under: Sony PS3, Xbox360 — Ramajay @ 5:59 pm

Gamespot has an article on the differences between the Xbox360 and the PS3 for games which have both a 360 and a PS3 version. The games they tested were NFS:Carbon,Call of Duty 3,Madden,Marvel, NBA2K7,Fight Night,Tony Hawk and Tiger Woods.

 In all these photos it seems that the biggest difference in graphics quality is brightness. This I find to be quite ridiculous, couldn’t they have adjusted the brightness of the PS3 to match that of the Xbox360, or vice versa? Aside from one image always being brighter than the other there is functionally no difference in graphics between the consoles.

The 360 is able to put out almost the same graphics as the PS3 in all these games. There isn’t one in the bunch that you can point to and say that the PS3 version looks “Much better” when you remove the brightness level from the equation. In fact, in some cases the Xbox360 seems to handle HDR lighting a bit better.

Any perceived differences in graphic quality certainly don’t seem to be worth the 200US$ difference in price between the PS3 (US$600.00) and the Xbox360(US$400). If the cheaper system gives you the same graphics and gameplay as the more expensive machine…why do you need to purchase the more expensive machine?

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