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Steinberg: Blu-ray Games to be the Biggest Games in the Industry

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332w ago - SCEA product marketing VP Scott Steinberg has said that Sony's "future-proofing" of the PS3 and its plans of a "roadmap" of firmware updates that will add functionality to the machine will make sure the console fulfills a 10-year lifecycle.

Steinberg believes Blu-ray gives the PS3 a significant competitive advantage. "Blu-ray is bigger, and Blu-ray games are going to be the biggest games in the industry" he said.

To quote: Sony would rather update a platform than introduce a new hardware iteration, Steinberg says. "We do not have a planned obsolescence strategy," he says, pointing pointing to the PSP as another example.

"Whether it's Skype or some other peripherals, it's not just a dumb terminal that lies secluded and isn't enhanced with all the recent technologies and opportunities."

Unsurprisingly, he also sees the Blu-ray Disc format as a significant competitive advantage. "Blu-ray is bigger, and Blu-ray games are going to be the biggest games in the industry," he says.

"I think that feeds into [gamers'] choices as well. ...I think there are a lot of great 'a-ha's that consumers are going to find with music, and the movie store. ...You buy it for a gaming machine, but it delivers on a value proposition."
 

Will LittleBigPlanet humilate the Xbox Live system?

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332w ago - Chris Stead of Gameplayer has tried to evaluate whether LittleBigPlanet has the ability to literally piss all over Xbox Live and it seems as if he thinks it certainly has the potential to do so.

Stead believes the game will challenge MS's views on user generated content and is the first wave of an onslaught of user-driven experience. He concludes "Indeed, if LittleBigPlanet fulfils its potential, appealing to mainstream and gamer alike, then it could very well force Microsoft's hand by humiliating the revered Xbox Live system."

To quote: As it stands, LittleBigPlanet is set to embarrass Xbox Live and really challenge Microsoft's views on user-generated content. The game has a tremendous amount of hype and having played it for hours now, that hype is certainly warranted.

It'll be a trendsetter for sure, and a host of LittleBigPlanet clones will surely appear down the track, all of which will seemingly need to head to the PS3. And LittleBigPlanet is just the first wave in an onslaught of user-driven experiences, including such big hitters as Guitar Hero: World Tour and Spore.

Indeed, if LittleBigPlanet fulfils its potential, appealing to mainstream and gamer alike, then it could very well force Microsoft's hand by humiliating the revered Xbox Live system.
 

Video: New LittleBigPlanet trailer available!

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332w ago - Amazon.com is apparently in cahoots with SCEA in pushing Sony's up and coming exclusive LittleBigPlanet.

Earlier today, Amazon posted a new exclusive trailer of the game, showing some new possibilities, including a really impressive monster character and some vehicle ideas.

LittleBigPlanet is due out for the holiday season this October.

Check out the trailer here:




 

Sony Launches LittleBigPlanet news site

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333w ago - Sony has launched a LittleBigPlanet news site (linked above) today. The site aims to keep us up to date with the latest LBP goodness, either direct from Media Molecule, Sony Computer Entertainment, or from the community.

Per SackBoy103: LittleBigWelcome!!!

Welcome to the new LittleBigPlanet News Site - your destination for anything LBP.

Our goal is to keep you up to date with the latest LBP goodness either direct from Media Molecule, Sony Computer Entertainment, or from you, the community. Since we revealed LittleBigPlanet at the 2007 Game Developers Conference, the team has been working hard - creating the game, touring to game events and conducting interviews with our favorite press - and as we reach the homestretch its time to make time for our fans.

Our LBP fans have made so many amazing tributes to LittleBigPlanet, and we'd like to share what we see and know with everyone. So stay tuned for categories like "LBP 101," "SackBoy in the news," "LittleBigChallenges" and much, much, more...

For now, the news site will keep you informed, educated and hopefully excited about our release in October, but eventually, our website will evolve into something much bigger and better to support our community of Players, Creators and Sharers.

Finally, this...
 

Rumor: LittleBigPlanet PS3 Exclusivity in doubt, coming to PC too?

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333w ago - A shop worker has sent around the following image and explains he got the following display boxes in at work for Little Big Planet on the PC which is pretty strange as it was thought to be a guranteed PS3 exclusive and probably still is.

This is most likely just an error or perhaps some clever image editing....

To quote: Little Big Planet on the PC? Bwah? Reader Jacob writes: "Got these display boxes in at work for Little Big Planet on the PC, How Very Queer!!!"

Pretty sure this is nothing more than a screw-up (not on Jacob's part, mind you!) and rather certain we'll only be seeing it on the PS3, but yeah, LBP on the PC would be pretty neat. That is, if you own a PC and are excited about LittleBigPlanet. If not, then oh well.
 
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