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November 17th, 2006 has come and gone and the PlayStation 3 madness has started.
Ars Technica has posted their PS3 review and I definitely found a lot of their comments very interesting. Primarily, although the PS3 is rather large in size, it's freakishly quiet and definitely outshines the Xbox 360 in this department. Second, there was little innovation in the controller except for a complete Wii ripoff of motion sensing movement and gameplay (which they describe as "gimmicky" at best). Ars sums it all up best by saying "This is starting to be a theme for the PS3: some great features that are hindered by poor software support". Ouch.
Ars ended up giving the PS3 a 6/10 as an overall score.
Other reviews are out there and around, but this is the best review on the entire Internet. Trust me, I read almost all of them. I bet those who paid $3000 for a PS3 on Ebay opening day are wishing they had waited now.
On the heels of my last story, Joystiq is announcing that GameStop has given the bad news that they will not be able to fulfill their Playstation 3 pre-orders. As Joystiq accurately reported, even if you were one of the lucky 8-12 people who had their $100 accepted and received a pre-order receipt for a PS3, GameStop may not be able to honor your PlayStation 3 pre-order due to lower than expected initial unit numbers.
GameStop, in attempts to perform damage control, will call all pre-order holders and for thos unlucky enough to not get a console on release day, they will give you a free game or DVD (less than $20 in value however). Although JoyStiq is unwilling to place the blame (and probably rightly so as we don't have all the facts), I put the blame squarely on Sony overpromising retail stores and then lowering initial release numbers when they realized they couldn't meet their own expectations. Do you really need any more reasons to boycott Sony at this point?
Initial Playstation 3 shipments are being halved as Sony cannot meet their forceasted shipment predictions. This news comes right before their launch date, right before Thanksgiving and right before the lead-in for the holiday buying season. As Neowin reported, such major retail chains such as Best Buy have had to dramatically shift their marketing strategy to make up for the lack of PS3 inventory by pushing the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii to its customers. As many have heard me say, this announcement comes as no surprise to me as Sony has been disappointing in all business areas this last year - enoughso that I have officially stopped purchasing Sony products.
However, Ebay sellers are rejoicing today. As you can imagine, with shorter supplies higher prices follow and those who have their pre-orders filled will be able to turn around and sell the console for a hefty markup. If you're lucky enough to get a launch date PS3, sell it - you'd be fiscally irresponsible not to sell.
If you're looking to pre-order the PS3, I wouldn't bother researching much more at this moment. Gamestop and EB Games announced the following for their first round of PS3 pre-orders:
- Starting 10/10/2006, pre-orders for the PS3 will be accepted at Gamestop and EB Games stores.
- Most stores will be limited to eight (8) PS3 systems upon first distribution. Some high traffic stores could receive a double shipment.
- Store employees are allowed to pre-order up to two (2) systems leaving only 6 for actual customers.
- Pre-ordering requires a $100 deposit; however this deposit does not guarantee you a system at launch time due to "limited supply".
So, there you have it. Unless you run out tonight (or more like right now) to your local gaming store, chances are you're not getting your launch date PS3. Sony overpromised and underperformed with these launch numbers and many will miss out on obtaining a PS3 for this holiday season.
And we thought that Microsoft had supply issues with the Xbox 360 launch?
Sorry for the somewhat slow updates, but as I nurse what seems to be a stress fracture in my root foot, I have started a new project - WiiKB.com. WiiKB.com, powered by Wiki technology, will provide the gaming industry the most comprehensive and informative information concerning the Nintendo Wii - my personal pick to come out the "real" winner in the next generation console wars. With superior innovation, a low price, great games and "just enough" computing power, the Nintendo Wii should provide its owners with a unique gaming experience and we're hoping to help owners and potential buyers find the information they need about their system. Although still in the early stages and much of the information mirrors what is already on Wikipedia, WiiKB.com should end up being a valuable resource to the console gaming community. Once we get all the relevant information up and indexed, we'll start working on non-Wiki functionality such as applications (homebrew code), news scraping (because all the cool kids are doing it these days) and building a real Wii community.
Although this news is a few days old, I wanted to weigh in on this announcement. Nintendo has announced that their next generation console, Wii, will utilize a version of Opera's web browser. What makes this news so fantastic to me is that Opera has started to control/dominate the browser market in areas outside of personal computing. With their browser already firmly entrenched on mobile devices and now one of the three big consoles, Opera is making a play to the browser of choice in the next generation of mobile computing and gaming.
With all the zealotry for FireFox, it amazes me that many people have not noticed the power of Opera and backed the cause with the same passion - especially since it offers a terrific browsing experience (yes, I know that the extension community drives the FireFox trend right now). Also, think about this fact - in Japan, Google stated that 100 million searches are done from personal computers where as 350 million searches are being done from mobile devices. We could see, in the not to distant future, a shift away from desktop and laptop computers and towards mobile computing so one should embrace Opera's magnificent design and web developers should start making sure their pages render properly on mobile devices. For starters, they can use the Opera Mini feature found in the Opera browser to see how their page may look on a mobile device. I know that Hagrin.com does load, but could use some formatting help on mobile devices.
In one of the first hands-on reviews found on the Internet for the Playstation 3, Kikizo has obtained a highly secretive look at a basically finished Playstation 3. There was much that they could not talk about due to a NDA, but they did reveal the following pieces of information which I'll bulletpoint:
- From what they had seen, there was no BluRay support to be seen and everything was being written for standard DVD size.
- The graphics chip used by the PS3 is called the RSX ("Reality Synthesiser"). Initial impressions were that, while although powerful, it doesn't live up to the hype offered by Sony. This is mainly due to the fact that the games are running in 720p and not 1080i.
- The PS3 showed the potential to handle more simultaneous graphical tasks than the already on the market Xbox 360. However, developers for the PS3 say that they will need additional libraries to be provided by Sony to unlock even more power from the Playstation 3 console.
So, initial impressions don't seem favorable for the PS3. If only Microsoft could figure out their supply problems, they could really dominate the North American market (I think Japan is a lost cause for MSFT still).
Update 11/21/2006: Ars Technica has posted what I consider the best PS3 review on the Internet. Read about their PS3 review here.
Update 11/13/2006: A lot of people are still hitting this post and I want to make sure that readers are actually finding the information that they came here to look for. So, here are some initial retail release reviews (alliteration?) of the PS3 for your pleasure:
- Gizmodo Unpacks the PS3 and Wii Simultaneously - A photo report on the packaging of the retail Sony Playstation 3 system (and Nintendo Wii).
- Playstation 3 Disassembled - A video of someone disassembling the PS3 (a second part is available on YouTube).
Update 10/24/2006: Since this post is still ranking highly for the term "PS3 Review", I wanted to give users looking for good PS3 info all the necessary information they need. Check back frequently as I should be updating this post as it remains useful as a PS3 Review source.
- PS3 Pre-Ordering Info - First round of PS3 pre-ordering (which sold out within hours)
- Wikipedia's Playstation 3 Page - the Wiki for PS3 which is under strict content control by the Wiki editors and is constantly being updated.
- 23 Facts About the PS3 - a simple and sweet list of PS3 facts garnered from initial reviews and impressions by Joystiq.
CNET has posted a great article about the Xbox 360 and its power usage. From the article:
We tested the 'box using Extech's MA200 power meter, which gives real-time power consumption results. It turns out that the Xbox 360 draws about 160 watts of power, over twice as much as the original Xbox, which draws 74 watts, and the PlayStation 2, which draws about 50. In fact, the great white beast chomps down more electricity than almost every piece of living room electronics we tested, including the JVC RX-D702 A/V receiver, the Denon DVD-3910 DVD player, and a DirecTV HD TiVo. The only pieces of A/V gear that draw more power than the 360 are big-screen high-definition TVs.
Ars Technica has posted their review of the Xbox 360 and I do have to say it is the most complete and well-written review out there. They not only examine the system itself, but also gives a bried rundown of many of the launch games from the perspective of an experienced gamer - not just someone who picked up an Xbox 360 on Ebay. Definitely worth the read before you go drop the 5 bills you need to buy one.
Revolution Report recently posted an article about a patent filed by Nintendo which has been speculated to be deirect;y linked to their next generation console - the Revolution.
Although the patent is highly technical in nature, Revolution Report does a terrific job in highlighting the patent's main points. In addition, after reading the patent, I believe that we can draw one major conclusion from this patent ...
The Nintendo Revolution may offer a service that allows users to purchase at a low cost older games for older Nintendo consoles.