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Thursday, 16 October 2008

TGS; Sony keynote wrap-up - speech videos

As usual there were a number of sites 'live-blogging' the TGS keynote speech from Sony. We didn't get a chance to do that this year, but since TGS finished we've been surprised at the lack of video coverage available.

So what better than featuring the entire keynote in four bite-able chunks courtesy of our friends at GameVideos?

Enjoy the keynote and tell us what you think of Sony's efforts in the comments...

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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Will digital distribution kill 'exclusivity'?

Whilst our friends at TheSixthAxis and sites like CVG speculate on whether Kojima-san will announce MGS5 at TGS 2009 for 'multiple platforms', we're standing back from the rumours and are offering you a debate instead.

Konami have been quoted as saying that they are not confirming MGS5 for the Xbox 360, but they are (unsurprisingly) looking at how to maximise their revenue by seeing if they could offer the next MGS game up as a multi-platform title.

The constraint on the X360 release of even the current MGS title is, of course, their reliance on DVD as their storage standard. BluRay offers the kind of space you need for a title like MGS 4 and 5, whereas DVD simply doesn't cut it.

So why bring the game out on disc-based media at all? In fact why bring any game after, say, 2010 out on a disc? By then, super-high-speed broadband will be fully adopted and hard disks will be even cheaper.

The other day, I even saw a 'terabyte laptop' available for sale at less than £1,000.

With Sony having had the foresight to allow customer upgradeable HDD units (mine is currently running 250Gb, but it could easily be a 1Tb drive by 2010), broadband and cable getting faster all the time, and successful P2P distribution models already running, digital distribution seems like the way forward (much to the chagrin of retail outlets like GAME and HMV).

Which begs the ultimate question; who needs 'exclusives' when the current unique selling point of the PS3 - BluRay - becomes obsolete?

Of course, there is one thing we're not mentioning. What the unique selling points of the PS3 going forward might be.

By 2010 we would expect that developers will start to really get to grips with the hardware and push out titles that look, feel and play heaps better than any other console or platform.

If that happens maybe the 'platform exclusive' is here to stay. If not, we don't really see why publishers and developers would put all their eggs in one basket once you take the storage and distribution element out of the equation.

Agree? Disagree? Your thoughts in the comments please...

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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Ubisoft acquisition brings movies and games closer together

Today, Ubisoft announced the acquisition of Hybride Technologies.

Hybride, based in Montreal, are an 80-strong team that provide special effects and film techniques used in such movies as 300 and Sin City.

Ubisoft will be working with their new team to share technology and develop new tools that will bring video games and visual effects closer than ever.

"This alliance is a true first for the industry. Ubisoft and Hybride share the same vision of entertainment convergence and a common passion for innovation and creativity.” - Yannis Mallat, CEO - Ubisoft Montreal

"It is the quality and innovation of our artists that made Hybride into one of the most successful studios in cinema and the most important visual effects producer on the North American East Coast. The sharing of technological and creative expertise between Ubisoft and Hybride will position the two companies at the head of the pack in an entertainment industry in rapid evolution." - Pierre Raymond, Founder and CEO - Hybride Technologies
As the divide between games and movies shortens, we expect to see more collaborations and acquisitions of this type over the next few years.

A video montage of Hybride and Ubisoft's projects is available at the UPlay site.

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Friday, 20 June 2008

100 million PS3 owners this generation

David Reeves, President of SCEE, has been outlining the direction of the PlayStation 3 in an keynote at the DevStation developer conference in London.

Reeves' prediction is that in this generation of consoles, the PS3 will ship 100 million units. As PS3 Attitude have said countless times, we think this is a completely achievable number.

The PS2, for example, shipped 117+ million units. With the PS3 having outsold the PS2 at the same point in time after release, it is not beyond reason to suggest that the PS3 could actually outsell it's predecessor.

“We see the future in the video games industry, certainly in terms of software sales, as continuing to grow – new markets, new demographics, and new games appealing to new sectors of the industry. And the key to the future is the PlayStation Network. Games put straight onto the PSN are the big opportunity.” - David Reeves, SCEE
During the conference, Reeves also spoke about non-games, Sony's rivals, the continued success of the PS2 and the PSP. You can read the entire piece at MCV.

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Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Phil Harrison is President of Atari-land.

We called this one out when Phil left Sony and now it's come true - Phil Harrison has joined Atari as their new President, looking after group publishing and game development.

Reporting directly to CEO David Gardner, Phil will be tasked with overseeing Atari's studios and help attract new internal and external developers.

Which means that a good percentage of the third-party developers Phil has connected with over the years in his role at SCEWW could well sign up to produce content for Atari over the next few months.

David Gardner recently went on record about Atari's plans for the future:

“We’re rebooting Atari. My vision is to bring the coin-op arcade back home through the web. To me that’s not just re-hashing the old games but it’s re-interpreting them for audiences today.”
Phil is now part of this vision, helping to build Atari's online gaming brand:

"This is the perfect time to join Infogrames and help shape the future of Atari - one of the industry's legendary brands. As the game business moves rapidly online I believe we have an outstanding opportunity to create amazing network game and community experiences for players the world over. I am especially excited to be working on this challenge together with David, one of the most respected leaders and successful executives in our industry."

PS3 Attitude wish Phil the very best in his new role. We look forward to seeing lots of great Atari-branded games appear on the PlayStation Network in the not-too-distant future.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

PS3 sells 10.5 million units worldwide

According to an article by the Associated Press, the PlayStation 3 has hit the 10.5 million sold mark.

By 'sold' we believe they mean that consumers have actually bought 10.5m PS3s since launch, not that Sony have shipped 10.5m to retailers.

Not only is this great news, it gives Sony a fighting chance of hitting their original target of 11 million units by the end of their financial year (March 31st).

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Thursday, 31 January 2008

Sony's gaming division goes back to black

Sony sold 4.9 million PS3s in the last quarter, helping generate a profit for the first time in a while.

Whilst Sony have adjusted their forecast down from 11 million to 9.5 million PS3 sales for the financial year, they have increased their projection of PSP sales from 10 million to 13 million units.

Sony's profits rose a whopping 25% for the quarter on the back of increased units sales and lower manufacturing costs, which is all good news in our books - and theirs.

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