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You'll get it when it's done

Sony officials have confirmed that the Playstation 3 will indeed make it out before the end of the year, but that's all the company will say. There's no word on the launch date, no word on pricing and no word on if they've decided to get rid of the boomerang controller.

At the 2006 Taipei Game Show, Sony was only able to muster up three mock-up PS3 consoles -- maybe Josh Robinson was on to something...

The PS3 will lag the Xbox 360 more in market share if Sony delays launch of the PS3 to the end of 2006, the sources said, noting that Microsoft predicted global shipments of its Xbox 360 will reach 4.5-5.5 million units by the end of June.

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RE: Who cares?
By Scorpion on 2/17/2006 12:22:20 PM , Rating: 2
Why is it the console manufacturers fault that the developers keep rehashing the same gamplay styles and genres over and over... Granted a creative new interface is sometimes a plus and may help stimulate things, but ultimately the blame resides in the hands of the game developers. Quit buying the umpteenth EA sports sequel game and maybe they'll think about being more creative...

All of the news I've seen does not bode well for the PS3, and I have a sinking feeling that this next console will be Nintendo's last offering...

RE: Who cares?
By MykC on 2/17/2006 12:48:04 PM , Rating: 2
While it may not directly be the manufactuers fault that, "developers keep rehashing the same gamplay styles and genres over and over..." A console is a tool. A new tool will allow you to build different things. The PS3 is simply a bigger version of an existing tool (looking purely at what it is expected to bring to the table for games). This is why a manufactuer may need to burden some of the responsiblilty of why developers are developing rehashing.

Granted though some gameplay elements are being restricted by the lack of power which the PS3 will provide more of, but all next gen consoles will be provideing more power.

RE: Who cares?
By fhornmikey on 2/17/2006 1:04:12 PM , Rating: 2
However not all game consoles will be offering the horsepower required for real world physics (Revolution, I'm looking at you!). Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about the Revolution and the things this new input method will provide for gaming, but really, Microsoft and Sony are competing for an entirely different market than Nintendo is.

Nintendo wants to bring videogaming to the masses, and I applaud them for their efforts, but it is very clear that they are not trying to compete with Sony and Microsoft.

Personally, I think the addition of real world physics will make a HUGE difference in games, so much so that most of us can't even really comprehend it. When in game cloth moves like real cloth, hair blows in the wind, dust particles are kicked up and drift based upon the flow of air in the current area, these are the things that will bring immersion in games to a new level.

RE: Who cares?
By MykC on 2/17/2006 2:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
We unfortanetly don't know exactly how powerful the PS3, Revolution and Xbox 360 will be in relation to each other. So, we don't know if the difference in power will make a noticable difference.

RE: Who cares?
By fhornmikey on 2/17/2006 3:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong... there is already more than enough information on all 3 systems to be able to determine a fairly accurate estimation of their capabilities.

RE: Who cares?
By Eris23007 on 2/17/2006 3:56:12 PM , Rating: 3
Wrong... there is already more than enough information on all 3 systems to be able to determine a fairly accurate estimation of their capabilities.

I disagree. In the PS3 and XB360 both, full performance is highly dependent upon efficient coding and the ability to fully take advantage of multiple CPU cores. Game developers have not yet developed code that is optimized for this type of environment (i.e. highly multithreaded). If they are able to make this transition, you might see an increase in realism. However, to this point, I have not seen it in any of the 360 games I've played. Yeah, the gfx are better, and yeah, the physics are a bit better, but they aren't anywhere near the kind of realism you've stated you desire.

Again, I'm not stating it can't be done (I would state that about few things), but I don't believe that anyone has a "fairly accurate estimation" of their capabilities at this point because their full capabilities are so dependent upon new & different approaches to game development.

RE: Who cares?
By Eris23007 on 2/17/2006 3:58:36 PM , Rating: 2
And furthermore, due to the differences in the cores between XB360 and PS3, I think it is VERY difficult to compare/constrast their capabilities. Who's to say that a cell, with one PPC execution plus numerous SPEs, will perform better than or worse than the XB360 with three similar PPC execution cores, whether you're evaluating physics, graphics, sound, etc.?

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
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