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GDC 2009 Preview: Sony PS3 And PSP Rumors Surface

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287w ago - The 2009 Game Developers Conference begins [Register or Login to view links] (already today in some parts of the world), and here are some pre-GDC 2009 PS3 and PSP rumors circulating the Internet:

We round up the latest hearsay to come from the Game Developers Conference. Teeda was kind enough to share some of the latest rumors involving the Game Developers Conference with us. Here's the latest:

• New 80gb PS3 bundled with 2 games will be launched at the end of March.. it will cost $399 (already confirmed).

• New 40gb ps3 sku will be launched this May. The cost will be $299.

• PSP slide will be shown for the first time in this year's E3. The launch is next year.

• The currently available PSP model will get a price cut too. The cost will be $119.

• Fumito Ueda will be there at GDC '09. He will announce 2 projects. One of them is Shadow of the Colossus Online.

• Syphon Filter is underway to PS3. Apparently the developers are using the same engine behind Killzone2.

• Insomniac is developing a new action platformer RPG. It looks like a Zelda clone.

• Jak 4 is on the...
 

Microsoft Lashes out at Sony and Apple - Signs of Desperation?

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287w ago - Recently Microsoft lashed out against two of its competitors by taking jabs.

The casualties in the latest wave of insults from Microsoft are none other than Apple and Sony. It seems like trash talking might just be a corporate mandate over at Microsoft.

However, some might argue that such mudslinging could be due to insecurity or desperation.

During a recent conference Steve Ballmer, head honcho of Microsoft, took a cheap shot at Apple. He chastised Apple for having such an expensive device such as the iPhone when Microsoft could make something that does the same thing for much less - around $150 to $200. It seems like Ballmer is indicating that Microsoft could do a better job of selling smartphones than Apple, which is contrary to the sales figures.

Aaron Greenberg, another boss over at Microsoft did a number on Sony by going into Microsoft's mantra about how the PS3 is too expensive compared to the Xbox 360, which retails for as low as $200. Starting to see a pattern here? Of course Greenberg would feel that the PS3 should be priced as low as the Xbox 360 Arcade.

This is despite the fact the PS3 has a harddrive, wireless adapter and blu-ray...
 

Smash Cars Coming to Sony's PlayStation Network for PS3

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288w ago - Today Creat Studios Director of Communications Michael Robinson announced news that Smash Cars coming to PlayStation Network for PS3, as follows:

You're hearing it here first, that the next game to be released under the successful, critically acclaimed partnership between [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] will be (wait for it...) SMASH CARS!

A follow-up to the original Smash Cars, Creat's 2003 'no rules' RC (radio-controlled) racing game, the franchise returns to PlayStation and will be available for download during the second quarter on the PlayStation Network.

Sound interesting? Of course it does. So here's more details: real-time physics, innovative stunts and next-generation graphics combine into a dynamic, tricked-out single and multiplayer RC car racing experience where players twist and turn, grind and gear up, performing aerial tricks and stunts while racking up trophies and points as they race to the finish, all in an unlikely location.

Set on a beautiful and tranquil Mediterranean island, the fast-moving, bumper car gameplay style transforms this calm and relaxing setting into a dynamically frenzied raceway.

A high-speed mini car racing game with a distinct arcade...
 

February 2009 NPD Numbers Give Sony Reason to Celebrate

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288w ago - Sony was able to put two games on the top ten software sales chart in February, as well as sell a respectable amount of each of its systems. The big winner in software is Street Fighter IV, taking the number two and three slots on the Xbox 360 and PS3, respectively.

The NPD gaming numbers are in, and February sales enjoyed a 10 percent bump over last year, while gaming enjoyed an 11 percent bump thus far this year.

To quote: Sony has some great news this month, although the 360 still beat the PS3 in hardware sales. The PS3 sold 276,000 units, which is still a tiny drop from last year's 280,000. The PS2 sold 131,000 units, and the PSP sold 199,000 units. Three consoles, over 600,000 units shipped.

What has to feel even better is that Sony did a good job of putting software up on the sales charts. The PS3 release of Street Fighter IV came in third place with 403,000 units sold, and Killzone 2 came in fifth place with 323,000 units sold. Very good numbers, two games in the top ten, and some evidence that Sony is starting to shift some serious software. Excellent news.

All we need is to see that rumored price drop on the PS3 and some titles from that upcoming push of PSP software, and Sony could be doing some intense business in the market.
 

Dev: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Will Significantly Push Sony's PSP

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288w ago - Motorstorm: Arctic Edge will significantly push the PSP's hardware according to BigBig, but the dev says we still haven't seen everything Sony's handheld is capable of.

To quote: "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge really does push the machine," game director Richard Ogden told NowGamer. "We've got more physics and damage and destruction going on than most other games on the system.

As to whether there's more that can be squeezed out; most definitely. We've been working with the hardware now for a good few years and we're still finding ways that we can squeeze more out of it."

Ogden also told us that Arctic Edge will bring the "full Motorstorm experience" to the PSP, despite the hardware disparity between Sony's handheld and its PS3 big brother.

"As long as you take a sensible view on what you're trying to achieve then there aren't really any major constraints when translating a PS3 game to PSP," he said.

"The main area to deal with is the graphics and visuals - we have to use lower resolution textures and less polygons in our models, but in such a way that it's still going to look great on the small screen. Really, nothing else needs to be compromised that much, at least not in the player's perception of the final product."
 
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