Cheaper PS3 not just a smaller Hard-drive

June 12, 2006 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Hardware, Technology, Video Games | Leave a comment

As you may know, Sony have announced two prices for their Playstation 3 console, $829AUD for the 20GB version and $999AUD for the 60GB version.  A lot to pay for a game console, but that’s for another discussion.  What Sony hasn’t been advertising is the other features which the cheaper PS3 will lack over the more expensive variant.  The 20GB version lacks support for Memory sticks, SD and Compact Flash cards, has no built in wi-fi and will have the HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output removed.  So, what, you ask?  I don’t use memory sticks, I can settle for using a network cable instead of wireless, I don’t need a 60GB hard drive.  But the lack of HDMI support is the real big one which is going to cripple the cheaper system.

HDMI is required to run the PS3 at its highest resolution, 1080p (1920×1080 resolution).  Without an HDMI output, the cheaper PS3 will also be incompatible with the soon to be introduced copy protection system, HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).  So now, if I want a PS3 I have to pay $999 to get all of the standard features.  Great.  Makes me glad I’m a Nintendo fanboy :P.

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Well, it’s official…

May 15, 2006 at 5:19 pm | Posted in General, Technology, Video Games | Leave a comment

Nintendo stole the show this year at E3. If you need proof, take a look at these videos from the show. The morning rush – guess where everyone’s headed. That’s right, everyone, every single person in that video was running, not walking, to the Nintendo booth. At the end you can see someone from Sony getting frustrated because noone was interested in PS3. At least now I know why they felt they needed to steal Nintendo’s idea (in case you don’t know, Sony announced a week or two ago that they’ve put a motion sensor in their controllers…).

If that’s not enough, check out this video of the line-up to play Wii for, what, two minutes maybe? In case you can’t be bothered clicking the link or are on dialup or something, I’ll just explain that the video is a walk from the start to the end of the lineup and goes for four and a half minutes. Apparently at one point the lineup took four hours to get through.

Looks like Nintendo’s back.

A gaming wheel with a full six-speed gearbox?

May 15, 2006 at 5:02 pm | Posted in Technology, Video Games | 3 Comments

You read that right. Logitech are releasing a racing wheel for PC, the Logitech G25 with a full six-speed manual gearbox and clutch pedal.

It’s the most advanced gaming wheel ever made, you can even heel-and-toe downshift with it. Of course, it comes at a price… US$300. Apparently it’s also compatible with PS2. I assume you plug it in through USB, so here’s hoping it’ll be compatible with 360 as well, not that I have one, but it’d be cool. Forza Motorsport 2, I’m looking in your direction.

By the way, I was going to post this yesterday, but for some reason wordpress.com wasn’t letting me log in… I suppose it doesn’t really matter, noone reads this thing anyway 😛

Well, it’s that time of year again

May 10, 2006 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Technology, Video Games | 2 Comments

For those of you who don’t know, E3, the Electronics Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles just started. It’s pretty much the biggest video games expo in the world, unfortunately it’s only open to the press, but a lot of the stuff that’s shown there (considering that a lot of it is actually trailers and screenshots) is available online anyway. Its the place were heaps of games are announced and shown every year, and this year’s no different. Particularly impressive, to me, is the Nintendo Wii, formerly known as Revolution. In case you don’t know by now, in which case you should be slapped particularly hard around the face, the Wii is Nintendo’s new console. What makes it especially different is the controller, which has 3 dimensional motion sensing, meaning it senses movements left, right, up, down, forwards, backwards and even twists. It was announced a few months ago, but now some games have finally been announced, showing off what the system’s really capable of. If you’re interested, visit the Nintendo Wii Homepage to find out all about it.

It really is looking to be incredibly fun, and the next big thing in console gaming, in my opinion. ExciteTruck, Super Mario Galaxy, Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Wii Sports, all of the titles announced so far look incredibly fun and I’m interested to see how they turn out.

Oh, by the way, I’ve decided that Jake is the biggest Nintendo Flameboy that I know. Whether or not you know who he is, he hates Nintendo for no good reason and keeps finding bad things with their products, which are actually good things in most cases… Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest. Ignore him if he posts rubbish on here; make up your own decision about it, and everything, for that matter :P.

Edit: wow – Flameboy Jake just decided that the Wii “looks alright”. Progress, people, progress. 😛

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