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Sony Admits PS3 First Year Line-up was Underwhelming

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324w ago - The sixth of May was Kaz Hirai's own personal Sorry Day. At the PlayStation Day press event held at the Millennium Dome in London, England, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment expressed his deep regret for the delay of Home:

"Please accept my apologies for this delay."

While Home has the potential to revolutionize the way gamers interact online, the final version won't be available until much later in the year, and the open beta test won't go live until Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring for Australia.

Mr. Hirai stated that overall quality control was the main reason for the setback:

"It needs a little bit more time."

But the revelations didn't stop there. In his first public appearance since the Tokyo Game Show last year, Kaz also freely admitted that the software lineup in the first year of the PS3's life was "somewhat underwhelming."

Killzone 2, a FPS promoted as a flagship title for the console since the PS3 was announced, was delayed yet again, this time to February 2009.

It is remarkable that a Sony executive has made such frank admissions to the public, yet they were within the context of a broadly optimistic view of the PS3's prospects. Mr. Hirai believes that the PS3 will have "at...
 

Sony PlayStation Test Development Kit / PS3 Debug for sale!

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324w ago - One of the most frequently asked questions via e-mail, IRC, and on the Forums we get asked is "How did CJPC get his hands on a PS3 Debug/TEST machine?!"

The answer: Monitor places such as eBay like it's your job, and win them before "big brother" Sony catches on and closes the auction of course!

A perfect example (in case anyone is interested in buying one) is the auction set to end tomorrow here:

eBay Auction: Sony Playstation Test Development Kit - RARE PS3 Debug

Not only does that PS3 Dev machine include hardware, but as stated by the seller dev16, it has the required 1.92 and 2.00 Debug software updates too- very nice! Happy bidding guys, and if anyone wins drop us an e-mail. :P
 

Sony considering external PS3 hard drive?

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324w ago - SCEE boss David Reeves has hinted that Sony may at some point consider releasing Official external PS3 HDD's.

"We launched with 60GB and to reduce the price we went to 40GB. We're not sure we want to stay with that configuration of hard drive, and I think what you're going to see in the future is maybe consumers can choose.

The PlayStation will stay the same, but consumers can choose whichever size of hard drive they want. They can now, or course, because it's not a proprietary hard drive." said Reeves.

To quote: "It might be that we will offer the possibility for people to have a bigger hard drive, but they have that option now.

But it does not mean that we have anything in the works to introduce a different model or bigger hard drive built in," added Reeves.
 

Latest Coverage from Sony's PlayStation Day

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324w ago - Despite frequent delays to flagship products such as the PlayStation 3 and PlayTV, Sony Computer Entertainment has long emphasised its commitment to Europe.

The console manufacturer made a huge splash last year at the Leipzig Game Convention -the continent's biggest trade show- when it announced a plethora of new products such as the Go!Cam PSP camera and the Go!Explore GPS navigation system.

Today, the Japanese electronics firm will return to Europe for a new event in London, with SCE president Kaz Hirai and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president David Reeves both in attendance.

The event at the indigO2 -part of what was once the Millennium Dome- features an extensive press conference hosted by Reeves and Kirai that GameSpot UK will be liveblogging, followed by an opportunity for the press to sample products from Sony's 2008 lineup. No specific games from Sony's roster have been confirmed, although European-developed LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 2, and Home are likely to be highlights.

Liveblog Archive in descending chronological order

5:34 BST: With the journalists becoming restless after a one-and-a-half hour presentation, Reeves wraps up the show and invites us to play the games.

5:32 BST: This means that classic PSP games will...
 

PlayStation Network: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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324w ago - Digital games downloads for consoles are in a fascinating position right now. We've previously discussed the state of console downloadable games - as well as a more detailed discussion of royalty rates for Xbox Live Arcade.

But the state of PlayStation Network for indie games is significantly less-discussed - actually, for some potentially interesting reasons. A starting point would be this interview with Sony's Scott Steinberg conducted at GDC, discussing Microsoft's announcement of Xbox Live Community Games. Steinberg's response to that:

"I thought it was interesting in the sense that what they were talking about we've sort of been doing for the last couple of years with PSN and giving smaller, start-up, entrepreneurial developers the chance to get in and make their games available on the PSN."

Well, yes and no. The biggest issue here - and what I find somewhat disingenuous of Sony - is that Microsoft is trying hard and genuinely to open up its platform to everyone (though they do have significant XBLA-related royalty issue and game complexity/submission headaches to work through).

And Sony is trashing them on the basis of PSN - which is actually somewhat of a closed platform right now, save some inspired and to-be-lauded cherrypicking.

The First-Party PSN...
 
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