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PlayStation Portable Still King in Slow Sales

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329w ago - Another week has gone by, which means we should take another look at the situation of hardware and software sales in Japan. Research firm Media Create has again posted the numbers for the week that ended on May 23 and we'll be serving up a bit of analysis alongside the figures.

Both hardware and software sales registered a drop in the analyzed interval, but the latter suffered much more than gaming consoles in terms of sales. The PlayStation Portable seems to have an iron grip on the first spot in sales, with a bit over 70,000 consoles sold, which registered as both a win and as a loss, because it sold over 19,000 units less than in the previous week.

The Nintendo Wii dropped even more, somewhere around 41,000 thousand, with over 25,000 units less than in the previous week, but it made it on second place, while the DS came in third, with a smaller drop than any of the top three consoles and sales of around 35,000 units.

The PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 2 from Sony have almost equal sales, of 7,701 for the first console and 7,022 for its last generation cousin. They both sold more than the Xbox 360 from Microsoft, which only managed to move 1,298 units during last week.

The week will be remembered as the moment when the Nintendo Wii managed to cross the 6 million sales barrier,...
 

How many FLOPS are in Game Consoles?

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329w ago - Analyst Opinion - Floating Point Operations Per Second - FLOPS - one of the more obscure processor performance indicators, and one of the oldest ones.

Over time, it has been modified with prefixes such as M (mega), G (giga), T (tera) and will soon get a P (peta). "Tera" describes a million millions - one trillion (1012) - which is a whole lot of anything whether it is cycles (Hertz), bytes, dollars, or FLOPS.

Recently I was asked how many TFLOPS are in all the game consoles shipped to date. There are two answers to that question. You can look at it from the perspective of all the game consoles built and you can look at this question with specific consoles in mind.

Let's look at the combined TFLOPS rating of all game consoles, which actually provides two answers as well. If you count central processor FLOPS then you have one answer and if you count the FLOPS potential of the GPU and add it to the CPU's FLOPS, then you have the second answer.

This second version is controversial since the FLOPS of the GPU aren't used in computations and some therefore claim that the GPU should not be counted as it simply represents a theoretical number. Others argue that GPUs are used in computation - the computation of shader operations. Both sides, however, agree that there isn't...
 

PS3 TEST SD Launcher 1.00 Video released!

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329w ago - As promised, below you will find a video of our PS3 TEST SD Launcher. The quality is not great nor was there sound, but it's the best capture from the old camera we have so we improvised and added a tune in the background.

A video capture of the PS3 would have been much clearer, but we wanted to show the PS3 in the video as well. It starts from the XMB, and allows non-NPDRM SELF's to be executed from SD card.

In the video you can see the SD Launcher loading and booting to the select screen. There is the ability to "move" throughout the list, and upon hovering on your slot of choice, pressing X.

At the moment the titles and locations are hardcoded, we need to add in support for reading either a filelist or the PARAM.SFO's.





The real impressive part of the video is in regards to the Ridge Racer 7 Demo. We obtained the Ridge Racer 7 Demo from an Official PlayStation Magazine Demo Disc. Upon receiving, we decrypted the SELF, rebuilt and patched it. This patching allows us to run the SELF from other devices. We picked this Demo as it was small, around 500MB, as our largest SD card on hand was 1GB.

However, there is an issue with newer games. It seems there is an additional "check" that we have yet to pinpoint. But this does work...
 

MGS4 Official Malaysia Launch on June 11th, 2008

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329w ago - Metal Gear fans rejoice! PlayStation 3 game Metal Gear Solid 4 will be released exclusively for Malaysian on June 11, 2008!

ConsoleGame.com.my proudly collaborate with partner retailer, TecAsia, Malaysia largest IT superstore as main venue sponsor and endorsed with full support by Play Interactive Software Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Konami exclusive distributor, to officially launch this long awaited PS3 exclusive title, "METAL GEAR SOLID 4: Guns of The Patriots"

Event details as following:

- Date: 11 June 2008 (Wednesday)
- Time: 7.30pm until mid-night
- Venue: TecAsia, Lowyat Plaza Level 4, Kuala Lumpur

If you are a real Metal Gear Solid fans, don't miss this event as there will be lots of exclusive goodies & activities only for those who pre-order! Attractive prizes such as the Limited Edition PS3 MGS4 Bundle Gun Metal to be won, Sony 32" Bravia LCD TV, Sony 5.2 Channel Home Theater System and 12" Medicom MGS4 Limited Edition Action Figure!

Furthermore, you will stand a chance to buy MGS4 Limited Edition at normal edition price. We will have 10 units for those lucky ones.

Non-gamers do not fret, TecAsia will be having a special midnight SALES! Shop till you drop with super deals at TecAsia on 11 June 08!

Pre-order cards...
 

This is how Tears to Tiara looks on the PS3 and PC

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329w ago - My first thought was "wow, these combat scenes look sweet". My second was, "I can't believe how much this game has changed."

While Tears to Tiara is a PlayStation 3 game, its origins are a PC game. Here's the PlayStation 3 trailer, which concentrates on actual gameplay footage minus the adventure scenes.

Aquaplus didn't just polish the game for the PlayStation 3. The combat system has been completely revamped to make Tears to Tiara a grid based strategy RPG. Japan gets a chance to purchase Tears to Tiara on July 17.

Check out the video below:





Now compare that with footage of the PC game below:





No North American release has been announced, but I imagine companies are eying this already. NIS America seems like a possible candidate to localize Tears to Tiara since they are working on PlayStation 3 games, specialize in SRPGS, and have a knack for taking risks with new franchises. They took a risk localizing those Idea Factory and 2D Gust RPGs for the English speaking world.
 
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