PS3 Is 70% Cheaper To Make Than At Launch

The Playstation 3.During a conference call, Sony corporate CEO Nobuyuki Oneda said the PS3 is now some 70% cheaper to make than it was at launch. Most estimates suggest the PS3 was around $800 to build in the beginning, which puts the console at just $240 now.

The obvious question – does this mean we’ll see price cuts some time soon? I’m inclined to say no, since Sony seems to be losing money everywhere, but that might be a great way to get a leg up on the Xbox 360. Sure, no one likes to be losing money on hardware this far into the product cycle, but imagine getting a PS3 for $250! I’d probably go buy one tomorrow out of pure disbelief, especially if it came with a decent hard drive. Microsoft’s cheapest console is so pared down I couldn’t really justify buying one.

Sony could keep prices where they are to try to recoup some of their recent losses, but why let the world know the price has gone down so far? So we know how much is headed straight to Nobuyuki Oneda’s bonus check?

iPhone is More Powerful Than The Wii

Tales of Monkey Island.
That’s according to a TellTale Games developer by the forum name “Yare,” anyway. He said as much while addressing user concerns about the performance of Tales of Monkey Island on Nintendo’s Wii.

Here are a few of his more interesting thoughts on Wii development:

The voices and textures are the way they are because we’re limited to 40 megs for WiiWare titles. The PC versions of our games are usually 150+ megs, and most modern games range anywhere from one to ten gigabytes or more. Talk to Nintendo about this one.

Frame rate issues will probably get sorted out eventually, but keep in mind that the Wii is just not a powerful console. An iPhone is much more powerful than a Wii, even. The Wii and DS are extremely underpowered and their popularity doesn’t remove the hardware limitations.

He definitely makes a good point regarding the popularity of Nintendo’s devices. Just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they don’t have limitations.

Source: Examiner

Facebook, Twitter To Hit Xbox Live This Fall

Facebook running on Xbox Live.For those of you thinking you might see Facebook or Twitter with the new dashboard update, you’ll have to wait. Not for long, though. Microsoft marketing man James Halton said today that Microsoft is set to release the social networks this fall on their Xbox Live service.

Halton would only get so specific as to say “”It will be before Christmas. A lot of the background work’s been done for a lot of applications that are coming.” So maybe that’s what comes with the August 11th update – background support for more up and coming applications. If you recall, that update also includes games on demand and Netflix movie parties.

Facebook/Twitter integration brings the 360 closer to the goal Microsoft so touted at the console’s release: to be the entertainment hub of the house. Now what’s there to get you off your couch? Oh, right. That would be Project Natal.

DJ Hero Gets Hardshell Case, Makes DJ-ing Less Cool

The DJ Hero Renegade Edition.In my little Cleveland ‘burb I’m constantly exposed to hipster wannabes. They sit on street corners by the bars most of them aren’t old enough to get into, strumming air guitars or playing air bass or even air drums. They play Girl Talk loudly through their iPod earbuds and shout to their friends, “This is my new mashup! I just have to make sure the levels are right!” I trust you can imagine the fingers moving furiously up and away and then back toward the mp3 player.

When I first saw DJ Hero I immediately thought of these kids. Now they’ll have another “instrument” to poorly imitate to their friends. And it comes in a case no less! That’s not just a hardshell guitar case photoshopped with a DJ Hero logo, that’s the game’s Renegade Edition, complete with a turntable case that doubles as a stand.

There’s still no word on pricing, but we do know that the Renegade also comes with an exclusive 2-CD set with unreleased tracks from the likes of Jay-Z and Eminem. With games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero on the decline I’ll be interested to see what sort of response Activision receives for DJ Hero. As I mentioned, I’ve got a few people in mind who will almost certainly buy a copy.

Amazon’s Halo:ODST Pre-order Nets You An Extra $10

Halo 3: ODST.Whenever I look to pre-order a game, I look to the place with the most freebies. I’m going to spend the money anyway, right? So why not pick up something extra?

For those of you looking to do the same with Halo 3: ODST, you might want to consider Amazon. They’re putting $10 back into your Amazon account on September 22nd, the day the game ships out. They’re offering the same deal on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition. You know, the package with the night vision goggles?

Consider yourself a true Halo fan? Spend the $10 on books 1-3 of the Halo series, including The Fall of Reach, and get ready for the next franchise installment early.

Street Fight IV Goes On Sale

Ryu looking dangerous.Gamestop dropped the price of Street Fighter IV to a ludicrously low $19.99 today. Yeah, you read that correctly. That’s $40 off retail price and even another $15 under the price of used copies at Gamestop.

According to the guys at Kotaku, the deal isn’t just a misprint online. A local store confirmed the price reduction. For some reason, the PC version of the game still runs $39.99.

Despite the fact that the price has been confirmed by multiple sources, you might want to call ahead before rushing off to buy one. There are enough price variations in the story to make me wonder why on earth the game would go so low when it has been reportedly selling quite well. Drop a line in the comments if your local store has a different story.

Is Bethesda Eyeing The New Bungie IP?

Bungie logo.Now that Bungie is officially done with Halo, they’re looking for publishers for their new IP and are apparently very close to signing someone. Who that is has yet to be seen, but it sounds like Bethesda might be looking for the job.

Ashley Cheng, a producer for Bethesda, said on his blog that his company was one of few positioned to “snag” Bungie’s new project.

You can count on one hand the number of publisher’s[sic] around who can afford to publish Bungie’s next game: EA (via EA Partners), Activision, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and of course, Bethesda. I can only imagine how much it will cost to snag their next title.

Cheng also mentions Sony but calls the prospect “unlikely.” Whoever the publisher, the game won’t be restricted to any platform, unlike the company’s most recent efforts. That will probably be a great thing for Bungie, and going with Sony might only hurt the increased revenue they would see from a multi-platform release.

Will we have a Fallout 4/Halo 6 mashup?

Forza 3 Drops October 27th

Forza 3 box art.Today, Microsoft announced that Forza’s latest installation, the cleverly named Forza 3 will hit US stores on October 27th. Microsoft has also laid out details for the collector’s edition, which will only be available at Gamestop.

Driving enthusiasts who purchase the Limited Collector’s Edition version of Forza 3 will be treated to ten exclusive cars, VIP status in the Forza community, a 2GB flash drive (?) and a Forza 3 branded keychain. Five of the ten “exclusive” cars are available to any VIP Forza member. The others are just for you special folks willing to drop some extra cash on the game.

If you pre-order the game you’ll also be treated to the Forza 3 design competition contest winner’s Audi R8 V10. The car was designed by Midland, Michigan fellow.

Will you be pre-ordering? Regular or Limited Collector’s Edition?

Frank O’Connor Details Halo Waypoint…Sort Of

What sort of content can you get on Halo Waypoint?Microsoft’s initial announcement of Halo Waypoint was short on details and long on promises about integrating with your “Halo lifestyle.” I don’t even know what a “Halo lifestyle” means, but I can think of a few years of my life in which I tried to find out. Former Bungie man Frank O’Connor stopped by Comic-Con to release a few details on the upcoming Waypoint.

According to Frankie, Halo Waypoint is about more than just games and videos. It’s a place for fans to get together and enjoy content. “We’re going to aggregate everything that you would want to watch from the halo universe on that site,” he said. “But it’s a lot more ambitious than that. It’s going to evolve in features and functionality to make it the prime destination for the Halo fan.”

Well thanks, Frank. That really clears things up. He goes on to say that you’ll be able to view things like old E3 trailers and potentially access new multiplayer features. To be Frank frank, Frank wasn’t very forthcoming. In fact, no one’s clear whether Silver members will have access to Waypoint in its entirety or if there will be features exclusive to Gold members.

The one thing O’Connor did actually give details for was the premier of the Halo Legends anime episodes. The episodes will be available on a “staggered schedule” over Waypoint. It won’t be quite like a television broadcast, but there will be time constraints between the initial viewing and a Blu-Ray/digital distro release.

Bungie’s Done with Halo

It’s no secret that Bungie has been working on new IP for some time. According to the now independent developer, Halo: Reach will be the last Halo game, from Bungie anyway.

In a recent interview, Senior Designer Lars Bakken had this to say:

In terms of a platform for Halo games made by Bungie, yes. I can’t answer that question for Microsoft though. Whether they have something in the works or not, I don’t know if they’re actually ready to talk about it yet, but in terms of Bungie-produced Halo games, ODST and then Reach is probably all you’re going to get.

That’s it folks. No more Halo from Bungie. That doesn’t count out Microsoft’s new 343 division, which is said to be handling everything remotely related to the Halo franchise.

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