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What Does the PlayStation 3 Have this Holiday Season?

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314w ago - One of the things I remember from this year's E3 is when Jack Tretton said that the year 2008 is the year where the PlayStation 3 will rise up to its competitiors. With the launching of the PlayStation Video Store this year, and LittleBigPlanet finally approaching by the end of the year, is 2008 really the year of the PlayStation 3?

The PlayStation 3 has lost a lot of third party exclusive games this year such as Devil May Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, Ace Combat 6, Tales of Vesperia, and Star Ocean 4, but this doesn't stop Sony from going. Even though Sony has lost the faith of its third party developers, they have big studios all around the world to bring you first party exclusive titles that we await this year, such as Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet.

Will these first party titles of Sony be enough to sustain the glory that the PlayStation brand once had? Will this year's Holiday titles be enough? With 111 days left before year 2009 kicks in, let's take a look of the exclusive games Sony has this fall:

NBA 09: The Inside
Release Date: 10/7/2008

For the first time on PS3, NBA 09 The Inside includes "The Life", providing fans with a completely unique and inside experience of life in the league. This year The life starts fresh, allowing players...
 

SCEA announce holiday season line-up, some corrections

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358w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced its 2007 holiday software line-up for PS3, PSP and PS2. The PS3 has 34 retail games and 13 downloadable titles. The PSP list includes two dozen games, and the PS2 has 27 titles. SCEA have listed Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 as releasing this year, when Midway has told its investors the game shouldn't arrive until 2008.

A Midway representative confirmed today that the company still expects Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 to be released next year. Also Capcom's Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the PSP appears on SCEA's lineup, but that game was officially delayed until January to avoid the crowded holiday release window.

A Capcom representative has since confirmed that Harvey Birdman is set for release on the PS2, PSP, and Wii on January 8.

SCEA's 2007 holiday line-up will include:

PLAYSTATION(R)3
First-Party:
THE EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM)
Heavenly Sword(TM)
NBA 08
Lair
Folklore(TM)
Ratchet & Clank(R) Future: Tools of Destruction(TM)
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune(TM)
Warhawk(TM)

Third-Party:
Call of Duty(R) 4: Modern Warfare(TM), Activision
Guitar Hero(TM) III: Legends of Rock, Activision
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, Activision
Jericho(TM),...
 

Nintendo Unveils its Incredible Lineup of Games for the Holidays and Beyond

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362w ago - Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) continue to appeal to every kind of consumer. As Nintendo's list of upcoming games demonstrates, Nintendo has a game or experience for everyone, no matter their taste, age or video game playing acumen. Wii games like Super Mario Galaxy(TM) anchor Nintendo's lineup for the holidays, as Wii adds games faster than any other system in this generation. For Nintendo DS, Flash Focus(TM): Vision Training in Minutes a Day and Master of Illusion(TM) again will make people think of video gaming in a whole new way.

"Because of Wii and Nintendo DS momentum, third-party publishers are supporting our systems like never before," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Their lineup of diverse games is testament to how we make the population of gamers a little bigger every day."

Major publishers worldwide are making games for Wii and Nintendo DS. Shoppers will find dozens of options through the holiday shopping season and into 2008. By the end of 2007, the library of Wii games is expected to grow to 140, not counting nearly 200 downloadable Virtual Console(TM) titles, while the Nintendo DS library should be nearly 450.

The following is a partial list of the upcoming games for Wii and Nintendo DS. Note that...
 

PR boss quits Sony before 'difficult holiday' says analyst

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367w ago - Karraker called the decision "very difficult" having been presented with a promotion closer to home in an industry he had previously worked in.

"I have enjoyed immensely my tenure at SCEA and think the company and its brands are very well positioned to have an exceptional holiday and a very bright future," he wrote in an email to the media. "I look forward to continuing to follow this industry as a gamer, rather than a spokesperson."

Analyst Michael Pachter called the outgoing public relations director a "steady contact in a volatile industry."

Karraker played a key role in helping Sony brave the public relation waters of a tumultuous PS3 launch year by making himself readily available to both traditional and new media outlets. It was a position that we called the toughest job in video games this past May.

"The other PR people at Sony are quite competent, but it would help to strengthen the team with someone as good as Dave to handle the schizophrenic press over the next 6 months," Pachter told us.

"I think Sony will have a difficult holiday with only a handful of exclusive games and a pricing disadvantage against Microsoft and Nintendo," he added. "But I expect things to get better in spring with the release of Grand Theft Auto 4, Gran Turismo 5, and Metal Gear Solid...
 

Sony to launch Wii alternative this holiday with white PS2

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368w ago - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or at least that appears to be the thinking (not to mention the timing) behind Sony's white PS2 as Nintendo's Wii continues to outsell the competition.

Sony announced on Wednesday plans for a limited edition Ceramic White PlayStation 2 bundled with SingStar Pop, two USB microphones, and a single white Dual-Shock controller. The bundle launches this November for $150.

Granted, Wii doesn't own the patent on the color white; that one belongs to Apple. And even though Wii similarities abound, the announcment shouldn't take anything away from the PS2. To date the system has sold an unprecedented 117 million worldwide, 44 million in North America alone. In fact, PS2 is still the second best selling console in the world some seven years after its initial release.
 
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