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Console War has Changed, PS2 Declines in Old Age

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339w ago - Even as the current console generation marches on, PlayStation 2 sales and software both have kept reliably chugging like a newly-slimlined little Energizer Bunny. But Sony's fiscal 2008 annual report shows that both PS2 hardware and software have begun to demonstrate a decline.

Sony sold .98 million fewer PS2s than it did over last fiscal year, and PS2 software sales are down 39.5 million units year-over-year, too.

According to the report, Sony is planning on continuing decline for the PS2 in its ninth year since release. "However, on the back of worldwide hardware expansion, there are plans for a diversified portfolio of software titles to be released, and, thus, Sony will strive to maintain the scale of this business," said the company.

How are Sony's other platforms stacking up? Chart, and more delicious numbers, after the jump.

Still, though, PS2 software sales dominated over PS3 and PSP software, with almost three times as many units sold. Interestingly, it's the PSP that's sold more hardware than either the PS2 or PS3, moving a total of 13.89 million units, over four million more than last year.

PSP sold 55.5 million units of software, a small .8 million-unit bump over last year, putting it on par with PS3 software at 57.9 million units. PS3 software made a grand...
 

Kingsley: PSP has a good few years left in it still

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339w ago - The PSP is a great little platform with a good few years left in it still thanks to its versatility says Rebellion CTO Chris Kingsley.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Kingsley noted that his company has probably done more games on the PSP than most publishers.

"It wasn't a deliberate choice, it just happened. We were very keen on it as a platform and it took off for us," he said.

Kingsley conceded that not as many publishers are supporting the PSP to the extent they once did.

"Well, you know what people are like - they all like to work on the flashy, high-end stuff.

"But there's still very good business to be done on the less glamorous platforms - look at PlayStation 2, it's still selling bucket-loads of consoles and bucket-loads of games, though they've got to be the right games for the right platform."

He noted that the PSP is "kicking the arse of pretty much every other system out there" in Japan because the right games have come out - with a bit of luck, he thinks that some of those games will come out in Europe and be just as successful.

As a developer, Rebellion has the luxury of focusing on a few products at a time - unlike Sony, who has to take a broad approach with multiple projects which aren't necessarily theirs, making it...
 

Nyko's Zero Wireless Controller for PS3 has Potential

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339w ago - AOL's GameDaily has conducted a mini-review on Nyko's third party controller for use with the PS3.

It seems to pack pretty good value for money with only some minor negatives which don't get in the way of a worthy purchase. It comes with two battery packs, SIXAXIS motion controls, added comfort, vibration feedback and improved dual action buttons which has them declaring it's the second best choice for playing your PS3 games.

To quote: Does that mean we wouldn't buy it? No. Actually, the negatives are pretty minor compared to what gamers get for their money.

Gamers with larger hands might find the device cramped, but packed with two battery packs, SIXAXIS motion controls, added comfort for long playing marathons, vibration feedback, backlit action buttons and improved dual analog sticks. Nyko's Zero Wireless Controller clearly makes Sony's DualShock 3 the second best choice for playing your PlayStation 3 games.
 

Haze PSN Demo Has In-Game Friends List

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344w ago - Update: Apparently this isn't anything 'new' as PS3 online users are also reporting Army of Two, Burnout Paradise, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 have an In-Game Friends List as well as Resistance for well over a year now.

Watchful reader StevieK08 has alerted us to the fact that the new Haze Demo has an in games friend list. To see it, get to the main menu, hit triangle once, triangle a second time, and voila!, up pops the friends list.

We have not had a chance to verify but Steve attached a screen shot that appears to confirm his story. If you have the demo, please give it a try and let us know. Thanks!
 

Dev: The PS3 hasn't been pushed to its limits yet!

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345w ago - Sean Decker, the General Manager of EA's DICE Studio has said that we are not starting to see the limits of the PS3's capabilities now and it will be a while until the PS3 is pushed to the edge.

"Oh no. I've been around for two different console cycles now, this is my third one, and it's always the case that the first several years everybody's exploring the bounds of it, and it's not until several years down the road that you're able to squeeze every drop out of it." said the GM.

To quote: He added: "Look at games like God of War. On the PS2 it looks brilliant. Try and do that game at the beginning of the PS2, wow, you would have such a hard time doing that. And the same thing's going to be true for this as well.

Over the next several years on all the major platforms you're going to see all the developers squeezing every little bit out of it. It's going to be a while before you really push it to the edge."
 
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