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Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 framerate varies based on action scenes

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362w ago - According to PunchJump, Sony demonstrated MGS4 on the PS3 at CES 2008 today. The latest build reportedly held a frame rate of 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second depending on the amount of action displayed on screen.

To quote: The show floor demonstration showcased the outdoor warzone featured last Aug. at the E for All Expo in Los Angeles.

When the on-screen visuals held less action and focused on nearby buildings the action locked at 60 frames per second. However, when bullet fire, grenades, smoke, and debris filtered the screen, the action fell to 30 frames per second.

The frame rate flux was barely noticable, however, at a higher frame rate, textures held much sharper detail.

The non-playable cinematic portions of the title were locked at 60 frames per second. The movie showcased at the show floor featured Old Snake speaking to Otacon through a remote device.

In Oct., Konami delayed the title to Q2 of 2008 to make further improvements to the quality of the game.
 

Sony says MGS4 a PS3 exclusive

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362w ago - Sony have been demonstrating Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots at CES 2008. They have also been showing off some MGS4 facts.

One of the facts listed is that the game is exclusive for the PS3.

Will the Xbox 360 port rumors ever die? Probably not, but at CES 2008, Sony' maintains you'll have to pick up their machine to finish Snake's journey. :P
 

Transfer Blu-ray Movies From PS3 To PSP

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362w ago - Sony announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that future Blu-ray titles will contain a portable copy of the movie/show embedded on the disc encoded specifically for the PlayStation Portable.

Consumers will able to boot up their PlayStation 3, pop in a Blu-ray disc, then simply copy the portable version of the disc to their PS3. From there, PSP owners can transfer the portable copy over to their handheld device.

It's good to see that movie studios are finding ways to take advantage of the extra storage space on Blu-ray discs. Hopefully we'll see this feature adopted by many new BD titles in the near future.
 

Sony and Namco’s Cellius Lives

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363w ago - Remember Cellius? The company formed by Sony and Namco Bandai to create Cell based games? It was announced last year and since then things have been very quiet. Too quiet. Especially when you know that Ken Kutaragi is meant to be the chairman. A year later Cellius rears its head once more.

To apparentlly take market share from Microsoft and Nintendo in the games division, Cellius has high expectations.

Cellius will use Sony's Cell Broadband chip, which powers PlayStation 3, to create games for the console and content for mobile phones and personal computers. Perhaps even arcade machines.

Where the hell are they then? Cellius was announced in January last year, and the venture was said to begin operations March 6th 2007. I expect they have been putting together prototype games and developing engines to pitch and present this year.

Our first sign that they are still alive is the addition of a logo (above) on the official Cellius website. Yes I'm afraid that's it. A nice, pretty logo. But that's the start of any good business, as we ourselves know at Ripten. It's a pretty snazzy logo to say the least, with a form of morse code spelling out Cellius above the letters.

Whether this new company will develop on the Playstation 3, or will seek to further Cell usage...
 

Devil May Cry 4 on sale in early February

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363w ago - Activision, the local distributor of Capcom, has confirmed that Devil May Cry 4 will go on sale in Australia on February 7. The release will be simultaneous across PC ('Games for Windows'), PS3, and Xbox 360.

While the release date has been perfectly coordinated, the same can not be said for the price. DMC4 will retail for $79.95 on PC, $99.95 on 360, and $109.95 on PS3 - a full ten smackers more.

For Xbox 360 owners having trouble imagining how PS3 owners feel about this, take a look at the picture of Banjo Paterson on the $10 bill. The legendary poet's morbid despair will be felt across the land as he is unfairly whisked from gamers' wallets.

This news joins a disturbing trend. We already know that GTA will cost more on PS3; each new price disparity announcement suggests the problem is systemic.

But why is it so? One possibility is that Sony charges a higher licensing cost per unit sold than Microsoft. Another is that Blu-ray discs cost significantly more to manufacture than DVDs. Though as we've already established, most PS3 games don't even need the format's additional storage space.

A telling example: Devil May Cry 4 itself. All the PS3 preview code Activision has sent us has been on DVD discs.

Devil May Cry 4 has been rated 'M'...
 
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