Goodbye Sony PlayStation Portable - We Barely Knew You

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276w ago - Whatever happened to the PSP? The device that Sony once touted as "the Walkman for the 21st century" is fast disappearing from popular consciousness, and if you believe the rumors circulating just three-and-a-half years after its launch, it's up for a major rethink in 2009.

Over the crucial month of November, the Nintendo DS shifted a jaw-dropping 1.5 million units in the US alone (up 20% from last year) while the PSP languished, managing just 421,000 sales - actually down 27%, in what was in general a tremendously strong month for video games.

Even the software support is eroding. Despite the PSP's healthy install base of around 13 million consumers, only six 2008 PSP releases scored better than 80% on review aggregating site gamerankings.com, compared with 16 on the DS.

There's a good reason for that: nobody's making PSP games, because outside of one or two hits like this year's Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, nobody's buying them. That's only going to worsen when the superheavyweight Grand Theft Auto series (previously exclusive to the PSP on handhelds) releases its first DS title early next year.

In a lot of ways, it's a shame. The PSP is a far more capable hardware platform than the DS. It's a phone, a portable music player, a pocket-sized movie device, a mobile Web browser,...
 

PlayStation 3 Guide: Importing Music CDs, Creating Audio Playlists

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276w ago - SCEA's Associate Product Manager Kristin Neirinckx has shared the second how-to today via PS Blog as follows:

I'm sure your friends and family members were seriously impressed with your photo slideshow skills you learned on Friday. Similar to that, today we will learn how to import a CD and create a playlist using your favorite music.

It's a little special today because we have two videos instead of one. So now you will be ready in case you want to put together a mix for your New Year's Eve party or create a soundtrack for your photo slideshow. Have fun!

PS3 How To: Importing a CD




PS3 How To: Creating an Audio Playlist



 

Hope Fades for the PlayStation 3 as a Comeback Player

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276w ago - Here we go again... the Wall Street Journal aren't feeling too good about the possibility of the PlayStation 3 console's success.

In their latest article (linked above) they doubt it will come back and assert that the PS3 is sagging, while the XBox 360 and Wii are widening their leads.

They pick up on a number of factors including the PS3's price and lack of 'attractive' and exclusive titles.

To quote: With Stringer saying, 'We will be profitable,' you can't cut price," says Michael Pachter, a research analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles. He expects Sony to cut prices at the start of its new fiscal year in April, which could help boost sales.

Sony also is suffering from a lack of attractive titles that are exclusive to the PS3. Microsoft has hit the jackpot with two action-adventure game franchises, Halo and Gears of War, which are available only on the Xbox 360. Most of Nintendo's top games are Made in house and playable only on the Wii.

Sony used to have a stable of exclusive games. But in recent years, Microsoft has persuaded most game publishers to release highly anticipated games to it and Sony at the same time.

Last month, four of the five best-selling U.S. games were exclusive to either the Wii or Xbox 360, according to...
 

Video: Retro PlayStation Console Commercial

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276w ago - Remember when PlayStation had the best advertisement? (well they do now but there isn't much to compete against). Well I sure do. Below is a video to probably the BEST advertisement Sony has ever come up with.

My question to Sony is, what happened? They use to make commercials that moved consoles. Now they just have some that say stuff like; "We have more power!" or "We are the best!" I think if Sony brings back a few more commercials with the S.A.P.S. They will move a few more consoles. Heck this made me want to buy a PlayStation even though I have a PlayStation 3.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the video.




 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of December 28, 2008

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276w ago - What exactly were you expecting? It's new year's week, which means no games. Are you really done playing through all the great games that came out over the last four months? :P

Always one to buck the trend, Europe has a game coming out that we've never heard of, so if you're really desperate that might be an option. Here's the list:

US Games
• No new releases

EU Games
• Hei$t

Asian Games
• No new releases

All release dates are subject to change, so keep checking Web sites and calling your local retailers. Don't worry, they told us they don't mind.
 







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