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Which Developer Can Save the PlayStation 3 Console?

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311w ago - For two game generations, Sony established itself as the industry leader: the popularity of the PSone carried over to the rampant success of the PS2.

Of course, many people expected a similar situation for the PS3, but the transition for the latest system hasn't been as seamless as people expected. While its best of times from the past two consoles hasn't lead to a worst of times now, Sony has committed a number of mistakes, such as a reversal on its backwards compatibility policy, a loss of system exclusive titles and a staunch refusal to counter price drops by competitors.

These stumbles have helped Microsoft strengthen its position as a rival in the HD gaming arena, and has also helped Nintendo reestablish itself as a major player to be reckoned with.

So what's Sony to do? While the company isn't even close to dire straights, it would rather be on top looking down than sitting at the bottom and looking up. Fortunately, there's still time for the company to assert its dominance and start to conquer its competition.

Below, we've outlined five companies that could help save Sony's standing in the gaming industry, as well as pointed out what games they could make for the gaming giant that could turn its position around. Think of it as a holiday gift from us to them.
 

How to Share Downloaded Content from the PlayStation Store

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311w ago - To share games downloaded from the PlayStation Store on up to 5 PS3 systems for most games and add-ons all you need to do is create a new user on your system and go to sign-up for PSN and use an existing account.

Just enter your friend's sign-in info then it should say "thank you for signing up" with their name. Then go to the PlayStation Store and click on downloads and just download what you like!

Once the download starts, you can sign off their name and it will continue to download once you sign back to your account. Enjoy!

On a related note, be sure to check PSN.PS3News.com for the latest PSN links. You can click on the column headings to sort by PSN Title, Date Added, Region and Type.
 

Speculation: Will the PlayStation 4 Have an Optical Disc Drive?

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311w ago - The revolution of the internet is in full swing, as is the drive on reducing our 'carbon footprint'. With Internet speeds continuing to increase, such things as downloadable movies and game demos for the current PS3 have become available.

If Sony decide to insist on all PS4 content being downloadable only it would remove the need for an optical disk drive. This would also remove the cap which games have due to the finite limit of data which can be stored on a disk.

No longer will games be confined to DVD or Blu-ray capacity disks, instead they can be of an almost infinite size. This exclusion of a drive will also reduce the overall price of the console, noise and power consumption.

With the removal of an optical drive the console no longer requires moving parts, Sony could get far more creative with the styling of the console. You could even have a weeble console, which wobbles, but just won't fall down!

This ability to download all content to our PS4's HDD would vastly reduce the effect on the environment as packaging is no longer needed, games are not required to be transported around the world in vehicles, and lets face it... it even saves us walking to the shops.

So what's your thinking on this then? I can see benefits, and drawbacks of having an optical...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of December 7, 2008

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312w ago - Sonic Unleashed. That's it. Though, if you're in Europe you won't even be getting your hands on that until next week.

Otherwise, Asia catches up with the rest of the world with Mirror's Edge. Hear that? That's the sound of your wallet breathing a sigh of relief. The end of year barrage of titles is over.

Here's the list in handy bullet point form:

US Games

• Sonic Unleashed

EU Games

• No new releases

Asian Games

• Mirror's Edge
• Wall-E

Release dates are constantly subject to change. Your PS3 will play import titles, so if you're a Euro Sonic fan go ahead and import it if you like. Keep in mind, though, that if there's any DLC in the future, you will have to grab it from the American PSN Store.
 

Five PlayStation 3 RPG Games Being Worked On Internally at Sony

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312w ago - Shuhei Yoshida finally answers the burning question on many, many, many hardcore gamers minds... Where are the RPG's?!

In a poorly translated Japanese interview from a recent Famitsu magazine, a good soul who visits the site has been able to piece together 3 things for us:

1 - Sony is disappointed in their Japanese business model at the moment
2 - Sony is working on 3rd party relations
3 - Sony is developing 5 RPG's internally for their fanbase

While we already knew 2 of those things we, or at least I, didn't know the last one... I remember seeing an incredible looking series of screenshots from the now defunct Gamesblow's Web site in which he said were Legend of Dragoon 2... they were absolutely mind blowing for an RPG.

I can only hope one of these is in fact LOD2. We also know Dark Cloud 3 is being worked on... but the other 3 seem like a mystery to me.

A direct, not entirely accurate reading, of the snippet:

FM - A strong interest here in Japan is in role playing or deep strategy based games, why has Sony not played to these strengths with the PS3?

Shuhei Yoshida - The inception of a console is one of trial and error. It is never one set path one takes to success and success should never come from an easy path. When...
 
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