Toshiba is Set to Detail Its Cell-based TV in Early October

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238w ago - According to PCWorld (linked above), Toshiba will soon unveil its first television based on the Cell processor, the same multimedia chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console.

Toshiba has been showing prototypes of the television and Cell technology for the last couple of years and its unveiling on Oct. 5 will come just before its first public showing at the upcoming Ceatec electronics show.

While a launch date has not yet been announced, the timing of the unveiling suggests it should be on sale in Japan before the end of this year.

To quote: "The Cell chip was developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony and each chip contains a single Power PC core and eight co-processors. Together the chips make heavy-duty processing of video a breeze.

During previous demonstrations of Cell TV prototypes, Toshiba has put the chip to use providing real-time upscaling of standard definition to a quality closer to that of high definition.

It has also been shown streaming multiple chapters from a recorded TV show to make navigating to a desired part of a program easy. It's similar to the multiscreen menus on some DVDs.

But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several...
 

Rumor: PS3 Slim Discovered in Micromania Database Listing?!

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245w ago - As if we didn't need more confirmation that the PS3 Slim exists and is coming soon, French site Total-Manga.com (linked above) is reporting news of a screenshot from retailer Micromania's product database today.

To quote from Kotaku on the rumor, as follows: "That shot, hosted by Total Manga and via NeoGAF's marathon thread of PS3 Slim speculation, could be easily faked. But the details are inline with recent chatter about the mythical console redesign's leaks.

Micromania supposedly listed a September 1 arrival date and a €299 price point. That's cheaper than the current €399 model, which has been the target of retailer price drops over the past few weeks."

The picture (below) caption reads as follows, roughly translated: "Here is a photo showing that the PlayStation 3 Slim is just a matter of weeks before being a reality!"
 

Video: See How PixelJunk is Made Inside Q-Games' Kyoto Base

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265w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein shared the following video today via PS Blog:

Today marks the 3rd and final day of our GDC PlayStation.Blog.Lounge, and we€re very happy to welcome Q-Games President Dylan Cuthbert into the fold.

Chances are you€ve already already played one of his company€s titles, PixelJunk Eden, Monsters, or Racers (and read about the upcoming Eden Encore).

But who are the people that make such innovative games? And why don€t they wear shoes when they work?

Take the tour:




 

Fumito Ueda on Famitsu: ICO 3 is Based on Contact

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283w ago - Speaking briefly on this week's Famitsu, Fumito Ueda said that his new ICO 3 game for PlayStation 3 will be based on physical connection, similar to his previous two games, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

ICO was based on two characters holding hands and the core mechanic in Shadow of the Colossus was holding onto a colossus. Both of these functions were executed by pressing and holding a button. A similar form of contact will be present in his new game.

This aspect was already suggested in a previous interview Ueda had with Game Watch, just after finishing Shadow of the Colossus.

You can read more about it, and all the other things we know about 'ICO 3', in this interview here, which was put together by piecing all bits of information we have on the new game.
 

Zelnick: Next Grand Theft Auto Could be Subscription Based

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283w ago - At the same BMO Capital Markets' conference last week in New York where he gave an update on upcoming GTAIV DLC and Chinatown Wars, Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick offered a glimpse further down the road. In his "Negative Approach" blog for cnet, Dave Rosenberg related these remarks from Zelnick:

The Holy Grail is taking a business, already a very large and successful business that's focused on packaged goods... and turning that into a subscription business or a semi subscription business where we have an ongoing relationship with consumers, giving them products that they want. Who's better positioned to do that than the company that has the top franchises?

It isn't much of a stretch here to start connecting the dots. The Grand Theft series definitely fits the bill as a "successful business that's focused on packaged goods," and it's also the top of their franchise properties. And though delayed, the DLC plan for GTAIV offers an ideal test run for a "semi subscription" model along the lines Zelnick suggests.

Not that they needed more incentive, but Watching World of Warcraft once again flexing its muscle with the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion must spur them on that much harder.

Everyone asks, "Can a console game tap into the World of Warcraft meme?" and "what...
 











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