Sony Admits PS3 First Year Line-up was Underwhelming

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310w ago - The sixth of May was Kaz Hirai's own personal Sorry Day. At the PlayStation Day press event held at the Millennium Dome in London, England, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment expressed his deep regret for the delay of Home:

"Please accept my apologies for this delay."

While Home has the potential to revolutionize the way gamers interact online, the final version won't be available until much later in the year, and the open beta test won't go live until Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring for Australia.

Mr. Hirai stated that overall quality control was the main reason for the setback:

"It needs a little bit more time."

But the revelations didn't stop there. In his first public appearance since the Tokyo Game Show last year, Kaz also freely admitted that the software lineup in the first year of the PS3's life was "somewhat underwhelming."

Killzone 2, a FPS promoted as a flagship title for the console since the PS3 was announced, was delayed yet again, this time to February 2009.

It is remarkable that a Sony executive has made such frank admissions to the public, yet they were within the context of a broadly optimistic view of the PS3's prospects. Mr. Hirai believes that the PS3 will have "at...
 

Sony PlayStation Test Development Kit / PS3 Debug for sale!

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310w ago - One of the most frequently asked questions via e-mail, IRC, and on the Forums we get asked is "How did CJPC get his hands on a PS3 Debug/TEST machine?!"

The answer: Monitor places such as eBay like it's your job, and win them before "big brother" Sony catches on and closes the auction of course!

A perfect example (in case anyone is interested in buying one) is the auction set to end tomorrow here:

eBay Auction: Sony Playstation Test Development Kit - RARE PS3 Debug

Not only does that PS3 Dev machine include hardware, but as stated by the seller dev16, it has the required 1.92 and 2.00 Debug software updates too- very nice! Happy bidding guys, and if anyone wins drop us an e-mail. :P
 

Sony considering external PS3 hard drive?

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310w ago - SCEE boss David Reeves has hinted that Sony may at some point consider releasing Official external PS3 HDD's.

"We launched with 60GB and to reduce the price we went to 40GB. We're not sure we want to stay with that configuration of hard drive, and I think what you're going to see in the future is maybe consumers can choose.

The PlayStation will stay the same, but consumers can choose whichever size of hard drive they want. They can now, or course, because it's not a proprietary hard drive." said Reeves.

To quote: "It might be that we will offer the possibility for people to have a bigger hard drive, but they have that option now.

But it does not mean that we have anything in the works to introduce a different model or bigger hard drive built in," added Reeves.
 

Review: Crash Bandicoot for PSP

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310w ago - The fact that the PlayStation made gaming cool, hooking hordes of twenty-something trendies with its adult marketing and ruthless abandonment of childish characters in favor of games like Wipeout, is well documented.

But after the Playstation's first year, Sony was becoming anxious that maybe it had been too hasty in overlooking the younger market; perhaps the idea of a platform mascot wasn't so retrogressive. The revolutionary Mario 64 was proving a compelling vindication of an antiquated concept, and Sony was getting nervous.

Luckily, a little known development team called Naughty Dog was already well underway with a title to plug the gap. Seizing the opportunity, Sony snagged the publishing rights, introduced a hardware price cut, frog-marched Crash Bandicoot centre stage and sat back, anxious for its plan to take effect.

Though we can probably be thankful that Crash didn't end up being cemented as the Playstation's official mascot, we can be glad that the game performed well, especially seeing as 12 years later it has given the PSP store another classic title.

The story goes that on a trio of islands just South East of Australia, the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and his sidekick, Doctor Nitrus Brio, have created an 'Evolvo Ray' - no prizes for guessing what that does. Before long,...
 

Qore: An upcoming PlayStation magazine from Sony?

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310w ago - SCEA recently filed a trademark for "Qore" that is believed to be for an online magazine destined for the PSN. It is described as "computer services, namely, providing interactive online magazine and entertainment services in the field of video games."

To quote: Sony has had success directly getting in touch with fans via the PlayStation Blog. Perhaps, they have a plan to extend their reach further with something called Qore. A trademark under that name was registered by Sony Computer Entertainment America, but this isn't for a game. Qore's services are related to "computer services, namely, providing interactive online magazine and entertainment in the field of video games."

Since Qore is "in the field of video games" it pretty much narrows the trademark down to the PlayStation brand unless Sony has another video game brand coming out in the future. The "interactive online magazine" piece is the most intriguing piece of information from the trademark.

Could Qore, which sounds like core, be a counter to the Everybody's Nintendo channel? I can imagine Sony releasing an online magazine on the PlayStation Store with information about upcoming games.

Of course, this is just a trademark. Sony...
 







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