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Is 2009 Really the Year of Sony's PlayStation 3 Console?

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280w ago - If you ask just about any ill-informed PlayStation fanboy on any forum what Sony has in store for them in 2009, they will almost certainly reply to you with a list of games that looks a little like this:

• God of War III
• Heavy Rain
• Uncharted 2
• MAG
• inFamous
• Killzone 2
• Gran Turismo 5
• Quantum Theory

Then they would go about spouting first-party studios they have not heard from in a while, claiming "Team ICO's unannounced project".

How many of these games do you expect to see the light of day in 2009? Let's take a look back over the years so far. In the past we have seen top-notch first-party exclusives such as LittleBigPlanet and Killzone 2 being delayed over and over again and third party games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 receiving similar delays, it is clear that it isn't just Sony dropping the ball.

It is highly possible that many of these developers over-estimated their skills at programming, making a game from the ground up seemed on a system deemed by developers as 'difficult to program for'.

First, let's get these unannounced games out the way, if they are unannounced, the chances of them releasing any time within the next year are unlikely. It is still within possibility...
 

Burnout Paradise May Receive a 3D Upgrade on Sony's PS3

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281w ago - Sony's 3D technology impressed gamers that attended CES earlier this year.

Games like WipEout HD and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue were used to demonstrate the PS3's ability to render 3D images that pop out of the screen - provided you don special 3D glasses.

The latest episode of Qore suggests Burnout Paradise might also implement this feature. The end of their Burnout video special shows the host, 3D glasses equipped, staring an oddly distorted image on the screen. Really, there's no other conclusion to be made: she was certainly playing Burnout Paradise in 3D.

The tech is currently implemented in the PC version of the game and can only operate on special TVs and computer monitors with a speed of 100Hz or higher.

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Sony's PlayStation 3: Both a Game Console And a Miracle Worker

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281w ago - The PS3 has been doing miraculous things. Wait, what? You thought that innocent looking black box sitting under televisions across the world was just a game console?

Most gamers take it for granted that Sony's console allows us to play great games, movies, music, and surf the Web. Sony has made it abundantly clear this generation that the PS3 is the most useful "gaming media hub" known to man.

However, the PS3 is making a real tangible difference to lives of many people and in that regard it's on a roll.

The PS3 has truly come a long way since its initial blueprints and continues to amaze fans with its growth in every passing year. The PS3 has to be one of the most "under appreciated" consoles in the media since the Dreamcast. Do they not see what the PS3 is doing right now?

Sony knew that they had the most powerful console this generation, but did they know the extent of its potential? The PS3 is over 10x more powerful than your average PC and this fact garnered the attention of scientists, who were looking for supercomputers to use for their "folding of a protein cell" studies.

Stanford University, located in California State, has linked PS3s around the world via the Internet to harness the collective computing power of cell processors to speed up...
 

Sony Staff Free Hostage Bosses After Pay Row in France

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281w ago - Something like this could only happen at Sony's "DAX" Technology Center... Sacked workers at a French Sony factory have freed two executives they had been holding hostage in an attempt to win a better severance deal.

To quote: Sony France chief executive Serge Foucher and human resources boss Roland Bentz were held overnight by the workers at the Pontonx-sur-l'Adour plant in southwest France.

The workers are trying to force the Japanese electronics giant to give them a payout in line with other French Sony plants that have shut.

"I am happy to be free and to see the light of day again," Mr Foucher said, before travelling with his former captors for a meeting with state and union representatives.

On Thursday the bosses had travelled to meet its 311 workers one last time before the closure of the factory on April 17.

But the workers, who say their payoff is less generous than that offered at other French Sony plants that have closed, decided to launch a strike.

They barricaded the entry to the site with tree trunks and stopped them leaving, then held them overnight in a meeting room.

CGT union official Patrick Hachaguer said worker had been asked to let Mr Foucher out of the factory earlier this morning to meet the regional state...
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for March 12, 2009

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281w ago - Here we go, another weekly PlayStation Store update courtesy of Senior Manager Grace Chen today:

It's week five of the "PSN Spring Fever" section of the PlayStation Store, featuring games, trailers, and themes available for download! Headlining this week is Red Baron Arcade!

Qore
Qore Annual Subscription ($24.99)
Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network is a monthly interactive video production covering the world of PlayStation. Qore provides its audience with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to developers and their games, from both the SCE Worldwide Studios and the third-party community, where the audience member can freely navigate through the content.
File size: 1.22 GB

Qore Episode 10: March, 2009 ($2.99)
Episode 10 of Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network visits the Big Surf Island expansion to Burnout Paradise and visits Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena developer Starbreeze Studios.
File size: 1.22 GB

PULSE
PULSE 3/12 Edition (free)
PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network is a free high definition video showcase of what's happening right now on PlayStation. Featuring new game releases, demos, movie and television arrivals available for your PS3 and PSP systems, PULSE is a fast-paced...
 
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