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Sony CEO States PS3 Manufacturing Costs Reduced By 70%

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268w ago - The CEO and executive VP has revealed that the manufacturing costs of the PS3 have dropped by a massive 70 percent.

The revelation came during an overseas investors following Sony's Q1 2009 financials.

To quote: During a conference call for overseas investors following Sony's Q1 09 financials, Nobuyuki Oneda Sony Corp's CEO and Executive Vice President has revealed that manufacturing costs of the PlayStation3 have dropped by 70%.

"The cost reduction since we introduced the PS3 is very substantial and this is on schedule," Oneda-san replied when asked about manufacturing costs.

"We don't disclose how much of the PS3, specifically the cost deduction was achieved during the past two years. But that is on schedule."
 

Square Enix States Star Ocean PS3 GameFly Listing is an Error

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268w ago - Two days ago a GameFly listing gave hope to PlayStation 3 console owners that Star Ocean: The Last Hope may be coming to PS3.

Since then, Square Enix reps have now confirmed that the retailer listing was made in error.

To quote: Sqaure Enix reps told Kotaku "We cannot comment on a PS3 release at this time." However, they went on to say that the listing on Gamefly.com was "an error and had been taken down from their site."

Well, not completely taken down. While searching for the PlayStation 3 release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope doesn't return anything but the Xbox 360 version, Gamefly still has the title in its data base.

We'll chalk that up to either a technical limitation or a preference to not have to upload the listing again should an announcement of a PS3 port be coming soon.
 

Analyst States Sony is Ripping Off Consumers with PSP Go

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275w ago - Here we go again.. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter stated in a recent episode of [Register or Login to view links] that Sony's newly announced PSP Go console is priced too high.

To quote: Pachter matter of factly states, "$249 is too much. Period." He goes on to say that while the handheld is priced to compete with Apple's $229 8GB iPod Touch, it doesn't deliver the iTunes App Store or downloadable music from iTunes (as conveniently, at least, as the iPod Touch).

Furthermore, he posits the $250 price of the PSP Go is vastly overinflated considering its contents, claiming it costs Sony less to build and ship the PSP Go than the PSP-3000 model, "The $169 PSP-3000 is a profitable device - the disc assembly, for a UMD, costs more than 16 gigs of flash does. So this new device doesn't cost them as much as the PSP-3000 and they jack the price up $80?"

When Keighley presses Pachter as to whether Sony is "ripping off" the consumer or not, he answers, "They're rippin' off the consumer ... they're making a lot more money on the PSP Go than the PSP-3000."
 

Nintendo DSi Launches on April 5, 2009 in the United States

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291w ago - Nintendo has confirmed that the new DSi will launch in North America on April 5th, 2009. The price of the system will be $169.99, and it will be available in blue and black colors at launch.

Press Release: Nintendo DSi Launches April 5 in the United States

New Portable System Offers Customized Gaming Experiences

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo pioneered hand-held entertainment in the '80s and made it fully mobile with the Game Boy™ video game system.

Now, Nintendo is transforming the way people access, experience, create and share content with the new Nintendo DSi™ system, the third iteration of the world's best-selling portable video game system. Nintendo DSi launches in the United States on April 5, 2009, at an MSRP of $169.99. The colors available at launch will be Blue and Black.

"Ever since the arrival of the first Game Boy, consumers worldwide have turned to Nintendo for their portable gaming," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Nintendo DSi builds on Nintendo's commitment to bringing fun and creative entertainment to everyone, and will allow consumers to personalize and share their very own experiences."

Some features that will be built into the system and...
 

Gamer States Sony Discriminates with the Word 'Gay' from Home

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298w ago - A gamer believes Sony is discriminating as they have banned words such as gay, lesbian, and bisexual from names of clubs or in postings in club forums as part of PlayStation Home.

To quote: Michael Marsh, an 18-year-old gamer from Norwalk, Conn., wanted to set up a gay/straight alliance club in PlayStation Home, Sony's new free 3-D virtual world component for the PlayStation 3.

The problem was that the words he was using - "gay," "lesbian" and "bisexual" - were being filtered from text chats and were not being allowed in the naming of clubs or in postings in club forums.

Marsh, who is straight but supports gay rights, said he raised the issue with Home community managers during the private beta test, but the problems persisted after the public beta introduction of Home on Dec. 11.

"I can understand if they're filtering out profanity, but if feel like it's discrimination," Marsh said. "By blocking a word like 'gay,' which is a preferred term by the gay community, you're encouraging it as a bad word."
 
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