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How the format war was won - Sony outspent, outsold Toshiba

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343w ago - Sony's victory in the high-definition format war is a badly needed win for the Japanese electronics giant, after a series of humiliating failures that have left control of the music market with Apple. The question that Sony has yet to answer, however, is whether the price paid to see off Toshiba - at least $3 billion (£1.54 billion) - was worth it.

Blu-ray is more expensive to manufacture than Toshiba's HD-DVD player. Toshiba players are on sale for as little as £149.99 this year, £120 less than the cheapest Blu-ray. Although some of that discounting reflected a last throw of the dice from Toshiba, for the moment consumers have been saddled with a more expensive format and Sony's losses to make up.

The only way for Sony to distribute Blu-ray in large quantities was to build the technology into the PlayStation 3 and sell the games console at a discount. Sony's console division ran up a $1.97 billion deficit in the year to March 31 last year, which it followed with a $991 million loss in the first three quarters of the current year. Yet the true costs of Blu-ray are probably much greater: early research and development expenses have not been included.

Analysts believe, however, that Sony will recoup its $3billion-plus investment eventually. Richard Hooper, an analyst with Screen Digest,...
 

GDC: Call of Duty 4 Feature Patch Details

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343w ago - For all the PlayStation 3 Call of Duty 4 players out there, listen up. Today we spoke with Infinity Ward's Community Relations Manager Robert Bowling and acquired new information about the upcoming "Features Patch" soon to be released.

Here is a detailed list of some of the improvements Infinity Ward will be including in the new patch:

- Optimized servers
- New Kill cams (grenades, RPG's, airstrikes, claymores, and more)
- Quick Mute (allows user to mute annoying players by pressing X on their gamertag in the lobby)
- Addition of "Recently Met Players" for the PlayStation Network
- Improvements to the Sniper Rifles and Acog attachments (no more delayed shots)

"(With the new kill cams) you can watch from when the grenade leaves the enemies hand all the way to the explosion that kills you," said Bowling.

In addition to the new patch details, PS3 gamers can expect servers to run smoother. The four hour "Downloading Game Settings" bug was due to DemonWares servers having to handle the massive amounts of PlayStation 3 users logging in. With the new optimizations, gamers shouldn't have too many problems with in the future.
 

In-Shirt XMB: Sony gets a sense of humor

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343w ago - The single biggest gripe PS3 owners have - CONSTANTLY - is not being able to access the XMB menu while in a game to change settings, chat and send messages and invites (think the 'guide blade' on Xbox 360).

Well, these T-shirts have been spotted at GDC (Game Developers Conference)... and it would seem Sony have found it rather amusing.

Is In-Game XMB just days away? We can but hope!
 

LittleBigPlanet planning lip-synching voice chat, filters!

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343w ago - Just when you thought you knew everything you could about Media Molecule's upcoming world-creator game LittleBigPlanet, we find something else that blows our minds and makes us anticipate the title even more.

In the latest Edge magazine, it's been revealed that in addition to the emotions and such your sackboy (and sackgirl) can perform, there are plans to lip-synch voice chat.

That is to say, the characters will move their mouths in roughly the same way you do (even if not, it's still cool). Down the line, expect stuff like voice filters, too. We think that's a pretty stellar move.
 

Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth Keyboard - PS3 Review!

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343w ago - It is never fun to try to type in things with your PS3 controller, whether it be names of characters in games such as Call of Duty 4, created player names in Madden, etc. It is also no fun to search the web on the PS3 without the use of a keyboard. Enter, the Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro, to cure all of these problems and more on your Sony PS3.

The Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro uses Bluetooth technology to link up with your PS3 and as easy as anything to sync up, as the PS3 found it in about two seconds, extremely quickly.

There are some great features on the Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro beyond just being a keyboard. The design of the keyboard is extremely sleek as the whole make-up of the keyboard looks nice sitting next to, or underneath your PS3. It has a great finish which matches the PS3 well.

The keyboard keys feel tremendous and sturdy. It features the standard keyboard set-up as well as specific keys for the x, circle, triangle and square buttons, as well as media playback buttons to ease the control over Blu-ray movies.

On the right side of the keyboard there is also a touchpad which works just as one does on a laptop keyboard set-up. This simulates a mouse nicely, making for extremely easy navigation, especially on web pages. The touchpad also features left...
 
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