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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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The really awesome, not as well known, not-yet-priced, elusive Nintendo 3DS.

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The Nintendo 3DS is the first of its kind. A 3D handheld gaming device going mainstream, and licensed by Nintendo nonetheless. Unfortunately, the 3DS isn’t being marketed well enough nor have very many details been released to the public to spark excitement. Today, I will lay out everything you need to know about the Nintendo 3DS, and don’t forget to search Google (or hopefully come back here) to check out what Nintendo had to say during their official press event focusing primarily on the 3DS at 3 o’ clock tomorrow afternoon.

Hardware

The device sports a 3.53 inch widescreen LCD display on the top, clocking in at an 800×240 resolution, while allocating 400 pixels for each eye to enable 3D viewing. The bottom screen has a slightly lower resolution (albeit it doesn’t allow for 3D, which would make sense) at 320×240 on a 3.02 inch LCD touch screen. It wears three cameras, one internally, two on the outside capable of .3 megapixel image capture. An innovative control scheme includes the “Slide Pad” which allows for 360-degree analog input, along with both a motion and gyro sensors in addition to the regular set of buttons. Other inputs include a 3D Depth Slider located on the side of the handheld that allows the gamer to adjust the level of 3D effect, a Home button to call system configuration (odd how as soon as it disappeared off of the PSP, the DS line picked it up) and a wireless on/off switch. Lastly, the 3DS has a port that reads both 3DS and (normal?) DS game cards as well as an SD card slot.

Software

Users can connect via Wi-Fi or LAN for communication or multiplayer gaming, but more interestingly, the 3DS can exchange data with other systems or receive data from the internet while it is in sleep mode. It will also come with a pretty expansive suite of applications preloaded on the device including 3DS Sound, Mii Studio (a user can create and export a Mii – there is also an option for auto-generating a Mii from a photo taken on the 3DS), Augmented Reality games (6 activation cards will be included), 3DS shop (for 3D movie downloads), 3DS camera (for taking 3D photos), an internet browser, Virtual Machine downloading service (for GameBoy games) and the classic PictoChat. There is the opportunity to download others, but details are scarce at this time.

Hmm... this looks a little weird

Game Lineup

The list of games to be released for the Nintendo 3DS is ridiculously long including… just about every franchise known to man. The following franchises either have been confirmed or rumored (meaning quoted from a game studio exec) to be coming to the 3DS:

Animal Crossing, Asphalt, Assassin’s Creed, Dead or Alive, Driver, FIFA, Ghost Recon, Golden Sun, Harvest Moon, Kingdom Hearts, Luigi’s Mansion, Madden, Mario Kart, Mega Man, Metal Gear Solid, Naruto, Nintendogs +Cats, Paper Mario, Pokemon, Pro Evolution Soccer, Raving Rabbids, Resident Evil, Ridge Racer, Splinter Cell, Starfox 64, Super Monkey Ball, Street Fighter, The Sims, WarioWare, Yu-Gi-Oh and Zelda.

Concept Trailer

Game Lineup

PROBLEMS

The two problems that have arisen in regards to this new-age device are the battery life and the possible health hazards. The battery life is supposed to last between 3 and 8 hours of play. I would hope that it will be more towards the 8 hour end of the spectrum but I’m sure that it is completely up to how the gamer is using the device (varying use of 3D movies, 3D/2D gaming, internet browsing, etc.). And there have been repeated reports of 3DS testers feeling “nauseated and dizzy” after extended amounts of play. So if one were to play for the 8 full (possible) hours, the dizziness and nauseousness are expected to be intense.

Reveal

Tomorrow at 9 AM Central US time, Nintendo will be unveiling the 3DS for the US/UK in Amsterdam. This will hopefully include a release date and pricing (no Nintendo hasn’t even released that yet). As for Japan, they will be receiving the 3D handheld February 27, for what converts roughly to $300.

[Sources: Nintendo, Wikipedia, Nintendo3DSBlog]

PSP2 hype begins – as powerful as the PS3?!

January 14, 2011 1 comment

That is one sexy-looking device. Meet the post-pubescent PSP model friends.

Well, in short, the PSP Go sucked. It was a essentially a facelift for an already dying product that didn’t make it any prettier. I personally am a hardcore PSP fan. I bought the first PSP when it was released in March of 2005 with money I had been pooling together from umpiring at the local baseball fields. It was a treasure. The Playstation Portable was everything that the Nintendo DS was not – a powerful, mature and awesome handheld gaming device. It also helped me realize I had a niche for hacking handhelds, but that’s a different story altogether.

I could sit in my room and play SOCOM Fireteam Bravo with a friend who lived in a different neighborhood, I could listen to music, watch movies, surf the internet, play flash games – the list goes on and on. I had entered a realm of new possibilities, but over time it seemed as if the device lost steam. The UMD format was troublesome, the number of big-name games slowed and people just got bored with it. So here comes Sony with the new revamped PSP Go. 16 GB of internal storage and a new sliding appearance was supposed to breathe life into the PSP name… but it didn’t. People complained about the lack of having a physical copy of their games and claimed that the new look was too childish.

Jump forward to today. Rumors of the PSP2 have began to accumulate. A newer, sleeker and more powerful device is coming.

There was plenty of speculation as to how this next-gen device would look.

According to MCV, a gaming blog from the UK, Sony will be announcing the release of the PSP2 (because technically it hasn’t even been announced yet) at a meeting in Tokyo on January 27th. The meeting in Tokyo is by no means a press release, its just to discuss “business [overview] and strategy,” but as Engadget pointed out, the Nintendo 3DS was also announced in an unusual manner with their random unveiling.

The second rumor comes from the same source, and states that Sony is going around to developers and publishers claiming that the upcoming PSP2 is going to be “every bit as powerful as the Ps3.” The article includes the following:

The new PSP is expected to arrive within the Q4 period, perhaps as early as October, and includes a HD screen with twin-stick controls in the familiar ‘brick’ form factor. Sony has already consulted publishers about launch timings and the first wave of games. It is specifically requesting richer, more in-depth content to differentiate its device from app-centric Apple and Android devices. Plus, securing HD handheld games will help build launch excitement amongst publishers, developers and consumers over the next nine months. Sony is already plotting to reveal more at GDC and E3 after this month’s first tease. ‘PSP2’ will even use a media format to make sure retail has a part to play in the console’s lifecycle by selling physical software. But the device will also provide access to plenty of downloadable content, smaller games and apps via PSN – and maybe even incorporate a phone, but not as a primary function.

The end of that same article says that Sony is making sure that the PSP2 and Playstation Phone will have clear differences. The PSP2 is going to be a magnificent powerhouse and the phone will be powerful in its own right, but games will be substantially different. We will see at the end of the month if MCV had valid sources. I did question WSJ about their Verizon iPhone announcement but was put in my place haha! So I am a doubter no more. MCV is the “leading trade news and community site for all professionals working within the UK and international video games market,” so I’m sure they know what they’re talking about.

[Sources: MCV]

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

There was a new chapter in the Playstation Phone legacy unveiled yesterday. Just a few days ago, I updated the original Playstation Phone article here with very clear photos that appeared on a Hong Kong forum that showed the Xperia and Playstation logos on the device. Now, the Chinese website IT168 has released a very in-depth leak on the Playstation Phone (that Sony has still yet to “announce”).

The battery has a large 1,500 mAh capacity, the 4-inch screen has a 854×480 resolution and the 5MP camera has auto-focus and an LED flash with 720p (and potentially 1080p) video recording. It has 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a microSD slot, SIM slot, micro-USB, and a second mic on the back for active noise cancellation like the Nexus One. The Xperia-branded device is in fact powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and the Playstation app now has a name… Playstation Pocket. Although the program now has a name, there still have been no games loaded so the decision is out on whether it will be able to play PSOne games, PSP games or new games altogether. Details show that the Playstation Phone will in fact be a more powerful big brother to the PSP Go given that the specs on the Go are considerably weaker – a 333MHz processor, 64MB RAM and a 3.8″ 480×272 screen.

UPDATE 1/10

Footage has been uncovered on the web, and consequently posted on YouTube that shows the Xperia Play/Zeus Z1 actually being used to play PSOne games. The gamer in the video uses a program called Rom Buddy to launch Rage Racer and Biohazard 2. More than likely this is a homebrew application and simple ROMS downloaded from the internet but it is the first footage of Playstation games legitimately being used as a gaming device.

Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone

December 27, 2010 1 comment

Rumors for the Playstation Phone have been circulating since I purchased my first generation PSP back in March of 2005. The idea of having a cell phone spliced with a beautifully crafted handheld gaming system was unreal, the object of dreams. Speculation flowed through the PSP forums: “When will the PSPhone come out?” “Surely Sony will realize the potential of the Playstation Phone.” A year later supposed blueprints, concept illustrations and patents were published online, but these seem closer to what appears to be the PSP2 (a touchscreen, gamepadded beast). This rekindled the flame for debate and discussion. Jump ahead another year to the release of Apple’s fantastic iPhone. The mythical be-all-end-all device that opened up the realm of possibility in the smartphone market. An MP3-player behemoth and computer-crafting underdog decided to create their own cell phone. It was a huge step forward. This rekindled discussion and speculation once more. Now jump ahead to August 11, 2010 to a headline posted as Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone on Engadget. The article began with the illustration featured at left. It also began with this paragraph: There’s no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it’s all about to change. It seems that Sony Ericsson — a company that has yet to even introduce an Android 2.0 device — is at work on a project to redefine gaming on Google’s mobile platform. We now know (via a trusted source) that the company is actively and heavily developing a brand new gaming platform, ecosystem, and device (possibly alongside Google) which are already in the late stages of planning. And we’ve got the goods on it. And boy was the author, Joshua Topolsky, right on. He hit all of the features that have surfaced on physical prototypes of the device in the last few months… nearly down to a T 3/4 months prior to seeing it. He must have had one freakin’ good source.

The device was described as a cross between Samsung’s Captivate and the PSP Go and the feature list looked like this:

… it’s a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The D-pad is here, but instead of the small joystick, the device will have what was described as a “long touch pad” for analog controls, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons. The phone has a large display, described as being between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5 megapixel camera that we’re told might not be final, and it’ll likely have a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on board. The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color. Apparently it’s currently branded as a Xperia device, but it looks like it will carry PlayStation branding as well. Those who’ve seen the phone say it looks “pretty damn sexy.”

The article went on to say that the Playstation Phone would run Gingerbread Android 3.0 (which we now know is actually 2.3) with a phone-specific skin and allow access to a section of the Android Marketplace that only the halo device would be allowed to view. This secret section would include true 3D games that focus on older PSX titles and newer PSP titles like God of War and LittleBigPlanet. Mr. Topolsky concludes the article establishing credibility –

It makes perfect sense in a way — Google gets a much-needed push into the gaming and entertainment space for Android, while Sony (via its partnership with Ericsson) finally delivers the PlayStation phone users have been wanting. We see it as a major win for both companies and the consumer…

This made everyone go crazy. Finally the device that everyone has been fantasizing about was becoming reality. The news feed soon became quiet. No major news of the coveted Playstation Phone had reached the surface of the world wide web until Mr. Topolsky wrote once again on Engadget. This time the date stamp was October 27, 2010 and the headline reassured us that The Playstation Phone is still real. In this article, he dismissed the accusations that the photos Engadget had posted were fake, stating that they were “most definitely real.” He went on to say that the device had been confirmed by multiple, trusted sources and that they had uncovered even more information. The device had been dubbed the Zeus. Included was a photo/illustration comparison between the concept sketch done back in August and a photo of the actual device.


The article concluded with an explanation of why many doubters labeled the Zeus as fake –

The alleged Sony response to the device makes that somewhat clear — reports state that an employee originally told a publication that the images were fake, only to backtrack and deliver the standard corporate line that the company “doesn’t respond to rumor and speculation.”

Simply put, the person questioned either didn’t actually know of the device’s existence, lied about its existence or simply had taken information out of context. And in response to this, Mr. Topolsky reminded the reader of the fact that Engadget had delivered the first legitimate photos of the Nexus One, the Macbook Air, the iPad and the iPhone 4. That’s right Joshua, you tell them what’s up. Here are thumbnails of the photos that they leaked to the public (to see them bigger, simply click on them):

Two days later Topolsky released another article stating that the software on the device varies with whichever prototype previewers get their hands on. Some actually have Android 3.0 (which we now know as Honeycomb), while most have Froyo and a scattering have 2.3, or Gingerbread. He also revealed more details:

  1. Appears to have an 8GB microSD card slotted
  2. At least 512 MB of internal storage (possibly 1 GB)
  3. The device is roughly 17mm thick, or the same size as a PSP Go
  4. The device contains a smoky chrome bezel which is more Blackberry-like than Sony Ericsson-esque

On December 3, Paul Miller posts (once again on Engadget) Playstation Phone ‘Zeus Z1’ caught on video.. this time the device is not captured on blurry film or in any sketch screen shots. The article here contains 2 videos. One of them allows you to see the Zeus Z1 in all of its chunky glory and lets us catch a glimpse of the Playstation icon. An update to the article actually shows the Playstation app being accessed and navigated through. There should be no doubt after watching these videos – this is THE Playstation Phone and it is epic.

The last article of interest that has been posted, is, once again on Engadget, and is by a new author. Nilay Patel writes Sony Ericsson Phone to be called ‘Xperia Play’? She reports that Sony Ericsson UE has trademarked registration for “Xperia Play” and a Sony Ericsson PR firm has registered a variety of Xperia domain names including Xperiaplay.com, .net and .org. She concludes with

Yes, that certainly sounds like a promising name for the PlayStation Phone (although not quite as promising as, you know, “PlayStation Phone,”) but honestly we wouldn’t bet on anything at this point.

So that’s all you need to know up to this point about the mythical Playstation Phone, but only more is yet to be discovered. Hopefully it all will be revealed at the CES 2011 next week or at the MWC in February.

[Sources: Engadget]

UPDATE 1/5 Engadget has gotten a new batch of photos that have the Playstation and Xperia logos along the bottom of the phone. Things are becoming more and more solidified.