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PlayStation 3 Retail, Demo, and Debug Consoles - Oh My!

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299w ago - Many people have been wondering exactly what the differences are between Development and Retail PlayStation 3 Systems, and we figured now would be a great time to clarify these along with reporting some new findings.

Aside from the different hardware revisions of the PS3's motherboard, the systems are virtually the same as mentioned in previous posts. We have examined multiple PS3 TEST's, Retail PS3's, Demo Unit PS3's, and even Factory Mode PS3's, and found that there are no hardware differences between them at all.

Mind you, there are differences, but they are due to the hardware revision, not due to the systems themselves. To make that more clear, the units are identical to their counterparts of the same hardware revision.

So, the question is- what's the difference? Software!

We all know the difference is in the software, and after examining countless dumps from these systems, on top of flash dumps given to us by you, our loyal readers awhile back, here is some feedback.

We have found that on each system which carries the same PS3 Firmware, that the majority of the software is actually identical. That's right, the same hypervisor, and the same kernel too!
 

Earth to Sony: The PlayStation 3 Needs a Price Cut!

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299w ago - A short time ago Sony Computer Entertainment executive Ray Maguire was quoted in response to a question about a PlayStation 3 price cut.

"Well the pressure comes from the consumers obviously and so therefore there's always pressure on price," admitted Maguire, "but you know we have a business to run, and we have to make sure we're doing the right thing for the shareholders as well."

I am sorry, what? I know I am not a CPA, a high ranking business analyst, nor a senior executive at a multi-billion dollar company, but I can do basic math. Microsoft recently had some major price cuts on their hardware and has seen a big hardware surge in North America and especially Europe as a result. So let's break out some hypothetical numbers shall we?

Let's say Sony reduces the cost of their standard 80GB unit from $399 to $325, I know this is a big drop but work with me on this. Let's assume with this price change they are no longer making $75 per unit on the console, but in fact break even on it.

Again this is all me making up numbers, but bear with me. Let's assume that Sony...
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for November 7, 2008

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299w ago - Senior Manager Grace Chen of the PlayStation Store is back once again with this weekend's PSN video content update as follows:

Hi again! The weekend's here - time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PlayStation Network.

This week we've added new video content from the following television series:

• Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Season 1
• Intervention, Season 4
• It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 4
• Pushing Daisies, Season 2
• Smallville, Season 8
• Solty Rei, Season 1
• Squidbillies, Season 3
• The First 48, Season 7
• The Secret Saturdays, Season 1
• The Unit, Season 4

We've also added the following feature films:

• Action Jackson
• American Gigolo
• An American Rhapsody
• Bad News Bears (2005)
• Best Defense
• Blood Brothers
• Bonnie and Clyde
• Bringing Down The House
• Cannonball Run II
• Charlie Bartlett
• Chicago
• Dance with Me
• Dead Calm
• Déjà Vu
• Enemy of the State
• Falling Down
• Falling In Love
• Fame
• Fear Dot Com
• For Your Consideration
• Forced...
 

Will PlayStation 3 Become the Ultimate FPS Console?

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299w ago - So after weighing in on Resistance 2, it started to dawn on us: is this now the franchise to beat in the FPS genre? And with the impending Killzone 2, is the PlayStation 3 now home to the best FPS experiences on the planet?

Typically, Microsoft has been responsible for the best FPS experiences ever since the original Xbox launched way back in 2001 with Halo. Even multiplatform FPSs have been better on a Microsoft console, although we believe that trend will soon fade in this generation.

Earlier, developers simply didn't have a good handle on the PlayStation 3, but now, things are starting to come together and it appears it's Sony's machine that has the best to offer in the FPS genre. Xbox 360 loyalists will consistently turn to Halo 3, but although I am a big fan of that trilogy, the fact of the matter is that Resistance 2 is better.

Insomniac's initial effort, as good as it was, may not have been a "Halo killer," but the sequel most certainly is. Now, will there be a Halo 4? Even if there is, I will continue to give the edge to Resistance until I see something that changes my mind. After all, I was a little disappointed in Halo 3; clearly, that game was made more as a multiplayer attraction, and I didn't think much of the single-player campaign.

But R2 delivers big time in terms...
 

GoldenEye 007 PlayStation 3 Theme Available

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299w ago - Dedicated to one of my all-time FAVORITE games!

I can't remember how many times I completed this game on 00 Agent.

Includes:

• 8 Backgrounds
• 5 Custom Sounds from the game
• 2.5+ compatible

Download: GoldenEye 007 PS3 Theme
 
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