How the format war was won - Sony outspent, outsold Toshiba

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322w ago - Sony's victory in the high-definition format war is a badly needed win for the Japanese electronics giant, after a series of humiliating failures that have left control of the music market with Apple. The question that Sony has yet to answer, however, is whether the price paid to see off Toshiba - at least $3 billion (£1.54 billion) - was worth it.

Blu-ray is more expensive to manufacture than Toshiba's HD-DVD player. Toshiba players are on sale for as little as £149.99 this year, £120 less than the cheapest Blu-ray. Although some of that discounting reflected a last throw of the dice from Toshiba, for the moment consumers have been saddled with a more expensive format and Sony's losses to make up.

The only way for Sony to distribute Blu-ray in large quantities was to build the technology into the PlayStation 3 and sell the games console at a discount. Sony's console division ran up a $1.97 billion deficit in the year to March 31 last year, which it followed with a $991 million loss in the first three quarters of the current year. Yet the true costs of Blu-ray are probably much greater: early research and development expenses have not been included.

Analysts believe, however, that Sony will recoup its $3billion-plus investment eventually. Richard Hooper, an analyst with Screen Digest,...
 

GDC: Call of Duty 4 Feature Patch Details

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322w ago - For all the PlayStation 3 Call of Duty 4 players out there, listen up. Today we spoke with Infinity Ward's Community Relations Manager Robert Bowling and acquired new information about the upcoming "Features Patch" soon to be released.

Here is a detailed list of some of the improvements Infinity Ward will be including in the new patch:

- Optimized servers
- New Kill cams (grenades, RPG's, airstrikes, claymores, and more)
- Quick Mute (allows user to mute annoying players by pressing X on their gamertag in the lobby)
- Addition of "Recently Met Players" for the PlayStation Network
- Improvements to the Sniper Rifles and Acog attachments (no more delayed shots)

"(With the new kill cams) you can watch from when the grenade leaves the enemies hand all the way to the explosion that kills you," said Bowling.

In addition to the new patch details, PS3 gamers can expect servers to run smoother. The four hour "Downloading Game Settings" bug was due to DemonWares servers having to handle the massive amounts of PlayStation 3 users logging in. With the new optimizations, gamers shouldn't have too many problems with in the future.
 

In-Shirt XMB: Sony gets a sense of humor

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322w ago - The single biggest gripe PS3 owners have - CONSTANTLY - is not being able to access the XMB menu while in a game to change settings, chat and send messages and invites (think the 'guide blade' on Xbox 360).

Well, these T-shirts have been spotted at GDC (Game Developers Conference)... and it would seem Sony have found it rather amusing.

Is In-Game XMB just days away? We can but hope!
 

PSP Filer v4.8 released!

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322w ago - Mediumgauge has updated PSP Filer today, a file management application designed for PSP. By using PSP Filer, users can easily edit, copy, delete, and transfer files on the memory stick and flash memory.

Version 4.8 features Hungarian language support and includes various bug fixes as detailed in the changelog below.

Download: PSP Filer v4.8 [Right-click, Save As]

Changes:

* Added Hungarian mode.
* Fixed a bug that some kind of file in RAR was considered as a directory.
* Fixed a bug that Filer was crashed when it tried to open an encrypted RAR archive.
* Fixed a bug that Filer was crashed when it tried to open a RAR archive on few memory.
* Chased to fix that extracted files and folders from archive files would be Read-only and could not change nor delete anymore under CFW 3.90 or later.
* Fixed a bug that Filer was crashed when it tried to rename a long file name (more than 128 bytes).
 

LittleBigPlanet planning lip-synching voice chat, filters!

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322w ago - Just when you thought you knew everything you could about Media Molecule's upcoming world-creator game LittleBigPlanet, we find something else that blows our minds and makes us anticipate the title even more.

In the latest Edge magazine, it's been revealed that in addition to the emotions and such your sackboy (and sackgirl) can perform, there are plans to lip-synch voice chat.

That is to say, the characters will move their mouths in roughly the same way you do (even if not, it's still cool). Down the line, expect stuff like voice filters, too. We think that's a pretty stellar move.
 







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