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Rumor: Sony working on break apart motion PS3 pad

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340w 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'...
 

BioShock for PS3 needs help from a Mysterious Third Party

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342w ago - The folks at the Official PlayStation blog have revealed that a studio other than 2K are working on the PS3 version of BioShock.

Because this is the first title from the respective studios, they have sought the help of another development partner with 'outstanding PS3 specific coding chops' to help out with the project.

They did not mention the studio, but said they will look forward to revealing the name in the future.
 

IGA Partners with EA for Exclusive PS3 In-Game Advertising Deal

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342w ago - Sony has recently revealed that they have plans to open up the PS3 to in-game advertising from outside agancies. In-game ad company IGA Worldwide is widely tipped to become the first company to deliver dynamic adverts to games on the PS3 console.

Andy Swanson, a Ubisoft director commented that Sony's decision to do this will strengthen the viability of in-game advertising field in general and should be positive in terms of growing the ad revenue for games.

To quote: Sony is set to ignite the world of advertising in videogames Wednesday, when it plans to announce it is opening its gaming platform to in-game ads from outside agencies.

In-game ad firm IGA Worldwide is expected to become the first company to get the nod to deliver dynamic ads to games on Sony's PlayStation 3. Competitor Double Fusion is believed to be finalizing its own relationship with Sony (nyse: SNE - news - people ).

Andy Swanson, Ubisoft's senior director of strategic sales and partnerships, agrees that Sony's move will strengthen the viability of in-game advertising. Sony and the PlayStation brand resonate strongly with advertising agencies, he says. "[It's] been a big missing piece of the puzzle; it's a positive in terms of growing the ad revenue pie for games."
 

Wedbush Morgan: Netflix has partnered with Microsoft

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342w ago - Wedbush Morgan Securities has speculated about a possible Netflix deal to stream movies through Xbox 360 consoles.

The conclusion, made by the investment banking firm, came off the back of comments made by Netflix management. If true it would allow the online rental service to stream movies directly into consumer's consoles.

"As we have speculated in the past, we believe that one of Netflix's partners is Microsoft. We arrive at this conclusion based upon Netflix management repeatedly mentioning 'Internet enabled video game consoles'," said a Wedbush Morgan statement.

"While there are three such consoles, only one - Microsoft's Xbox 360 - has a sufficiently large installed base to make sense from a streaming partnership with Netflix."

"The competitive advantage of such an alliance is clear: Netflix customers who are Xbox Live members will have the ability to stream online content through their Xbox 360s directly to their televisions. The ability to do so is available without the Xbox 360, but requires a measure of technological sophistication and a high tolerance for failure," it added.

Earlier this year, Netflix had surveyed subscribers on the possibility of streaming movies via the Xbox 360 console.
 

Metal Gear Retrospective Video - Part Two

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344w ago - GameTrailers have released Part Two of their Metal Gear retrospective video.

Part two contains Metal Gear Solid, VR Missions, and The Twin Snakes.

Video is below, enjoy guys!




 
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