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

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299w 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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299w 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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299w 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!




 

Atlus Unleashes Hammerin' Hero on Sony's PlayStation Portable

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299w ago - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. announced that it has secured the North American publishing rights for Hammerin' Hero, an arcade-style, old school, side-scrolling beat 'em up for PSP.

Forget everything your parents told you about violence only being a last resort. In Hammerin' Hero, if it moves, hammer it. Pummel your way through 12 distinct levels, including city streets, an amusement park, a TV studio, a baseball stadium, and more.

Ever wonder what happens if you hammer something over the head in deep space? Underwater? The only way to find out is to pick up a copy of Hammerin' Hero for PSP on March 3. This is one hero you don't want to mess with! (hint: because he has a hammer.)

Hammerin' Hero is scheduled for release on March 3, 2009, with an MSRP of $29.99.
 

Reeves: Sony is Not Reducing the PS3 Price Now or in the Spring

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300w ago - Sony's David Reeves has bluntly stated that Sony has no plans to reduce the price of the PS3 now or either in the spring time - absolutely not. He added Sony is taking a value added approach rather than just cutting the cost of the system.

To quote: Does that mean once you've broken even you will reduce the price of the hardware to stimulate more sales?

No, we are not going to go down in price on PS3 - neither are we going to go down in price on PS3 in spring time either. Absolutely not, whatever you might have heard to the contrary. Our strategy is very much value added.

That doesn't mean we are going to add pieces of software - we might add original ideas to the machine. What we want is to make the machine value for money.

The long-term objective of the company is the growth of the industry. During the 12 to 13 years we have been in the market, the handheld and static console market has grown by over 350 per cent, which is hugely dramatic. Software has gone up even more, and our objective is to grow the industry to bring it into credibility.
 
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