Digital World Insider: Sony PlayStation 3 Games and Goodies
PS3 Launch Title Details
Hey, for all three of you who have secured yourselves a PlayStation 3 at launch, looks like you have a nice array of games to choose from. According to GamePro, Sony has announced 21 launch titles--though some reports I've read put that number at 22. (Of course, you'll be lucky to be able to afford one game after shelling out for a PS3.)
Big titles include Genji: Days of the Blade, Resistance: Fall of Man, and NBA 07; games will cost $60. Oh, and for a little extra bonus, Sony has also announced that it will be bundling the Blu-ray Disc version of Talladega Nights with the first 500,000 systems. Sweet.
PS3's Online Capabilities
Eurogamer's Rob Fahey got to spend some time with a working PS3 at Sony's Soho office in London, and provides a detailed account of his experiences using the beta version of the PlayStation Network online service. A few tidbits:
- Booting up the PS3 gives you a Cross Media Bar, just like the PSP. In fact, there are many similarities between the two interfaces.
- The PS3 supports multiple user profiles, each with personalized settings.
- The Web browser is fully functional, including support for "a wide variety of standards right up to the complex Web 2.0 stuff you find places like Gmail using."
- Parents can use master accounts to control associated accounts, providing spending limits for their kids (and presumably other limits as well).
- Everything is free, except for items you purchase in the store.
A Few More PS3 Tidbits
With all of the bits and bobs of information trickling out about the Sony PS3, it can be hard to keep track of what the system is all about. GamePro has a helpful piece that sums up a lot of details about Sony's next-gen console. Here are some highlights:
- Although the system supports 1080p, not all games will display in that resolution either because the developers didn't have time, or the game is so complex that it requires extra horsepower.
- The Power and Eject buttons are touch-sensitive.
- You can use your PSP to access the PS3's system menus over Wi-Fi.
- You'll get about 30 hours of battery life from the wireless controller on one charge. A new controller will cost $50.
- The Blu-ray Disc drive is slot-loading.
- You can surf the Internet on the PS3, and even plug in a USB keyboard to help out with those unwieldy URLs.
- The power supply is integrated into the main unit.
No Price Cuts for PlayStation Portable: Though I know analysts were only speculating that Sony would be cutting the price of its handheld system, I was hoping they'd be right. But Sony nixed the idea that the PSP's price would drop this year. There's some good news, though: 110 new games are expected by the end of the year, which will almost double the total amount of PSP titles out there. --Emru Townsend
Cingular Working on Music Service? According to reports triggered by a Wall Street Journal article, Cingular is getting ready to roll out a music service based on partnerships with companies such as eMusic, Napster, and Yahoo. The service will supposedly allow you to transfer songs from your PC to your cell phone. Cingular is staying mum, as are its supposed partners. But with rivals Sprint and Verizon Wireless already offering wireless music downloads, Cingular better not stay quiet on this for too much longer. --Cathy Lu
Turner Does Internet Comedy: Turner Broadcasting System is the latest company to unveil plans for an Internet-based video channel. But rather than featuring last night's programming, Turner's "Super Deluxe" will be in the form of a comedy network that will feature original content--"television quality short-form films and episodic shows"--for young adults. And if all you young adults don't feel like sitting in front of a computer screen to watch, the shows will also be available through your cable TV's on-demand features. Look for the channel in January. --Cathy Lu