In a recent memo, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities, Michael Pachter, has taken a look a the upcoming next-generation console wars, the vitality of the current generation, and rumored plans to fiddle with console prices as a sign that Sony might want to wait until 2007 to launch the PS3. Much of the theory hinges on how effective a drop in the price of the PS2 to $99 would be in offsetting the success of the Xbox 360 launch. If the sales of the Xbox 360 are somehow diminished by this price maneuvering, Sony may be wiser to hold of the release of its next-gen console until it has reaped the weakened Xbox’s benefits. However, if the Xbox does hit in a powerful way, Pachter recommends a retaliation in the form of the PS3 coming as quickly as Sony can manage it. Following this line of thinking, and although it may seem counterintuitive, fans interested in seeing the PS3 enter the market as soon as possible should hope for an extremely strong Xbox 360 launch.
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Although no official word has come from Sony in either direction, it has become clear that it will be possible for the next-generation Playstation to come packaged with a 2x Blu-ray drive rather than a 1x, as was previously expected. With the target release date of the PS3 being the spring of 2006, there may be plenty of time for Sony to integrate a 2x drive, which will become available in the late fall of this year. With Sony backing the Blu-ray over either the now-standard DVD (which Microsoft plans to use for Xbox 360) or the upcoming HD-DVD, it seems to fit their PS3 mantra to use the most cutting-edge technology at launch. In fact, it could be seen as a very weak move to release the PS3 with a 1x drive, when drives at least twice as fast will be available.
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Every year as games get older the prices drop, some even fall into the vendor determined, “Greatest Hits” category. Coming August 23rd, Sony will be adding 7 new games to this line up which will cost $19.99 each.
- ATV Offroad Fury 3
- Hot Shots Golf Fore
- Jak 3
- Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
- Sly 2: Band of Thieves
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
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Nintendo has announced plans for a Revolution-based press conference on August 17th. The 1-hour conference will take place on the opening day of Germany’s Leipzig Games Convention and will begin at 10:30 AM (Germany time). Since the conference is called “Expand the Definition of Gaming,” let’s all hope they expand the definition to include more information on their now-infamous secret Revolution controller.
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Microsoft’s attempt to fight software pirates was stopped in its tracks last time this validation tool was released. Now they claim to have fixed the vulnerability. I guess you can call this the Genuine Windows Validation Tool SP1. Let’s see how long it takes hackers to make this one obsolete. My guess is we’ll be hearing about a work around by week’s end.
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So, Apple announced the availability of their first two-button-esque mouse yesterday. While two button mice have been supported by the Mac OS for years, Apple itself has never released anything but the one button mouse they are notoriously known for. With the release of the Mighty Mouse, Apple has taken a step forward in computing in my opinion. The mouse has some great features, and is highly customizable - but it’s not without its shortcomings. We take a detailed look at the mouse that shocked the tech world in our review.
The rumor mill is at it again, this time from sources at Wal-Mart. The claim is that the Xbox 360 will sell for $299, with the games retailing for $59.99. They also say that the system will launch on November 4. This is a good and bad thing for all of us gamers. If the system ends up selling for $299, Microsoft will have a significant price advantage over Sony’s PS3 $399 price point. Now the downside is that the games would cost an extra $10 per game which is kind of rough considering many gamers are teens and kids without a source of income. Let us know what you think!
According to the website totalvideogames.com, anonymous sources at the nation’s largest retailer Wal-Mart are claiming that the Xbox 360 is slated to launch on November 4, 2005 for the price of $299.99. If true, that price point is what the majority of industry analysts were expecting from Microsoft.
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“iPod” and “baby” are two words usually used in this form, “My baby threw my iPod in the toilet,” or some variation of that. However, this clothing company is planning on changing that image. In an attempt to “iPodify” your baby, you can get these cute - and strange - onesies in 3 colors and 3 sizes. Now if only the click-wheel would pause crying until you get the bottle - that would be a great baby mod.
You can download this free plugin for Mail (Mac OSX 10.3 and up) which has some handy features in the ever challenging fight against spam. You can set it to check filenames and charsets for extra protection. Here are some updated features since the last update:
Added the ability to check for newer versions of JunkMatcher via the menu item Check for Application Updates under the JunkMatcher menu. Yon can also instruct JunkMatcher to check for application updates every time it starts in the Preferences window.
Re-matching emails by choosing “Apply Rules” from Mail.app will not update test statistics now.
Bug fixed: Now you can really see the Pattern Deltas when you use the Check for Pattern Updates function.
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The auction has ended. Who’s the lucky winner? A fan of reality shows? Well, it turns out that not even his momma bid. This poor, washed-up reality star put himself up for grabs for a stunningly expensive 400 pounds on eBay. Money raised was to be distributed to a local animal charity (aka his dog), but it seems as if none were too charitable in this embarrassing display.
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