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Sony Announces a MotorStorm: Pacific Rift Photo Competition

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297w ago - Today Public Relations Manager Alex Armour announced news of a MotorStorm: Pacific Rift 'Looking Good!' Photo Competition as follows:

With the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift version 1.01 game update, we launched a new and improved Photo Mode to enable you to take even more stunning pictures of your brutal off-road experiences.

Now, in an exclusive competition on [Register or Login to view links], we want to give you the chance to show off your best snaps in superb style.

We want your best shots using the improved photo mode that capture the brutal thrills of race action and the savage beauty of the island. The more action packed the shot the better.

The 20 best pictures will each be considered for inclusion in one of our future updates as a loading screen image (with your PSN Online ID signed on it as the credited creator), and the photographer will also win a MotorStorm t-shirt!

Imagine how sweet it would be to start up a race, with your friends sitting around on the sofa, and seeing your photo displayed (with your name on it) on the loading screen before the race!

To make your mark in your favorite game and to take your place in MotorStorm history, either post up to three of your best pictures into the competition thread on...
 

Sony Faces Heat from Game Publishers to Cut PlayStation 3 Price

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297w ago - Sony Corp. is under pressure from video game publishers to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 console, or risk seeing more development funds shift to Nintendo Co.'s Wii.

To quote: PS3 sales in the next 12 months are likely to total 14 million, compared with 28 million Wiis and 9.7 million Xbox 360s, according to the Daiwa Institute of Research, a Tokyo-based researcher and consultant.

Price cuts have an immediate impact.

Sony reduced the PS3 price from $499.99 in October 2007 and sales more than doubled in the next month. In September, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft released its lowest-priced Xbox 360, at $199.99. The company almost doubled Sony's U.S. shipments from October to January after trailing PS3 in the prior three months, NPD data show.

"Anytime a console manufacturer reduces the price, software publishers benefit," Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft Entertainment SA, Europe's largest video-game maker, said in an e-mail.

Game makers now focus development in two directions: one for the top-selling Wii and the other for Xbox 360, PS3 and personal computers.

Titles for Microsoft and Sony are typically...
 

Sony: We Won't Drop Blu-ray for the PlayStation 3 Console

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297w ago - In February, analyst Mike Hickey indicated a PlayStation 3 price drop would hit near the end of the month. Didn't happen. He also passed on speculation that Sony would drop the PS3's Blu-ray drive.

Wait. What? Drop the thing that makes the entirety of the PlayStation 3's physical game library playable? That's what he said. See?

"We are also hearing continued speculation that Sony is working on a non-Blu-ray PS3 console, which could enable them to make the aforementioned hardware price reduction," Hickey wrote in a note to investors last month.

Sony says there's no way that's going to happen.

"That would pretty much destroy the PS3's backbone, our games were built on Blu-ray," Sony marketing manager Kim Nguyen tells Business Insider. "Quote that: Blu-ray will always be part of PS3."

Glad we got that sorted out. Also, duh!
 

Media Molecule Co-founder Doesn't Regret LBP's Sony Exclusivity

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297w ago - Media Molecule, creators of the AIAA-pwning LittleBigPlanet, haven't really caught a lot of flack from critics since their highly texturized platformer hit store shelves.

However, many have questioned why the game wasn't released on multiple platforms, bolstering the ranks of the LBP community and fattening the wallets of the game's creators.

In a recent [Register or Login to view links] with Gamasutra, Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans explained he doesn't regret making LBP a Sony-exclusive title.

According to Evans, Sony put a lot of their eggs in the LBP basket, effectively putting the tiny developer "up on a pedestal," providing them with the "nurturing" they needed to succeed.

As far as expanding the user base, Evans says he's holding out hope for a PS3 price drop. Aren't we all, pal.
 

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

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297w 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...
 
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