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Pay more, wait longer, and get less (for PS3)

, posted: 26-Feb-2007 10:05

Just over the weekend, more details have been revealed regarding European/PAL version of PS3. Essentially, European/PAL-regions have to suffer at least 3 months wait launch, get less than announced units during the launch, expect to pay more than the NTSC-A sibblings... and just as that weren't enough... European/PAL PS3-fans will have to endure less than delighted number of PS2 compatible titles. As it seems, Sony/SCEE decided to remove the PS2 hardware from the PS3 and solely relying on the software emulation. As if PS3 hasn't suffered enough of PS2 compatibility issues EVEN when with PS2 hardware built-in, moving to software emulation would have similar if not worse experience as with Microsoft's move from Intel-based XBox to proprietary-designed XBox360, by supporting selected (and growing) original XBox titles through software emulation. So... just wee bit short of NZ$1200, you get a "state-of-the-art" PS3 system... hmmm... Would I be wanting one IF I am a PS3-fan? Probably not... Anyhow, PAL PS3-buyers beware... you will essentially be paying more, waited a bit longer... and get less than expected stuff from Japanese/American buyers. Just be wise and do your research before trading in your PS2, there bound to be many PS2 titles not being compatible with the new PS3. OR, perhaps Sony is hoping people trade in their old PS2 and get the new PS3, then the buyers later have to fork out more to get the new PS2 to play their old PS2 titles... perhaps this is their way to be more profitable. Think about it: reduce the cost of PS3 production by removing few chips here and there, entice existing PS2 owners to trade in their PS2, then suck them in again to buy more/new PS2 to play existing PS2 titles, make sales from PS3 AND PS2... wow! Perhaps this is their plan all along. Source: Meanwhile... Update: I have added a few more links as I slowly visiting more sites in regards to European/PAL PS3, and the recent news/articles regarding PS3. And as many have known, so far PS3 isn't gaining much of good publicity... oh-boy! Update 2: Interestingly (and has nothing to do with PS3 per-se)... is the phrase "pay more wait longer get less" incidentally relates to this article. To further this phrase, this is what you get from Google.com. Update 3: Looks like NZ Herald has a news on about this too, as PS3 is just short of a month to launch in Europe, Australia and NZ... news like this isn't going to give Sony much of good reputation... Coincidentally, from Stuff: When a PS3 isn't a PS3, although it is about a fake PS3 on display using XBox360 as its stand, from Sony's recent announcement on the removal of PS2 Emotion Engine from PS3 would make PS3 not being PS3, or less than a PS3 compare to its Japanese/American sibblings. Perhaps it should be renamed to PS2.9? Update 4: Since yesterday, there are more articles and news regarding Sony's potential PS3 backward compatibility issues, and the mysterious move of PS2's Emotion Engine chip in a bid to reduce the manufacturing cost. However the "saving" does not pass-on to the consumers, which essentially brought us back to the start of this post: "Pay more, wait longer, and get less..." I also like to point out that, it has been very overwhelming to see the growth in the viewership of this blog in its first 24-hour. Just short of 24-hour, the viewership rate is over 8400 views. Never in my life of blogging (which isn't all that long too) that have I seen the rapid growth in the viewing rate! Amazing... thank you for your readership! :-) Update 5: It looks like SCEI has announced the official word on European/PAL PS3 - it will not have PS2 EE/GS at all... contrary to an interview from few days ago, with one of the rep for SCEE "re-assuring" that European/PAL PS3 will only remove PS2 EE but leave the GS chip in. Have a read at Sony: No Emotion Engine or Graphics Synthesizer for PAL PS3. Discussion: Have your say in our Geekzone forum.





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Comment by E, on 26-Feb-2007 12:29

Just buy an Xbox. According too theinquirer.net Software makers are faced with twice the cost to write a game for the PS3 as the 360 and only a fifth the market to sell it in to. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the second generation of PS3 games will have a lot more ROI calculations done on them before they get a green light. Many won't get that green light. This is far more than a theoretical problem. Several game developers are not writing Cell code any more; just farming it out, the 360 is the development target now So the 360 will be utilized fully and optimized for. If there are special features of the 360, they will get used, and every tweak and hack explored as well. This will then be shoveled off to some poor third party who has to make it work on the PS3, a very different architecture with a very different set of strengths and weaknesses. What you end up with is a fully utilized 360 and the 'same' game on the PS3 with all the weaknesses of the 360 and all the weaknesses of the PS3. Add in very little budget to optimize the resultant PS3 code, and you get a B-list version of an A-list title. This will be readily apparent to even the most blatantly paid for game reviewer. In conclusion it makes no sense to get a PS3 since most the titles will look less spectacular than the ones on the Xbox. Read the full article.


Comment by barf, on 26-Feb-2007 15:10

the inquirer article is incredibly wrong the SDK for the PS3 is free and based upon Open Source standards like OpenGL, NVIDIA's cG support IPv6 and alot of other stuff that will make 360 lovers cry if they bothered to learn about it it runs Linux without any modifications too! :-)


Author's note by chiefie, on 26-Feb-2007 15:42

As barf said, PS3's game development is based on open and publicly available programming interface, read more at Wiki's.


Comment by E, on 26-Feb-2007 18:10

Nobody is arguing its open source SDK. What's being explained is the lack of optimization to the cell processor. An example is the development cost to program for multi core processors on a PC. Many Game developers are refusing to do it but the fact is, affordable Modern day PCs have way more computational power than ones from a year ago. What it all broils down to is, unless somebody is willing to put up the funds to have a program specifically coded for 3DNOW!, SSE Direct X 10, Multi threading/ Hyper threading and 64 bit; We end users will only see a fraction of what a PC is actually capable of.


Comment by jammyb, on 26-Feb-2007 22:48

This is bad news. I personally am going to have a little bit of faith in Sony. They just cannot let people down anymore so I do not believe taking out the PS2 hardware will be an issue. I just hope the PS2 emulation software works and works well. As for the price, well its always been this way. Its a sad fact, the yanks and the japs make the technology and sell it to us for twice the price, its been like it with everything. On the whole, I am annoyed, but not worried. I have my PS3 pre-ordered for the release date and am looking forward to most probably, the best next gen console ever. jammyb I would also like to say, I am not a fanboy. The 360 actually rules. GoW blew my mind


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