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EGM Rumors: GTA Massively Multiplayer Game; Bioshock for PS3!

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350w ago - When a new issue of EGM drops, most of the time we tend to scroll right to the rumors and look for the newest bit of gossip. This issue in particular has some very interesting tid-bits.

First, EGM is reporting what we've been speculating for a very long time now: Bioshock is heading to the PlayStation 3 in September, and will come complete with all of the game's downloadable content, as well as improved visuals. This is a topic we've been talking about since before the game launched on the Xbox 360 last year.

We've long believed the game to exist somewhere within Irational Games (now 2K Austin), seeing as how development of Bioshock began for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as indicated by an early press release for the game. Now we have to wait and hope that EGM, or their sources are right about this.

Another notable rumor is that the Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 bundle is going to be extremely limited, so if you don't secure yourself a pre-order sometime soon, you may very well be out of luck. So if you've yet to grab yourself a PlayStation 3, why not pre-order the year's best damn bundle before they're all gone?

And please don't pre-order these with the intention of re-selling them on eBay or something, if the bundles end up becoming a rarity and being worth something, it won't...
 

Xbox Outsells PS3's Global Figures in US Alone

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350w ago - According to Joystiqs sources, Microsoft is cracking open the champagne. The Xbox 360's sales have topped the 10M in the US alone. That's well ahead of the Wii, which stands at 8.8M, and the PS3, which sold 4.1M.

Worldwide, Microsoft says it's sold 19M consoles total. That's behind the Wii's global sales of 25M units, but Microsoft isn't exactly content with second place it's making a point to say that the 360 has the "largest global install base of any current gen, high definition gaming console.".

Meanwhile, the PS3s doing quite nicely for itself as well in addition to outselling the 360 in both the US and Europe, Sony says worldwide sales were up an astounding 156 percent last year with a total of 9.2M units coming off shelves, and that it expects to sell another 10M consoles by March 2009.

Looks like it's going to be an interesting year in the console market.

I wonder if the Wii's novelty factor will continue, or if the PS3 can live up to it's potential.
 

Five Things PS Network Needs to Address to Stay Relevant

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350w ago - Last week I took a look at the Xbox 360's Live service and went over the five items I felt that Microsoft needed to look at in order to stay relevant in the online service realm. Obviously when you start talking about consoles, people are passionate and there were a number of large comments with some great points.

Now I am going to look at the PlayStation Network (PSN) and the five points they need to look at to stay competitive especially since they are new to this online space. I will start by saying something that will probably have people screaming that I am a fanboy. When looking at the PSN I had a tough time coming up with five points they need to change/look at... seriously.

Sony has been very diligent about listening to feedback and enhancing their online offering. They revamped their store, normalized pricing, offered free media and stepped up their content on a weekly basis. They are really trying to make this a very compelling and competitive online offering and still stick with a free pricing model.

Having said that, there are still a number of sticking points that Sony needs to address to pull ahead of their competitors in the online presence/launchpad offering they are providing. Since online GUIs are everywhere and you can get online and play from your cell phone, PDA, smartphone...
 

Speculation: Sony losing $260 on every PS3 shipped?

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350w ago - According to writer Greg Howson over at the Guardian.co.uk (linked above), he has done some number crunching and believes that the PS3 could be losing $260 on every PS3 shipped!

Here is his reasoning: On Sony's own figures, the games division made a loss of $130 for each PlayStation 3 shipped. Let's assume that it's making pots of money on the PSP and the PlayStation 2: the PS2 is now hugely profitable and still sells more games than anything else.

These two platforms could easily have made a profit of $1.2bn in the year. In that case, the total PS3 loss would have been $2.4bn shared between 9.24m PS3 consoles, or $260 per PS3 -- including any attached Sony games.

Sound like a realistic estimate? Of course, only Sony knows for sure...
 

Rumor: Tales Of Vesperia coming to PS3!

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350w ago - Tales of Vesperia for PS3 has been listed in Nacmo Bandai's list of games that will be released in Japan later this year. The Xbox 360 version of the game is set to release in the US on August 19, 2008.

A document detailing Namco Bandai's financials and outlook for the remainder of 2008 was posted on the company's Japanese site earlier today. Interestingly, the PDF contained a release list revealing that Tales of Versperia would be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Obviously, that goes against what Namco has been saying - that Versperia is an Xbox 360 "exclusive." The uploaded document has since been edited, with any mention of Vesperia for the PS3 wiped out. A mistake, or an actual slip up? :P
 
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