More PS3 Details Emerge

In what has already been a very busy day for Playstation 3 enthusiasts everywhere, a few more details have been announced regarding this prestigious machine from SCE’s president Ken Kutaragi besides the November launch date. Among other things, the first official pricing details have been talked about declaring that the PS3 will be no less than 50,000.00 JP YEN, which converts to roughly $425 USD. If this is true, the core PS3 will cost more than the Premium Xbox 360 at launch, and there’s even a possibility that this value is a little on the low side.

As previously mentioned, the 60GB HDD will support Linux much like Playstation 2. The hard drive will be upgradable (for a fee, of course) and it can even act as a wireless access point for the PSP. Not only can it be used as a Location Free Player so you can watch your favorite shows from anywhere in your house, but it’s looking like files can be stored on the hard drive and also streamed. Once the PSP receives its Macromedia Flash Player update, it might be possible to play these games directly off of the PS3.

While the delay was caused mostly due to the Blu-ray copy protection issues, Kutaragi also noted that the PS3 will support the most recent HDMI connections, which will allow for higher frame rates and sharper colors. Fortunately, it will be compatible with all types of TVs, not just HDTVs, so gamers who are already going to suffer from its hefty price tag don’t have too much to worry about.

Sony’s answer to Xbox Live is the ‘Playstation Network Platform’, which will provide the basic essentials that any online service should have. Sony Online Entertainment and Gamespy will work together to make this available, and while the basic service will be free there are still plenty of opportunities for you to spend some cash. Shops within each game might even be setup where people can purchase online content with actual money, but hopefully Sony will deliver free demos for games as well.

Sony plan’s on replenishing the market with 1 million PS3s each month with a total of 6 million units by the end of March worldwide (sound familiar?), and if they can actually manage to live up to these numbers the shortages shouldn’t be horrible. Still, not all of these console will be released in the US on launch day, and like any other launch spanning over three continents, you can expect to see fights breaking out at storefronts and outrageous prices on eBay. Although it seems like a long time to wait, it won’t be long before PS3 owners will be entering the 4th dimension!
In what has already been a very busy day for Playstation 3 enthusiasts everywhere, a few more details have been announced regarding this prestigious machine from SCE’s president Ken Kutaragi besides the November launch date. Among other things, the first official pricing details have been talked about declaring that the PS3 will be no less than 50,000.00 JP YEN, which converts to roughly $425 USD. If this is true, the core PS3 will cost more than the Premium Xbox 360 at launch, and there’s even a possibility that this value is a little on the low side.

As previously mentioned, the 60GB HDD will support Linux much like Playstation 2. The hard drive will be upgradable (for a fee, of course) and it can even act as a wireless access point for the PSP. Not only can it be used as a Location Free Player so you can watch your favorite shows from anywhere in your house, but it’s looking like files can be stored on the hard drive and also streamed. Once the PSP receives its Macromedia Flash Player update, it might be possible to play these games directly off of the PS3.

While the delay was caused mostly due to the Blu-ray copy protection issues, Kutaragi also noted that the PS3 will support the most recent HDMI connections, which will allow for higher frame rates and sharper colors. Fortunately, it will be compatible with all types of TVs, not just HDTVs, so gamers who are already going to suffer from its hefty price tag don’t have too much to worry about.

Sony’s answer to Xbox Live is the ‘Playstation Network Platform’, which will provide the basic essentials that any online service should have. Sony Online Entertainment and Gamespy will work together to make this available, and while the basic service will be free there are still plenty of opportunities for you to spend some cash. Shops within each game might even be setup where people can purchase online content with actual money, but hopefully Sony will deliver free demos for games as well.

Sony plan’s on replenishing the market with 1 million PS3s each month with a total of 6 million units by the end of March worldwide (sound familiar?), and if they can actually manage to live up to these numbers the shortages shouldn’t be horrible. Still, not all of these console will be released in the US on launch day, and like any other launch spanning over three continents, you can expect to see fights breaking out at storefronts and outrageous prices on eBay. Although it seems like a long time to wait, it won’t be long before PS3 owners will be entering the 4th dimension!

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