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Musler: PS3 will catch up to, if not surpass, 360

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376w ago - PS2 could remain viable through 2009

Sega's director of artists and repertoire agrees with analysts who think that the PS3 is going to catch up to, if not surpass, the Xbox 360.

It isn't just the recent PS3 price cuts which will certainly help bridge the gap, but the availability of big titles, Noah Musler told GamesIndustry.biz.
"Microsoft has done a good job of closing the gap between the platforms. I don't think they are in the situation they were in with the PS2 and Xbox 1, but it is still too soon to say," Musler remarked.

He notes that analysts think the PS2 could remain viable through 2009.
Having a variety of PS3 prices for consumers is certainly not going to hurt the PS3. "I think it has still got a little bit of time to grow," he said.
"Fortunately, there are a lot of videogame consumers out there, and the market continues to grow.

"People want to play games, and the games keep getting better. The development community is really driving that by making great product."
 

PS3 outsells Wii thanks to must-have game (in Japan)

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376w ago - In news that Sony executives have been praying nightly for, the PS3 outsold the Wii in Japan from Nov 5th-11th. Even better for the beleaguered console, it wasn't the result of price cuts or satanic rituals, but an honest to goodness game people wanted to play.

Shin Sangoku Musou 5 isn't a bunch of words you'll have seen before (unless a cat jumps on your keyboard), but you may know it as Dynasty Warriors and its popularity is credited by Kotaku with helping the PS3 shift units.

Sony can't take all the responsibility for this success - and they know it. Even CEO Howard Stringer admits that a big part of the victory is the minor detail that Nintendo still can't build consoles as fast as people buy them - as reported by the Associated Press - so it would be premature to claim the PS3 is making a comeback.

Still, it's encouraging news for all those fans of the Blu-ray box, and gives hope that their favoured console can gain a secure foothold in the an important market.

While the Dynasty Warriors series isn't popular enough in the west to spur a similar sales improvement, it seems the recent price cut is doing just fine with console sales doubling in the following weeks (reported by Reuters). Of course, it's very easy to throw around words like double and triple...
 

PS3 Firmware 2.01 = Assassins Creed fix?

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376w ago - With the release of Assassins Creed marred by tasteless Jade Raymond jokes, glitches, freezing and a "white screen of death" , PS3 and Xbox 360 owners are up in arms. It has been noted that many of those who have encountered issues are using the 2.0 firmware, causing many users to hold off on the current update. As of now, Ubisoft Official Forum managers are urging its forum give them as much information as possible so that these problems may be resolved. Within the very same time-frame, the official Playstation Blog has let word out that a 2.01 update is on the horizon.

A 2.01 update so soon after the big 2.0 seems rather strange. The only detail mentioned in the blog post is that the coming update will be "a minor update that will improve the stability of PLAYSTATION 3." The key word definitely being stability. This is why, I am of the opinion that this coming update directly addresses the technical issues with Assassins Creed, similar to the updates that did some tweaking on Warhawk and Lair. Hopefully this will get resolved quickly cause my pre-order just shipped.
 

Assassin's Creed For PS3 Seeing Lock Ups,

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376w ago - Irate PlayStation 3 owners are reporting a host of technical problems with their copies of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, writing of frame rate problems, screen tearing, geometry clipping and game-stopping lock ups on the official game forums.

Most reports from those affected by "white screens of death" are writing that they're using firmware 2.0, specifying so at the request of official Ubisoft forum managers. In addition to a thread dedicated to the PS3's freezing issues, a consolidated bug/glitch thread is currently receiving plenty of responses.

Similar postings have appeared on the official PlayStation 3 and Gamespot forums, with a few Kotaku tipsters warning us of the game's graphical and loading glitches. We're waiting to hear further information from Ubisoft, but would urge caution and research for potential Assassin's Creed buyers.
 

All 58 Rock Band songs revealed... setlist of soundtracks including videos!

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376w ago - The official Rock Band website has finally revealed the last secret songs out of the 58 songs total in Rock Band. We're adding gameplay and music videos for each of these songs, so you can see the complete setlist of soundtracks included in the game. It will first launch in America on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 20th, 2007, with the PlayStation 2 version arriving a little later on December 18, 2007. For the other dates, check the worldwide Rock Band releases page.

Rock Band allows gamers to perform music from the world's biggest rock artists with their friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone peripherals, in addition to offering online connectivity. Built on deals with the world's biggest record labels and music publishers, the music featured in Rock Band spans all genres of rock and include many of the master recordings from the biggest songs and artists of all time.

The below list is ordered by song title and followed by band name, with cover versions marked with an asterisk*, songs not marked are master tracks. You'll notice the two link to a video of the song itself or the song being played in Rock Band (depending on availability), each video will pop up in a new window for you to watch when you click on the link. Here's the list including videos for...
 
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