E3 2010: Sony Stage PlayStation Recap with CEO Jack Tretton

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201w ago - SCEA President & CEO Jack Tretton has recapped his E3 2010 address, and invited fans to virtually experience the PlayStation booth on Playstation Home.

To quote: We have been blessed with the most dedicated fans in the business and I'd like to take a moment to thank our new members of PlayStation Nation for helping us to achieve nine consecutive months of growth on the PS3 platform.

We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to enhance your entertainment experience on the PS3 and we're so excited this week to deliver on this promise once again.

Today, your PS3 experience already includes Blu-ray games and movies, streamed TV shows and sporting events, and unique original programs, but as we showcased on the E3 stage today, it also delivers cutting edge 3D technology and the most ultra sensory and precise motion gaming solutions available.

There is no denying that Sony is the undisputed leader in 3D technology today and we are the only ones to offer an end to end solution to consumers. With four stereoscopic 3D games available for download already, PlayStation is truly leading the effort to bring theater-like experiences into your living room.

There are nearly 36 million PS3 units around the world that are 3D ready today and with demos on the...
 

Housemarque CEO Details Super Stardust HD 3D Story for PS3

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201w ago - Today Housemarque CEO and Co Founder Ilari Kuittinen has detailed his thoughts and concerns about Super Stardust HD 3D Story for Sony's PS3 entertainment system.

To quote: We first heard of Sony's 3D plans when our producer, Phil Gaskell, asked us to think about a stereoscopic 3D version of our PSN hit Super Stardust HD (SSHD) in summer 2009.

Our first reaction was that it sounded interesting, but we were doubtful whether 3D would ever work or be even possible to do for SSHD for a couple of main reasons. The first one was that we were really concerned over whether we would be able to develop a proper 3D version of the game without compromising full 60 frames per second gameplay.

Also, we hadn't personally seen proper 3D images in action and the premier of Avatar was half a year away. So, we got to work and thought about how on earth we are going to be able to render TWICE the amount of stuff than before as now we basically needed to get the refresh rate from 60fps to 120fps to produce stereoscopic pictures.

For the more technologically inclined people reading this blog, here's some insight on what we had to do.

We had been working on our next version of our game engine for over a year and replaced the core engine with a newer one. As the engine is highly...
 

Sony CEO Jack Tretton: PS4 Only When Technology Exceeds PS3

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216w ago - During a recent 'Year of the PlayStation 3' interview with FastCompany.com, Sony's CEO Jack Tretton stated that PS4 will only come when technology exceeds the PS3.

To quote: What of the successor to the PlayStation 3, the PS4?

Jack Tretton doesn't seem to know, telling Fast Company that he "can't even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future."

Tretton continued to reiterate the same "ten year" message - the proposed shelf life of the PS3 - that the Sony team has followed since even before the launch of the system. With 2010 marking the fourth year of the PS3's life cycle, it seems increasingly likely that Sony will stick to that goal.

Of course, that's not to say the "PS4" won't ever be realized. We'll see the PS4 "when somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we're able to do on the PS3," Tretton offered, adding "we are still just starting to harness [the PS3].

JoyStiq (linked above) also shared a cool YouTube PlayStation 9 mock-up video, check it out below!




 

Sony CEO Thanks PS3 Fans for a Great 2009, NPD Sales Up 36%

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218w ago - Sony's President & CEO Jack Tretton has thanked PS3 fans today for a great 2009, and stated that today's NPD numbers show a 36% sales increase on PS3 hardware when compared to last January.

To quote: 2009 was a great success for the PlayStation brand in a market that continues to be impacted by a down economy. I wanted to thank you for making this past year the best yet for the PS3.

According to NPD's recent Top Global Markets report, PlayStation was the only company to see consumers in three territories (UK, US and Japan) spending 15% more on PS3 software in 2009 than they did in 2008 - this is while the category as a whole experienced a 9% decline in software sales.

The PS3 was also the only console in the U.S. to see double-digit growth in sales this past quarter. December also marked the best sales month in the platform's history, breaking one million hardware units and 7.3 million software units.

We're nowhere near slowing down in the new year as today's NPD numbers show a 36% sales increase on PS3 hardware when compared to last January. This is...
 

RedLynx CEO Admits Leaking Trials 2 PC Game to Torrents

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232w ago - While most companies are in the business of combating software piracy these days, RedLynx CEO Tero Virtala admitted that his company leaked a version of the PC motorcycle game Trials 2 on the same day that the game was commercially available.

However, the 'leaked' version did not include the online leaderboards which they believe is key to the title... so the plan was to get people hooked on the game, and then buy the full version with leaderboards included.

To quote: "Piracy is here, so how can we take advantage of that? What we did actually, on day one, we put that game immediately on all the torrent networks ourselves," revealed Virtala, during a panel discussion at Develop Liverpool yesterday.

"That game relies really heavily on the server side - the leaderboards are the soul of the game. I don't know if it's helped, I'd assume so because even though the version that we put on the torrent networks wasn't the full version, it's the version of the game without the actual soul, without the leaderboards to play against other players."
 







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