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Sony on PS3 3D Gaming: 720p, but PlayStation 3 Can Do 1080p

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237w ago - Over the weekend [Register or Login to view links] revealed that Sony is limiting use of 1080p 3D in PS3 games while opting for 720p, and today both PC World (linked above) and [Register or Login to view links] explain why Sony mandates 720p for PS3 3D while admitting the PlayStation 3 can do 3D 1080p.

Sony's Simon Benson confirmed that the PS3 can do 3D gaming in 1080p, but developers are generally encouraged to keep PS3 3D games at 720p due to frame rates and related issues that may arise with 1080p in PlayStation 3 3D gaming.

To quote: "3D exacerbates the issue, requiring the system process two discrete interlaced images--one for each eye--to fake depth perception.

In an undated tech presentation by a Sony engineer, the engineer admits "rendering two images from the same hardware may require compromises or limit the possibilities," citing performance ("the scene must be rendered twice"), VRAM usage ("the frame buffer may be larger in some cases"), and resolution limits ("more pixels may be processed") as mitigating factors in the list of technical considerations."

According to Eurogamer, to quote: "Tt's simply the case that the new stereo 3D support built into the...
 

Sony Shares a Preview of FirstPlay Episode 16 for PlayStation 3

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237w ago - Sony's Associate Editor Nathan Ditum has shared a preview today of FirstPlay Episode 16 for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

To quote: We've got three exciting videos for you this week on FirstPlay. Actually we've got way more than three, but there are three really exciting ones.

First we go hands-on with zombie sequel Dead Rising 2, slashing, drilling and electrocuting our way through a Vegas-style Casino crammed with rotting undead fleshsacks, and getting a very firm grip on the game's weapon creation system. Saw blades and a lawnmower you say? Interesting...

Then we've got previews of period underworld epic Mafia 2, including an interview with the 2K dev team, and some properly incredible footage of SEGA's awesome looking robot-and-flames shooter, Vanquish. It has a sort of Transformers noise! Amazing.

On top of that we've got the second part of our Red Dead Redemption guide - falling to our baser urges, this week involves mostly shooting - plus a look at what's new on the PSP comic store, selected highlights of the latest downloadable movies and a round-up of your most amazing Skate bails.

Lastly we've got our screenshot galleries, which this week include MotorStorm: Apocalypse, FIFA 11, Final Fantasy XIV and, a game I'm particularly...
 

Sony: The PS3 Shortage is Over, Sales Up 85 Percent Last Year

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237w ago - Today IGN (linked above) reports that Sony has confirmed the PS3 shortage is officially over, with sales up 85 percent over last year.

According to [Register or Login to view links], the PlayStation 3 console moved 305k units in June, up from 165k units in June of 2009.

Additionally, Sony noted that there are nearly 13 million PS3 units in living rooms across the U.S. and that hardware unit sales are up 85 percent since June 2009 and 42 percent since January 2010.

To quote: "PS3 inventory issues have been resolved and June 2010 marks the 11th consecutive month of year on year growth for the platform," the company said in a statement.

"Video games are fueling new innovation for the entire consumer entertainment category and today's numbers are a testament to the big impact we'll play this holiday," said Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA.
 

Sony Outlines PlayStation Move Bundles and Pricing Details

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237w ago - Today Sony's Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller has outlined the upcoming PlayStation Move bundles and pricing details.

To quote: I know a lot of you may be wondering exactly what you need to start playing motion-controlled gaming on the PS3.

So, here's a primer that spells out all the great options that will be available and how much it will cost you to get up and running with PlayStation Move.

The PlayStation Move platform consists of the PlayStation Move motion controller, the PlayStation Eye camera and, of course, the PS3 system. We'll offer various options for you to choose from depending on what hardware you already own and what kind of PlayStation Move experience will satisfy you. Here's a breakdown of prices depending on your current situation.

What Move Setup is Right for You?

I don't yet have a PS3

•Your best option: *PlayStation 3 Sports Champion Move Bundle
How much it will cost? $399.99

I have a PS3 and nothing else

•Your best option: **PlayStation Move Bundle

How much it will cost? $99.99

I have a PS3 and PlayStation Eye camera

•Your best option: Move Motion Controller

How much it will cost? $49.99
 

Sony Announces Over 1 Million PlayStation Minis Served on PSN!

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237w ago - Sony's PlayStation Network Sr. Director Susan Panico has announced today that over 1 million PlayStation Minis have been served on PSN for PSP, PSPgo and the PS3 entertainment system.

To quote: Today we're pleased to announce that our smallest downloadable games have passed a very big milestone: over 1 million minis have been downloaded worldwide.

The minis line launched 9 months ago as a quick-to-download, bite-sized experience perfect for on-the-go PlayStation Portable gaming. There are now over 85 titles available on the PlayStation Store, and most are now playable on the PlayStation 3 as well as PSP.

So which minis have been downloaded the most? Here are your top 10 most popular titles:

• Age of Zombies
• Monopoly
• Fieldrunners
• Zombie Tycoon
• Bloons
• Spot The Differences!
• Pinball Fantasies
• Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2
• Yetisports Pengu Throw
• Breakquest

Many more minis are on the way, including Pacman CE from [Register or Login to view links], so keep your eye on the PlayStation Store. Congratulations to all of our minis developers (over 50 in all), here's to another million downloads!
 
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