Some of you may remember that I was contemplating getting an Xbox 360 a while back to supplement my PS3 following the world wide price drop of old 360 models after the release of the S (slim) model. Well I got an old 20GB 360 with Splinter cell Conviction. and while the Game was fun my Xbox models lack of HDMI port, wireless online access and small hard drive (which I know could be upgraded) meant that I was never tempted to buy any more games for it.........
You see I was playing my PS3 today in my room (with headphones on) while my Fiancé was snoozing on my bed but all she could hear was "Damn screeching" as the Blue ray disk was being read every five seconds. So I turned it off and decided I would buy a new Xbox S with Battlefield 3 for £199.99 / $317.46 USD (rather than buy a Wireless adapter new hard drive etc for my old model). as I will be able to install games to the hard drive.
Here are a few things that I want Sony to implement/improve for the Playstation® Four (PS4)
(1) PS3 backwards compatibility: I want to be able to play All my current games on my new console, Then I can use my PS3 in the living room as a blue ray player and family games console (along with the Wii)
(2) Cross game chat: come on Sony DO IT!!!
(3) Online play with PC gamer's over Steam: I doubt we will see more of this but it would be a cool exclusive feature for a new console.
(4) No limit to friends list: I want to be able to connect with as many fellow gamer's as I wish.
(7) Mandatory 1080p for all games. (Credit goes to Three0neFive for this one)
More will be added as I/you think of them.
Wow If this news leads to Amazon and other online retailers dropping the 3DS's price to around £120 pounds or £160 in the UK with a game it's going to be hard for me to resist buying one.
While I already have a Vita on pre-order (as a powerful hand held with twin analog sticks really appeals to me) I'm now thinking of cancelling it so I can afford to pick up the cheaper 3DS. Then getting the Vita next winter when it may also be reduced in price and more games will be out for it.
Another reason I'm also tempted to get a 3DS is to play some old N64 games on a handheld. as I'm never going to get round to setting up my old N64 console and our Wii is in the living room so I'v never bothered to buy any old games via The Virtual Console.
Anyone else thinking about getting a 3DS like me who really wasn't going too until the news of the price drop?
Over the last few years I have started to notice more and more signs that their might be another video games crash like the one in 1983.
Here are some examples :-
(1) The recent spate of studio closures such as Realtime Worlds, Bizzare Creations, Propaganda Games and Cohort Sudios.
(2) Saturated and divided market due too the plethora of formats/consoles (PC/Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft/Apple/mobile)
(3) A (general) lack of innovation and an over reliance on sequels eg [ another Bond game] [ call of duty] Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Dirt 3 etc
(4) high-profile disasters for the industry such as the current PSN hacking (and subsequent loss of personal data) and the after effects from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. [ source]
(5) The rising cost of developing games "estimated to be roughly $10 million as compared to $3-$5 million for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube" [ source]
(6)And although April looks set to see growth in games sales of up to 15% (due mainly to the release of several major games) it will still be "only the fourth month of growth in the past year". [source]
While it,s not all bad news in the industry ( China's online game industry to grow $5.8 billion) I do still think that there will be some form of crash/slump which will also see some major casualties or with drawls, (possibly such as Sony).
What are your views on the state of play at the moment and for the future ?
(1) added Propaganda Games to list of studios closed. (13.5.11)
(2) Fixed dead link on point No 6 (13.5.11)
Today I was doing a bit of cleaning (yeah exciting inside info I know!) when I saw my stacks of PS3 games ontop of my cupboard and I was like "frac I have a lot of games here" so I counted them.
I have Eighty Four .... yes 84 PS3 games! Now in my defence 90% of them where bought pre-owned, but it suddenly dawned on me (and surprised me) how ridiculous this amount of games is! Do I need ten first person Shooters? Five football (soccer) games? or nine different racing games?!!! will I really play Shellshock 2 again ?
Also It occurred to me that maybe I would have more fun playing fewer games (for the same gaming time as I do now) as I would get more absorbed in the games, rather then loosing patience and switching games?
So do you feel like you have too many games, or have you ever cut back your games collection (for none financial reasons) ?
Since I have owned my PS3 (non backwards compatable slim version) which is connected to my HDTV via a HDMI cable, I had been finding it increasingly hard to return to my old PS2 games due to the poor/blurry picture quality that I was getting via the composite cable I was using.
Well today I recieved a replacement Component video cable through the post and I have to say that I was really impressed with the improvement. Im now getting a 576i standard definition resolution, which while not HD is a lot sharper and has a lot less of a murky colour palette than before :)
So if your thinking of playing some old games I recomend a component video cable as it will make the trasition back a hell of a lot less difficult (just make sure you TV has the approptriate connections first!)
I wish to express my sympathy to all those effected by the ongoing natural disaster following the earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale that
struck off the east coast of Japan on Friday the 11th of March.
The earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami which hit the east coast of Japan with 7-metre-high waves, leaving a trail of destruction. including severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Although I am not a religious prerson my thoughts are with all japanese people at this time.
Donations can be made to The Japanese Red Cross via :
Now that I had the SNES I was becoming a more obsessed gamer! not only did I have The great new Donkey Kong games to play but there where also a load of classic SNES games like F-zero Supper Mario world, Mario kart and possibly the greatest game ever Yoshi's Island (on which me and my dad got every red coin!)
Then in the summer of 1995 I remember going to a friend of a friends house and playing on a Sega Saturn and while I enjoyed playing Sega rally and a footie (soccer) game he had it (the saturn) seemed to be too much like an home arcade and I wasn’t into playing arcade games much. plus the SNES was still quite new for me and their were still loads of games I really wanted.
Also around that time a started to read some interesting roomers in the Official Nintendo magazine UK (ONMUK) about "project reality" which used Silicon graphics (which were being used to produce special affects in moves at the time) then the name Ultra64 and 64 bit CPU. This all sounded really advanced and pretty much made me ignore talk of the upcoming Sony PSX (PlayStation) as afterall what did Sony know about games! and also the now struggling Saturn which didn’t seem for me and who's days already seemed numbered.
So to cut a long story short I got more and more into this Ultra 64 thing and then in late in 1995 Nintendo finally released pictures of the new console (now known as the Nintendo 64) plus the controller and everyone was like "it has this cool (analogue) stick to control the 3D games that will be on it AWSOMOME!" But then 1996 came and By now this new Sony PlayStation console was starting to take off because it had a CD rom so it could play full motion video in games and it could play audio CD's too. also some good games other than Ridge racer were release for Playstation towards the end of 1996 like Tomb raider.
This caused most of my mates to "break" and ask for a PlayStation for Christmas 1996 while I waited...
And waited.... Now I wasn’t a Nintendo fan boy as such but the SNES had been such a revelation for me that I put my trust in the Nintendo 64. I had even saved Christmas money that I had been given and then after days of marking off dates on the calendar it came, Saturday the 1st of March and the release of the N64 in England!
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