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According to development sources close to Sony Computer Entertainment the firm is planning a major digital distribution service for game content, which could be a key element of PlayStation 3.
The news comes from Gamesindustry.biz who have talked to several senior developers who have confirmed that Sony is looking into a digital distribution service.
[Several senior developers have confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that they have spoken informally with Sony about the question of digital distribution on consoles, although these discussions were described as being "purely about technology, not business models" by one source.
However, even the technology discussed could be very revealing regarding the Japanese giant's plans for the coming years - with one source from the development arm of a major third-party publisher claiming that Sony has been discussing the technical feasibility of providing PSone and PS2 titles over digital distribution with them.
This could indicate that Sony is hoping to provide a service for the PS3 similar to Nintendo's Revolution digital download system, which will allow users to access a back catalogue of Nintendo titles through the next-generation console.
In Sony's case the challenges may be significantly more difficult, since PlayStation titles were customarily several hundred megabytes in size, and PS2 titles spanned multiple gigabytes - compared to just a few megabytes or less for NES, SNES and N64 titles in the Nintendo back-catalogue.
However, as Internet connections speed up downloads of this size will be far more reasonable - already, several Xbox Live demos for the Xbox 360 are over 600Mb in size - and our sources indicated that Sony may also be investigating the possibility of remastering certain PS2 titles to allow them to stream later content over the network while the player is already playing early parts of the game.]
Read the full story at Gamesindustry.bizSource: PS3 Today
With the recent news of a Sony PS3 delay, some analysts believe a Halo 3 and Playstation 3 launch could happen simultaneously
A while back we reported that some industry insiders believed that Microsoft is waiting to release Halo 3 with the launch of the Sony PS3. With the recent developments, that rumor is once again making rounds.
According to Next Generation, a â€œlead analystâ€� from Tokyo believes that some blockbuster titles form Microsoft could be released around the same time as the Sony PS3 launch. The analyst added that the release of Halo 3 could be â€œquite damaging for Sony.â€�
A few months ago Peter Mooore dropped a few hints regarding the release of Halo 3, saying that for now MS will ride the â€œwave of successâ€� with the launch of the 360, and will pull Halo 3 when the time is right."The good news is interestingly we're riding this wave of success [with Xbox 360] and Halo's still sitting in the quiver. Ready to pull out when we feel like it's done," Moore has said in an interview with GameInformer.com.
With new news of the PS3, GameStop and EB could start pre-orders as soon as today.
Here's some quick recaps to what happened at the Sony conference 2006 regarding the Playstation 3:
Sony has announced that all PS3 titles will be required to release on Blu-Ray discs in order to assist in their anti-piracy initiatives. This will not negatively impact DVD Movie playback or Backwards compatability. This will undoubtably result in higher costs for game disc production for the first year or two but should help hold off the rampant piracy that has occured on the PS2 and PS1.
Sony today announced that not only is the PlayStation 3 to be 100% backwards compatible, but all legacy titles played on the system will be displayed at high-definition resolutions. The Xbox 360 currently does the same thing and the result on that end is much sharper image quality for older games. Other key features of the system that the electronics giant has pointed out so far are full Blu-ray support, the latest HDMI connection, broadband and wireless connectivity and HDD support.
Sony finally unveils Live competition.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun claims to have confirmed that Sony has pushed back release of its console due to Blu-ray disc issues.
Coming hot on the heels of this morning's official announcement of tomorrow's Sony press conference comes unofficial confirmation of what it will be about. The Wednesday edition of the Japanese business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun is running an article titled "PlayStation 3 Rollout Postponed Until November."
As one might expect, the article confirms that Sony's next-generation console won't arrive until the fall in Japan. Citing an anonymous source, the article says the reason for the postponement--which has been widely predicted by analysts and executives--is that the electronics giant is having issues with the Blu-ray Disc format, which the PS3 uses. Even Sony spokespersons have acknowledged that a delay was a "possiblity," should such issues arise.
"Sony Computer Entertainment will delay the release of its PlayStation 3 next-generation video game console until early November because the copy-protection technology for the Blu-ray Disc has not been finalized," reported the paper. No specific regions were mentioned, making it unclear if the delay was for the Japanese PS3 or a worldwide release.
While authoritative in tone, it must be emphasized that the Nihon Keizai Shimbun report is in no way official. Though Sony's last-minute decision to change tomorrow's event from a closed-door presentation to a full-fledged press conference augurs a major announcement, Sony is staying mum. When contacted by GameSpot, a Sony Computer Entertainment America rep declined comment, saying "we have not made any new announcements on PlayStation 3."
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According to Joystiq, at a recent FFXI conference in Japan, fans got to ask Square questions about the MMORPG. Included in those questions was a bit about what kind of game FFXI would be on the Playstation 3. Square then proceeded to say that Sony had not even given them the final hardware yet so they were unsure what shape the game would take on the Sony next-gen console. Sony needs to step it up if they are going to make that "Spring" launch.
Sony has ordered circuit boards for the upcoming console from a Taiwanese company called COMPEQ. The company has not released any information on when production will start, but a source says that production will start in June or July - which reinforces the rumors of a PS3 release date towards the end of the year.
First off, let me just say that we realise some of you are getting very sick of all the news about the PS3 delay. But honestly, there just isnâ€™t anything else to report about As has been said before, Sony is being completely tight lipped about the console.
Now, onto the latest news, Namco President Takeo Takasu has said it is â€œimpossibleâ€� for Sony to start selling the PS3 in spring. He said that. â€œ[Namco] are developing titles for PlayStation 3, but the release of the games depends on the timing of the hardware.â€�
However, as now seems to be a trend, conflicting comments were then made by none other than Sony. with a spokeswoman saying, â€œNothing has changed with our plans,â€� and that Sony are still aiming for a spring release.
Confusing? Yes. Frustrating? Yes. Beneficial for the PS3? Most likely no.
Source: MAX PS3
Hollywood trade magazine Variety has conducted a new interview with Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, who indicated that the PS3 will be delayed due to complications revolving the Cell processor.
Gamasutra report that the article attributes the delay to the company â€œfine-tuningâ€� the consoleâ€™s technology, referring to the PlayStation 3 as a â€œthe poor manâ€™s Blue-ray [sic]â€�, and suggests that the console will be released before the end of the year, but does not include a specific comment from Stringer confirming this.
Stringer also talked up the Playstation, saying that if it â€œdelivers what everyone thinks it will, the game is upâ€œ. He further added, â€œOnce Microsoft picked sides it was clear we were going to be in a battle royale.â€� and that â€œ[Sony] wonâ€™t be stampededâ€� by Microsoft into rushing decisions â€œthat are there forever.â€œ
1UP have written up a feature that details everything we know about the Playstation 3 so far. The article is especially timely that Sony still refuse to reveal anything more about the console (you will note that nothing was said about it at the recent GDC). Indeed it seems that we will now have to wait until E3 in May to get any more offical information on the console, even then Sony are not guaranteed to say anything!
1UP cover such details as the hardware, price, release date, the HUB (or so called >Xbox Live killer) and also details on all the games that we know will be coming to the PS3.
â€œItâ€™s easy to understand why many gamers still donâ€™t know what to make of the PlayStation 3. To this day, Sony still swears up and down that the PS3 will be released this spring, and yet here we are in March, and much about Sonyâ€™s next-generation console remains a mystery. What will the system cost? How powerful will it be? What kind of online structure will it have? Some of the answers are still elusive, but little by little the picture is becoming clearer, and as the consoleâ€™s release approaches, it seems like a good time to regroup and look over what we know, what we can speculate, and what we can only guess about the PlayStation 3.â€�Source: MAX PS3
In an ainterview with Variety Magazine Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the PS3 launch will be further delayed till year end and probably will be released in time of holidays. Sony is having problems with the inclusion of the Blu-Ray drive which alone costs $ 350 and the PS3's rival Xbox 360 costs $ 399. Blu-Ray hardware and movie titles will be available in th US from May 23. Sony is touting the Playstation 3 as the poor man's Blu-Ray. However Stinger is very bullish on the PS3 and says "Sony will roll out the PS3 by year end, in time for the holidays. If PS3 delivers what everyone thinks it will, the game is up".
UniqueAuction.com are apparently going to be auctioning off 10 Playstation 3â€™s in the middle of this month. Whether they physically have the consoles as of now, or whether they will be shipped at a later date in unknown, however it is interesting to note they are holding the auctions so early when the PS3 is not expected for at least another 6 months.
Following on from our post on the HDTV owners dilemma, it seems that the delays in getting the final specifications of the Blu-Ray format could be the cause of a delay for the Playstatipn 3 launch.
An unnamed spokesperson for SCE in Japan has told media there that the PS3 launch could be delayed for such reasons. This is a distinct change in attitude, since up until now all Sony have said is â€œSpring 2006â€³. It also follows comments made earlier by Sonyâ€™s Taiwan based contract manufacturers that the console could be delayed due to Blu-Ray.
Source: Max PS3
So you all may have heard of the videogame company, Luxoflux. If not, they are the developers behind many titles such as Shrek 2, True Crime series, Vigilante 8, and Star Wars Demolition. Well, the company revealed on their official website in the jobs section that they have ceased development on current generation consoles to focus on next-generation.