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PS3 Celebrates its First Birthday, 5.6 Million Sold

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354w 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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354w 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:
 

PS3 XMB 2.0 BETA v0.6.0.3 Up for Preview!

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354w ago - Alright I spent some time making this pretty. It needs lots and lots of work. Left and right, resizing, and disappearing need to be added, as well as a lot more.

Thanks for cheering me on you guys

Links: TEST1_HTML / TEST1_SWF

Might kill my bandwidth limit below:

TEST0_HTML / TEST0_SWF

Will post the files when I get the time. Good night every one!
 

UT3 Visual Tour

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354w ago - Thanks to an early German release, the joys of game importing and an easy English language patch, we've had a chance to play through Unreal Tournament 3 prior to the North American release date. We've also taken the liberty of grabbing over 200 ultra-high res shots of the game at 1680x1050 resolution with maximum detail, 16xQ anti-aliasing and transparency supersampling.

Behold UT3 in all its glory. These are all in-game shots (no bullshots), and show every map in the game from DeathMatch, CTF, Vehicle CTF and Warfare as well as some action and character customization shots.

Index

Best of the Best
DeathMatch
Capture the Flag
Vehicle CTF
Warfare
Character Customization
Action Shots

Many, many more awesome pics can be seen at the link up top!
 

Uncharted sneaking into select retailers early?

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354w ago - The highly anticipated Uncharted is joining Ratchet & Clank as yet another high-profile PS3 game that's releasing earlier than expected. Various reports suggest that the game will be available at select retailers tomorrow. In fact, GameStop.com is already shipping the game.

When we contacted a Sony PR representative, they told us that the game is not meant to be sold early, and that these may be specific instances of stores breaking the official street date. Regardless, if you already have a pre-order, it couldn't hurt to call your local game store and see if they'll be giving you Uncharted goodness early.
 
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