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Goodbye Sony PlayStation Portable - We Barely Knew You

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291w ago - Whatever happened to the PSP? The device that Sony once touted as "the Walkman for the 21st century" is fast disappearing from popular consciousness, and if you believe the rumors circulating just three-and-a-half years after its launch, it's up for a major rethink in 2009.

Over the crucial month of November, the Nintendo DS shifted a jaw-dropping 1.5 million units in the US alone (up 20% from last year) while the PSP languished, managing just 421,000 sales - actually down 27%, in what was in general a tremendously strong month for video games.

Even the software support is eroding. Despite the PSP's healthy install base of around 13 million consumers, only six 2008 PSP releases scored better than 80% on review aggregating site gamerankings.com, compared with 16 on the DS.

There's a good reason for that: nobody's making PSP games, because outside of one or two hits like this year's Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, nobody's buying them. That's only going to worsen when the superheavyweight Grand Theft Auto series (previously exclusive to the PSP on handhelds) releases its first DS title early next year.

In a lot of ways, it's a shame. The PSP is a far more capable hardware platform than the DS. It's a phone, a portable music player, a pocket-sized movie device, a mobile Web browser,...
 

Braid on PlayStation 3 Depends on Sony Interest Level

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292w ago - Developer Jonathon Blow has implied that there is a possibility of Braid making its way to the PlayStation 3 console.

He commented, that it certainly is a posibility but depends on whether Sony is interested in bringing it over to their platform.

To quote: First off, developer Jonathon Blow lets us know that the PC version of Braid should be available between February and March next year. This is to let the game have some space and avoid the crowded Christmas market.

Secondly, he's in talks to develop a native-Mac version of the game, so you Apple folks won't be left out.

Finally, although there are no plans for other platform releases in the near future, a later PlayStation 3 version is possible. Jonathon Blow comments;

"[As] I've mentioned before, a PS3 version a little later on remains a possibility (though again, this depends on whether Sony is interested in the game)."
 

Company Says Sony PlayStation 3 to Support 3D Gaming in 2009

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292w ago - The president of a 3D certification and advocacy group has revealed that Sony fully intends to support 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D on the PlayStation 3 in 2009.

It will need a BIOS upgrade to work, and it is speculated that 3D gaming may be unique to the PS3 out of all other gaming consoles.

To quote: According to Neil Schneider, President and CEO of Meant to be Seen (MTBS), Blitz Games Studios has confirmed that Sony "fully intends" to support stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D on PS3 in 2009 with their Blitz Tech engine. MTBS is a stereoscopic 3D certification and advocacy group.

Andrew Oliver, CTO of Blitz Games Studios says, "3D gaming on console is coming and we license the tech."

"The best part is console support will only need a bios upgrade to work," Schneider writes. "We are told that the ability to add this capability via bios may be unique to Sony PS3 versus the other console solutions."

Stereoscopic 3D is the ability to display visible depth through two dimensional media. According to MTBS, stereoscopic 3D has proven to be successful in cinema with movies like Beowulf, U23D, and Hannah Montana, earning 2:1 and 3:1 revenue compared to traditional 2D theaters.

Attempts at making games "pop out" and look truly...
 

Suikoden Now Available for the Sony PlayStation Network

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292w ago - Konami's epic RPG Suikoden makes its way onto PLAYSTATION Network today as the flagship title is now available for download for $5.99.

In Suikoden, players enter an ancient world of bravery, mysticism and romance as they embark on a quest to discover their true destinies.
With the future of the Scarlet Moon Empire at stake, players seek out the Stars of Destiny to aid them in overthrowing the corrupt government.

The head of the Liberation Army, players can also gather up to 108 companions to join them in battles as they call the shots in large-scale warfare.

Suikoden offers variation in combat with the ability to battle groups of enemies with a team of six characters, defeat foes in one-on-one duels, or control the battlefield during major conflicts as the Liberation army wages war.

Note: may require Memory Stick Duo.
 

Video: Sony: Death to the Clamshell Packaging

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292w ago - Courtesy of sonyelectronics comes a video demonstrating Sony's intention to finally do something about one of the most irritating packaging forms of all time - Clamshell packaging.

The video's caption reads as follows:

"Sony Electronics will soon be changing its products packaging in order to make it more user-friendly as well as environmentally responsible."

Cool news indeed, and those interested can check out the video below- courtesy of YouTube. Enjoy!




 
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