263w ago - Responding to new rumors of a PS3 price cut in March 2009, a Sony Computer Entertainment America rep told Edge, "There are no plans for a price reduction on PS3 in March 09, and anything reported on or discussed otherwise is purely rumor or speculation."
Over the weekend, online magazine D+Pad cited an anonymous source who purportedly attended a Sony staff briefing in London where execs said the PS3 will have a more competitive price from March 2009 and beyond.
March 31, 2009 marks the end of Sony's fiscal year, during which the company expects to sell 10 million PS3 units, or about flat compared to the previous year.
Sony has repeatedly denied a PS3 price cut will take place before the holidays.
Currently, Xbox 360s retail from $199 to $399 and Wiis sell for $249 in the U.S. Standard 80GB PS3s sell for $399.
SCEA sales VP Ian Jackson recently told analysts at the BMO Capital Markets Interactive Entertainment Conference, "There is no product in the industry today on the videogame console market that delivers what a PlayStation 3 delivers for under $400, in the case of the 80GB."
The PLAYSTATION Network will be offline for 5 hours today from 3pm BST (4pm CEST) for maintenance work. It's pretty much all behind-the-scenes work and is, most definitely, not the 2.4 System Software update. Sorry, you need to wait a little longer for that one!
During this maintenance, the following online services may not be available:
- PSN account registration,
- PSN account sign-in,
- PSN account management,
- PlayStation Store purchases,
- online gaming, unless you are already logged in at 3pm
- forum login
In related news, self-proclaimed Sony employee Knight613 from GameFAQs states that PS3 Firmware v2.40 was supposed to come out on June 18th, but a bad error was found and needed fixing. Now the date is very early July (1st to 3rd), and the RC release is already ready... so it's just a matter of time.
To quote: 2.40 was supposed to come out June 18th actually... till they found a pretty bad error with the XMB and had to fix it. New date is supposedly July 2ndish,...
291w ago - In San Francisco today, Microsoft is holding its Spring Showcase 2008, giving members of the press a chance to view and play some of the publisher's 2008 line-up.
During the event, we had a chance to sit down and chat with Shane Kim of Microsoft Game Studios and wasted no time, immediately asking about the rumored Wii-mote-like controller for Xbox 360. Kim told us that no such controller is being announced today, but Microsoft does not comment on rumors.
He went on to say that Microsoft is very pleased with the success of Xbox 360 peripherals -- such as the Scene It! controller -- and the company is always investing in research and development of new innovative devices.
When asked if Microsoft has experimented with a Wii-mote-like controller for Xbox 360, Kim did not give a direct answer. However, he did say that Microsoft has to be careful about doing such a thing, as it could be "dangerous" to blatantly rip-off Nintendo's Wii controller.
He added that Microsoft has to find and do what is best for itself, noting that what works for Nintendo might not work for Microsoft.
It should be noted that Banjo Threeie, the game most rumored to be directly associated with the device, was also demoed at the show and was done so with the traditional Xbox 360 controller....