When Sony and Microsoft first went head to head with the consoles XBox and PS2 we found ourselves in the corner of XBox. Having played both consoles and enjoyed the extra features included with each one, XBox featured gameplay and graphics that were hands down better than PS2. Add the fact that XBox has the highly treasured Halo title and the final push for Microsoft was an easy one.
However, it now looks like the two companies are ready to go head to head one more time and, this time, we are looking to step into Sony's corner.
Playstation 3 Updates
We have been geeked on Playstation 3 ever since we heard that the console was rocking bluetooth technology and a Blu-ray DVD player. Because of the player included with the console, PS3 will be one of the first devices that can output a signal in 1080p (more on 1080p); yay!
The only issues consumers have been having with PS3-- and Blu-ray for that matter -- is the ever constant delays, rumors of bugs and the lack of any detailed information on the consoles release to the states; the console will have a worldwide launch in November of this year.
Therefore we were overjoyed to see the latest PS3 update report over at joystiq.
More as we get it... Update 16--the wrap-up: The PS3 will launch "in early November 2006 in Japan, North America and Europe simultaneously." Incorporating the final specifications of the Blu-ray format will enable "playback of BD software at a high bit rate," with "a maximum storage capacity of 50 GB (dual layer) and robust security." The PS3 will be compatible with all kinds of TVs and a high-speed broadband connection. Update 19 (via 1UP's updated page): DRM was what delayed the launch, but the system will come with a 60GB HDD preinstalled before 11/11/06.
Updates 4 & 5: IGN confirms PS3 worldwide launch in November for "the North American, Asian, and European territories." In addition, Sony will release "one million units per month [after launch; sorry for any confusion this may have caused] with a total of six million units in 2006 alone. Production numbers are higher for PS1 and PS2 in their initial years." Update 18: The 6M unit total will "be produced in Fiscal Year 2006 (through March 2007)."
Update 10: Ken says that "all PlayStation 3 games will ship on Blu-ray [only!] to help prevent piracy," and that "initial BD-ROM production [is expected] to reach 2.5 million in Japan and Europe and 5 million in the US."
Update 20: While an exact price was not released, GamersReports claims that a minimum price range was announced, which was nothing "less than 50,000.00 JP YEN" (or "$425.607 USD"). Perform your own up-to-the-minute currency conversion here. Unless the PS3's cheaper in the U.S., that means that the HDD-bundled Xbox 360 will remain cheaper than the PS3 in the States even without a price drop.
We at CanMag are pretty stoked on the release of PS3, even if the number one reason (for now) is still the Blu-ray player. We earlier predicted that the PS3 would cost somewhere near $600 to purchase off retailer shelves. Even though the update claims that the price could be in the low $400's, don't get your hopes up. Though the price may seem steep, by the time PS3 is released the cheapest Blu-ray player is likely to be around $800; making the PS3 a steal.
As long as Playstation 3 allows me to curse at small children across their multiplayer network I am in.
Check out all the updates on Playstation 3 and PSP over at joystiq.