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Sony: PlayStation 3 is Still in the Early Adopter Phase

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310w ago - The PlayStation 3 is "still in its early adopter phase", Sony has claimed, despite the console being out for over two years.

Speaking in an [Register or Login to view links] with Gamasutra, John Koller, director of hardware marketing at SCEA, said that the kind of person who was interested in the PS3 was "tech-oriented" and that for them, the console's main appeal was its "multi-functionality".

Sony's PS3 has come under fire from a number of analysts in recent months, many of whom have pointed towards its high price as explanation of its current third place sales position behind the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360.

Sony, for its part, has continued to resist calls for a price cut, pointing towards the PS3's high-value as a Blu-ray player and powerful games machine.

What do you think about Koller's comments on PS3? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
 

.hack Brings the World to Sony's PlayStation Portable

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310w ago - Siliconera writes: After two sagas of PlayStation 2 games Namco Bandai is taking the .hack series to the PSP with .hack//Link.

By the title and character art alone this looks like it's based on the manga of the same name.

One thing for sure is the characters are the same. However, the Famitsu photo is too blurry to make out any critical details about the gameplay or the developer.

Hey, maybe .hack//Link is CyberConnect2's [Register or Login to view links].

We'll find out for sure on Friday!
 

Video: CES 2009: Killzone 2 for PlayStation 3 Interview

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310w ago - Sony Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared news on a CES 2009: Killzone 2 interview with Hermen Hulst of developer Guerrilla Games today via PS Blog as follows:

By now, I'm sure you've seen some of the overwhelmingly positive impressions of Killzone 2 from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.

Shortly after his CES presentation, I tracked down Hermen Hulst, Managing Director and co-founder of KZ2 developer Guerrilla Games. We talked hit response physics, the unusual background of some of the KZ2 team, and that awesome video that was shown. Take a look:





Once again, Killzone 2 hits North American shores on February 27th. Preorder bonuses going on now.
 

PlayStation 2 Not Dead Yet, Still Playing Games and 50M Strong!

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310w ago - The Associated Press reports that Sony's PS2 console has just sold 50 million units in North America. To date, Sony still has total faith in the system and commented they do not plan to do away with it any time soon.

To quote: The Sony PlayStation 2 debuted in 2000, before the beginning of the Bush administration, when Google Inc. was still a private search startup and the iPod and Windows XP hadn't been born. Yet despite its age in a business obsessed with the new, the video game console remains a big seller today.

In fact, Sony Corp. announced Tuesday that it has sold 50 million PlayStation 2 units in North America.

Microsoft Corp., meanwhile, has already discontinued the original Xbox, which launched a year after Sony's PS2. According to the most recently available figures From The NPD Group, which tracks U.S. sales only, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft sold 14.5 million of those Xbox consoles.

Nintendo Co.'s GameCube, another PS2 competitor, sold 12 million units in the country. NPD puts U.S.-only sales of the PS2 through November at 43 million.
 

Sony Chart Reminds Gamers of the PlayStation 3's Offerings

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310w ago - An external SCEA PR rep has told Edge-Online why a chart (below) was released by Sony indicating that the PS3 was cheaper than Microsoft's XBox 360 and Nintendo's Wii console.

The rep noted that it was thought to be a good time to remind everyone of "our strong offerings".

To quote: An external SCEA PR rep From The agency Porter Novelli told us the company released the chart because they "thought it would be a good time just to remind everyone of our strong offerings," which automatically implies that they feel people have either forgotten about the PS3's inherent value or never seriously considered the PS3's value, due to the higher price tag.

It's highly likely that amidst this PS3 price-drop rumoring that Sony wanted to tell the core audience, "Hey, don't wait for a drop, it's a steal at $399, honest."

I'd argue that today PS3 is a fine value, on par with Xbox 360, particularly for gamers in 2009, when it appears that Sony's internal developers will really begin to bear fruit.

Nevertheless, I'm glad I'm not the one that has to figure out how to get that value message across to consumers.
 
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