For those that haven’t seen it already, here’s the trailer for GTA IV, a title that most of you will be holding out for. We also came across www.gta4.net which draws some interesting conclusions about the technical upgrades implied by the trailer.
Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to Three Speech over the last week with their first impressions of the PS3. We’ve been inundated with photos, think pieces and videos, all making for some incredibly interesting and amusing content.
Anyway, we’ve been saving one back for you that’s sure to bring some joy. It’s a short film put together by Three Speech regular, Andronix from www.PlayThree.net.
Insomniac Games Chief Creative Officer Brian Hastings discusses why the PS3 is the console to beat
First of all, let me make it clear that Insomniac is a 100% independent development studio. Sony has neither endorsed nor authorized what I’m writing here.
When I started this blog post I was planning to write about Home and Little Big Planet from a developer’s perspective. But as I read some of the media and message board responses to Sony’s GDC presentation, I wanted to address an ongoing industry phenomenon. Specifically, the sheer volume of negative spin toward Sony from both the mainstream press and the internet community. Mere minutes after Sony announced a beautiful, ground breaking, free, community-enhancing online PS3 service, 100 internet posters were trying to argue that this was somehow a bad thing. Whether you love or hate Sony, if you’re trying to spin Home as a bad thing I can only conclude that you’re part of Microsoft’s $3.2 billion viral marketing campaign.
It seems that we Brits still love PlayStation. Of the whopping 220,000 made available to UK shops at launch, Sony announced that 165,000 were sold over the first four days. Which is a resounding success, however you look at it, and makes the PS3 the fastest-selling fixed console of all-time (the PSP, admittedly, shipped 185,000 units in the UK in its first weekend on sale).
Fair enough, Sony’s claim that the PS3 is the fastest initial-seller of any console has been enabled by the unprecedentedly huge stocks available at launch, but the fact remains that the Wii sold 105,000 units in the same period and the Xbox 360 70,000.
And the news must be a tad embarrassing to those who doomily predicted that UK consumers, put off by its £425 price-tag, would snub the PS3, leaving piles of unsold stock to gather dust in shops around the country. Palpably, we have taken to it enthusiastically in fact, more so than any other nation.
Whatever the accusations of spin that surrounded Sony’s contention that the European delay would at least allow it to sort out the launch line-up, the company does now seem to have a point – would the American market have embraced the PS3 more quickly if MotorStorm, for example, had been on sale at launch (it only made it into US shops a couple of weeks ago)?
At last, though, we can all go out and buy PS3s, and you could almost hear the nationwide sigh of relief on Friday 23 March. So Three Speech can now fix its sights firmly on the PS3’s future – look out for a piece on the hottest PS3 titles due to arrive in 2007, and much more besides.
I thought instead of going through the “box is heavy” and unpacking stuff, I’d get straight through and get some film of it in action. A quick four minute look at the system, Resistance, Motorstorm and Call of Duty 3. Enjoy!
Dragging yourself out of bed at 6:00 is a tricky task any day of the week, but for some reason I was up and about by 5:45 on the 23rd. I think the overload of anticipation was the main factor – after all, it was time to go pick up that PlayStation 3 from my local GAME store…
For the first time in months, I was actually happy that I was awoken by the postman so early in the morning! After being handed over a fairly bland looking box I rushed to the nearest TV and, after frantically looking for some scissors, tore my way in. There it sat, the beautiful finish glaring at me with the words ‘Playstation 3′. After gently placing my PS2 on the floor, I plugged in its successor with pride.
(Thanks this time to Pete Cullen - PSN username: D0ct0rK)
So, after what seems like an eternity, the PS3 is finally here! Parcel Force delivered my console at lunchtime, along with copies of MotorStorm, Resistance and Genji, as well as an HDMI cable and Click on Blu-Ray (courtesy of Play.com). I’ll cut straight to the chase, leaving the waffle to my personal blog. Here are my impressions on my first day of PS3 ownership.
After heading into my local town centre this morning I hurried home with my new purchase. Upon opening the box I was really impressed with how shiny the PS3 is up close. I’d only ever seen one from a distance before today. In real life it’s shinier; larger and heavier! I spent no time reading the manuals. The setup is easy and intuitive. Follow the on-screen instructions and you’re up and running in moments.