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PS3 Development Issues Being Resolved, Boss Wants Price Cut

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334w ago - Speaking to trade site MCVUK (linked above), Famitsu boss Hirokazu Hamamura went on record to say that the PS3's slow adoption rate in Japan is gradually improving, despite various software development difficulties that plagued the console early on.

Hamamura believes that, in order sustain this level of growth and accelerate it further, a price cut is needed before this year's holiday season.

If the console gets another price cut by the year-end shopping season, I believe its penetration pace will become accelerated.

Nothing to disagree with here. We'd certainly like to see a price cut too!
 

Hudson: PS3 development too expensive

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337w ago - Hudson has ruled out developing and publishing full PS3 games, due to the development costs on Sony's format being too high.

Speaking to Yahoo Japan, Hudson's president Michihiro Ishizuka ruled out making any full PS3 games, due to the high development costs and associated risks of developing for the format.

While this will undoubtedly be something of a disappointment for PS3 owners, given the developer-publisher's recent games, it's not overly surprising.

Although the company has developed a few full 360 games in the form of (the admittedly dire) Bomberman Act: Zero, Fuzion Frenzy 2 and JRPG Far East of Eden, its focus has predominantly lay with the Wii and DS.

That said, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the company's coding efforts may yet be seen on Sony's console.

Despite ruling out releasing standard boxed titles on the PS3, Ishizuka (according to the translation, anyway) does appear to praise Sony's PSN download service, describing it as "attractive" in the business sense.

It certainly wouldn't surprise us if Hudson developed games started turning up on the PS Store.

Hudson has been very active in the download...
 

Sony PlayStation Test Development Kit / PS3 Debug for sale!

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345w ago - One of the most frequently asked questions via e-mail, IRC, and on the Forums we get asked is "How did CJPC get his hands on a PS3 Debug/TEST machine?!"

The answer: Monitor places such as eBay like it's your job, and win them before "big brother" Sony catches on and closes the auction of course!

A perfect example (in case anyone is interested in buying one) is the auction set to end tomorrow here:

eBay Auction: Sony Playstation Test Development Kit - RARE PS3 Debug

Not only does that PS3 Dev machine include hardware, but as stated by the seller dev16, it has the required 1.92 and 2.00 Debug software updates too- very nice! Happy bidding guys, and if anyone wins drop us an e-mail. :P
 

Some Easter PS3 Development Updates!

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351w ago - We have a few PS3 development updates for the new week, including some PS3 KeyVault Project and PS3 Flash news.

To start, resident PS3 Dev subdub has been a bit busy, so he has yet to put the finishing touches on our PS3 KeyVault Server Application. In his absence, both ggparallel and mainman have picked up the slack, and are finishing up the server application. While they are finishing up the app, they are also optimizing the code so it is more versatile as it can auto-update clients, and it will also be able to handle more requests.

Below is a picture of the client application's Web interface that runs on any PS3, including retail consoles via OtherOS. It basically lets you configure the PS3's IP address, check the status of the program, the kernel, and transmitted packets.

Another resident PS3 Dev, who recently received a PS3 TEST unit, is currently awaiting some new hot air rework tools. His PS3 TEST (see HERE) then has an appointment with some solder and wire. We expect to have the flash dumped soon, barring any unforseen circumstances, and then we can analyze the differences in the IPL as well as the mystery detection bits.

Finally,...
 

Warhawk v1.4 Patch In Development; Features New Game Modes

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351w ago - The version 1.3 patch for PlayStation Network title Warhawk, which is set to bring a number of custom aircraft paint schemes and HOME integration to the table, isn't out just yet – but that isn't stopping Dylan Jobe and crew from dropping details on the next major update for Warhawk.

To quote from the blog comment linked above: So while I can't say too much, I can say that the team is hard at work on developing some new game modes.

We have a lot of new designs at various phases of development so I can't say which ones will make the cut for the v 1.4 patch just yet... but rest assured that the next patch *will* have new modes, and of course, they will be free.

Don't forget that the version 1.3 update is scheduled to hit later next week. :P
 
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