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Orange Box PS3 in December

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349w ago - Electronic Arts has told Eurogamer today that The Orange Box for PlayStation 3 will be released in Europe next month on 14th December.

Rumors of a slip to 2008 have been tumbling around behind the scenes in the past week, but an EA spokesperson was adamant that it will be released before the end of the year.

The exact date has now been confirmed since we first published this item a few minutes ago. That's how fast things move in the fast-moving world of the Internet, players.

Eurogamer asked Valve to comment on the release date yesterday but was told it was still to-be-confirmed.

The Orange Box PS3 port, handled by EA in the UK, brings Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 - all hugely critically acclaimed - to a Sony format for the first time.

In its Xbox 360 and PC incarnations we celebrated it all the way up to 10.

Portal, in particular, stood out as one of the most interesting games of the year, while Team Fortress 2 has already attracted an enormous online following. The latter will be playable online over Sony's PlayStation Network.

Expect an Orange Box PS3 review in the run-up to its December release!
 

PS3 Firmware v2.01 Update Coming Soon

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349w ago - To quote Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations:

Hey everyone. We know you like to hear about updates a few days in advance, so here's a quick heads up that we have a new System Software update in the works.

Firmware v2.01 is a minor update that will improve the stability of PLAYSTATION 3.

We'll provide more specifics as the update is about to go live, but we thought we'd give loyal blog readers advance notice!
 

PS3 to get Blu-ray Profile 1.1 update before end of 2007

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349w ago - The PlayStation 3 is going to get an update to its firmware that will allow it to play Blu-ray profile 1.1 movies much sooner than expected.

On the 2nd January 2008 Sony are releasing Resident Evil: Extinction is the first Blu-ray movie to use profile 1.1. It is promising to be the most technologically advanced blu-ray movie ever as it will feature true picture in picture and 'Blu-Wizard 2' which will allow your player to 'remember' your viewing preferences for the movie, even after you have ejected it. The movie will also feature PlayStation 3 demos of Devil May Cry 4 and the new Resident Evil game.

Sony are going to want to be sure that the biggest market of Blu-ray consumers, PlayStation 3 owners, will be able to take advantage of these features. So expect a firmware update by the end of 2007.
 

PS3 Celebrates its First Birthday, 5.6 Million Sold

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349w ago - Sony's little baby turns one. The PS3 has been crawling along, but can it walk or maybe even run? Sony is still aiming for 11 million units sold this fiscal year with 160 new games.

Sony today is celebrating the PlayStation 3s' first anniversary. The console has certainly had its fair share of difficulties thanks to high price points and a lack of "killer apps." Following the launch of the $399 model, business is already on the up and up, according to Sony Chairman Howard Stringer.

According to Sony, the PS3 has now sold 5.6 million units worldwide, 2 million of which have been purchased in North America. The company's worldwide sales goal for next March remains 11 million units. Sony also noted that year to date sales of PS3 in Japan and EMEA outsold Xbox 360 by three-to-one.

In terms of software, 28 million PS3 software units have been sold across the globe, seven million of which were sold in North America. A total of 160 new PS3 titles are expected to be released this fiscal year, including 19 exclusives from first and third party. A total of 23 third parties are creating content for the PS3.

Although the trend for the last year has been for publisher to create Xbox 360 SKUs and then port to PS3, Sony claims this is now starting to reverse: "Developers are now creating games...
 

Most HD Game Resolutions Not Even 720p Let Alone 1080p

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349w ago - Well it turns out that when a game box says that it runs in 720p or 1080p it's not entirely true. Sure you can set it to that resolution but the actual game output resolution is rarely exactly that.

Check out two of the biggest releases of the season for example:

COD4 (360) 1024–600p 2xAA
COD4 (PS3) 1024–600p 2xAA
Uncharted (PS3) 960–1080 in 1080p

Neither Call of Duty 4 or Uncharted run in the actual resolutions.

The reason most games do this is to allow for more visual effects to be rendered to the screen without slowing the game down. Most won't ever notice or care but it's kind of interesting to find out the actual resolutions that games render in. Here are some more recent ones along with a huge list of older releases from the pixel counter at Beyond3D.

Def Jam: Icon (PS3) 1152–648
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PS3) 1920–1080 FullHD
Transformers (PS3) 960–1080
Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 720p): 960–720
Pirates of the Caribbean (PS3 1080p): 780–1080
Oblivion (360): 1024–600 (PS3 version is full 720p)
ICO (PS2): 512–224p (less than Tekken on PS1 at 512–240)
VF5 (PS3 720p): 1024–1024 (same as 360)
VF5 (PS3 1080p): 1024–768

Here are some older discoveries from the same thread:
 
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