Sony is claiming that it has another trump card for its
PlayStation 3 when compared to the XBOX 360. Sony is committed to distributing
games digitally through its E-Distribution Initiative including
first-party games. "Our first party projects are all unique to PS3.
Some of our games, by virtue of their design and hardware demands, simply
couldn't work on Xbox 360," said SCEA Santa Monica director of external
production John Hight. Microsoft's XBOX Live Arcade, on the other hand, has
been mainly limited to third-party
efforts and classic titles.
Sony is looking to a digital distribution model for a wide
variety of games to help curtail inventory risk, game cost and piracy in the
gaming industry. In this essence, Sony envisions a system that sounds quite
similar to Valve's Steam. The move would also help to starve off used game
sales which Sony isn't too keen on in the first place. Gamasutra reports:
Hight confirmed that
Sony is firmly committed to developing games for digital distribution within
its own first-party studios - unlike Microsoft, which has focused mainly on
looking to third parties to supply games for Xbox Live Arcade. According to
Hight, Sony will "fund development for first party games, and we are open
to self-funded games."
Whether Microsoft will feel compelled to respond with its
own first-party efforts on XBOX Live Arcade remains a mystery. The boys in
Redmond will likely just sit back and see how Sony fares once the PS3 is
quote: i suspect the majority of people won't replace a thing.
quote: 15 to 25 hours to download one blu-ray quality game assuming the game sizes are around 30GB to 50GB
quote: by Fenixgoon on July 7, 2006 at 12:15 PM
same deal with the xbox - you can place a different HDD in there. plus, how many ps3/xbox owners will replace the hdd? many are enthusiasts who mod, but i suspect the majority of people won't replace a thing.
quote: The move would also help to starve off used game sales
quote: Do you guys pay to read dailytech?
quote: we are open to self-funded games
quote: by Xavian on July 8, 2006 at 3:04 PM
its pretty simple, if the PS3 breaks (and it will cause the playstations are not known for build quality), you lose all those nice games that were stored on the HDD, since the games are tied to THAT machine and not your new one, you cant simply take out the HDD and put it in the new PS3.
quote: The move would also help to starve off used game sales which Sony isn't too keen on in the first place.
quote: "Our first party projects are all unique to PS3. Some of our games, by virtue of their design and hardware demands, simply couldn't work on Xbox 360,"
quote: just do the same?
Maybe I am not following, but all this is is Sony saying "we have Live Arcade too.... but better because PS3 is better!"
They sound like 5 year old kids...
quote: What if your console fails? It's unlikely, but it is possible. There's no way to backup the copy, unless Sony lets you redownload lost items for free.
quote: Oh my god, are some of you guys still stuck on the "used game rumor". This was debunked a while ago yet some of you continue to talk about like its still an issue. Get over it Sony is not locking games to 1 perticular console.
Its hilarious how some of you are making elabrit comments on in issue that doesn't exist.