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PS3 A Pacific Crest analyst speculates that Sony will ship about one million PlayStation 3 units this fall in North America for launch. The analyst goes as far as saying that PS3 will likely be released in the U.S. on November 1st, in Japan over the summer, and in Europe early next year.

While this information isn’t official in any way, we feel it is a good indication of what’s to come. We doubt Sony is planning on launching the PS3 worldwide, as Microsoft did with its Xbox 360. As a result, Sony should hopefully be able to have a million units here at launch - almost three times as many 360s were available on November 22nd, 2005. Still, one million units wouldn’t be enough and we already are expecting PS3 to be the hot item come holiday 2006. So pre-order as many PS3s as soon as you can and prepare to sell extra consoles on eBay to make some landfall profits!


Read More | Kotaku

Gallery: Analyst: 1 Million PS3s This Fall


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PS3 Price

According to Chris Morris, of CNN/Money, we can expect the PS3 to retail for more than the Xbox 360 launched at. Another analyst, P.J. McNealy, suggested that the machine could actually retail for $700 USD. I highly doubt the machine will go for $700, but $500 doesn’t seem completely out of range. The PS3’s cost will be driven up due to the inclusion of a Blu-Ray drive. Of course there are plenty of consumers out there who would be willing to pay a premium for the PS3 since it will allow for high definition movies and gaming all in one box, unlike the Xbox 360. It’s all still up in the air though - but maybe we’ll know more by E3?


Read More | GameDaily

Gallery: PS3 To Retail For $500 Or More?


Xbox Live According to Bill Gates, that is. Here’s what the man recently said:

“We’ve got a lot of things that they don’t know that we’re doing, so we’ll keep them on edge a bit….We had to learn a lot with Xbox 1, and the decision to require broadband, to go with VoIP, but we learned a lot about wanting to put things into the operating system so you can chat even while you’re playing the games, it’s really a level of richness that the games are built on top of that we didn’t have that last time.

“We learned how to do that, we learned about contests and spectators, and so this is really a second generation of Live for us. It’s very based on software expertise, so it will be interesting to see what Sony does in that dimension.”

He added, “I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ll have a substantially higher share in this generation than we had last generation. It depends on our execution, it depends on Sony’s execution. This is a business we’re committed to, so we’re just going to keep doing our best.”

We’re excited as anyone about all of this. Personally, my favorite feature of the Xbox 360 may very well be its online integration. Being able to pull up your friends list whenever, check their accomplishments, and see what they’re up to at all times is pure bliss. Additionally, the Xbox Live Arcade has brought many treasures. Furthermore, on somewhat of a downer, he added that Halo 3 won’t nessicarily be released against PS3’s launch (as he had previously indicated) but when Bungie feels the game is ready.


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Gallery: Microsoft And Sony To Duke It Out Online


Blu-Ray Movies Four studios, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Fox Home Entertainment and Paramount, have just announced an initial wave of movies that will hit Sony’s Blu-Ray format this year. The titles announced include Hitch, Black Hawk Down, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and The Italian Job. We can’t wait to see how crisp these Blu-Ray titles look on an HDTV.

In summary, six movie studios are supporting the Blu-Ray format while three are backing Toshiba’s HD-DVD format. Sony, Lionsgate, and Fox are only supporting Blu-Ray. Additionally, the PS3 will have a Blu-Ray drive while an external HD-DVD drive for the Xbox 360 is scheduled to go on sale sometime this year.


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Gallery: Blu-Ray Movie Titles Announced


PS3 Bugs? According to the Inquirer, Sony’s upcoming home console won’t be ready for it’s expected March release date because it’s full of bugs. We haven’t expected the PS3 to launch in North America this Spring, although a Japanese launch within the time frame is fairly likely. Based upon the Inquirer story, the PlayStation 3 may not make it out quite so soon in Japan because bugs have been holding it up.

The Inquirer’s source, an anonymous industry employee, claims that based upon his experience with the machine, it isn’t close to being ready for release and neither are the PS3 games that are being developed. While this is some unfortunate news, it’s still a rumor. Stil, hopefully the supposed bugs will be fixed soon and the games in development will be finished up in time for a fall release. As The Inquirer writes, the cell may just be a little too powerful - but then again, didn’t we hear similar complaints early on about the PS2 hardware?


Read More | The Inquirer

Gallery: PS3 Will Be “Late and Full of Bugs”?


Unreal Tournament 2007

Yep, that’s right - according to the new issue of PlayStation Magazine, Unreal Tournament 2007 is scheduled to be a PS3 launch title. Sure, it may not be huge news (and the game certainly won’t be an exclusive) but it’s still better than no news right?


Read More | Gamespot

Gallery: Unreal Tournament 2007 Scheduled for PS3 Launch


Xbox 360 PS3 ComparisonMakes the Xbox 360 look a lot bigger, huh? And yes, the consoles are shown to scale - see the ethernet ports.


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Gallery: New Picture of the PS3 and Xbox 360 Side by Side


Playstation 3

Yeah you read that right. Based upon a Merrill Lynch analysis, Sony is going to lose one billion dollars on hardware sales in the first year of the PlayStation 3’s release. Based upon the analysis, each console will cost Sony about $500 to produce while it’s widely expected that the machine will retail for $399 - so that’s around a loss of about one Benjamen per machine. Oh and Microsoft? Supposedly the company’s loosing $126 on each machine sold. Ouch. Console manufacturers are willing to take these losses though because they expect to make up the loss, and produce profits, through software and accessories.


Read More | PS3 Focus

Gallery: Sony to Lose $1 Billion on PS3


Splinter Cell Interview

On Wednesday, IGN posted a detailed interview with Daniel Roy, the associate producer of the Xbox 360 version of the new Splinter Cell title. The interview is definitely worth checking out if you have any interest in the game. Heck, the interview’s worth checking out if you’re interested at all in next-gen videogames. It’s looking like Double Agent is going to represent a big leap for the Splinter Cell series. Of course, we’d only expect a leap seeing as the series is moving into the next generation.

Want proof of how much more advanced the new game is going to be?

IGN: Are you planning any major changes to the A.I. concerning stealth? There was a significant difference between Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory.

Daniel Roy: One of the major overhauls this time around is the enemy AI in a friendly environment, i.e., the terrorist HQ. Terrorists in the HQ don’t automatically pull out a gun and shoot you, now… They interact with Sam in a more complex way. Some of them will even join him on missions in cooperative mode, so that Sam can benefit from a partner on certain missions.

Oh and yeah, the game has the graphics thing going for it as well.


Read More | IGN

Gallery: Splinter Cell Double Agent Interview


Splinter Cell 4

The upcoming Splinter Cell title for next-gen consoles is looking pretty slick, don’t you think? The original Splinter Cell, released a few years ago, was arguably one of the best looking Xbox games. In fact, many gamers claim the series has the best graphics of any current-gen games.

It’s only natural that as we enter the next-gen, gamers everywhere are expecting the new Splinter Cell title, Double Agent, to be jaw-droppingly gorgeous when it’s released. As it currently stands, Double Agent is seen as one of the more visually appealing upcoming next-gen games, right beside Metal Gear Solid 4. Isn’t it interesting that the two games aren’t only extremely good looking, but are also stealth games? Sure, the Metal Gear Solid series may have a little more action while the Splinter Cell games have a bit more sneaking, but they sure are pretty similar. We have more images after the jump.

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Gallery: Splinter Cell Double Agent Screens


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