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Sony: PS3 Offers Unprecedented Value, Secures Blu-ray Format

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298w ago - Sony's Jack Tretton has commented that the PS3 will help secure the Blu-ray format just as the PS2 did with the DVD format.

He also expressed that the PS3 offers 'unprecedented value' and as such there are no immediate plans to reduce the price of the PS3.

To quote: "Just as PlayStation 2 is delivering on a 10-year lifecycle and helped expand and solidify the DVD format for home entertainment along the way," he said, "we believe Playstation 3 offers the same promise by helping secure the Blu-ray format."

Tretton went on to say that the PS3 offers "unprecedented value" as the total home entertainment solution for the next decade, clarifying perhaps that the business has no immediate plans to reduce the price of the PS3.
 

Speculation: Is Sony's PS Cloud Patent for the PlayStation 4?

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298w ago - Sony has [Register or Login to view links] the 'PS Cloud' with the US Patent and Trademark Office, following the announcement of a number of new 'cloud gaming' services such as OnLive and Playcast Media at this year's Games Developers Conference.

To quote: The patent has lead to speculation that Sony Computer Entertainment may well be looking to 'cloud gaming' - where the processing power of a home console is replaced by that of a remote server outside of the gamer's home - as a strategic move forward for its PlayStation division.

The future of PlayStation?

Or, put in more straightforward terms, is PS Cloud the PlayStation 4? Is the 'next' PlayStation going to resemble a server-based system that allows gamers to play and save games to a user account via a range of devices such as their PlayStation 3, their PC or even their TV set-top box?

Sony filed the patent for 'PS Cloud' on 24 March, describing PS Cloud as a provider of "entertainment services, namely, providing an online videogame that users may access through the Internet".

TechRadar spoke with a SCEE rep this morning who declined to comment on the story. Let the speculation commence...
 

Sony: Every Major Publisher is Interested in PlayStation Home

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298w ago - Sony's Home team has told GamesIndustry (linked above) that its online service is becoming the "perfect storm" for games publishers looking to interact directly with their consumers.

To quote: Three months after launch, and with the first tangiable user details being fed back to partners, publishers are now able to build more unique content for users, and turn that content in revenues.

"Every major publisher is interested in Home. Here you can speak directly to the PlayStation audience on the platform that your product is on," said Jack Buser, director of Home for Sony Computer Entertainment, in an exclusive interview published today.

"You have publishers and brands coming into Home looking to engage with an audience, but they also have the opportunity to generate revenue. It's a model that makes sense for everybody. It's kind of a perfect storm," he said.

Peter Edwards, director of the Home Platform Group at Sony, added that content creators are now looking at the future potential of the service, after a few months of creating standard software for Home.

"As is the way with most platforms, the first round of development is pretty safe. It works," he said.

"But people are getting the hang of how it works, and that's starting to come through in...
 

Confirmed: Sony's Big Announcement is Not a PS3 Price Drop

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298w ago - If you've been following videogame news, you know that Sony addresses all questions about unannounced information in the same way: "We don't comment on rumors and speculation."

However, there's a tidbit burning up the Internet as we speak, and it says a big announcement is coming tomorrow.

Sony won't say if that's true, but the chatter is interesting enough that it actually got Sony to launch a comment from SCEA PR Manager Al De Leon about what the rumored news won't be.

To quote: "As we have stated previously, we do not have plans for a PS3 price drop, and any rumors to that effect are false and are the result of speculation," De Leon wrote.

"SCEA remains focused on the long-term momentum of PS3. With the industry's best software lineup this year, combined with our most aggressive marketing campaign to date, we remain confident in our approach and the value we're delivering with PS3."

That's all well and good, but it doesn't douse the rumors that the news is actually that the PlayStation 2 will be dropping to $99.99. What will tomorrow bring? We'll have to wait and see.
 

Sony Just Wouldn't Be Sony Without the Games!

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299w ago - In the video game world, competition never ceases, and to remain a contender each console manufacturer needs to maintain an identity among consumers and offer them something they can't get on any other platform.

The games, one key franchise for each company, that make Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony what they are today.

Sony, game company since 1994, has seen its ups and downs in the console business. Sony first debuted the PlayStation in 1994 and the PlayStation 2 in 1999.

Those two consoles have gone on to sell a total of more than 240 million units, with the PlayStation 2 selling 140 million alone. These first two consoles are among the most popular in gaming history, while gamers remain on the fence regarding the success of the PlayStation 3 and the PSP.

There have been many franchise games to come through Sony that have gone on to become very successful. On the PlayStation, Crash Bandicoot, Gran Turismo, and Metal Gear Solid ruled the platform. Then the PlayStation 2 came out and called on Shadow of the Colossus, ICO, Jak and Daxter, and more Metal Gear to gain success.

The PlayStation 3 has had some good games as well including the Resistance series, Killzone, Uncharted, and one more MGS game. As great and successful as these games are, especially very close...
 
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