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PS3 Blu-ray Disc Load Times Tested, Beats Standalone Players

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320w ago - What's not to like about PS3? Playing videos games, accessing PlayStation Network, intuitive firmware updates via WIFI/ LAN/Flash Media, abundance of video formats support and least but not last, most consistent and fastest loading time Blu-ray player to date.

Japanese site PhileWeb has put a 2nd generation BD recorder, a few 3rd generation Blu-Ray standalones, and the good old PS3 on test; no surprises here, PS3 once again came out on top in terms of disc loading speed.

If you have one of those older generation Blu-ray players, you know how frustrating it can be when it comes to loading BD-JAVA interactive menu. Painfully slow! The newest Sony entry level BDP-S350 and a $2,000 flagship BDP-S5000ES promise an improvement in this area, but how do the 3rd generation BD players stack up against the cell-power PS3?

Still behind... test after test PS3 has proved to be the fastest load times out of any standalone BD players. Can any BD player come even close to the PlayStation 3? It better be equipped with a Sigma design SoC SMP 8644.

Title in test: Men in Black
Sony PS3: 43 seconds
Sony BDP-S350:66 seconds
Sony BDP-S5000ES:67 seconds
Sony BD Recorder: BDZ-T50: 80 seconds
Sony BD...
 

PSP Tops Hardware Sales Again, PlayStation 3 Sinks to New Low

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320w ago - Sales of the PSP-3000 model in Japan have cooled considerably since it launched in the region, but Sony's portable sells far more than enough to retain the top spot on the Media Create hardware charts.

The PSP's hardware peers all took a hit this week; the Nintendo DS drops to third, with the Xbox 360 holding steady with the week's lowest decline.

The bad news continues for Sony's PlayStation 3, which suffers its worst week ever, selling just half of what its HD competition did, shedding nearly 17% of its sales week-to-week. Those LittleBigPlanet bundles can't come soon enough.

PSP - 60,467
Wii - 24,292
Nintendo DS - 22,965
Xbox 360 - 7,844
PlayStation 2 - 6,962
PlayStation 3 - 3,931
 

WWE: SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 Demo Available on PSN Today

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320w ago - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today announced the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 playable demo is now available for free download via PSN exclusively for the PS3.

In addition, consumers may obtain a demo copy and take advantage of exclusive gift-with-purchase promotions by pre-ordering the game at select retailers.

Press Release: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 Playable Demo Now Available for Download via PlayStationNetwork

Leading Fighting Videogame Franchise Offers Consumers Game Sample and Exclusive Retail Incentives Prior to November Launch

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is currently scheduled for a North American release on November 9 for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStationPortable) system, Wii™ home videogame system and Nintendo DS™. The mobile version of the game is slated to launch on various carriers throughout November.

"Our exclusive PLAYSTATION 3 system playable demo and North American retail program will allow consumers to embrace the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 experience in several unique ways prior to the November 9 launch," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president,...
 

PSP-3000 Screen Issues Investigated, Poor Pixels Suspected

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320w ago - Logic-Sunrise has shared the results of their investigation into the screen issues with the latest edition PSP-3000 consoles.

They took out a microscope in order to test the difference between the screens as follows:

On PSP-3000 and newest PSP-3004, Everyone get a "bad screen" (scanline effect). But what happen on these screens ? in fact we get a microscope, and we tested differencies between old good screens, and newest bad screens.

In fact, after looking it 40X bigger, we can see all pixels. As you know, a pixel got 3 colors : blue, green and red. The biggest issue is the blue part of the pixel is not "light", but very dark, near black ... The or issue is that the blue part is horizon aligned, not vertical aligned, like old screens. It's why we have a scanline effect.

Also, we contacted SONY: No new console will be changed or screen replaced. We made a simple: gaming. It's VERY awful to play on these console, and we recommend everybody to bye old slim psp (psp-2004 for exemple) or wait for new screens on PSP 3000 and psp 3004 consoles.

We made 2 pictures, to compare.
 

November 2008 PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS2 Lineups Available

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320w ago - Today Sony's semi-official blog Three Speech has made available SCEE's release dates for all of the first-party PlayStation 3 and PSP titles coming next month in Europe.

To quote: Wondering how to fill up a cold November? Not any more - you've got gaming to do! There's a glut of great first-party games coming out on PS3, PS2 and PSP over the next month. We've got the release schedule right here - and the first game is out today...

PS3

Buzz Quiz TV Special Edition - October 31st
LittleBigPlanet - November 5th
MotorStorm Pacific Rift - November 7th
SingStar Volume 3 - November 14th
SingStar ABBA - November 14th
Resistance 2 - November 28th

PS2

SingStar Singalong with Disney - November 7th
SingStar ABBA - November 14th
EyeToy Play PomPom Party - November 14th
EyeToy Play Hero - November 14th

PSP

LocoRoco 2 - November 21st (TBC)
Buzz Brainbender - November 28th (TBC)
 
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