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Though 2009 might have been a bumper year for the PS3, things were not so rosy over in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Home to one of the world’s largest gaming markets, gaming sales in Japan shrunk by a massive 6.9% compared to the year-on-year sales of 2008.
With all this talk of PS4 and Sony’s cloud technology, it’s good to see that at least one studio reckons there’s life left in the old PS3.
Over the last two months, a number of people working at the Foster City First Party Quality Assurance have known they are living on borrowed time as SCEA look to consolidate their team.
The news that 30 full time positions were to be axed broke recently as Patrick Seybold confirmed the strategic plans for the region, but the contract position losses were unclear. PS3 Attitude can now reveal, thanks to an inside source, the extent of the cuts.
Add up the review scores for all the games released this year (and divide by the number of titles released per console respectively, naturally), and the PS3 comes out the winner.
This is the (actually quite easily proved) claim made by review aggregation site Metacritic.
Love it or loathe it, you can’t get away from The X-Factor in the UK. The big “singing” contest in Britian is watched by millions each week with the series finale coming this weekend.
But it turns out Simon Cowell is not satisifed with this huge success and he is focusing more of his attention on the gaming industry.
Pixel-counters, graphic junkies – call them what you will. Regardless of your stance on the practice, no one can discount the phenomenon – which has only intensified during this generation of gaming – that showcases people’s obsessive desire to dissect multiplatform games and hail one the victor over the other.
We here at PS3 Attitude usually care very little for these graphical comparisons. For the most part, the games are actually indistinguishable to the human eye and we’d rather focus on the game itself rather than one version having an almost invisible jaggy while the other does not.
That said, we’re also suckers for innovation, so Eurogamer’s recent Digital Foundry article where the PS3 version of The Saboteur is shown to present a whole new graphical technical in the battle against the ever-niggling bugbear of anti-aliasing is more than welcome.
Pulling off what many saw as a spectacular double-punch coup with the capture of industry mavens Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey from EA, speculation was rife regarding what “existing properties” Activision’s new studio, Sledgehammer Games, would turn their hand to.
Though not concrete confirmation toward the identity of the mysterious franchise, Sledgehammer’s new website and job listings do go a long way in providing something of an insight as to what it might be.
How far our passion has come.
Once the playground of kids and the socially inept, the gaming industry continues to expand and mature – enticing new demographics into its fold at an almost alarming rate.
Speaking to the Nightly Business Report, EA CEO John Riccitiello, though admittedly factoring in pretty much every single facet of the gaming spectrum known to man, claims that there are now one billion people gaming worldwide.
We love patents.
Not only do they give us an early look into what a company may (or may not) be planning for us consumers in the near future, they’re also the source of some of the biggest WTF moments in gaming history.
Filing a whole slew of papers in relation to its upcoming Motion Controller, Sony have proffered a glimpse into a bizarre world of add-ons, interchangeable doohickeys, and some interesting possibilities when it comes to how they may proceed when it comes to using the new controller with other devices.
Sony had an amazing time last week in terms of sales of their PlayStation 3 console in the United States, all thanks to Black Friday.
You may remember we showed you the amazing bundles being made available for purchase at various retailers on the special day, and they were reported to have sold out within hours.
Sounds like you’re not the only ones in love with the PlayStation 3.
The U.S. Air Force will be ordering a total of 2200 PS3s very soon. But they aren’t buying them for a massive gaming party this Christmas.
It is that time of year again tomorrow for Americans as the United States celebrate the day after Thanksgiving with amazing deals across retailers.
And lucky for some, the PlayStation 3 is not the exception as Sony has presented the top deals being offered by the big stores on Black Friday.
Getting your marching orders is never a pleasant experience at the best of times. (Unless you wanted to get fired and were planning to travel around the world anyway … or something …)
Spare a thought for the guys and gals at Pandemic Studios though, who, after being told by parent company EA last week that their merry tribe was to be disbanded, then had to go back to work and finish up WWII action title The Saboteur.
Chronicling recent events at the former Los Angeles studio as being “very difficult”, Sledgehammer70 posted on the official forums last Friday stating that the developer’s final game, the aforementioned The Saboteur, has gone gold.
They keep making them, we keep enjoying them.
Showing no sign of floundering in either the awesomeness or the comedy stakes, Sony have released a new “It Only Does …” ad.
This time: Grandmas and their penchant for hogging your favourite Blu-ray player.
The recent Sony presentation delivered to investors has been a veritable treasure trove of new information regarding Sony’s plans for the future.
33 million PSN users, a firmware update planned to make all PS3s 3D compatible, not to mention new avenues for premium content to expand on to the PSN – the list goes on.
One thing that we almost missed on our first pass through the document, however, was the image accompanying the section where Sony rattle off the “5 Key Advantages of the PS3.”
Number #1 is the new Motion Controller but, if you look closely, have they actually gone and shown the final design of the new device?
It’s that time of the year again when people reflect on the gaming year gone by and start declaring their unending love for certain titles. Yes, the award season is upon is.
Now that Eidos Interactive have officially transmogrified into Square Enix Europe, it’s interesting to hear how the new relationship is shaping up around the globe.
Speaking at the 6th annual Montréal Interactive Gaming Summit, and wasting no time flying the Happy Families Flag, the Japanese gaming giant’s CEO, Yoichi Wada, revealed plans are in their nascent form for a collaboration between Eidos Montréal and Square Enix on what he refers to as, potentially, their “first development collaboration.”
Not content with working away on the next chapter of Agent 47’s blood-filled story along with a sequel to the infamous Kane & Lynch, C&VG have learned that IO Interactive have also spent the last three years secretly developing a new IP that is (and we’re quoting here) “Unlike anything else.”
Sony is going promotion crazy, and why not with big exclusives like Uncharted 2 and Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time?
But they are now taking over the UK with a tour across the country in several massive shopping centres.