PlayStation 2 is Dead According to UK Gaming Industry Leaders

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283w ago - Today MCV (linked above) has published a number of quotes from UK industry leaders who all reach the same conclusion - the PS2 is standing on its last legs and is effectively dead.

The MD of MasterSonic noted that the PS2 market has been virtually killed overnight, while a major international publisher noted this will be the last Christmas for the PS2 and the company won't support it next year.

To quote: MD of Mastertonic Andy Payne - whose Blast label has enjoyed impressive sales during the PS2's twilight years - believes the system is on its last legs, thanks to limited space on the High Street.

He told MCV: "The PS2 market has been virtually killed overnight. There's been no real run-off like with the PSOne, and that's because retail just does not have the space."

Do you still have a PlayStation 2, and if so do you still play it? Feel free to comment below!
 

Leadtek to Launch PlayStation 3 Graphics Chip for PCs

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283w ago - Leadtek has announced that it will start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor next week.

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the CELL that powers the PlayStation 3 and was partly developed by Toshiba.

To quote: Leadtek will next week start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor, it announced today.

The WinFast PxVC1100 will hit stories in Japan's Akihabara electronics district from November 19 and will be cost about ¥29,800 (£199).

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the Cell Broadband Engine microprocessor that powers the PlayStation 3 console and was partly developed by Toshiba. While the Cell contains a Power PC core and eight "Synergistic Processing Elements" cores, the SpursEngine contains only four of the SPE cores.
 

SCEE Launches Official PlayStation 3 Trophy Leaderboard

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285w ago - Community Team Leader Elixor of the official PlayStation European boards has announced the following today:

1. Introduction

Hello all,

The topic of this discussion is to make a classification Community trophies. As yet there is no automatic system I propose that we simply do this manually in our own way.

2. How does it work?

Each time you win a trophy we will update your score so you can climb up the ranking, the more you have more trophies you will be at the top of the ranking. More important are your trophies and more they are worth many points.

The battle will be very hard for the top places, courage!

3. How to participate?

It's easy, simply add to your list of friend online ID Trophees_01 and wait for our response added. Once you enter added in the list.

If the account is full Trophees_01 simply add Trophees_02, then Trophees_03 and so on.

4. How to update my score?

Again it is simple, once you are entered in the ranking you want to update your points whenever possible, even when you win a trophy.

So to update your score you can simply post a reply in this discussion by stating:

The account on which you are registered, for example Trophees_01,...
 

Islamic Leader Attacks Sony, and Not Like You Think!

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286w ago - As many of you may have already heard (or heard and then fist clenched your pre-order receipt in utter fury) the release of LittleBigPlanet on PS3 has been delayed worldwide due to it containing references to the Qur'an, the central religious text of Islam.

The official word about the incident from Sony is as follows: "During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur'an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused."

Head scratching, knee-jerk reaction? We certainly thought so, and it seems that we're not alone. We recently received a phone call from Mr Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, and he was similarly mystified as to Sony's decision to go into LBP meltdown...

During the brief conversation Mr Trad related the following: "My son is doing Islamic studies over in Lebanon, he is a gamer, and he was very upset that the lines were being taken out. He said "why are we Muslims always overreacting?" He thought that it was perfectly...
 

Microsoft, This is How You Blow Your PS3 Lead in Japan

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286w ago - So Microsoft is doing pretty good in Japan. Not great, but good. Good enough to beat the PS3 last month. This is the Xbox 360 display at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara. Back in August, the Xbox 360 sold out in this very store.

If you've been to Akihabara, you know that this is a very large retailer. Lots of shoppers! So for Microsoft to sell out right here is a good sign, and it's great for the Xbox 360's reputation in Japan.

This demo set-up is not. Well, no, the set-up is fine, it's the upkeep. But just as Microsoft starts to gain ground in Japan, an old friend rears its ugly head...

Out of all the demo kiosk consoles Microsoft needs working in Japan... Doubt this will catastrophically affect Xbox 360 sales in Japan. Microsoft will most likely sell lots of consoles this holiday season. (So will will Nintendo and Sony. Everyone wins!)
 







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