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Sony Didn't Intend the PlayStation 3 to Succeed as a Console

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301w ago - Everyone was probably glad to know that the PS3 managed to sell more than a 150k during November. And while many Sony fans would see the glass half full, analysts and skeptics would see the glass half-empty, considering that the PS3 and PS2 combined didn't come close to the Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii's numbers.

However, selling a console during this generation wasn't Sony's priority for the PS3 to begin with. Good numbers or not, Sony already accomplished what they wanted from their third-generation console.

It all started back in E3 2005 with an article on IGN comparing Sony's and Microsoft's console specs. A lot of people are going to say "But the specs have changed since then."

However, it's not the specs that gave away the PS3's general purpose, it was the intention of the specs. The one comment that stands out above them all in the article is the one that pinpoints what the PS3 has displayed in realtime gameplay (at present) and for what Sony was really using the PS3 for, as the comments states:

"Sony's CPU is ideal for an environment where 12.5% of the work is general-purpose computing and 87.5% of the work is DSP calculations. That sort of mix makes sense for video playback or networked waveform analysis, but...
 

Review of Sony's PlayStation Home for the PlayStation 3 Console

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301w ago - To start off, I would like to say that overall I like PlayStation Home for PS3, but I did find quite a few gripes about the overall scheme of things.

The Problems:
The biggest problem I have is the Hard Drive space it uses. When I first downloaded it and saw the "77MB" Download, I was relieved to find out that it only used a small amount of space. Not true, after downloading it asks you to "Dedicate 3 GB of storage to home".

I didn't have a problem with this so much, but to my surprise almost immediately when you start it uses a good chuck of that space. So I strongly wouldn't recommend this to anyone with a 20GB Hard Drive, and would be against it with a 40GB one.

The other problems I have with Home are minor, but still annoying. One of them being because you're slower then a slug moving at top speed.

The next being that things cost real money (Not that big of deal). And that you can't play a arcade game someone else is using.

The Good Stuff:
With the release of Home, Sony gave us a awesome games room. You can play some Echochrome level's for free. As well as my personal favorite where you fly around in a flying saucer (Saucer pop). Other worth while games are... Chess, Ice Breaker (More commonly known as Brick Break), Bowling, and Pool.
 

PlayStation Home Beta Update for December 12, 2008

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301w ago - The PlayStation Home Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold, shared the following brief update today via PS Blog:

We are aware that some people may be experiencing difficulty in accessing the PlayStation Home beta at present.

This is due to overwhelming demand for the service as people access Home for the very first time since it became Open Beta and appeared on the XMB.

While we prepare solutions to ease the problem, you may continue to experience difficulties accessing Home.

We kindly ask for your patience as we work to meet the incredible demand for this revolutionary service.
 

Video: Heavy Rain In-Depth PlayStation 3 Developer Interview

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301w ago - GameTrailers have made available an in-depth interview with PlayStation 3 title Heavy Rain's writer and director David Cage today.

The video's caption reads:

"This adult-oriented game is all about a story you can't get out of your head."

The video is available below...

Enjoy!




 

SuperCar Challenge Announced Exclusively for PlayStation 3

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301w ago - System 3 and Eutechnyx have announced that they are developing SuperCar Challenge exclusively for the PlayStation 3, and that it will hit in spring 2009.

The game is a successor to this year's Ferrari Challenge and will feature 40 vehicles (including Ferrari FXX & 430, McLaren F1, Aston Martin DB9, Lamborghini Murcielago) and will also feature a more involved career mode.

To quote: System 3 and Eutechnyx are at work on SuperCar Challenge, a successor to this year's Ferrari Challenge that's to come exclusively to the PlayStation 3 next spring.

Key features are the inclusion of a wide breadth of supercars, in a response to criticisms of Ferrari Challenge's single minded focus on the Scuderia, and the introduction of a more involved career mode.

Ferrari Challenge received a favorable 8.3 upon review earlier this year - for more information on the follow-up, check out our exclusive hands-on.
 
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