A brief discussion on the recent price drops and what it means for us, the gamers.
Price cuts, I love price cuts!
Recently Sony announced the new PS3 slim model priced at $299. A few weeks later Microsoft reduced the price of the XBox 360 elite to $299 as well. Both represent a $100 cut off their earlier prices. So who wins this round?
For Sony, a price cut was long overdue. They had third party game developers screaming for it and threatening to stop publishing PS3 games. Now the PS3 slim represents a great value, including a Blu-Ray player and internet browser with their game system which comes fully equipped with Wi-Fi built in. The new unit does not, however, include backwards compatibility with PS2 games. This is a bit of a problem due to the lack of quality exclusive titles for the system (I count about 4).
Microsoft, on the other hand, already had a $299 system, and this "price cut" really represents nothing more than a minor hardware upgrade (from a 60GB hard drive to 120GB). The 360 runs off of standard DVDs, but has Netflix streaming to back that up. It also has backwards compatibility but doesn't really need it. The elite unit still does not have Wi-Fi built in and Microsoft wants an absurd $99 (MSRP) for the add on. This is dumb considering you have to pay a subscription for XBox live and the online features of the system are what really keeps it ahead of the PS3 in my opinion.
Wouldn't it be great if Sony and Microsoft would exchange strategies on these units? Microsoft would pack in Wi-Fi and ditch backwards compatibility, whereas Sony would cut out the Wi-Fi chip and replace it with the PS2's emotion engine for full compatibility. What a wonderful world that would be, playing to both systems strengths. (The 360's online system and Sony's huge back catalog.) Oh well, it was a thought.
I'd have to say, that if you don't own either system, the PS3 represents a better value right now. The problem for me is that I already own a 360 and there's no reason to play a game available for both systems on the PS3, whereas on the 360 I get achievements. For most people, I think the choice will come down to "what system do most of your friends have?", for the simple reason of wanting to play online with them.
Let's hear your thoughts on these price cuts in the comments you bucnh of Jimmys!
The maker of Infamous and Sly Cooper officially joins the SCE family.
Straight from the "I thought they were already part of Sony" department comes the news that Sucker Punch Productions, makers of Playstation exclusives such as the inFAMOUS series and the Sly Cooper series, has now been acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide. They become the sixteenth studio in SCE's stable.
Brian Flemming of Sucker Punch says:
We’ve enjoyed an incredible relationship with Sony that has allowed us to combine our creative design capabilities with their guidance to make some of the best franchises to hit the PlayStation platforms. Equally important, the relationship with SCE has provided us the flexibility and trust to take creative risks and invent new properties. And best of all, we get to keep doing what we do — pushing ourselves to make more innovative games and more exciting experiences for PlayStation gamers!
While SCE officially says:
We’ve worked closely with Sucker Punch for more than 12 years, bringing fan favorites like Sly Cooper series and, of course, the inFAMOUS storyline to life on PlayStation platforms. On behalf of our executive team and Worldwide Studios, I’d like to take just a moment to welcome this immensely talented group of individuals to our team. I look forward to seeing what kind of gaming magic we can make happen in the months and years ahead!
Source: Official US Playstation blog
If someone didn't tell me it was fan-made, I would have thought Sony made it.
TreeFortProduction has uploaded a video that is amazing to say the least, called "Kids". It's a comercial for PS3 gaming involving children and teens being one with the game ; football player, soldier, person who can do flips etc. What makes the comercial so win is the fact that it looks like an official Sony comercial. The TreeFortProduction people did an outstanding job. check it out and leave a comment on what you think about it. Would you have thought of it to be fan-made?
Youtube account - http://www.youtube.com/user/TreeFortProduction
Director: Ben McCambridge
Producer: Jacob Kuehl
DP: Jeff Powers
Editor: Jacob Kuehl
VFX: Justin Winkler
We made jokes about the Capcops coming after the leaks, Sony is doing it for real.
Apparently a guy in Germany had the cops come in his house and take his gear. Sony is going all out to try and catch these hackers and they want you to know it's comming.
I'm glad to see that the people hacking the games and cheating are being targeted, but I'm not sure that it will work. There are different laws around the world so some people will find ways around it. Plus hackers can be pretty fucking sneaky, so this could cost Sony a decent chunk of money. Does it out weigh what they are losing because of the hacks?
Don't be a Jimmy let's hear you thoughts.
By: iorilamia Jun 3, 2011 | 15 Comments
The long awaited Welcome Back Program is here, a long with some FAQ.
A while back Sony announced we would get free stuff in the Welcome Back Program This was a bunch of stuff from PS Home, 2 free games for PS3 and PSP and 30 days free of PS+. Also, they have lame free movies for the weekend and tons of bonuses for PS+ people. This is good and all but there are CONSTANT errors going on within the Store, I don't think many people can get a hold of these games at the moment. Some people can't get inside the store, others booted out, some download the game but it isn't showing up and a few other problems that need to be kinked out.Read full story...
By: iorilamia Mar 16, 2011 | 4 Comments
Don't want to just buy PSN cards for points? Sony has promotions with Edge and Shick now for your DLC needs!
Killzone 3 has been doing a slurpee promotion, but now Killzone 3, Gran Turismo 5 and inFamous 2 are having a whole new set of awesome. Edge Shaving Gel and Shick Quatro products will have special attatchments to them. Purchasing these manly products gets you DLC for the game shown on it. The DLC are as follows :
- KILLZONE 3- Retro Map pack with 2 levels OR 3 unlock points to use on any gun/ability ( same as slurpee rewards). Maps are Salum Market and Blood Gracht
- GRAN TURISMO 5- A customized Chevy Camaro SS “Edge Special” for Gran Turismo 5
- inFAMOUS 2- Sniper blast, which will be a narrow AOE.
Buy some shaving gel and get a Sniper Blast, win win situation right? Leave a comment below on what you guys think of these promotions. I'm loving it, first it was getting bonus xp in Killzone 3 for buying a slurpee, now rewards for buying a new razor? ( which I NEEDED) Keep in mind that it isn't a rip-off, Killzone 3 map pack costs $5, some of this stuff costs about the same.
He says he got the yellow light of doom, but with PSN down I'm sure a few of you can enjoy this.
I suggest hitting mute as this guy is going to offend some of you possibly.
Desert Eagle tears the guts out of the PS3, but when he goes for an automatic you can tell he plays Call of Duty online.
As you may have seen in the news the past few weeks, PlayStation Network has been down. After some recent attacks on Sony's network, they shut everything down and built the system back up. Here is what users will get for the unfortunate wait...
"Welcome Back" Appreciation Program has been announced to make up for the PSN downtime. Upon PSN's return sometime this week, this is what the program gives us...
- Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon. (AWESOME! Could just be wallpapers though, will update when info comes in)
- All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service. ( YO AWESOME! I'm not a fan of ps+ but free is free! )
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service. (Never used it and not sure how good it is, but congratulations to you guys who do!)
And it doesnt stop there! More "Welcome Back" content will be released in the coming weeks. I do think the Welcome Back Program is pleasant. Even though you can't keep majority of the PS+ downlaods, free is cool. Also if Sony goes apeshit on PS+ deals and updates, people may like it enough to buy it afterwards ;) What do you guys think of this? Don't be a jimmy, leave a comment.
By: iorilamia Mar 9, 2011 | 8 Comments
Don't like waiting for emails when your Sony gaming product is on the fritz? New Customer service via Twitter is maybe what you needed.
Sony is stepping its customer service UP ! "Ask At Playstaion" http://twitter.com/AskPlayStation is a new way to get help on Sony gaming products. The Twitter times will be 9:30AM – 5:00PM PST Monday through Friday with real-time responses between 2PM – 5PM PST.
Real times reponses from 2-5 guys! Sometimes it is pretty hard finding an answer throught he self help center , having someone directly reply is epic. Hope this helps out you fellow PS users ;) Don't forget to follow !
Looks like Playstation Plus gets a head start
PS3 users with playstation plus will be able to save 150 megabytes to the Sony servers.
http://ps3.gamespy.com/articles/115/1154574p1.html from Gammespy
This is just another step forward for our current sytems and may be a preview of what to expect on the next generation. By itself this isn't that big of a deal, but it just shows how fast the companies are implementing new technology as it presents itself. What would you like to see make it on the systems next? We already have web browsing, netflix, and countless other things.
Don't be a Jimmy, let's hear some ideas.
The official feed from Sony, watch it here!
Check it out, leave some comments below on what's happening.
Could we take this as a good sign?
Giant Bomb has confirmed that developers have some access to PSN back. They can't create new accounts, but this is a start.
"As developers are able to bypass the login screen, shooters have been largely okay; those games connect to servers running independent of PSN. Games that access the friends list do not have the same option."
Hopefuly the rest of us will be back online soon enough.
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