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The State of Sony's PlayStation 3 Console in the New Year

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308w ago - For years, Sony's PlayStation 2 dominated the hearts, minds, and wallets of consumers everywhere. The competing Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube consoles struggled to stay visible in the shadow of its popularity.

Apart from that success, though, Sony's prominence as an electronics company had been [Register or Login to view links] in recent years. The PlayStation brand became its crown jewel.

But when the PS3 came out to compete with the Xbox 360, its steep price (due to the inclusion of a Blu-ray player, a feature many people didn't yet understand or want) and disasterous PR problems led to a much slower start than was expected. Post-launch, Sony failed to emphasize the console's biggest success – highly original indie and casual games available on the PlayStation Network service.

Such affordable and widely accessible games played a part in the PS2's success, but Sony instead persisted in a strategy to beat Microsoft at attracting hardcore gamers who like to compete online, despite the PS3's inferior social tools.

While the PS3 is [Register or Login to view links], you don't have to write it off completely. There are a handful of games available...
 

Sony's Outlook Good Despite Slower PlayStation 3 Console Sales

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308w ago - Recently The Wall Street Journal wrote an [Register or Login to view links] on the PlayStation 3, speaking of a growing disadvantage that the console would have on rivals.

According to them, sales of the PlayStation 3 would have fallen 19% in November with the same period last year, which is usually the most hectic for sales of the sector.

On the other hand, the Wii would have almost doubled sales compared to November last year and the Xbox 360 would have increased their numbers by 8%, ruling out the PlayStation 3 even more competition. The newspaper credited the figures known to the NPD Group.

The numbers would be so, then: 35 million Wiis, 22 million Xbox 360 and 17 million PS3. The situation does not seem best for Sony, to quote:

"A key factor behind the decline in sales may be the high price of the PS3. The $399, the most basic PS3 model costs at least $150 more than the Wii and the Xbox 360 less expensive.

The Sony emphasizes that the PS3 comes with a video player for Blu-ray high-definition and an HD of 80 Gb, but the price of Blu-ray players have dropped so much recently that it is possible to buy a Blu-ray player and an Xbox 360 for less than a PS3."

Since the Xbox...
 

PlayStation 3 Guide: Setting Up Remote Play Between PSP & PS3

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308w ago - Here is the third how-to guide, courtesy of Kristin Neirinckx (Associate Product Manager, SCEA) via PS Blog today:

Today is kind of a big deal because Remote Play is arguably one of the coolest features available on the PLAYSTATION 3... and my personal favorite.

This video will teach you how to set up Remote Play between your PS3 and PSP.

I love being able to show off all of my photos, movies and music saved on my PS3's hard drive on my PSP... and it's a feature completely unique to PlayStation. Enjoy!




 

PS360 Mod: Fitting an XBox 360 Into a PlayStation 3 Case

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308w ago - Well it finally happened, Microsoft's XBox 360 was fit into a PlayStation 3 case.

It's now up for sale on [Register or Login to view links] and currently the top bid is US $305.00.

To quote: You are viewing the first ever PS360! Now this is the only PS360 that has been made. I have not seen this any other place but this site, which I made. So therefore, I made the PS360!

It was hard, and I did it right after the Wii64 which is in the [Register or Login to view links].. and the cool thing is the PS360 is 100% working!

A step by step process for building the PS360 is outlined at the link above for those interested.
 

Resident Evil 5 Demo - PlayStation 3 vs XBox 360 Comparison

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308w ago - What follows is a comparison of the Biohazard 5 demos which were recently released for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

What you should keep in mind when viewing the pictures below is that, as of the publishing of this article, the game still has three months of development time and any of the things you see below could very well be changed by the time the game is released.

Another thing you should note is that I took these shots through component video output on both consoles. Its common knowledge that the Xbox 360 has a sharper output that the PlayStation 3.

As with most multi-platform releases, it's standard practice for different platforms to be on different build releases as they are created. So while these two demos were released just a few weeks apart, it's very likely that one of them is using old assets and code, which may help explain some of the differences.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that you aren't viewing these screenshots in an uncompressed format, however the same compression levels were used for each version.

We'll start by running through the Shanty Town stage. When I first began comparing the images I had captured against each other, I was immediately struck by the color timing differences. T

he Xbox 360 version seems to...
 
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