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Rumor: Industry Source gives Details on PS3 Motion Controller

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327w ago - An anonymous industry source has decided to set a few things straight about an earlier report that stated Sony was working on a new PS3 controller that can "break apart into two separate units, each of which contains an accelerometer for Wiimote-like motion-sensing functionality."

The source stated: The control system actually consists of a smaller-sized device that can attach to the body - and multiple devices are intended to be used in concert, such as wearing two on the hands to move a character's hands in-game, or four, on hands and feet at the same time to move a character's body.

To quote: Though the source admits the technology might have evolved since the last time it was seen, the source disputes the idea that any of these pieces merge to form a single controller.

It is also unclear how the individual pieces will be packaged, whether individually or in sets.
 

Rumor: Sony working on break apart motion PS3 pad

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327w ago - According to reports, Sony is working on a new PS3 controller that can "break apart into two separate units, each of which contains an accelerometer for Wiimote-like motion-sensing functionality."

Some developers apparently already have working units. Sony has yet to comment on the matter.

To quote: It's not clear when the pad will be officially announced, but it is believed that working units have already been supplied to certain developer partners, according to sources.

The potential for new game types to be developed with the additional motion-sensing functionality should open up the PlayStation 3 to the sorts of gaming audiences that the Nintendo has been so successful at gathering with its Wii console.

Sony Computer Entertainment will therefore hope that, with the ongoing development of the PlayStation Network, the success of Blu-ray as the de facto next generation standard of video, the gradual roll-out of Home later in the year and the release of additional high definition titles over time, it will be able to overwhelmingly position the PS3 as the best all-round home entertainment unit on the market.

The original controller released with the PS3, the Sixaxis, did contain some motion-sensing ability, although it came at the expense of the popular 'rumble'...
 

Sony brings PlayStation 3 interface to the big screen

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327w ago - Sony declares "game on" as Adam Turner discovers the PS3's menu system is now built into Bravia televisions.

The user interface seems to be an afterthought on many consumer electronic devices, but Sony has obviously had its UI boffins working overtime (playing games consoles - nice work if you can get it).

They've decided that the XMB (Xross Media Bar) menu system used by the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable is more friendly that the menus used by Sony's big-arse Bravia LCD televisions, so the new generation of Bravias will utilise the PS3's menu system.

The old Bravias were designed around a standard tree-like menu system, with options opening up to the right as you scroll down through the categories. The Bravia's Xross Media Bar menus are built around a similar concept, the menus are sightly more animated but it still requires you to scroll down through categories as your options pop up on the right.

The Xross Media Bar actually has a similar look and feel to the Vista Media Centre interface and even the changes in Windows Mobile 6.1.

The Bravia's move to Xross Media Bar is more cosmetic than functional, yet I can't deny that I prefer it over the old Bravia menus. Smooth and responsive menus reduce the feeling that you're fighting with a device....
 

PS3 exclusives sell 45% better than Multi-platform releases

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327w ago - PS3 fanboys don't like to share, it seems. According to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich, PS3 owners prefer exclusives on their systems.

In fact, a title that is exclusive to PS3 will sell 45% better on the system than a multiplatform title. Exclusives on both the Wii and Xbox 360, according to the analyst, only have a "small increase" over multiplatform titles.

June NPDs are almost guaranteed to belong to Sony, and Microsoft may respond to two consecutive months of PS3 victories through a price cut announced at E3.

How will this affect the price of the PS3? "If there is a hardware price cut, it is not known if Sony will follow suit right way, but it would be safe to assume that Sony would execute some type of plan within a 2 month window of any hardware price cut from the Xbox 360."

The console war looks to be heating up. It'll be interesting to see where it goes in the coming months.
 

New Releases on North American PSN for June 12, 2008

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327w ago - Another update has taken place for the American PlayStation Store. As usual, we got a lot of new themes and wallpapers. For PS1 classics, we only have the third installment of Syphon Filter, so let's hope to have more classic titles soon. Check the whole thing out and enjoy!

PS1 classics for PS3/PSP

- Syphon Filter 3 ($5.99)
(File size: 398 MB)

Add-on Game Content

- Army of Two Veteran Map Pack presented by Pontiac (free)
(File size: 532 MB)

- Guitar Hero III: Isle of Wight Festival Track Pack ($6.25)
(File size: 44.3 MB)

Rock Band Songs

- "Girls Who Play Guitars" - Maximo Park ($1.99)
- "Bullets & Guns" - Them Terribles ($1.99)
- "Moving to Seattle" - The Material ($1.99)
- "A Clean Shot" - The Myriad ($1.99)
- MTV2 Pack ($5.49) - includes "Moving to Seattle" by The Material, "A Clean Shot" by The Myriad, and "Bullets & Guns" by Them Terribles.

Game Demos (FREE)

- Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Demo
(File size: 1.29 GB)

Game videos (FREE)

- GameTrailers TV - Resistance 2 Teaser 1080
(File size: 32 MB)

- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots "Theatrical" Trailer HDTV 1080p
(File size:...
 
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